Arran Banner letters – week 21

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Singing surprise


May I thank ARCO, Arran’s string ensemble which hails from Lochranza to Whiting Bay, for the surprise they sprung on me recently.

I was totally in the dark when I called at Alice in Wonderland’s lovely home to pick her up for a Brodick practice.

Calling ‘Alice, where art thou? I entered her sunny sitting room to find the entire group seated in a circle and playing Happy Birthday.

Thanks to all for the fine presents, a framed music score for the tune, Anne Hodge’s Jazz Razz Rock – the 80th Arran Rag.’

A musical hour or two followed with lovely food made by many, but especially David, the fudge laced with an Arran beverage was fab. Elvis sang song after song and we all joined in. A pirate sailed in from Whiting Bay and tossed a silver ball to me. Daisy and Rosie played fine fiddle tunes.

I’m still in my seventies and this was premature birthday bash, but I hope that being eighty will be as much fun. More to do before I’m done.


Anne Hodge

Whiting Bay

Visit delay


May I start off with an apology. I had said that I hoped to travel to Arran this month to meet with anyone that had an interest in housing on the island but, unfortunately, this isn’t going to be possible. However, I will be heading over to the island on Tuesday June 19 until Thursday June 21.

I should be arriving off the 3.20pm ferry from Ardrossan on the 19th and will be leaving on either the 1.55pm or 3.15pm ferry on the 21st. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please do get in touch either by email of give me a call. Whatever your interest in housing, or even if you just want to hear about Rural Housing Scotland’s role in the development of affordable housing in rural Scotland, I would be more than happy to have a discussion with you.

I can be contacted on 07933 424812 or cameron@ruralhousingscotland. org


Cameron Anson

Rural Housing Scotland

Protecting cats


In the run up to National Volunteering Week (June 1-7), Cats Protection would like to extend our thanks to the many thousands of volunteers throughout the country who offer their time and expertise to help cats and kittens across the UK.

In 2017 our 10,200-strong volunteer network contributed an incredible 5.5 million hours, each volunteer gifting a wealth of expertise and immeasurable passion to the charity. Their dedication enabled Cats Protection to help around 200,000 cats and kittens nationwide.

Cats Protection is always on the lookout for new volunteers to join the UK’s biggest cat community.  Though a large part of our work is helping cats, through fostering and rehoming, our volunteers have the opportunity to become involved with a range of interesting activities such as organising fundraising events, helping with publicity or managing funds and resources to benefit the greatest amount of cats. Volunteering can offer the chance to develop skills such as time management, interpersonal skills and teamwork, making CVs much more attractive and of course helping cats!

Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer can go to our website involved/volunteering  to find out more.


Julie Meredith

Cats Protection 

New artist’s impression

Following our coverage last week on plans being lodged for a new £9 million mid market hotel on the old McLaren site in Brodick the Banner received this new artist’s impression of the development from the abodeGroup. The company says the new image shows the building to be ‘considerably more attractive’ with a new render. NO_B21abode01