Avian Influenza lock down for all poultry 6th Dec for 30 days

LOCKDOWN OF ALL poultry – Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared in response to spread of H5N8 in Europe.
how to make things work – http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00511175.pdf

Bird flu now only 30 miles from Britain

The Scottish Government and DEFRA has declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone requiring that all poultry and captive birds must be kept indoors, or otherwise kept separate from wild birds.
“We have declared a 30-day Prevention Zone as a precautionary measure to protect Scotland’s valuable poultry industry, particularly in the weeks before Christmas. It is important to stress that there has been no cases of this strain detected in the UK” 0 this is the same in England too

Organic Producers of Scotland

Are you an organic producer or a retailer or processor working with organic produce?  Nourish want to hear your views!

Take part in their survey about their proposal to establish Organic Scotland, an industry-led trade body to promote the sale of Scottish organic produce….


They hope to organise an inaugural meeting of Organic Scotland in January 2017 in central Scotland – check out their facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/nourishscotland/

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

Argyll and Bute new policy guidance on advertising and signage

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning service has prepared new policy guidance on advertising and signage. This revised guidance was approved for public consultation at the November meeting of the Council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee.
A copy of the policy document is  available to view or download from the Council’s web-site here:
The public consultation runs from Friday 2nd December 2016 until Friday 6th January 2017.
All comments should be submitted by e-mail to: ldp@argyll-bute.gov.uk
If you wish to submit comments in writing these should be sent to:
Argyll and Bute Council
Development Policy
1A Manse Brae
PA31 8RD
Please pass details of this consultation on to anyone you know in the business/tourism/leisure sectors who may have an interest in advertising and/or signage within our towns, villages and countryside.

What is Social Enterprise workshop : Oban : 8 Dec 2016


Just Enterprise : Oban : Thursday, December 8th 2016 11:00am

This workshop will:
• Go through what social enterprise actually means
• Consider what makes a business a social enterprise
• Outline the different legal structures that a social enterprise may uset
• Provide examples of social enterprise activity in Scotland

After this event you will have a better understanding of whether your idea is suited to being a social enterprise and whether you wish to be a social entrepreneur. You will also understand the range of skills, knowledge and aptitudes needed to run an effective social enterprise.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet a Just Enterprise Start Up Advisor and network with other budding social entrepreneurs, share experiences, ask questions, get tips and more!

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


Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care public event 2nd Nov 2016

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care
Public Engagement Event
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Main reception Lorn & Islands Hospital, Oban
3.30pm to 6.30pm
Come along and speak to staff from the Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership regarding the interim move of mental health services from the Argyll & Bute Hospital to the Mid Argyll Community Hospital.
See the plans for the new mental health inpatient unit
All questions and concerns will be taken on board.
All Welcome.

Crofters & Smallholders Skills Boost Project

Options being offered to Crofters & Smallholders Skills

  • Access to Crofting Toolkit course
  • Drystone Walling Courses


  • Drystone Dyking: Sat 25th & Sun 26th March 2017
    Minibus to venue from Kilmartin Museum, Argyll
    Cost: £40 per person (spread over 2 days)
  • Permaculture Design: Sat 17th June 2017
    travel by minibus from Kilmartin Museum to the venue
    Cost: £40 per person
  • Animal Husbandry: Sun 18th June 2017
    Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin
    Cost: £40 per person
  • Horticulture: Sat 1st July 2017
    Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin
    Cost: £40 per person

To book a place contact Donna on training@crofting.org or 01343 209384

 The Prince’s Countryside Fund ADDED VALUE COURSES:
A hands-on range of courses to add value to your crofting enterprise supported by the Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Introduction to Spinning: Sat 18th March 2017
Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll
Cost: £40 per person

Introduction to Felting: Sun 19th March 2017
Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin, Argyll
Cost: £40 per person

courses happening elsewhere

  • Introduction to Lambing
  • Introduction to Sheepdogs:
  • Introduction to Scything
  • Sausage Making Day:

More courses added regularly so stay informed by following SCF on
Twitter @SCFtraining (www.twitter.com/SCFtraining) and
Facebook (www.facebook.com/croftingcraic)