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Issue 205 - October 2009 - e-mail edition

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CONTENTS

- NEW COMMUNTY COUNCIL SCHEME GETS GO-AHEAD


- THE PAST - THE PENULTIMATE EKCC MEETING
- THE PRESENT - THE CONTINUING COMMITMENT IN EAST KINTYRE
- THE FUTURE - ELECTION TIME IN ARGYLL and BUTE
- EAST KINTYRE COMMUNITY COUNCIL - ELECTION ADDRESSES - STUART IRVINE
- COMMUNITY COUNCIL - OFFICIAL MINUTE OF THE MEETING ON JULY 2nd, 2009
- NEWS FROM 'THE GOAT' - TWINS CELEBRATE THEIR 87th BIRTHDAY
- R.N.L.I. BONUS BALL WINNERS

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- GOLF EVENING
- A CALL IN TIME : A NEW SERVICE
- SADDELL AND CARRADALE GUILD SYLLABUS 2009 - 2010
- DINNER THEATRE at CARRADALE HOTEL - Saturday October 3, 2009
- NETWORK - THE TIMES, THEY ARE A'CHANGING
- AUGUST RAINFALL
- THE GLASS CEILING - MIKE AND TRISH’S OFFER
- FOOTIE
- DRIVING THE OVER-EIGHTIES TO DISTRACTION - TASTE, SMELL AND MOBILITY
- CHARLES & BARBARA TYRE TRUST
- IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - THE REDESIGN & MODERNISATION OF MENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES FOR ARGYLL & BUTE CHP
- SCOTTISH AMBULANCE SERVICE - GETTING PATIENTS TO & FROM HOSPITAL
- RHODO ROBBERY
- CARRADALE SCHOOL
- SPIELGELEIN, SPIEGELEIN AN DER WAND
- HARBOURA PANORAMA
- CARRADALE CAMERA CLUB - 2009 PROGRAMME
- DONATIONS TO 'THE ANTLER'
- CLOCKING OFF - CHANGING OF CLOCKS
- CARRADALE GOLF CLUB - AN ITEM FROM THE WEB
- MULL RETURNS
- OCTOBER 2009 EVENTS
- NOVEMBER 2009 EVENTS

NEW COMMUNTY COUNCIL SCHEME GETS GO-AHEAD


The Community Council structure in Argyll and Bute is to be strengthened following the agreement of a new policy
document.

The new Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in Argyll and Bute was approved by the Council's
Executive following a comprehensive review.

The Scheme sets out, in detail, the basis on which the local Community Council system will now operate.

Councillors also agreed that Community Council elections will take place on Thursday, October 29, unless a UK
Parliamentary election is called before then.

The wide-ranging review aimed to ensure that Community Councils can make an effective contribution to
community engagement and community planning developments which the Coucnil is promoting, giving Community
Councils and communities a bigger say in how the Council and other public sector partners develop and shape
services.

The review was progressed in two stages over a seven-month period and involved all Community Councils. The first
stage was an “as is” look at how Community Councils operated, and the second invited all interested parties to
comment on a “to be” vision for the future.

The Association of Argyll and Bute Community Councils was involved at every step of the review, with meetings
being held to discuss progress and invite comments.

Council Leader Dick Walsh welcomed the adoption of the new Scheme, saying it was beneficial to the entire area to
have as robust a Community Council structure as possible.

“The 56 distinct areas represented by our Community Councils provide a unique opportunity to get right to the heart
of our local communities, and ensure that we plan in partnership for the future,” Councillor Walsh added.

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“Community Councils have a vital role in the democratic process. The new Scheme will, I hope, strengthen their role
as well as improve community representation and participation.”

He also urged members of the public to consider putting themselves forward for the October 29 elections, and
Community Councils and existing Community Councillors to promote interest in standing for election.

“Being a Community Councillor is a very important role, and one which can be extremely rewarding,” Councillor
Walsh said.

“Most people get involved to help improve their local area, whether by way of direct activities or by influencing
decisions made by the Council and other public bodies.

“Argyll and Bute Council is committed to working closely with Community Councils to ensure that they can do this
as effectively as possible.”

The new document incorporates model Standing Orders, a model Constitution, a list of Community Councils and a
Best Practice Agreement, which includes a Code of Conduct for Community Councillors.

With the new structure in place, Community Councils are likely to have a role contributing to Argyll and Bute’s
proposed Area Community Planning Groups. They will be able to make representations to public and private
agencies more effectively on matters which they consider to be of local interest.

