Community Archaeology Dig at Ochiltree

As part of the Attainment Through Archaeology project, a community dig was hosted in Ochiltree from the 20th to 28th March. The dig consisted of 3 pits being excavated by volunteers under the watchful eye of staff from Archaeology Scotland. With support from local historians and volunteers, the site was chosen due to the close proximity of a circular structure in the adjacent field, barely visible but detected using LiDAR mapping techniques.

School children from Ochiltree Primary School, local families and volunteers took the chance to get involved. They found artefacts such as Victorian coins, an old brick plus some mysterious sandstone slabs which are believed to be part of a ditch or channel that would have surrounded the previously mentioned circular structure.

Well done to everyone who took part and worked hard in some very testing weather conditions.

Exhibition Special Viewing Hosted By East Ayrshire Leisure Trust

The Baird Institute in Cumnock, East Ayrshire is currently showcasing The Lost Villages Exhibition until the 3rd May. However, on Friday 15th March, esteemed guests, project volunteers and participants were invited along to a special viewing of the exhibition hosted by East Ayrshire Leisure Trust. Attendees were also treated to a sneak peek of the book ‘Memory, Mining and Heritage – Voices From Ayrshire Communities’. Thank you to everyone that came along and shared memories of their mining heritage.

Image Above: Left to Right – Professor Arthur McIvor, Dr Yvonne McFadden, Councillor William Lennox, Councillor Drew Filson, Lyndsay Jess (EALT) , Councillor June Kyle, Councillor Douglas Reid, Councillor Jim McMahon and Allan Dorans MP.

Image Below: Left to Right – Dr Yvonne McFadden and Professor Arthur McIvor from Strathclyde University and the Scottish Oral History Centre, alongside Lyndsay Jess, Museums Development Officer for East Ayrshire Leisure Trust.

Free Funding for Tree Planting Still Available

EADHA  are delivering our Coalfields To Wildwoods Project and an aim is to assist with the restoration of open cast sites and improve overall woodland cover within the CCLP area.  You can get involved and help too!

Do you own land and would like to plant trees to improve its biodiversity? The Woodland Trust and Eadha Enterprises are offering to FULLY fund a tree planting programme at no cost to you.

Read about The Woodland Trust MOREWoods scheme and email Peter Livingstone from EADHA eadhaenterprises@hotmail.co.uk to find out more.

Free Tree Planting Scheme

Fantastic Project Recognition for the CCLP

On the 8th October 2023 Allan Dorans MP submitted an Early Day Motion to the UK Parliament noting, recognising and celebrating the incredible achievements of the Musical Celebration of the Coalfields project delivered in partnership with The Cumnock Tryst and CCLP team . This is such a proud moment for the amazing, talented communities and young people living and working in East Ayrshire. Well done everyone!

Allan Dorans MP and Sir James MacMillan, Artistic Director of the Cumnock Tryst

Life In The Lost Villages – End Of Project Celebration Event

Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, GBR – 30 September: Allan Dorans MP and Depute Provost Claire Leitch were among organisers and participants at the End of Project event for The Lost Villages on Saturday 30 September 2023 in Dalmellington, East Ayrshire. The Lost Villages is an oral history of miners’ rows and the deindustrialisation of East Ayrshire. Photo: David Gordon for EAC

On Saturday 30th September the CCLP team attended the Life In The Lost Villages celebration event at Dalmellington Community Centre. The afternoon was organised by Yvonne McFadden and Arthur McIvor from the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde. We were joined by members of the community and their families who had contributed their personal testimonies to the project. The afternoon was capped off with live performances from Seán Gray and Rab Wilson with songs and poetry inspired by life on the old miners rows. We are now working with East Ayrshire Leisure Trust to hold an exhibition at The Baird Institute in Cumnock next year and launch a book all about the project and its findings.

More photos can be found on our CCLP Facebook page Facebook

www.thelostvillages.co.uk

Scottish Oral History Centre | University of Strathclyde

CCLP Newsletter No.2 November 2020

You will find our November newsletter in our Resources section. This issue has news on the following projects:

Coalfield Place Names

Connecting Communities

Life in the Lost Villages

Doon Valley Railway

Lugar Heritage Centre

A Musical Celebration of Coalfield s Heritage

Ploughing up our Past

Coalfields for Pollinators

Hedgerow Habitats

North Kyle Master Plan

Ploughing up the Past Photo Competition

Cumnock History Group has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to research farms in Cumnock and its neighbouring parishes of Auchinleck, New Cumnock and Ochiltree with the support of the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership. Our aim is to preserve our farming heritage by collecting all the information we can about our farms. You can see our progress on the Ploughing Up Our Past blog. Join in the conversation in the Ploughing Up Our Past Facebook group too.

What we are looking for are photographs showing farms and farming life. They can be recent or old, colour or black and white. All that is required is that the farming subject must be in our study area -Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Ochiltree, and Old CumnockJust tell us· Your name and address. Who the people are in your picture (if any)· If children are in a recent photo, you must have their parents’ permission· The name of the farm and parish it is in· Approximate date of photograph· Farm implements names, models etc· Breeds of animals, their names, personalities etc

There will be PRIZES!!! Please send your farm pics to farms@cumnockhistorygroup.org by 8th January 2021 with “competition” as the subject matter.

All photographs submitted may be included the final project and all will be shared online. By entering it is assumed you agree to this. Photos will be judged by an independent adjudicator after the closing date and the prizes will be delivered.

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

Congratulations to our Board member Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere on securing £1.9m from the South of Scotland Enterprise agency. The 5-year funding agreement will see the Biosphere growing its core team and activities across SW Scotland significantly. Key priorities over the next five years will focus on how they can support and integrate the sustainability agenda into all our lives, benefitting communities, businesses, landowners, land managers and individuals Congratulations to our Board member Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere on securing £1.9m from the South of Scotland Enterprise agency. The 5-year funding agreement will see the Biosphere growing its core team and activities across SW Scotland significantly. Key priorities over the next five years will focus on how they can support and integrate the sustainability agenda into all our lives, benefitting communities, businesses, landowners, land managers and individuals.

They are now recruiting for a permanent full time finance and office manager. To find out more visit:
https://www.gsabiosphere.org.uk/finance-and-office…/