A Something For the Weekend Podcast 16th April 2021
Podcasts
A Something For the Weekend Podcast 16th April 2021

Kathie goes for a walk in the magical Ballachuan Woods on Seil with the nature reserve’s new voluntary warden Ann McKillop and we also have music from the amazing Gunna Sound who hit the headlines last week after Bob MacIntyre chose their signature tune to play as he made his grand entrance at the National Course in Augusta

Use local charity shops is MP’s plea
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Use local charity shops is MP’s plea

‘It’s more important than ever that we support our local shops, especially independent retailers, and shop on our own high streets, buying from charity shops where we can.’

Plan to end fossil fuel investment is celebrated
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Plan to end fossil fuel investment is celebrated

Glasgow City invests in fossil fuels through the Strathclyde Pension Fund, the joint largest local government fund in the UK, run on behalf of 250,000 fund members in Glasgow and the West of Scotland which includes Argyll and Bute Council.

Skipper floats heritage harbour plan
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Skipper floats heritage harbour plan

Floating glamping pods would also be in the plan, as would be restoring the dilapidated old wooden pier and sea wall so people could board historic ships.

Baby boom time for Oban
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Baby boom time for Oban

The maternity unit at Lorn & Islands Hospital has also just had a  generous donation of baby hats, blankets and mask band delivered by the Dove Knitters at Oban Hospice.

Councillor raises risky road concerns
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Councillor raises risky road concerns

The state of Ballymartin road has been getting worse over the years with fears now that it is almost at the stage of not being passable for even a small car without risking damage.

Bob signs off from Masters with momentous putt
Sport
Bob signs off from Masters with momentous putt

With his parents Dougie and Carol watching on from the galleries, Bob signed off on the 18th green with one final, momentous birdie to finish with a level par 72 and guarantee a return visit to the Augusta National in 2022.

Push for Park Run base picks up pace
Sport
Push for Park Run base picks up pace

The free weekly event will take place on a Sunday morning when children aged 4-14 will follow a 2km route with Ballachullish Quarry being the proposed venue.

American dream continues for Bob
Sport
American dream continues for Bob

Bob was the only one in his group to move on to weekend play, his opening-day 74 combining with yesterday’s score leaving him at even par for the Tournament.

A Something For the Weekend Podcast 9th April 2021
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A Something For the Weekend Podcast 9th April 2021

A wee blether with volunteer Oban lifeboat member Leonie Mead as the crew gets all ship-shape ready for a surge of visitors heading to our coast as lockdown restrictions ease. Inveraray and District Pipe Band Pipe Major Stuart Liddell gets us in the mood for a very special event

Dark skies festival events rescheduled
Leisure
Dark skies festival events rescheduled

The shows, originally planned as the festival’s opening and closing events in February 2021 but due to Covid restrictions had to be rescheduled, will both take place in the main auditorium at An Lanntair.

Robert in Lockdown – 15.1.21
Columnists
Robert in Lockdown – 15.1.21

In an incredible turn of events, however, not only have I featured at the coveted US Masters this weekend – but so have Gunna Sound, Gary Innes, and Skipinnish – all thanks to an absolute West Coast superstar, Robert MacIntyre.

Allan Campbell – Thursday April 15
Opinion
Allan Campbell – Thursday April 15

Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for many reasons, but the legacy of his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which continues to motivate and grow the confidence of millions of young people worldwide, is in itself an extraordinary and lasting tribute to him.

At Random – 15.4.21
Opinion
At Random – 15.4.21

That feeling of brighter times ahead was reinforced this week as I perused The Oban Times and was struck by the wonderful level of community positivity.

Robert in Lockdown – 8.1.21
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Robert in Lockdown – 8.1.21

The main story of this week, however, is not April Fools’ Day but “three back and sides day” – the reopening of the country’s barbers on Monday.

Allan Campbell – Thursday April 8
Opinion
Allan Campbell – Thursday April 8

Tragic events in Myanmar brought a poem of my early school years to mind but while Rudyard Kipling’s Mandalay describes a soldier at peace, brave Burmese people face shameful brutality daily campaigning for the return of their democracy watched by an apparently helpless world.