Community Notices and Information

Public Consultation for Clyde Submarine Electric Cable Replacements

It looks as if the Electric Cables to and from Bute require to be replaced.
Therefore come along and tell the Electricity Company what you think. As it will affect local communities, fishermen etc.
Moat Centre on Stuart Street in Rothesay 24th May 6pm to 9pm.

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 http://www.buteislandradio.com 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.

Councillor's Surgery

Argyle & Bute Councillor Jim Findley will be holding a councillor's surgery, within the Green Tree Room at The Moat Centre on Stuart Street here in Rothesay, on Saturday 19th May from 10:15 util 11:45am. No appointment is necessary . So if you have any issues that you feel Jim could help with then get along. 

You can also contact Councillor Findley on the following numbers. 01700 501342 or 07824 124 859

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: studio@buteislandradio.com
For commercial advertising at very competitive prices, please e-mail all enquiries to: admin@buteislandradio.com

Community Council By-Elections - 28 June 2018

By-Elections are being held across Argyll and Bute to fill vacancies on various Community Councils who remain unconstituted after the recently held Elections. Notices of Election below list the Community Councils that will have a by-election:

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands 

Oban, Lorn and the Isles 

Bute and Cowal 

Helensburgh and Lomond

timetable for the by-election lists the key dates. The Nomination period will run from Wednesday 9 May to Thursday 24 May 2018. Forms will require to be lodged with the Returning Officer by no later than 4.00pm on Thursday 24 May 2018. If a contest is required voting will be by postal votes, with voting papers being issued from Thursday 14 June 2018. Election day, and the final day for returning postal votes will be Thursday 28 June 2018.

If you are interested in standing for election, please contact the election office via e-mail at elections@argyll-bute.gov.uk or telephone 01546 604331 or 4401.

You can download a Nomination Pack or pick up a hard copy from the Customer Services points at Kilmory, Oban, Helensburgh, Bute and Dunoon from Tuesday 8 May 2018.

Fyne Futures "West Church Project"

One of Bute's prominent derelict sites is due to be transformed in the coming months thank to funding from the Climate Challenge Fund.

As part of a year-long project by Bute Carbon Free Food (delivered by Fyne Futures), the space once occupied by the West Church will be transformed into an accessible garden with a number of raised beds and vegetable trugs.  The site plan will mean anyone will be able to take part in tending the garden and joining the group of volunteers.

The beds will be used to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs that will be freely available for anyone to use. In addition the project hopes to highlight the importance of buying food locally and in season.

For example, the carbon footprint of our island is reduced when we source food grown or reared locally. Making fruit and vegetables available for anyone to pick for free means this is reduced to zero.

The West Church site is expected to reach completion in mid-June. It is hoped that 24th June will see sunny weather for the opening of the West Church accessible edible community garden.

In addition, the Bute Carbon Free Food project is offering funded places at all of the Bute Produce courses this year. These include their popular Grow Your Own, Seed Saving and Master Composter courses,plus new Bee Talk and Hazel Tree Trim demos.

The full programme of training is available on their website, their social media pages and from the Bute Produce Garden. You can find out more about volunteering with the project in the same way. Alternatively you can call 01700 503181

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.
ALL WELCOME - Cost £3
For more details contact
Richard Chrystie 01700 505 545
Paul Simpson 07892 010 479
or on Facebook.

Bute Island Radio Car Sticker

Bute island radio car sticker - kindly sponsored by Toffo's Montague Street.
Car stickers will be available priced £1 - display on your car in a prominent place where our mystery car spotter will see and you could be in with a chance to win £5.
Announcement will be made live on Saturday Breakfast Show 9am and you will have one hour to claim your prize otherwise it rolls over to the next week. Good luck.

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 secretary@buteandcowalcreditunion.co.uk
The Rothesay Office is open from 10:30am to 1:30pm on Tuesdays and 10am to 12:30pm on Saturdays.

Cancer Research U.K. - Rothesay Branch

The Rothesay branch of Cancer Research U.K. are currently seeking additional volunteers to assist with the day to day running of their Montague Street shop here in the town. Volunteers of all ages (over 16) are currently required.
Experience at all levels are welcome although applicants with little or no experience will also be considered as training is given.
Should you wish to give up a little of your time to assist this most worthwhile charity please don't hesitate to call in to the shop or ask to speak to Anna or give them a call on 01700 504897 as soon as possible.
Cancer Research U.K. - Helping find a cure for cancer.

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

Tai Chi Beginners Classes

Tai Chi Beginners Classes take place on Saturdays at Mill Cottage Hall - Barone Road - Rothesay
3 - 4pm - first class is free - donations thereafter - more details see http://www.9wavestaichi.org.

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.

https://www.johnpaulretreats.org/main

HELP US KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN

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.