District news – Week 17, 2019

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The April meeting of Appin SWI doubled up as the organisation’s annual general meeting.

This was followed by ‘a most enjoyable evening’ of keep fit with Sara MacNeill, and ended with a  healthy supper.

The awards for members with the highest number of points over the year were, for hand crafts: first, Brenda MacLeod, who received the Mrs MacArthur Memorial Salver; and second, Alison MacCorquodale, who was awarded the Mrs MacArthur memorial Cup.

Homeskills: first, Myra MacDougall, winning the Appin SWRI Cup; and second Brenda MacLeod, who took home the Brigadier Stewart Memorial Quaich.

Alison MacCorquodale also won the Joan Loro Memorial Trophy, and Catriona MacKenzie won the competition for neatest ankles.

The Crerar Trust has donated £2,000 to help refurbish Dervaig Community Hall. NO_T17_DervaigCommunityHall01
The Crerar Trust has donated £2,000 to help refurbish Dervaig Community Hall.

Dervaig Community Hall will benefit from £2,000 thanks to the The Crerar Trust.

The money will be used to help refurbish the internal walls and floor of the main hall.

As part of this, the walls will be coated with fire retardant paint,  improving the safety for users for the next five to 10 years.

On Friday May 3, the hall will be hosting a community celebration day from 3-5pm joined by groups from across the island showcasing their work with a performance from Mull Music Makers at 4.30pm.

Crerar Hotels operate 11 hotels and inns which are based in Scotland, including the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa.

More than 50 per cent of the group’s distributable profits are donated to charities operating within areas where Crerar Hotels are based.

The trust has awarded £7.5 million of grants to more than 400 organisations over the last 17 years.

Elaine Wilkinson Crane, chairperson of Dervaig Community Hall said: ‘On behalf of the Dervaig Hall Committee and the wider Dervaig Community, I would like to say a huge thank you to the Crerar Trust for this grant.

‘This makes a significant contribution to the overall funding package required to deliver this much needed refurbishment.’

Paddy Crerar CBE, chairman of The Crerar Trust and chief executive of Crerar Hotels added: ‘We are delighted to have made this award to Dervaig Community Hall and look forward to hearing how this funding helps impact their work.

‘Crerar Hotels is committed to giving back to the local community to help it grow and thrive, and provide opportunities that may otherwise seem out of reach.

‘For every stay our customers have with us they are supporting others, who really need it. It is great for our folk in the hotels to see their hard work and efforts helping people in their own communities as well as those from throughout the whole of Scotland.’


A beginners karate class will be starting in the Kilchrenan Village Hall this May.

The event is open to all ages and aims to bring primary pupils, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers together.

It will be run on Thursdays, starting May 2, from 5.50pm until 6.30pm, costing £4.50.


Every Thursday during school term, a free Bookbug Session will take place in Oban Library on Thursday mornings.

The free story, song, and rhyme sessions is for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families.

It is on from 9.30am until 11am.


Last week was a busy time for the Easter Bunny but the Oban Times was fortunate enough to bump into him/her in Taynuilt on Thursday morning. The altruistic albino was handing out chocolate eggs to passersby ably assisted by Taynuilt Primary School duo Maisie and Alasdair.


More than 400 people have signed an online petition in just three days to bring the iconic paddle steamer Waverley back to Helensburgh.

A demonstration took place at the town’s pier on Saturday April 20, after Waverley Excursions Ltd announced that the boat would not call there during its 2019 season.

Carolann Cameron put the petition online with the message that the vessel must be kept as part of Helensburgh life and memories, and it has already attracted hundreds of supporters.

In an entirely separate venture, Helensburgh Seafront Development Project (HSDP) had organised the get-together at the pier to show the depth of feeling about the condition of the structure.

It was revealed last week that repairs to the pier’s timber structure are forecast by Argyll and Bute Council’s design services team to cost almost £1 million, and it may not be ready for the Waverley’s 2020 timetable.


Landowner Luss Estates wants to convert a field next to the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in the centre of Luss into a 240-space car park.

This would include room for 231 cars, 12 of which would be for disabled cars, as well as space for nine camper vans and 10 lockable bicycle points.

The plans are contained in an application to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.

Residents in Luss have been campaigning for several years for measures to alleviate the parking situation in the village, where residential streets are clogged by hundreds of parked cars as visitors flock to the banks of Loch Lomond on sunny summer days.

Argyll and Bute Council already operates a pay-and-display car parking facility in the centre of Luss, with space for 250 cars.