Rock­field project in £9,400 wind­fall

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN Com­mu­ni­ties Trust has re­ceived a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund grant for a project – Jour­ney to the lit­tle bay – An t- Òban - based at the Rock­field Cen­tre.

The project has been given £9,400 to start a cul­tural her­itage project which will en­able the cen­tre’s her­itage vol­un­teers to build on their re­search and oral record­ing skills but also be sup­ported to en­gage oth­ers and share local her­itage in new ways for ev­ery­one to enjoy.

Vol­un­teer Mhairi Ross said: ‘This is fan­tas­tic news for our Her­itage Hun­ters group. It will en­able us to build on our archive of oral record­ings of the so­cial his­tory or our town.

‘We love where we live and know there are so many gems to dis­cover about our past. This project will en­able us to share our her­itage and his­tory with a wide au­di­ence.’

This project is part of Scot­land’s Year of His­tory, Her­itage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

The Rock­field Cen­tre is one of the Tesco’s Bags of Help char­i­ties now in store at the Oban and Lochgilp­head branches.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s com­mu­nity grant scheme where money raised from the five pence bag charge is be­ing used to fund thousands of projects in com­mu­ni­ties across the UK.

This is a pub­lic vote whereby to­kens are slot­ted into the char­i­ties’ box and has been an amaz­ing fundraiser for a wide range of com­mu­nity projects.

With seven weeks for peo­ple to vote with their bag to­kens, Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to sup­port the Rock­field Cen­tre.

Oban open art ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing local cre­ativ­ity was held last weekend at the Rock­field Cen­tre.

This sec­ond open art ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tured 40 local artists and wel­comed 250 vis­i­tors over the weekend, with more than £400 raised for the Rock­field Cen­tre.

Next date for the Oban fid­dle work­shops is May 20 from 2pm to 4pm at the com­mu­nity huts. If you don’t have a fid­dle and would like to play, email Rhona on arts@the­rock­field­cen­tre.org.uk.

Let’s Make a Scene will next take place on May 26 with an open mic night for new music and spo­ken word per­for­mance reg­u­lars and new per­form­ers.

A small PA, three mics, an elec­tro-acous­tic gui­tar and a stage pi­ano are there to use or if per­form­ers pre­fer they can bring their own in­stru­ments and play acous­ti­cally.

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