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Oban centre wins innovation award

Gordon McNab with the Rural Innovators award.

Gordon McNab with the Rural Innovators Award.

OBAN’S Rockfield Centre won a Rural Parliament Award after winning nearly half the votes cast in a national poll. On the centre’s behalf, chairman of Oban Communities Trust Gordon McNab received this year’s Rural Innovators Award for Land, as an example of exciting rural innovation, at a presentation in Brechin. Oban Communities Trust completed the community purchase of the building in less than a year and activities are already breathing life into the community huts and the

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AFTER battling a debilitating condition for almost 20 years Frances O’Connell has spoken of the ‘miracle’ which allowed her to walk again. With her story of unwavering strength and determination, Frances has touched the hearts of everyone around her. Frances, 47, from Caol, was diagnosed with MS in 1997, but in the last five years her condition worsened to the point she could no longer walk without a struggle. ‘I led a fit and healthy life up until five years ago

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Hot spell for Argyll tourism


ARGYLL and the Isles Tourism Co-operative (AITC) has welcomed the news that attractions across the region have seen a substantial increase in tourism footfall during July and August. The figures, issued by the Moffat Centre in Glasgow, are the results of the contributions from 592 tourist attractions across Scotland. They show that in July Scotland’s visitor attractions had an increase of 6.6 per cent, while in Argyll and Bute this was a whopping 12.8 per cent rise. In August

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Staff gunge boss for charity

Co-op staff gunge Neil Cameron for charity.

Co-op staff gunge Neil Cameron for charity.

A BALLACHULISH shop manager put himself forward for a soaking to help homeless people. Neil Cameron, who has run the Co-op since it opened in 2014, gave his colleagues an incentive to help boost the fundraising effort. The 31-year-old from Upper Achintore, Fort William, told The Oban Times: ‘I said to the team if they could raise £500 I would let them gunge me. ‘After working for me for two-and-a-half years, they didn’t need to be asked twice. ‘They set out a table

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Police outline strategic priorities


Scotland needs an increasingly resilient, flexible, responsive and locally-focused police service to help keep communities safe. This is the message at the heart of the new strategic police priorities set by the Scottish Government, which also recognise the need to tackle new and developing threats to the public, including cybercrime. Localism, inclusion, prevention, responsiveness, collaborative working, accountability and adaptability are the seven themes that will inform policing

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