From our files, May 11 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday May 9, 2008
New minibus launch for SKSC

Thanks to the efforts of a few hard-working committee members, South Kintyre Sports Council (SKSC) has acquired a new minibus.

Chairwoman of the SKSC, Kerry Mitchell, said she was very proud to be part of what she called ‘the dream team’ which masterminded the fundraising, reaching a total of £24,682.35 within a year.

Generally, she said, all member clubs took part in the fundraising, holding events like quizzes, prize bingo, golf competitions and ceilidhs, and she paid tribute to the people of Kintyre who were, she said, ‘unbelievable’.

As well as fundraising, donations helped boost the appeal and these included £3,000 from Campbeltown Good Fund, £6,460 from Argyll and Bute Council Area Development Group, £2,000 from Campbeltown Rotary Club and more than £3,000 from the Mull of Kintyre half marathon and 10K ceilidh.

South Kintyre Sports Council committee and sponsors welcome the new minibus. NO_c19files01_SKSC_minibus

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday May 14, 1993
Kintyre ladies excel at show

Kintyre’s Women’s Rural Institutes (WRI) went through something of a purple patch in the Argyll Federation’s annual show – despite a storm in a baking tin over the size of some cherry cakes.

Southend WRI won the Large Institution Shield, and four of its members won trophies, with Clachan WRI taking top honours, lifting the Houston Trophy in the community section, which comprised six items for a baby/toddler shop.

A total of 38 WRIs from all over Argyll took part, producing a very special show in Oban’s Corran Halls, with 1,768 entries, which was more than 100 up on last year’s total.

The proceedings were slightly marred by the disqualification of some cherry cakes, which had been prepared in the wrong size of tin.

One cake was awarded a gold star and subsequently disqualified.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday May 9, 1968
Clots among the cream

These are a few examples of notes left for milkmen or posted to the dairy:

‘Please send me form for supply of milk for having children at reduced prices.’

‘I have a baby two months old fed on cows and another child.’

‘I have a baby three months old and did not know about it until a friend told me.’

‘Milk is wanted for my young baby. His father is unable to supply it.’

‘I am forwarding my marriage certificate and two children, one of which is a mistake as you can see.’

‘In accordance with instructions I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.’

‘I’m sorry about the dog bite, but he’ll get to know you after a few months, like he got to know the poor gasman.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday May 11, 1918
Changes in postal staff

A social gathering of the members of the Post Office staff was held in the White Hart Hotel on the 3rd inst., with the object of making presentations to Miss Clark, who has been promoted to be salaried sub-postmistress of Elie, Fife; and to Miss Shanks, on the occasion of her approaching marriage.

After tea had been served, Mr Wood, postmaster, said: ‘There have been many changes in the staff of Campbeltown Post Office since the outbreak of war, but I venture to say that there has been no change which will leave a greater blank than the removal of Miss Clark by her transfer to Elie.

‘In August 1914, Miss Clark was selected to act as substitute for Mr J. Campbell, supervising officer, during his absence on military service, and she has loyally discharged the duties to the satisfaction of everyone.

‘Associated with Miss Clark for the last year or so Miss Shanks in ordinary course would have succeeded her now, but Miss Shanks has decided to make a certain gentleman, not unknown to the farmers of Kintyre, happy, and is leaving the service for that purpose.’