Community Notices and Information

The First Monday Bookclub

The First Monday Bookclub

Starting Monday 3rd September at Rothesay Library, 1:30 to 3pm.

Too busy for massive books? At First Monday book club we keep it small. Meet fellow book lovers to read and discuss a book a month. No commitment to read every book. Enquire at library. While books for the 4 months of 2018 have been chosen, staring in January we invite members to suggest books. The books for Sept till Dec are as follows:

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson 

An elderly artist and her six year old granddaughter spend a summer on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. (to be discussed Monday 3rd Sept.)

Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Three teenagers find solace in a hidden suitcase of western literature during the dark day of chairman Mao's cultural revolution. Set in 1970's China. (to be discussed Monday 1st Oct.)

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Jean-babtiste Grenouille wants to become the greatest perfumier in France but one fragrance eludes him, Innocence, and he will stop at nothing not even murder to obtain it. (To be discussed Monday 5th Nov. )

Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

London clerk Charles Pooter records in hilarious detail the small everyday dramas of life among the lower middle classes in the great Victorian age. (To be discussed Monday 3rd Dec.)

How to obtain books

Order at the library - Download as an e-book - order at Print Point - Buy online at World of Books where 2nd hand books can be bought cheap.

We look forward to seeing you

Baird Day at Ettrick Bay

Baird Day at Ettrick Bay on Saturday 8th September from 12 noon.

Lots going on to celebrate Bute's Aviation Pioneer. A few places still available at the award dinner in the Victoria on Friday 7th  Contact Chris Markwell for Tickets .. £30 -

Bute Island Radio & Dreamflights Fundraiser

Bute Island Radio & Dreamflights Fundraiser will be taking place on 9th September. Join Robert "Happy Stovie Bob" Halliday  at Ettrick Bay from 1pm where he will (hopefully) be completing his 2018km walk for Bute Island Radio. 

Join Bob along the route from Ettrick Bay through Port Bannatyne,  Ardbeg and into Rothesay with finish line at Bute Island Radio HQ in Castle Street, Rothesay approx. 3pm

From 4pm the fundraiser continues in the Galatea  Bar with live music from Jimmy Macauley & Chrissy K, along with raffles and a sports auction (Some items up for auction include signed Harry Kane boot, sighed Lionel Messi boot, signed 2014 Rangers strip, Celtic Invincibles signed top and many more)

All funds raised on the day will be split 50/50 to Bute Island Radio & Dreamflights.

Beachwatch Bute

Want to get out in the fresh air?

Want to do some good while you're there?

Why not become a volunteer beach cleaner for Beachwatch Bute? We can supply you with a litter picker and bags and uplift the full bag afterwards.

If you are on the beach at Ascog or The Port - don't forget that you can make use of Beachwatch Bute's Equipment in the storage benches there! Once you're done, just put the bag and litter picker back in the bench. 

Does that storage bench need emptying?

Text or Phone Beachwatch Bute on 07767 795969

Have you spotted a Bute Beach that needs cleaned?

Call or text Beachwatch Bute if you see a beach that needs our help.

Like us on Facebook. 

Bute Island Radio Fundraising Event

Rothesay resident and fan of bute island radio Mr. Robert Halliday has kindly given up his time with a venture to raise much needed funds for the local community station Bute Radio.
Bob is attempting to walk 2018km during 2018. He started his walk 1/1/2018. if you wish to help Bob raise his target please go and click on the purple "Just Giving" link and follow the simple instructions or alternatively follow the link on our Facebook page. You will also be able to read Bob's full story. You can also donate directly by stopping Bob when ever you see him out and wearing his white "walking for Bute Island Radio" T-shirt.

Bute Island Radio's Free Community Announcements and Advertising

Community announcements and advertising - if you are part of a community group or a registered charity here on bute and you have an announcement for the community of a forthcoming event, Bute Island Radio will broadcast your event on air free of charge, PLUS it will go on the events guide on our web-page, PLUS it will be in The Big Blue Book which gets read out several times per day.
We need the following info:
1. What is the event?
2. Where is the event taking place?
3. When is the event, Date and Time
4. Is there an admission charge or is it free?
Pleas send your e-mail to:
For commercial advertising at very competitive prices, please e-mail all enquiries to:

MacMillan Information Service

Our volunteers are in the library on Stuart Street every Tuesday 11am to 1pm - the service is available whenever the library is open, although volunteers are only on-site on Tuesdays - open to anyone touched by cancer-patients, families, carers or friends.

