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General information

Hi Everyone

Well the weather certainly isn’t improving much as we are coming out of lockdown although by the looks of my garden it is clearly enjoying the current conditions, the midges also seem to be thriving.

A number of new changes with the lockdown rules have appeared in the news this week all of which have been published on the various websites however I will repeat them as I know not everyone follows social media, some of the changes will have an impact on our community especially the beach area where I expect to see an uplift in activity so I will deal with that one first so everyone is in the picture.

Beach update

An online meeting was held on Thursday 2nd July there were representatives of Forest and Land Scotland, the National Park, the police, MSPs, the local councils and the community councils. Marian Norris attended on behalf of Ardentinny Community Council.

The Safe Recovery Action Group liaise to decide on appropriate steps on lifting restrictions, particularly considering safety and hygiene, taking note of Scottish Minister decisions.

The five-mile travel limit will be lifted tomorrow, and many more visitors are expected, and on 6th July caravan parks with toilet facilities can open.

Stuart Chalmers from Forest and Land Scotland assured Marian that the beach car park will not be open yet, as the toilets are not functioning. Some of the larger car parks in the National Park and the Forestry area will be opened, but with limitations. National Park camp sites will be open on 15th July, but as yet there are still restrictions on wild camping and overnight stays off site.

The National Park plan is for some lifting of restrictions but advice to visitors is "Love it like a local". There will be signage available on line for all to share.

Forest and Land Scotland will be considering all options for Ardentinny, and when possible will consult with the village and the Community Council before acting.

Not long after the meeting was held it was noted by Marian that camper vans had already gone down to the beach to set up for the night further investigations led to us noting the signs had been removed allowing campers onto the beach area, after a flurry of emails between a number of forestry officials we were told the signs would be back in place hopefully by the end of play today.

Please note people can visit the beach however camping in the beach and car park areas is still not permitted.


Toilets: Argyll and Bute council are opening some public toilets on Monday 6th July, and the others on 15th July, if all restrictions and cleaning regimes are in place.

Ardentinny Community Council may open the car park toilets on any day after this but have to be satisfied that all criteria are met before this happens. Meanwhile they remain closed.

It is clear that there will have to be extra measures in place to enable us to open the our toilet facility’s we will be in consultation with the local authority to see what they require and how they will assist us in getting the toilets to a standard where they can be opened and correctly maintained given the current conditions, from a CC perspective without the council providing extra assistance the toilets will remain closed for the moment.

General rule changes

From 10th July face coverings will be mandatory in shops. As with public transport, there will be an exemption for children under 5 and those with certain medical conditions.

From Friday 03 July the guidance on travel is no longer limited to 5 miles, except for those in specific areas in Dumfries and Galloway. Details will be available on the Scottish Government website.

Staying 2 metres apart remains the clear advice. However, the Scottish Government will work with specific sectors to develop mitigations that would allow for 1 metre social distancing in certain settings ahead of the wider opening of hospitality and tourism on 15th July.

From 03 July children under 11 will be able to play together normally with friends outside without physical distancing. Adults should continue to observe physical distancing.

Young people, aged 11 to 17, will still need to observe physical distancing but will no longer be limited to the number of people they meet outside each day.


Stay safe



WEEKLY UPDATE 26/06/2020

Hi Everyone

A mixed bag on the weather front this week ending in a pretty wet friday which looks to be in for most if not all of the day.


An interesting week regarding the lifting of some of the current restrictions up and down the country this week with Scotland taking their time on some of the restrictions currently lifted in the rest of the UK not a bad thing in my book.


There is a meeting late next week with the national park regarding how they are going to deal with some of the restrictions being lifted on the 3rd of july which includes caravan parks being allowed to open from then and other well known beauty spots and attractions also opening, the meeting itself isnt till thursday but i will try and get something out on next weeks update regarding what they are proposing to do with the beach, camping and car park areas as i expect these to be swamped as soon as the no access signs are lifted


I also spoke to the gin bar people again yesterday over the phone and assured them that the idea of having a gin bar on the beach once a quarter is not dead in the water although we do have concerns, and again stated that a proper meeting in the hall where the forestry and themselves could perhaps put some of the points raised to bed, I also have a great idea that could possibly work to enable this project to be a successful one for everyone involved but will leave my idea until a suitable time whereby we can all get into a room or space and discuss their project in a little more detail.


On a final note Babs and pete have collected some contact gloves from the Blairmore Joint Strategy Group, they will place some gloves in our phone box at the toilet car park and the egg shack which is my little shop at the other end of the village if you do require some gloves please take some but please remember they are there for everyone so don't take massive handfills at a time this way they will last a little longer, thanks babs/pete and the Blairmore Joint Strategy Group for applying for the grant and getting the gloves for use across the shore.


Once again can i thank all the volunteers for continuing to support those who need it and please keep utilising all the good delivery options now available to us 


Stay safe everyone




WEEKLY UPDATE  19/06/2020

Hi Everyone

Hope you have all enjoyed the weather this week it would appear we are back to a bit cooler weather with the possibility of a bit of rain which will be great for the garden and unfortunately great for the midges.


As you are aware Scotland will shortly be moving into there phase two of the lockdown lifting process, this will basically mean more non essencial shops opening and more travel, I am sure everyone has noticed that more and more people are going back to work in various forms which is great news for everyone.


That said we are still not completely out of the woods there are still people in the village who are shielded and it is important we ensure that we keep up the great work we have done so far on helping each other out, the volunteers list is still live and i would still encourage anyone who requires assistance to use the list.


