Beautiful blossoms transform 1790s church

View from the A'Chleit church balcony across the flower displays.

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Words and pictures by Mark Davey

Nimble fingered supporters of a Kintyre cancer charity filled A’Chleit church for a biennial flower festival.

Last Thursday, the first day of the The Mairi Semple Fund event, more than 100 people toured the show of more than two dozen displays.

Their £5 admission, which included tea and cakes, plus some addition donations, helped raise at least £500 that day. As the Courier went to press the final figure, including last Friday and Saturday was not available.

The Mairi Semple Fund raises funds to help the people of Kintyre who have cancer, and need financial aid to cover the extra expenses.

The fund has been in existence for over 40 years and was started by friends and family of Mairi, who had cancer and died when she was only 20.

Referral by the Macmillan nurse results in financial aid being given monthly for an initial period of six months, although this can be for longer.

Receiving money is a confidential transaction between the fund’s treasurer and the patient.

Last year £15,750 was dispensed locally, and this year the Royal Hospital for Children, has been given £2000 and the Beatson, CHAS, Oban and Mid-Argyll Cancer Centres, have all received £1000 each.

The fund also provide additional funds if specialist equipment is needed to aid quality of life.

There are further flower festival pictures on pages 35 and 36.

Relaxing in the garden by Ella Young. 25_c30flowersms01

Sport by Judith Marsden. 25_c30flowersms03

Music by Eilidh McLellan and Allana Brough. 25_c30flowersms04

Freedom by Cathy Irvine. 25_c30flowersms06

A picnic by Barbara Rubin. 25_c30flowersms07

A good read by Liz Young. 25_c30flowersms08

Sailing on a suny afternoon by Margaret Taylor. 25_c30flowersms09

The seashore by Anne Clark. 25_c30flowersms10

Japanese flower arranging by Pauline and Peter Simson. 25_c30flowersms11

Enjoy Kintyre gin by Mary McKinnon and Anne Crossan. 25_c30flowersms12

A view from the A’Chleit balcony. 25_c30flowersms13

Dog Walking by Pauline and Peter Simson. 25_c30flowersms14

Plastic items collected on the beach between A’Chleit and Clachaig Burn in a six hour period. 25_c30flowersms15

Being in the garden by Jane Griffiths. 25_c30flowersms16

A wee cuppa tea by Marion Warnock. 25_c30flowersms17

Dance camp Wales by Lori Silvan. 25_c30flowersms18

Simplicity by Jane Miller. 25_c30flowersms19

Candles by Morag Johnston. 25_c30flowersms20

Tea in the garden by Colleen MacCallum. 25_c30flowersms21

Afternoon tea by Margo Pickup. 25_c30flowersms22

Gardening by Julie Griffiths. 25_c30flowersms23

We’re just pollen your leg and having a laugh honey! by the Beegees Mike and Rachel Stanesby. 25_c30flowersms24

These are the things I enjoy by Anne Parkhouse. 25_c30flowersms25

A nice cup of tea by Sheena MacFarlane. 25_c30flowersms26

Painting by Gustie MacAlister. 25_c30flowersms27

Sailing by Karen Kendrick. 25_c30flowersms28

Sunshine by Catherine Ralston. 25_c30flowersms29