Argyll Primary Pupils Jailed Six Argyll pupils are preparing to spend part of their school summer holidays in prison this year after the visitor attraction Inveraray Jail announced the winners of their 2010 budding actors primary school competition. The lucky winners were: Annie Ferguson from Kilcreggan Primary Elliot Fisher from Drumlemble Primary Greg Wemyss from Castlehill Primary School Connor Walton from Dunoon Primary Claudia Foster from Ashfield Primary Marley Squires from Lochnell Primary School. Each winner has won the chance to play the part of a child prisoner for one afternoon this summer at the 19th century courthouse and prison, now a popular visitor attraction and museum with real life warders, matrons and prisoners. Their classmates also won lots of Inveraray Jail stationery. Over 100 pupils from 11 Argyll schools auditioned at the end of May during the Inveraray Jail school road show. Participating pupils had rehearsed monologues with the choice to audition as 11 year old Duncan McColl, who was facing the judges for stealing an apple from a market stall, or as a 10 year old girl prisoner describing her
experiences of being confined to a dark, damp and cold prison cell. The judges were Inveraray Jail guides Hanna Nixon, who plays the prison matron, and Sam Potts, who plays a prisoner at the jail. The two guides also performed a sketch at each school, giving the young pupils an insight into a typical day in the life of a 19th century prisoner. Children as young as seven served sentences in the jail. Gavin Dick, Prison Governor for Inveraray Jail said: Congratulations to all the winning pupils! This was a really tough decision for the guides as all the pupils were so fantastic. Thanks to all those who auditioned and worked hard rehearsing their scripts. Thanks also to the teachers for their support and enthusiasm in the project. We are currently looking at running the project again next year after this year s success. We enjoyed it as much as the children did. Inveraray Jail was once the courthouse and prison serving Argyll. Real life warders, matrons and prisoners bring the 19th century prison alive. Visitors can try out prison beds and hammocks in the old and new prisons, sit in on a trial in the spectacular courtroom, sample the brutal 19th century prison punishments and search through prison records for their naughty ancestors.
Inveraray & District Local History Society
2009/10 was another busy year for the society. It was with regret that we saw our Chairman, Dr Gordon Jackson, stand down for personal reasons. This gap was ably filled by Ian Cunningham. During the year we had an excellent spread of speakers on various subjects involving local history. Our Hon. President Alistair Campbell of Airds started off the year with a talk on the history of "The 8th Argylls". This set the scene for the year and was followed by Michael Davis,
of Argyll and Bute Library Services, on the subject of restoration of old buildings. A musical evening was held in December. Dr Alastair MacFadyen talked on the subject of Genealogy; Jim McMillan talked about Burns very short visit to Inveraray; Ronnie Renton, of the Neil Munro Society, gave a talk on Neil Munro as a Historical Novelist. The final talk of the season was by Duncan Beaton on the subject of "The Argyll MacNicols of Succoth, Glenorchy and Elrigmore . The year s events were topped off with an extremely interesting bus trip to Ross Abbey where we had lunch followed by a walk in the lovely gardens of the Abbey. The Society is also open to new members.
INVERARAY LOCAL TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
(November 2008 edition) There are still directories available in the Post Office, Londis and Gillespie (Butchers) Price ÂŁ3.00 A boon when you are doing your Christmas card list!! Proceeds to the Parish Church.
Our summer edition of the community newsletter for Inveraray in Argyll