New Partnership committee meets

the new Forfar and Area Partnership committee met for the first time on Monday, April 30.

With the aim of supporting the town and its community, the partnership are pleased to report they have a number of events in the pipeline.

Partnership members are currently looking forward to seeing a draft of the new Tourist Information Signs within the next few weeks.

The signs will replace those already in place in The Myre and Greens car parks. The signs in Kirriemuir were recently changed and have proved to be popular so the partnership are hoping for a similar reaction in Forfar.

Meanwhile, the Friday Night Project continues to be a great success with numbers averaging around 80 per night. Feedback from participants also remains positive.

The initial evaluation has been completed and funding has been secured to extend the project throughout the summer.

Word of mouth has proved to be a major part in the popularity of the project and newcomers from across Angus have gone along to enjoy the free activities on offer.

There is also the possibility that the Friday Night Project will be supplemented with the Forfar Band Slam - a new musical initiative.

Support has been gathered from musical organisations and individuals across Angus with a survey of secondary school pupils soon to begin.

If successful with funding applications, the Partnership hopes to arrange Band Slam for July this year.

If you would like to find out more please e-mail angusbandslam@yahoo.co.uk

Forfar Gala Week will take place in late June and requests for stalls are coming in steadily.

A number of attractions have already been booked and the programmes are currently being worked on.

The partnership hopes that Gala Week will prove to be as successful as Tartan Week.

Also making progress is the Forfar Fairtrade Forum, which was kickstarted by the partnership, as it has now submitted an application to bring Forfar the status of Fairtrade Town.

The Forum is hopeful of success and was pleased to note that Forfar Academy recently became a Fairtrade school. You can always visit the Fair Trade stall at the Farmer’s Market every second Saturday of the month.

The Forfar and Area Partnership exists to work on projects and events which improve the quality of life of the people of Forfar and surrounding area. Involvement and participation is welcomed from all, either individually or as a representative of another group in Forfar.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Fiona McCash on 07828 744598 or Lee Haxton on 01307 474788 or haxtonl@angus.gov.uk.

The next meeting takes place on Monday, May 21 at 7pm in East & Old Parish Church. New members would be most welcome.