Following on from a successful event in 2015, which had 41 Christmas Trees on display, the Friends of St Conans Kirk, who fund raise to preserve the well being of this unique and distinguished building, put on another Christmas Tree festival this year running from 2nd to 3rd December 2016.
There were 45 trees on display with entries representing groups, organisations and businesses from Tyndrum, Dalmally, Taynuilt, Kilchrenan and Oban.
The Christmas Trees which all had an individual theme combined to produce a spectacular sight in the setting of St Conans Kirk.
The three day viewing was well attended with coffee, tea and home baking on offer. Entry was by donation and there was also a raffle.
Under the auspices of Lynda Oxland, supported by husband PP Ken, Oban Rotary's tree this year, in addition to the traditional lights and baubles, had the unique feature of 24 two sided cards with photographs of the various events/involvements the club has had in the past year. The tree also had with it a placard summarising these events and emphasising Rotary's support for communities locally and abroad.
Following on from last year's effort, in 2017 the club once again participated in the St Conans Kirk Christmas Tree competition. This event is organised by "The Friends of St Conans Kirk" as a fund raiser where businesses/organisations put up individual Christmas trees inside the Kirk and the public are invited to view the spectacle over a weekend with tea/coffee and baking plus music being provided. Visitors are expected to leave a donation. Oban Rotary's tree, in addition to fairy lights and the usual baubles, also features two sided pictures depicting some of the club's involvements - a number of Rotary roundels also feature as part of the decoration. If nothing else, the tree provides some good PR for the club hence the reason for sticking with the same set up as last year and the intention is to continue with this theme.
I know you have been waiting with bated breath (!) to see Rotary's entry for the above competition in 2018 and here it is in all its glory (right).
It really looks much better than this because the stand we got was very much on the dark side. The unique feature of our tree is that in addition to the usual decorations we have two sided laminated pictures of a number of the things we have done over the past 2/3 years.