The Oban community turned out in force on Sunday to celebrate the first birthday of The Rockfield Centre since delivery of the keys to the town centre former school site last year.
All ages enjoyed an ‘Arty’ afternoon tea with children’s activities combined with the project’s first art exhibition from local artists and makers.
Rhona Dougall, who heads up arts and culture at the centre, organised the celebrations whilst well known local artist and former head of art and design at Oban High School, Val Hamilton put the exhibition together.
Gordon McNab, chairman of Oban Communities Trust which runs The Rockfield Centre says: ‘A lot has been achieved in one year – the main building is now rot free, roof repairs have been carried out and we’ve had an input of over 1,000 hours of voluntary work from the community.
‘The building has been saved in the nick of time. Our project manager Andrew Pinkerton continues to push plans for The Rockfield Centre forward with the design team Page and Park whom we appointed in March this year. Their design proposals and plans should be available for all to see shortly.’
The Chairman also noted that the Art Exhibition had brought together all ages and styles and showed the enormous talent which exists in the community. Further events are planned throughout the summer starting with the Festival of the Sea. The use, by a wide range of groups, of the community huts at the centre continues to grow.
The birthday tea was honoured with a special guest – Parsley, the famous wandering cat and tourism ambassador for Oban, chose to drop in to check out the activities.
Parsley is well known in Oban by locals and has become an iconic part of tourism in the town – accompanying visitors between the local attractions. His owner, Fiona Campbell Smith says: ’ Parsley now has his own facebook site with over 1600 followers and is the self-appointed Minister for Cats Scotland in the new government…. Parsley is delighted to be affiliated with Oban Communities Trust making The Rockfield Centre one of his regular destination visits and he thoroughly enjoyed the first birthday party.’