Spring in the step at the Rock­field Cen­tre

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

This is an im­por­tant time for the Rock­field Cen­tre, with the board of Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust work­ing with their de­sign team to progress the ma­te­ri­als needed to source fund­ing for the main build­ing. Devel­op­ment fund­ing has been granted which will take the pro­ject for­ward to the next stage.

Solvejg Craig has re­cently joined the team at the Rock­field Cen­tre as cre­ative devel­op­ment worker. Solvejg’s main role is to as­sist the arts co- or­di­na­tor in the cur­rent pro­gramme of events, in­tro­duce more ideas and help de­velop the cen­tre as a vi­brant cul­tural hub for Oban.

Solvejg, who has worked at The Ceilidh Place in Ul­lapool and lat­terly Oban’s Choco­late Fac­tory, said: ‘I couldn’t pass up the op­por­tu­nity to work with such an en­thu­si­as­tic team of peo­ple. Work­ing to achieve a richer cul­ture and bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one in Oban is my pas­sion. All of us are very fo­cused on com­mu­nity needs and this amaz­ing pro­ject.’

Solvejg launched the first of the new In­spired? ses­sions, which saw high attendance and lots of great ideas.

In­spired? is an open- door event where any­one can drop-in to the Rock­field Cen­tre, have a cuppa and talk about things that have in­spired them and new ini­tia­tives they’d like to see in their own com­mu­nity. It’s also a chance to give feed­back on the Rock­field Cen­tre’s cur­rent pro­gramme and in­flu­ence what ac­tiv­ity might take place in the fu­ture.

The In­spired? ses­sions will con­tinue through­out Fe­bru­ary and March, with the next two gath­er­ings be­ing to­mor­row (Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17), from 5.30pm- 6.30pm and on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 26, from 11am to noon. A warm wel­come awaits.

Young artists are also in for a treat as this month sees the start of new dig­i­tal arts work­shops in part­ner­ship with TALC (Tem­plar Arts and Leisure Cen­tre) in Tar­bert. Any­one aged 16 to 25 who as­pires to be an artist, de­signer or ar­chi­tect can book a free place on these work­shops which will in­clude a range of ex­cit­ing dig­i­tal arts tech­niques and will ex­plore themes of land­scape, en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral his­tory. Places are limited so book­ing is es­sen­tial. Con­tact Rhona on arts@the­rock­field­cen­tre.org.uk.

The friendly and in­for­mal Let’s Make a Scene con­tin­ues its pop­u­lar­ity and is again be­ing run in the com­mu­nity hut on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24 – a venue where writ­ers and mu­si­cians can share ideas and try out new ma­te­rial.

New writ­ing and new per­form­ers are all wel­come with the aim of build­ing a thriv­ing scene of orig­i­nal writ­ing and mu­sic.

Over the past month Breege Smyth has tu­tored two more of her pop­u­lar sewing classes for im­provers and the Scratch Choir has tack­led some clas­sics to great ef­fect. Catch the video on the Rock­field Cen­tre Face­book page.

Draw­ing for ab­so­lute be­gin­ners starts in March where Oban’s Val Hamil­ton will lead the classes – an ideal op­por­tu­nity to bring out a hid­den artis­tic talent.

More in­for­ma­tion and book­ing f or the Rock­field Cen­tre events can be found via the web­site, www.oban­com­mu­ni­tiestrust.org.uk, or on the Face­book page. Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact Rhona on 07555 342707.

Mean­while, de­mand for space has seen the sec­ond of the two com­mu­nity huts spring into use. This will be a base for Oban Live’s or­gan­i­sa­tion of the 2017 event.

Oban’s Men’s Shed also meets here ev­ery Thurs­day from 11- 2.30pm. All men are wel­come to share their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, get in­volved in a joint pro­ject, their own pro­ject or just drop in for a cof­fee and a chat.

Vol­un­teers worked hard in Jan­uary to get the sec­ond com­mu­nity hut space ready. Work has also started in the gar­den space on pot­ting up to cre­ate a good splash of colour as the sea­son pro­gresses.

With spring around the cor­ner, our vol­un­teers will again be busy with the paint brushes to spruce up the huts and sup­port the small staff team with events and ac­tiv­ity. If you have spare time, please do con­sider get­ting in touch – there’s al­ways some­thing to do. Con­tact Eleanor on 07762 756072 to vol­un­teer.

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