One of the main items that did change this week was to do with the weekly bin collection times From the week beginning 22 June If you live in Dunoon and Cowal, Mid Argyll, Tarbert, Oban and Lorn, Coll, Colonsay, Tiree, Lismore and Helensburgh and Lomond, your normal schedule for general waste and blue bins will restart during the week beginning 22 June. You will be able to check what date your bins go out, on the website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/bin-collection, from 19 June.


The beach area camping is still restricted and the beach area in general is fairly quiet i did see a camper there last weekend however i think he was using the "allowed to go fishing rule " as an excuse to put a tent up and there would be no real way to check this hopefully it wont lead to more campers.


Gin Bar

 I received a number of replies regarding the Gin bar only a couple were for the project the rest of the emails echoed my thoughts on the amount of issues we already have and the resulting other issues that would be created by such a venture, increased traffic, rubbish vandalism fires on the beach, drug use and drunk driving on an already tight road.


With this in mind I will initially go back to the Gin bar proposer and tell them that Presently we will not be supporting there project as there are too many issues outside there control that would need to be answered by both themselves and the forestry prior to gaining the villages support, I will give both them and the forestry a chance to present any future plans hopefully in the hall sometime in the future so we could discuss any issues we have and how they plan to resolve these issues prior to going ahead with such a venture


Thanks for everyone that replied to my initial email


Stay safe


Bin collections go back to three weekly cycle

The council is taking its first step to going back to the normal cycles of bin and recycling collections – three weekly for general domestic waste and two weekly for blue bin/bag recycling.

From the week beginning 22 June

If you live in Dunoon and Cowal, Mid Argyll, Tarbert, Oban and Lorn, Coll, Colonsay, Tiree, Lismore and Helensburgh and Lomond, your normal schedule for general waste and blue bins will restart during the week beginning 22 June. You will be able to check what date your bins go out, on the website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/bin-collection, from 19 June.

As we phase in normal services, kerbside glass recycling will resume in Helensburgh and Lomond on 6 July; food recycling collecting in Helensburgh and Lomond will resume at a future date when resources allow as we still have staff absences relating to COVID 19. Kerbside glass recycling on Tiree will also resume at a future date. For the time being, if possible, please use public collection points for glass bottles and jars if you cannot keep the recycling at home.

From week beginning 29 June

If you live in Kintyre (south of Kennacraig), Islay/Jura and Mull/Iona, your normal schedule will resume during the week beginning 29 June. You will be able to check what date your bins go out, on the website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/bin-collection, from 26 June.

Kerbside glass collections on Mull and Iona will resume at a future date. For the time being, if possible, please use public collection points for glass bottles and jars if you cannot keep the recycling at home.

Bute will also go back to three-weekly bin collections during the week beginning 29 June. However, Bute households were given a new two weekly timetable for waste during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep that new cycle for your recycling, as service providers have changed, and revert to the previous three-weekly timetable for putting out domestic waste. You can look up your updated calendars here: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/bin-collection from 26 June.

Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their patience. We had to make quick changes to the service as we managed our first responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is good to start taking some small steps back to normal life. Taking a phased approached to reinstating bin collections and recycling will help things runs smoothly as we continue to operate under national guidelines and social distancing.

“To everyone who managed to hold on to their recycling, or used public collection points to dispose of it, I want to offer special thanks. From the comments we have received over the past few weeks it is clear that many residents are as keen as we are to keep as much waste as possible out of landfill.

“Details of what can be recycled in your area are available on the council website.”

You can check when your next bin uplift is due by phoning: 01546 605514. Any previous calendars you have downloaded to mobile devices or PDF, will be valid once again – except for Bute.

If you have had to use your blue bin for general waste at any time over the past few weeks, we would ask that you wash it out before starting to use it again purely for recycling materials. Materials cannot be accepted for recycling if they are in any way contaminated.


For further information telephone 01546 604 171, or email press@argyll-bute.gov.uk

 Weekly update 12/06/2929

Ardentinny Community Council (ardentinnycc@gmail.com)

Hi Everyone
I hope everyone is still keeping safe and respecting the current guidelines, its very clear that we are heading in the right direction with regards the state of the pandemic.
I made a brief visit into town recently and more and more shops are now re-opening and although various measures are being put into place you do get a small sense of normality creeping in.
The beach area is still relatively quiet and still no camping which I still think is a good idea to stick with at the moment however we will have to take a lead from the forestry on this one.

I have received an email regarding a proposal for a Gin Bar to appear at the beach area once a quarter, I will place their proposal at the bottom of this email, can you all have a read and if there are major objections i will note them and we can take this up with both the forestry and the representatives of the bar, personally if current restrictions are lifted this might be an opportunity for both the bowling club and walled garden to get some much needed visitors into there premises however i do also see the negative side of a bar on the beach, which may lead to further issues for those living in that area, there is also the question of toilet facilitys, fires etc. please let me know your thoughts and spread the word to anyone not on the email list regarding this, normally i would invite everyone to the hall to discuss in an open forum but clearly we cannot do this at the moment.

Their email
Hi There,
I hope this email finds you well.
We wanted to let you know that we have started a dialogue with Sue Morris at Forestry and Land reference our business proposal below for pitching up at Ardentinny Beach on a quarterly basis (weather permitting). Discussions are in very early stages so I felt that it was important to also engage the community in Ardentinny as we feel that it is vital that we keep you in the loop but more importantly, try and seek your support for our proposal.
Firstly, our main aim is to bring a bit of community spirit back into the area which also includes Dunoon and the surrounding areas. You may be interested to know that we are already engaged with the Holy Loch Marina, Sandbank Community Council and Argyll and Bute Licensing, Roads and Amenity departments. We have also started discussions about pitching up at the West Bay in Dunoon, next to the children’s play area and close to the public toilets. This pitch was actually suggested to us by the Roads department. We have also been approached by Fyne Ales and The Boatshed at Lochgilphead to collaborate with them also.

