District news – Week 11, 2019

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Tobermory Horticultural Society will be hosting its spring show on Saturday April 13. The event will take place in the Aros Hall and will start at 2pm.


A spring craft fair will take place in Dalavich on April 22.


A bingo night will be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls in aid of the Dove Centre.

It will take place on Saturday March 23 from 7.30pm and will have cash prizes. The event will cost £10 per book.


The Oban and district branch of Cancer Research UK will be hosting its annual general meeting on Thursday March 14 at Glencruitten Church Centre, starting at 7.30pm.


A free wellbeing and meditation talk will be held in Oban on March 14. The one-hour event will take place in Atlantis Leisure from 12.30pm.

The guest speaker will be Rose Goodenough, who has been a teacher and practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation for more than 35 years.

‘Our state of happiness is vital to our chances of maintaining good health,’ the event description reads. ‘When we have happiness and hope, the immune system in stronger.’

Pupils from Kilmartin Primary School visited the Ocean Explorers Centre in Dunbeg. NO_T11_OceanExplorerCentre01
Pupils from Kilmartin Primary School visited the Ocean Explorers Centre in Dunbeg. NO_T11_OceanExplorerCentre01

Pupils from Kilmartin Primary School visited The Ocean Explorer Centre in Dunbeg to find out about microplastics and pollution in our oceans.

They participated in four different workshops including ‘microplastic detectives’, the bioaccumulation game, microscope activities and the marine pollution game.

They were educated by PhD students Lola and Solene, microbiologist Elaine and Helen, outreach officer, all from The Scottish Association for Marine Science.

The pupils have been working hard in their school on a topic about plastics and ‘they impressed us very much with their knowledge and enthusiasm’, Helen said.


The renowned Craignish Boat Club jumble and car boot sale will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month.

The event will take place on March 23 in the Craignish Village Hall, as well as the car park, from 10am until 2pm.

The first jumble sale was held in 1999 and was intended to be a one-off fundraiser.

But it proved so popular that the decision was made to hold it again the following year, and the next, and for the past 20 years it has been a highlight of the Ardfern calendar.

It initially raised money for the boat club, then for the village hall and now for Craignish Community Company (C3).

Speaking about this year’s sale, organisers said: ‘This year there are stall holders and car-booters coming from Ayrshire, Kintyre and Mid and North Argyll.

‘For sailors, there is always the possibility of picking up a real bargain among the anchors, ropes, clothes, electronics, sails and even boats, which have all been traded in the past, while for non-nautical family and friends, there will be plenty of general stalls to browse round.’

For further details, email janvbrown@btinternet.com or call 01852 500689.


Come and join Bookbug and Mrs Cooper on Friday March 22 for some rhyme and singing fun and a story.

Sessions, which take place at Achaleven Primary School from 2.15pm, last approximately 30 minutes and are free and open to all.

Western Isles

Trading Standards is warning residents in the Western Isles that telephone scammers are now using 01851 area codes as an attempt to make their calls appear local.

The automated calls state that your internet is about to be disconnected due to non-payment of your account, and you are instructed to press 1 to reinstate the service or press 2 to cancel the service.

A spokesperson, said: ‘Our advice is to put the phone down and ignore the call.’

Western Isles

Two Western Isles project have received more than £2 million.

Cnoc Soilleir has been awarded £1.8 million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund to build a state-of-the art modern building for Gaelic and cultural heritage in South Uist.

The building has been designed to become a local focal point for the community and visitors. It is an innovative joint venture between Ceòlas and Lews Castle College UHI.

And the Grinneabhat Project was awarded £368,338 to redevelop the former school in Bragar, which closed in 2013.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan said: ‘I am really pleased that both of these projects have been able to secure this funding.’

Western Isles

Islanders planning a summer holiday should ensure they are prepared for a potential no deal Brexit, warns Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil.

With less than a month until the planned Brexit date, Mr MacNeil says a no deal scenario could mean passports with less than six months’ validity may not be accepted for travel to EU countries.


MSPs will gather in Portree to discuss the ‘anti-smacking’ Bill.

Politicians will meet a range of groups on the island, before holding a formal meeting with representatives of different faiths and belief systems.

The formal committee meeting, which is open to the public, will be held between 4pm and 6pm on Friday March 15 in the Fingal Centre / Arainn Fhinn, Portree.

The public are also welcome to a question and answer session in the centre from 3.15pm.