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 : http://lorn.org.uk/market2016/

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 http://www.comar.co.uk/whats-on/movie-time-mull-and-argyll-tour
  • 29th July Iain MacDonald & Marc Duff music in Benderloch : contact campbell_cameron@msn.com
  • 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 suesbespokejewels@gmail.com 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
farm@kintaline.co.uk 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


You are Invited to Join the

LORN Community Producers Market

Victory Hall, Benderloch
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
12 – 2 pm

Bringing local food and creativity
to our local and visiting community.
Supporting Local Sustainability

Starting July 2016

To Apply for a stall or community group space please
· phone 01631 720223
· email market@lorn.org.uk
· drop in to Kintaline Farm, Benderloch
· www.lorn.org.uk/market2016

To fill in this form online please go to

LORN Community Producers Market Stall Booking Form 2016

Community gathers and improves resilience

Community gathers and improves resilience

You are Invited to Join the LORN Community Producers Market
at Victory Hall, Benderloch : 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month : trading from 12 – 2 pm
Bringing local food and creativity to our local and visiting community,  supporting Local Sustainability 

Starting up again in July 2016

To Apply for a stall or community group space please fill in the form below

    for more details contact LORN

  • phone 01631 720223
  • email market@lorn.org.uk
  • drop in to Kintaline Farm, Benderloch
  • www.lorn.org.uk/market2016

LORN Community Producers Market 2016
The Local Origins Rural Network team are delighted to invite you to our new season of Community Producers Markets.
We have a new format on the same day of the week, shorter hours, and inside, reflecting other successful markets in the area.
This will make everything easier and allow people to join us without such a huge commitment of time.

Our market research proves that Thursday is still the best day for lots of reasons, and has shown support for the lunchtime hours.
We can extend the hours for special events and if there is demand as we go.

Location : Victory Hall, Benderloch   (with occasional events at Kintaline Farm)
Days : First and Third Thursday of the month – July to December
Time : 12 am to 2 pm     (entry to hall to set up by 11 am sharp, and we should be all cleared up by 3 pm)
Free Parking at Village hall car park
Stall fee : £10 for trading stalls
(workshops, organisations and community activities will be decided on a case by case basis)
BOOKING FORM IS AT THE END OF THIS PAGE – please read all the details carefully.

We are looking for traders from our local community : farmers, crofters, bakers, makers : who are producing a range of food and creative arts.
The Market Organiser will have the final decision on the stalls each Market.
There will be a priority for local meat producers, however small your volume. We do have some chill facilities if needed, which needs help to set up.
We actively encourage people who are producing a small amount of different products to support their croft or life; as well as welcoming the more established businesses.
There may well be stalls with similar items, no one has the right of exclusivity, but care will be taken to create a good range for each market.
Meat producers please develop an active communication with the Market Organiser to plan ahead in the year so we can coordinate to supply the customers with availability as often as possible.

Food to eat on the day is always an important part of our markets, and we encourage producers to come with something for lunch.
Meat producers are welcome to come with a “catering” stall with meals only between supplies of fresh / frozen meat being available.

We are also inviting community groups, organisations looking for community engagement opportunities, fundraising, discussion group, workshops and other activities. If you would like to join in please get in touch to discuss your ideas or get some suggestions.
This is a perfect place to get in touch with local people, and we would be keen to encourage anyone wanting to set up stalls like School clothes / Plant & seed swop / Knitting circle / Upcycling workshops / Craft Workshops.
There would not be a place for tombolas type stalls or home baking, unless we do not have a baking stall in the Trading Hall.

The Community Market ran for 5 years with over 100 events, is very popular with our local community and the large number of tourists that stay in our local area. It is vital that each customer is confident of the highest quality of the product and supporting local producers is of great importance.
When you sign this form to join us you are declaring that you comply with all the guidelines & regulations relevant to your product, in its preparation, creation and during the market. Also that you have all the necessary product & public liability insurance policies up to date.
We work openly with the local officials who will be provided with the stallholders information as requested.

LORN is a small entirely volunteer team, and we will need your help in making this as successful as previously. A lot of personal “life” for the team has interfered in getting things going earlier in the year, and we apologise for the short notice. We are looking forward to the return of whole social and trading fun of the markets with you all.

Here’s looking forward to a good year for everyone, please read the information provided and fill in the form below to express your interest in booking a stall for the coming markets.
Best wishes and happy marketeering .
Tim Bowis, Market Organiser and the LORN Management Team

Local Origins Rural Network – creating a sustainable community in the Lorn area between Loch Craignish, to Loch Leven : www.lorn.org.uk : Education : Energy : Environment : Food : Health & Wellbeing : Heritage : Primary Enterprise : Skills : Transport : Waste  

Local Origins Rural Network invites local farmers, growers, crafters, makers and bakers to come together selling to our local and visiting communities. New producers are as welcome as established businesses, the small, mixed and novel are especially welcome. Food to eat on the day is always popular.
LORN is also opening up space during the market for individuals & related groups and organisations to join us with any sustainability related activities (see the list in the heading for ideas of topics).

