District roundup 6.6.19

The View's bingo night raised £170 for Soroba Community Centre. t23_Bingo01

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  • Ross of Mull Art exhibition 2019 is inviting entries from artists and craftspeople who live on the island or on Iona.  Original works from paintings to sculptures, prints ,woodworking, textiles and jewellery are all welcome. The event will run at Pennyghael Community Hall from Saturday July 27 to Saturday August 10. Anyone interested can email r.blaecoe@btinternet.com or wiz@alanjanet.force9.co.uk
  • Dervaig Village Hall officially opened its refurbished bunkrooms on Tuesday May 28 with a ribbon =-cutting ceremony.
  • Seil Community Council is making a last request for numbers to go into its phone directory. So far there are 125 numbers to add. There is also a shortage of contractors, B&B and self-catering establishments for the directory’s new edition. Entries cannot be put into the directory unless written consent is given first. Anyone interested can contact the community council secretary Anne Foster at seilandeasdaleccsec@btinternet.com. A slip will also be included in the next Seilachan newsletter.
  • An Active Balance group meeting at Seil Island Hall on  Friday mornings are looking for a new fitness instructor after funding was pulled.
  • People living on Seil are being encouraged to stay vigilant for invasive Japanese Knotweed. A batch of it is growing along the Loch Seil side. Regular cutting and pulling after a number of years will kill the plant but cut bits must not be removed from the site and cannot be composted.
  • A new informal communications group has been set up between Seil, Luing and  Kimelford areas and Easdale Medical Practice to meet three to four times a year, keeping communities up to date on health care service matters.

More than £500 has been raised for good causes in Oban thanks to a busy month of bingo at The View.

On May 17, the charity bingo night raised £375 for Oban Saints Youth FC and the following Friday £170 was raised for Soroba Community Centre.

The centre will put the money towards a fundraising campaign to refurbish the sports pitch in Soroba.

The View thanked everyone who came along to support the organisations.

Details of upcoming bingo nights can be found at www.obanview.com/bingo


The Rotary Club of Oban has donated £400 to help a school in Uganda provide new uniforms for the children.

The Banunule School Support Group has expressed profound thanks for the donation.

The group, which helped establish the Banunule Primary school for orphans in Uganda, said new uniforms were required following the merger of the school with Terra Nova Nursery and Primary School in Kampala.

The funds were used to purchase materials to enable uniforms to be made by the local support group.

It is anticipated that the enlarged school will continue to flourish.


Tomorrow (Friday June 7) is the last chance to submit photographs for this year’s Appin Community Calendar.

Appin Community Development Trust is looking for 13 high-quality images of the Appin area, which are suitable for printing in an A4 landscape format.

Those interested in contributing to the calendar, which will go through a selection process, are asked to put the images on to a memory stick and hand them to either Penny, Louise, hand them into the Port Appin Co-op or send them by post to the Co-op.

In a poster, the trust said: ‘Our aim is to generate health and well-being benefits across the whole community of Appin and all of the funds raised through sales of the calendar will go towards this cause.’


A celebration of all things flowers will take place in Kimore Church in Dervaig this month.

A floral display will be set-up in the church from June 15 until June 21.

This year’s theme is described as ‘very broad’ and can consist of anything from a ‘few stems in a jar to a full blown arrangement’.

The even description says: ‘Let’s try and get something on very window sill.

‘Please bring contributions to Kilmore Church, Dervaig on Friday June 14. All welcome. Please get in touch if you want any more information or want to contribute a display.’


The 2nd Stornoway Cubs descended on Stornoway Library recently to learn what digital making is and how it fits with Scouting and the wider world.

The activity was arranged to help the youngsters complete the first phase of their Digital Maker Badge.

The new badge was developed to help children learn the digital skills necessary to help them in life.