Piping hot stuff as Forfar plans for Tartan Week

MEMBERS of the Forfar and Area Partnership discussed a range of issues – including Tartan Week, Forfar Youth Consultation, Christmas Lights, Fairtrade and the Gala Week – at their latest meeting.

The Partnership has organised the annual shop window competition as part of Tartan Week celebrations and members were delighted to accept sponsorship from the Grampian Bookshop.

In addition, the Partnership has arranged for the Forfar & District Pipe Band to play at The Cross on Saturdays, April 2 and 9.

As an addition to these regular events, the Partnership is working closely with Liz Low School of Dance to organise a Highland Dancing Festival at the Reid Hall for Sunday, April 3.

More details about this particular event will be available in the coming weeks.

The Partnership has played an important role, alongside the Pitstop, Community Learning and Development Service and Forfar Academy, to complete a large youth consultation in the town.

The Partnership’s main interest is seeking to arrange a Friday Night Project, similar to those which have proved successful in Kirriemuir and Arbroath.

Discussions are currently underway and the Partnership will seek to organise a meeting with all interested parties in the near future.

Despite having been involved in some capacity at a very early stage, the Partnership discussed their concern around the lack of communication and apparent lack of action around the Christmas Lights in Forfar.

As a result of this discussion, the Partnership has agreed to contact the appropriate Angus Council department to seek an update and find out how the Partnership could become involved.

The Forfar Fairtrade Steering Group has had its first meeting, which proved very successful.

One of the members of the steering group, local businessman, Kenny Beats has already made progress with his local business now using Fairtrade products.

The Partnership has agreed to host a stall of Fairtrade products in Angus House this Friday from 12 noon to 2 pm as part of Fairtrade Fortnight and is discussing further events to take place in the future.

The Partnership continues to take the lead on developments around Gala Week 2011.

A committee has met to discuss events for Gala Week fund-raising opportunities.

Future meetings of the committee will be publicised.

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 haxtonl@angus.gov.uk

The next meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership is taking place on Monday, March 28 at 7 pm in East & Old Parish Church.