If you want to put on a workshop; lead a discussion group; have a community engagement stall; run an upcycling or skills corner; share information about your organisation/project/services; or have any other idea, get in touch.

LORN Community Producers Market has a great reputation for creating a fun, dynamic trading environment, where locals and tourists alike can source quality goods from the local area, directly supporting the economy of our community. The added attraction of related activities and organisations are an important part of creating a vibrant atmosphere. We look forward to your contribution.

It is vital that you keep in touch with the Market Organiser at all times. If you are considering changing what you sell, or want to try something new, get in touch. Do not bring new things to a market without checking first, or you may not be allowed to sell them.
Likewise all stalls must be booked in advance; cancellations will be charged unless the stall can be re-let.
It is important not to have empty stalls on the day.

LORN is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purpose of processing personal data in the performance of its legitimate business.

The Small Print which is important. (but not exhaustive !)
LORN Community Producers Market aims to provide the local and visiting community the chance to buy from and engage with local producers of food farmed, reared, grown, caught, brewed, smoked, pickled, baked, worked, prepared, as well as artistic and creative products inspired and made in the North Argyll area, along with community organisations, and those offering skills, with opportunities to sell and market their products and services direct to the public.

Consumers will be assured that produce bought at LORN Producers Markets is local, is sold in line with highest standards of hygiene and all other relevant legislation and that they are able to trace the product back to the producer. All producers must comply with all appropriate guidelines and regulations for their personal product.

WHO RUNS LORN Community Producer Markets? – Local Origins Rural Network
The Markets are run by LOCAL ORIGINS RURAL NETWORK, (the LORN management team) on behalf of the rural community of the Lorn area, North Argyll. This is determined to be, approximately, from Glencoe to Ardfern, Oban to Dalmally, Lismore, Kerrera, and the small isles along our shore. Producers from outwith this area are welcome to increase the range of products offered to our customers, at the market organisers discretion.
The market organizer is a volunteer post. This is a community event, so we all work together to make it a success.

Products sold will be the stall holder’s own produce, that is:
Primary products must be from sources that have spent the majority of their lifetime on the producer’s own farm/site. This is caught, reared, grown, farmed by the producer.
Products must contain a large majority of ‘own produce’ as above, and be produced : – baked, smoked, pickled, prepared, on their own farm/ site, unless otherwise notified.
No bought-in goods are to be sold.
Arts and crafts must be original works by the artist attending the stall.

LORN maintains the discretion to decide whether organisations or individuals meet the above guidelines, and will develop a varied array of stalls to create a viable attractive market place for the community. As a result LORN reserves full rights to accept or refuse a stall and attendance at the Market accordingly. LORN also has the right to waive parts of the guidelines for the benefit of the Market and customers. New and novice producers are encouraged, and shared stall space may be available as well as support.

Food to eat on the day is very welcome, as are craft skills demonstrations and workshops.

Please follow Health and Safety procedures during the market.

Please take all your rubbish home with you and dispose of it properly

Stalls should be staffed by the producer, their family, or an employee who is directly involved with the growing or producing of the product for sale, unless otherwise arranged with the Market Organiser. Stalls must be manned for the whole trading time, unless previously arranged.
All stallholders must contribute to the setting up and clearing up of the market – both their own stall and all the associated activities. There are no staff, we are all in this together. This will be much easier in the Victory Hall than the full outside markets of previous years, but still require a team effort at the beginning and end of each event, as well as promotion throughout the season. The outdoor events will need everyone to contribute more time and energy together.

We have chosen to start with a more limited trading time, copying the success of other local community markets, which allows for some intense trading but also for the market to fit in with the busy lives and other responsibilities that traders and organisations have. We hope this makes the market more accessible to more to get involved; and we have the capacity to increase the hours if that is the wish of traders as we re-establish.

Trading will start at 12 noon prompt, at which time all stalls must be set up; access into the hall will be at 11 am unless otherwise arranged. To unload either park in the back of the car park and walk your stock in, or take it in turns to part outside the hall, unload your stock, and immediately move your vehicle. Please do not take stock in to the hall, or start setting up in any way. Do not start packing away until after 2pm . Everyone packs their stock, and moves it out to the hall, then we all put the market away in all rooms. All spaces must be clean and cleared up before starting to get cars and load up. This is a collaborative effort, there is something that everyone can do.

