Rockfield Centre gets ready for charities day

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An invitation is extended to everyone attending Oban Charities Day this Saturday to the Rockfield Centre stall where Rhona Dougal, Solvejg Craig and other members of the Oban Communities Trust team will be available for a chat about what’s been happening and what’s to come, and to get feedback on all activities.

* The Rockfield Centre team continues to work hard pulling together all the reports required for funding applications for the main building. Submissions are due in August with initial results expected towards the end of the year. This is a major step forward for the Rockfield Centre and will require the community’s continued support. Once a full funding package is confirmed, work will commence on the main building project, which is expected to take a year to complete, breathing new life into the building, ready to open the doors for use by the community.

* An ‘Oban blether’ took place last week at the community huts when the centre’s Heritage Hunters organised an afternoon of viewing old Oban slides and chat. Eleanor MacKinnon, who organised the get-together, said it had been a rewarding event where the old photographs provided by John MacLean had evoked a series of memories about the town. Some of these will be recorded and added to archive ready for use in the planned heritage space at the centre.

* With better weather setting in, a call is being put out for volunteer painters for both inside and outside the community huts and to help refurbish the railings around the centre. The Oban Communities Trust team what the community think of the new colour of the second community hut. Instead of the bright red, the second hut is sage green. The team is keen to hear what everyone prefers.

* The centre continues to grow as a hub of activity and creativity, with a variety of groups meetings and making use of the space for activity and events. New activities include the fiddle workshop sessions each month while the popular monthly scratch choir nights continue to be a favourite.

* Meanwhile, voting continues in Tesco’s stores both in Oban and Lochgilphead for the Rockfield Centre as one of the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ charities. Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is used to fund local community projects. Oban Communities Trust is encouraging everyone to support the Rockfield Centre.

All information on events and activities on www.obancommunitiestrust.org or the Rockfield Centre Facebook page.