Bute Photographic Society Club

Bute Photographic Society Club meets every Tuesday in the  Green Tree room at the Library on Stuart Street, Rothesay from 7 - 9 pm.
For more details contact
Richard Chrystie 01700 505 545
Paul Simpson 07892 010 479
or on Facebook.

Drop in Centre for Anyone Affected by a Life Changing Illness

 Ladeside Centre (formerly salvation army centre) Ladeside Street.
Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm

Bute & Cowal Credit Union

If you are interested in serving the community acquiring skills and have some free time to spare why not contact Bute & Cowal Credit Union who are eager to recruit new volunteers. You can contact them by calling in to their office at
5 King Street Rothesay or by phoning them on 01700 500 145
You can also drop them an e-mail at
The Rothesay Office is open from 10:30am to 1:30pm on Tuesdays and 10am to 12:30pm on Saturdays.

Bowel Screening

Bowel cancer is a major public health problem in Scotland. It is the third most common cancer in Scotland. The Scottish bowel screening programme invites men and women aged between 50 and 74 to take part in screening every 2 years.
Bowel screening aims to find cancer at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more effective. Bowel screening is the only screening program  where the test is completed at home. Bowel screening uptake is lowest in men and in the most deprived areas. - screening uptake is lowest in 50 - 54 year olds.  The new simpler bowel screening test is much easier to do. Figures on Bute suggest that only 43% of men invited return the test.
If you have misplaced your kit you can get a replacement one by calling Free Scottish Bowel Screening Centre helpline on 0800 0121 833

Cancer Support Scotland

Cancer Support Scotland offer free counselling and support, as well as providing access to reiki, reflexology and massage therapy.
More information can be had by contacting them on 0800 6524531 or 0141 337 8199 
Tak-tent cancer support meet on the last Thursday of every month in the Ardbed Baptist Church, King Street, Rothesay at 2pm.

ACHA'S Community Housing Association Community Action Fund

ACHA'S community action fund is now open to applications from register charities. The criteria for the fund is that the organisation applying must be registered with the office of the Scottish charity regulator (oscr) and each charity can apply for up to a maximum of £500 in any one financial year. Further details and application forms are available on ACHA | Argyll Community Housing Association or by phoning Lorna Kerr on 01546 605922

Bute Food Bank

Bute Oasis in conjunction with Bute Advice Centre and ADG
Bute Food Bank - 6 Argyle Street 10am to 4pm daily 
Bute Advice Centre - 12 Bishop Street  - by appointment from 9am to 5pm. - It is vital that everyone who use the food bank is offered support to alleviate the reasons why they need to use the food bank by partnesrship working individuals are given the vital emergency food required and support in the long term. - anyone requiring a food parcel/advice please contact bute oasis 01700 502272 - bute advice centre 01700 502784 - confidential support and assistance will be offered. 

Bute Kidney Dialysis Appeal

Still very much ongoing, the bute kidney dialysis campaign would be extremely grateful to receive your donation, to help provide this much needed facility on bute.
You can donate by going to Bute Kidney Patients Group then click on dialysis unit campaign for details where there is a "mydonate" button. you'll also find details of the office bearers who will be pleased to accept your donations. Please support this much need cause. 

John Paul Retreats

John Paul Retreats is a newly created charity set up to help parents and siblings who are trying to cope with the loss of loved ones, either through death or other unforseen tragedy. The charity was founded by Anthony McMahon, who lost his brother, John Paul, to a car accident in 1984. Anthony's parent's suffered greatly over the loss of John Paul and they also passed away in their early fifties. Since then, Anthony has endeavoured to establish a place where people, who experience similar trauma, can meet together and begin to come to terms with loss. There is no cost involved when you visit John Paul Retreats but small donations can be made on the donation page to maintain the running of the retreat home.


Unfortunately there are still irresponsible dog owners on Bute. The Council considers this behaviour as unacceptable and will issue fixed penalty notices to people who fail to remove their dogs mess immediately. They can also be prosecuted if they fail to pay the fixed penalty notice and fined up to £500

The Councils resources are limited, so we are asking for your help to assist us, to enable officers to effectively target the areas to catch the individuals. 

We would like you to report any individuals seen to be committing this offence to the Council on 01700 501380 or 01546 605514

All calls and information you provide is treated in the strictest confidence. The more information you can provide, the better the officers will be able to target the individual responsible.