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Road to nowhere
As the responsible citizen I am I thought I would report a few road defects to North Ayrshire via their website, as requested in last week’s Banner.
I went from Kilmory to Whiting Bay and back this morning. I took my time, pen and a notebook and have returned with a list. I went to the North Ayrshire site and followed links to report road faults. Road C147 Kildonan. Strange no results. Please go to map and click, North Ayrshire it said.
It appears the Southend of Arran does not exist. The map stops at Kilpatrick and Whiting Bay. Totally cut off. One way to solve the road problem – incensed but not surprised.
Could I please through your pages ask for the return of a grate cover which was stolen (sorry borrowed) from the castle drive three or four days ago. Although it is probably over 100 years old it is worthless to anybody apart from people who appreciate its significance. There is a second cover but maybe this person is waiting for it to be painted before also borrowing it!
National Day of Reflection
March is usually a month in our calendar that is hopeful of the spring and summer to come. But this year March holds a different significance, marking the anniversary of when the UK first went into a nationwide lockdown.
The last 12 months have been challenging for so many and as a charity dedicated to caring for people at the end of their life and supporting bereaved people, Marie Curie has witnessed the impact of the pandemic first-hand. While we can start to see glimmers of hope and lockdown easing, millions of people have been bereaved, many unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve with the support of friends and family.
That’s why Marie Curie and over 100 organisations are leading a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday March 23, one year since the first lockdown, to remember those who have died during the pandemic, from any cause, and to show support for anyone who has been bereaved.
On this day, we would like to invite your readers to join a minute’s silence at noon. We also hope readers will also take a moment to reach out to someone they know who is grieving and at 8pm to take candles and lights out on to their street for a minute’s remembrance.
As relentless as this crisis has been, it has also shone a light on the courage, resilience and solidarity of the nation. People have put their normal lives on hold for the good of the many. We trust an annual day of reflection will continue to support those who need it most.
To find out more about the National Day of Reflection visit https:/www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection
Principal social worker & bereavement support lead,
Marie Curie Scotland.
Just ahead of WWF’S Earth Hour last year, the country was put into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we look ahead to this year’s event on Saturday March 27 at 8.30pm, many of us are reflecting on the future, as we emerge from the latest, and hopefully last ‘stay at home’ period.
With that in mind, we are asking people to use Earth Hour by helping us create the ‘Great Scottish Canvas’. Switch off your lights and by candlelight or torchlight, use the hour to paint a picture, craft a poem, doodle or write something which illustrates the future Scotland you want to live in.
With so many eyes on Scotland this year due to Scottish Parliament elections in May and the vital COP26 climate talks in November, we want to show the world the vision of the Scottish people, for a greener and fairer society for us all. You can find out more here https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/great-scottish-canvas
I look forward to seeing the things you believe will make Scotland a better place, perhaps changing the way we heat our homes, how we travel around our towns and cities, or even how we grow the food we eat.
Director, WWF Scotland,