District news – Week 9, 2020

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A raffle has been organised to help fund Islay High School’s expedition to Mongolia and China in 2021.

Tickets cost £10 and the raffle will be drawn on May 10 this year.

Prizes included one year’s membership of Islay Golf Club, bed and breakfast at the Pierhouse Hotel, five golf lessons at the Machrie, as well as a £50 voucher for the golf shop at the Machrie.

Tickets can be purchased from the golf shop at the Machrie Hotel and Golf Links.


The Mactaggart Leisure Centre in Bowmore has introduced a new men’s night.

The weekly event started last week and will run every Wednesday from 7pm until 9pm.

The first event included a gym, swim and sauna, and future sessions, if there is enough interest, will be circuit training, aquacise and inflatables, or people can put forward their own ideas.


There isn’t long until the ladies’ leap day bingo night in the Port Appin Hall.

The event, which takes place on February 29, will get the balls rolling at 7.30pm.

It will cost £10 per book, which includes a free raffle strip as well as a glass of Prosecco.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but attendees can bring their own bottles.

All proceeds will go towards Appin playpark.

Bridge of Orchy

The Bridge of Orchy Hotel near Glen Coe in Argyll has raised over £500 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Staff and guests at the popular Highland hotel have spent the past year raising awareness for the charity and how it benefits walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the local area and beyond.

As the country’s only charity-funded air ambulance, (SCAA) receives no government payments and relies entirely on public donations to deliver expert paramedic care to the scene of time-critical emergencies, in every corner of Scotland, 365 days a year.

Fiona Dennis, community fundraiser for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, said: ‘We’re really grateful to the Bridge of Orchy Hotel team and its guests for their generous donation and ongoing fundraising efforts.

‘We simply could not continue our lifesaving service without the generosity of valued supporters like Bridge of Orchy Hotel, and every donation makes a difference. In the past, these wonderful gifts have helped us to increase our hours of operation from 10 to 12 per day, so we are available even longer to fly to people in need.

‘With the continued help from our donors, we also look forward to making further improvements to our service in the near future.’

Bridge of Orchy Hotel’s general manager, Szilard Nemeth, added: ‘We’re very lucky to be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in Scotland, which attracts visitors, walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.

‘Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance is a vital service that helps ensure the safety of visitors enjoying our beautiful, but remote landscape. The Bridge of Orchy Hotel team and our guests stepped up fundraising efforts over the summer months to show our continued appreciation for SCAA and the great work the charity does in the Glen Coe area, Argyll and around Scotland.’


The Right Reverend Kevin Pearson, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, is issuing an open invitation to all who have been a part of his 10 years in this area to join him at St John’s Cathedral, George Street, Oban, on March 3 at 5.30pm for his final diocesan celebration of the eucharist.

As members of churches gather from across Argyll and the Isles for the annual conference and synod, Bishop Kevin will be installing the new Dean of the Diocese, the Very Reverend Margi Campbell, Provost of St John’s Cathedral, together with a new Honorary Canon to St John’s, the  Reverend Dr Keith Riglin, who has served the diocese over the past 10 years in Lochgilphead, Skye, Oban and at Easter will be on the Isle of Mull.

All are welcome to join in this occasion. For more information, contact the diocesan office on 01631 570870.

Every Wednesday, 100 Voices – Oban holds a seniors’ soup group lunch at 12.30pm.

The event, which features homemade soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and cake, is held in the Guide Hall, Oban.

For more information, call Kirsten on 07778472308 or email kirstenjohnston@argylltsi.org.uk


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is launching a national Youth Volunteer Scheme to promote life skills and offer support and guidance to those who are interested in the fire service. Tobermory fire station will be taking part in this scheme.

It is open to teenagers aged between 12 and 18 and developed around a three-phase programme designed to deepen and broaden knowledge, skills, competence and confidence.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer John Miller is the strategic lead for the Youth Volunteer Scheme.

He said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across Scotland to develop their skillset and make a valuable contribution to their local communities.’

‘The Youth Volunteer Scheme is not about recruiting future firefighters and we cannot guarantee any young person further employment or involvement with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.’

If you are interested in participating in the Youth Volunteer Scheme contact