District News, June 3 2022

My Crabbing Spot by William Campbell of Port Ellen Primary School.
My Crabbing Spot by William Campbell of Port Ellen Primary School.

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West Kintyre

Rural ladies make their mark in Oban

Despite fierce competition, Bellochantuy ladies had a successful time when the Scottish Women’s Institutes (SWI) affiliated to the Argyll and Bute Federation were finally able to hold their biennial show in Oban.

Apart from taking part in the competitions, it was a time for old friends to meet up again, in person, after two years.

The show was hosted by the ladies of Oban SWI and the entries were extensive.

Bellochantuy put in 65 entries and were rewarded with: Mrs Oats Trophy for best art entry – Linda Bryce; Badden Trophy for best fabric collage – Linda Bryce; Poltalloch Cup for best design entry – Lois Fell.

Commendation certificates were awarded to Linda Bryce for her seascape in the art section and also for her fabric collage, and to Lois Fell for her design of a book jacket.

The final success was the award of best entry in the foursomes competition based on lemons.

The winning four were Lois Fell, Libby Kerr, Linda Bryce and Margaret McKinnon, who each made and displayed something with lemons.

All members are looking forward to hosting the next show which will be held in Campbeltown in the spring of 2024.

Funding up for grabs

West Kintyre residents heading to further education or trying to set up their own businesses could benefit from a funding boost.

West Kintyre Community Fund is inviting school-leavers going on to university, college or taking on an apprenticeship to apply for a bursary of £1,000 a year.

The trust is also keen to hear from anyone looking to launch a small business in the West Kintyre area, who may be eligible for a start-up grant.

Funding may also be available for new large projects in the area.

For application forms, visit www.westkintyrecommunitycouncil.org or https://kintyrewind.com

The closing date for applications is June 23 2022.


Primary school of the year is ‘making a difference’

Islay’s Port Ellen Primary School has received a silver award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for ‘Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year’.

The awards celebrate excellence in education and recognise the life-changing impact that an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people with whom they work.

Port Ellen received recognition for its commitment to achieving excellence for all, enabling pupils to flourish in an environment that values every child, promotes high expectations and provides opportunities for achievement.

The school has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 gold awards later in the year.

Head teacher Maureen Macdonald said: ‘At Port Ellen Primary, we endeavour to provide an education that enables all our children, from early years right through to primary seven, to acquire and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to thrive in and to shape our ever-changing world.

‘We aim to give our learners the confidence to develop and celebrate their individuality and creativity and to help them see their worth and value in society.

‘I feel so privileged to work alongside passionate, conscientious staff and so proud of everyone within the school community who collectively support our children to be the best they can be and to realise their potential. That’s what makes the difference!’

Islay pupil commended in national photography competition

A photograph taken by a pupil from Islay’s Port Ellen Primary School was highly commended in a Scotland-wide photography competition for young people.

William Campbell was highly commended in the primary-age category of the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Photography Competition, an annual competition encouraging people aged from four to 18 to use photography to explore the buildings, architecture and archaeology in the places they live.

The theme for the 2022 competition was ‘My Place, My Space, My Story’, as part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Stories.

William’s photograph was titled ‘My Crabbing Spot’.

All entries to the My Place Photography Competition 2022 can be viewed online at bit.ly/MPPC22gallery.

My Place Photography is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and Jessops and is free to enter.

It is open to schools, youth groups, clubs and home-educated young people.

For more information on entering the 2023 My Place Photography Competition, visit myplacescotland.org.uk.