Award boost for community group

Forfar Roof Truss Company design engineer Jim Leven (centre) hands over a cheque for �250 to The Skein Tryst. Barbara Lovegrove, chairman (second from the right) accepts the cheque while looking on are Elspeth Simpson, Irene Simpson and Ron Lyle. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk).

Forfar Roof Truss Company design engineer Jim Leven (centre) hands over a cheque for �250 to The Skein Tryst. Barbara Lovegrove, chairman (second from the right) accepts the cheque while looking on are Elspeth Simpson, Irene Simpson and Ron Lyle. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk).

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A RURAL group which has been going for just over a year is the latest recipient of a £250 sponsorship award from Forfar Roof Truss Company Limited.

Representatives of the Skein Tryst, which meets in Kilry Hall, to the west of Kirriemuir, popped along to the Orchardbank base of the company on Monday to accept the award.

The Skein Tryst is a meeting place where people from Kilry and the surrounding area meet to have coffee, the opportunity to chat and enjoy a short feature of general interest, which may be a musical; interlude or a short talk.

A light lunch is served at 12.30 pm and the gathering winds up at around 2.30 pm.

The purpose of the group is to bring together those who do not get out as much as they would like, as well as those who live in the Kirriemuir and Isla parishes but have perhaps moved and lost the opportunity to chat to old friends.

“Indeed, it provides an informal meeting place for anyone from the area who would like to pop along,” adds spokesperson Barbara Lovegrove, who came up with the idea of forming the group.

“Mostly senior citizens, the group comprises many who live alone, widows, widowers and disabled.

“New friends have been forged, and support and encouragement given to each other.”

The Roof Trust Award for February will allow the Skein Tryst to buy more comfortable chairs for the regular meeting place at Kilry Hall.

For those groups, clubs, organisations and individuals in the Forfar-Kirriemuir area unsuccessful with their application, the Forfar Roof Truss Company Limited sponsorship scheme continues for the remainder of the year.

Each month during the year a worthy individual or organisation will be selected to receive a £250 sponsorship cheque.

The money could be used, for example, by playgroups for equipment or outings; to provide entertainment for sheltered housing residents or books for schools; by individuals embarking on a major charity fund-raising exercise; by sporting groups seeking to purchase new gear; or by students seeking cash to fund voluntary work overseas during a gap year; the list is endless.

If you feel you or your organisation could benefit from a £250 boost you should apply in writing to “Forfar Roof Truss Company Sponsorship Project”, c/o Angus County Press Limited, 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AH, by the last day in any given month.

Accompanying your application should be details (no more than 300 words), providing relevant background information on you or the organisation you represent and how the £250 could be used. Repeat applications will be accepted, although successful applicants in any given month will not be re-considered during the remainder of the year.

Each month, the successful applicant will feature in an article in the “Dispatch” and “Herald”, to accompany the presentation of the cheque by a representative of Forfar Roof Truss Company Limited.

The judging panel will comprise members of the Angus County Press editorial staff - and each month the decision will be final.