A CP Gathering with a Gaidhlig twist!

Programme details announced for this years Community Partnership Gathering on Saturday 4th November at one of the parks favourite community venues, the Millennium Hall in Gartocharn!

Our National Park area has a rich and diverse heritage ranging from its industrial past, famous people and legendary heroes, to its inspirational landscapes and Gaelic language. This years Gathering programme  ‘Heritage; sharing experience, creating legacy’  is back with a heritage inspired twist; a daytime community event designed to inspire and develop collaborations around heritage across the park area.

2017 is also a special year as it marks the 250th anniversary of the translation of the bible into Gaelic and at this event we will be celebrating the contribution of the local ministers across the park who were all involved.

Inspirational speakers & workshops, great networking and fabulous food!

This year we are extremely delighted to be joined by key speaker Professor Donald Meek  and live music from Scottish Gaelic singer Linda Macleod who are both currently involved in the new Community Partnership collaborative park wide project ‘Celebration of the Role of the National Park in the Gaelic Bible’ funded by Bord Na Gaidhlig. We will get a chance to see the film that has been developed to accompany the project.

Programme: Gathering 2017 Programme FINAL

  • 1000   Registration & sign up to workshops. Tea & Coffee and home baking.
  • 1030    Welcome from CP Chair and overview of the day
  • 1040    Key speaker, Professor Donald Meek ‘Celebration of the Role of the National Park in the Gaelic Bible’
  • 1100    Film launch of ‘Celebration of the Role of the National Park in the Gaelic Bible
  • 1110     Heritage Lottery Fund – Audrey Dunn presents details of funding available for small scale community projects and how heritage projects can be vehicle to support other priorities. Followed by Q & A panel
  • 1120    Morning Workshops – (each an hour long; choose one for the morning, and one for the afternoon)
  1. Heritage Lottery Funding – Funding for small scale community projects and how heritage projects can be a vehicle to support other priorities such as social inclusion, health and wellbeing and place-making.
  2. Researching Heritage & methods with Professor Donald Meek, Glasgow University – Author of numerous books and a multitude of articles on many different aspects of Gaelic language, literature and history.
  3. Aerial Photography & Archaeology – Demonstrating how 3D and 360 degree drone photography and traditional archaeology land surveying techniques combined can take your heritage project to a whole new level. We explore working examples and footage.
  4. Great Place Making – How can heritage inspired projects benefit/make your community a greater place to live – we also discuss purchasing community & heritage assets.
  5. Archaeology, historical environment & landscape with Northernlight Heritage.
  • 1220    Introducing our special guest Linda Macleod who will be singing live for us.
  • 1230    Community Nourishment – Lunch & networking, visit our market place and pop-up exhibition.
    • Raffle tickets on sale for this years raffle with all proceeds going to a local community charity.
  • 1415     Afternoon Workshops (as above)
  • 1515     Community Champion Awards 2017
  • 1530    Prize Raffle Draw! Meals for two, overnight stays, outdoor clothing for him & her, Season Fishing permits,  organic beef from West Moss-side Farm, whisky, wine & more!
  • 1600    Farewell and mini Gaelic master class!

While your here why not pay a visit to our market place:

  • The Argyll and Sutherland Highlander’s Museum https://www.argylls.co.uk/  find out how their educational resources and reminiscence /curios boxes can play a vital role in your community.
  • Drymen Heritage – Meet their local historian and discover Drymen’s link with Sir Walter Scott.
  • Police Scotland Gaelic Language Plan http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/police-scotland/strategic-planning/gaelic-language-plan will be on hand to discuss their five year development plan for the support of Gaelic.
  • Saving Scotland’s Red Red Squirrels is working hard to protect Scotland’s remaining red squirrels from the threat of extinction, find out how you can help https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk/how-you-can-help/
  • Arrochar Community Hydro Scheme/Energy 4 All – Meet the team behind the latest developments and work progress which will connect Arrochar, Tarbet and Luss to the National Grid next year  http://arrocharhydro.coop/
  • Ardentinny Conservation & Heritage – Discover this Cowal community’s link with WWII and HMS Armadillo http://www.ardentinnyheritage.com/index.asp
  • Aerial photography – Bringing heritage and the landscape together! See and learn how 360 degree, 3D imagery and drone mapping is the future of your heritage and landscape research. We look at some great local examples of where this is being used! http://www.turkeyredmedia.com/
  • ……..and more!

We hope to also be joined by BBC Alba, more details to follow.



Reserve your FREE place today!

Invitations have now been issued to members and special guests, however the closing date to reserve your place(s) is 30th October.

Community Champion Awards 2017

This year we’ve made voting online a new option (just click on the link for more information about this year’s categories and how to apply)  https://www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk/nominations-now-open-for-your-community-champion-awards-2017/ ) .

 If you would like to take part in our event; showcase your heritage and community projects please let us know (we will be writing to all heritage groups with an invitation and more information soon). As space and display resources will be limited please give us a call so not to avoid disappointment t: 01389 722639 OR drop us an email to info@thecommunitypartnership.org.uk