District news round-up week 45

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Oban
Oban’s new Beaver Scouts received their certificates and badges. NO_T45_ObanBeavers-1
Oban’s new Beaver Scouts received their certificates and badges. NO_T45_ObanBeavers-1

Oban’s new Beaver Scouts received their certificates and badges after making their promise last month.

The six- to eight-year-olds were handed their accolades in front of their parents and siblings.

They are pictured with Beaver leaders Fiona Wilson and Katy Pollock.

Oban

The Friends of Oban Hospice will be hosting their annual flower arrangement demonstration on November 18.

The theme of this year’s event, which is hosted by Sandra Halkett, will be A Country Christmas. It will take place in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls in Oban and starts at 2pm.

Tickets will cost £10 and are available from The Flower Basket, Petals of Oban, and The Dove Centre.

Mull

A charity on Mull is urgently looking for volunteers to spare a few hours a week.

Home-Start Mull is asking people to donate two to three hours per week to help families on the island.

‘Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face,’ the charity writes on its website. ‘We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.’

To find out more, contact Kirsty Renton on 07717 527035 or email homestartmull@gmail.com.

Mull
Ewan Miles, who runs Nature Scotland on Mull, won Scotland's best outdoor adventure. NO_t45_MullWinner01
Ewan Miles, who runs Nature Scotland on Mull, won Scotland’s best outdoor adventure. NO_t45_MullWinner01

A Mull entrepreneur’s business has been crowned Scotland’s Best Outdoor Adventure Experience 2018.

Ewan Miles’s business, Nature Scotland, was established in 2016 and sees him provide wildlife tours on the island.

He received at the accolade at this year’s  Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards.

He said: ‘I am delighted to win the award for 2018. I feel that I have totally committed my life to the business during the past few years to make it successful.

‘There have been a lot of rewards but also a lot of challenges as well, so receiving this trophy is a real highlight for me.’

Taynuilt

Donation boxes will be placed around Taynuilt in a bid to fund repairs to the village hall.

So far, boxes have been placed in the Post Office and Graham’s Grocers.

In an online appeal, resident Gary Brown said: ‘The hall committee are trying to raise money to have the interior painted as it currently resembles a Minions playground.

‘We were forced, however, to redirect a good deal of the funding to pay for the roof repairs which was in the region of £900.

‘We are reaching out to you, the community, to assist with the bill for the roof repair.

‘We intend to have charity buckets in different establishments throughout the village. The buckets will be visible and clearly marked and we would ask you to consider donating your loose change or whatever you feel you can afford.

‘Remember, this is your village hall.’

Western Isles
Alasdair Allan MSP and Maree Todd MSP with children and staff from the Pairc Playgroup. NO_T45_Pairc Playgroup01
Alasdair Allan MSP and Maree Todd MSP with children and staff from the Pairc Playgroup. NO_T45_Pairc Playgroup01

Politicians paid a visit to the Pairc Playgroup in South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, which has been awarded an Excellent grading by the Care Inspectorate.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan met the minister for children and young people, Maree Todd, and children from the island.

Pairc Playgroup has been successfully operating an extended hours project in partnership with HIE and Muaitheabhal Trust offering wrap-around childcare.

It received an excellent rating for its care of children.

Pairc also received a Green Flag from Keep Scotland Beautiful for its eco work with children.

Inveraray
Edinburgh West MSP Alex Cole Hamilton was the guest speaker at the Argyll and Bute Liberal Democrats Annual General Meeting. NO_T45_Argyll-and-Bute-Lib-Dem-AGM-Inveraray-27-Oct-2018.
Edinburgh West MSP Alex Cole Hamilton was the guest speaker at the Argyll and Bute Liberal Democrats annual general meeting. NO_T45_Argyll-and-Bute-Lib-Dem-AGM-Inveraray-27-Oct-2018.

Edinburgh West MSP Alex Cole Hamilton was the guest speaker at the Argyll and Bute Liberal Democrats annual general meeting in Inveraray last Saturday.

The following office bearers were elected at the AGM: convener, Cathy McInnes from Inveraray; vice-conveners, Alison Hay from Minard and Councillor Rory Colville from Campbeltown. Ross Moreland, from Dunoon, was elected as secretary, Bill Staley from Ardrishaig as treasurer, and Councillor Alan Reid is the membership secretary.