Another Fund Raising Success

Furnace Community SCIO 04/04/2021 

After a full year of lockdown and only being able to see and talk to folk at a distance, Furnace had an Easter Saturday to remember this year. The SCIO wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of the Easter Raffle and to those who came to the event outside the village shop. 

After raising £600 for the Christmas Raffle, we wondered whether it would too soon to ask for more donations, more raffle ticket buying. It soon became clear that, as always, it wasn’t too much to ask. We raised a magnificent £760! 

David and Cindy, super keen as always to help out, said they would host the tombola,(and what a tombola it was!) table top sales and the Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. Not a rep or a customer was allowed out the shop without donating or buying. 

Meanwhile the bakers and gardeners of the village and surrounds were busy making delicious cakes for the cake stall. Seeds were planted, nurtured and potted on. Plants were lifted, divided and begged to thrive.  

A couple of SCIO members had the unenviable task of separating and folding thousands of raffle tickets.. so much fun!! 

And so to the day. Would all that effort be worth it? Would anyone come? Would we be able to raise even more money? 

The answer of course was YES! The turnout was amazing, way beyond expectation. Everyone adhered to the Face Mask and No Hugging (So, so difficult)) rules but the smiles as people greeted their friends and neighbours could not be hidden despite the masks. Watching the kids running round looking for Easter eggs and the Golden Egg to win the giant bunny was a joy to see. Everyone attending waited patiently in the queues at all the stalls and no-one minded because the sun shone for us. What a glorious day. 

 So all the baking and planting and coaxing donations and ticket sales, the sore feet when it was all over… worth every minute.  

Overall we raised a magnificent £1923.50 

From everyone on the SCIO to all the Furnace Folk & Friends 

Thank You – This kind of money is raised only by your huge and continued generosity 

All money raised will be going towards the Hall Floor Fund – More news on this coming soon 


Furnace Fundraiser Raffle

The kitchen table awash with raffle donations

A fantastic result with Furnace Folk yet again so generous with their donations of chocolates, whisky, wine and other foodie delights along side a couple of reindeer. A big thanks to the shop for promoting the raffle and selling the raffle tickets. There were 23 prizes and the raffle raised £600 Raffle. The money will be split between Shelter, Furnace School and the Church.

Prizes were given to: Macintosh, Nicola Mclean, the Joynsons, Robbie Bell, Bake, John Gillies, Cameyo, Mow, Alison (Garry’s mum), Adele Sinclair, Alma, David Sinclair, Maureen, Jan Brown, Hamish, Margaret Moncur, Eva Pattinson, Adam and Rachel, David and Cindy, and Phil and Val.


History Walk

By popular request local historian Duncan Beaton lead a party (with masks on and keeping our distance) around the village pointing out bits of interest linked to Furnace’s history. Redwell Park, for instance, is so named as there was a well at the bottom which had red water due to the iron, the Galloping Brae was down the hill from Auchindrain coming into Furnace at the start of what we know of now as Leacainn Forest Walk, galloping because the horses picked up speed. We saw parts of the old bridge, were shown where shops once stood proud and flourishing and numerous churches stood serving a busy community.

We discovered old bridges, found out about the shops and quite a bit about the characters that trod the well worn paths through the village through the years.

More history walks are being planned, including a trip around the drovers ways in Spring. If you are interested then keep a look out on the village notice board and on Everything Furnace Facebook page or contact ruthtott(at)


2020 Christmas Lights

It’s not normal behavior to take an evening stroll, walk through neighbours gardens and peer in their windows but on Friday 4th December this year, the year of Covid-19, things were a bit different as Furnace Christmas lights were switched on and many of villagers took up the challenge to decorate their windows in a Winter Wonderland scene. 

10, 9, 8….The Lights go on.

The weather was perfect, a cold, star filled sky. Everyone had dressed appropriately and with the addition of face masks, it was hard to recognise friends and neighbours. The big countdown commenced and low & behold the tree and hall lit up to the sound of clapping, gasps and hurrah! The crowd then joined in a hearty rendition of some Carols led by Furnace’s own Wilf & Barbra Stout. 

The village walk then commenced with various groups taking different paths and roads. And what a sight it was, so many people had put in so much effort. There were snowmen, lots of Santa’s, robins and angels, stars and lights galore.

We even had a stained glass window & a tiny street of houses lit up and surrounded by fir trees. So much to see and of course, we had to walk through gardens to have a closer look. We must give a special mention to the giant reindeer, all hand made by David, which popped up in various gardens. 

Overall, it was a sight to see and having spoken to Furnace Folk on the walk, it was obvious that not only did everyone love and appreciate the effort that had been put in but they thoroughly enjoyed the time spent chatting to friends they hadn’t seen much throughout the long months that had gone before.