CHARTS – Argyll and Bute Place partnership meeting – Oban

CHARTS is for everyone who is involved in any way in our local culture, arts, and heritage – from the professionals across the board to volunteers and community groups.
Theatre, museums, history groups, creative artists, crafters, language, arts, writers, you name it, we are all involved.

While the language is somewhat grand, the aim is simple – to have a means to work together, to network together, to raise the awareness of each other between ourselves and to the outside world – locals, tourists, accommodation you name it. Also to create projects that support our culture, arts and heritage in Argyll and Bute, which includes us all.

It would be good if people can come to this meeting .. and have your say, learn what is happening, and be a part.


Dear all,

It has been almost exactly a year since we last met. Progress has been made since then, thanks to a huge amount of work in the background, but I am of the view that only now have I something tangible to report on and get your input.
So, could you put the evening of Thursday the 10th November into your diaries, at the Rockfield Centre, Oban.
In summary:
  • The award of £200,000 (matchable) for the Place Partnership has been formalised with Creative Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council.
  • In support of this, there is a detailed Place Partnership Plan with a full list of activities to be delivered by the project.
  • The CHArts Steering Group, which I now chair, has been meeting regularly to develop this Plan, along with making a start on arrangements for:
    • a SCIO;
    • other funding partners; and,
    • the recruitment of project delivery personnel.
At its highest level, the Place Partnership Plan has the following objectives:
1. Capacity Building: Create a sustainable CHArts organisational structure able to deliver the agreed activities and actions.
2. Data Gathering & Mapping: All culture, heritage and arts practitioners, sites and venues are to be identified and mapped.
3. Identity & Visibility: Develop a consistent and attractive identity and brand recognisable to residents, visitors and partners.
4. Access: Ensure that audiences, customers, partners, and sponsors have both the physical and digital means to access information, attend events, and purchase products.
5. Collaborative Delivery: Develop a programme of strategic activities and events which will add value by enabling joint working between themes, individuals and organisations.
Hope to see you on the 10th November, but in the meantime you are welcome to contact me for more information.
With kind regards,
David Price
CHArts Oban and Lorn Hub representative
Chair – CHArts Steering Group
01866 833455

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


LORN summer newsletter 2016

LORN summer newsletter 2016

LORN Community Producers Market is just about ready to go ahead, but we do not have enough stallholders booked yet. If you would like to get involved as a stallholder, volunteer, organiser please get in touch .. and booking forms are here :

There are plenty of events happening over the summer where you can support your local producers, community and have fun.

  • 20-30 July 2016: Appin Art Group annual art exhibition. Port Appin Hall
  • 27th July Craft Collection meeting. Caledonia Hotel 6 pm
  • 27 July 7.30 – Mull theatre production of “Movie Time” tickets on the door North Connel Hall, North Connel Hall, PA37 1RF
  • 29th July Iain MacDonald & Marc Duff music in Benderloch : contact
  • then Oban Bay will be getting busy with West Highland Yachting week
  • 30th July Green Shoots open day, Glencruitten Produce, workshops and baking.
  • 31st July Ardchattan Priory Fete (12 – 4) , and table top sale in Victory hall at the same times
  • 6th August : Craft fayre at Great Western hotel Oban; SWT Fayre Dunollie, Oban; Lorn Agricultural Show, Tralee Beach Benderloch;
  • 13th August : Raft Race : Lorn Organic Growers open day
  • 20 August 2016: Appin Show, judging starts at 10am. Held at Tynribbie Croft, Appin ; Argyll and Bute Gaelic gathering, Corran Halls; Craft fayre, Corran Halls, Oban Horticultural Show
  • 25th August : Argyllshire Gathering
  • 27th August : Benderloch Flower Show; Taynuilt Flower Show; Oban Kayak Race; Scottish Country Dance in Appin Hall, 7pm – in aid of Church funds
  • 3rd September Dalmally Show; Craft fayre at Great Western hotel Oban;
  • 9 September 2016: Fiddlers’ Rally in Port Appin Hall – in aid of Church funds
  • 17 September 2016: Appin Historical Society – Lismore – the forgotten Cathedral of Scotland – Port Appin Hall

Through the summer there are crafty workshops in Oban at Crafty Ewe; music, talks and other activities at Grassroots cafe; Rockfield is buzzing with activities; and Dunollie House museum has lots of fun planned – one of the best places to get all the up to the minute info is on Facebook – for all its sins it is becoming increasingy THE MOST useful place to connect up with like minded folk with groups on diverse topics such as Smallholding; Permaculture; Heritage; Crafting; Culture, as well as many local communities, organisations and businesses able to share their news and activties with you directly.

