From Our Files, August 27 2021

In 1996: The recent Courier balloon race has been a great success. Mrs Isobel McDonald, convener, and Mrs Jane Leys, treasurer, received a cheque for £150, on behalf of the Kintyre branch of the Cancer Research Campaign. The cheque was presented by Mrs Anne Martin, advertising manager at the Campbeltown Courier, who organised the race. The balloons, which were released from Anderston Park during the Kintyre Agricultural Society Annual Livestock Show, are being returned daily from near and far. The closing date for entries is September 30.
In 1996: The recent Courier balloon race has been a great success. Mrs Isobel McDonald, convener, and Mrs Jane Leys, treasurer, received a cheque for £150, on behalf of the Kintyre branch of the Cancer Research Campaign. The cheque was presented by Mrs Anne Martin, advertising manager at the Campbeltown Courier, who organised the race. The balloons, which were released from Anderston Park during the Kintyre Agricultural Society Annual Livestock Show, are being returned daily from near and far. The closing date for entries is September 30.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday August 26, 2011

Cinema fans dig deep for Picture House

A film which features inexplicable events and unusual disappearances will be shown at Campbeltown Picture House tomorrow (Saturday).

It is the summer of 1979 and a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and some suspect that it was not an accident.

Super 8 will be the film showing in the Picture House for the next week.

The Picture House has been thrilled by the response to all the fundraising for the Centenary Project this summer.

So many people have helped, Kintyre chorale, local photographers and a willing band of new supporters.

The committee has also held a coffee morning, sold a commemorative DVD of the final visit of HMS Campbeltown, with 83 copies sold so far, a quiz, two stalls and two garden openings.

And along come the good folk of Campbeltown to dig into their pockets to contribute to all the activities to the tune of more than £2,000 for the project so far.

There will be a prize bingo night in the autumn and a quiz to keep you occupied over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday August 23, 1996

KCR loses bid for hospital premises

Kintyre Community Radio has lost its chance to run the radio station from the site of Campbeltown’s former Cottage Hospital.

Argyll and Bute NHS Trust, which owns the premises, put a closing date for offers on the sale and the radio station heard this week that its offer of £10,000 had been rejected in favour of a higher bid.

A spokesman for the Argyll and Bute NHS Trust, based in Lochgilphead, confirmed that the property had been sold to Crag Park Limited on Tuesday, but would not confirm the selling price.

Mr John Campbell of KCR said that he was disappointed with the NHS trust for selling the building to the highest bidder.

He said that the Cottage Hospital had been given to the community of Kintyre 100 years ago this November and, therefore, efforts should have been made to keep the premises in the hands of the community – for example a community business.

He said: ‘This was a guaranteed opportunity for a building which was given to the community in the first place, to remain in community hands. Now it’s lost to the community for ever. It really is a slap in the face for Kintyre.’

A spokesman for the trust said that he did fully sympathise with Mr Campbell and Kintyre Community Radio.

However, he said: ‘Unfortunately as a trust we have to dispose of public assets according to the rules and regulations laid out and we did call for a fair closing date.

‘We don’t actually get the chance to consider offers, they are dealt with by our legal department,’ he added.

The spokesman went on to say that the money raised from the sale would be used within the Argyll and Bute trust area and would not go into general NHS funds.

Kintyre Community Radio will continue to broadcast from its current location on Campbeltown Harbour until October and will need to find somewhere suitable before it can start up again.

If KCR had won the bid for the hospital, it planned not only to use the premises to broadcast from but also as a media education unit.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday August 26, 1971

Irish refugees may come to Campbeltown

Young refugees from riot-torn Belfast may find their way into homes of Campbeltown families which belong to the Orange Order.

At the request of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, the local lodge in Campbeltown met on Sunday evening to discuss the possibilities of receiving refugees from the city.

There was an excellent response to the idea and it was decided to call a special meeting of the district lodge, which includes Tarbert, to go into the matter fully.

Said District Lodge secretary Mr Ian McMillan: ‘The response on Sunday was very good and we decided to take children if required. The special meeting will decide on how many children it would be possible to accommodate.’

District Master Mr Malcolm Brody said that there were four lodges in the district. They would get together and iron out details.

He went on: ‘Campbeltown is very close to Northern Ireland and the children could come across by the regular ferry.

‘We will send our recommendation to the Grand Lodge for them to decide finally.’

Mr Brody added: ‘Lodge 29 is very much in favour of the idea.’

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday August 27, 1921

Machrihanish entertainment

A concert promoted by Lady Arrol and Provost Duncan, Helensburgh, to raise funds for the improvement of the bathing stance at Machrihanish was held in the Mission Hall on Wednesday, 17th inst.

The programme was sustained by the Lacella Entertainers, who have been performing at Campbeltown during the season, and the hall was crowded by an audience that enjoyed the fare provided to the full, and were most appreciative throughout.

At the close, an enthusiastic vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Simpson Burns and his company.

Flag day in Campbeltown

On behalf of the Scottish National War Memorial, a flag day is to be held in Campbeltown on Monday first, 29th inst.

The cause is one which should meet with a general and hearty response.

In the appeal in connection with the scheme the committee, of which the Duke of Atholl is chairman and the Right Honourable Lord Carmichael, vice-chairman, state: ‘The government have decided that Edinburgh Castle is no longer required for military purposes, and have approved of this site being utilised for the Scottish National War Memorial.’

It is proposed that the memorial itself should take the form of an undenominational shrine erected around the apex of the rock, and dedicated in all reverence to the memory of those Scots, both men and women, who have given their lives in this war.