From Our Files, December 31 2021

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday December 30, 2011

Inflated delivery charges anger many shoppers

Inflated delivery charges to residents of the West Highlands and Islands is prompting huge levels of anger amongst internet shoppers according to a new survey.

Citizens’ Advice Bureau Scotland (CAS) interviewed 900 people across Argyll and Bute, the Western Isles, Orkney and the Highlands in compiling a new report on delivery charges.

Of those, 84 per cent said they had been refused delivery of goods because of the location, while 85 per cent have warned friends and family against using certain companies because of the excessive charges.

Further infuriating locals is the insistence of companies in using couriers other than Royal Mail, which charges one price for delivery across the entirety of the UK, including the islands.

Feelings are running so high that CAS says it was the largest response it has received to a poll of this kind.

The organisation will now be giving evidence to regulators in Scotland and England.

Campaign coordinator Angela Murphy said: ‘The comments reveal huge levels of anger and some of the examples reported are really shocking.

‘Where the family is watching every penny at the moment, these excessive costs are a major burden for people.

‘They are very angry about it and want something done and so do we.’

Amongst those charges reported, a customer on Lewis was asked for £55 for delivery
of an item costing just £26.

In 2011: Children from Kintyre Toy Library enjoyed their Christmas party which was held in their room at the nursery centre. All the children had a great time and enjoyed a special visit from Santa.
In 2011: Children from Kintyre Toy Library enjoyed their Christmas party which was held in their room at the nursery centre. All the children had a great time and enjoyed a special visit from Santa.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday December 27, 1996

Kintyre Rugby Club wins the league

Kintyre Rugby Football Club has finally achieved what some may have said was the impossible – by winning Glasgow and District League division two for the first time in the club’s history.

Due to Mull conceding the points on Saturday, Kintyre secured the title in what was not the most ideal way. The players would all have preferred to play the game.

Nonetheless it does not detract from Kintyre’s achievements this season and nobody can say that the title has been gifted to the club.

The league win has topped steady progress in the club’s playing ability over the past few seasons and the one man who is responsible for making it all possible is the founder member and president of the club, Jamie Black.

Jamie returned from Glasgow having played at the top club level and got the whole thing off the ground in 1982 when some of the first games were played.

The club officially formed in 1983, and joined the league in 1984. Billy Johnstone, as well as playing, provided the coaching.

At the start of the season, Kintyre set themselves a target of not going down into what was going to be the newly formed division three which would have been a disaster for home games for the club.

The general thinking was that the team must win all its games to stay where it was – and from then on this philosophy was adopted.

After a few games won, someone worked out that this thinking would also win the league and, for the first time, the players started to believe that this could actually happen and last Saturday saw all the team’s dreams come true when it was officially confirmed that they had won the league.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday December 30, 1971

New Year jobs boost

A twin jobs boost was announced for Campbeltown yesterday.

Project number one is at the NATO POL installation in Kilkerran Road, where two new tanks are to be constructed.

The job won’t be on the same scale as the massive works which took place there in previous years, but should nevertheless provide work for a number of men.

Project number two is the Campbeltown sewage scheme, which is now under way.

The contractor is FJC Lily and Co of Glasgow, which has already moved in most of the equipment and has set up administrative headquarters at the disused public tennis courts at Lochend.

A spokesman for the firm said in Glasgow yesterday: ‘Work will start on January 10. We have already taken on seven men to help with the initial preparations.’

He went on to say that his firm was likely to employ about 30 men for the duration of the scheme. He envisages that work would continue for about one year.

Mr W McKinnon, officer in charge of the POL depot, said that work there would go on for well over a year.

‘This will help the unemployment in Campbeltown,’ he added.

There are still about 500 jobless in the Campbeltown area, representing a total of some 14 per cent of the insured population.

Other schemes which could involve local labour include the proposed swimming pool.

It has now been decided to erect the pool on Kinloch Green between the War Memorial and Kinloch Road.

Work could well start on the swimming pool next year.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday December 31,1921

Farmer killed by lightning

The series of severe thunder storms which passed over this district last week culminated on Thursday afternoon in one of much violence and at its height a tragedy of an unprecedented nature in our climate occurred at East Backs Farm, the tenant of which, Mr Duncan M’Corkindale, a well-known Kintyre agriculturalist, was killed by lightning while following the day’s work on the farm.

Very stormy weather was experienced last weekend. The storm was especially severe on the east coast, and a considerable amount of damage was done.

On Sunday the rainfall here was very heavy and continued all day. At the beginning of the week severe thunderstorms passed over this district.

Invitations

The secretary of the local ex-service men’s association has asked us to intimate that if anybody has been inadvertently overlooked in the invitations issued in connection with the treat to widows and children of fallen comrades the fact should be made known at once to Mr Hosie.

Bellochantee Dance

A most successful dance was held in Bellochnatee* school on the evening of Friday last.

A large company attended, and the programme was carried out with zest and enthusiasm that bids fair to make the Bellochantee dances notable in the countryside.

Excellent music was supplied by Mrs Alex M’Lean, Killean, on the melodeon and John M’Lean on the bagpipes.

The catering was in the capable hands of Mrs Smith of Ballochantee Inn, whose arrangements for the creature comforts of the party left nothing to be desired and elicited the highest appreciation.

The arrangements of the committee Messrs Wm Armour, Kilocraw, D Smith, Ballochantee, and David Watson, Putechan, were in every way complete and the latter made a capable MC.

*Editor’s note: Do any readers know when the change was made to the current spelling of Bellochantuy?