District News, July 15 2022

The ribbon was cut by the school's newest pupil.

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Clydeside Arts Project

Pupils from Carradale Primary School took part in a creative workshop/exhibition relating to a project national provider of creative spaces Wasps is undertaking with Clyde Fishermen’s Trust on Friday July 1.

A public art exhibition celebrating the work of Scottish novelist, poet and playwright Naomi Mitchison will open in Glasgow this autumn following the free creative workshops with communities located on the Clyde estuary.

As part of the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, Wasps, the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust and award-winning multidisciplinary artist Rhona Taylor have been collaborating with community groups in Carradale, Tarbert and Glasgow. The locations mark the traditional fishing route along the Clyde to The Briggait, which once served as Scotland’s largest fish market and is now operated by Wasps as a major arts centre.

In each location, Rhona Taylor, who is also a Wasps tenant, has worked alongside local communities to explore and respond to different elements and themes present within Naomi Mitchison’s work.

The resulting exhibition will be held at Wasps’ The Briggait, which now serves as a working home for artists and creators and features gallery and event space, on Sunday September 18.

NO_CC28_WaspsWorkshop_ Carradale 01: Jonathan Walker and Rhona Taylor with the primary children and their paintings beside the pier in Carradale. Photograph: Martin Shields.

NO_CC28_WaspsWorkshop_ Carradale 02: Artist Rhona Taylor working with Faith Scott (9) from Carradale Primary School at the pier in the village. Photograph: Martin Shields.


A walk down memory lane for primary pupils

Pupils past and present, teachers and members of the community tokk part in 50th birthday celebration of Clachan Primary School on Wednesday June 20.

guest of honour was the school’s newest member and the four-year-old P1 pupil cut the ribbon to begin the celebrations.

In June 1972, the newly built Clachan Primary School was opened with a dedication ceremony. It was a new style school and innovative for its time. Fifty years on, Clachan remains an innovative and modern primary school, busy and happy in the centre of the village and in the hearts of the community.

The celebration included an open day during which pupils each created and took leadership of an area. There was art, paper marbling, tech corner, stop-start animation, cinema scene, trains and train tracks, and outside we had den building and a fire pit with toasted marshmallows for visitors.

All the community and past pupils were invited to join in and guests enjoyed looking at old photos and reading excerpts from log books from 1972 till present.

Ex pupils and families were encouraged to have a look around and spot changes and things that had remained the same.

Guest book entries on the day included: ‘The photos bring back lots of memories – how different things were then.’

‘This school helped shape me into who I am today. It’s a great school with amazing people allowing everyone to grow to their full potential.’

A very special school with a big heart. Lovely to see pupils old and new on a very important occasion.’

‘A great walk down memory lane, glad there is still a school here for my grandchildren- happy golden anniversary.’

Main photograph: The ribbon was cut by the school’s newest pupil. NO_CC28_ClachanPS50th_07

Rotary Club of Campbeltown

Belated Rotary recognition for Andrew

Most Promising Young Musician of the Year 2020 Andrew McMillan.

At last week’s Rotary Club of Campbeltown lunch Andrew McMillan, Most Promising Young Musician of the Year 2020, played two pieces of music for the gathering. One of the effects of the pandemic was the difficulty of recognising the tremendous talent of the town’s young. Alan Milstead, President of Campbeltown Rotary presented Andrew with the Norman Milne cup and a cheque.

Photograph: Most Promising Young Musician of the Year 2020 Andrew McMillan. NO_CC28_Rotary_Andrew McMillan YMotY 2020