Locals meet with eight community change makers

In 2016, eight locals from Rothesay, embarked aboard the Vital Spark programme. They have been developing businesses that benefit their community. They are passionate about their island and are instilling change, drop by drop.

The Vital Spark Open Day on 13th December 2016 was an opportunity for many of them to showcase and sell some of their work. One of the 60 people coming through the doors was Santa Claus, enjoying an evening away from his workshop.

Alison Clarke (Triple Aspect Puppet Theatre Company), charmed with her puppets. The chicken puppets were most popular with adults and children alike.

People sang along to traditional Scottish songs with Gillie Banks (Dabbles - Spinning and weaving). Gillie also demonstrated her craft with her spinning wheel.

Some tried themselves at cutting wooden shapes. Lorna Williams (Tabula Rasta Bute - refurbished furniture) helped them with the electric saw.

Lorna Rae (pottery) was selling her delicate lace porcelain Christmas ornaments.

For those feeling peckish, Liz Adams and Stuart Thomas (Greenfry - catering and micro-bakery) had put on a mouth-watering buffet. The turkey Chelsea buns were a hit!

Alan Peacock (Brandane Cheese) shared some of his cheese made with local ingredients.

The Open Day on 13th December was a great way to celebrate the last day in the Rothesay hub. The Vital Spark programme has now moved out of the hub but continues to support participants through one to one support from Angela. The eight Vital Spark participants will keep developing their businesses. Events like open days will run at other venues in Rothesay.

If you have any questions about Vital Spark, contact Angela Hogg, Vital Spark coordinator in Rothesay, at angela@firstport.org.uk.

Read more about the Vital Spark participants.