From Our Files, July 1 2022

In 2012: Green-fingered Dalintober Primary pupils held an open day at their patch in the Campbeltown allotment gardens last week. Since March they have been working with Chris Holden and Ryan Malone from Campbeltown Community Organic Garden, planting and tending a great variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Here, Rosie Brodrick, Aimee McSporran, Eilidh Johnston, Ethan Armour and Euan Dott put in the spadework on the allotment.
In 2012: Green-fingered Dalintober Primary pupils held an open day at their patch in the Campbeltown allotment gardens last week. Since March they have been working with Chris Holden and Ryan Malone from Campbeltown Community Organic Garden, planting and tending a great variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Here, Rosie Brodrick, Aimee McSporran, Eilidh Johnston, Ethan Armour and Euan Dott put in the spadework on the allotment.

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday June 29, 2012

Plans for extended marina back afloat

Plans for an extended marina at Campbeltown Harbour could be back afloat.

The berthing facilities for leisure craft, planned as part of the Campbeltown Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon (CHORD) regeneration project, had been on hold due to concerns from other harbour users.

Campbeltown Bething Company Ltd has been pushing the marina as a key part of the economic future of the town and has produced this new plan which appears to have resolved these issues.

Under the new proposals, an extra pontoon would be installed to the west of the current one, with a floating breakwater to the north to give protection from rough seas.

This would mean current arrangements for boat mooring on the western side of the Old Quay would remain unchanged.

John Mactaggart, a director of Campbeltown Berthing Company, explained to the Courier the company does not want to pursue a solution which is in conflict with the local fishermen or RNLI.

‘Because of this we have suggested to the council the existing pontoons and any extension must have weather protection in the form of a floating breakwater which would lie to the north of the existing pontoons,’ Mr Mactaggart said.

Harbour Master Stephen Scally voiced his support for the new proposal.

He said: ‘The revised plans would have no opposition from fishermen or the harbour authority.

‘I would like to see them [the plans] given enough money to get the project completed properly.

‘There is potential to get more yachts and boats in if you have got good facilities.’

George Bradley, operations manager of the Campbeltown RNLI lifeboat, which moves out of the Old Quay, confirmed the new plan would give them no problems.

The new plans have been submitted to members of the Campbeltown Harbour Board and Argyll and Bute Council’s project manager, Stuart Green.

An internal meeting of officers and representatives from the board was scheduled for Wednesday.

In 2012: Campbeltown Hospital’s Healthy Working Lives team has won a gold award for its health promotion activities. The awards are given to hospitals every three years, based on regular reviews through that time. While Campbeltown was given gold three years ago, winning the same standard again was a proud moment for the team. There was also recognition for the catering department, which picked up a Healthy Living Plus award, building on the Healthy Living award it already had. Back: Caroline Glen, Carol Muir, Kirsteen Graham, Margaret MacFarlane, Lois Fell and Catriona Dreghorn; front: Louise Burke and Jill Matthew.
In 2012: Campbeltown Hospital’s Healthy Working Lives team has won a gold award for its health promotion activities. The awards are given to hospitals every three years, based on regular reviews through that time. While Campbeltown was given gold three years ago, winning the same standard again was a proud moment for the team. There was also recognition for the catering department, which picked up a Healthy Living Plus award, building on the Healthy Living award it already had. Back: Caroline Glen, Carol Muir, Kirsteen Graham, Margaret MacFarlane, Lois Fell and Catriona Dreghorn; front: Louise Burke and Jill Matthew.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday June 27, 1997

Temporary eviction

Argyll and Bute Council will be serving a temporary eviction order on the sports groups which use the Meadows Playing Fields while the field is being drained.

The company, Souters of Stirling, will carry out a £90,000 contract by draining the two football pitches as well as the rugby and shinty pitches.

Clean up act

Campbeltown Crime Prevention Panel hopes to address the problem of dog fouling at the Kintyre Agricultural Show on August 21.

Poop scoops will be available and potential customers will be able to try them out. The panel will also distribute literature on the health hazards associated with dog fouling.

Financial settlement

A Guilford woman became the 17th person to receive a financial settlement from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) this week as a result of the 1994 RAF Chinook disaster on the Mull of Kintyre.

Mrs Delyth Gregory-Smith, aged 42, of Guildford, Surrey, accepted undisclosed agreed High Court damages on Monday after claiming damages for bereavement against the MoD arising from the Chinook crash which killed 25 security specialists and four RAF crew members.

The pay-out brings the total money paid out to relatives of the victims of the crash to almost £8 million.

Fourteen of the 16 non-military claims have now been settled.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday July 6, 1972

Ring out the Golden Hind

Last Saturday, the Golden Hind sailed out of Campbeltown for the last time.

She had been sold to tomato grower Mr R Machem from Guernsey and was on her way to her new home.

Mr Machem’s interests also extend to skindiving and, it is reported, lobster fishing.

The Golden Hind starred in Campbeltown celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the granting of the Royal charter in 1950.

The fishing fleet and visiting vessels held a race and the Golden Hind out stripped them all.

Then, in the evening, she carried her name and number CN199 proudly at the line up of 40 fishing vessels.

She carried Campbeltown Civic Queen, 18-year-old Miss Catherine Watterson, and her three ladies in waiting.

The Golden Hind made a tour of the assembled fleet so that the Queen could pick out the best dressed vessel.

Now CN199 has gone with Mr James Speed as skipper on the seven-to-eight day journey to Guernsey.

‘I am going to be looking in at the Isle of Man on the way to see my brother,’ said Mr Speed, ‘then across to Guernsey. I’ll be flying back.’

SEVENTY YEARS AGO
Thursday June 26, 1952

Glasgow visitor’s complaint

A frequent visitor to Campbeltown, Mr Norman Sage Mackay, a Glasgow accountant, wrote to Provost R Wallace Greenlees to enquire if peer facilities could be improved for visitors and, particularly, portering facilities.

Last year, he said, he and his wife, had occasion to visit Campbeltown in the summer.

The boat was busy. On arrival they could hardly get off the boat, owing to crowds round the gangway.

Further, no porters appeared to be available, or were indistinguishable in the crush, with the result that he had to carry his luggage to the barrier, quite a distance, where a taxi was necessary to take them to the hotel.

Annual library report

In the annual report of the Argyll County Library, just issued, it is stated that the stock of the library is now 54,360 volumes, which is slightly more than one per head of population.

In the book postal service, there has been an increase of 256.

Carrier

One of Britain’s foremost Naval Air Squadrons – the No 814 – joined Britain’s largest aircraft carrier, Eagle, on Monday afternoon at a rendezvous off the Mull of Kintyre.

This flight on was timed for 12:00 hours.

This Firefly nightflight squadron, commanded by Lieutenant Commander John A McColgan, R.N. of Epsom, has been based for training at the Royal Naval Air Station at Machrihanish.