Councillor Walsh said: “Community Planning is about local organisations working together to improve services for
their communities.

“Most importantly, it is about ensuring that local people are able to influence the decisions of the agencies which
provide their services. That’s where Community Councils have a potentially major role to play.

“The Council places the Community Planning process very highly on its agenda. We want to see co-operation and
partnership working have a positive impact on everyone’s lives and achieve sustainable, thriving communities. I very
much look forward to our Community Councils playing a full part in this process.”

THE PAST - THE PENULTIMATE EKCC MEETING


On Tuesday 1st September, six members of East Kintyre Community Council two ABC Councillors and a few
residents met to discuss local affairs.

After the usual formalities, the Secretary of the AABCC gave a résumé of the latest twists and turns in Argyll & Bute
Council’s Review of Community Councils and suggested that the emerging changes did not justify a delay of six
months in the 2009 elections.

The Core Path issue was next on the agenda. A letter received from Dr Abernethy, on behalf of the Golf Club, made
it clear that a circular walk round urban Carradale, via a more golfer-friendly route over the course, was not favoured
by the Club.

The proposed new fish farm south of Grianian received support as long as it provided jobs for local workers.

Cour wind farm may be a little closer if a related initiative provides a larger capacity transmission line via Arran to
Ayrshire.

More litter bins could be placed on the the ‘aluminium can route’ between Carradale Village Hall and the school,
although the recycling bins at the harbour have been the butt of desperate drinkers unable to get their bottles
through the hazy holes, forcing the lids open so that they could increase liquid storage at home.

The Chair-person, Shelagh Cameron, received little in the way of support for membership of the community council
to be elected on October 29th. Ronnie Brownie said that he would seek re-election and Lachie Paterson suggested

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that he might not stand because he was away on business quite often. An attempt was made to encourage Lachie to
change his mind and to dissuade an older councillor from talking about retirement.

The Editor reminded prospective councillors that he would welcome election material for publication in the October
Antler which would be distributed before the end of September.

Unlike some earlier meetings, the general atmosphere was mildly humorous and constructive, but with few allusions
about the difficulty in encouraging many residents to support new business opportunities and to develop local
facilities.

The final meeting of the present council is on Thursday 1st of October, 2009, at 7pm.

THE PRESENT - THE CONTINUING COMMITMENT IN EAST KINTYRE


A number of initiatives in the past four and a half years have been allowed to run down or have still to see the light
of day. Among some of the most recent missed opportunities have been the following -

Torrisdale Quay has still to maim its first victim, although several visitors, unaware of the dangers of standing on the
broken surface, are still allowing their children to hide inside the ‘caves’ underneath.

The upgrading of the footpath from Carradale harbour to the Golf Course has slipped down the slope of
community council intentions.

Fruit trees have yet to appear at unspecified locations on our roads - it will be a long time before ‘scrumping’
becomes a problem.

After a few years of voluntary activity the Sally’s Walk dog bins are now friendless and may well be removed.

Recent appeals in the Antler about the maintenance of the Broomfield and War Memorial gardens in Carradale have
roused some interest, a few interesting ideas, but little in the way of tangible evidence. There is still hope that the
War Memorial Garden will receive a much needed weed before the commemoration in November.

Finally, the Community Council, while paying a minute secretary, fails to deliver minutes to community councillors
and Unitary Authority Councillors at their home addresses before attending the meeting, making it difficult to
comment effectively on the competence and accuracy of the account. (see page 8).

THE FUTURE - ELECTION TIME IN ARGYLL and BUTE


Now that the Review of Community Councils is almost complete, by Thursday 29th October you will have an
opportunity to vote for members of your community to serve as community councillors for the next 4½ years.

If you live in the Campbeltown Community Council area 16 councillors should co-operate in ensuring that the
town’s interests are protected and enhanced.

If you live in East Kintyre, West Kintyre, Southend or Laggan 10 new community councillors will represent your
interests at an ever increasing number of meetings and county-wide groups. In catchment areas, where a wind-farm
exists, the new members of the community council will also have the responsibility of issuing wind-farm company
grants, to worthy community causes.

The actions of community councillor will now come under stricter controls - the days of leaving the accounts un-
invested under the bed in a fish box are long past.

Meetings for the whole of each year must be arranged at the first meeting of the new council and agendas will have
to be displayed on notice-boards ten days before monthly or bi-monthly meetings.

