District News, February 18 2022

The winning quiz team, from left: Tricia Roussel, Anne Parkhouse and Cathy Maclean.

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Love in the air at ladies’ meeting

Valentine’s crafts and a brain-teasing quiz were on the agenda when members of the Clachan branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) met at a recent meeting.

Members Liz Ball and Glynis Lewin composed the varied quiz questions.

The ladies enjoyed a much-needed break for brain food at half-time before getting back to work.

Chocolates were presented to the winning team of Tricia Roussel, Anne Parkhouse and Cathy Maclean.

The evening’s competition was a homemade Valentine’s item with entries including cards, baking, jewellery and a floral arrangement.

Hand-crafted Valentine's items included cards, baking, jewellery and a floral arrangement.
Hand-crafted Valentine’s items included cards, baking, jewellery and a floral arrangement.

Results: 1 Louise Stanesby; 2 Zoe Weir; 3= Glynis Lewin, Gill Francis, Tricia Roussel and Pauline Simson.

Liz and Glynis were thanked for making the evening such fun.

The group’s next meeting is on Wednesday March 16 at 8pm in Whitehouse Hall when the annual bulb show will be held with Largieside, Whitehouse and Bellochantuy SWIs.

Whitehouse is hosting this year’s event and everyone is welcome to go along and see the ladies’ efforts.


Plans for two new houses on Jura

Plans for two new houses on the Isle of Jura have been submitted to council chiefs.

John Lithgow’s proposal for the site, on land southeast of Feolin Ferry House at Craighouse, also involves the formation of vehicle access.

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning officers are expected to reach a decision on the plans by the middle of March and members of the public can now view and comment on the plans.

New houses are planned for the Isle of Jura.

A supporting statement written by Mr Lithgow’s planning agent John Peace said: ‘The proposal is to form two houses to establish another stream of income for this estate.

‘The location of this proposal is on the footprint of existing ruined croft/barn buildings.

‘The location will also mean the running of these proposed properties will not hamper the day-to-day running of the estate, keeping any traffic they generate outwith the estate’s network of tracks.

‘Finishes to the dwellings would integrate into the landscape with stone walls with recessed joints to the road elevation and rendered walls to the sides and rear.

‘The site itself and the ruin is in open rough ground with no history of flooding. Once developed [the planned development] will give a stronger entrance to the estate.

‘[We are] currently also applying to form an estate workshop and deer larder behind this which will be screened by these proposed houses and the existing Feolin Ferry House.

‘There are no plans for any additional planting other than wild flower seeding of the banking to the rear, once the parking areas have been formed, to encourage bugs and insects.’

Mr Peace concluded by telling planning officers: ‘I trust you can look favourably on this application to enable this estate to move forward and survive.’

The plans can be viewed by visiting the council’s planning portal at argyll-bute.gov.uk using the reference number 21/02708/PP.