A gardeners dream
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A gardeners dream

The Arran Horticultural Society hosts two shows every year, the summer show at the Community Theatre in Lamlash and the spring show in Brodick Hall, both highly anticipated and firm fixtures in the diaries of gardeners, bakers and children looking to boost their finances.

Gatherings for peace
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Gatherings for peace

Organised by the thriving Arran CND group, the event, on Sunday August 5, began with the ringing of the church bells, an address by the Rev Lily McKinnon and a two minute silence during which the horrors of nuclear warfare were remembered.

Night rescue for RNLI
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Night rescue for RNLI

At 10.29 pm on Monday August 12, the Arran RNLI crew assembled and launched the inshore lifeboat Rachel Hedderwick to come to the assistance of the vessel which had suffered dual engine failure and was adrift.

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Mental health fundraiser

The fundraiser in aid of SAMH will take place at Lamlash Church Hall on Saturday August 18, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Jolly Molly makes way for ice cream parlour
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Jolly Molly makes way for ice cream parlour

‘We wish Arran Dairies all the best with their exciting plans to open a new ice cream parlour and deli. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers and friends who have supported us over the last 10 years.’

An epic dream voyage
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An epic dream voyage

A Scottish sailor and her American husband have realised their dream of making the 4,800 nautical mile journey from Florida to Arran in their 47 foot catamaran.

Brodick beach barbecue bash
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Brodick beach barbecue bash

Brodick beach will once again be the venue for the Brodick Improvements Committee’s annual beach barbeque tomorrow (Sunday) with a host of adult and family orientated events planned for the popular outdoor day.

Christian makes long walk to Arran
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Christian makes long walk to Arran

Having started with no money and just relying on the goodwill of people that he meets along the way, he has been receiving donations of water, food, accommodation and equipment during the long walk.

Warning of crackdown as flyposting gets out of hand
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Warning of crackdown as flyposting gets out of hand

The proliferation of advertising posters around Arran has aroused anger and sparked a debate about the posting of advertising media and whether it has reached the stage of requiring stricter regulation and possibly even intervention.

Golfers complete 24 hour charity challenge
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Golfers complete 24 hour charity challenge

Eight golfers attempting to raise funds for locals charities have completed a 24 hour golf challenge at Whiting Bay Golf Club by playing more than eight rounds of golf lasting through the evening, into the night and for the whole of the next day.

Track and field success at Ayrshire athletics finals
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Track and field success at Ayrshire athletics finals

Arran High School pupils demonstrated a regime of athletic excellence at the Ayrshire School’s Athletics Final which resulted in pupils achieving 14 gold, silver and bronze medals and coming in sixth place overall.

Busy week for mountain rescue team
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Busy week for mountain rescue team

The Arran Mountain Rescue Team have once again had a very busy week with rescuers returning to Ceum na Caillich for the third time in the space of one week to provide assistance to walkers and climbers who encountered difficulties in the area known as the Sleeping Warrior.

Arran team to play in mainland league bid
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Arran team to play in mainland league bid

Two Arran football players who are determined to see Arran represented in a regional Scottish league are in the early stages of setting up a Scottish Football Association (SFA) sanctioned team representing Arran.

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Non-stop 24 hour golf challenge

Nine tenacious golfers from Whiting Bay Golf Club have set off this weekend to play non stop golf over a 24 hour period in order to raise funds for the club, the Village Improvements Committee and for the cancer charity ArCaS.

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First World War legacy funding

To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1 North Ayrshire Council is inviting applicants who are planning on hosting a public event – or activities relating to the war – to apply for funding to assist with the project.

Tiny tots graduate from early years class
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Tiny tots graduate from early years class

Signalling the end of an era and the start of their primary school education, 20 pupils from Lamlash Early Year’s class graduated last week at a ceremony attended by teachers, parents and grandparents.

New bid to extend Lamlash cemetery
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New bid to extend Lamlash cemetery

A third application to extend the cemetery at Lamlash has been made to North Ayrshire Council with the latest incarnation expected to be given the green light by planning officials.

