News in brief: Sailor in running for another award, Music for Mozambique, council defends sports pitch price rises

Helensburgh sailor Calum Rosie has been shortlisted in the best up and coming sportsperson section of the Scottish Variety Awards.

Calum, who last month was named youth sailor of the year in RYA Scotland’s annual awards, will be up against climber William Bosi, para-swimmer Erraid Davies, diver James Heatly and athlete Maria Lyle in the awards supported by the Scottish Sun newspaper – votes can be cast on the website here.

A Spring Serenade of music for Mozambique is being performed at Craigrownie Parish Church in Cove this Sunday.

Organised by Stephen Adam and performed by artists familiar and unknown, the concert starts at 3pm, with proceeds going to the church and Zavora Clinic, in Mozambique (Doctors for Life).

Tickets are £6 including tea or coffee and home baking – they are available from Kilcreggan and Cove post offices, Jeanette on 01436 842184, Daryl on 842198 or at the door on the day.

Argyll and Bute Council says its review of sports pitch charges – which will see prices in Helensburgh more than doubling in four years– ‘ensures fair and equal access for everyone’.

The council’s policy lead for community and culture, Robin Currie, said the charges would still be among the lowest in Scotland.

“It is only right and fair that a policy should be introduced to ensure all parts of Argyll and Bute have the same charge for the hire of synthetic pitches,” he added.

“To give clubs and individuals time to adjust to the new charges, we have arranged a phased approach over four years.”