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We are an independent monthly magazine established in 1991,
serving the islands of Mull, Iona, Ulva and the surrounding area.
Round & About is compiled and printed on the Isle of Mull.
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Articles etc. invited during Coronavirus Pandemic

The current 'lockdown' due to the coronavirus pandemic will affect the content of R&A, since there will be no events for the foreseeable future. We are therefore inviting our readers to contribute articles on any topic at all for inclusion - if possible something positive/cheerful! If you write fiction this is your moment!

Wall of Hope - May issue:
We are planning to print a 'Wall of Hope' in our May issue - just send your message of support for all our readers via email: editor@roundandaboutmull.co.uk or phone 01681 700710 by 19th April - there will be no charge. Let's make this a really positive statement.

See below for useful phone numbers for local help.


April issue 2020

Information for Local Help during these Troubled Times

A website has been set up for the Island with all current information: www.mullhealth.com
Help lines for small businesses will be found on this website.

The Ross of Mull (including Tiroran and Gribun)
• The Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme will collect shopping and prescriptions.
Contact Terry Hegarty 01681 700600 (please contact him if you can also volunteer help)
• Telephone linking service is being set up on 01681 700403 (volunteers needed to join the team)
• The Keel Row will do ready meals and delivery in most of the area 01681 700458 Lunch Club Thurs-Sun
• The Ferry Shop - open 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat, 12-2pm Sun. Deliveries for those self-isolating 01681 700470
• Spar Shop Bunessan - closing 4pm, 1 customer at a time, phone in your order for collection or free delivery if self-isolating 01681 700395
• Pennyghael Stores - 9am-4pm Mon-Fri. Place order on Friday morning for following week.
01681 704229
• Ardalanish Farm - Beef, Lamb & Venison available in welcome room freezers. 01681 700674

Iona: if anyone requires assistance please contact any member of the Community Council
(Shiona, Mark, Rob, Toben, Jane, Don)

Craignure/Lochdon
• For shopping, collecting prescriptions and general help contact:
Sue Royle, 07811083227. Helen Dewar, 0748833585. Kate Grierson. 0780170279
• Arlene’s: ready meal delivery service in Craignure/Lochdon area. Homemade meals to pop in the oven and desserts delivered to their door, for those who need it. Contact numbers 01680 812238/
07919533032.

Lochbuie: contact Flora Corbett 01680814153

Salen
• For help with shopping, prescriptions, posting mail and general help contact:
Kerry Mitchell, 07825577419. Helen McWalter, 07967094775. Eilidh Allen 07810747431
• The Salen Hotel will do ready meals to order. 01680300324

Dervaig
• Dervaig Post Office and Stores (closing 4pm) will do deliveries 01688 400208

Ulva Ferry
• The Community Transport is available for shopping and prescriptions and any other help 07775531301.
• For help or a chat contact Josh Liddle. 01688500139
• Anyone requiring plants please contact Lucy, 01688500257, delivery free.

Tobermory
• For help with shopping, prescriptions and general help contact Karen Taylor 01688 302 334 or 07793037714. She is coordinating the Tobermory volunteer group, which is also arranging deliveries from the Co-op throughout North Mull - phone or fill in the form on the mullhealth.com website
• The pharmacy in Tobermory can arrange deliveries for prescriptions etc. 01688302431
• Tobermory Stores: Free weekly delivery service to the North of the island - (Groceries & R&A!)
Phone 01688 301160 [The shop itself will remain closed]
• Tobermory Bakery will deliver ready meals and groceries in the Salen and Tobermory area 01688302225
• The Tobermory Fish Co. will deliver in North Mull 01688302120
• The Park Lodge Hotel will deliver meals in the Tobermory area. 01688302430
• Meat deliveries contact Fiona Boa (pork boxes) 07765966239 or Torloisk Farm 01688500130

This list was compiled with the assistance of Mull Community Council

More useful contacts for help at this difficult time:

Home Start For families with young children who would like some help call Home Start, Aileen Binner tel.no. 07718768305. This is a totally confidential service with trained volunteers on the Island who can help.

Mull Safe and Sound (Mental Health) safesoundsally@hotmail.com

Relationships Scotland info@argyllcouplecounselling.org or phone 0300 111 0031

Alcoholics Anonymous phone 01505 871889 (24 hours) (An AA member on Mull will call you back)

Samaritans phone 116 123 (free, 24 hours) or email: jo@samaritans.org


Mull Hire Classic Rally

Saturday 14th March 2020
Andy Beaumont from Hull and Andrew Fish from Chester Le Street found the long trip north worthwhile when they won the recent Mull Hire Classic Rally on the Isle of Mull. Driving the same 48 year old Sunbeam Rapier H120 which they drove on the inaugural 2017 Mull Classic Rally, they repeated that winning performance. Last time they won by 39 seconds, but this time just 23 seconds separated them from runners-up, Fraser Hughes from Conon Bridge and Peter MacInnes from Fortrose.
Hughes and MacInnes were the best of the ‘local’ crews with Craig Wallace from Kirriemuir pairing up with Clifford Auld, from Dromore in Northern Ireland to take third place. There was more interest from Northern Ireland when Michael Reid and John Lindsay finished 4th... more in the full issue

Photo: The winners, Andy Beaumont (l.) and Andrew Fish (r.) with Fred Maclean of Mull Car Club.
Photo © John Fife


Mull’s Rich Musical Heritage Is In Safe Hands

Mull’s rich musical heritage is in the safe hands of a group of young musical talents from the island who are standing tall in various branches of music in Scotland and further afield. You will be familiar with Colin MacIntyre, Sorren MacLean, Hannah Fisher, Ross Wilson, Alasdair C. Whyte and Catriona MacLeod.
I had the great pleasure of attending an orchestral concert performed by the Stirling Orchestra at the Corran Halls in Oban on Saturday 7th March this year. The orchestra was under the baton of another young man from Mull, Professor Stephen Broad, the son of Dennis and Margaret Broad. Stephen was brought up in Tobermory, and my wife, Elizabeth, taught him briefly at Tobermory Primary. She obviously didn’t do him much harm because he went on to study at Glasgow University and then Oxford. He is presently Head of Research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In his “spare time” he conducts the excellent Stirling Orchestra, which consists of amateur musicians... more in the full issue

Photo by Alan Jack