Scout post is back this Christmas, raising funds to repair hall

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Scout post is back in town this Christmas, raising funds to repair Oban’s scout hall on Corran Brae.

Postboxes can be found in eight shops around Oban and Dunbeg: Jackson Butchers, Oban Cycles, Albany newsagents, Alba, Tesco, Oban Photographic Centre and Dunbeg Village Store.

The cost will be 50p per Christmas card and the boxes close at 5pm on Wednesday December 8.

After that, group scout leader Graham West explained, ‘all post goes to the scout hut, which gets turned into a mini sorting office, sorted by cubs, beavers, scouts and parents.’

The festive mail then gets organised into roads and delivered over the weekend. ‘We had 1,000 Christmas cards to sort last year,’ Graham added.

The Christmas scout post, he added, is ‘the biggest fundraising we can do. We have real issues with the hut. There is a massive damp problem in the hall. One of the gables is totally rotten. We are looking at thousands in repair.’

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Stand and deliver: posties ready to mail your Christmas cards, from left to right, cub Fraser Pollock, aged 10, scouts Oliver Clark, 12, and Aoibheann Clark, 11, beaver Lewis West, 6, and scout patrol leader Isaac Charlton, 12.