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Appin Parish Church is holding a fundraising event to raise money for the church fabric this Saturday (July 13).

The event will take the form of a sponsored walk from the church to the Creagan Inn along the cycle track.

Anyone wishing to join in can sign in at the church vestry from 1.30pm. Sponsorship forms are available from M Ross.

There will be a nice tea in the vestry awaiting walkers on their return.


A group campaigning for Helensburgh’s Duchess Wood has called for talks to take place as soon as possible on the local nature reserve’s future.

The Friends of Duchess Wood are anxious for a meeting of the wood’s local nature reserve committee to take place at the earliest opportunity following its recent closure on safety grounds by Argyll and Bute Council.

The next meeting of the local nature reserve committee, chaired by Councillor Lorna Douglas, is not due to take place until Tuesday August 20.

In an open letter, the Friends also hit out at what they view as a lack of transparency over the wood’s closure, which was enforced on Tuesday June 18.

The council is due to stop managing the wood next year under the terms of its agreement to do so.

There is still no clarity as to when it will re-open, with the final version of a report by external consultants awaited after a draft recommended it was closed.


A new all-weather pitch that is to be installed at Islay High School has been hailed by local politicians as representing a significant benefit for the community.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron commented: ‘As we all know, Islay has more than its fair share of weather, so having a purpose-built, all-weather pitch will significantly increase the opportunities for local people to participate in sport all year round.

‘This is very good news indeed as participation in sport can be very beneficial for keeping us fit and healthy, not to mention helping to develop the sporting prowess of our young people.

‘I am particularly pleased that this facility is coming to Islay because sometimes there is a feeling that people living in smaller or more remote communities miss out on opportunities which are available in the larger towns and cities.’

Also adding his support is Councillor Alastair Redman, who said: ‘This is a significant investment and one which local people have been hoping would come to the island for several years.

‘Our thanks should go to everyone who has worked for this and I am very pleased indeed that Argyll and Bute Council, despite its straitened finances, continues to aspire to support our island communities.’


Oban and Lorn Riding For The Disabled group is holding an open day this Friday (July 19) at Achnalarig Stables, Glencruitten.

As well as pony rides (11am-12.45pm and 1.45pm-2.45pm), there will be a raffle, home-baking, tea and coffee, burgers and hot dogs, a table-top sale and much much more.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and all dogs must be on leads.


Tesco customers in Oban are being invited to cast their votes to help community projects bag thousands of pounds this summer. The supermarket is marking its centenary with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, run in partnership with greenspace scotland.

Customer voting in the first of these special rounds will begin this month and will concentrate on groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits, with a particular focus on groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes, in line with Tesco’s National Health Partnership.

In Oban, customers will cast their votes for shortlisted groups Cardiac Risk in the Young, CLAN Cancer Support and Maggie’s Centres using blue tokens handed out at checkouts. Grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 are up for grabs.

Anyone can nominate a project for Bags of Help, and organisations and groups looking to find out more or apply should visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.


Tickets for Seil’s Scarecrow Dance on Saturday August 3 will be on sale at a craft fair in Seil Island hall on Sunday July 21.

Tickets are also on sale for a pot luck supper, as part of the island’s Scarecrow Week celebrations starting on Saturday July 27.

The supper is on Wednesday July 31 at 6.30pm at the Island Hall. Cold buffet and fantastic desserts to enjoy.

Buy a ticket available from Balvicar Stores and donate a dish. You can also bring your own bottle. Entry is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Funds are in aid of  hall improvements.