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

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

LORN Permaculture courses 2016

Permaculture workshops
I have chatted to our workshop leader and he has space in his calendar to come over and lead us in some more courses.. so if you can fill in the options below and return to me, he and I can work out the what and when to suit as many as possible.
Courses I am interested in 
Introduction to Permaculture – one day 
Introduction to Permacullture – weekend 
Introduction to Forest Gardening – one day 
Introduction to Forest Gardening – weekend 
Introduction to Permaculture design – one day (will require some pre workshop homework, but does not require you to have a place to work on) 
Introduction to Permaculture design – weekend  (will require some pre workshop homework, but does not re sequire you to have a place to work on) 

Dates I can do .. or maybe (details would be useful – those you can or cannot)

June weekday
June weekends

late August weekday

late August weekend
September weekday
September weekends
October weekday
October weekends
November weekday
November weekends
December weekday
December weekends

as always the costs will be kept as affordable as possible respecting that our leader has to earn a living too .

Herbal Walks this summer in Benderloch

I am delighted to share the following dates that Clare Holohan of West Highland Herbal will be leading Herbal Walks from Kintaline Farm Benderloch

Thursday May 5th, from 3 – 5 pm
Thursday June 16th from 3 – 5 pm
Saturday July 23rd (and you will be able to have some Fibre fun before hand at the Victory Halls, Benderloch with the Woolfeis Fibre Jamboree.

This event aims to introduce the amazing variety of medicinal herbs available to us around Benderloch on the West Coast of Scotland.
Led by local experienced medical herbalist, Clare Holohan, we will see a variety of herbs and plants for culinary and medicinal use.
The walk is suitable for people of all ages.
You can identify and learn more about common wild plants, their medicinal action and current uses, historical use and folklore.
We will discuss responsible foraging, harvesting and preparation.
You will be amazed at how many useful plants can be found in a variety of habitats, we are sure to find a great selection of interesting plants to meet and get to know.
Please wear suitable footwear and dress for the weather!

The walk will begin and end at Kintaline farm.
The cost is £15 per person.
Contact Clare for booking on 07903 922781 or email
Spaces are limited to book early to avoid disappointment.

Everyone Together – Social Care event 28th April

An event for all of us concerned with Social Care!
“Life changing” “Opened my eyes to what is really possible” “Very practical and useful” “Everyone could take part” “All events should be like this !! “ “Inspirational”
Everyone Together connects people who live and work in the same local area, exploring what they need and want from their support, learning together how to organise that differently.
• Discover how new ideas can help you have more control over the support you need in the pathways you choose, if you are using services or support or if you are a family member, carer, support-worker or other professional,
• Meet and learn with others from your local area, leave with a plan and a direction that makes sense to you.
• Find out what’s possible and how SMALL CHANGES can lead to BIG DIFFERENCES .
Venue: Corran Halls, Esplanade Court, Oban PA34 5AB
Date: Thursday 28th APRIL
Time: 10 am until 4 pm
Good news – This is a Powerpoint free zone. We have a “not putting anyone on the spot policy” – engage in whatever way is most comfortable for you
Organised by Oban Area SDS Chat Group, supported by North Argyll Carers Centre, Community Contacts and Oban Disability Forum with Everyone Together – a mixed-up group of people (in the right way!) who use services and work in them.
Everyone Together is funded by the Scottish Government to help develop new ideas in Self-directed Support

Argyll TSI Volunteer of the Year 2016

Call for nominations for Argyll & Bute Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016

Our Volunteer of the Year awards will be held this year on Friday 16Th September at The Argyllshire Gathering Halls in Oban
These nominations are fantastically important for everyone – not least for the amazing cash prizes and the recognition that comes with them.
As well as the shield for volunteer of the year, there is a separate Sargus Memorial Travel prize of £1000 given to an outstanding volunteer. In previous years the winner has used it to travel abroad to visit international examples of their work. Others take a well-deserved wee break to recharge their batteries.
Organisations too can benefit from a £500.00 cash prize, with runner up prizes of £250 each, which can really support a small but vital organisation with its work. It can be used to match other funds or sow the seeds of a new project. The press recognition that comes with the prize can help raise the profile of an organisation and demonstrate to funders and its other stakeholders that the organisation is achieving local recognition and impact.
So while we know that voluntary organisations and their volunteers are by their very nature modest in the extreme – once a year it’s time to shout about our achievements and give a pat on the back to those who touch so many lives in many, individual ways.
Nomination forms are available at your local Argyll TSI office, Please email completed form to
Call our Head Office on 01631 564839 or email on if you want any help with your form.
Kind regards
Shirley Lafferty
My working hours are Mon – Thurs 9.15am – 2.45pm
Charity No: SC 029947   Company No: 277345
21 High Street, Oban, PA34 3BG
Tel: 01631 564839


