From Our Files, October 1 2021

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday September 30, 2011

Airbase buyout at ‘delicate stage’

Negotiations for the purchase of Machrihanish airbase have been ‘delicate and intricate’ but the community buyout group plans to hold a public meeting soon, as the proposals reach a final stage.

Ian Wardrop, who chairs the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC), told the Courier this week that things were so advanced that they were advertising for an extra director to join the board.

‘Discussions over the summer have been delicate and intricate, involving many interested bodies, to try to achieve the best outcome for the community,’ said Mr Wardrop.

‘As soon as final proposals are known we will hold a public meeting for discussion and consideration of all aspects by the wider community to maximise participation.’

Scottish first for grammar school

Campbeltown Grammar School scored a Scottish first this week.

It wasn’t in sport or music or exams but in politics.

For the first time ever, school students have taken part in a housing consultation for the Scottish Parliament.

Sixth formers have been studying, and giving their opinions on, the consultation exercise for the creation of a Scottish Social Housing Charter.

Steve Byrne, a member of the Dalintober and Millknowe Tenants and Residents Association, is the vice chairman of the Highlands and Argyll and Bute Regional Network of Registered Tenants Associations.

He said he was keen that young people were consulted during the work on the housing charter as they were tomorrow’s householders and their views should be taken into consideration.

So Steve went along to the grammar school on Monday and joined sixth form pupils and their teacher Cathy Cameron as part of their careers activities; it is something they can add to their CVs.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday September 27, 1996

Day saved for old folk!

The annual Campbeltown old folk’s civic reception dinner is back on again next Monday following a last-minute offer from Kintyre Community Radio and the Bank of Scotland.

The dinner was cancelled earlier this month after Argyll and Bute Council was unable to process the funding application in time.

Normally the event is financed by the council, but due to a number of administrative changes this year associated with the reorganisation of local government, it was unable to find the money in time.

‘There was a difficulty in finding the proper home for the application and that led to a delay in it being processed,’ said Mr Charles Reppke from corporate services.

‘In the district council days, it was paid for from a pre-marked ring-fenced area of the budget.

‘But with the arrival of the new authority, that budget was not transferred as a ring-fenced amount.’

The old folk’s civic reception dinner has been an integral part of the old folk’s week since 1969 with the council providing the funds for it every year.

This year’s hiccup, however, has left some people quite unimpressed.

Councillor George McMillan said: ‘I think there’s been a bit of a muddle and some mismanagement.

‘It used to be paid for from the civic reception budget, but on this occasion nobody seems to know who was responsible.

‘I thought the money was supposed to have been transferred over to the social work department.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday October 7, 1971

Yard to build ferry for county council

Work has now started on Campbeltown Shipyard’s most unusual order to date – a 56-foot car ferry for Argyll County Council.

The vessel, which is to ply between Cuan and Luing, will be capable of carrying 50 passengers and five cars, or alternatively a cargo of 13 tons.

Portable livestock pens will be provided with the ship, enabling her to carry 30 cattle.

Powered by two Scania Vabis D11 engines developing 130 3HP each; the ferry is to have a beam of 22 feet.

Leading ramps will be situated on the starboard bow and port quarter, cabin seating for 50 passengers will be located aft.

The vessel is expected to be completed in about six months.

Top UCS man in town

‘Big Jimmy’ Reid, chairman of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ Joint Shop Stewards Committee, was the guest of Campbeltown Labour Party at a special meeting in the Royal Hotel last Sunday.

In his own inimitable style, Jimmy spoke out frankly and forthrightly in criticism of the Conservative government, particularly on the question of unemployment.

During a long and lively discussion with local party members, he answered many questions on the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders’ crisis.

The action taken at UCS was unique and unprecedented, he said, but public support had been overwhelming.

‘The men are in fine spirit,’ he added, ‘and win or lose; we will fight this to the bitter end.’

Mr Reid was spending the weekend in Campbeltown taking a ‘well-earned break’ away from it all. He returned to Clydeside on Monday evening.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday October 1 1921

Quoiting

On Saturday afternoon a return match between the Tayinloan and Lochend quoiting clubs was played on Lochend quoiting ground.

Beautiful weather favoured the match, which was witnessed by quite a large crowd. At Tayinloan, the pitch is on a slope; in town it is quite level.

This was a great disadvantage to the visitors, as they found difficulty in judging distances on the different pitch. They also used light quoits, which told against them.

However, they played well, and gave the local team a good game.

After the game, which ended in a victory for the local club, the visitors were entertained to tea in Mr Quigley’s tea rooms.

Sparks and flashes

In the matter of weather, September has behaved very nicely.

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Harvest festival services will be held in Castlehill Church on Sunday.

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Summertime ends on Sunday. At night, the clock should be put back an hour.

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Enrolment for the evening continuation classes in town will be carried out on Friday night.

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Mr JM Brown is opening a singing class for young men and women in Lochend Church Hall on Friday 7th October.

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Local bowlers are bringing the season to an end on Saturday, when the closing games will be played on both Stronvaar and Argyll greens.

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Campbeltown Parish Council at the meeting on Monday postponed the imposition of the assessments until the valuation role is completed.

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The local Football Association are inviting entries for the league competition and aspirants for the job of referee are asked to submit their applications.

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The club for ex-servicemen in Union Street will be formally opened on Friday night at 7:30 the ceremony will be performed by Colonel Charles Mactaggart, CST CIE TMS (retired).