Rock­field Cen­tre gets ready for char­i­ties day

The Oban Times - - News -

AN IN­VI­TA­TION is ex­tended to ev­ery­one at­tend­ing Oban Char­i­ties Day this Satur­day to the Rock­field Cen­tre stall where Rhona Dou­gal, Solvejg Craig and other mem­bers of the Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust team will be avail­able for a chat about what’s been hap­pen­ing and what’s to come, and to get feed­back on all ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Rock­field Cen­tre team con­tin­ues to work hard pulling to­gether all the re­ports re­quired for fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the main build­ing. Sub­mis­sions are due in Au­gust with ini­tial re­sults ex­pected to­wards the end of the year. This is a ma­jor step for­ward for the Rock­field Cen­tre and will re­quire the com­mu­nity’s con­tin­ued sup­port. Once a full fund­ing pack­age is con­firmed, work will com­mence on the main build­ing pro­ject, which is ex­pected to take a year to com­plete, breath­ing new life into the build­ing, ready to open the doors for use by the com­mu­nity.

An ‘Oban blether’ took place last week at the com­mu­nity huts when the cen­tre’s Her­itage Hunters or­gan­ised an af­ter­noon of view­ing old Oban slides and chat. Eleanor MacK­in­non, who or­gan­ised the get-to­gether, said it had been a re­ward­ing event where the old pho­to­graphs pro­vided by John MacLean had evoked a se­ries of mem­o­ries about the town. Some of these will be recorded and added to the ar­chive ready for use in the planned her­itage space at the cen­tre.

With bet­ter weather set­ting in, a call is be­ing put out for vol­un­teer painters for both in­side and out­side the com­mu­nity huts and to help re­fur­bish the rail­ings around the cen­tre. The Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust team is keen to hear what the com­mu­nity think of the new colour of the sec­ond com­mu­nity hut. In­stead of the bright red, it is sage green. The team is keen to hear what ev­ery­one prefers.

The cen­tre con­tin­ues to grow as a hub of ac­tiv­ity and creativity, with a va­ri­ety of groups meet­ings and mak­ing use of the space for ac­tiv­ity and events. New ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the fid­dle work­shop ses­sions each month while the pop­u­lar monthly scratch choir nights con­tinue to be a favourite.

Mean­while, vot­ing con­tin­ues in Tesco’s stores both in Oban and Lochgilp­head for the Rock­field Cen­tre as one of the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ char­i­ties.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s lo­cal com­mu­nity grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is used to fund lo­cal com­mu­nity projects. Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to sup­port the Rock­field Cen­tre.

All in­for­ma­tion on events and ac­tiv­i­ties on www.oban­com­mu­ni­ or the Rock­field Cen­tre Face­book page.

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