Sons pay tribute to cyclist dad
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Sons pay tribute to cyclist dad

Two sons Keith and Alan Glennie have completed a charity cycle on Arran in memory of their father who died after a tragic accident while undertaking a charity cycle on Arran last year.

Grief caravan on pilgrimage to Arran
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Grief caravan on pilgrimage to Arran

A roaming art installation on a pilgrimage to Arran has been well received by an Arran audience who joined members of the travelling team at their caravan at the Arran Library.

ArCaS in £100,000 cancer care boost
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ArCaS in £100,000 cancer care boost

At the annual general meeting of Arran Cancer Support (ArCaS) trustees extended a financial helping hand to other charitable causes on Arran which will assist with providing additional support for those struggling with cancer and the wider community who visit Arran’s A&E.

Learning to fly like an eagle
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Learning to fly like an eagle

Children’s author Sue Ellis has visited schools across Arran speaking about being the best that you can be, being a writer and overcoming difficulties in life.

Kirsty bakes for heroes
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Kirsty bakes for heroes

Kirsty Park is taking part in Help for Heroes’ Bake for Heroes initiative by holding a bake sale on Tuesday June 26, at Whiting Bay Hall from 11am to 1pm.

New ferry hit by shipyard delays
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New ferry hit by shipyard delays

The ferry is already six months late and spent several months in dry dock as the bulbous bow had to be refabricated, following a design flaw.

New couples only retreat at Auchrannie
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New couples only retreat at Auchrannie

Ever conscious of environmental issues, the lodges, which have been individually built for the Glen Cloy site, have been designed with sustainability in mind.

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Roaming caravan rolls into Arran

A moving, literally and figuratively, arts installation which takes place inside of a roaming caravan will be visiting Arran next week.

Author’s gift to Beatson families
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Author’s gift to Beatson families

Author Angela Proctor who pens the Thumble Tumble book series based on Arran, has donated the use of her Arran cottage to families dealing with cancer.

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Charlotte gets BEM honour

Charlotte Weir of Blackwaterfoot has been given a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her voluntary service with the Glasgow City Mission.

War of words over new hotel
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War of words over new hotel

This is a prestige site and deserving of a building that fits the culture and history of Arran, rather than the flat block idea which will dominate the Brodick seafront.

Around the world in 80 days talk
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Around the world in 80 days talk

Cycling fans and adventurers will have an opportunity to meet adventurer and cycling world record holder Mark Beaumont when he hosts a talk during his visit to Arran in July.

Fashion show raises cash for COAST
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Fashion show raises cash for COAST

A fashion show revealing all of the latest fashion trends available from Arran outlets has raised £424 for the environmental charity COAST.

Emergency appeal to save Arran House
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Emergency appeal to save Arran House

A collaboration of Arran crafters have joined forces with artist and charity fundraiser, Gordon Davidson, to raise funds to save his Nepalese halfway house that is struggling with funding.

Summer officers settle in
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Summer officers settle in

Having already started duties at the beginning of the month, the additional police officers will on secondment on the island until the end of October.

Community support for maternity unit
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Community support for maternity unit

Members of the Arran community and the Hospital Supporters League showed their support for the Arran Maternity Unit with the donation of new equipment for the unit.

Lifeboat rescues distressed swimmer
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Lifeboat rescues distressed swimmer

Arran’s RNLI crew successfully rescued a distressed and vulnerable man from the waters of Brodick Bay over the May Day bank holiday weekend.

Plea for safe return of sculpture
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Plea for safe return of sculpture

The owner of a garden sculpture that went missing from their Shiskine garden over the weekend is appealing for any information on its whereabouts in the hope of having it returned.

Co-op helps in the fight against doorstep crime
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Co-op helps in the fight against doorstep crime

The Brodick Co-op have shown their support for a joint operation by Police Scotland and Trading Standards officers who held an awareness campaign aimed at tackling bogus callers and doorstep crime.

Blood donations halted on Arran
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Blood donations halted on Arran

National changes to the blood collection programme will see the end of Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) donation clinics visiting Arran.

Sad day for The Shore
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Sad day for The Shore

‘We’ve really tried to make it work but despite trying lots and lots of different approaches’.