Draft minutes must be sent out within 14 days of the last meeting to all community councillors, Argyll & Bute

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Councillors serving the catchment and to the Corporate Services Manager, in readiness for approval at the following
meeting. Chairmen, chairwomen, chairpersons will be magically transformed into conveners and even auditors will
come in twos because of financial safety concerns.

So if you wish to show your commitment and are prepared for open criticism and hostility, now is the chance to
consider standing for election. You won’t be paid for your hard work, you are unlikely to receive travelling expenses
for meetings outside your area and you will need much more than two hours once a month for the meetings you
attend to carry out your duties and responsibilities.

If you do take on more responsibilities your term as a representative of the community council on the Kintyre
Initiative, the Community Planning Forum, the new CCP Social Affairs Thematic Group, the Crime Prevention
Panel and attending Area Committee Meetings could be re-assessed at each AGM, and if you are a Convener, Vice
Convener, Treasurer, Planning Officer or Licensing Officer you will be shown the door after a maximum of two
community council terms - 8 years - much earlier if found negligent or guilty of not actions not in keeping with the
Code of Conduct.

EAST KINTYRE COMMUNITY COUNCIL - ELECTION ADDRESSES


STUART IRVINE
I have decided to offer my services again to the EKCC and have therefore submitted my nomination paper.

Since coming here to live in 1985 my commitment to Carradale should be taken into account. I have been heavily
involved in the Church, Golf Club, Abbeyfield, Network and more recently in relation to the Harbour.

As Treasurer of the Community Council and Wind-farm Trust, proper records have been kept and satisfactory
accounts prepared for the auditor have been produced. A number of changes were made to previous practice, e.g.
income tax was reclaimed on all interest thus generating moré income for both bodies.

Hopefully, I can count on your vote and I can continue, as a professionally qualified person, to look after the
financial affairs.

J Stuart Irvine, F.P.M.I., A.C.E.A., A.C.P.A.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL - OFFICIAL MINUTE OF THE MEETING ON


JULY 2nd, 2009
Present : Shelagh Cameron Lachie Paterson Ronnie Brownie Andrea Hopkins, Sheena Mcalister Robin Currie,
Minutes Secretary Cheryl Greenwood

14 members of the community

Apologies - John MacAlpine stuart Geoff Page, John Semple

Minutes - Proposed by Andrea Hopkins - Seconded by Ronnie Brownie

Matters Arising

Corpath Network contacted David Garner pointed out one of the paths is not on the map, contact the golf club
about a circular route

Bus Shelter - now waiting for the panels so the children can put up their artwork.

Grass Cutting - verge cutting has been done up to Skipness.

Beach Clean - apologies for not putting p the signs the beach seems clean so will postpone until later in the year

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Treasurers Report - Everything is fine

Review of Community Council Updates - Grogport, Peninver, Carradale and Saddell

The parish of Saddell should be kept within the EKCC, Peninver closer to Campbeltown 10 members at most to
make up a working committee with a mimimum of 6 which would be a working possibility - Copy to Robin Currie

Licensing Applications

The licensing currently are existing with no changes the response to all 10 are due soon

Report from Windfarm Trust and Community Council Training

New planning regulations and services, mayjor planning issues sites of 50 houses or more on 2 hectares, wind farm
over 20 mega watts

Machrihanish Airbase - Draft Brief

We need longer to reply to these questionnaires, to assisit to the airbase hand-over there is a paper on this if anyone
would like to read this please contact Shelagh.

Roads, Verges and Pavements

The roads and pavements in Carradale are currently being repaired.we would like to thank the residence who are
cutting the grass at tomor, thanks to Robert for cutting the dangerous areas on the Skipness road. All the cuttings are
being left at 'Hill 60', Robin Currie is to take forward the issues about the roads etc.

Old People Services

There is a consultation n the services for the old people within the area there was a leaflet about this in the oban
times and the courier.

Correspondent

David Stuart MSP, Public Victims' Commissionare for Scotland, vice chair picked up a document proposing to put
up a windfarm in Mallaig (? spelling typo-error ?) for community electricity.

Planning : No planning matters

AOCB

Children pulling up the plants out of the tubs.

'Roddies' being taken out of Crow Wood

New Policeman starts in two weeks time

Kill weeds at 'The Memorial' and plant poppies instead

SEPA - anyone with a septic tank does not have to let SEPA on to their land

Date of Next Meeting - Thursday 3rd September 2009

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NEWS FROM 'THE GOAT' - TWINS CELEBRATE THEIR 87th BIRTHDAY
Lilian on the left is mum to Sue Stansfield (otherwise known as surgery Sue) and Margaret moved to Scotland 12
years ago to live with Malcolm and Sue at The Schoolhouse, Carradale. A couple of cheery elderly (better not say the
other word) ladies who live life to the full with a wee dram of sherry daily to keep the doctor at bay.
Many happy returns from all of us (and what a lovely meal by the host). Photo and comment courtesy of Johnny
Durnan.