In terms of licensing, I passed my Personal License back in March and awaiting my license to come through from Argyll and Bute Council. They have confirmed that it should be here this week, or next. We are only allowed up to 56 days per year with occasional licenses so we would be asking initially to only park up once a quarter so see how it goes.

The bar will of course have all the relevant paperwork in terms of public liability insurance etc.

I also recently passed my Level 1 Food Safety and Hygiene certification. It’s important to add that we have no plans to offer food at all, just posh nibbles. For example, gourmet crisps, posh nuts, olives and alcoholic and non-alcoholic lollipops for children initially.

Due to the current climate, we will be adhering to social distancing rules, i.e. contactless payments and providing hand sanitisers for people to clean their hands. We will also be ensuring that our seating area is two metres apart. In terms of seating, we will be providing branded deckchairs and picnic blankets for people to sit on and parasols in case the weather isn’t kind to us! We will also have barriers in place for our seating area so that people know where to sit. We will not be placing these on the beach but close to the gin bar so that we can keep an eye on customers. We will of course be providing bins for rubbish and taking this away with us when we leave. If required, we would be happy to rent a portaloo if requested.

Brand reputation is incredibly important to us, so much so, we are looking to attract more mature customers as we provide quality gins and top notch tonics from around the world so costs will be a little higher to deter the younger generation. We will also be encouraging that people drink responsibly and respect their surroundings. We provide drivers of groups with their first drink free, i.e, soft drink, soda, non-alcoholic cocktail or water. We even provide puppuccino’s (whipped cream with fish treats on top) for dogs too!

If Mr Red can’t make it to the bar, we have a cardboard cut of him so that people can get their pictures taken with him. We also have a large noughts and crosses game and domino set plus branded playing cards for the adults to help with being that community spirit back into the area.

In terms of where we want to pitch, we where thinking about the area past the public toilet, right up at the end of the sandy side of the beach as there is a little area where you can park. That way, it is away from neighbouring houses within the vicinity. Sue also suggested parking near to the War Memorial so once lockdown down has relaxed more, we will take a look at the area there.

If you would like to see the horse box, you can have a look at our Instagram or Facebook pages via @mrredsginbar. We are in the process of building a website too so you can view this here: https://mrredsginbar.feenixtech.co.uk Please note that the website is not the finished article but it gives you an idea of what we are trying to achieve and just how important our brand reputation means to us.

Feel free to let me know if you require any additional information as I would be happy to discuss further.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Best regards,
Angela and Mr Red 🐶

My Wee Kiosk
For those that buy fresh eggs and Jam from my little honesty shop please note I have now moved the eggs into a small kiosk i have been building whilst furloughed, there are now other items in there for sale as well as a small book share which is free to use, I do also plan to stock wild bird seed bird feeders and a few other items i make in my workshop in my spare time, the kiosk is always open and ran on a honesty basis so please feel free to pop in and take a look, i am in the process of making a small seating area which is also available for people to use if you are out walking

The good weather seems to be heading back our way so stay safe everyone and enjoy the weekend


Weekly update 5//6/2020

Hi Every one

well the poor weather certainly brought out the midges mid week was hoping they would stay away and it looks like we are back to normality on the weather front for this coming week wind and rain so no doubt more midges to contend with.


The big change in the lockdown rules this create a bit of extra visitors down at the beach however i don't think we were mobbed and so probably got off lightly, it does appear the police have no power to control anyone visiting the beach area for exercise so we should expect to see more visitors if the weather situation improves, Please ensure that if you do see campers they are told they should not be camping in the beach area as this is currently not allowed under government rules but please do not get into an argument over the point at all times be polite and if the situation escalates walk away and ring the police.


Apart from that main point lets all still keep a close eye on each other and stay positive and more importantly safe





Letter from Community Partnership to Gordon Watson, Cheif Executive of the National Park.

Dear Gordon         

It was no surprise that this weekend proved very difficult for the communities in the        National Park. The building number of visitors over the past few weeks and the good weather forecast were clear indicators.  The video conference early last week gave reassurances to those who sought it. Everyone expected the relaxation of lockdown to bring large numbers of visitors to the Park’s beautiful places but the sheer scale of the chaos endured by residents this weekend was worse than even the most pessimistic of predictions. A list of the issues reported to The Community Partnership is appended.
There have been repeated messages today from the communities who contacted us today. We know that we have a social responsibility to visitors that have been cooped up in cities and towns for months – they deserve to enjoy the space and tranquillity of the National Park. If the Park Authority is responsible for encouraging the responsible use of the Park and protecting its natural assets and its communities, it singularly failed at the weekend. We must improve.
While people are angry and frustrated, they appreciate that many of the problems arose for reasons which are outwith the Authority’s jurisdiction. What is less acceptable is the perception that Park Rangers were neither visible nor accessible to residents. There were numerous incidences of camping by visitors across the Park and, indeed, the Sallochy campsite seems to have been used by visitors. Despite reassurances that this would be managed by Park staff, they were not in evidence.    We believe the continued closure of the car parks is responsible for most of the chaos at beauty spots in the Park. It is appreciated that agencies were following Scottish Government guidance but Government must be lobbied to review this

