News in brief: Walker injured at summit of Ben Lomond, RNLI sale, new funds for communities

The Lomond Mountain Rescue Team was called out today to help a walker with an injured leg at the summit of Ben Lomond in cloudy conditions.

The walker was taken by stretcher to a Coastguard helicopter waiting below the cloudline.

Picture courtesy of Lomond MRT A McGowan.

Christmas cards for a good cause will be on sale at Cove Sailing Club next month.

The Cove and Kilcreggan branch of the RNLI is holding its annual Christmas card sale from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday November 5

Home baking, Christmas cards and RNLI gifts will all be on sale, and visitors will also have the chance to take part in the hroup’s Christmas Raffle.

Teas and coffees with Christmas mince pies and shortbread will be on offer – all for £3.

Local communities are to have a say in how an Argyll and Bute Council fund is spent.

Residents will be able to decide how the Supporting Communities Fund – which this year gave out £112,000 – is given out.

The fund is split equally between the four area committee areas – Oban, Lorn and the Isles, Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, Helensburgh and Lomond, and Bute and Cowal – with the committees deciding which projects are funded.

Now a pilot project is being set up that will see communities able to vote for the projects they would like to receive funding.

Another change to the fund agreed is that projects can receive 100% of the funding needed, up to a maximum of £2,500.

A recent pilot scheme that asked Argyll and Bute residents to vote online to decide how a one-off fund to promote and enhance Gaelic should be spent was a big success, with a high number of people taking part. It was the first fully digital project of its kind in Scotland.