R.N.L.I. BONUS BALL WINNERS


1st August Alex Hanning
8th August ‘Nonnie’
15th August Mary Page
22nd August Dede Robertson
29th August ‘Mo’

GOLF EVENING
THANKS To Janeta for taking over at such short notice, to everyone who helped in any way, on the Golf Evening,
raising a wonderful £203, to the Ladies Captain, Lindsay Owen for the proceeds of her Captain’s Day - £285, and
for the donation from the gentleman who lost his money and another who lost his glasses. My particular thanks to
you all for ‘holding the fort’ during my extended stay in the sweltering heat of Boston. Mass’.

HELP THE AGED


Ian Teesdale of the South Kintyre Seniors Forum, has received information on a new national service for those older
people who would like a weekly call from a sympathetic telephone volunteer.

A CALL IN TIME : A NEW SERVICE


As an organisation that has previous close links with the charity, we are very keen to work in partnership with you. I
am therefore writing to advise you of a new service called ‘A Call in Time’ which may be of interest to your own
service to older people. ‘A Call in Time’ is a free national service where one of our trained registered volunteers
makes a friendly phone call once a week on a day/time convenient to an older person. Here is what just a just few of
our members have said :

‘I regard my volunteer as my caring friend.’

'The friendly call gives me something to smile about.'

'I feel the warmth of my volunteers calls; I greatly enjoy her weekly call.’

‘I am a widow living on my own, I miss conversation everything is so quiet.’

The enclosed information sheet explains more about the service. Please also feel free to share this information with
anyone you think might be interested in this service. If you'd like to hear more about ‘A Call in Time’, need further
details, or wish to refer an older person, we can be contacted in the following ways.

• Phone us on 0844 225 1607 (a local rate telephone number)

• E-mail us at dorothy.seymour@helptheaged.org.uk

We'll be very pleased to hear from you.

Yours sincerely, Dorothy Seymour, ‘A Call in Time’ Manager.

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SADDELL AND CARRADALE GUILD SYLLABUS - 2009 - 2010
The Guild starts its winter programme in October and members will be delighted to welcome new faces at any of the
meetings.

You don’t have to be a member to come along; look out for the posters throughout the village.

We may have to choose alternative venues for some of the meetings as work will be starting on the ‘Wee’ church
soon

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Sunday, October 4th 12 noon Church Dedication Reverend J. Vischer

Monday, October 5th 7:30 pm 800 Years of Sacred Music


Cameron McNair (Grogport) with musical interludes

Monday, October 26th 7:30 pm. Slide-show Duncan Shaw (Skipness)

Monday, November 16th 7:30 pm Floral demonstration Haley Baxter. (Torrisdale)

Saturday, November 28th 2.30 pm Christmas Fayre Village Hall

Monday, December 7th TBA Christmas Dinner

2010

Monday, January 12th 2.30 pm More Medical Matters. Dr Robert Abernethy


Monday, February 1st 7.30 pm Open Night Tony Leighton and Michael Foreman Village Hall

Monday, February 22nd


or Tuesday, February 23rd TBA Barbershop Singers and other musical items

Friday, March 5th 7 pm World Day of Prayer

Tuesday, March 9th 2.30 pm Guild A.G.M.

DINNER THEATRE at CARRADALE HOTEL - MADCOW


(in association with RAINCOAT & SLIPPERS)
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SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2009 - 6.30 FOR 7.00 p.m. - TICKETS - £25.00
A SUMPTUOUS THREE-COURSE BUFFET
INTERSPERSED WITH INSPIRED PERFORMANCES !

Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads Double Bill

Bed Among The Lentils, performed by Jane Dunbar - The minister’s wife, Susan, is unhappy with her lot which
leads her to stray from the path of right … and

A Lady of Letters, performed by Clare Hume - Miss Irene Ruddock might consider herself public spirited. At
best, others might think her a busybody ...

PHONE : 01583 431 223 / E-MAIL : noriffraff@carradalehotel.com

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT… SPECIAL RATES FOR B & B … SO ENQUIRE WITHIN ! PLAY & STAY !

