January board minutes now online

The minutes of our board of directors’ meeting on 10 January are now available to read here. See what we’re currently up to, and if you’d like to join our next board meeting on 7 February, drop us a line and we’ll send you the Zoom login details.

This month’s minutes include a presentation on recent developments in the Cateran Ecomuseum.

Work to begin on new path around Jubilee Park

An Alyth community project has secured enough funding to start work on a major upgrade of the town’s main public open space, opening it up to wheelchair users and buggies.

The Jubilee Park Working Group has spent the past year developing plans for a new all-weather path around Alyth’s Diamond Jubilee Park, and now has enough finance and in-kind support in place to enable building work to start early in the New Year.

The Group is planning a path designed for multi-purpose use by walkers, runners, wheelchair-users, cyclists and people with buggies and prams.  At present, there are no paths in the Park, making it difficult for many people to enjoy the open space.

The project will cost just under £60,000, funded by a major grant of £33,600 from SSEN Transmission, £9,500 from the Drumderg Windfarm Community Fund, £5,750 from Glenisla Developments, and just under £10,000 from Alyth Development Trust.

The Working Group is commissioning a local construction firm to build the one-kilometre asphalt path around Jubilee Park, and work is expected to take around three weeks.

The start of work will mark the culmination of a year of consultation, discussion and planning for the Group.  Almost 200 people responded to a consultation during the Spring and Summer this year, which produced a resounding ‘Yes’ for a new path and possibly other improvements in the future.

There were responses from all age groups, from under-10s to over-65s.  Eight out of 10 people said they visit the Park at least one or more times per month, most of them one or more times per week.  Most people listed walking, particularly dog-walking, as their main activity, and many also said they met friends, took part in organised activities, sports and games, or took their children and grandchildren for fresh air and exercise.

Well over three-quarters of the respondents strongly welcomed the idea of a new path, saying it would encourage them to visit more often in wet weather, or to take buggies and wheelchairs there, and that they would likely visit more often.  Lots of people called for more play facilities for children, more seating, toilets and dog-waste bins among other things. 

Armed with the positive consultation response, the Working Group were able to secure approval for the plan from Perth & Kinross Council, who manage the Park on behalf of the community.

Local businessman Steven Boath, chair of the Working Group, said:  “It’s absolutely fantastic to have been able to secure this funding for a community project that will mean so much to so many on Alyth.

“As well as creating a safe and user-friendly path around Jubilee Park for wheelchair users and those with buggies or prams, we will also be creating a connecting hub for footpaths leading out through the rest of the town.  In particular, this will be an important part of the links between the the centre of Alyth and the new developments at Pitcrocknie Village.

“The consultation also produced lots of interesting ideas for other potential developments in and around the Park, which are now being fed into the Community Action Plan being developed for Alyth by a consortium of local groups.  We hope that the building of the path will herald an exciting new chapter of community action in Alyth.”

NOTES:

• The Diamond Jubilee Park, containing a recreation ground and children’s play park, was gifted to the people of Alyth by the then Earl of Airlie to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It includes a football pitch which is home to Alyth Amateur Football Club. The park is managed by Perth & Kinross Council.

• SSEN Transmission are currently building the new electricity sub-station southeast of Alyth.

• The Drumderg Windfarm, northwest of Alyth, is operated by SSEN Renewables.

• Glenisla Developments are currently building the Pitcrocknie residential and care home development on the eastern edge of Alyth.

CAP Launch and Christmas Market postponed

As a result of the new covid guidelines and restrictions announced yesterday, we’ve regretfully decided to postpone the CAP Launch and Christmas Market planned for this Saturday, 18 December. It’s sad news, but we want to play our part in keeping everyone as safe as possible. Keep an eye open for a rescheduled date in the New Year.

Grant awarded to new ‘green museum’ experience in Alyth

The sixteenth-century Packhorse Bridge crossing the Alyth Burn in the centre of Alyth.
Alyth Pack Bridge

We’re delighted to have partnered with the Cateran Ecomuseum help Culture Perth & Kinross secure funding from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) to develop a new ‘green museum’ experience which will also act as an orientation base for the Cateran Ecomuseum in Alyth Museum.

The grant of £60,000 will provide visitors to the museum with interactive and engaging information on how to explore the region, its archaeology and biodiversity and will highlight local green issues and how these are being addressed. The experience aims to deepen visitors’ understanding of the climate and biodiversity crisis that we are facing on a local level and encourage them to participate in change through social activism.

