What’s In This Week’s Oban Times 23rd MArch

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Coll and Tiree community councils are demanding action after uniting to highlight the impacts of CalMac’s ‘disastrous’ ferry service in 2022. They say only a third of Coll’s sailings, just seven return trips, were successful in February. One business lost £15,000, and Arinagour Primary School pupils were without heating for three days last week.
All residents in Highland, Argyll and Bute aged over 75 or those who are immunosuppressed are being invited for a spring booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents across NHS Highland will be invited to attend via letter.

There’s a call for local shops to stop selling energy drinks to primary school pupils. A Scottish Government watchdog has confirmed its rollout of superfast broadband will not reach all of the Highlands and Islands until 2027 – six years behind schedule – attracting criticism from local MSPs. And veteran Oban and Mull councillors say their farewells
If you have time on your hands this weekend, grab a litter-picker and tug on your gloves to join in Oban’s big spring clean. Volunteers were already out and about last Saturday and Sunday and are about to do it all over again – the more the merrier. You can borrow litter-pickers and other kit from The Rockfield Centre.

We also have news of celebrations – Oban Gaelic Choir is 130 years old this month and Oban Parish Church has a songs of praise service this Sunday at 10.30am to mark 200 years of worship on the same site meanwhile rhinos and pandas at Edinburgh Zoo have been feasting on bamboo picked from Dunollie Woods.

Refugees from the Ukraine could be arriving in Oban in just weeks to start a safer life and Oban High School parents have been given a four-hour slot by headteacher Peter Bain to have their say on uniform.


We are revving up for a right good read in the sports section this week as four off-road motorcycle enthusiasts reap the rewards from their success in the 2021 Scottish Trials Championship.

Staying on motorcycles, we have news of John McPhee also. Slowing things down to a more leisurely pace and Oban Bowling Club members are stirring ahead of opening day while Bob MacIntyre is ready to hit the fairways again.

There is football news from Oban Saints, rugby reports from Oban Lorne RFC’s Under 18s and Under 16s games and a look at what has been happening in the shinty world.



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