Any issues, talk to the Market organiser or LORN Management team member immediately : email : market@lorn.org.uk

Business name*
Mobile number :*
Social Media Links*
Please indicate the dates you would like to join in : *
What are your products / services / activities ? Please be as detailed as you can, and include any seasonal items as well as regular ones. *
Are you new to Market trading?*
Will you need Electricity (or any other services) ?*
What other facilities do you need ?*
Would you like to provide food for people to eat on the day? Yes / No *
Would this be as one of the occupants of the hall kitchen providing a range of foods to cater for our customers? YES / NO *
Would this be providing something more simple on your stall in the market hall? YES / NO*
PLEASE GIVE FULL DETAILS of what food you are thinking of providing: *
Food premises : is the address you gave earlier the place your food is prepared? if not please give full details. *
What can you offer to help make the market a success .. ~~ .. it is expected that everyone will work together to set up the halls, stalls and other areas; and then take down and clear the whole space at the end. *
In completing this form and joining the market you are confirming that you have read and understood the information on this page and that you will comply with all the necessary food, product, trading standard and any other legal guidelines and requirements as well as holding what necessary product and public liability insurance that pertains to all your items for sale / activities / services at a market. This is entirely your responsibility; LORN freely shares information with our local officials and are determined that the customers at our markets are served to the highest standards. LORN reserves the right to refuse a stallholder permission to trade if there are any legitimate concerns over quality, safety, etc. ...................................................... Signed (this can be an digital signature in the first instance) and include date & position in business. *
Please add any Message:*
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LORN Community Producers Market 2016

A very Happy & Sustainable New Year to you all, and we would like to ask you a question

Would you like LORN Community Producers Market to start again in 2016 ?

Local Origins Rural Network management team are thinking about setting up the LORN Community Producers Market again – and would very much like to hear from past and potential local producers and customers.
One idea is to have the market at Victory Hall, Benderloch from 12 – 2 on first and third Thursday of the month.. what do you think?
Please click on this link below and fill in our very short survey to help us, and share this link to your friends, family and colleagues.


Community gathers and improves resilience

Community gathers and improves resilience

Fasanta – textile festival : ‘Jewels of History’.

http://www.fasantafestival.org/  : 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 – http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fasanta-festival-of-fashion-and-textiles-tickets-18246555940?aff=es2

Woolfèis 2015

Woolfèis 2015 : Fibre Crafts Fun event – a community share day
Dear Fibre Fan & friends
You are invited to join our Community Fibre Craft Fun day     (and encouraged to share with friends)

               at Victory Hall, Benderloch
                on Thursday 16th July from 10.30 am to 4pm

This is an informal fun day, open to all to share your skills, your projects, your passions, your produce.
Hobby crafters and business crafters are equally welcome, as are Stalls and Workshops
                let us know what you want to bring or do.
We will be welcoming locals and visitors alike to share.

  • You can simply bring your needles, your wheel, your loom, your spindle and indulge in a day of crafting with others, there is nothing so fun.
  • You can book a table and sell your wares, de-stash / re-stash, sell equipment, or you can provide a more formal workshop to teach new crafting skills.
  • You can come along to try out on various weaving looms a spinning wheel, a spindle, or any of the other equipment.

We will have refreshments served all day.
Please find poster attached (as pdf and jpg) .. please spread it around.. and please join us.

2015 posters image

Craft and Produce events in Lorn and Mid Argyll autumn / winter 2014-2015

Congratulations Sally and Penny for gathering and collating the list of Lorn and Mid Argyll Craft and Producer markets for the coming season .. and be updated .. Event organisers please get in touch with your event details – events@lorn.org.uk

PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK with event organisers before hand as things can change and we will not accept responsible for any unforeseen changes!

LORN community producers market : 7th August 2014

LORN Community Producers Market tomorrow – come and join us for our 99th market ! wow !
fresh vegetables and salads from Ardfern Organics , with the Commanders dressing of course!
Kintaline Farm home grown mutton, (frozen) and this years fleece and fibre.
Paradise Kitchen pickles and preserves and yummy baking,
Willie Fish Oban-Karen MacDonald fresh and smoked fish, with delicious ready meals,
Iain Darling Butchers trading as I Wynne & Son pies, meat and sausages
North Argyll carers will be serving teas, coffees, chocolates and soft drinks with their customary smile, you can get to know more about the work they do
Carol O Design has her beautiful hand painted silk scarves, as well as the chance to paint your own designs to make a silk scarf of your own.
Studio Glass has her lovely hand painted glasses and cute cup candles.
Yes Argyll will be here to answer any referendum questions you have. this is probably the most important question our community will have to answer in our lifetime..
And we will be having a BIRTHDAY PARTY next time to celebrate our centenary 

Sunshine is booked and another yummy menu for tomorrow’s LORN Community Producers Market ..

all fundraising for Salvation Army Community Church Oban
home made potato and leek soup,
burgers and pies from Iain Darling Butchers trading as I Wynne & Son
salmon en croute from Willie Fish Oban-Karen MacDonald
Kintaline Farm home grown fruity mutton cassoulet
and Kintaline Farm free range egg salad with Ardfern Organics salads.
A great place to meet up with friends and family, relax, chat, eat, and enjoy great local produce

Kintaline farm, Benderloch – follow the signs one mile down the South Shian and Tralee bay road

free parking – free entry – disabled access / parking and facilities

10 am to 3 pm