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Green fund is good news for island distilleries
A £10 million fund provided by the UK Government to help distilleries cut carbon emissions has been given a warm welcome by Councillor Alastair Redman, Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for Business, Regeneration and Commercial Development.
Eleven distilleries across Scotland will receive funding including some which are located in the islands, including Islay and South Uist, as well as investment going to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
Councillor Redman, an Islay resident, said: ‘We are all very pleased to learn of this exciting new project at Bruichladdich, here on Islay.
‘Our distilleries are absolutely fundamental to the island’s economy so this government support is a real confidence-builder.
‘I’m already looking forward to my first dram provided courtesy of low-carbon hydrogen!’
Team Tarbert is still here for you
A community group set up by volunteers at the start of lockdown in March last year remains ready to offer support to people in and around Tarbert.
As restrictions eased last spring and summer, and the need for its services diminished, Team Tarbert remained as an informal voluntary group and has been active throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, offering support via the Team Tarbert Facebook page, keeping in touch with the community and working with other organisations.
Now that Scotland has returned to lockdown, Team Tarbert will be offering TLC bags containing food and essentials.
Team Tarbert founder and co-ordinator Fiona McTaggart said: ‘Thanks to the Tarbert Co-op for adding a donation trolley in store. It has also kindly added a collection bucket, for which all money raised is put back into our community to help others.
‘Team Tarbert will also continue to offer support to those who need it. It is our aim to ensure residents are not isolated and are getting the support they need, whether it be a friendly face, a phone call or more practical help.
‘We are aware that people could begin to feel lonely, anxious and just need that little bit of help in this period.’
Fiona added: ‘If you, your family or anyone you know needs any help during these difficult times please reach out to us. We have developed a large group of volunteers with varying skills and knowledge that really make for a great team.
‘And if we can’t help we can signpost you to someone who can.’
Information on projects and support is available on the Team Tarbert Facebook page.
Fiona added: ‘Team Tarbert is extremely thankful to our community, volunteers and the members of Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust for their ongoing support.’
Team Tarbert contact details: Fiona McTaggart 07717 325628; Laura MacKay 07795 693506.
Castle volunteer parties temporarily halted
Volunteer work parties have been suspended at Tarbert Castle under the current coronavirus restrictions.
Robert McPhail, secretary and treasurer of Tarbert Castle Trust, said: ‘After discussion with some volunteers and trustees, despite having been ensuring social distancing outdoors, we have decided to suspend future Saturday work parties until Covid advice allows us to resume.
‘We have in place individuals and ‘bubbles’ who feed and check sheep daily while others carry out selected maintenance tasks, including the website and Facebook, on a regular basis, at times when it suits them and there is no reason these essential activities should not continue.’
A blackboard in the castle orchard will be used to list any other tasks that volunteers looking for outdoor exercise can tackle if and when they can.
Mr McPhail added: ‘The only major project at present which requires team working is the new path around the pond which has no deadline to meet and can be delayed as long as required.’
Covid vaccination update
Carradale Surgery has been informed that it will receive the Covid-19 vaccination for the over 80s by around January 27.
The surgery team plans to be in contact with all over 80s in due course to arrange and carry their vaccinations as soon as possible after delivery.
Patients are requested not to contact the surgery directly about vaccinations and to continue to stay safe by following the current lockdown restrictions.