Talk-in held for subsea cable
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Talk-in held for subsea cable

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have collected information from Arran residents during their two day consultation on Arran.

Consultation on development plans
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Consultation on development plans

Arran residents will be given the opportunity to have their say on the council’s future development plans at a consultation meeting later this month.

Marine cable installation talk-in
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Marine cable installation talk-in

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) are hosting two consultation events on Arran next week to seek feedback on its proposals to replace the existing submarine cable which connects Arran to Carradale.

Water woes for Brodick
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Water woes for Brodick

Brodick residents were left without water after a water main pipe burst early on Wednesday morning this week

Half empty vessel sparks holiday anger
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Half empty vessel sparks holiday anger

Travellers who were unable to secure a booking for their vehicles on the ferry journey to Arran have been incensed to discover that a large amount of space was left unused during a peak time sailing.

Weak road will take weeks to repair
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Weak road will take weeks to repair

The temporary traffic lights will continue for a further few weeks as officials assess the best solution to repair the collapsed pavement and road.

May Day Mayday rescue
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May Day Mayday rescue

Passengers aboard the MV Isle of Arran took a slight detour on the first day of May as the vessel was diverted to assist with a Mayday call from a small creeler which was in distress near Seamill.

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Creamery is up for sale

The move not only affects the creamery workers but the two remaining dairy farms on Arran who supply the creamery with milk.

Hearing aid support on Arran
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Hearing aid support on Arran

The charity Action on Hearing Loss Scotland have announced dates over the next three months for hearing aid help and support.

Club draw
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Club draw

Lochranza and Catacol 200 Club March winners.

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Fèis Arainn goes online

This year’s event will take place from Tuesday July 24 to Friday July 27 and participants are now able to register and pay on line.

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Memorial darts contest

The annual Donald and James Mackenzie memorial mixed doubles darts competition will take place in Kilmory Hall on Saturday April 14, at 7.30pm

Extra summer sailings are not on for Easter
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Extra summer sailings are not on for Easter

The Arran ferry Committee have lodges a message of disapproval with CalMac about its 2018 Easter schedule with a view of ensuring adequate capacity and Easter coverage for the 2019 season

Holiday Arran
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Holiday Arran

The latest magazine is full of news and interesting and fun places to visit on the island.

Funds help elderly enjoy learning and laughter
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Funds help elderly enjoy learning and laughter

Residents of the Glen Estate sheltered housing in Brodick are reaping the benefits of a full programme of activities after a funding boost of £10,000 from the National Lottery Awards for All

Open for business
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Open for business

The original date for opening of the new terminal was last August and two attempts to have an official opening in October and November were abandoned.

Arran Youth Foundations
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Arran Youth Foundations

The service was praised by YouthLink Scotland as ‘proof that living on an island doesn’t equal isolation’.

The pride of the provost
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The pride of the provost

We are fortunate to have so many wonderful people whose dedication and enthusiasm have had a positive impact on the lives of local people.

Stomping start to the festival
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Stomping start to the festival

The 89th Isle of Arran Music Festival started off on the right foot on Wednesday with a healthy turnout for the Scottish country dancing category.

Easter pharmacy opening times
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Easter pharmacy opening times

With GP practices closed for an extra day on Monday April 2, Arran residents are being urged to make sure that they have sufficient medication and to be prepared to cope with any common health concerns

Arran backs Wee Box appeal
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Arran backs Wee Box appeal

Each year people across Scotland give up a favourite treat such as coffee, chocolate, wine or crisps, put the money they save into a SCIAF Wee Box.

Pupils enjoy a Great Green Day
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Pupils enjoy a Great Green Day

High school pupils enjoyed a host of green and environmentally aware activities at Arran High School where a collective of environmental groups and community figures hosted a Great Green Day

Focus on Fairtrade fortnight
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Focus on Fairtrade fortnight

The annual Fairtrade fortnight was recently marked on Arran with a series of events at the Co-op and at primary schools.

Early years spring fayre
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Early years spring fayre

The day was well supported and featured a number of craft stalls,  homebaking and  a host of raffle prizes.