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NETWORK - THE TIMES, THEY ARE A'CHANGING
Closed Wednesday October 7th to Friday October 23rd but, starting on Friday October 23rd Winter Opening
Hours will be 11am to 4pm - Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays - José.

AUGUST RAINFALL
August was a record breaking month with only three days when no rain was recorded - an almost complete “wash-
out”.

In total, a massive 339mm was recorded. This easily surpassed our previous record of a mere 205mm in August
2005. (Our records began in 2001.)

Showers came thick and fast, often merging into steady rain. Even heavier falls were recorded when
23mm,18mm,13mm,15mm,29mm,25mm,21mm,18mm, and 29mm on the 1st, 6th, 10th,14th,15th, 23rd, 26th, 28th
and 31st but even these figures were eclipsed by the 35mm that fell on Thursday 20th.

To the casual observer, tourist, gardener and farmer it appeared as though the blanket rain would never end.
However, daily showers could be quite random with quite close locations getting their inevitable rain at differing and
varying times. Earlier dry days in June were but a hazy memory - water shortage ? What water shortage !

For statisticians the August rainfall figures will be of interest. They are set down in the following table :

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


134mm 78mm 62mm 172mm 205mm 101mm 132mm 171mm 339mm

At the time of writing this report there is a distinctly autumnal feel to the weather. Summer is most decidedly over.
M.L'

THE GLASS CEILING - MIKE AND TRISH’S OFFER


We have a number of very large sheets of hefty glass available to anyone who wants it for free; suitable cold frames
etc. Tel 01583 - 431683

FOOTIE
Carradale’s good form has continued over the past few weeks.- winning The Provan Sports Shield and then
following this success with the retention of The Dalriada Cup.

They knocked out Ardrishaig and Kinloch winning 7:2 and 7:1 respectively. They played their old rivals Southend in
the final. The match was a close affair in the opening 30 mins but two quick goals before half time gave Carradale
the upper hand and the game ended in a 4:1 win to the East Kintyre side.

In the league Carradale had a comfortable 4:0 win over Lochgilphead Wanderers.

In celebration of its 25 years in the Scottish Amateur Football League, Tarbert Amateur Football Club invited
Carradale to a friendly at Tarbert‘s home ground. (Tarbert won the SAFL 3rd Division title last season)

In an amazing match where there were goals galore - Carradale ended winning the very entertaining match 6;5. The
next few fixtures are a home game against Northend Thistle from Arran and an away league game against Kintyre
Select.

The Club hosted a very successful 6-a-side tournament with Campbeltown Boys beating Kilmartin in the final. The
day finished with an excellent dance to raise funds for the new garage roof and repair to the mower. The Club would

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like to thank all those who supported the event, helped on the day, donated raffle prizes and helped with the clearing
up.

The July and August club members draw will be announced in the next Antler.

DRIVING THE OVER-EIGHTIES TO DISTRACTION


TASTE, SMELL AND MOBILITY
As we get older the passions we had in our youth are progressively denied us, either by physical incapability or by
regulation.

While one can accept that the loss of hearing, may extend our ability to emerge from a rock concert relatively
undamaged and greying eyesight might restrict the amount of rubbish we read in the local press, other aspects of
ageing face bring different challenges.

As a vegetable protester from the age of 5, I must confess that facing fruits of the earth at a meal in a hotel recently,
I ate them with delight. Perhaps the hotel’s chef had unusual culinary powers, or was it simply that my sense of taste
is following my sense of smell, down the Shakespearean scale and I am now able to eat a wider variety of food
without retching.

Putting these minor irritations and pleasures aside, the latest threat to the over ‘80s’ comes in new legislation from
the Canadian and New Zealand governments.

Motoring has always attracted the free spirit but things conspire to limit its pleasure. This became apparent when
helping someone who had passed the 75, 78 and 81 ‘medical honesty’ test but was asked to renew a driving licence
when another three years hadn’t passed. The DVLA web-site gave no reason for the anomaly but an adjacent
unfamiliar site offered simple advice with what seemed a ‘pedestrian’ bias -

‘Step One‘

‘Starting with your 80th birthday, you will be mailed a letter and a driver's licence renewal form approximately 90
days before your driver's licence expires.’

‘Step 2 : Call The Ministry’

‘Once your renewal notice arrives in the mail, you must call the scheduling office in your region to make an
appointment for your session as soon as possible. You can find the appropriate telephone numbers to call in the
paperwork that arrived with your renewal notice, or on this web-site’.

‘Step 3 : Attend a Session’

‘Go to your scheduled session, where a trained driving counsellor will be there to help you through the process’.

