District News, December 10 2021

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‘Rural’ ladies who lunch

The ladies of Bellochantuy SWI welcomed guests from a neighbouring ‘rural’ and a new member to a recent soup and sandwich lunch.

Afterwards, members remained to set out the rest of their programme for the forthcoming months which is to include a talk and demonstration on smocking in January and a display of automatons and whirligigs the following month.

These will be followed by a combined SWI bulb show in Whitehouse in March.


Festive fun at SWI Christmas party

Clachan SWI’s Christmas party started on a high note with cocktails provided by Liz Ball.

Members eventually played an active game of noughts and crosses which Katarina Smith demonstrated, and hoopla, led by Lori Silvan.

Everyone had brought food along and the ladies decided to have the savouries before the taxing ‘Kim’s Game’ – Jane MacCallum and Liz Ball managed to remember 18 of the 20 items on the tray!

Then they enjoyed the dessert options and picked lucky numbers for the secret Santa presents.

Finally, the Christmas hats were modelled and Katarina Smith won first prize.

‘Another late night at the rural,’ said a group spokesperson.


A shell of its former self

The east coast may have experienced the worst of Storm Arwen, but Argyll did not escape entirely unscathed, with ferries cancelled and other transport links affected by fallen trees and debris.

In Tarbert, there was dismay as a much-loved area of shoreline lost its covering of shells in seas whipped up by Arwen, exposing bare rock below.

‘Shell beach’ may have gained its name as a result of discarded shells from former shellfish processing in Tarbert augmenting naturally-occurring material and collecting in small bays on the shores of Loch Fyne.

But those familiar with storms on the loch believe that all may not be lost, and it is likely that the shells will be redeposited with time and tides.