Vital Spark’s open day in Rothesay

Gillie Banks gives a demonstration on her spinning wheel.
Gillie Banks gives a demonstration on her spinning wheel.

An open day highlighting the work of six local entrepreneurs was held last week in Rothesay.

The Vital Spark programme, delivered by First Port, is aimed at supporting new social enterprises in communities around Argyll and the islands.

A participant is shown how to cut shapes out of wood.

A participant is shown how to cut shapes out of wood.

The open day, which was held in the hub in East Princes Street on Tuesday night, invited members of the public to speak with each of the entrepreneurs, which included Alison Clarke of Triple Aspect Puppet Theatre, Gillie Banks and Dabbles (Spinning and Weaving), Tabula Rasta Bute (refurbished furniture), Lorna Rae’s pottery, Greenfry (catering and micro-bakery), and Alan Peacock’s Brandane Cheese.

Those feeling adventurous were able to get involved in the creative processes with some trying their hand at weaving on the spinning wheel or operating a saw to carve wooden shapes.

There were also opportunities to sample home-made goods from Greenfry and Brandane Cheese, and given that it’s Christmas, the mulled wine seemed to be going down well!

In keeping with the Christmas theme, even though it’s an exceptionally busy time for him, Father Christmas even made an appearance offering passers-by a warm welcome.

To find out more about Vital Spark, visit their website.