At Random – 18.11.21

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Thoroughly deserved

In these particularly challenging times, there are, and have been, some people whose efforts on behalf of their communities stand out.
I would offer that Andy Spence, chief executive of BID4Oban, the town’s business organisation, is very much one of them.

The Oban Times reported recently that Andy (vested interest confession: he’s a friend of mine) has been nominated for a national award. He has, in fact, been shortlisted in the Place Leader category for the inaugural Scotland Loves Local Awards.

Typically, Andy praised the team effort by the good souls with whom he works, saying: ‘BID4Oban is delighted to have been nominated for this award. Although we have not been able to carry out all our activities, we have been involved in promoting Oban and working with businesses to support them throughout the Covid period.’

Indeed. Andy has led the team with his usual professionalism and enthusiasm, and has had a major part to play in the town staying as economically vibrant as it is. He is a key individual in the life of Oban and its surrounding area, and thoroughly deserves this recognition. Splendid fellow.

Tree-mendous opportunity

There are a number of highlights in the calendar over the winter months, and one is certainly the St Conan’s Kirk Christmas Tree Festival.

The stunning Lochawe church is transformed each year into a very special destination as countless people flock to see the many inventive and beautiful Christmas trees.
The organisers issued a call for late entries last week and I’d echo that request one final time as the closing date for entries is tomorrow, November 19. To enter, email

Over the number of years that I’ve visited the kirk for the festival, I’ve been amazed at the level of effort, artistry and skill behind the exhibits. This year’s festival will run over the weekend of Friday to Sunday, December 3 to 5.
Why not give it a go?

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