Tea & cake at historic kilmun
Our first project is underway and off to a great start. We had ten lovely ladies in attendence plus two volunteers from Cowal Elderly Befrienders, and two volunteers of our own, making sure that tea and cakes were always at hand. It being Friday the 13th, we did have one casualty - but don't worry, it was just a tea cup! Mind you, the cakes might have a different take on the casualty count... There was an abundance of cake to go around; scones and lemon-drizzle-poppy-cake donated by a Kilmun resident (thanks Kirsty!), carrot cake and lemon cake donated by Bookpoint, shortbread donated by a Friend of Historic Kilmun, as well as two loaf cakes (apple & toffee, and gingerbread) donated by Yolanda from Chouxmake's Cakes. It's safe to say that we were not short of sugar to fuel the conversations!
If you’ve had a good look through our website before arriving here, then you’ll know that the restoration of the mausoleum, and the artefacts therein, has been completed. The mausoleum is receiving visitors and the artefacts are proudly displayed in our custom built visitors centre. So what now?
Well, there’s no point lovingly restoring the site if it isn’t also valued by others, eh? There’ll always be people who come to appreciate the history and the stories of Historic Kilmun, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. This site has been a social hub for centuries and we’d like to keep it that way! So we’re branching out into community activities for 2018, and what better way to start than with a cup of tea?
It’s time to create a new layer of history for the site, so our first project will be to gather stories from people who have grown up and lived in the area. For 12 weeks from April 13th, we’ll be gathering people together in our tea rooms, every Friday afternoon, to enjoy some home baked cakes, a cup of tea and a blether. If you have a memory or a good story involving life in and around Kilmun, the church, the mausoleum, or the surrounding areas, then please join us. If you can’t make the Friday afternoon sessions, please get in touch anyway! We’ll be recording these personal histories and sharing them with future visitors. We’re also looking for younger volunteers to get involved in the conversation, help record the stories, and keep the refreshments flowing.