Toy Sale fundraiser for Rockfield centre

MacQueen Bros Charitable Trust is hosting a toy sale at MacQueen’s warehouse on Glengallan Road, Oban, tomorrow (Thursday December 1), from 8.30am to 5pm.
All the toys are new and still boxed and the trust says there are huge reductions on retail prices.
All proceeds from the sale will go towards Oban Communities Trust – The Rockfield Centre

Oban and Lorn Family History Group : the Stevensons

Oban and Lorn Family History Group meeting

Plenty is known about the impact the Stevensons had on the growth of Oban in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s but who were they? where did they come from? and where did the family go to ?

Stevenson Street in Oban is named after Hugh and John Stevenson who arrived in Oban in the mid 1700s and did much to develop and improve the then village. So much so they are arguably the founding fathers of Oban as we know it. They had a ship building business, were merchant traders and founded a brewery which subsequently became the distillery which still operates today.

We have some papers with a tentative family tree so will work together and see if we can flesh out the bones.

All welcome to come along and do some practical research.


Wednesday, November 30th 2016 07:30pm


The Rockfield Centre


Learn to Shear June 2016

Beginner Shearing Course on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd June at Danna Farm, Tayvallich, Argyll PA31 8PQ
Please contact Wool Board Training – 01877 339657 to book your place

Herbs for Health Workshop : Clare Holohan

Herbs for Health and Wellness

Saturday 28th March 2014 10am-3.30pm

Cost: £30

Benderloch Victory Hall

With Herbalist Clare Holohan

This event aims to introduce the 5 keys to good health and offers tips and techniques for keeping yourself healthy.

We will start with a talk and discussion of these key points followed by a short foraging session (weather permitting!) You can then try your hand at making some delicious and healthy wild foraged dishes. This is a great time of year to think about spring tonics and this topic should feature highly on the list.

Lunch is pot luck so please bring something to contribute to a shared lunch.

To book your place please contact Clare directly on 07903 922781 or email, spaces are limited so do book in advance!

Permaculture Course

Hi All and a Happy Productive, Peaceful New Year!

We at LORN are looking forward to making 2015 a more sustainable year for our communities and for each of us personally.

To kick us off, here is an idea that has been growing for a while.

Over the past year a growing number of people have mentioned an interest in Permaculture gardening. A post on the LORN facebook ( over the festive season generated more interest.

Ludwig Appeltans, of got in touch to offer an introductory workshop for us. There are folks on Mull who are also interested in learning more.
March permaculture poster image

Are you interested in growing your own delicious, healthy food, with your productive garden/croft also being beautiful, organic, efficient, wildlife friendly and easy to maintain? The One day workshop will explore how to transform your garden into a rich, self-regulating habitat, a natural haven that nurtures and sustains people and wildlife alike. With Ludwig Appeltans of (reconnecting people, land and nature)

From talking to folks this could be a kick-start to an informal group of people of all ages in North Argyll, who are mostly of a practical nature, with busy lives, and demands on their time but who would like to learn more about the Permaculture principles and maybe begin to look at our own piece of land and how we use it.

The aim would be to see how Permaculture ideas would fit to our own gardens, crofts or farms, with a view to making some small (or big) changes to our management; to learn about our land; learn ways to grow more food and fuel for ourselves and our families; creating a wildlife-friendly, productive environment; helping each other with projects where more labour is needed; getting together to chat about what we have done and learn from each other, and to bring in outside workshop leaders as and when we want to learn more.

Everyone is welcome – there is no expectation of where you might take what you learn, and you do not have to have a project or even a garden yet.

Date: 7 (and/or) 8 March 2015
Place: Kintaline Farm, Benderloch
Time: 11am – 4.30pm
Food: Shared lunch – we have kitchen facilities, please bring something to share,

Please let know if you have any special food requirements so we can make sure everyone is well fed.
Hot drinks freely available.

Classroom will be polytunnel, so sheltered but nearly outside. Bring warm clothing and wellies etc as we will be out and about outside, too.
Free parking, loos, warm places for lunch, etc. available.

Places are limited to 15, so please book early.

Please reply soonest to by copy and pasting the appropriate parts of the following and completing your details:

— I would like to attend:-
– A one-day introduction to Permaculture workshop on Saturday 7th March 2015 (cost £25/person)
– A one-day introduction to Permaculture workshop on Sunday 8th March 2015 (cost £25/person)
– A two-day, more in-depth Permaculture workshop on Saturday and Sunday 7/8th March 2015 (cost £45/person)

– I cannot make the weekend of 7 (and/or 8) March but would like to know of any other one-day introduction to Permaculture workshops in the area
– I cannot make this weekend but would like to know of any other two-day, more in-depth Permaculture workshops in the area




My Permaculture experience/interest:
My special food requirements (if any):

Please forward this email to any friends, family, groups, members (secretaries) of organisations or anyone else who might be interested.

Wild Food Challenge

Are you interested in foraging and hunting and then cooking ?

Wild Food Challenges is a New Zealand based event where people are inspired by the wild food all around them, and then compete to create the best dishes from what they catch, hunt or forage.

The organisation are keen to work with groups over here who are interested in promoting sustainable living – how about it?

You can find out more here –  and there are some notes from the website below.

It could be a lot of fun – and we could add some extra workshops where we can learn a lot more about what is on offer in our local surroundings and how to make the best of it.

To make it happen we would need volunteers – please get in touch if you are interested.





Home Cooks, Restaurants, Fishermen, Caterers, Hunter-Gatherers, Chefs, Kids. LWFCs are so easy to be a part of, as a competitor simply include AT LEAST one wild ingredient in an entry of your choice.

Hot, cold, liquid, frozen, raw, marinated, smoked, seared, preserved… ANYTHING! All entries are anonymous to our judging panel. NO PRESSURE.


Competitors & spectators, young & old, amateurs & pros, town & country, sponsors & volunteers. Everyone can enjoy SEEING and TASTING dishes created by locals in a CASUAL, FUN environment.  Amazing PRIZE PACKAGES up for grabs, donated by GENEROUS COMMUNITY FOCUSED businesses and individuals. GET OUT THERE and join our GROWING global local wild food challenge community.