Partnership focus on forthcoming events

TARTAN Week celebrations, the gala week and Faitrade were on the agenda when members of the Forfar and Area Partnership met in East & Old Parish Church.

For the fourth consecutive year, the partnership is leading in the organisation of community events in Forfar for Tartan Week.

Tartan Week celebrates Scottish culture and heritage across the world, focusing on April 6, the date of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.

In Forfar, local children can take part in the annual window competition, involving 31 local businesses across Forfar.

Children are to find each business and look for the tartan on display.

Winners will receive tokens for the Grampian Bookshop.

On Saturday past Forfar & District Pipe Band played at The Cross and they wil be there again this coming Saturday.

On Sunday past a Highland Dancing Festival,arranged with the Liz Low School of Dance, took place in the Reid Hall.

The Gala Week Committee has now met on a number of occasions to agree and organise events for June 19 to 26.

The committee members are delighted to confirm that the East & Old Parish Church will again start the celebrations with their “Songs of Praise” on Sunday, June 19.

Gala Day takes place the following Sunday and details of all of the events will be made available over the coming weeks.

The Forfar Fairtrade Steering Group continues to make substantial progress and recently hosted a Fairtrade stall at Angus House in Forfar, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

In addition to this, the Partnership hope to host a similar stall alongside the pipe band this Saturday, during Tartan Week.

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on April 27 at Kenny’s Cafe on East High Street from 5.30 pm and all with an interest are welcome.

On the same day, from 9.30 am to 10.30 am Whitehills Primary School is having its first Fairtrade Cafe and all are welcome to attend.

An additional meeting on May 18 will be attended by Martin Rhodes, chairperson of the Scottish Fairtrade Forum and May 22 will see a Fairtrade coffee morning at Kenny’s Café, with profits going to support the Steering Group’s work.

Forfar is also represented in discussions on the creation of an Angus Fairtrade Zone, being led by Angus Council.

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 Jeanette Gaul on 01307 464698, Ken Stewart on 01307 461338 or Lee Haxton 01575 576941 or

The next meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership is taking place on Monday, May 9 2011 at 7 pm in East & Old Parish Church, which will also be the annual general meeting.