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Organisers of the Arran Mountain Festival will meet next week to reflect on another successful year and to launch their plans for the 13th year of the Festival in 2019.

Taking place in the Arran Mountain Rescue Team base in Cladach on Monday November 12, at 7pm, organisers are encouraging members of the community to attend their annual general meeting and to become part of the volunteer-led organisation.

Prior to the discussions, local artist and philanthropist Gordon Davidson will be presented with a donation towards his work with Arran House in Nepal – a halfway house for orphaned children which provides facilities to engage in arts projects.

With preparations already underway for next years Arran Mountain Festival, members are working on a walks programme that will offer 154 spaces on 20 walks over the weekend of May 17 to 20 next year.

As well as being an opportunity to help shape and to contribute to the festival, attendees can also learn about how to become a Friend of the Arran Mountain Festival which will allow the opportunity to book a place on walks ahead of booking lines being open to the public

By donating a minimum of £10, as well as providing vital support to the Festival, each Friend of the Arran Mountain Festival will have the chance of booking two places per person on next year’s festival walks -subject to availability- one week ahead of the booking lines opening in mid-December 2018. You will also receive a Festival supporter car sticker.

Friends forms will be available at the agm and at and need to be submitted before Friday November 30.

A spokesman from the Arran Mountain Festival said: ‘ As a community based, volunteer led organisation, we actively encourage local involvement and participation at our agm.

‘This will enable you to find out more about what the Arran Mountain Festival is all about and provide the opportunity for you to contribute your thoughts and suggestions for the festival going forward. We look forward to seeing you at the AMRT base next Monday.’