Partnership set for busy summer period

ONE of Forfar’s newly elected members, Councillor Lynne Devine, was welcomed to the recent meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership held in the East & Old Parish Church.

The Partnership having previously given some thoughts and ideas to Angus Council on proposals for new tourist information signs for the main car parks at the Greens and Myre Road, members heard that the local authority has produced a draft for comment. Members were happy with the style and content.

The Partnership remains keen to see the erection of an additional sign in the town centre, near Town and County Hall and the ACCESS Office and hopes that this may be possible in future.

The Forfar Friday Night Project continues to be a great success with good numbers and new people going along every week.

Money has been secured to run the project until summer and plans are being made for a potential continuation beyond that.

One possible additional attraction to the project is the proposed Angus BandSlam, which is scheduled to take place in July.

This will allow those who currently play an instrument or sing, or would like to learn to do so, to receive free tuition over the period of a week, whilst also helping to write original music.

The BandSlam will culminate in a concert at the end of the week and it is hoped that additional tuition and practice will be made available on a regular basis as part of the Friday Night Project.

Questionnaires are being handed out at the Friday Night Project, across secondary schools in Angus and will also be uploaded onto the Angus BandSlam facebook page.

An overall cost of around £8,000 to £10,000 is anticipated and funding applications are currently being worked on.

In addition to this, the Partnership has agreed to join the Angus Youth Music Forum and hopes that the BandSlam could form a useful part of this group’s endeavours.

The Partnership’s 2012 Gala Week is running from June 17 – 24 and a number of attractions and events are already in place.

Stall-holders are booking early and a programme of events with additional publicity should be available in the next couple of weeks.

The Partnership is hoping to build on the previously successful Gala Weeks to produce another excellent community event for locals and visitors to Forfar.

The Partnership was delighted to hear that the Forfar Fairtrade Forum, initially established as a Partnership initiative, has been successful is gaining fairtrade status for the town.

This is excellent news and is a result of a lot of hard work and dedication from a small number of people.

The work does not stop there though as fairtrade status has to be retained by continuing a presence within Forfar encouraging local businesses and the public to buy into the fairtrade philosophy.

The Fairtrade Forum continues to seek additional membership and involvement and anyone with an interest can contact any member of the Partnership, or perhaps visit the fairtrade stall at the regular farmers market.

The Forfar Disabled Club, which is a member organisation of the Partnership, is holding its annual general meeting on May 31. The club meets every Thursday from the first Thursday of September until the last Thursday in May, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in St John’s Church Hall.

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 of the Forfar and Area Partnership is taking place on Monday June 25 at 7 pm in East & Old Parish Church. New members would be most welcome.