Hope 2 Oban

Friday, 17 February 2012

Spring in the Air !

The weather forecast isn’t great, and there might still be some snow showers ahead, but for the H2O Friendship Club the season is turning ! On 16th Feb Carol and Fiona hosted a “Green Shoots” afternoon looking at Spring flowers and the famous early bulb-fields of the Isles of Scilly. The slide show transported us to these warm islands off the south west coast of Cornwall with their fields of daffodils and narcissi, and Carol’s talk also featured the poetry of Scot Kenneth Steven. Ken lives in Dunkeld but makes regular visits to Iona, and his Iona Collection is particularly evocative of island life.
After a welcome cuppa, members got their hands ‘down and dirty’ to pot up their own daffodil bulbs as part of the annual Marie-Curie Daffodil appeal – ‘Mini pots of care’ which raises money for cancer-suffers and their carers.
Looking forward to next week, the slide projector will be humming again as we have a visit from Bob McCulloch and Charlie Drummond to take us ‘Down Memory Lane’ with their slides of Old Oban. These popular shows always get everyone talking and sharing memories – so the crack will be good on 23rd Feb at The Well.
On 1st March we have a visit from ALIenergy, who are currently running their Affordable Warmth in Argyll Campaign. Local reps Lynda and Tara will be coming to the Club, so we’re looking forward to good advice on keeping warm while also keeping the bills down.

Fire Safety Feedback ! A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed our visit from Dave Millburn – Fire Safety Advocate for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, in this part of Argyll. Dave obviously enjoyed our afternoon tea because he came back last week and even enjoyed singing at the Elisabeth’s Ceilidh ! However there was a more serious purpose, as he has followed up his talk with safety visits to our members’ homes, to ensure that we all have smoke alarms and are switching off everything at night. No more adaptors with dozens of plugs – we now know how to be safe at home !