Partnership meeting reveals many plans in the pipeline

THE FORFAR and Area Partnership held a special general meeting earlier this month to finalise new appointments and discuss forthcoming events.

Nominations which were put forward at the May annual general meeting were confirmed meaning Jeanette Gaul remains as chairwoman, Fiona McCash takes on the role of treasurer and the role of vice-chair will be shared between the two ambassadors - Eilidh Collins and Brodie McCash.

In order to finalise these appointments a small charge to the Partnership Agreement was required and this was approved by members.

Over the past few months the Partnership has gradually extended its contact list in order to make as many groups and individuals as possible aware of their work.

Bearing in mind the pressure of resources and staff time they have been asked to reconsider the postal contact list. It appears that only a small proportion of those contacted by post actively contribute or participate in meetings or projects and so the Partnership have agreed to review the list and provide alternative e-mail contacts where possible.

The proposal for a Friday Night Project in Forfar remains a priority and the Partnership have agreed to arrange a discussion with all interested parties later this month.

Forfar Gala Week was the main focus of the meeting and a packed programme is being put in place starting with ‘Sing Forfar’s Praises’ on June 19 and ending with Gala Day on June 26.

Programmes, tickets and posters are currently being produced and will be out in shops and outlets in the town soon.

The Forfar Fairtrade Forum continues to make good progress and they are currently working on a constitution and bank account application.

The Fairtrade Coffee Morning in Kenny’s Cafe was a great success and the forum have agreed to repeat their involvement with the Forfar Farmer’s Market.

A meeting with Martin Rhodes, director of the Scottish Fairtrade Forum is being arranged to later in June.

Viewmount Voices continue to make steady progress and will soon be presented with their certificate of registration from Angus Council.

In addition, the Glens United Action Group will soon be hosting their own AGM to which all with an interest are invited to attend.

The Forfar and Area Partnership exists to work on projects and events which improve the quality of life of the people of Forfar and the 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 or Lee Haxton on 01575 576941 or

The next meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership is taking place on Monday, July 25 at 7pm in East and Old Parish Church.

Future meetings will be held as follows:- on Monday, August 22; Monday, September 26; Monday, October 31 and Monday, November 28.