Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 1 March 2019

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Booklet commemorates WWI

It was the end of an era at Kilmory last week when members of the WW1 Commemorative Steering Group gathered for their last ever meeting.

The group was established five years ago to actively engage with people of all ages, and support an ambitious programme of commemorative events.

The first of these major events was a parade and drum head service in Oban in 2014. This was followed by a Beating the Retreat service in Campbeltown in 2015; a Battle of Jutland commemoration in Helensburgh in 2016; A Call to Arms week-long exhibition by Live Argyll in Dunoon in 2017; and the commemoration of the SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto on Islay in 2018.

A large number of additional events and exhibitions were also organised by local groups and organisations, and Argyll and Bute’s school pupils were actively involved in their own individual projects.

These commemorations culminated with the publication of a booklet by Argyll and Bute Council which captures the wide range of events that were held in the area to mark the centenary of World War One, and acknowledges the commitment and dedication shown by local communities to mark the anniversary.

You can view the booklet here


Did you know?

May was the most popular month for getting married in Argyll and Bute last year, with 149 couples tying the knot.


Free nursery registration: Parents of children in Argyll and Bute who were born between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017, are being invited to register them for a free Early Learning and Childcare place next week.

Inspectors praise Barcaldine in latest HMI report: Pupils at Barcaldine Primary School are polite, enthusiastic and friendly children who demonstrate creativity and independence in their learning. These were the words of inspectors from Education Scotland following a recent visit to the school.

New Oban wedding venue: Our new Marriage Room at Oban Registration Office is now available for bookings. The room, which can seat up to 25 guests, has been decorated in neutral tones which can either be kept as is or dressed by you to your own taste. Our Argyll and Bute Registrars are here to help as you plan your big day, so find out about everything they can offer.

Visual merchandising event in Campbeltown: As part of the Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), Argyll and Bute Council is hosting a free event for retail businesses, offering advice and tips on Visual Merchandising.  Lynda Murray, MD of International Visual, will be presenting ideas and tips for store design, window displays and visual merchandising, on Thursday, March 21, in Campbeltown Town Hall (54 Main Street).

Best start grant: The new Best Start Grant is up to £600 to help with a new baby. Receive benefits or tax credits? You could be eligible.

Take part in the Scottish Workplace Challenge: The Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge runs from 1 March - 31 March and aims to get as many people as possible commuting to work by walking, cycling, public transport and lift-sharing. It is organised by Sustrans, and all you have to do is register and then start logging your journeys to get on the leaderboard.


Our Procurement Team would like to ask local suppliers what sort of training wuld help them navigate our procurement process. Information gathered would help develop training to support local businesses interested in working with the council. Please get involved in our short online survey.

Work with us

Has anyone been noticing the lighter nights and morning? Have you spotted the first flowers of Spring yet? Snowdrops and daffodils are sprouting up all over Argyll and Bute and it’s a real joy to see the seasons changing in our woodlands and hills.

You could be part of that. Some examples of jobs on offer at the moment are Head of Finance and Transformation, Teachers, Janitors and Cleaners and Admin Support Workers.

Find out about these, and other roles, at MyJob Scotland.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 8 March 2019.