New Town team hub opens for busi­ness

The Oban Times - - News -

FORT Wil­liam Town Team’s new head­quar­ters was re­cently opened in an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony, writes El­lie Forbes.

Vol­un­teers re­ceived £12,000 last year to­wards the new hub which now takes pride of place in the Pa­rade, pro­vid­ing the town team with a bet­ter base from which to run its Adopt-a-Plot scheme and a com­mu­nity tool-share part­ner­ship, in con­junc­tion with Lochaber En­vi­ron­men­tal Group.

Town team chair­woman Moira Robert­son told the Lochaber Times: ‘We are re­ally ex­cited about the new hub, and hope­fully it will be used by the com­mu­nity, char­i­ties and non-profit groups, they just need to get in touch through our new web­site.’

Peo­ple want­ing to get in­volved in the team’s Adopt-a-Plot scheme can bor­row tools from the shed to do some com­mu­nity gar­den­ing.

Open­ing the hub on Sun­day May 7, Ms Robert­son said: ‘Thank you to Tesco for all its help. If it hadn’t picked us for the fund­ing, and the com­mu­nity hadn’t been be­hind us, we wouldn’t have our new town team hub.’ Duty man­ager at Tesco Fort Wil­liam Mark MacKen­zie said: ‘It’s been so good to see this project from the first con­ver­sa­tion we had and get­ting the Town Team in­volved, and see­ing it step by step to the fin­ished project.’

Deneil Snaith, who co- or­di­nated the project, said: ‘This is the big­gest project fi­nan­cially we have ever worked on, but it is go­ing to ser­vice so many things for such a long time.’

Fif­teen vol­un­teers took part in the spring clean last Sun­day too, with a tidy up of the High Street and the wa­ter­front from Mor­risons to the pon­toons.

The town team also has 86 hang­ing bas­kets spon­sored which will be go­ing up in the High Street at the end of May.

The group also has plans to put planters at each end of the High Street and pot­ted trees near the benches in the com­ing months.

As a thank you to James Kennedy of the town team for paint­ing cinema lane and the side of the Lochaber Times of­fice, the Lochaber Times has do­nated £100 to the group.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Tesco duty man­ager Mark MacKen­zie opened the town team hub on Sun­day.

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