New group gears up for next year’s gala

The Oban Times - - News -

A FORT Wil­liam gala day is set to be big­ger and bet­ter next sum­mer as plans are al­ready un­der way for the July event in Caol.

Caol com­mu­nity coun­cil will form and sup­port a new sub- com­mit­tee, specif­i­cally for the gala.

The move comes in the lead-up to com­mu­nity coun­cil re- elec­tions in Novem­ber and will safe­guard the for­ward plan­ning of next year’s event.

Caol com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man John Gillespie said: ‘The com­mu­nity coun­cil could pro­vide the ini­tial £2,500 an­nu­ally and then it would be up to the com­mit­tee to host fundrais­ing events to ac­cu­mu­late the rest of the cash.’

The pro­posal was agreed at the com­mu­nity coun­cil’s meet­ing last week to en­sure the gala, which was re­vived this year af­ter a ten-year ab­sence, can still go ahead if cur­rent mem­bers are re­placed in the elec­tions.

John also en­cour­aged more peo­ple to join the com­mu­nity coun­cil and sub- com­mit­tee.

He said: ‘We would not turn any­one down. The more mem­bers the bet­ter for us and the com­mu­nity. Peo­ple would only have to ded­i­cate a few hours each week to make a dif­fer­ence.’

Dot Fer­gu­son, Lochaber ward man­ager for High­land coun­cil, also praised the hard work of the group at the meet­ing. She said: ‘This com­mu­nity coun­cil has brought a fresh dy­namic to com­mu­nity coun­cils in Lochaber.’

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