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  • The annual general meeting of Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain will take place on Wednesday May 16 at 7.30pm in Furan Gaelic Centre, Corran Halls, Oban. Current and new members are welcome to attend.
  • One hundred and 50 Scottish country dancers from Inverness to Hampshire as well as Richmond, USA and Paris gathered in the Corran Halls, Oban to celebrate the 57th Weekend School run by RSCDS Lorn (Argyll) Branch.
    Dances were held on Friday and Saturday nights with music provided by local band Michael Garvin, and David Oswald’s band, Kippen, respectively.
    The classes, on Saturday morning, were taught by Janet Johnston, Edinburgh with music by Martainn Skene, Glasgow.
    The raffle on Saturday night raised £427 for the MS Therapy Centre, Oban.
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Oban SWI members (from left) Dinease Crowe, Lesley Crawford and Fiona MacPhee with some of their hand-crafted knitwear. 06_a17SWI_Argyll16
Oban SWI members, from left, Dinease Crowe, Lesley Crawford and Fiona MacPhee with some of their hand-crafted knitwear. 06_a17SWI_Argyll16
Anne Campbell enjoys the day with her friend Moira Barbour of the Oban institute. 06_a17SWI_Argyll19

The display of baking, handcrafts, knitting, artwork, floral art, photography and much more at the SWI Argyll Federation show had to be seen to be believed.

The Scottish Women’s Institute – still stubbornly known among members as ‘the rural’ – Argyll Federation show was held at Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village near Dunoon on Saturday April 21.

Institutes from all over the region came along to show the results of their hard work.

One of the primary organisers of the event was Catherine Smith of Kilmichael Glassary SWI, recently central councillor for the Argyll Federation.

She said: ‘There have been some excellent exhibits at this show and the venue at Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village has been very good.

‘Thanks must go to Anne Fiddes, Argyll Federation secretary, who was really behind organising the event.’

Trophy winners:

Large Institute Shield (24 members and over): Oban.

Medium Institute Shield (13-25 members): Kilmore and District. Small Institute Trophy (12 members and under): Kilmichael Glassary.

MacPherson Trophy (institute with most points per member): Kilmichael Glassary.

Poltalloch Trophy (teamwork – knitting): Lochgilphead.

Mrs Louise Wilson Trophy (best individual entry in Poltalloch Trophy): Melanie Norman, Lochgilphead.

Foursomes Banner (teamwork – handcrafts): Kilmore and District. Houston Trophy (teamwork: celebration buffet): Oban.

Mrs B McInnes Rose Bowl (best individual entry in Houson Trophy
competition): Mary Cameron, Southend.

Mrs D A MacInnes Trophy (most points, 35 and under): Shellanne Stevely,

Mrs J McCallum Trophy (Individual with most points in baking and
preserves): Catherine Smith, Kilmichael Glassary.

Kilmartin Cup (best knitted article by over 60s): Thelma Gordon,
Strachur and District.

Mrs Rita Lindsay Trophy (Handcraft Guild – three items of jewellery):
Margaret Devine, Oban.

Mrs J MacKenzie Trophy (Housewives Guild – celebration cake): Jeanette
McKechnie, Oban.

Mrs Oatts Trophy (Art): Barbara Alston, Benderloch.

Allerdyce Trophy (Photography): Margaret Holgate, Innellan.

Poltalloch Cup (Design): Muriel Robb, Benderloch.

Federation Trophy (Literature): Pat Rawson, Largieside.

Flowers Trophy (Flowers, large arrangement): Pauline Simpson, Clachan.

Kilbride Trophy (Flowers, small arrangement): Jennifer Campbell, Lochgilphead.

Badden Trophy (Special competition): Barbara Alston, Benderloch.


A walking group has been set up in Appin with people of all levels of fitness and abilities welcome.

The Get Going In Appin – Walks for All group typically walks around Glencow Lochan for 1.5 miles and lifts can be organised for people to attend.

For more details contact Iain McNicol on 730433.


Killin Komedy Festival will take place on Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5 in the McLaren Hall.

Tickets can be purchased from The Studio. For more information, email kkfestival@gmail.com.

A group of children and staff from Spartans Community Football Academy in Edinburgh, with Roberta Mackay and Alison Bass of HopScotch. NO_T18_ardgour01
A group of children and staff from Spartans Community Football Academy in Edinburgh, with Roberta Mackay and Alison Bass of HopScotch.

HopScotch Children’s Charity has hit the road running with a  new minibus arriving at its respite break centre in Ardgour this week.

The minibus will play a key role for children who come for a break at Ardvullin House.

It will transport each group of children from their home communities all over Scotland to and from the centre.

Alison Bass of HopScotch said: ‘We are so grateful to our generous supporters for funding our new HopScotch bus.

‘This will enable us to provide free, safe transport for children travelling to and from their HopScotch break, and on daily activities for many years to come.’

The minibus had to be custom-built to meet particular specifications, which meant it was a major investment for the small charity.

For 19 years HopScotch has been providing respite breaks for children at Ardvullin House in Ardgour.

The children experience a range of new and exciting activities as part of their week away.

Isle of Lewis / Isle of Skye

Primary schools from the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Skye have been shortlisted in a national design competition run by Poppyscotland.

The pupils were asked to design Poppy Places and Spaces and, after scores of entries, a judging panel has whittled it down to a shortlist of six.

Making that list is Bun-sgoil Lacasdail (Laxdale Primary School; Gaelic-medium), on the Isle of Lewis, and Bun-sgoil Stafainn (Staffin Primary School), on the Isle of Skye.

The entry from Bun-sgoil Lacasdail pupils focused on reviving an area around an old bench, which would be painted and decorated by handmade wooden poppies. A mural would sit above the bench and the project would commemorate the tragic war time story of the crash of the boat Iolaire which claimed 200 lives just yards of the coast of the Isle of Lewis.

Bun-sgoil Stafainn’s entry would be located at a memorial area that has become tired and underused.

The area would be revived with ideas coming from young people. It would include a Poppy-themed gate and a bog garden to represent the muddy conditions of the First World War and they have created the idea for poppy-shaped benches and a flower bed.

One of the pupils has a great-great-grandfather who died during the Great War and has no grave. This fallen soldier would be remembered at the site, too.


St John Scotland has transferred ownership of two bases to the Skye Mountain Rescue Team.

The charity has gifted the Skye team bases in Glenbrittle and Sligachan.

Since it began its support of Mountain Rescue, St John Scotland has provided bases for 14 teams in Scotland including Aberdeen, Arran, Arrochar, Dundonnell, Galloway, Lomond, Moffat, Oban, Ochils, Tayside, Tweed Valley and Ullapool.

Gerry Akroyd MBE, Skye Mountain Rescue team leader, said: ‘Without the help of St John Scotland, we would never have been able to fund the two bases on Skye, plus the two vehicles which they have also provided. It has all made our life a lost easier on rescues and training.’

Angus Loudon, executive director of St John Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to gift the two bases on Skye to the team. However, this will not be the end of our relationship and we look forward to maintaining and strengthening our existing links with the team.’