Rock­field shares drive tops £150,000

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

In­vest­ment in The Rock­field Cen­tre now stands at more than £150,000.

With the dead­line ex­tended by pop­u­lar re­quest, Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust hopes those who have not yet bought their com­mu­nity shares will do so now.

When the build­ing is re­fur­bished names will be in­scribed in the build­ing as a legacy for the fu­ture.

Gor­don McNab, chair­man of Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust, re­it­er­ated that all com­bi­na­tions of con­tri­bu­tion would work.

‘Some peo­ple are say­ing the min­i­mum £250 is beyond their bud­get. But by group­ing to­gether with your friends, col­leagues or fam­i­lies you can quickly reach the min­i­mum share price. We have had lots of folk do­ing this al­ready and all re­ally sim­ply.

‘Nom­i­nate one name for the share and list every­one else on the back of the form. Ev­ery con­tri­bu­tion we re­ceive means one less pound we need to find to fill the fund­ing gap and one day closer to get­ting the doors open.’

Caro­line Boswell, who heads up com­mu­nity shares for the trust, has put up a new ban­ner at the en­trance to The Rock­field Cen­tre.

She said: ‘Banksy, I ain’t, but I was out with the spray paints mak­ing a new sign to re­mind every­one that the share of­fer ends on Au­gust 23. So you’ve still got time to join the crowd and in­vest in the fu­ture of The Rock­field Cen­tre. Let’s make some­thing great hap­pen in the heart of Oban.’

The Rock­field Cen­tre will have some­thing for every­one – a drop-in com­mu­nity and cul­tural hub for all ages which will be a great boon for lo­cals and vis­i­tors. Not only will there be the chance to take part in a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, there will be ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances across all the arts in­clud­ing mu­sic, drama and dance, as well as com­mu­nity well-be­ing, the chance to learn new skills, en­joy the in­ter­ac­tive play mu­seum and cel­e­brate the her­itage of Oban and its sur­round­ing area.

‘In ad­di­tion, it will be a place for small busi­nesses to co-work and be a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence all round.’

Caro­line added: ‘Most im­por­tantly, The Rock­field Cen­tre will be a place for all the fam­ily and a hub for the com­mu­nity. So join to­gether and be part of some­thing re­ally spe­cial. The fact the com­mu­nity has al­ready given more than £150,000 points up the im­por­tance of this com­mu­nity project.

‘We now need the help of busi­nesses and ac­com­mo­da­tion providers to keep the amount climb­ing to­wards our tar­get.

‘By pro­vid­ing a des­ti­na­tion to keep vis­i­tors in the town longer, all busi­nesses will ben­e­fit mas­sively from The Rock­field Cen­tre.’

To buy com­mu­nity shares, call in to the of­fice by The Rock­field Cen­tre Com­mu­nity Char­ity Shop be­tween 11am and 4pm, Mon­day to Fri­day, or visit the web­site www.the­rock­field­cen­tre.org /in­vest.

Mean­while, tours of the main build­ing and the chance to see the plans are on view in the cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the cen­tre’s Face­book page or tele­phone 07483 308142.

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