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before next weekend to avoid a repeat of the problem. It is not enough to say that people should not travel; people are travelling and will continue to do so unless the full lockdown is re-imposed. In this case, to continue to keep car parks closed is to risk serious injury in the more rural spots.
The lack of toilets and facilities is a huge problem. There have been reports of huge amounts of human fouling in some areas. This needs to be addressed urgently.
There is also concern about the lack of a unified messaging vehicle for the National Park. Three different communities have asked for a toolkit or similar providing National Park branded posters to download and print off, reinforcing the public health message.
It must be borne in mind that we are still in the throes of a public health emergency. Our communities have a right to feel safe from spread of the virus into their communities. They also need to feel that the infrastructure to support the understandably huge number of visitors to our beautiful places is adequate and will not cause a public nuisance.
With this in mind, we ask that the National Park:  Immediately lobby the Scottish Government to allow the opening of car parks and toilet facilities;   Produce, as a matter of urgency, a strategy with the Park communities for the next few weeks of the reopening of the Park, looking at positive solutions;  Approach the Scottish Government for additional funds to meet any costs associated with this.
Since the start of the lock down The Community Partnership has worked closely with the Park Authority to co-ordinate and get the Park’s messages out to the communities. This has been a positive experience for all.  As a conduit for information, we also have a duty to feed information back the other way. We stand ready to help the Park Authority in anyway we can to help overcome these challenges  
We look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely
Tim Tindle Chair - The Community Partnership

Update 29th May 2020.

Ardentinny Community Council (ardentinnycc@gmail.com)To:you Details

National park meeting.pdf (425 KB)

Hi  Everyone 

Hope you are all enjoying this great weather as best as you can, as you are all aware restrictions are starting to be slowly lifted and as I stated last week we did have a  meeting was held on Tuesday where the opening of the national park was discussed the forestry were not present during the meeting, I have attached a PDF document containing the full list of notes regarding what they actually stated, please remember that that meeting was the planning phase.

The Community Council were represented at the meeting by Marian Norris and we were still concerned about camping and would prefer our car park to remain closed for the time being at least, After the meeting Marian sent the email below raising a few concerns we had with the forestry department:


CC Email to forestry

I just attended a National Park video meeting on behalf of Ardentinny Community Council concerning the easing of restrictions, phase 1 to start on Thursday.  They said you were working with them on this, along with the police and the local council,  and indicated the action to be taken, and I would be grateful if you could tell me if you are following the same guidelines as them this weekend, namely:


Discouragement of people travelling more than five miles from their homes, although this is not enforceable.

No toilets or other facilities such as cafes or visitor centres to be opened yet.

No overnight camping allowed.

Signage to be put up stating these rules

Efforts to be made to enable social distancing

If this is the case I think there are very good reasons for keeping the car park at Ardentinny beach closed.  People will still be able to walk, but unable to stay or camp.  Will you be able to help prevent a small village with an elderly population, most of whom are self-isolating, from being inundated with tourists?  Marian Norris Acting Secretary Ardentinny Community Council


There response was as follows:

There is very close integration with FLS and  National Park locally, as well as the Police and local authorities. Our national staff are in regular dialogue with Scottish Government to ensure our actions are consistent with Lockdown and futures Phases. The decisions on car park and toilet reopening are being made at a national level within FLS and final decisions will only be made after the First Minister speaks on Thursday.  There are national protocols being developed for the forestry sector and we will only be able to start outside work once these are signed off and we have appropriate risk assessments and protection in place for keeping staff safe. At this stage I am uncertain if we can take any action before the weekend.

Yesterday we reviewed our 53 car parks Regionally and decided that Ardentinny was a medium priority for re-opening. Which means it will only be reopen after we have time to open the high priority sites. We share your concerns about the site opening, especially if we are unable to open the toilets. Toilets will to take longer to open than car parks as we need to develop new cleaning protocols and our procurement team need to restart contracts. We are also very mindful of the potential impact of large numbers of visitors on the community.

Our national team are working on a package of signage that we can put on sites which can cover the camping and physical distancing messages.

Sue, Steve or I will aim to update the Ardentinny community once we know more.

My view here is we are still in a bit of limbo with the car park and camping areas and I fear we will shortly be in undated with campers please be vigilant and if you are down by the beach please ask them kindly to depart



National park government official guidance

Below is the official government guidance which has been publicised widely

28th May 2020

As I'm sure that you will be aware, the First Minister today confirmed that from tomorrow (Friday 29th May) Scotland will begin moving into the next phase of the lockdown: Phase 1 as described in the Route Map published last week.
 We have been planning for the inevitable change in restrictions and earlier this week we held a briefing for representatives from Community Councils across the National Park to hear more about our planned approach. Thank you to those from the 15 Community Councils who were able to take part in the call. I hope you found it valuable.

What is changing across Scotland from today?
 In the first phase of the transition more outdoor activity will be permitted, including the ability to sit out in parks, meet people from one other household outdoors, and travel short distances for exercise or leisure. More forms of non-contact outdoor recreation, like tennis, golf and water sports will also be permitted. However, these activities must continue to be done close to home and the guidance states that these should only be undertaken within roughly 5 miles of your home. The First Minister went to great lengths to emphasise this point today. You can watch her statement in full here and you can read more about the change in measures on the Scottish Government website.

What does this mean for the National Park? 
 Ahead of the weekend, I wanted to update you on plans for our visitor facilities as we transition into this next phase and our message to those wishing to visit the National Park.
I can confirm that all National Park visitor facilities including car parks, toilets, the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch, camping permit areas, motorhome permit areas and campsites remain closed and will not be open this weekend. 
Our sites will only reopen when it is safe to do so for those visiting them, staff working at them and the communities who live near them. This will be a gradual process and we are not in a position to begin opening visitor sites yet. 
We have been working with our public sector partners, including Police Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland and the Local Authorities within the National Park, to ensure that there is a joined up approach to reopening these sites when the time is right. We will keep our dedicated Coronavirus web page updated with the latest information. We will continue to keep communities informed via regular updates like this, directly from the National Park Authority, updates in the Community Partnership Newsletter and via calls like the one held this week.  

