District news and cancellations – 26.3.20

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Organisers of Colonsay Book Festival have taken the sad decision to cancel this year’s event.

‘We hope that by this time next year, we will again be able to welcome all those who were planning to join us in 2020 for Colonsay’s famed ‘literary lock-in’’, said a spokesperson.

Ticket holders will be contacted and refunded directly as soon as possible.

  • Beach cleans on George Street in Oban have stopped after a weekly tidying spree of almost three years. The cleans via Hope Kitchen were cancelled  indefinitely from this week because of advice from the World Health Organization.
  • Oban and Lorn Lions Charities Day and Raft Race have been cancelled.

Organisers are saddened they have had to make the decision but are following advice, said Lions President Jim Edge.

More than £8,000 was raised at last year’s charities day in June supporting 40 good causes.

Mr Edge said: ‘We have some ideas for later in the year. It will be an indoor event and will be in a similar vein but we need to firm things up first.

‘We are really conscious how much charities rely on this day for help.’

Uncertainty among businesses has also put pay to the raft race in August.


The partnership which runs the award winning Mull Eagle Watch project (Mull and Iona Community Trust, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry and Land Scotland, and PoliceScotland) has taken the decision to postpone indefinitely the opening of this year’s Mull Eagle Watch in light of Government advice regarding the current coronavirus pandemic.

The situation will be kept under regular review and if anything significant changes or improves the project might be able to reconsider how best to adapt the season to allow responsible eagle viewing while ensuring visitors and staff stay safe.

The decision was taken in consultation with the project’s host site at Craignure Golf Club and its booking partners at VisitScotland Craignure. Stay tuned to Twitter @MullEagleWatch and @skyeandfrisa for all the latest news on how the sea eagles are faring this breeding season and any other updates regarding the project.

RSPB Mull officer Dave Sexton said: ‘Thank you to everyone for their support and we hope to be back with you and open for business at some point in the future.’


Muckairn Church Services have been suspended until further notice. Written prayers and prayer prompts along with a message from the Reverend Tom Telfer will be available each Saturday in the Local Post Office and online at kdmparishes.co.uk/