District News, August 20 2021

The former schoolhouse is up for sale.
The former schoolhouse is up for sale.

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Former schoolhouse for sale

Argyll and Bute Council is looking for a buyer for the former Port Ellen Schoolhouse on Islay.

Situated close to Port Ellen Primary School, the property is for sale at offers over £95,000 and will appeal to buyers keen on a renovation project.

Built in 1965, the schoolhouse is a single-storey, detached four-bedroom bungalow with an internal area of 118m2 and private off-road parking.

Due to the current Covid restrictions, viewings for the property are being carried out online – a ‘virtual tour’ is available at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/property/former-port-ellen-schoolhouse-islay

The council is seeking expressions of interest which should include the prospective purchaser’s contact information and an outline of their proposed development. Full details are available at the above link.

Councillor Alastair Redman, policy lead of business, regeneration and commercial development, who also lives on the island, said: ‘The lifestyle on Islay epitomises everything that is good about Argyll and Bute with easy access to the mainland for those who want to enjoy what the area has to offer.

‘There is a genuine community feel about the island and a real sense that people enjoy a good work/life balance, all of which is complemented by excellent schools, great amenities and a rich cultural and leisure appeal.’


Return of village grow and show

The popular Whitehouse Grow and Show event is making a welcome return this weekend.

People are being encouraged to bring their best flowers, fruit, vegetable and flower arrangements to Whitehouse Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday August 21.

‘But also bring your problem plants and see what help and advice can be gleaned from our experts,’ said an event spokesperson.

Although this is a non-competitive show, there will be an opportunity for visitors to vote on the entries in the five show classes: flowers, fruit, vegetables, children’s and, new this year, growing achievements for supersized vegetables.

And it’s not just an event for those with green fingers – there will be various stalls, musical entertainment, a wildlife walk and teas, coffees and burgers will be on offer.

‘Donations for the plant sales table will be greatly appreciated and our gardeners’ question time will also be back with a new panel of experts.

‘We’re planning more outdoor food, craft activities and music to make the day interesting and sociable. We hope to see you there.’

The show opens at noon and is expected to finish at about 3.30pm.

Visit www.whitehousevillagehall.org for more information.

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