Forres Area Community Trust

We would have definitely not been able to do this project without the funding from the Berry Burn Community Fund. The significance of the support for the enabling works has been huge as we have now been able to start Phase 1 of the capital building works which has been funded from other sources. The support for the enabling works has also meant we are in a better position to move forward in the other capital works to ensure the sustainability of Forres Town Hall and to bring it up to 21st century standards which will cost around £5M.

Dallas Miniature Rifle Club

We have upgraded the scoring system at the Dallas Miniature Rifle Club to being electronic. This means one gets feedback instantly whilst shooting. The benefits of smallbore rifle shooting include strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination and self-discipline. It requires concentration and mental alertness and we hope that with the immediate and exact feedback we will get with this system, members will improve thus giving them a sense of achievement and satisfaction.

We hope to encourage new members who might appreciate the technology, and to continue to provide a space for anyone to meet and share a common interest.

Rothes Community Limited

We here at Rothes Community Limited are delighted with our new equipment and wonder why we persevered so long with old equipment. We will appreciate having it for our quarterly newspaper “The Rothesian”, for our other local community printing jobs, and for our calendars which are a huge part of our income stream. This has also opened the door for other printed goods, such as postcards and notelets which we are often asked for. Looking forward to coming up with new ideas.

Moray Hydrotherapy Pool Ltd

Without the assistance of funds from the Berry Burn Community Fund, the functioning of the hydrotherapy pool in Forres might have been abrupted without warning. The Moray Hydrotherapy board did not have sufficient funds to meet the cost of replacing two boilers and carrying out essential improvements to the boiler room. Consequently the hydrotherapy pool would have ceased to function, taking away a vital resource to Moray.

Film Forres

Film Forres have completed a pilot project to take cinema out to local village halls in some of our smaller communities. Through the winter of 2022/2023 and of 2023/2024, Film Forres visited village halls with their mobile cinema and provided an opportunity for community gathering and social interaction whilst watching a film of their choice.

Forres Heritage Trust Limited

The illumination of the Tolbooth, Merkat Cross and Nelson’s Tower in Forres have thoroughly put each of these buildings on the map. The ‘state of the art’ lighting equipment installed will enable the colour scheme of each building to be changed to reflect such events as Remembrance Day, McMillan Cancer Day, Christmas etc. The hope is to fire the imagination of the population and get them to visit the buildings, this in turn producing activities which are both educational as well as family orientated. It is hoped the fact the buildings are illuminated will encourage people to visit Forres and that an economic benefit will be derived by local businesses.

Findhorn Village Heritage

Findhorn Heritage Icehouse was built circa 1850 to store ice for preserving salmon destined for London markets. Salmon netting finished in 1986 and the Icehouse was acquired by Findhorn Heritage who have created a small Salmon Fishing museum. To allow wheelchair access for visitors throughout the building a level metal surface was constructed, supported above the existing uneven rough stone floor. Over the course of 20 years the damp environment had caused corrosion of the floor infrastructure. The grant from Berry Burn Community Fund has helped us replace the floor support infrastructure to allow continued wheelchair access for visitors.

Strathspey Camanachd

The Berry Burn Community Fund have been an invaluable help to our club over the 2023 season. With their assistance we have managed to play all our home matches and training on the same pitch without financial worry. They have also aided us with help and advice on more practical ways to become more financially stable in the future. Big thank you from all at Strathspey Camanachd!

Forres Community Council & Forres Community Sports Hub

As of 1 December 2023, Forres has a new, free to use outdoor gym, located on Sanquhar Road. This £72,000 outdoor gym was developed by Forres Community Sports Hub and Forres Community Council with Berry Burn Community Fund giving £45,000 towards the project.

Equipment includes; multi-station/multi-user full body workout pieces, plus seats/shelters, arm bike accessible from seat/standing position/wheelchair, offering cardiovascular training.  Magnetic bells give users two weights/different strength levels, agility trim trail.  A free downloadable app will act like a virtual personal trainer.

Moray Council will routinely maintain/inspect the equipment and ongoing fundraising efforts to support the gym and potential future development has been created through a GoFundMe campaign administered by Forres Sports Hub.

Grantown Initiative

Grantown on Spey’s festive lights seek to enrich the Christmas experience for the community with the provision of a fabulous display of lights. The funds to replace eight of the lamppost lights will support the delivery of joy for the community and provide pleasure to all generations for approximately six weeks each year. Christmas can be a difficult time for many with limited money to provide treats, presents or festive cheer. Whilst not being able to replace what will be lost due to the wider financial crisis, this project provides a free-to-access festive centrepiece for the community.