‘Step 4 : Renew Your Licence’

‘After successfully completing your vision test, multiple-choice text and group education session, you will be directed
to go to a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office to renew your licence’.

At this point we both looked a bit ashen and started to splutter. No expletives were necessary, just a dread of the
mammoth task in ‘swotting’ the Highway Code and adjusting to the prospect of enduring a ‘senior driver group
education session’.

However, a mere stripling of 75 standing at the computer behind the worried pair pointed out that there was no
immediate need to panic as we were not living in the Ontario region of Canada !

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But the question remains - how can the older driver establish competence and an ability to avoid heart attacks at the
wheel ?

Should we follow Ontario’s lead, add annual road tests on Hall Street’s dual carriageway, and Glasgow’s city centre
or simply wait for the next hearse ? G.P.

CHARLES & BARBARA TYRE TRUST


The Trust offers financial help to young people who seek financial assistance to improve their qualifications, retrain
or through disability, wish to benefit from a re-creative holiday. Applicants must be under 25 years of age, have
completed their school education, be able to satisfy the Directors that they are of the Protestant Faith and live in the
former County of Argyll, which includes Kinlochleven but excludes Helensburgh and The Island of Bute.

Grants are available to assist applicants of both sexes -

(a) to obtain qualification additional to a degree, associate-ship, diploma or certificate of a University, or other
institute of further or higher education already obtained.

(b) to train in a trade or profession other than in which they are at present trained.

(c) to undertake a course provided by the Open University, for which they have registered or are about to register.

(d) to undertake training in leadership and initiative

(e) to benefit from re-creative holidays in cases of physical or mental disability, whether permanent or temporary.

Applications are invited through press adverts in April and completed forms must be received no later than 31 May
in any year. Successful applicants will be notified after decisions are made toward the end of August.

Applications received after the closing date will not normally be considered except in exceptional circumstances.

Note : Application forms will be accepted before examination results are received.

Further details may be obtained from the Clerk to The Governors of The Charles and Barbara Tyre Trust, 168 Bath
Street, Glasgow G2 4TP Tel: 0141 566 7000.

A web-site should be up and running in the next few weeks.

IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES


THE REDESIGN & MODERNISATION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
FOR ARGYLL & BUTE CHP

Argyll & Bute Community Health Partnership (CHP) and Argyll and Bute Council have been working with RDMH
(independent consultants) to develop modern mental health services for the people of Argyll and Bute. This project
had three phases: Phase One gathered information and perspectives on the current service; Phase two developed the
options for future service provision and Phase three was the public consultation where the public & staff were asked
to comment on the options and tell us which one they preferred. All three phases are now complete.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION FEEDBACK

The public consultation phase ended on 10th April and during the twelve week period a total of 38 meetings and
events were held across Argyll and Bute with over 560 people attending. Some meetings were tailored to specific
groups such as service users, staff or public whereas others were open events. The top 5 issues raised at these events
were :

Adequate response to Mental Health crisis

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Concerns around retention and recruitment of staff

Training and supporting staff through the service changes

Acute services - particularly around the potential use of local community hospitals

Questions around the future of the Dementia service

We wish to thank everyone who engaged in the consultation and previous events for their ideas, hard work and participation.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ?

Formal approval of the preferred service option (Option 4), as identified by the results of the consultation, was
recently given by the Argyll & Bute CHP Committee and is now with NHS Highland Board for their decision. Final
approval is then required from the Scottish Government. Once a final option is formally approved it is anticipated
that implementation and delivery of this option will commence in September 2009 with the expectation that the
process will be complete by September 2012, with the following service outcomes :

More support for self-help & voluntary organisations New primary care service to support GPs

Enhanced community teams integrated with Social Work services

Crisis response capability and assertive outreach

Specialist Day Assessment & Treatment Service, including education centre

A purpose built modern in-patient facility in Lochgilphead (to replace Argyll & Bute Hospital) consisting of 20 - 26
Acute / Rehabilitation beds

6 Intensive psychiatric care unit beds


10 Dementia Assessment bed
20 Dementia Continuing care beds (in Mid Argyll Hospital).

SCOTTISH AMBULANCE SERVICE


GETTING PATIENTS TO & FROM HOSPITAL
What happens now ?

The Ambulance Service transports 1.6 million non emergency patients a year to and from hospital. Our primary
responsibility is to provide a service for patients with a medical care need or with limited mobility. Our Patient
Transport Service (PTS) provides assistance for these groups of patients, ensuring they arrive at hospital
appointments on time and are taken home as quickly as possible afterwards.

