Rock­field open day brings in the crowds

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

ON SATUR­DAY Septem­ber 2 the Rock­field Cen­tre hosted its ‘Spread the Word’ party with more than 200 peo­ple vis­it­ing the com­mu­nity huts over the course of the day.

Staff, vol­un­teers, sup­port­ers, cen­tre users and vis­i­tors to Oban all came to­gether to raise a glass of fizz to achiev­ing the first ma­jor fund­ing mile­stone for the project, the re­cent award of al­most £1 mil­lion from the Big Lot­tery Fund.

As well as all the con­grat­u­lat­ing and cork-pop­ping, it was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the cen­tre to launch its pro­gramme of ac­tiv­ity for the au­tumn.

Those at­tend­ing the party saw dis­plays of some of the ac­tiv­ity over the past year and had the chance to test out some new con­cepts for fu­ture groups and plans.

The Septem­ber pro­gramme is packed with plenty of in­ter­est­ing and en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

There are the reg­u­lar weekly and monthly mu­sic work­shops, such as Song­writ­ing Ses­sions, Scratch Choir, Fid­dle Work­shop and Let’s Make a Scene, a re­laxed, open mic night for new mu­sic and spo­ken word.

There are also some new reg­u­lar her­itage events, cour­tesy of her­itage of­fi­cer Jamie Yates. The Monthly Blether is an in­for­mal get-to­gether for Oban­ites, old and new, tak­ing the topic of ‘jour­neys’ as its theme for shar­ing mem­o­ries or old pho­to­graphs. Know Your Roots? is a ge­neal­ogy club with a dif­fer­ence, fo­cus­ing not on of­fi­cial records and re­search but on telling sto­ries and us­ing fam­ily his­tory to in­spire cre­ative projects, such as songs, po­etry or vis­ual art.

This month there’s even more to en­joy: the re­turn of Breege Smyth’s ever pop­u­lar ma­chine sewing classes, plus the sec­ond Wur­d­play spo­ken word open mic event run by Jamie Liv­ing­stone, which takes place on Satur­day Septem­ber 23.

The fea­tured artist at Wur­d­play will be award-win­ning North­ern Ir­ish poet and per­former Rachel McCrum and as usual there will be plenty of room for lo­cal writ­ers to per­form their work.

Most of the ac­tiv­i­ties are free to at­tend and where there is a charge the cen­tre al­ways in­cludes some free places for those who can’t pay.

For more in­for­ma­tion on any­thing in the pro­gramme visit the web­site, the­rock­field­cen­ uk, or check out the Face­book page for de­tails.

If any­one has any ideas for fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, why not get in touch or pop by for a visit? Af­ter all, The Rock­field Cen­tre is owned by the com­mu­nity – and that means ev­ery­one.

Pho­to­graph: Ewan Munro

The her­itage project was very pop­u­lar on the day.

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