Arran dodges Beast from the East
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Arran dodges Beast from the East

Arran has been one of the few places in Scotland has that been unaffected by the set of weather conditions known as the Beast from the East which has caused major travel disruptions across the rest of the country.

Angus is given a fond farewell
Angus is given a fond farewell

A group of over 100 current and past colleagues of Dr Angus Campbell met at the Whiting Bay hall for a ceilidh to wish him a happy retirement.

Arran groups urged to bid  for share of awards pot
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Arran groups urged to bid  for share of awards pot

Community projects from Arran have less than a month left to enter an awards programme which could see them earn a share of a funding boost totaling £75,000 to help make a difference in their local area

Entrepreneurial spirit flourishing on Arran
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Entrepreneurial spirit flourishing on Arran

The next generation of young entrepreneurs on Arran are establishing themselves in the commercial marketplace with the creation of two small businesses that are flourishing among the more established businesses.

Ferry concerns raised by MSP
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Ferry concerns raised by MSP

I have asked the transport minister to immediately look into this issue and see what can be done to ensure that going forward.

Tax-free childcare
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Tax-free childcare

Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for tax-free childcare for children under 12.

Plastic-free fight stepped-up
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Plastic-free fight stepped-up

An Arran steering group has been formed to take forward the Surfers Against Sewage plastic free coastlines campaign.

Jobs fair on Arran
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Jobs fair on Arran

Saltcoats Job Centre Plus will be hosting an Arran Jobs Fair on Wednesday February 28, at the Ormidale Centre.

AYF also lend a helping hand
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AYF also lend a helping hand

This latest nomination is recognition of the work that AYF’s youth work team do to help youngsters around the island with their mental health and wellbeing.

Bumper cash boost for Arran youth projects
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Bumper cash boost for Arran youth projects

Six Arran youth projects are to benefit from youth participatory budgeting funding after Arran’s youngsters turned out in force to help secure over £5,000 of funding for projects on the island

A little bit of history
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A little bit of history

There has been a big shake-up at the club with a number of positions recently having been advertised.

Tackling the myths of recycling
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Tackling the myths of recycling

Arran Eco Savvy hosted an informative talk by a knowledgeable material recovery expert who answered burning questions about all aspects of recycling and re-using.

SEPA boss makes surprise visit
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SEPA boss makes surprise visit

Members of the community and COAST received an unexpected visit from the Chief executive of SEPA after he accepted an unusual invitation to visit the environmental charity following a message posted on Twitter

Budget decision sparks war of words
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Budget decision sparks war of words

The details of the Scottish government’s draft spending plans for the 2018/2019 financial year, which were recently announced by Cabinet secretary for finance and constitution Derek Mackay, once again sparked a host of political discussion and divided opinion

MP demands action on mobile phone coverage 
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MP demands action on mobile phone coverage 

Arran’s MP, Patricia Gibson has criticised the lack of mobile phone coverage on Arran and has backed calls for the UK Government to improve Scotland’s poor mobile phone coverage.

Shiskine steps up to challenge
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Shiskine steps up to challenge

A step count challenge issued to all North Ayrshire Council employees has been won by a Shiskine Primary School team who competed against 67 other teams from across the region

More funds demanded for Arran’s crumbling roads
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More funds demanded for Arran’s crumbling roads

At the monthly meeting of Arran Community Council on Tuesday members were unanimous that more money has to be found in the North Ayrshire Council budget for an increase in the island roads repair fund.

Pupils bring plastic straw fight to Arran
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Pupils bring plastic straw fight to Arran

Pupils from Sunnyside Primary School are to bring their campaign to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean to Arran by enlisting the help of Arran pupils and organisations.

Young votes will help local projects get cash
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Young votes will help local projects get cash

Young people are being encouraged to take part in an online vote to help decide which Arran organisations are to receive a slice of a £50,000 participatory budgeting exercise by North Ayrshire Council

Ukulele and soul treats on the menu at PHT
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Ukulele and soul treats on the menu at PHT

Live music aficionados are in for a treat at the Pierhead Tavern (PHT) in Lamlash this weekend as the popular Lamlash establishment hosts a weekend of  musical delights

Arran soul choir breathes life into defib project
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Arran soul choir breathes life into defib project

The Arran Soul Choir has raised enough money to fund the Arran Defib Project for half a year with their next concert in January anticipated to raise the final amount to completely fund the project for a year.

