Rockfield Centre takes next step in transformation journey

Former pupil Walter Campbell with friend Anne Malloch and his daughter Elspeth Neary who were among visitors to Friday's open day at The Rockfield Centre

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The Rockfield Centre is closer to becoming a new open doors cultural hub for Oban.

Centre staff have a ready moved into their new office inside the former school building and online clubs and activities will also take up residence when Covid restrictions allow.

On Friday a team of volunteers welcomed visitors from far and wide, including 91-year old former Rockfield School pupil Walter Campbell who travelled all the way from his home in Dunoon to take a peek inside and check out the building’s new look after a major revamp.

Customer Liaison and Corporate Events Officer Lyn Connelly and Margaret MacDonald on refreshment duty at Friday’s Rockfield Centre open day
Gathering ideas for The Rockfield Centre’s wellness programme

Mr Campbell, who was five when he started at Rockfield, liked what he saw. ‘I think they’ve done a brilliant job. I just wish some of my teachers could see it now,’ he said – except for the one who used to confiscate his sweeties.

Mr Campbell, who is a regular at TRC’s Blether sessions, remembered when boys and girls had their own entrance to the school, separate staircases and different playgrounds.

Visitors who turned out to the open day got just a glimpse of what will be on offer when the centre fully opens – including its Rowan Gathering space and the Hawthorn Studio.

Mhairi Ross, a trustee with the Rockfield Centre, said: ‘It is absolutely amazing to finally begin the next stage on our journey and see the doors opening. The day saw many people sharing their childhood memories but also appreciating what The Rockfield Centre can bring to Oban. Our thanks to all who took time out to come and share your stories and give your ideas for the future.

‘We have a team full of positivity and energy all ready to move forward with a cultural programme.’

New to The Rockfield Centre team is  Niki Currie who will be focusing on a well-being programme.

There is still more work to do, kitting out rooms and one of the huts needs to be demolished, so there will be some short-term constraints on activities.

‘However, this building and staff team has proven it can adapt and will, over coming months, move to more face-to-face activity. Projects progressed during lockdown, such as our Eco Creative Dye Garden, have slowly opened with on-site activity, and plans are under way for our first exhibition and some exciting new partnership and joint work over the summer all getting ready to use the spaces and places for everyone to enjoy,’ added Mrs Ross.