Fundrais­ing high wire ad­ven­ture

The Oban Times - - News -

BRAVE chil­dren and adults will be tak­ing on a high wire ad­ven­ture course next week­end to raise money for a new sculp­ture in Fort Wil­liam.

The Ben Ne­vis Bronze Ford group have or­gan­ised the fundraiser as part of their bid to place a full-size Ford T car replica in the town’s High Street, to com­mem­o­rate May 9 1911, when a car was driven to the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis by Henry Alexan­der, the son of Scot­land’s first Ford dis­trib­u­tor.

The group is call­ing on young­sters to brave the high wire course at Ne­vis Range on the morn­ing of Satur­day Septem­ber 19, be­fore teams of four adults tackle the ‘Great Bucket Chal­lenge’, at­tempt­ing the tree­top course, in­clud­ing the para­chute jump, car­ry­ing pails full of wa­ter.

All par­tic­i­pants have been asked to raise spon­sor­ship of at least £25. For more in­for­ma­tion or to sign up con­tact Chris Robin­son on 01397 702886 or creak­ing­shelves@ bt­in­ter­net. com

Con­cern over time to place chil­dren

IT TAKES more than a year to place chil­dren with per­ma­nent car­ers in the High­lands, a re­port has shown.

The av­er­age time to move a child from care into their new home once a suit­able guardian had been found was 15 months in 2014/15 in the High­land coun­cil area, an in­crease of nine months from the pre­vi­ous year.

At a full High­land coun­cil meet­ing last Thurs­day (Septem­ber 3), chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Barron said rea­sons for the de­lay in­cluded staff work­load, dif­fi­culty of cases and de­ci­sions made by the Chil­dren’s Panel.

Mr Barron said the coun­cil was ‘work­ing to im­prove this’ and added fur­ther train­ing had been of­fered to all rel­e­vant staff.

Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet David­son, leader of the lo­cal au­thor­ity, said she was ‘very con­cerned’ about how long it takes to re­move chil­dren from the care sys­tem.

Po­lice ap­peal to step up se­cu­rity

PO­LICE are re­mind­ing the public to se­cure their ve­hi­cles fol­low­ing a spate of thefts in the High­lands.

Ad­vice in­clud­ing lock­ing cars and vans, not leav­ing keys in­side the ve­hi­cle and hid­ing valu­ables from sight have been is­sued.

In­spec­tor Ewan Hen­der­son said: ‘ We would also re­new our ap­peal for the public to re­port any sight­ings of sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles or ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice im­me­di­ately. Where pos­si­ble also note the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, the num­ber and de­scrip­tion of oc­cu­pants and the last known di­rec­tion of travel for the ve­hi­cle.’

Of­fi­cers say ru­ral ar­eas have been most af­fected.

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