Our message to visitors
While national lockdown restrictions on some outdoor activities begin to ease, in line with the latest Scottish Government guidance, we are reminding people that they should not be travelling long distances and should be avoiding popular beauty spots and crowded places.
We have issued a joint press press release this evening with our public sector partners to urge people to comply with the guidance and stay close to home. Our message reiterates that no car parks, public toilets or visitor facilities are open yet. 
Our messaging will urge anyone considering a visit to the National Park to think carefully about their potential impact on the place and other people if they were to visit right now.
We are working to spread the message that with only some activities allowed and facilities still closed the time is not yet right for large numbers of visitors to the area. In addition to the media coverage we expect we will be sharing updates on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. Please help spread these messages by sharing them with your networks. 

This weekend
 As ever, if you have concerns about anti-social or unsafe behaviour in your area please contact Police Scotland on 101 or on 999 in an emergency.
 We have also set up a mailbox for you to report any general visitor management / traffic issues and concerns arising: feedback@lochlomond-trossachs.org. This will be very useful for our monitoring purposes only to capture information during the Scottish Government’s phased approach to moving out of lockdown.
In the event you wish to make a complaint, we ask that you use our standard channels to submit this where this relates to a National Park Authority matter, or direct other complaints to the relevant organisation through their official channels. 

Gordon Watson
Chief Executive
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

General information  8/5/2020

Loch Fyne deli

Loch Fyne deli are doing home deliveries along the shore twice a week. They have lots of fresh fish to choose from plus a vegetable/fruit box large £15 and small £7.50.  They have only started this service 3 weeks ago and there is no charge for delivery. They also have other items like homemade breads, pasties, milk, pasta and yes even flour!   You can phone an order in on 01499 600484 and pay over phone or you can order online at Loch Fyne deli. 

Roslyn Lawrence and her neighbour have tried this and state there first order was very fresh and they were excellent in dealing with us and giving us a next day delivery. 

Worth a try if your into fresh fish or other items that they may stock

Morrisons/Co Op

Both these online booking systems and slots seem to be up and running now with plenty of slots , morrisons is roughly a week  from order to delivery and I believe the coop is the same however they are getting there with this service which seems simple enough to use even for those not too tech savvy Dee did a Morrisons one Monday so if she can figure it out then it must be easy, Ha-ha

Box of Kindness

Claire Florence from the Swedish houses has set up Ardentinnys box of kindness, this is located in the phone box at the church car park, I have attached a few images of what is there to the email, the rules for the box are as follows:

1.       Anyone can donate or take from the box, please use it

2.       If you are donating then please do not donate any perishable items, fresh food stuffs

3.       There are a few books in there but please don’t overwhelm the box with books and games

Can everyone please keep an eye on the box if they are out walking, Claire is trying to get hold of a curtain which we will try and hang without damaging the box at some point during today or tomorrow, Also if anyone can improve on the box then I am sure no one will mind, however please note it isn’t our property so I would only advise putting items up that can be removed at a later date.

Walking and Camping

It has been noticed that there is a slight increase in both walkers and people sneaking around the village with large backpacks clearly looking to camp, they are clearly not camping directly on the beach but are going further into the forestry area to camp, please be vigilant if you do note anyone clearly going to campt and do not want to confront them directly please call Dunoon police station and report it directly to them, Ill be honest and say I wont hold my breath for the big helicopter fast response team but they may just do a drive through wich will help deter these people clearly breaking lock down rules.

Final point

It is clear that the shops in Dunoon are starting to slowly come out of lock down I have heard through the grape vine that home hardware, cowal building supplies and a few others have started to open, they do have some restrictions in place however they are open for business, please ensure if you are visiting these places you stay safe and respect whatever new rules they have put in place, quite a few such as home hardware are order online and collect at the store so this could be a good option for some wanting stores.


Stay Safe everyone


Hi Everyone,Hope you are all safe and well, nothing much to update you all on within the village all is calm and quiet which is a good thing, It does like like we do have a few more weeks of full lockdown to come although it is nice to see the direction of the virus is turning for the better.


Please make sure you are all keeping in line with the current restrictions as these have still not been changed and please keep using the volunteers on the list.


I am still planning another news letter to come around so if you are a member of a group and want to add something please send me an email and i can add it to the letter, please keep your articles short.


WEEKLY UPDATE  24/04/2020

Hi Everyone

There isnt much of an update this week as not much has happened you are all not aware of.

I would just like again to say a massive thanks to all the volunteers who are carrying out deliveries, making calls, checking on residents within the village and generally going the extra mile to ensure our shielded and anyone at risk are kept well informed stocked up and safe so massive thanks for that.


Ill also remind everyone that we are still under social distance rules "lockdown" so please keep up the good work regarding exercise and social distancing.


I am expecting a rise in the number of people trying to get in and use the beach largely because we are now in week five and the lockdown is taking its toll on some members of the wider community who know there is a beach in Ardentinny, with this in mind if you are out walking and do see campers or people who are not part of the community around then please be polite but remind them they should not be in the area, the police do routinely come through the village at least twice a day and have stated they will issue fines to anyone they find breaking the CV19 rules


Morrison's, the coop and the veg man are all now up and running so please make use of these delivery options where you can as this takes pressure off both the supermarkets and volunteers who shop for individuals


I hope to produce another letter drop within the next couple of weeks so if anyone has anything they want to include in  this then please feel free to let me know





WEEKLY UPDATE 17/04/2020

General information

Hi Everyone

Another 3 weeks of lockdown which lets face it was expected, another big shout out to all the volunteers currently doing shopping picking prescriptions or just keeping in touch with each other, all doing a great job and I have heard nothing but great comments regarding the help people in the village are receiving so massive thanks to all from me.

