Oban volunteers give so much to the town
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.