District news – Week 3, 2020

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At the December Killin SWI meeting president Elizabeth Woods welcomed a large turnout of members and friends who were entertained by member Jean Faichney.

The event was held in the lesser McLaren Hall, Killin, and Jean, with help from Cathie Reid and Jenny Huntley, showed off her flower arranging skills by demonstrating how to make a door wreath using fresh and artificial materials.

While Cathie entertained by making a lovely fresh flower arrangement, Jean also brought along some arrangements which she had already made which were suitable for various purposes, doors, graveside etc.

A lovely buffet was served and Elizabeth closed the meeting by wishing everyone seasonal greetings.

The SWI  kicked off the new year on January 4 in the Bridge of Lochay hotel.

The theme for the afternoon was You Will go to the Ball and the ladies did not disappoint.

Almost everyone had been in the attic, charity shop and back of wardrobe hunting their party wear and each and everyone was ‘lovely’.

Bob, Amanda and staff served a beautiful lunch and the ladies had a great afternoon.


The annual quiz night in aid of Oban Pipe Band will be held tomorrow (Friday January 17).

The event, which will take place in the Masonic Lodge on Albany Street will start at 7.30pm.

Teams can vary from two people to six, with admission costing £3 per person.


It was all fun and games on Saturday December 21 as St Columba’s School in Oban held the annual Christmas family bingo.

The event included guess the weight of the cake, how many sweets in the jar, guess the elf’s birthday, and many more fun activities for the children.

It was then eyes down as Nicola Wilson, chief elf, called out the numbers as everyone waited in hope to be the lucky one to shout out line or house.

With many prizes such as sweet treat, games and toys, vouchers and many more, there were plenty of winners on the day. The half-time break saw a wonderful Christmas spread laid on by all the school helpers which, of course, included many mince pies.

The event also included the Christmas raffle, which saw many winners including Calan, who got the big hamper. The school was very proud of its former pupil on hearing he donated the wonderful prize to Hope Kitchen just in time for Christmas.

To make the day even more special, there was a surprise visit from Santa Claus with a sack full of chocolate lollies for all the lovely children. The event raised an amazing £705.65 for Parent Council funds which will be used to support the school through out the year.


A family Bookbug session will take place in the Port Mor Centre on February 16.

The free event will run from 3pm until 4.30pm, with the first 90 minutes catering towards babies to pre-fives, and those ages five to eight can enjoy the remainder of the time.

However, on the event’s poster it says: ‘These ages are just a guide to which session your child may be most suited to. However, there is no age restriction in either session.’


The Ulva Ferry family Burns lunch will be held at Ulva School on Saturday January 25.

The event, organised by the Ulva School Community Association, will cost £16 for adults and is free for children.

Booking is essentially for the bring your own bottle (BYOB) lunch and those interested are asked to respond to Ann on 01688 500301 or by emailing annhayesmrcvs@btinternet.com by Wednesday January 15.


Taynuilt Primary ELC will be hosting an open afternoon for prospective families of children due to register for nursery.

The event will be held on Thursday January 23 from 1.45pm until 2.45pm.

Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to look around, meet staff, and ask any questions.


There will be a housing consultation event on February 20 in Jura Village Hall.

The consultation will run from 5.30pm until 8pm and is being run by the Scottish Government. Those interested in attending can book a place by emailing  housing2040@gov.scot.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government wrote: ‘The Scottish Government’s ambition is that everyone in Scotland should live in high quality, energy efficient homes that are affordable and meet their needs.

‘We want to hear people’s views on the draft vision and principles and their innovative, bold and imaginative ideas for how to make them a reality. Your views and ideas will help the Scottish Government shape the Housing to 2040 vision and route map.’


The winners of the bumper Kilmore 100 Club in December were A Tully, who received £500; S Scott £200; and V Barlow £100. The January winner was D Morrison receiving £100.