Social distancing is still being practiced and it is good to see there are still no campers on the beach so the signs seem to be working for now, I will also take this opportunity to say if you do see people from outside the village walking and are thinking of approaching to ask them to leave whatever reason please be polite,

Hopefully you should all have now received a revised volunteers list with a few new names added and some useful contact information.

Morrisons have now started there online delivery portal they have stated they are giving priority to those shielded and in isolation so if you are still able to go into town to shop I would ask that you do let the few slots that are available be taken by those in need, I am sure like the co-op they will build up the amount of slots available

Fruit and Veg box delivery

I Had a go at a fruit and veg delivery last week from Sean Taylor, now being a Yorkshire lad I wanted to know if was worth the £25 or not, the image shows what was in the basket  bur for those interested he does advertise the following will be in the box:

Iceberg lettuce, swede. Onions, potatoes, cucumber, carrots, leek, pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, oranges, grapes, bananas, strawberries, 4 pints milk, 1 loaf of bread. I also got a pineapple not sure what I didn’t get lol.


All in all if I went to Morrisons I could possibly pick this lot up slightly cheaper, I worked it out to roughly £17-£19 depending how much you got  but delivered to the door, Personally I thought this was worth it for the service provided he comes to Ardentinny on a Tuesday 


His face book link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1389695991291343/2562557334005197/?sale_post_id=2562557334005197&comment_id=2569248736669390&reply_comment_id=2570015949926002¬if_id=1587059566115036¬if_t=group_comment_mention plenty of reviews there


However for the more traditional route he can also be contacted via text or phone on: 0794764957


Payment is generally cash on delivery however he does also accept bank transfer and can be paid via paypal

Can everyone please spread the word regarding this to anyone not on the mailing list or just neighbours so we can make use of the service





Update from & Bute Council


Today the Council is launching a single helpline number for citizens to contact the council and other partnership agencies with needs arising from the current coronavirus situation. 


The helpline number will be operated during normal business hours  and is 0546 605524.  Queries that will be addressed include Financial, Business, Health, Education, Registration and Social & Homecare Needs. Individuals can also use the helpline to volunteer.  For more information please see - https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/news/2020/mar/coronavirus-caring-people-helpline


To supplement the phone number there are also webforms allowing individuals to volunteer and to log their Social and Homecare needs 24/7.


I’d be grateful if you would kindly use your wider networks to promote this newly launched number and the webform.


9/4/2020   Ardentinny Community Council emergency
Action Plan and General Advice

Hi Everyone, we are now pushing through week 3 of the lock down and there is a raft of information and help that has been made available to many people both within and outside our village area, I will list some of the services and places you could look for further help and advice below however as per my last email for up to date news and advice regarding the virus the best website is still the NHS Scotland website https://www.nhsinform.scot/ this contains lots of helpful information and advice regarding COVID-19.A revised volunteer contact list will be delivered to every house in the Ardentinny area shortly please burn or shred your old contacts list
Other helpful places include:
Crossroads Caring for Carers email: christine@crossroadscowalandbute.org.uk, telephone 01369707700
Bute and Cowal Vets Please DO NOT ATTEND EITHER SURGERY without telephoning first 702532 as they are not allowing anyone into the practice premises
ECO Health Store are offering free delivery for those self-isolating to most addresses within the PA23 area 705106

Graham from West Coast Motors has indicated some assistance to communities can be provided with drivers dropping off prescriptions or messages if required so please contact him direct on g.bryce@westcoastmotors.co.uk
or telephone Graham Bryce Dunoon 01586 559139

Morrisons have put in an elderly shopping time to save them queuing if you are over 70 simply go to the front of the que and you be let in, if anyone under this sees any elderly persons queuing up please suggest to them that they can go to the front for quicker access.

Cowal Car Components are doing emergency and critical end of life tyre repairs and replacements ring in advance Richie 07890907195, if you do make an order from libbys pet shop these can be picked up there as well

DBH Community Kitchen is a not-for-profit service that provides easy access to delicious, nutritious food 7 days a week. Call Dunoon Burgh Hall between 10am and 3pm on 01369 701776 for further information

Some useful community-oriented face book links include



What to do if you are self-isolating or in an at-risk category
The very first step which everyone should be considering now is setting up a buddy system with your closest neighbours, make a point of speaking on a daily basis either by phone or over the fence, this may not be possible in some areas but in a lot of areas where there are houses close together this will also ensure no one is left on their own.
If there is no one on the list you know then please ring me the coordinator my contact details are at the very top of this list.

What can the volunteers do?
The volunteers can do quite a lot, they should contact those at risk daily this may be just a phone call, a chat or a visit but ensure we all remain fit and well and have enough supplies to last however long the virus remains.

Some of the volunteers can collect shopping some will assist with gardening, IT issues Just ask

Please use the group and do not think you are putting anyone out we are all in this together so even if its just a chat please use the numbers below and give someone a call
Please do not publish these contact details on social media everyone will receive a hard copy through their door containing contact details


Secretaries and/or Conveners of Community Councils


Dear Colleagues,


Today the Council is launching a single helpline number for citizens to contact the council and other partnership agencies with needs arising from the current coronavirus situation. 


The helpline number will be operated during normal business hours  and is 0546 605524.  Queries that will be addressed include Financial, Business, Health, Education, Registration and Social & Homecare Needs. Individuals can also use the helpline to volunteer.  For more information please see - https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/news/2020/mar/coronavirus-caring-people-helpline


To supplement the phone number there are also webforms allowing individuals to volunteer and to log their Social and Homecare needs 24/7.


I’d be grateful if you would kindly use your wider networks to promote this newly launched number and the webform.


Fiona at the surgery says that prescriptions can be collected from Riverbank Surgery Kilmun at the surgery from 8.30 to 1pm.

Now please allow 72 hours for your order .


