30 Dec 2013

Community Council meeting - January

The agenda for the next CC meeting to be held on January 6th is available here.

My apologies to those who have been unable to access the agenda. I couldn't see anything wrong with the link but have redone it, so hopefully it will be ok now. If not, email me directly using wacckilchoan@yahoo.co.uk and I will send an agenda to you.  

27 Dec 2013

Kate's Funeral

Kate Carmichael's funeral will take place on Monday 30th December at 1.00pm in the Parish Church.

Church Service



The Service this Sunday, 29th December, will take place at 11.00am, and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

18 Dec 2013

Church Services



The Service this Sunday, 22nd December, will take place at 2.00pm, and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

There will also be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve.

Clare Holohan Visit

My next date for massage and herbal medicine treatments at the Kilchoan Learning Centre will be Monday 6th January if anyone would like to book in for a treatment.

Clare Holohan, BSc (Hons) MNIMH
Medical Herbalist, Massage & Aromatherapist
07903 922781

17 Dec 2013

Christmas & New Year Arrangements

Rubbish Collection:  As usual except that the Sanna/Portuairk collections will take place on Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st December, and the 12.00 - 2.00pm recycling point openings will also be on the Tuesdays instead of the Wednesdays.

Doctor's Surgery: Closed Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th December, and on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd January.  If urgent medical attention is required, phone 01967 431 231: your call will go through to NHS24 who will contact the Duty Doctor if necessary.

Corran Ferry: No sailings Thursday 26th and January 2nd - see timetable here.

Kilchoan-Tobermory Ferry: No service on 25th December and 1st January.  Limited service on Thursday 26th and January 2nd -
Full timetable here.

12 Dec 2013

Primary School Christmas Play

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Everyone is very welcome!

Invitation to Breakfast & Family Worship

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If you'd like to attend, the organisers ask that you contact them so they know the numbers for catering purposes.

8 Dec 2013

Work Wanted

Filippo Perratone, who lives at the Old Golf Course in Kilchoan, is looking for general labouring work in the West Ardnamurchan area.  Amongst other things, he will cut and chop wood and construct stone walls, and he has plenty of building experience both indoors and out.

Contact him on 07586 096 801.

7 Dec 2013

Water Supply problem in Kilchoan

Water is off in Kilchoan as of 6 this morning. Tanker and bottled water is on its way. No news as to when the supply will be back on.

5 Dec 2013

Sunday Service



Sunday 8th December

The Service this Sunday, the second Sunday in Advent, will take place at 2.00pm, and will be conducted by Rev Fiona Ogg.

3 Dec 2013

Community Council - a Comment

Donald Houston's briefing to Community Councillors started the meeting on a bright note.  The distillery now has 90% of its equipment and should be working in early 2014.  With this comes a golden opportunity for local people - 6 or 7 jobs, one to be appointed almost immediately.  There are also vacancies on the Estate for a shepherd/stockman, and three to work in the growing wood chip business.  An advert will appear in this month's De tha Dol, or contact the Estate on 208.

Donald then turned to the problem of poaching. It is now taking place on an industrial scale, run by gangs backed by highly-organised criminals.  PC Andy Irvine joined Donald in emphasising that local people can play a key role in fighting this by being aware, and reporting immediately, either to the Estate or to the police, any suspicious activity - BUT members of the public must not approach these criminals, who can be extremely dangerous.  Ardnamurchan Estate takes the present situation, which sees some £40,000-worth of animals taken each week from this area, extremely seriously, so is offering a reward of £5,000 for information which leads to a conviction.

The Community Council has received a letter from Alex Neil, the Health Minister, in response to the Secretary's recent letter about GP provision.  The minister's letter said very little, and certainly made no mention of what is urgently needed - a national enquiry into how GPs can be attracted to rural practices.  We need to find out what is happening with the 'revised' Dewar report, which is supposed to be reviewing the problem.  The letter will now be circulated to our MSPs, and every effort made to work with other community councils who are in a similar situation.

Unlike the battle for local nurses, the Community Council is in a more difficult situation with GP provision.  Because NHS Highland is supporting us with locums - they are booked now into April - there is no sense of urgency, yet we know that having our own GPs, who get to know us, is far preferable.

The massive fare rises on the Corran ferry were discussed, and great concern expressed about the future of a service which Highland Council has severely neglected.  One little statistic says it all - the Maid of Glencoul is now 45 years old.