Mu­sic, laugh­ter and cake at 1,000 voices

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the Mid Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Lunch Bunch joined other sim­i­lar groups from across Ar­gyll last week to cel­e­brate the work of the 1,000 Voices Project.

1,000 Voices works mainly with older peo­ple to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for so­cial­is­ing, meet­ing new peo­ple and learn­ing new skills; keep­ing well both phys­i­cally and men­tally and pass­ing on their own skills to oth­ers.

The event, which took place in He­lens­burgh last week, was the first time groups from Oban, Dunoon, Kin­tyre, He­lens­burgh and Mid Ar­gyll had come to­gether, and what a turnout there was.

Sandra John­ston, chair­woman of the Mid Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Lunch Bunch, said: ‘It was amaz­ing to see so many peo­ple. There were 1,000 pa­per dolls strung up, all with com­ments on them from peo­ple who have ben­e­fited from the project.

‘There was mu­sic from He­lens­burgh com­mu­nity choir, Lo­cal Vo­cals – the high­light of which was a gentle­man in his 80s giv­ing a fine ren­der­ing of Danny Boy.

‘We all joined in with a lot of the singing, with songs rang­ing from old Scot­tish folk songs, through film mu­sic to more con­tem­po­rary tunes like the Bea­tles’ When I’m Six­tyFour.’

She con­tin­ued: ‘All the groups made a con­tri­bu­tion to the food, the en­ter­tain­ment and the stalls. Our own Rob­bie Bell made a chicken and leek pie, which proved very pop­u­lar, and there was lots of cake. It re­ally was a great af­ter­noon.’

The event was opened by Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara and was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Lot­tery, whose rep­re­sen­ta­tive Les­ley Gal­braith re­marked: ‘It was great to see the ex­tent and range of what you [1,000 Voices project] do in the flesh and to meet more of the peo­ple in­volved.

‘It’s not an easy task or­gan­is­ing an event – a packed event at that – and mak­ing it fun and lively – so con­grat­u­la­tions to the team for do­ing that. A great rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the 1,000 Voices work.’

Another event is planned for De­cem­ber in Camp­bel­town.

Mem­bers of the Mid Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Lunch Bunch.

Tuck­ing into some tasty treats.

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