Talk about everything slotting into place. Even the name of the hall at Benderloch is playing its part on cue.
Ardchattan Parish, one of the first communities recently to have had been awarded Heritage Lottery funding for collecting stories from its locality, is holding ‘a wee gathering’ in the bar of The Victory Hall on Friday 28th December at 7.30pm.
As well as a glass of warm Mulled wine, mince pie, music and the craic , this is a chance to learn more about what will be happening and to contribute to to shaping it.
The project the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported is Dualchas agus Duthchas : a sense of place.
This is about inspiring the community, across the generations, to capture fading memories, see other times and events in the local world around them, and begin to build the foundations of a lasting publicly accessible archive.
The plan is to have community walks, talks and workshops to share and learn about the Ardchattan local heritage from whenever to the current present day, find out what skills are needed to run a local public archive, and to create a catalogue of the material that has already been gathered.
Community projects are about community-wide involvement, Everyone has a part ot play – and this sort of project has endless rewards for all concerned – from realising that your own knowledge is valuable and valued; to the fun of collecting other people’s information – which really is digging for gold; to managing the information to make it accessible and attractive to anyone anywhere.
So everyone is welcome on Friday 28t December at the Victory Hall in Benderloch – at 7:30pm at the Bar.
All you have to do is let the organisers know you’re coming so that they make enough mince pies. You can do this with a clock on their Facebook page here.