What’s In This Week’s Oban Times 1st December 2021

Fiona, Kathie and Sandy take a look at the stories behind this week’s headlines. There’s news of a new partnership between Wild About Argyll and BID4Oban, a film crew at Ganavan, a controversial bid by CalMac’s nationalised owner to control Oban Bay and a chance to name Mull’s newish, second hand ferry. Ferry McFerryface?

Sound of music on Seil

Members Oban High School’s senior string group and wind ensemble were treated to a short performance at Seil Island Hall by the award-winning Resol String Quartet and virtuoso saxophonist Richard Scholfield, before working together on a joint performance of an arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ The Lady and the Dragon.

Cycle challenge raises thousands for cancer charity

Appin tot Matthew Innes, who is now back at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glagow for his last two radiotherapy sessions, was well enough to wave off firefighters and the village police officer who took on a cycling challenge round Loch Creran in their full kit for Neuroblastoma UK.

Lights, camera, action….and cash

From January 2020 to January 2021, the council received 91 film enquiries with 21 productions filmed during the year leading to a local production spend of £310, 000 – compared to an estimated local production spend of just over £1 million in 2019 before Covid

Health chief apologises for Covid errors

Fiona Davies, interim chief officer for Argyll and Bute Social Care Partnership, expressed hope that the groups identified for a booster vaccine will have received it by the end of 2021.

Rugby round-up

Disappointing day at the Glen for Oban Lorne seniors while Under 14s show great spirit against Loch Lomond.

SAIC programme set to support women back into work

Following the success of the inaugural Women Returners Programme, the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has announced plans to deliver a second run of the coaching and career building initiative early next year.

Hoolie returns with bang

After a haitus due to Covid, Mallaig’s well-loved book festival returned with an extra special line-up.

Allan Campbell – Thursday November 18, 2021

Concept of battle prizes is probably as old as mankind, and medals are still an important feature of armed forces activity world-wide. Remembrance Sunday probably features the UK’s biggest annual display of medals, worn as evidence of experience rather than celebration. Although my father and his three brothers all earned medals in the Second World War, I have no recollection of their ever wearing these, and the Remembrance Sunday display always reminds me of the powerful sentiment I heard from a Highland veteran who won distinction in the Second World War: ‘Baubles! I threw them away! Why would I be proud of killing other people?’