Craft Collection : pop up shop : Susan Bland is leading a group of local Crafters looking to set up a pop up shop in Oban for a month or more working together, sharing the costs, and the running of it. Location being looked at is the previous Pound shop, in Airds Crescent with a likely cost of £18 a week to cover costs of rent, rates, insurance etc. All manned by contributing Crafters. There is a Meeting at 6 pm on 27th July at Caledonia hotel, or contact Sue on if you would like to learn more and be part of this.

Permaculture workshops – plans are afoot for more workshops in the coming months – please email Jill on to go on the list for news. also Lorn Permaculture group on facebook.

There is a new Crofters & Smallholders Skills Boost scheme recently announced and hopefully we will all hear of workshops and courses in Argyll soon.

Fasanta Festival of Textiles and Fashion presents “Patch Your Place”, a collaborative stitching project inspired by Oban and the surrounding area to create a unique textile patchwork represnting the diversity of our visitors journeys and our diaspora. would like you to create a patch based on how you connect to Oban. The patches will be sewn together by volunteers, with the last few patches added at the annual Fasanta Festival of Textiles and Fashion on the 22nd & 23rd October 2016. The completed piece will be showcased at the Community Catwalk event on the evening of Saturday 22nd October 2016 in the Corran Halls, Oban. Each patch recieved will be numbered and entered into a prize draw… the winning patch will be selected at random!

CHARTS – Culture, Heritage and Arts in Argyll and Bute : no news sadly, the Oban hub has not sent any new info out, and the online network is dormant

LEADER – around Scotland most of the LEADER funding groups are now well established and supporting local businesses and organisations. We have yet to hear what is happening in Argyll and Bute

Fasanta – textile festival : ‘Jewels of History’.  : Friday 6th November – Sunday 8th November 2015.

Corran Halls, and Dunollie House, Oban, Argyll

The focus of the festival is to bring together individuals, community groups, organisations and industry professionals to explore and celebrate Scotland’s fascinating textile heritage.

Workshops, talks, displays, marketplace, cat walk, design award, performance, cream teas, exhibitions, lots of family fun.

book tickets here –

Oban and Lorn area Cultural Assembly meeting : 28 April 2015

Oban and Lorn area Cultural Assembly meeting Tues 28th April, Corran Halls. 6 pm For ALL artists, crafters, heritage workers and volunteers, language, events, theatre, and community groups involved in the arts, crafts, culture and heritage. HOW do you want Arts, Culture and Heritage represented in the local area, and Argyll wide? Come and have your say, .. make this new assembly what YOU NEED it to be.
Cultural Assembly Oban A4 AW.PDF


Woolfeis Workshops : Learning Gaelic Waulking Songs

Come and learn the gaelic working songs you hear at the Woolfeis market and the concert. ..

they capture the lives, loves and heritage of the Highlands and Islands.
Join the Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh girls on Friday 19th July at the Victory Hall, Benderloch 10.30 to 4 pm

Gaelic Working songs Ceilidh Concert – 20th July 2013

Tickets are now for sale for the Ceilidh Concert by Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh
Evening Ceilidh Performance
By Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh
Performing Gaelic Songs of Work, History and Heritage.
Learn through evocative songs the lives, loves and heritage of the Highlands and Islands from the highly popular Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh
It won’t be all waulking – we’ll have something new for you. And Eleanor is bringing her clarsach, so we’ll have quite posh stuff for you too
A fun family evening out
tickets for sale, booking advised
Saturday 20 July 2013 7.30pm
Victory Hall, Benderloch
Tea and Home-Baking in the interval
Adults £7.50 Students & OAP’s £5.00 Children under 16 : £2.50
Available from Kintaline Farm, Benderloch & Heartfelt by Liz, Dalmally Railway Station
or telephone Jan on 01852 300778 / Liz on 01838 200934 with card details

Oban and Dunbeg on BBC Tuesday 23rd May 2013

Oban and Dunbeg on Town
More intimate than a city, towns are where we first learned to be urban. Harbour towns, market towns, island towns, industrial towns: collectively they bind our land together.
Gateway to the spectacular beauty of the Western Isles, the port of Oban is a major rail terminal and ferry port, but is it anything more?
Geographer and adventurer Nicholas Crane looks behind the transit-lounge image to find a town with a dramatic past, including a surprising role in the Cold War of the 1960s and a world of adrenalin-fuelled adventure, great seafood, and inspiring scenery.