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Serious crash at St Catherines

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Police Scotland officers are appealing for information after a road crash involving two vehicles on the A815 near St Catherines, Loch Fyne on Wednesday (March 21).

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HEALTH SECRETARY CALLED IN AS CRISIS LOOMS FOR ARGYLL AND BUTE

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A TRADE UNION has claimed that massive health cuts to be discussed next week could lead to 400 redundancies in the sector, the closure of all publicly-run care homes in Argyll and Bute - including Dunoon’s Struan Lodge - and the privatisation of publicly-run day centres, including Rothesay’s Thompson Court.

However, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has asked the health secretary to intervene in what is rapidly becoming a crisis for health provision in Argyll and Bute.

 

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STAFF SHORTAGE LEADS TO HOSPICE CLOSURE

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HOSPICE patients in Dunoon have been moved in with general admission patients because the hospital does not have enough nurses to cope with two wards.

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Stone Point resurfacing begins

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Work to repair a deteriorated section of road surface on the A83 at Strone Point is set to get underway from Sunday night, February 25 for five nights and will involve overnight road closures from 8pm until 7am.

 

The £80,000 resurfacing improvements are part of a £650,000 programme of urgent repairs across the A83 trunk road.

 

The resurfacing worksstarting on Sunday address a section of road almost a kilometre in length. 

 

Diversions will be in place from Inveraray via the A819, A85 and A82 and from Tarbet via the A82, A85 and A819. 

 

Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.  Access to properties within the closure as well as for local bus services will also be maintained at all times, although some delay is inevitable. The road will be fully open during the day.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “These essential resurfacing works have been brought forward in our programme to address the road surface at Strone which has deteriorated rapidly in recent months.

“The cold and wet winter weather has had an unprecedented effect on some sections of the A83, including this section at Strone, and these works will allow us to carry out a full repair to the road surface here.

“The team will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible, and we encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”

For more information about the ongoing programme of A83 urgent surfacing repairs visit: http://bit.ly/A83repairs

A DAY OF EVENTS FOR THE NANCY GLEN FUND

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On Saturday March 3 Dunoon can donate to the fund to help the families of the two fishermen being recovered from the wreck of the Nancy Glen


A day of fundraising activities is being planned, culminating in an evening of some of the best bands in the area performing in Dunoon’s Burgh Hall, where staff are donating their time to the fundraising drive.

 

The afternoon will see a tea dance and bingo session, and children’s events all taking place.


Community groups and individuals are being encouraged to come up with their own fundraising ideas and businesses are urged to have a collection tin on their counters on the days leading up to the event and to donate prizes and services as raffle prizes.


This is a true community-wide event. There is no need to apply to hold an event – just do it.


Tickets for the Burgh Hall event are available now from the hall and its website.

 

Chair of the Clyde Fishermen's Association Kenny McNab said: “Thank you for everything you are doing regarding the fundraising, we honestly cannot believe the response we have had to the appeal. Both ourselves at the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust and the families - especially the families - have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the public to the Nancy Glen fundraising campaign. Argyll in particular has been amazing.

 

Bring The Boys Home

Easter Basket Raffle for Nancy Glen Appeal

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Big-hearted volunteers at a community hall in Glasgow have donated an Easter basket to be raffled in aid of the Nancy Glen. 

Members of the Nan McKay Memorial Community Hall came over last Saturday with the basket, which now has pride of place in the window of Bookpoint.


The Hall has been run by volunteers for nearly 35 years, and brings together resources to improve the quality of life the residents of Pollokshields.


Stalwart of the hall, Bill Lawns, has strong connections with Dunoon, and brings members over for trips regularly.


He told the Standard that one of the members makes an Easter basket every year to be raffled, and this year suggested making another one - with the suggestion that it be taken to Dunoon to be raffled in aid of the Nancy Glen.


Tickets are £1 and all proceeds will go to the fun. So do pop into Bookpoint and pick up a ticket - it’s for a very good cause.

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