The Service also transfers patients between hospitals and takes them home upon discharge, for example, following
surgery.

What are we trying to achieve ?

The Ambulance Service is part of a wider network of transport providers and we're working with those partners to
provide a priority service for patients with a medical or mobility need. Patients do not automatically qualify for
ambulance transport because they have a hospital appointment, however, a lack of general awareness of available
alternatives results in a higher dependency on the SAS. Often, there is an expectation from patients who don't meet
the criteria that they will be eligible for PTS transport. As part of our efforts to address this issue and to improve the
PTS, the Scottish Ambulance Service consulted 600 PTS users last year. We found that :

• 80% of our patients are able to travel around on other transport when not attending the hospital.

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• 22% can't travel by other means because of their medical condition.

• 37% were unaware of the eligibility criteria as their transport was booked "automatically" on their behalf.

• 61 % could not afford to pay for their hospital transport costs upfront and were unaware of reimbursement
schemes.

We believe there is an opportunity to develop a dedicated transfer service between hospitals and specialist healthcare
facilities. In addition, we think there is potential to further develop specialised transport services for patients with
specific needs, for example, those with heart or renal conditions or requiring end of life care.

NHS Tayside has been working alongside Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide a Patient Transport Service tailored
specifically to patients requiring end of life, palliative care. In the two years the pilot project was running, with one
adapted vehicle and three full-time specialist staff, more than 1,300 patient journeys were made. Around 1,100
individual patients used the service and, for many, it was the only way they were able to leave hospital to make a will
or to spend their final hours at home. Our staff were able to make these final, vital journeys as comfortable as
possible. The Service operates with its own phone number, so that staff can be contacted directly in cases where a
patient requires immediate transport. Talks are now underway to continue the provision of the Service for the
Tayside area and beyond.

A collaborative approach to getting patients to and from hospital, which could also make use of non ambulance
transport services, would result in greater flexibility for patients. This in turn would help the Scottish Ambulance
Service to more efficiently target resources towards patients with a real medical or mobility need. We believe that
patients would receive a higher level of care as a result.

RHODO ROBBERY
There has been another spate of rhododendron robberies from Crow Wood. Fortunately this time precautions were
taken and the plants can be identified by a unique method resembling the anti-theft method used on church lead
roofs and gutters. So if you spot a new rhodo in your neighbours garden looking suspiciously like a new resident -
wan expression, drooping arms and thirsting for water - just drop a hint that it would be better sent back ‘from
whence it came’ - otherwise someone with or without a black cap will be passing sentence in a similar vein.

CARRADALE SCHOOL
Following the end of term events, the retiral of three long serving members of staff and the conclusion of a
probationary year, the new term opened with somewhat more dramatic events. Now with a temporary head-teacher,
the return of the probationer as a temporary teacher, and the introduction of a new probationary teacher, the school
has restarted its studies with the minimum of disturbance. Parents are hoping that a permanent resolution of the
problems will be not be too long in coming.

SPIELGELEIN, SPIEGELEIN AN DER WAND ...


The Carradale Fire Station has an new piece of apparatus - a round reflecting disc attached to a lamp-post. Some
mischievous residents insist that it is to ensure that when the Fire Station itself is ablaze, arriving operatives, unable
to get at their equipment, can see that the disc is obscured by heat from the building and must of necessity call out
the Campbeltown and Tarbert crews, but others say its so that the Fire and Rescue operatives can check that their
helmets are on straight when leaving for a ‘shout’ in Campbeltown.

HARBOURA PANORAMA
The range of postcards depicting views within Kintyre is being extended with a totally new panorama of Carradale
harbour. So when José returns from her well-earned Autumn break it is quite possible that residents and visitors will
be able to enjoy José's delectable cakes alongside Allan McLay’s very HD picture card.

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CARRADALE CAMERA CLUB
We meet fortnightly on a Monday at 7.30 in the Network Centre at Carradale. Our season usually runs from
September to May with meetings comprising both talks and members' print and slide evenings. We have more than
twenty members with a wide age range and differing levels of experience and ability.

Membership is £15 per year, but potential members are welcome to try 3 months membership without any
obligation. We are always glad to see new people at our meetings.

Each summer we hold an exhibition of members pictures, usually in the village hall. We have access to a darkroom
with basic black & white printing facilities. In Autumn of 2007 we were awarded a grant by the National Lottery
‘Awards for All’ scheme which with a further grant from the East Kintyre Wind-farm Trust enabled us to buy a
laptop and digital projector for club nights to supplement the Epson printer which we already possessed.

