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Minister impressed after Rothesay visit

Rothesay received a visit from a Scottish minister last week, who came to Bute to be shown around the Pavilion and several of the island’s social enterprise sites.

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New research has revealed that marital status and age are key in how older people respond to scams.

Scammers target more than 400,000 older people in Scotland

More than 400,000 older people in Scotland believe they have been targeted by scammers, according to new research.

Crime
Campaigners are calling for cameras in slaughterhouses to be required by law.

Petition calls for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses

Animal charities and political activists are petitioning the Scottish Parliament to introduce mandatory CCTV in Scotland’s 35 abattoirs.

Environment
Greenock Sheriff Court, where a man is due to appear today in connection with an alleged robbery.

Arrest made in Rothesay robbery case

A man is expected to appear at Greenock Sheriff Court today (Monday, July 24) in connection with an alleged robbery in Watergate, Rothesay, on Friday.

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Bute's military museum in Rothesay is an excellently-maintained resource for information.

Island View: Bute’s military connections

One of the more common strands of anecdotes I hear in conversation with people on Bute (and I hear plenty of anecdotes) is that of the people that used to visit the island in the heyday of the mid-20th Century.

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The Bute community forest at Rhubodach was bought by the Bute Community Land Company seven years ago.

Bute Community Council told to ‘think positively’ about future of Bute Forest

Grace Strong, the chair of the Bute Community Council, has urged councillors to ‘forget the past’ and support the Bute Community Land Company in its efforts to find future uses for the island’s community forest at Rhubodach.

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A visualisation of the new music and media studio at the Pavilion.

A View from the Pavilion 2

It has been exactly two years since I first came to Bute. I know this precisely because it was the weekend of the first ButeFest and it was also my interview for the Artistic Director/CEO post at Rothesay Pavilion.

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From left: John Fairweather, regional resilience advisor, Karen Macaulay, national emergency preparedness communications and liaison manager (both Scottish Ambulance Service), Mark Ilderton, head of ScotRail Alliance Integrated Control.

Early interventions help unwell customers and cut delays

Delays to trains where a customer has taken ill and needs urgent medical treatment have been cut by 37 per cent due to a new partnership between the ScotRail Alliance and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Transport
The group's 21st anniversary party, held last month.

King Street Babies and Toddlers celebrate their 21st year

Last month saw the 21st anniversary celebrations of a Rothesay children and parents group.

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Craig Robertson, author of novels including Witness the Dead and co-founder of Bute Noir.

Craig Robertson looking forward to making more memories at Bute Noir 2017

With the second coming of Bute Noir almost here, the Buteman spoke to the author who co-founded the island’s own crime writing festival.

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Some of the products recalled by MacSween of Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

MacSween recalls haggis products over ‘botulism fears’

A haggis company is recalling various products due to inadequate procedures to control bacteria that may cause serious food poisoning.

Health
Alyson Hunter and Duncan Speirs of Calum's Cabin, enjoying the annual cruise last month.

Calum’s Cabin grateful for community support

Bute charity Calum’s Cabin continues to grow with community support.

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North Sea cod stocks have now been declared sustainable a decade after coming close to collapse.

North Sea cod stocks declared sustainable

North Sea cod can now be bought “with a clear conscience”, according to a fisheries body, as stocks have now been declared sustainable.

Business
A moody scene of St Blane's Church, which was displayed in the exhibition.

Photo society shows off its work at Mount Stuart

The Bute Photographic Society held its first exhibition last weekend, showcasing the work of its members in the 18 months the group has existed.

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Sofa so good as the social media campaign to promote this free uplift service reaches one million people

Video shows how to skip the trip to the tip

If you’ve ever struggled to get rid of an old sofa, bed or fridge freezer a new, tongue-in-cheek video showing Scots how to ‘skip the trip to the tip’ is for you.

Environment
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is opening its exam results helpline once again on Tuesday, August 8.

Helpline to open again next month for pupils waiting on exam results

Pupils across the country will be on tenterhooks next month as they anticipate their exam results.

Education
Some of the participating kids and staff in front of one of their dens.

Achievement Bute kids take over Mount Stuart

Achievement Bute’s programme of summer activities for Bute kids continued with the ‘big dens week’.

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Thefts of quad bikes and tractors has fallen in the last two years.

Fall in tractor and quad bike thefts

Scottish farms have seen a welcome fall in tractor and quad thefts since an initiative to tackle the theft of farm machinery was launched two years ago.

Crime
Poll calls to protect places like the hill Quinag in the Scottish Highlands. Pic: Kevin Lelland.

Poll calls for Scotland’s wild lands to be protected

As tourists flock to Scotland’s scenic outdoors for the summer holidays, a clear majority would be put off visits by industrial development.

Environment
Two in three Scots not eating enough fish

Two in three Scots not eating enough fish

Nearly two thirds of Scots (66%) are eating fish only once a week or less, a World Cancer Research Fund survey has found. However, people should aim to eat fish at least twice a week, according to the charity.

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