April 2019 Funding Alert

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Of particular note is that the Common Good Fund applications close on Friday 3 May 2019.

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February 2019 Funding Alert

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February 2019 Funding Alert

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Welcome to the February edition of the Funding Alert. Please click the link above to download the Alert in PDF format.

Of particular note this month are:

  • Workshop for delivering Gaelic projects – 7 February in the Station Hotel, 1 Leonard St, Perth. To book a place please email: brian@gaidhlig.scot or call 01463 225454.
  • Community Investment Fund deadline – 15 February.
  • Taic Freumhan Coimhearsnachd deadline – 22 February.

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Bringing Football Back to Stanley – Update

BRINGING FOOTBALL BACK TO STANLEY

Stanley football pitch drainage improvements

PROJECT AIM

This partnership project between Stanley Development Trust (SDT) and Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) aims to re-instate the football pitch in Stanley and thus enable our local football team to train and play league games in their own village and develop teams for younger players. It will also enable Stanley Primary School children to undertake physical activity and play football on a well-drained natural turf surface. The football pitch is located within the grounds of Stanley Primary School.

THE PROBLEM

The Stanley football pitch drainage system was last serviced and repaired by the community in the early 1980’s. In more recent times ongoing drainage problems have meant that the football pitch is regularly waterlogged. The pitch is unsuitable therefore for use by Stanley Primary School and unplayable by the local youth football team which has had to play home games at other football grounds in Perth & Kinross.

THE SOLUTION

To renovate the pitch by commissioning a specialist grounds care contractor (SportsMasters UK) to improve the drainage by:

  • Top-dressing the pitch with 60 tons of approved sports sand
  • Applying a winter feed at 35g/m2
  • Decompact the soil (earthquake)
  • Aerate the soil by Verti-draining the pitch

FUNDING THE PROJECT

In 2018 the SUEZ Communities Trust awarded PKC/SDT £9,924.00 for this project with the condition that it must be spent on improvements to the drainage system. The SUEZ grant was match funded with an award from PKC Community Environment Challenge Fund (£16,476). The match funding was originally planned to have paid for essential and non-essential renovation works to the football pitch. However, in reality it was just the essential works (as described above) that were carried out. PKC informed SUEZ Communities Trust of this change of plan and it was agreed that the SUEZ grant could be used to pay for the essential drainage renovation works.

THE STORY OF THE STANLEY PITCH RENOVATIONS

The renovation works were scheduled for the October 2018 school holiday fortnight (8th – 19th October) when the school would be closed and access to the grounds could be limited with little inconvenience to the public. However, exceptionally heavy and prolonged rain was forecast for the week beginning 8th October 2018. The contractor advised SDT that it would be not prudent to come on site in those weather conditions. The risk of damage to the pitch, of machinery not working efficiently in muddy conditions, of the renovations running over scheduled time, and of resultant extra costs to SDT were all considered to be too great. Given the two week window available in which to carry out renovations, it was decided to undertake essential works only (as described above) during week commencing 15th October when the weather forecast for more conducive. The renovations took place on the 15th and 16th October 2018. Please see story board on page 3 of this report for photographic evidence of the renovation works.

Similar treatments have been applied to other water-logged and compacted pitches in the Perth & Kinross area with good results. Whilst it will take some time for the Stanley pitch to fully recover from the renovations, it is already in a much better state to cope with the coming winter and the inevitable rain and snow. The pitch can be used straight away by Stanley Primary School pupils for their ‘Daily Mile’ walking and other physical and sports activities without fear of muddy shoes and clothes. The local football group is in the process of re-forming teams for the 2019/20 season.

There has been a great deal of interest in the project from the local community. A post on SDT’s Facebook page which credited SUEZ Communities Trust with funding the renovation works to the football pitch reached 895 people – a remarkable reach for a village with a population of around 1300.

Thank you SUEZ Communities Trust for helping the Stanley community to realise our long-held wish to improve the condition of the pitch and to help bring football back to Stanley

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Helping each other..

There are an amazing number of organisations and groups in Highland Perthshire. All doing great work within and outwith their communities.  However, times are hard not only in a financial sense but also in peoples time.  So it is heart warming see when groups help each other out and hopefully mutually benefiting.  Once such example is between the Pitlochry Choral Society and the Pitlochry Path Group. A thank you appeared in a local newspaper….

“Pitlochry & District Choral Society is a local amateur Choir which produces two concerts each year for the local and wider community.  As a typical small charity, they face considerable challenges to raise sufficient funds to finance their concerts, and yet they usually also manage to organise a completely independent bucket collection for the audience to contribute to other charitable or community causes.

The beneficiaries of the 2017 Christmas Concert were the Pitlochry Paths Group, a group of dedicated and unpaid local volunteers (many are retired) who strive to maintain many of the popular footpaths around Pitlochry, improving access for the less able and allowing both the local folk and also the tourists to continue to enjoy these lochside, hillside and woodland walks.  The Paths Group is not itself a Charity, simply a small band of local residents, and it therefore sits under the umbrella of ‘Pitlochry In Bloom’ and its constitution and upon whom the Group relies for banking arrangements etc.

The Bucket collection amounted to just over £350 for the Pitlochry Path Group and these funds will go towards current work on a particularly popular footpath from Lagreach Brae to the new multi-access path at the Pitlochry Dam.

On behalf of the Pitlochry Path Group we would like to thank the Choral Society for organising the collection, and the audience for their generosity in helping to fund the work of the Group.

