District news – Week 9, 2019

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Taynuilt

Taynuilt Highland Games will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year and the committee is on the hunt for memorabilia.

There are plans to have a tent displaying photographs of past games.

‘We are planning to have a tent displaying memorabilia throughout the years. The committee is hoping someone might have some pictures/memories from the early years of the games, which we could use for the day. If you do have anything please get in touch with Douglas MacCallum: douglasmaccallum@btinternet.com.’

Taynuilt

A fundraising quiz night is being held in Taynuilt Village Hall on Saturday March 2.

Proceeds from the event, from 7pm until 11pm, will go to Roanne’s Expedition to Peru.

Entry £5 per person, with a maximum of five per team.

A light supper will be provided. Bring your own bottle.

Appin

A family ceilidh night will be taking place in Appin Village Hall on Saturday March 30, raising money for Feis na h-Apainne and Appin Skiff.

The night of music, singing and dancing will run from 6pm until 9pm, with doors opening at 5.45pm.

Roonashee and the Appin Feis children will be performing at the event, which will be BYOB – bring your own bottle.

Tea and cakes will be available on the night and there will be a raffle.

Musicians, poets and story-tellers can also sign up to perform.

There will be a donations bucket on the door.

Appin

The Port Appin healthy village group will take meet on Tuesday March 5.

The monthly group for local residents, carers and cared for will run from 2pm until 3.30pm in the Port Appin Village Hall.

Once a month people get together for some fun and laughter, with something different happening each time – whether it be films, quizzes, discussions, gentle exercise, music, and arts and crafts.

Tea and cake will be provided.

Invervaray
ACHA held its annual tenants’ and members’ conference in Inveraray. NO_T09_ACHA01
ACHA held its annual tenants’ and members’ conference in Inveraray. NO_T09_ACHA01

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has held its annual Tenants’ and Members’ Conference in Inveraray.

The conference focused on three key themes: getting involved, planning
services for the future, and rents and value for money. Breakout sessions
focused on ideas and priorities going forward.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive, said: ‘This year’s conference gives our tenants and members an opportunity to input into the association’s priorities going forward.’

Oban

Oban High School pupils are hosting a quiz night to raise money for the Oban and Laurinburg exchange programme.

The event will take place in the Soroba House Hotel on Friday March 1, starting at 7pm.

Entry is £10 per team, with a maximum of five players per team, and there will be a raffle with ‘excellent prizes’.

Oban

Join Mairi from North Argyll Carers Centre for a reminiscence session at Oban Library.

The next event will run from noon until 1.30pm on both March 1 and March 2.

The group chats about something different every month. Bring your lunch, and share stories over a cuppa.

Oban
Douglas Fisher gifts Kenny Evans Dundee United memorabilia. NO_T09_Lochavullin Bar
Douglas Fisher gifts Kenny Evans Dundee United memorabilia. NO_T09_Lochavullin Bar

An Oban pub owner and keen Dundee United fan will be able to display club memorabilia after a special visit last weekend.

Douglas Fisher, who used to work for the football club, gifted Kenny Evans of the Lochavullin Bar a pennant commemorating the 1984 European Cup semi-final game against Roma, as well as a Dundee United history book.

Douglas said: ‘I was in Oban last week visiting another friend, Sach McMillan, and went into Lochavullin Bar and presented Kenny with a book and pennant.

‘Kenny was very pleased with the mementos and tells me he will hang up the pennant in the pub and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon in his bar.’

Oban

Oban Community Fire Station will be hosting a recruitment information day on Saturday March 9.

The event, which is part of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s recruitment drive, starts at 10am.

Arrochar
E.ON Energising Communities Fund paid for £1,774 worth of insulation to be fitted at Arrochar Mountain Rescue base. NO_T09_Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team E.ON support
E.ON Energising Communities Fund paid for £1,774 worth of insulation to be fitted at Arrochar Mountain Rescue base. NO_T09_Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team E.ON support

Vehicles used by the Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team will benefit from being garaged at a more constant temperature this winter.

The E.ON Energising Communities Fund paid for £1,774 worth of insulation to be fitted at the rescue post.

Working across all mountainous terrain and in any weather conditions, they use three vehicles which are kept in the garage attached to the mountain rescue post in Arrochar.

Mechanics identified condensation and corrosion as the cause of the vehicles’ increasingly frequent and expensive mechanical and electrical problems.

Douglas Philp, team secretary for Arrochar Mountain Rescue, said: ‘As a charity, we’re totally dependent on donations, grants and volunteers.

‘Fundraising can be a real challenge for the team, particularly as it comes on top of our primary function of providing a mountain rescue service.

‘We expect the insulation to reduce our heating costs, which will allow more money to be spent on essential equipment and training for our volunteers.’

Cardross

The only crematorium in Argyll and Bute is to close for five weeks from this weekend.

The Cardross facility shut from Saturday February 23 for work to improve access for disabled users and to install a disabled toilet.

Cremations can still be carried out during the week, but the chapel will not be available for use during that time.

Dunoon

A team of budding young entrepreneurs from Dunoon Grammar School will see a tasty sandwich they created being sold in more than 100 fast food stores across the west of Scotland, after winning a national competition organised by Subway.

Two teams from Dunoon Grammar made it through to the Dragons’ Den-style final.

Both teams excelled but Brain Booster, made up of Olivia Robertson, Findlay Moback, Millie McMaster and Richard Reid, had the edge and won with their creation of lettuce, peppers, cucumber, chicken and sweet chilli sauce on warm hearty Italian bread. The sandwich will be available to purchase in Subway stores this spring.

Helensburgh

A Helensburgh cinema and entertainment complex has announced plans to expand its facilities by adding  a fourth screen – along with a function suite and bar.

The Tower, based in the former St Columba’s Parish Church on Sinclair Street, has been open since 2016, operated by local charity The Tower Digital Arts Centre.

A decision on whether or not the extension, which would also host new toilet facilities, can go ahead is expected from the authority by mid-April.