The award from the Berry Burn Fund has enabled the DWA to purchase a replacement trailer which is already proving its worth and is critical to the upkeep and maintenance of the Dava Way. We can deposit up to 2 tonnes of gravel exactly where it is needed and then we compact this into the pothole to make the path safe and dry. Thanks again from the DWA, a group of tried and aching but happy volunteers.
There has been almost unanimous approval of the volunteers’ achievements. Personal compliments were received on every occasion volunteers were working at the loch. Facebook and other social media carried hundreds of messages of approval. We have always made clear that, the work could never have been achieved, without the financial support of BBFC.
Forres Area Credit Union’s school savings clubs are partnerships between local primary schools and the Credit Union. The pupils are trained by FACU staff, to run the school savings clubs, with adult supervision – either staff, parents or volunteers. The pupils develop in numeracy, literacy, team building skills, confidence in handling money. They develop a firm savings habit to give a solid basis for money management in early adulthood.
We are delighted to launch the new Grantown Try Tri website (www.try-tri.co.uk) Chairperson, Rebecca Mackellar has been working with the voluntary committee and Drumnadrochit based RedKite Internet to produce a website that is up to date with the expectations of competitors and compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It would not have been possible to launch if it were not for the funding. It has significantly helped the committee to become compliant and competitors can view the site on a mobile device too. These features as well as linking with an online booking agency are important for the annual event which takes place on Sunday 8th September 2019.
The Cameron’s Project supports older people, over the age of 50, living in the Forres Area, to stay connected to their community and reduce social isolation. The project recruits and trains Cameron’s Champions to support a range of activity afternoons as well as visiting individuals regularly, on a one to one basis. Activities range from craft afternoons to gentle seated exercises, during which time volunteers and the Older Person’s Project Worker can offer information on support available within their community.
There are opportunities for individuals to get out and about within their community with the support of a Cameron’s Champion.
Rafford Village Hall has become increasingly popular as a venue for regular fitness and craft classes, the Village Café, parties and weddings. Each year about 2,500 people visit the hall and there has been a growing need for disabled access and parking spaces. The path was in a bad state of repair requiring extreme caution by those who found walking difficult, especially in bad weather and dark nights.
We are grateful to the Berry Burn Community Fund and to each group and individual who generously donated to make the hall a safer and more pleasant place to visit, gather and create community spirit.
With thanks to the Berry Burn Community Fund, the Pagoda in Grantown on Spey was able to host the Annual National Puppet Festival. Performances included an Eco Drama, puppet making workshops and a high tech puppet show about Robert the Bruce.
Adults and children alike were enthralled by the performances and delighted to be part of a festival which brought live theatre to a new generation.