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How we began
We were established in 2004 with the following objectives:
To promote rural regeneration following principles of sustainable development in areas of social and economic deprivation within the community of Craignish by:
The relief of poverty;
The provision or improvement of housing (but not by relieving local authorities of their responsibilities);
The provision of recreational facilities;
The protection or conservation of the environment.
To advance the education of the local community about its environment, culture, and/or history.
To promote, establish, operate or support other projects & initiatives of a similar nature for the benefit of the community of Craignish.
How do we differ from Craignish Community Council?
The community company is here to raise and spend funds for the community’s benefit. The community council is the statutory elected body, established to link local government (services, development, planning) and other authorities (NHS, Police, Environment) with the community. The two bodies work closely together – as seen in the COVID Response Group which has representatives from both bodies.
We want this site to record the whole story of Craignish Community Company. If you have stories, pictures and/or information you would like to see here, such as past events, how we’ve developed or projects we have supported, please drop us an email of speak to one of the Directors and we can add them here.
Who are we?
C3 is run by the community, for the community. The Board of Directors are all local residents and we welcome new members at any time – although formal elections to the Board take place at our AGM.
The current Directors tell us a little about themselves here.
Iain Saunders – Chair
Since I was born this corner of Argyll has been where I spent my childhood holidays. I moved to Ardfern permanently some twenty years ago and spend much of my time gardening and sailing. I never cease to be aware how much of a privilege it is to be able to live here surrounded by magnificent scenery, clean air and invigorating weather.
Tim Barlow – Vice Chair
After 40 years as a teacher and church leader in the UK and Switzerland our search for a retirement home led us to Ardfern. In 2013 we started the adventure of building a house at Ardlarach. We are so grateful for the beauty of creation around us and the privilege of living in this amazing community.
Christian Smyth – Treasurer
I worked in finance for over ten years, based in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Edinburgh. More recently I’ve been gardening, farming and doing art here in Craignish.
I’m excited to support the Craignish community as my family has farmed in the area for 6 generations.
Angie Bird – Secretary
Originally from Lunga, I returned to Ardfern as a single parent with my two wild little girls a few years ago to live a slow and creative life in this magical place!
My parents bought some land at Corranbeg in 1980, so for most of my life Ardfern has been home. I built a shed-cum-bothy on the land 20 years ago and set up a campsite for tipis and yurts, before going abroad again to work, then moved here full-time with my family in 2011
After many years holidaying up and down the west coast, we finally settled in Croabh in 2018. I absolutely love it here and feel so lucky to be surrounded by such a great community and such beautiful views.
I married into Ardfern life! My wife Bonnie was born here, and after trying a few other locations in England, and overseas in Albania, we have found ourselves here for now, a great place to raise our three young children.