District news – 17.10.19

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Ardchattan community war memorial appeal is looking for any stories, families or photos to be part of the campaign to raise enough money to support the project. Plans are to build a community memorial at the Benderloch viewpoint on community council-owned land. If you are interested in getting involved, go to ardchattanwarmemorial@gmail.com The Facebook page is at facebook.com/ardchattanwarmemorial, while names for the roll of honour will be added to the parish archive website at ardchattan.wikidot.com/roll-of-honour


The Ukes of Argyll Ukulele Club meets at Dalavich Social Club from 6.30pm to 7.45pm for absolute beginners and 7.45pm to 9pm for intermediate players. Contact 07584 326756.


Taynuilt Carpet Bowling Club starts up again on Tuesday October 22 at 7.30pm in the village hall. To find out more call 01866 822465 or 01866 822760.

Loch Awe

Artists and crafters are being invited to book a stall at a Christmas Craft fair coming up at the Ben Cruachan Inn on Sunday November 17. Call 01838 200880 to get more details.

Christmas tree lovers are again being asked to get their designer heads on in anticipation of St Conan’s Christmas Tree Festival 2019.

This year’s event takes place from Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1.

Last year the event had 1600 visitors coming to see all the amazing decorated trees. Organisers say it was a great community success and they are now looking for people to take part in this year’s festival.

Individuals, families, organisations, business and local groups are being encouraged to take part.

Guideline for creating./decorating your tree are as follows:

  • Trees should be at least 4ft (1.2m)  (taller is good)
  • Traditional (real or artificial) or made of any material in a tree (any type) shape
  • Decorated to represent your group/business, an interest, or any theme you like
  • Lit with battery lights (not to be flashing)

The trees should be brought to the Kirk and set up on (preferably) Thursday November 28 or on the morning of Friday November 29.

There is no fee to take part. Visitor entry is by donation towards the kirk’s restoration.

Anyone who would like to enter a tree for the festival, could they please reply to Liz by emailing: emmackay@btinternet.com


Lochdonhead Primary School hosts a community cafe on Friday October 25 from 1.30pm to 3pm to celebrate the community’s new defibrillator. The Coastguard and fire service will also be putting in an appearance and there will be CPR and defibrillator training too, as well as tea and homemade cake.


Clear out your wardrobes in time for a preloved pop-up and clothes swap at the Rockfield Centre on Sunday October 20 between 11am and 3pm.

Ladies-only hockey as part of Oban Hockey Club is looking for new members, no experience essential. Friday meetings are every fortnight at Oban High School’s 3G pitch from 7-8pm. Email hockeyinoban@gmail.com to find out more.


Ulva Primary School is having its Halloween party and community cafe on Thursday October 31 from 2pm until 3.30pm


Hallowe’en is coming to Barcaldine restaurant, Not Just Desserts (previously the Columbas Bay Diner), next to Argyll Pottery. There will be a fancy dress Hallowe’en party on October 30 from 5.30pm, with gruesome games, scary food, freaky prizes and more – and the best costume winning a ‘special treat’. Tickets cost £4.


Tai Chai for health takes place on Mondays at noon in the Mactaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore. The activity is described as: ‘Gentle exercise, which helps flexability, strength, and inner peace.’ All abilities are welcome. For more information, contact Gill Chasemore on 07469 174299.

Sara Oussaiden, 15, is an illustrator from the Isle of Skye. NO_T42_SaraOussaiden_IsleofSkye_Photograph Kat Gollock
Sara Oussaiden, 15, is an illustrator from the Isle of Skye. Photograph: Kat Gollock

Two young writers from the Highlands and Islands were selected for the What’s Your Story? programme at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh.

Sara Oussaiden, 15, from Skye, and Nicole Forman, 17, from Dornoch, were partnered with mentors who are experts in their chosen creative field.

Sara used her time on the What’s Your Story programme to create a series of illustrations that showcases people, their emotions, and interactions with others and the world around them. During the programme, Sara has been mentored by illustrator Julia Scheele.

Sara said: ‘The What’s Your Story programme has encouraged me to try something new – I came into this as an illustrator, and have ended up creating a zine. It’s been great to learn about different ways to express storytelling.’

Nicole is a short story writer and is inspired by classic gothic horror novellas and also more modern abstract stories. She was mentored by author Helen McClory.

Western Isles

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has become an accredited Living Wage employer through Living Wage Scotland. The move came during Challenge Poverty Week (October ‪7-13 ). As well as paying the living wage to employees the Comhairle has also decided to pay the living wage rate to apprentices.