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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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Photo Competition 2016

win a cash prize of £50!
Competition for a photo suitable for our front cover.
Photos MUST be submitted electronically, size A4 at 300 dpi, in order to qualify. They should be portrait format and must have been taken in Mull, Iona or surrounding islands at some point since September 2015. Please give date and place with your entry. Maximum 3 entries per person.
Remember also to allow for our headers and footers at the top and bottom of the photo.
Send to R&A email address with ‘Photo competition’ in the subject line.
Closing date 9th September 2016.
Awarding of the £50 prize will be at the editor’s discretion, and the winning photo will be used as a front cover of a future issue of R&A.

June issue 2016

THA’s Party on the Path

Even the typical West-Coast weather couldn’t dampen the community spirit on Saturday 7th May at Tobermory Harbour for the opening of the THA’s new section of coastal path. This valuable community project was funded by Coastal Communities (CCF) and has greatly improved the overall appearance of the harbour and town, giving a lasting first impression to our marine visitors as they approach by sea. It also connects the harbour and seafront promenade with the main path to Aros Park and will undoubtedly encourage its use.!... more in the full issue

Photo: Councillor Mary Jean Devon officially opens the path.
Photo courtesy of THA

Ambulance Takes 2½ Hours

By Moira Kerr
A pensioner with heart problems had to wait two and a half hours for an ambulance to answer an emergency call.
A call centre operator dialled 999 when Mike Shepherd activated the alarm in his sheltered housing flat in Tobermory, after suffering chest pains. However, Mull's one ambulance was answering another 999 call in Bunessan, a two hour drive away.
Mr Shepherd, 74, whose early morning ordeal ended with his admission to hospital, has spoken out to back the island community's fight for a fast response vehicle to provide back-up for dual 999 calls.... more in the full issue

MILAG Update

The following update was released by Mull & Iona Libraries Action Group on 9th May 2016:
As a result of taking legal advice and to avoid a possible waste of public money MILAG has taken the difficult decision not to pursue a Judicial Review. However, as the Council is very aware, there is strong island support for continuing a professional, adequate and accessible library service. The decision to remove both the post of Chartered Librarian at Tobermory High School and the mobile library service is clearly against the will of the people of Mull.
The proposal for future library provision for Mull and Tiree, formulated shortly before the council budget cuts decision, and without community consultation, is both flawed and inadequate. It is difficult to understand the Councillors' rationale behind the decision to provide Mull with the same costed level of service as Tiree. Mull has a population nearly five times that of Tiree and a geographical area more than ten times larger..... more in the full issue