District news round-up (Week 42)

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MacLennans Supermarket in Balivanich, Benbecula, reguarly contributes to Macmillan Cancer and its latest collection raised £114.

This shop was was shortlisted at the British Food and Farming Awards, but narrowly missed out on a prize.

Scottish Slimmers sessions are held every Monday upstairs in Balivanich Hall from 7pm.

A kickboxing class is held on Thursdays at Iochdar Hall from 6pm until 7pm. Two free trial classes are available.


Numerous police calls were made in Strathfillan last month.

At the Strathfillan Community Council meeting, a police representative revealed they were mostly in connection with road traffic accidents.

Others included the theft of a car from Inverarnan, which was recovered a short distance away, and a man reported for wasting police time.

Another call involved the sudden death of an elderly person at the Muthu Hotel in Tyndrum.

A casualty was rescued from Ben More and airlifted to Glasgow.


Kilninver Primary School Parent Council is raising £840 to fund music lessons for all pupils for one term.

So far, it has raised £80 through a crowdfunding website.

A parent council spokesperson wrote: ‘We have a fantastic teacher – Sileas – who comes in once a week and works individually and on a group basis with all the children.

‘But there is no money in the school budget to pay for her. So to continue giving the children this great chance to learn an invaluable life skill, appreciate our cultural heritage and explore their own musical talents, we need to raise £840 each term .

‘The parent council is working hard applying for grants, talking to local businesses, organising events and crafting and baking to raise funds.

‘Please help us by donating whatever you can. It will be very much appreciated by the recipients of the lessons who are so enthusiastic about their weekly musical endeavours.’


A young girl from Kilninver Primary School’s pre-5 unit has created a recipe book of smoothies to encourage fellow pupils to eat healthily.

Four-year-old Heidi Martin loves fruit and vegetables at snack time and was keen to make sure her passion was passed on.

With some help from her teachers, Heidi wrote out her favourite recipes and drew colourful illustrations to accompany them to form a book.

Not only were her friends and teachers impressed, but Heidi’s actions also caught the attention of the school’s catering manager May MacKenzie, who offered to help Heidi bring her recipes to life.

After a lot of hard work, Heidi and May served up a delicious smoothie to everyone in the school – much to the delight of her classmates.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘Well done Heidi. What a great initiative, especially for such a young child.

‘Heidi’s book looks fantastic and is a great way of promoting healthy eating that not only tastes delicious, but is also fun to make.

‘Heidi is a credit to her school and I believe she has a very bright future ahead of her. Watch out Mary Berry.’

Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has welcomed a grant of £4,000 to Achievement Bute for their work in counselling and mentoring.

Each year, Corra Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Grants programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘I am delighted this grassroots charity is receiving these funds, enabling them to continue their great work in my constituency.

‘Many of these grants go on staff and running costs meaning they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.’

Willie Neilson lifts his daughter, Orlaith, into the air after completing his 737 mile journey. 17_t36Charitycycle02
Willie Neilson lifts his daughter, Orlaith, into the air after completing his 737 mile journey. 17_t36Charitycycle02

Taynuilt man Willie Neilson, who cycled from Land’s End to Oban in aid of three charities, has totalled up his sponsorship money.

He is on course to raise £14,041 ‘providing remaining sponsors pay’.

Willie cycled 737 miles in seven days and the money will be split equally between Alzheimer’s Scotland, the Craighalbert Centre and the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Each of the charities has a special connection to the building contractor.

The 29-year-old said: ‘Big thanks to the team, the sponsors and the supporters. See you next time.’


The Oban branch of Cancer Research UK will be hosting its annual fashion show at M & Co on Friday October 26.

The event gets under way at 6.30pm with a complimentary drink on arrival.


A transformational workshop will take place in Benderloch on Friday October 26.

The Introduction into Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for personal use will take place in Inverlochan from 10am until 1pm.

‘Come and learn how to use this transformational self-help tool called EFT or tapping,’ the description reads.

‘It can help with a wide range of issues including stress, negative emotions and pain. It’s easy to learn and easy to use.’