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A festive message from Michael Russell MSP

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Living as we are through the most difficult and disturbing of times it is important for all of us - and especially politicians - to realise that there are more important things than partisan headlines, parliamentary debates and public disagreements.
Family, health, the company of friends, our homes and the wonderful environment of Argyll and Bute that we are lucky enough to live in, are all things which we should treasure and celebrate.
Those who lack them or who through illness or loneliness or despair cannot, for a time, appreciate them need our special thoughts particularly during the festive season.  
As your local MSP, working alongside my constituency staff, I have tried to help all of those who have contacted me during the year for whatever reason. That is my first duty and I am glad to do it.
We won’t always agree on everything but we can agree, I am sure, that by showing solidarity, mutual support and kindness we can find the best way to live together here in Argyll and Bute, in Scotland, across these islands, in Europe and globally.
We cannot know what lies ahead and the uncertainty of Brexit casts a long shadow locally and nationally at present. But this is a time to be hopeful, so with hope in my heart for Argyll and Bute and our country I am delighted to wish everyone in the constituency and beyond a great and very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

A festive message from Brendan O’Hara MP

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‘May I begin by wishing each of you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
I think it is important, particularly as we have likely busied ourselves buying presents and festive food, that we take a bit of time out to appreciate what we have but also to think of those less fortunate than ourselves and if possible, resolve to do something that will make a difference to someone’s life during the festivities.
Shamefully, despite the United Kingdom being the 6th largest economy in the world, more and more of our friends, neighbours and colleagues here in Argyll & Bute will have to rely on Food Banks and charities to get them through the Festive Season.
It beggars belief that in 2018, increasing numbers of mum’s, dad’s, children, pensioners, those in low-paid work, people seeking work, those living with mental health issues or a disability, could go hungry and more and more children may have had nothing to unwrap on Christmas morning.
And without the generosity of the people of Argyll & Bute and the wonderful work being done by an army of volunteers, the situation would be so much worse. And each of us owes these volunteers a huge thank you for the work they do.
So please, if you can afford it, please donate a little something extra to your local Food Bank between now and the New Year. I’m sure they or any number of local charities would gratefully receive toys and children’s gifts too. Or even a cash donation via one of the local churches would go a long way to help our neighbours in need.
As my dad would often say, “There, but for the grace of God go I”. ‘

The many colours of Cowal

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This morning (Thursday) saw Cowal residents turn their eyes skywards as one to marvel at the early morning light.
While it undoubtedly the same sky and the same sunrise for us all, it seems that everyone who took pictures of it captured something unique.

From Dunoon Cemetery, the Coal Pier, Strone Brae, Victoria Road and Argyll Street.

Please share your own pictures of this fantastic skyscape with us.





Saying it with flowers

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The talented ladies of Dunoon’s High Kirk have done it again - filled the church with a fine floral display on the theme of ‘She worketh well with her hands’.

There are 13 arrangements to be seen and the church is open from 10am until 4pm today, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tea and coffee and home baking is also on offer if you drop in to view the flowers.

A83 Strone Point works complete

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A £1.6m project to improve road safety on the A83 at Strone Point at Inveraray has been completed.

However, within 24 hours of opening, the A83 social media page was reporting a motorcycle already on its side in the road at the bend.


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