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Kilmory School has been awarded a Curriculum Award 2000 for ‘the school at the heart of the community’. The entire school is pictured, with three from the nursery, with Mrs Clark, Mrs Watts, Mrs Barbour and Mrs Parker.

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Saturday December 4, 1999

Arran water

We have Arran mustard, Arran cheese, now we will shortly have Arran spring water as a product carrying the island name and one which is 100 per cent Arran.

This week planning permission was granted to the Isle of Arran Natural Water Company for the construction of a water bottling plant at Balmichael. It all began when West of Scotland Water started drilling a borehole on the String Road in early 1998. Within a month of drilling it became clear that the water was pure and could be sold as mineral water.

Margie Currie and Neil Henderson had already bought some of the land at Balmichael when farmer Colin Currie retired. Margie explained that the water comes from aquifers that provide water in almost unlimited supply. It can take almost 15 years to percolate down and once released, natural pressure brings it to the surface through springs. Already Shiskine is using the water on the public supply but that is chlorinated.

The intricacies of keeping it perfect and putting it in bottles is technical and Margie and Neil are still learning about it. Nevertheless they are well on their way to using a natural Arran resource to create an entirely new Arran export.

Road damage

Road repairs and storm damage have closed a number of roads on Arran again. As well as the Ross Road being closed to traffic, the road to Low Kildonan has been closed this week. Repairs are in progress to counteract subsidence in the stretch between Boa’s Corner and Dippen house. Access to Low Kildonan can only be gained via Church Brae. At Pirnmill the sea wall collapsed during severe weather last Sunday and a large hole appeared in the road. Repairs were very quickly carried out and the road reopened on Monday afternoon.

Arran Runners

On Saturday Arran Runners were represented by its newest and youngest member, Jennifer Emsley, at the Ayrshire Harriers Clubs Cross-Country Championships, held in Girvan. Competing on her 13th birthday Jennifer quickly pulled ahead of the rest of the girls in the two mile race and finished a clear three minutes ahead of the next girl. Jennifer has now added the Ayrshire Clubs title to the Ayrshire Schools title she won at the end of October. She plans to represent Arran Runners and Arran High School at the respective national cross-country championships in the new year.

Arran’s Coastguard, ready to respond, they are: Rebecca Lacey, Andy McKenzie, team leader David McKinnon, Eddie Waterland, Morag McQueen, Edward O’Donnelly and Colin Siddle. With them is sector manager David Shaw. 01_B48tweY01

Barbara I’Anson, herbal medical practitioner and delicatessen proprietress, has a new role now, that of community councillor for Whiting Bay. Douglas Meldrum recently resigned and Barbara has been co-opted onto the Council with fellow councillor Howard Driver. 01_B48tweY02

Kilmory School has been awarded a Curriculum Award 2000 for ‘the school at the heart of the community’. The entire school is pictured, with three from the nursery, with Mrs Clark, Mrs Watts, Mrs Barbour and Mrs Parker. 01_B48tweY03

The new fire station at Lamlash has formally opened this week. Among the Lamlash firemen are, front, Dennis Davis – Chief Inspector of Fire Services, Scotland, Dan Bremner – Leading Fireman and Geoff Ord – Strathclyde Firemaster. Standing second from the left is David Kennedy – Deputy Firemaster. 01_B48tweY04

Pictured at their recent prize giving evening are the 1999 winners of the ladies section at Whiting Bay Golf Club. They are, standing, Ann Lee, Fiona McPherson, Wilma Aitken and Margaret Auld. Seated, Hilary Bridge, Pat McDonald (club champion) and Alison Dick. 01_B48tweY05