Oban vol­un­teers give so much to the town

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OBAN War and Peace Mu­seum is one of our most trea­sured as­sets, loved by lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike (if you haven’t vis­ited yet, you should) and it’s in need of help at the mo­ment,

writes Oban town am­bas­sador Kay Mac­Don­ald.

It’s run by fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers who do two-hour shifts to keep it open to the pub­lic and at the mo­ment they’re strug­gling to fill those shifts. If any­one has a few hours to spare, I would heartily rec­om­mend it as a worth­while thing to do as well as be­ing fun and en­ter­tain­ing.

We’re very lucky in Oban to be served by so many groups run by vol­un­teers for the ben­e­fit of those of us who live in and around the town – Oban and Lorne Li­ons, Ro­tary Club of Oban, Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust and Oban Phoenix Cin­ema to name a few – peo­ple who give of their time and tal­ents for the com­mu­nity and I know that they all strug­gle to re­cruit new mem­bers to lighten the load.

If you have a few hours or a skill you think may be use­ful, then please think about of­fer­ing your ser­vices. It’s a great way to get to know different peo­ple and be part of the wider com­mu­nity.

As well as be­ing a town am­bas­sador, which is a fan­tas­tic way to get to meet all th­ese fab­u­lous vol­un­teers, I’m also a mem­ber of the Oban branch of the Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute, which cel­e­brates its 100th an­niver­sary this year.

So far we’ve cel­e­brated with a tea party in the Guide Hall with a scrump­tious af­ter­noon tea pro­vided by Argyll on the Pier and next the Lorn Group, which con­sists of all the SWI groups in the area, is hav­ing an af­ter­noon tea in the Great West­ern Ho­tel.

One of my favourite things about the SWI is all the fab­u­lous food but it’s also about meet­ing like-minded ladies who en­joy crafts, cook­ing and a blether.

I was re­ally sad­dened re­cently to learn that some of the groups in Lorn will be clos­ing be­cause of fall­ing mem­ber­ship. I’ve gained so much through my mem­ber­ship of the SWI – I’ve made new friends, learned new skills and gained con­fi­dence.

Be­ing part of a group like the SWI or vol­un­teer­ing for one of the char­i­ties lo­cally is some­thing I would rec­om­mend for ev­ery­one, not only for the con­tri­bu­tion they make to the com­mu­nity but also for what they can do for you per­son­ally.

The Ro­tary Club of Oban has a great event this week­end with the an­nual duck race in the Black Lynn from the bridge on Com­bie Street.

Ducks will be avail­able to buy from stalls in Gibraltar Street and Sta­tion Square on Fri­day and Satur­day and, af­ter all the rain re­cently, we should have a good burn for them to race on.

I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. Good luck, ducks.

The photo last week was just round the cor­ner from Coast restau­rant on Ge­orge Street on the up­per part of the build­ing. The date is 1888 and the let­ters look like MAC. If any­one can en­lighten me, I’d be grate­ful.

This weeks photo is eas­ier to find ... if you know where to look.

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