In­door cen­tre to re­main closed

The Oban Times - - News -

AN IN­DOOR climb­ing cen­tre in Kin­lochleven will re­main closed fol­low­ing a fire.

The Ice Fac­tor climb­ing cen­tre has been un­der re­fur­bish­ment since the fire on July 29 and costs are set to ex­ceed £250,000.

Hopes to open the cen­tre early this month were dashed when the smoke dam­age was dis­cov­ered to be more ex­ten­sive than ini­tially thought.

Jamie Smith, owner of Ice Fac­tor In­ter­na­tional which in­cludes Ice Fac­tor Kin­lochleven, said: ‘It be­came clear the smoke dam­age to the 119-year- old build­ing was far more ex­ten­sive than ini­tially as­sumed.’

The dam­age cov­ers the rock and ice- climb­ing walls, the re­tail area, cafe bar and res­tau­rant.

Make your way to ‘Bar­radise’ please

TEACH­ERS have been promised ‘po­lite pupils with no dis­ci­pline prob­lems’, in a des­per­ate plea by par­ents on Barra for a maths post to be filled.

The po­si­tion at Castle­bay com­mu­nity school has been va­cant since De­cem­ber last year and the par­ent coun­cil has called for teach­ers to move to ‘Bar­radise’ to take on the role. A state­ment posted on Face­book by par­ents said: ‘Just imag­ine what it would be like to teach in small classes, with po­lite pupils, no dis­ci­pline prob­lems, and chil­dren will­ing to learn. What could be more per­fect?’

First history talk of new ses­sion

THE FIRST talk of Lochaber Lo­cal History So­ci­ety’s new ses­sion will take place tonight ( Thurs­day).

Re­tired teacher, Iain Rose, will lead the first event from 8pm in Fort Wil­liam’s Ben Ne­vis ho­tel, dis­cussing the lead up to the ar­rival of the West High­land rail­way in the 1890s.

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