From Our Files, March 5 2021

In 1996: The two longest-serving workers at Jaeger's Campbeltown factory, Jean McKinven and Agnes McKerral, each received a special silver plate from menswear's managing director, Harry Rea, to mark their service to the company last week.
In 1996: The two longest-serving workers at Jaeger's Campbeltown factory, Jean McKinven and Agnes McKerral, each received a special silver plate from menswear's managing director, Harry Rea, to mark their service to the company last week.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday March 4 2011

New rural schools proposals unveiled

Last week saw the wheel of fortune spin again for primary schools and now Argyll and Bute Council says Southend and Glenbarr are safe from closure.

But parents from Clachan, which was safe last time round and taking in pupils from Glenbarr, Rhunahaorine and Skipness, have been left shocked after the school now finds it faces closure and its children sent to Tarbert.

Chairman of Clachan Primary School’s parent council Owen Paisley said they wanted to know why the school was originally seen as a receiving school in the first place.

‘The school is an important part of this community and I am not convinced its closure will save money. If we want children and families to come to the area we need to keep the school open,’ he said.

Argyll and Bute Council met yesterday (Thursday) when members were asked to agree to hold informal pre-consultation meetings with representatives from 12 communities that may be affected by the school estate review.

The council was also asked to agree to review the school estate ‘on an ongoing basis’ and reducing the future scale of any changes which would be considered at any one time.

Now the proposal is for Rhunahaorine to go into Glenbarr and Clachan and Skipness to go to Tarbert. Saint Kieran’s also goes into Castlehill in Campbeltown; this is a paper exercise as Saint Kieran’s no longer has pupils and is mothballed.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday March 1 1996

New Post Office

Campbeltown’s Meadows scheme is to get its own post office in the early summer.

Post Office Counters plans to open a community post office in Ralston Road in late May or early June.

Post Office Counters has already secured premises for the office which will be open for around 20 hours a week but the chairwoman of Campbeltown Community Council, Mrs Nancy Smith, said she would prefer a new post office in the town centre.

Since the main post office moved from Longrow to the Co-op supermarket last summer, the town centre has not had a post office.

Mrs Smith said: ‘I’m pleased that there is going to be another outlet for people, but unless people have got a car it’s only going to be suitable for people in the Meadows scheme.’

She added: ‘The community council has always pushed for a post office in the centre of the town. Not only because it’s convenient, but also to help the commercial centre of the town.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday March 4 1971

Local choir on radio

Campbeltown Gaelic choir was taped at a concert in the Town Hall on Tuesday evening.

The choir will be heard on BBC radio later this month.

BBC men recorded a half-hour programme of all-Gaelic songs, which were introduced by Mr Hector McNeill.

The choir was conducted by Mr Charles Bonar. Soloists were Duncan McPhee, Morna Leckie, Isabel Mitchell and Isabel MacDonald.

Various choir members entertained the audience during a pre-recording ‘warming up’ period.

Unfortunately for members of the choir, they won’t be able to hear themselves on radio when the programme is broadcast. They will be singing at a grand concert in aid of the local RNLI funds.

Well done, Campbell

Mr Campbell McIlchere, who last week offered to post foreign-bound mail when he went to Rouen in France, has told us that he has 250 letters to post.

These are going to 34 different countries. We wish him a good journey and thank him on behalf of those people he has helped.

Editor’s note: Britain was in the midst of its first national postal strike, which ran from January to March.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday March 5 1920

Town Council

The monthly meeting of the Town Council of Campbeltown was held on Monday night.

Provost Colville presided, and the other members present were Bailie Campbell, Bailie Maceachran, Dean of Guild M’Arthur, Hon treasurer Stewart, Councillors M’Pherson, MacGrory, Wareham, Rome, D Smith, Hutcheon, Watson, Mactaggart, J Smith, D Robertson, W Reid and Fisher.

A minute of meeting of the streets committee bore that an application had been received from the Postmaster General for permission to lay underground telegraph wires in the burgh, and the committee recommended that the request be granted subject to the interests of the burgh drainage, gas and water services being safeguarded.

The finance committee were appointed, with powers, to meet with the County Clerk and the Chief Constable with reference to the framing of a new agreement with the County Council for the policing of the burgh and the charges for the same.

The gas committee reported that offers have been received from four local tradesmen for the repair of the ammoniacal liquor tank at the gasworks, and that the offer of Mr John Martin, Glebe Street, amounting to £243.18 shillings being the cheapest was accepted.