Air ambulance in New Year’s Day callout
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Air ambulance in New Year’s Day callout

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance got their new year off to a busy start with a call out to Whiting Bay where they performed a medical evacuation on New Years day

Profits up at Auchrannie
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Profits up at Auchrannie

A further £750,000 of is currently being invested to add six luxury ‘couple’s retreats’ in the grounds.

Piping in the new year
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Piping in the new year

Primary and secondary pupils on Arran can now learn the pipes and drums in schools thanks to a new tuition programme funded by charitable donations and grants, totalling £70,500.

Coastal beauty is key to council tourism strategy
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Coastal beauty is key to council tourism strategy

A tourism action plan called Making Waves in North Ayrshire aims to utilise Arran and North Ayrshire’s coastal beauty as a key element in a strategy to market them as major destinations for visitors

Concert brings Christmas warmth
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Concert brings Christmas warmth

The Arran Singers hosted their very successful annual Christmas Concert which raised £700 towards the Arran Churches Together Fuel Fund which goes towards helping the needy with heating costs during winter.

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Meet Santa in Lamlash

Children from Lamlash are invited to attend a Christmas party and to meet Santa at Arran High School next week.

Freezing weather prompts pipes warning
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Freezing weather prompts pipes warning

Scottish Water is urging homeowners and businesses on Arran to protect properties against the winter weather as the country experiences freezing weather conditions

Festive five in Santa fun run
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Festive five in Santa fun run

Triplets Reece, Harry and Finn along with sister Grace and brother Jack Popplewell all completed the Glasgow Santa Dash in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Charities receive bumper Co-op handout
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Charities receive bumper Co-op handout

The Brodick store of the Co-operative group presented a sizeable cheque to three grateful charity recipients who were nominated as their charity partners.

Brodick food bank is open all hours
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Brodick food bank is open all hours

The Arran Churches Together food bank that is located in Brodick Church is available for anyone to make use of, or drop in donations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Michael wins young naturalist of the year
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Michael wins young naturalist of the year

A blanket of snow on the ground added to the fun and excitement of the Young Naturalists Christmas party and award ceremony enjoyed in snowy surroundings at the Brodick Castle and Country Park last week

Bernie lights up for the children
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Bernie lights up for the children

Bernie Jackson’s house in Whiting Bay never fails to attract a large amount of visitors every year when parents and excited children flock to see the festive lights that adorn his house and garden in Whiting Bay

Christmas joy at uplifting carol concert
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Christmas joy at uplifting carol concert

Lamlash Church’s annual Arran Carol Concert, featuring over 100 musicians and singers, once again filled the church with an appreciative audience who were treated to over two hours of carols in aid of cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

New moor search for missing John
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New moor search for missing John

Police Scotland is continuing to appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of John Smith, exactly six months on from when he was reported missing from his home at Machrie

Pupils bid a fond farewell to Archie
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Pupils bid a fond farewell to Archie

At the Day of Dance event, children, parents and teachers wished Active Schools co-coordinator Archie McNicol a fond farewell on his last day in the position.

Society in good health
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Society in good health

Reports from the AGM of the Horticultural Society show that it is doing well and is flourishing

Join the art trail
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Join the art trail

Organisers of the Arran Art Trail are inviting any artists, photographers or crafts people, who are interested in joining the trail, to contact them

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International Christmas dinner

Brodick Free Church is hosting a Christmas dinner for internationals living on Arran to get together and share their Christmas food and traditions

Lottery funding boost for residents of Glen Estate
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Lottery funding boost for residents of Glen Estate

Glen Estate Tenant’s’ Association in Brodick has been awarded £10,000 by the National Lottery Awards for All to carry out a programme of courses and entertainment aimed primarily at older members of the community