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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

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A proud grandmother is hoping her 15-year-old grand-daughter will emulate her success at this year’s Cowal Gathering. Grace Black, matriarch of  Dunoon's Black’s the Baker family, took part in the Highland dancing Argyllshire Championships 15-and-under for the J C Forrest Challenge Trophy just over 50 years ago.

 

Now, grand-daughter Claire Black is hoping to do the same as she has entered the same competition that her grandmother won in 1961.

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"INHUMANE" STRUAN LODGE DECISION

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The Struan Lodge Development Group has written to health chiefs, branding their decision to cease residential care at the Struan Lodge Care Home as ‘inhumane’. Group chair Max Barr raised concerns in his letter that the board of Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) did not discuss the closure of Struan Lodge as a home with residents or staff before releasing news of the closure to the public domain.

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CUTS AT DUNOON HOSPITAL

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A cut of 500,000 to Cowal Community Hospital’s budget could see 40 per cent of beds being lost. However, as there are now only ten general beds in the building, the hospital could, in this financial year, have only SIX in-patient beds.

Full story in today's edition of the paper.

 

DONATIONS FLOOD IN

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Local man Willie Deeney has just presented a cheque to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital as a result of taking part in this year’s Clyde Swim. Mr Deeney, who turned 58 on the day of the swim, had a special cake made for his by daughter Kelly Morris.

 

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A POSTCARD FROM DUNOON

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Pre-printed postcards have been left in a number of Dunoon shops accusing Argyll and Bute Council leader Dick Walsh of wasting public money on ‘subsidising’ the ‘useless’ Dunoon-Gourock town centre ferry service.

 The cards, produced by Dunoon Gourock Ferry Action Group (DGFAG), are addressed to the council leader at his home address in Dunoon, and demand that Cllr Walsh ‘agree to charge actual cost plus reasonable profit’ for ferries berthing at Dunoon Ferry Terminal.

 

Full story in the current edition of the paper.

 

STRACHUR HUB AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

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The Hub in Strachur is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community comes together to improve the quality of life for its members.  The Hub was the idea of Nurse Practitioner Sister Kate Paton who joined forces with Heather Grier to raise funding for a centre where people can come along and benefit from the stimulation of company, exercise, and a blether over lunch.

 

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