October 2003

31st October 2003


Bute based Telecom Service Centres Ltd. is in the running for a top technology award to be presented in Glasgow this week. The company, which was the subject of a 28 million takeover package earlier this year , is one of the firms being considered for the accolade of Scotland's fastest growing technology company at the Delotte Fast 50 awards ceremony at the Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday.

The annual awards, which are backed by principal sponsors Scottish Equity Partners are regarded as an authoritative barometer of the country's technology sector.

TSC will also find out its ranking within the Fast 50 list at Thursday's event.


"Bute residents can now find out what their councillors will be discussing at the next council or area committee meeting with Argyll and Bute Council's new online committee papers system. The system went 'live' last week and Councillor Ian Gillies, the authority's spokesperson for the 21st century goverment, said, "This new feature on the Argyll and Bute Council website is a real step forward in helping elected members to keep in touch with their communities."

To access the new system, log on to www.argyll-bute.gov.uk and hit the feature button on the home page.

24th October 2003


Bute shinty star Iain McDonald will be playing for Scotland under 21's against Ireland in Saturday's hurling/shinty international at Bucht Park Inverness.

Iain, 20, has already had international recognition when he captained the Scotland under 18's team. The young centre has been playing for Bute Shinty Club for the past five years now, and his sterling performances have now been recognised with international honours once again.


The second phase of refurbishment work at kilchattan Bay old pier, costing 33,000, is now well underway. Once completed, the area will be transformed into the focal point of the village that every member of the community will be proud of.

The project includes the second stage of concrete resurfacing at the pier and landscaping the immediate approaches. The century-old weight-house and weigh-bridge will be overhauled, and finished with a plaque detailing its historic past.

Plans for the area also include a 'you are here' map. This will be of significant value to tourists, walkers and visiting yachtsmen providing them with interesting and important local information.

10th October 2003


'Men of Bute' stone unveiled.

"The first memorial on Bute to one of the most tragic events in the history of the island was unveiled on Sunday. The 'men of bute' memorial stone will remind locals and visitors of the several hundred men from Bute who fought and fell to a man under the command of William Wallace a the first Battle of Falkirk on July 22, 1298.

Nearly one hundred people gathered at the Mercat Cross on Sunday for the short march, led by piper Ross Hunter to the Discobery Centre, where another c rowd had already assembled. Councillor Robert Macintyre welcomed the onlookers whose numbers had swelled to around 150 by the time the ceremony started.

"This is a fitting tribute to the 600 men of Bute who gave their lives over 700 years ago" he said."

The brass plaque on the memorial stone reads "In honour of the men of Bute who, under the command of Sir John Stewart, fell to a man at the Battle of Falkirk, 22 July 1298."

You fought for Wallace on Falkirk's field.
John Stewart's men with sword and shield.
But o'erpow'rd, thus!
Your fate was sealed
For freedom fell.

Poem by A. McMillan.


Willie and Joan Glen were the latest couple to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary when their family met at the Ardbeg Lodge. Joan and Willie were married on October 3 1953 at Kibworth Parish Church.


Work on the wave attenuation scheme at Rothesay's outer harbour is now well under way. General foreman Charlie Deans from Ayrshire is in charge of the day to day running of the contract. He said, "We hope to drop around 100 tonnes of armoured rock a day although this will be monitored as the project gets underway" "At the furthest point armoured rock will be placed around 16 metres out. We work seven days a week from 7am until 7pm and will do for for the duration of the project. It is anticipated that the job will be completed in around six weeks."


The mystery of the lamp-standard at the back of the Cabbies Rest has been unfolded by Buteman readers. Two weeks ago we reported on an appeal by Bute's development officer, Darrell Wood, for information from our readers about the lamp-post and its history.

Iain McLeod, who runs the newsagent's in Wemyss Bay, was light years ahead of the field when he contacted our office to keep us 'posted' on the lamp-standard as featured in 'The Buteman' September 19. He telephoned our office post-haste -before the Buteman had even gone sale on the island-telling us the post does indeed have historical significance for the town.

Iain, who was a police constable on the island back in the early 1960s said, "The post was simply known as 'The Light.' This was in the days before police on the island had two-way radios. If there was an emergency the person on duty at the police office would flick a switch which would illuminate a light at the top of the lampost. The brightly shining light could then be seen by police on patrol on the three Rothesay beats; east, central and west.

Darrell Wood, Bute's development officer, who put out the request for information was delighted with the response.

3rd October 2003


Construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. has withdrawn its proposal to store radioactive waste from nuclear submarines at Ardyne Point. The dramatic change of heart followled a recent meeting between representatives of McAlpine and leading figures from Argyll and Bute Council.

Council leader Allan Macaskill and councillor Dick Walsh, chair of the Bute and Cowal area committee, along with director of development servicess George Harper, told the company their proposal, to cut up old submarines at Ardyne and store the radioactive nuclear reactors on site, would have been unacceptable, both to the immediate area and to Argyll and Bute as a whole.

Importantly, now that discussions with McAlpine have been opened we and the company intend to continue to discuss ways to develop the site in a more sympathic way.


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