Weekly update from Community Council

General information
Age Scotland have a helpline for our elderly to contact. Please share to that anyone who might need it has this information
The telephone number is a free phone number 08001244222 & they are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

From Tuesday25th March, Argyll and Bute Council will be collecting green bins only.
The council advises householders: "Please continue to put out your green bins but leave your recycling at home."
The council also says it is closing civic amenity sites, such as Rothesay Dump and Bogleha' in Dunoon 'so we can prioritise operating our landfill sites'.
Argyll and Bute Council useful service status website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/service-disruptions this is a really useful link where information regarding roads, bins ferry, schools and other council services can be found

Car park, Camping Area and Village WC
As per Argyll and Bute advice the local WC has been closed until further notice
The carpark and camping area should be closed as of Thursday 26 March this should stop camping and the abuse of the carpark by non residents of the community area, the FC has stated that they will not be going around checking this is working so this part will largely be down to us self policing the issue, if you do see anyone camping please let me know and I will feed back through to the FC and see what further action can be taken.
A further option could be the self-production of signs that could be put out around the village that state the beach area is closed to non-residents, or something similar, the whole village could buy into this and put out there own signs or we could get a few able volunteers with the right skill set and equipment to do this and produce a number of A4 signs on pickets placed at various points throughout the village.
We will monitor what happens over the weekend to see how effective the closure of the carpark the FC put in place works and can decide on this tactic early next week
Caravan Park
In line with recent advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) announced by the First Minister, campsites, caravan and holiday parks in Scotland are to close immediately to new arrivals, including tourers, other transient visitors and holiday lets.
Sites should also advise current visitors and owners of second homes on sites to return home and stay at home, where they can do so safely and practically.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“As the Scottish Government has made abundantly clear, this is not the time for holidays, travel, or for being away from home. Additional visitors, particularly to rural areas and our islands, will put a severe strain on local resources and the NHS, which is not set up to cover the need of non-residents long term.  

“All those who can safely do so should now return to their primary residence. However, I also understand that in some cases residential mobile homes, motorhomes, campervans and holiday lets on a caravan park or tourist site may be someone’s primary home, and that some people will be unable to return to where they usually live.

“Sites should be sympathetic to the circumstances of these individuals, and should, where necessary, remain open on a partial basis for these occupants only.

I have spoken to Alan the caravan park owner he has stated that as per the government guidelines the campsite is currently closed and they are not taking any bookings, there are however a few people who do live in the park and as per the guidelines noted above he does have a duty of care to ensure these caravans do get the required level of service and support.

Anyone who owns private let property in the area should be observing similar rules, unfortunately I am not in contact with any holiday let owners to speak with and get their views we can in these instances only rely on owners doing the right thing and not take any bookings during this time.



Please read this carefully.

We write as your local GPs to ask for your URGENT help and understanding and we need to be blunt. 
Covid19 is now here in Cowal and could spread rapidly. You MUST follow the government’s advice - it is not scaremongering and is the bare minimum we need to do. You can be carrying the virus and not know it. Do not change your behaviour to avoid being infected assume you are infected and change your behaviour to avoid transmitting. If we all do this, less people will die.
The main symptoms are a temperature and/or a new cough. For most it will be like a head cold (runny nose, sore throat, cough, no sense of taste) or mild flu (fever, cough, aches and pains, lethargy, diarrhoea, mild shortness of breath and cough). If you have these then:
 - Go to the NHS Inform website if you want information where you can self diagnose and get an off work certificate. This site also tells you about self isolation rules. You can also get general information on 0800 028 2816. Do not call your GP for a sick note
 - Only if your symptoms are worsening , you have worsening breathlessness or your fever hasn’t gone after 7 days call NHS24 on 111. 
 - If they cannot answer all your questions they will say call your GP. We NEED you to follow this process, as we don’t have time to speak to everyone with mild symptoms. If you have been through the website and your symptoms later worsen then do call 111 or us.  Some may have chest tightness or struggling to breathe – these are the patients we need to call 111 or the surgery. If you feel it is an emergency dial 999
We have had to make changes to our practice access to protect you and us. We have all stopped you being able to walk into the practice at random; we know this is annoying but we need to reduce spread of the coronavirus. There are also medication delays, please do not over order or hoard medicines and allow more time for your repeat medicines. We will assess you if you have another urgent problem but we need to speak to you on the phone first to organise a safe time and way to see you. Please be patient with our staff.
We will always do our best for you and these are not normal times so you can help us by following this advice.
Drs Aquilina, Briscoe, Chant, Coull, Hallum, Macbeth, MacGregor, McGonagle, Saleem, Tittmar, von Kaehne


Neil Robinson, Convener of Ardentinny Community Council has been in discussion with Stuart Chalmers of FLS regarding the concerns of parking and camping at Shepherds Point during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

The result of these discussions is in an email from Stuart. 



As discussed on the phone yesterday. Forestry and Land Scotland is closing all our car parks temporarily as part of the COVID 19 response.



In terms of Ardentinny, Steve Gillen, will be closing the car park today and Argyll  and Bute Council have supported in terms of equipment to close the site.


Once this closure is in place all our staff will be working from home, other than a select few who are supporting the timber industry. We will be able to monitor emails and phone calls. We will have no patrols in place to check car parks. If there are any issues, we would be grateful therefore to get feedback from the Community Council.


Best wishes,



  • Public conveniences in Ardentinny

A question has been raised regarding the current standing of the WC’s within the Ardentinny area, these conveniences are used by both key workers and members of the public and some residents were questioning if these should in fact be closed.
After consultation with the main Argyll and Bute council office the WC will presently remain open, there is a contracted cleaner in place and the WC’s are looked at by local residents on a regular basis and are in excellent shape.
The main advice is for people to wash there hands and clearly a space needs to be maintained for residents and key workers to do this. 

