Look­ing af­ter Loch Arthur

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

On No­vem­ber 3 the an­nual Friends of Loch Arthur cof­fee morn­ing and craft fair will be held again at The Usual Place com­mu­nity café.

Mem­bers of the Friends of Loch Arthur are hold­ing the event to raise aware­ness and fund­ing for the Loch Arthur Com­mu­nity and it will take place from 10am-noon.

Loch Arthur is a work­ing com­mu­nity which in­cludes men and women with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties. There are nine houses in which more than 70 peo­ple, both with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties, live.

There are two work­ing farms, a weav­ing work­shop and a wood­work work­shop as well as a thriv­ing farm shop, a bak­ery, cream­ery, work­ing gar­den and a very suc­cess­ful café.

The Loch Arthur val­ues of re­spect, ac­cep­tance and in­clu­sion en­sure a com­mu­nity where peo­ple feel a per­sonal sense of be­long­ing, ac­cep­tance and re­spect.

Ev­ery­one works in some way to make a mean­ing­ful cont ri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

The morn­ing will of­fer cof­fee, tea and the bak­ing and warm at­mos­phere The Usual Place is known for.

There will be a va­ri­ety of crafts on dis­play and for sale, rang­ing from be­spoke cush­ions, stun­ning art work and wood turned items, hand crafted jew­ellery, glass work to many more.

Mem­bers of the Loch Arthur com­mu­nity will be there to sell their award win­ning pro­duce, pies and bread and the wood­work items made in the work­shop.

There will be the chance to chat to peo­ple about the friends com­mit­tee and the Loch Arthur Com­mu­nity and find out more about the truly re­mark­able life it of­fers to all its mem­bers.

The funds raised by the Friends events go to pur­chase items which con­trib­ute to the life and work of the com­mu­nity and its mem­bers.

In re­cent years, they have pur­chased ca­noes for the com­mu­nity and a much ap­pre­ci­ated gar­den trac­tor.

The sug­gested do­na­tions are £3.50 for adults and £1.50 chil­dren. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Karen Pri­est­ley on 01387 268600.

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