District news – 28.11.19

New Oban Rotary member Ciorsti Baxter has been welcomed by the club.

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Argyll and Bute

The deadline for applications to this year’s Argyll and Bute Youth Awards has been extended until this Saturday (November 30).

If you know a young person aged between 11 and 25 who is truly inspirational, now is your chance to let them know how great they are by nominating them.

These awards celebrate the achievements of the area’s young people and nominating someone is easy. All you have to do is visit  https://form.jotformeu.com/RoannaC/ab-award-nomination-form .

If you require help completing the form, or would like a paper copy, please call 01700 501368 or 01369 707161.

The award categories are as follows: Unsung Hero; Youth Entrepreneur; Youth Volunteering; Health and Wellbeing; Youth Environment; Citizenship; Youth Arts; Sporting.


The house-to-house poppy collection for Easdale, Seil, Luing and Kimelford totalled £1,825.56.  ‘This is a wonderful amount. Collectors were mostly Royal British Legion Scotland Easdale branch members, but we were assisted  by supporters in Kilmelford and on Luing, and a small number of shops and businesses. Our grateful thanks go to everybody,’ said Jean Alexander, who is secretary of the Easdale branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.


St Conan’s Christmas Tree Festival opens tomorrow (Friday November 29) at 1.30pm, Saturday 10am, Sunday December 1 11.30am. It closes each day at 6pm. Members of the public can vote for their favourite from more than 50 trees, search for Santa’s elves, try their luck with the festive raffle and relax with a hot drink and home baking. Oban Community Singers and Tarbert Ladies’ Choir will be performing between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Entry by donation.

Mull and Iona

From Monday December 2 householders and businesses on Mull and Iona will no longer have to put recyclable material (plastic bottles, tubs and trays, tins, cans and empty aerosols) into separate plastic bags before they are put into blue bins.

Instead you can simply put all the material directly into your blue bin. There are no changes to the materials collected, dates of collection or collection frequencies; the only change is removing the need to put it in bags. The council will therefore no longer provide plastic bags to households on Mull and Iona.


President Douglas Small had the honour of inducting the latest member of Rotary Club of Oban in to the worldwide Rotary family.

Ciorsti Baxter, a former high-ranking police officer in Oban and Glasgow,  became the newest member of Oban Rotary last week and was roundly welcomed by all existing members during a short ceremony at the club’s regular lunchtime meeting.

Ciorsti already participates in the town’s community activities and is Brown Owl to its Oban Brownies, a position held for many years by outgoing stalwart Brown Owl Caroline McInnes.

Mr Small said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Ciorsti as our newest member and are very pleased that a person of such high standing, ability and dedication to good causes has decided to join our club. She has already demonstrated great enthusiasm and I have no doubt  she  will be a fantastic club member in the years ahead.’

Anyone  interested in  becoming a Rotarian should go to obanrotary.org.uk.

Save the date for Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening on at the Corran Halls on Thursday January 30 from 4pm to 7pm. The event is one of 20 taking place across the country being developed with Skills Development Scotland with local employers to showcase critical skills and future occupations to help prepare the young workforce. Some of the organisations confirmed so far are SAMS, ALIenergy,  West Highland Housing, Oban Distillery, Dawnfresh, Scottish Sea Farms and the fire service.

Friends of Oban Hospice are inviting the community to remember someone special by sponsoring the hospice lights on a tree in the Corran Halls gardens.

Each sponsor’s dedication will be recorded in the 2109 Light up a Life book which will be on display in the Corran Halls at the switch-on ceremony to be held on Tuesday December 10 at 7.30pm. Thereafter the dedication will be available to view in the Dove Centre, 24 Stevenson Street.

Light up a Life forms can be collected at the Dove Centre and either be handed back in there or returned by post. Members of the Friends of Oban Hospice will also be at Tesco on December 2, 3, 4 and 6 with the forms.


The wildlife of Costa Rica is the topic for Lorn Natural History Group’s next talk on Tuesday December 10 at 7.30pm at Seil Island Hall.

Rob and Audrey Lightfoot travel the world to experience natural diversity and Rob, a licensed bird-ringer, is one of the natural history group’s committee members.

There are 28 national parks in Costa Rica and three of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together forming 25 per cent of the entire land area of the country. Admission to the talk is free for group members and £2 for non-members.

Volunteers raised £820 bag-packing in Tesco, Oban, in aid of the Seil-based Seed for Life – Feed for Life charity which helps farmers in Malawi grow crops then provide enough food to feed 1,400 children each school day.  ‘Thanks to the generosity of so many kind customers and thank you to Tesco too for allowing us to do this,’ said fundraiser Jean Alexander.


Tobermory Christmas producers’ markets have added a new date for Monday December 23, noon until 3pm at the Aros Hall, Main Street.