Community groups praised at SNP Annual General Meeting

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Forfar based SNP MEP Ian Hudghton has hailed the work of two community groups who addressed the Forfar Branch AGM this week.

The branch met on Monday evening to elect office-bearers for 2011. Lynne Devine was re-elected in her role as Convenor with local Councillor Glennis Middleton again taking up the role of Vice-Convenor. The position of Treasurer was vacated by the outgoing Fiona McArthur, Craig Hamilton was elected to take over the branch finances.

Following the meeting members were addressed by Tom O’Brien of The Glens United and Anne Hattersley of the Lordburn Restenneth Action Group.

The Restenneth and Lordburn Action Group was started in 2008 following an article in the Dispatch where the areas were referred to as ‘the slums of Forfar’. Locals rallied to clear bins which they had lain out for years blighting the areas reputation. The article was published on a Wednesday and by the Saturday the bins were gone. Since then they’ve continued to raise funds to re-generate Restenneth and Lordburn.

The Glens United works to improve the lives and environment of people living in the Gallowshade area. They work with a number of people including their ‘Biscuit Raiders’ - two youth groups for children up to the age of 14. Litter picks, Bingo Teas and a Weightwatchers Group are just some of their other activities designed to promote community involvement in Gallowshade..

Both organisations have played a key role in generating strong community spirit and ensuring locals regain pride in where they live.

SNP MEP Ian Hudghton was in attendance to hear from the speakers. He drew parallels between the groups and the spirit of an Independent Scotland.

Following the AGM the Forfar based MEP said: “Independence will allow us to take decisions in Scotland that will improve the lives of families, communities and individuals across our country. With independence we will have the ability to solve our own problems and to make the most of the very many opportunities open to all of us. It will allow us to build a stronger nation and a better future for us all. Both the Lordburn and Restenneth Action Group and the Glens United are fantastic examples of what independent spirit can bring. They‘ve realised the problems their communities faced and helped build a better and stronger future for the people living there”