We need all the help we can get so if you are interested in donating or joining the group please contact  pitlochrypath@gmail.com .”

 

 

Pitlochry Path Group – mega tonnage task !

Pitlochry Path Network is a series of 9 way marked paths (41 miles) set up by Perth and Kinross Council in 1996, which was a huge extension to the Garry-Tummel Walk.  It was a very forward thinking project, which has been copied many a time elsewhere, providing easy access to communities and the countryside.  However, the conditions of the paths have deteriorated over time.  With local government financial constraints and a change in legislation these paths have been neglected. With the formation of the Pitlochry Path Group a number of these routes are being upgraded to former standards. One of the identified paths by the Pitlochry Path Group, all volunteers, has been the Moulin Path on a section locally known as the Auchnahyle Path.

With funding sourced from the Andie Millar’s Trust and Enchanted Forest Fund, the group set about to upgrade a very slippery 140m section of the path Network.  The works were split between that of a contractor requirement and a lot of hard work from volunteers.  In the end Barhaul were contracted to prepare the site by digging out a path tray. This was followed by three days work of building up the path. The volunteers worked two hour slots and were supported by the Pitlochry High Junior ranger Scheme and staff for a whole day.  The group were supported by two rangers, namely Jeannie Grant from the Highland area and Alistair McLeod from the Eastern area. Collectively they shifted a monster 31 tonnes of type one and 7 tonne of dust by hand in two and a half days! The path was kept open during the construction phase and volunteers received a number of gratitude comments and requests to sort out other sections!

As the path settles, off lets will need to be cut in at the edges.  Over time the vegetation will soften the edges of the path and hopefully remain a slippery free path.

Short Paths, HUGE improvement

Pitlochry path Group would like to share their activities of 2016, which shows the partnerships developed by the group and have aided them to progress a number of initiatives in their patch.

“The Path Group has had a busy and constructive 2016 summer.  The group consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and is organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom.

In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in the Black Spout Woods, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell.

Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally.  With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled 13 tonnes of stone over a two- day period.  The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period.

The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally.  We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch.

Also, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour.  A contractor, Duncan Maclean was engaged to carry out the works.  This is a great improvement to the local core path network.

Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant.  The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers – absolutely no technical knowledge is required.  If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822 425 or via communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk.”

Ian Sim

Pitlochry Path Group SLIDE

 

Short paths, HUGE improvement

Pitlochry path Group would like to share their activities of 2016, which shows the partnerships developed by the group and have aided them to progress a number of initiatives in their patch.

“The Path Group has had a busy and constructive 2016 summer.  The group consists of a mixed bunch of volunteers with a varied range of skills and is organised as a sub group of Pitlochry in Bloom.

In addition to our regular path strimming at the Recreation Ground, Kinnaird and Edradour we have tidied up a path at the Cuilc and cut in new drainage, have repaired pot holes and installed new drainage in the Black Spout Woods, cleaned up the aluminium bridge and made further improvements at Lady’s Dell.

Our major task completed in the last few months was to upgrade the path which runs from Lagreach Brae to Loch Faskally.  With financial help from both the Andie Millar Trust and Enchanted Forest Community Trust the group framed the path and with very valuable assistance from the Pitlochry High Junior Rangers moved, raked and rolled 13 tonnes of stone over a two- day period.  The results of our labours should make the walk much easier over the winter period.

The Group has been instrumental in persuading SSE to construct a new multi access path from the new Visitors Centre car park to Loch Faskally.  We understand that the new path will be open when the Visitors Centre opens and should allow wheelchair access to the fantastic views across the loch.

Also, with much administrative effort and with the very generous help from Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Challenge Fund a 300 metre stretch of path was upgraded at Edradour.  A contractor, Duncan Maclean was engaged to carry out the works.  This is a great improvement to the local core path network.

Our members meet every second Thursday and are ably assisted by PKC Greenspace Ranger, Jeannie Grant.  The group is always happy to receive help from new volunteers – absolutely no technical knowledge is required.  If you fancy spending a few hours in the fresh air, helping maintain the path network, meeting new folk and making new friends don’t hesitate to contact Jeannie Grant on 01887 822 425 or via communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk.”

Ian Sim

Pitlochry Path Group SLIDE

Community Environment Challenge Fund

Acorn Dell Path Improvements

Work to improve the footpath along Lady Mary’s Walk by the side of the Turret Burn, has been progressing extremely well despite the wet weather. The path improvements are all down to the efforts of a very active group of volunteers who formed the ‘Friends of Acorn Dell’  a few years ago with the aim of repairing the section which runs through the community owned land.

Under the direction of the Crieff Community Trust and along with The Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust & PKC, the group has raised substantial funds to make this happen. A major part of the funding came from PKC’s Community Environment Challenge Fund which voluntary or community organisations can access for projects which could make a significant difference to the local environment.

Typical criteria which the fund requires are “Benefits to the wider community”, “Link to other regeneration initiatives” and “An ability to complete the project within 12 months” all of which the Group were able to meet.

Crieff Community Trust have an excellent site at http://www.crieffcommunitytrust.org.uk/ where you can read more about the progress of the path and how to get involved in the projects set out in the Crieff Community Action Plan

For more information about the fund and how your community can apply for support visit http://www.pkc.gov.uk/CECF

Established in 1997, Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust support a wide range of projects across the area.