Future of Farming event – Oban 19th November

future of farming glengorm header blue sky WMFuture of Scottish farming events

9 free workshops across Scotland to gauge the nations’ view on where agriculture in Scotland should be heading.nourish scotland logo

Oban Future of Farming Event
Date: 19th November 2015
Time: The event will run from 11.00am to 13.30 and will be followed by a light lunch
Venue: The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA
open to the whole community : farmers, consumers, retailers, everyone with an interest in our land, food, and farming future.
Please book your free place : Click here to book now with Eventbrite.
Event Partners: Nourish ( and Local Origins Rural Network (
PLEASE pass this information on to your own networks, mailing lists, family, friends and colleagues.

From NOURISH : Background to our events – the Scottish Government wants to know the nation’s views

What is farming for? And where should farming be going?

  • To feed us well?
  • To sustain rural communities and livelihoods?
  • To generate profits and boost our exports?
  • To look after our land and to protect and enhance our environment?
  • We can’t envision the future of farming in Scotland without reflecting on what farming is for in the first place.
  • And it’s important to ask this question now.

Our farmers are facing tough times economically. At the same time we are also facing environmental challenges.

Meeting these challenges may mean changes to how we farm today – and will influence what will be on our plates tomorrow.
Time to take a step back, and to consider the relationship between farmers, society and the land.

In June 2015 the Scottish Government released a discussion document, The Future of Scottish Agriculture, setting out a vision and strategy for farming in Scotland in the next decades. It is an open consultation, with the Government keen to spread the debate beyond the usual suspects.

Nourish Scotland is supporting this initiative by organising a series of events across Scotland in November, in which everyone can participate and share their views on the role and future of farming. Whether you are involved in farming or not, these discussion events are opportunities to reflect on, discuss and influence the direction agriculture should be going. All are very welcome to attend and each event is identical so you only need to attend one.

The workshops aren’t looking for consensus but to gather opinions and ideas to feed back to the Scottish Government. The aim is also to share ideas and to learn from each other, and to help equip those that attend with the tools to prepare their own well crafted responses to the discussion paper.

future of farming event posterThe events will be lively, enjoyable (hopefully!) and informal, and you are very welcome whatever your level of expertise.
Most of the events include a tasty, free lunch!

Events so far are:

Edinburgh – 3rd November

Glasgow – 4th November

Aberdeen – 12th November

Inverness – 13th November

Fife – 17th November

Oban – 19th November

Dumfries and Galloway – 23rd November

Stirling date tbc.

Nourish are also looking for Scottish farmers to tell us their motivation(s) for working on the land. Please send a photo portrait of yourself holding a sign saying your name, the location of your farm and ‘I farm for/because/to…’ to Mo Samson and Tom Kirby kicked off this project, see below. We’ll be sharing these photos through our networks and at the events in November to help frame the conversation.

Farmer or no farmer, you can also share your views on the role and future of farming on Twitter using the hashtag #whatisfarmingfor.


Scottish Shellfish Growers’ (ASSG) annual conference in Oban 22nd October 2015

The Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers’ (ASSG) annual conference in Oban will welcome an international audience today, with delegates coming from as far afield as New Zealand, North America and Turkey.
Opening the two-day event, Dr Aileen McLeod (pictured), Minster for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, addressed the significance and reputation of this growing sector to Scotland.

‘The shellfish sector is very important to Scotland, both economically and socially, and makes a key contribution to our most remote rural and island communities which depend on aquaculture as an economic mainstay,’ she said.

‘The Scottish shellfish industry reported their highest ever mussel production this year at 7,683 tonnes, up 14 per cent, with employment levels also increasing by four per cent year-on-year.
(see rest of the article in link above)