Bar­cal­dine, Ben­der­loch, Con­nel

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

WED­DING bells, fire­work dis­plays and birth­day cel­e­bra­tions en­sured that vil­lage halls in Con­nel and North Con­nel were busy over the last week.

One group ar­rived from Ed­in­burgh to cel­e­brate their sev­enth birth­day among the tal­ented ac­cor­dion play­ers and singers who live on Bon­awe Road.

A good night was had by ev­ery­one and rev­ellers danced into the wee hours.

On the evening of Mon­day Oc­to­ber 31, guis­ers were out in good num­bers in all ar­eas with in­no­va­tive dis­guises and well-re­hearsed jokes en­ter­tain­ing residents. This tra­di­tion has gone from strength to strength and it is heart­en­ing to see how many house­hold­ers welcome the guis­ers with a range of treats and sweets.

A new res­i­dent on the Sheen Road is set­tling in well and is al­ready a hit with walk­ers and chil­dren in the area.

Peggy, a lov­able don­key was bought in Oban and is now com­pany for a wide range of an­i­mals from horses to sheep and chick­ens. It is thought Peggy might be preg­nant so the new own­ers might soon awaken to clat­ter of tiny hoofs. Watch this space for news on any de­vel­op­ments.

Hard work­ing mem­bers of Ben­der­loch and North Con­nel Drama Club are putting the fi­nal touches to the cos­tumes for their pan­tomime, Dick McWhit­ting­ton.

The paint is dry­ing on the mag­nif­i­cent stage set­ting and ev­ery­thing will be ready for cur­tain-up on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 8 at the Cor­ran Halls, Oban – oh yes it will!

The pop-up café at Ben­der­loch Church Hall is prov­ing pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors and lo­cals. Teas, cof­fees and home bak­ing are served ev­ery Friday be­tween 2.30 and 4.30pm, with funds go­ing to good causes.

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