2009 PROGRAMME

Monday, October 5th A talk by Ronnie Togneri

Monday, October 19th Montage with Nicola plus demo of our Epson A3 printer

Monday, November 2nd TALK - 'Flash Photography' by Flash 'Aarry

Monday, November 16th Print Night (mounted) 'ON THE STREET'

Monday, November 30th Pre-recorded talk

Monday, December 14th Christmas Party

DONATIONS TO 'THE ANTLER'


The Editor has received several more donations from readers outside Kintyre and one from Carradale. This extra
help was warmly welcomed and should go some way towards balancing the books. In the meantime the established
eight page format will continue with an extra two pages occasionally.

CLOCKING OFF - CHANGING OF CLOCKS


Clocks are due to be ‘put back’ one hour on Sunday 24th of October 2009 and forward on Sunday 28th March 2010.
Time is said to wait for no man but I am not sure about women.

CARRADALE GOLF CLUB - AN ITEM FROM THE WEB


Carradale Golf Club, founded in 1906, is regarded by many as one of the Golf Course gems in Scotland yet fairly
unknown. It is located on the east coast of the Kintyre peninsula with panoramic views across the Kilbrannan Sound
towards The Isle of Arran.

Although only a 9 hole course, each one has its own feature and is very popular with the local and visiting players.
Children are also made most welcome and during the summer months it is not unusual to see complete families
tackling the course.

The Clubhouse provides changing facilities and golf trolleys are available. The adjoining Carradale Hotel provides
good accommodation and full catering. In addition, nearby Dunvalanree and Ashbank Hotels similarly also provide
good services. There are also a number of B&Bs and self catering.

Within easy reach of Carradale golf is also available at Machrihanish, Dunaverty and Tarbert. Above all, a warm
welcome awaits you when you visit Carradale.

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MULL RETURNS
A great night was had by all at Carradale Village Hall some weeks ago when Mull Theatre returned (after the
resounding success of ‘The Accidental Death of An Accordionist’) to the village with their latest production, ‘Island
Nights Experience’.

The action took place aboard a ferry that was unable to berth due to bad weather and included snapshots of
Parahandy, Whisky Galore, Katie Morag, Consider the Lillies and much much more.

The Village Hall was packed to capacity and the cast were overheard saying that it was their best audience yet ! The
set was imaginative and atmospheric - at one point we were transported into the hot and sweaty engine room of the
Vital Spark with MacPhail bemoaning the life of a puffer engineer. Calum Macaskil’s rendition of ‘The Crinan Canal
For Me’ had the whole audience singing along and the evening ended with another wee refreshment and a couple of
ceilidh dances. Mull Theatre will be back ! S.C.

OCTOBER 2009 EVENTS


Wednesday October 7th 7.30 pm
Kintyre Music Club Concert “Hoot”, Emma Wilkins & Helen Macleod
Lorne & Lowland Church Hall £7 & £5
J Kerr 01586 552500

Friday October 9th (TBC)


Free Fiddle Workshops
Kirk St Hall (TBC) Free
I Johnston 01586 552034.

Saturday October 10th 8.30 pm


Charity Dance for Junior Pipe Band
Stronvaar Bowling Club £2.50
A Robertson 01586 553206.

Tuesday October 27th 7.30 pm


Kintyre Music Club Concert ‘Tim Kliphus Trio” (Jazz, fiddle)
Lorne & Lowland Church Hall £7 and £5
J Kerr 01586 552500

Saturday October 31st Halloween


Fancy Dress Disco Fundraiser
Tarbert Hotel.

NOVEMBER 2009 EVENTS


Early Nov. Fireworks Display
Kinloch Green.

Friday November 6th


Skipness Family Dance

Wednesday November 11th


Kintyre Antiquarian & Natural History Society Talk : ‘Gay Mountain Shieling’
Argyll Arms Hotel, Campbeltown

Tuesday November 17th


Kintyre Music Club Concert Tom Poster - Solo Piano
Lorne & Lowland Church Hall

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Saturday November 21st
Charity Dance for Yorkhill Hospital
Stronvaar Bowling Club.

Thursday November 26th


Campbeltown Switching on of Christmas Lights
Campbeltown Main Street

Thursday November 26th - Saturday November 28th


South Kintyre Art Group Christmas Art Mart
Town Hall Council Chambers, Campbeltown

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