With this in mind the community council has opted to stay in line with the main council office and leave the WC open, clearly this could change at short notice dependent on governments advice.

Ardentinny Beach Camping area.

A lot of people are worried about the number of camper vans that were clearly visible over the weekend at the beach and did raise there concerns with myself and other members of the council, given the lack of notice and enforcement currently in place there is not much the community council can do themselves however today the CC sent a strongly worded email to forestry Scotland which can be seen below:
“This weekend Ardentinny has been inundated with camper vehicles at the beach site.  Given the Coronavirus emergency and the fact that we are making every effort to comply with government rules concerning group gatherings, we find this unacceptable.  Many residents in the village are in the vulnerable group and are self-isolating. We would be grateful if you could take steps to close the beach camping site as soon as possible in accordance with government advice.”
Forestry and Land Scotland’s response was as follows:
Thanks for your emails about the campervans at Ardentinny. As you will appreciate amid the COVID 19 response, public advice from the Scottish Government will continue to change.
Forestry and Land Scotland's policy is that there should be no overnight stays on our sites. https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/activities/camping?highlight=overnight
 We were however going to trial campervans on 10 sites across Scotland, including Ardentinny. However, on Friday we made the decision to suspend the campervan trial to be consistent with Scottish Government messages on minimising travel.
Over the next few days we will be putting signage up at Ardentinny Beach Car park to remind people there are to be no overnight stays.
We were reviewing the toilet provision at Ardentinny today and we are planning to close the toilets.
We continue to review our car parks but the decision was made we will continue to provide outdoor recreation and parking across Forestry and Land Scotland sites, including Ardentinny.
It is worth you looking at for the latest information in our response to Covid 19. We are taking a consistent approach across the country.

Hearing Aid Batteries
If you require hearing aid batteries which are normally collected from the local hospital please do not just go down and ask for them at the hospital reception.
Please give them a ring first they will take your details and post the batteries directly to you, anyone simply turning up will be turned away.
Anyone in isolation
Can any one who is currently in isolation please let me know that you are self-isolating this information will become invaluable as the virus starts to spread out to our area, all I require is a quick email or text giving your name house number or name and either a yes self-isolating due to age or a yes for self-isolating for medical reasons


Ardentinny Community Council emergency
Action Plan and General Advice
As you are no doubt aware the coronavirus outbreak will affect everyone at some point within the village, the current advice as per the NHS Scotland website https://www.nhsinform.scot/ is as follows:
If you've developed a continuous cough or fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the day your symptoms started.
If your symptoms are severe and you experience breathlessness or the condition it worsens.
Then phone your GP or if your GP is closed NHS 24 (111)

If you must stay at home for 7- or 14-day period you shouldn’t go to work, school or public areas.

Please note the information noted above is changing on a daily basis and therefore everyone should pay close attention to the news and were possible look on  https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
The village emergency plan
The village have a list of volunteers within the community these volunteers are there to help some of them are themselves self-isolating however the contact listed delivered contains details of what each volunteer can do.

If you are self-isolating or are within an at-risk group then please make contact with both the coordinator and any of the volunteers on the list below and provide them with your details.

What to do if you are self-isolating or in an at-risk category
The very first step which everyone should be considering now is setting up a buddy system with your closest neighbours, make a point of speaking on a daily basis either by phone or over the fence, this may not be possible in some areas but in a lot of areas where there are houses close together this will also ensure no one is left on their own.

Secondly, if you are isolating contact myself the coordinator to ensure I know you are in isolation for whatever reason, likewise if you do come out of isolation please let me know so I can up date the village list.

Everyone in the village should keep the coordinator updated regarding coming in and out of isolation.

Finally if you are in isolation for any reason after letting the coordinator know have a read through the contacts list that will be hand delivered to each household in the Ardentinny area, we are a small community it is unlikely there is no one on the list you know, simply find someone you are comfortable speaking with and make direct contact.

If there is no one on the list you know then please ring me the coordinator my contact details are at the very top of this list.

What can the volunteers do?
The volunteers can do quite a lot, they should contact those at risk daily this may be just a phone call, a chat or a visit but ensure we all remain fit and well and have enough supplies to last however long the virus remains.

Some of the volunteers can collect shopping some will assist with gardening, IT issues Just ask

Please use the group and do not think you are putting anyone out we are all in this together so even if its just a chat please use the numbers below and give someone a call

Please remember anyone who is either in an at-risk group or self-isolating should contact the coordinator so that the villages current standing with regards the virus can be managed.

Please do not publish these contact details on social media everyone will receive a hard copy through their door containing contact details.


Information from Riverbank Surgery re Coronavirus

Dear All,


Attached is a letter from Dr Tittmar written today the 20th March with information on the coronavirus from our local doctor's surgery. 

For more information there is also a link the NHS24 website NHS inform - Scottish health information you can trust . 

The procedures for putting your prescription in at Riverbank Surgery Kilmun are as follows. 

If the surgery is shut post through the letter box

If open post your prescription in the box just in the inside door. 

When you collect your prescription wait within the inside door and a member of staff will bring your prescription to you.

The staff are not permitted to speak directly to you but will use the intercom system.

Hope this is helpful and please pass on to others who need the information too.



Ardentinny Community Council






There now is an email address which can be used for two-way contact between residents and the Community Council.


This will not only allow the village to make easy contact with the CC but will also allow those who join our mailing list quick access to news of what is going on (this may be particularly relevent re the fish farm planning application).


If you would like to be kept up to date with the activities of the Community Council please emailardentinnycc@gmail.com and ask to be included in the mailing list.


If you would like to be removed from the list at any time, please email and let us know.



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