26th September 2003TOP TOWN
The news of Rothesay's success in winning the 'Best Medium Town' trophy at the Beautiful Scotland in Bloom competition has been greeted with delight this week. The town beat off stiff competition to carry off the Burnthills Trophy for the best medium-sized town in Scotland at the awards ceremony in Aberdeen last Wednesday-prompting the Bute Beyond 2000 steering group to put up poster sproclaiming the good news around the town.
The award saw months preparation and hard work by Argyll and bute Council's amenity services staff, and many local community groups and individuals, gain its just reward.
Allan McDonald and Ailsa Cunningham, area officer for the Group for Recycling in Argyll and Bute, picked up the trophy from Lady Jane Grosvenor, president of Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, who presented the awards.
Argyll and Bute Council held a reception at Rothesay Pavilion on Monday to mark the town's achievement and also that of Port Bannatyne, Kirn and Toward in reaching the finals.
David Rennie and Yennie van Oostende were also thanked for their support in putting the portfolios together. Preparations ae now being made to display Rothesay's winning trophy in a special showcase in the Discovery centre.
MIDGET RAIDERS REMEMBERED - SIXTY YEARS ON
The 60th anniversary of the raid by the Royal Navy's Midget Submarines on the German cruiser Tirpitz was marked in a service at St.Ninian's Church in Port Bannatyne on Sunday morning. Two survivors of the raid, which took place on September 21st 1943, attended the unveiling of a visual commemoration to the efforts of the 'Midget Submariners', of the 12th flotilla who were based at the Kyles Hydro in Port Bannatyne during the Second World War.
19th September 2003GO FOR 'IT' AT ARGYLL COLLEGE
Argyll college is now offering a networking course in great demand by employers throughout the 'IT' industry. Working in partnership with Cisco Systems, Argyll College has recently delivered the first Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
Following considerable interest, the college plans to run the course again this autumn. The CCNAis a recognised qualification for IT profesionals and the course teaches the skills to design, build and maintain small to medium-sized networks.
CYCLE PATH TO BUTE
The Isle of Bute got a further boost in the Ecosse Alive section of The Sunday Times this week. Author Paul Lamarra described the Firth of Clyde as "the best place for a gourmet cycle tour". In his book "The Ultimate Scottish Cycling Guide" he wrote that the "Exquisite Bute Lamb helped to make the meal at the Ardyne the best one of the trip. Second to the meal was a sensational view through the restaurant's big picture window of an angry Firth and the moody mountains of Argyll."
His trip was assisted by the local Tourist Board and further details of his book are available at www.rothesay-scotland.com- the Ardyne website.
12th September 2003FLOWER POWER
Rothesay Pavilion was in full flower at the weekend as the Rothesay Horticultural Society held its annual show. Opened this year by Dr. David Herriot, the Pavilion main hall was full of exhibits of flowers, foliage, fruit, vegetables, handcrafts, art, home baking and more.And whether it was exhibitors casting an eye over the fruits of their and thier competitiors' labours, or friends, family or just interested visitors, everyone found something to enjoy.
Floral art trophy. Winner Beck Reid.
SECRETS OUT AS SCHOOL CIRCLE OPENS
A stone circle, giving children the chance to talk about many issues facing them in their modern lives, was officially opened at Rothesay Primary School on Friday. The idea for the Circle was suggested as part of the school's Golden Jubilee celebrations back in May 2002.
Everyone has a chance to speak at 'circle time' if they wish- and as well as being a time for opening up, it's fun too.
Pupils at the school came up with many fantastic plans, and the designers of the final drawings became known as "The Secret Circle Group." The grand opening of the stone circle was performed by Rothesay primary teacher Mrs Shiela Murray, in her final year of teaching at the school.
THISTLE DO NICELY!
Balmory hall up for 'tourism Oscar A local guest house has made it on to the shortlist for the best guest house or bed and breakfast in Scotland. Balmory Hall, owned by Tony and Beryl Harrison, is one of just two finalists in the guest house or bed and breakfast category in the Scottish Thistle awards, the Oscars of the Scottish tourism industry.
Proprietors Tony and Beryl Harrison, relative newcomers to the tourist trade, were "thrilled" on learning they had been nominated for the award, which sees Balmory Hall competing against the Craigadam guest house near Castle Douglas for the prize. "We are really just novices but are always learning, changing and upgrading."
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