GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
There are a wide range of informal groups providing organised activities for residents and visitors.
DIY Cafe - Local resident Tom Glen has come up with a great idea —that Individuals who live on their own (whether members of the Lochgair Associa-tion or not, and also from other villages like Minard, Furnace and Port Ann) might like to meet in each other’s homes on a regular basis for a two-hour chat over coffee, tea, soft drinks, bringing along their favourite bites. Transport to and from get togethers is provided. Contact Tom Glen if you would like to be involved, inclyuding helping with transport.
Lochgair Lunch Club - meets on the third Friday of each month from October to March in Lochgair Hall. Contact Jean Smith
Garden Group - meets in group members houses and is open to anyone interested in gardening; organises the annual plant sale; arranges visits to gardens in Argyll and outwith and visits to members gardens; shares seeds, plants, and growing tips. Contact Carol Braidwood
Arts and Crafts Group - meets fortnightly in Lochgair Hall over the winter and is open to everyone; runs workshops for members - this year will include a focus on eco-printing. Contact Marion Lacey
Amblers - an informal group open to everyone which organises on a fortnightly basis easy walks in the district throughout the year - these are often on a Thursday morning. Contact Jean Smith
The Long Memories Project - aims to promote awareness of the social history of Lochgair village and immediate surrounding villages and farms. It has mounted two highly successful exhibitions in Lochgair Hall attracting folk from other areas as well as the input of archaeologists and historians. The current priority is collecting memories of the hall and activities that ran in it in the past; as well as continuing to find out about the lives and experiences of long term residents of the village. Contact Robert Lacey
Tai Chi sessions are held at 10:30 on Monday and Wednesday mornings in the village hall and at 18:00 on Thursday evenings in Minard Hall. Beginners or experienced practicioners are uqually welcome to all classes. Contact Ian Smith.
Other informal activities supported by volunteers:
Enhancing the beauty of the village. Volunteers from the gardening group maintain flower planters and the two community gardens in the village. Other volunteers maintain the verges along footpaths and the grounds of the church.
Annual Beach Clean ensures that the beaches within Lochgair and along Loch Fyne up to the barge ramp and Port Anne are kept clear of the build up of rubbish.
Nature Watch - two nature cameras, purchased through a grant from A’Chruach Wind Farm Community Fund, are sited in different locations in the village - both in gardens and in open ground adjacent to property. These are capturing fascinating stills and videos of the wildlife to be found in the area. Contact Michael Reid or Robert Lacey