Friday 31st August 2018 Issue No 2301

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Happy Competitors at the Oddballs Day

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Oddballs 2018 would like to thank everyone who took part in this year's event and are delighted to announce that a whopping £1200 was raised.  This will be split evenly between the two nominated local charities "Welcome Ullapool" and "Cycling without age".  Both charities put forward volunteers to help on the night and they did a brilliant job of collecting donations from the generous onlookers. The turnout on the night was incredible with 35 teams entering the contest, a huge increase on last year.

Thank you to everyone who spread the word and encouraged folk to get involved. The night can't work without you all! As always the calibre of costumes did Ullapool proud. We are amazed each year how many hilarious ideas the contestants can think up. Even contestants who have taken part year after year managed to surprise us  (Mr &Mrs Lees we are looking at you). It was also great to see lots of new faces getting involved.  A special mention to all the participating bars (8 out of 9 ain't bad) and to Becky Thompson for her photographs.  

On top of raising lots of money for charity Oddballs offers an opportunity for community spirit,  creativity and really puts Ullapool on the map as a fun and welcoming place to visit. 

Roll on next year.                              ( Kirsten Maclennan )

Winners:    People's choice = STILL GAME    Most topical = THE MINCH SWIMMERS

Most effort = FRUIT SALAD COLLECTIVE    Quiz winners = ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK 

UPDATE ON ULLAPOOL HILL BRIDGE

The bridge on Ullapool Hill was dismantled last Wednesday evening.  Where the bridge has been taken away, is passable at the moment due to the low water level but please take care as the way can be slippery.  Thanks to the volunteers who helped and we will keep you informed of updates over the bridge replacement.

Jenny Grant – Wester Ross Countryside Ranger

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Ground investigation works begin at A9/A82 Longman Junction.

Ground investigation works are to start on Monday 3 September 2018 as part of the plans to upgrade the Longman roundabout in Inverness included in the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.   The work is expected to last around four weeks and the vast majority of it will take place off the line of the existing junction, ensuring the need for traffic management is kept to a minimum.  

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: "This ground investigation contract is vital to inform the ongoing design and assessment of the improvements to this strategic junction in the Highland capital having let the public see and comment on developing options for the scheme in May.

“Although the vast majority of the work is located away from the existing road network, investigative work is required in close proximity to the live carriageway.  We would thank road users and local communities in advance for their patience during any short duration traffic management operations which may be required to ensure safety of the public and workforce during these elements of works. 

"The contractor will closely monitor the operation of any traffic management measures to ensure that any delays are kept to an absolute minimum. We would ask drivers to plan their journeys in advance using the Traffic Scotland website, Twitter feed or Traffic Scotland radio.”

Help needed - COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAYSaturday 1st Sept. 2 - 4 pm (or part of)

This is to prepare for the installation of the new zipwire at the Morefield Playpark.  The Community Council is paying for new bark to be laid and arranged for the torn matting at the roundabout to be repaired, now the tidying and weeding needs to be done.  Refreshments will be provided and everyone will be given a raffle ticket with the winner nominating a child for the first go on the zipwire at the opening event in September.

*** Final week of Peter White’s inspirational exhibition at An Talla Solais Gallery - don’t miss it…..! ***