The funding, secured from MGS’s Museum Development Fund, will allow the museum to install displays developed with sustainability in mind, using content created by curators from Culture Perth & Kinross in partnership with the Cateran Ecomuseum.

Creating the new facility will involve working directly with the community in Alyth to create a sustainable and vital future for Alyth Museum and the collection relating to the area. The funding will also provide a base from which the Cateran Ecomuseum can inform visitors of their annual engagement programme.

Clare Cooper, co-founder and co-director of the Cateran Ecomusuem, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Culture Perth & Kinross to develop Alyth Museum into an interactive orientation base for the Ecomuseum, especially given our focus on mobilising heritage for climate action. Not only will this provide a valuable service to both local people and visitors interested in experiencing the 1,000 square kilometres of natural and cultural heritage that our ‘Museum Without Walls’ promotes, it will also be a transformative project for the Alyth Museum, raising its profile and enabling it to promote the key role that heritage has in the climate and biodiversity crises we face.”

Russell Willis Taylor, Secretary, Alyth Development Trust, said: “The beauty of our natural surroundings is treasured by all of us. It contributes so much to the character and welcoming nature of our town. The Cateran Ecomuseum is an innovative and successful project that helps all of us see, understand and protect this irreplaceable and sometimes fragile natural heritage. Having a “portal” into the work of this ‘Museum Without Walls’ inside our own museum ‘within walls’ is important for both museums and all of us who love this area. The Alyth Development Trust is delighted to support the Ecomuseum and to see the revitalisation of the Alyth Museum in our town square as part of the rebuilding and recovery after Covid.”

Grant awarded to new ‘green museum’ experience in Alyth

The sixteenth-century Packhorse Bridge in the centre of Alyth, framed by willow and flowering cherry trees.
The sixteenth-century Packhorse Bridge in the centre of Alyth.

Culture Perth and Kinross has secured funding from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) to develop a new ‘green museum’ experience which will also act as an orientation base for the Cateran Ecomuseum in Alyth Museum.

The grant of £60,000 will provide visitors to the museum with interactive and engaging information on how to explore the region, its archaeology and biodiversity and will highlight local green issues and how these are being addressed.

The experience aims to deepen visitors understanding of the climate and biodiversity crisis that we are facing on a local level and encourage them to participate in change through social activism.

The funding, secured from MGS’s Museum Development Fund, will allow the museum to install displays developed with sustainability in mind using content created by curators from Culture Perth and Kinross in partnership with the Cateran Ecomuseum. 

Creating the new facility will involve working directly with the community in Alyth to create a sustainable and vital future for Alyth Museum and the collection relating to the area. The funding will also provide a base from which the Cateran Ecomuseum can inform visitors of their annual engagement programme.

Clare Cooper, co-founder and co-director of the Cateran Ecomusuem, said, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Culture Perth & Kinross to develop Alyth Museum into an interactive orientation base for the Ecomuseum, especially given our focus on mobilizing heritage for climate action. Not only will this provide a valuable service to both local people and visitors interested in experiencing the 1,000 square kilomteres of natural and cultural heritage that our ‘Museum Without Walls’  promotes, it will also be a transformative project for the Alyth Museum, raising its profile and enabling it to promote the key role that heritage has in the climate and biodiversity crises we face.”

Russell Willis Taylor, Secretary, Alyth Development Trust, said, “The beauty of our natural surroundings is treasured by all of us. It contributes so much to the character and welcoming nature of our town.  The Cateran Ecomuseum is an innovative and successful project that helps all of us see, understand and protect this irreplaceable and sometimes fragile natural heritage. Having a “portal” into the work of this ‘museum without walls’ inside our own museum ‘within walls’ is important for both museums and all of us who love this area.  The Alyth Development Trust is delighted to support the Ecomuseum and to see the revitalisation of the Alyth Museum in our town square as part of the rebuilding and recovery after Covid”.   

Rhona Corbett, Head of Culture and Heritage at Culture Perth and Kinross added “We’re absolutely delighted this funding has been secured from Museums Galleries Scotland. Working closely with the Cateran Ecomuseum and the local community has been a pleasure, and we’re looking forward to developing the next stage of this partnership by creating the orientation base at Alyth Museum and engaging visitors in discussions around the climate and biodiversity crisis that we are facing as a society on a local level

Successful AGM

We had a great AGM last night, with attendees from all across Alyth. If you weren’t able to join us, don’t worry – you can still download the AGM papers here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/about-alyth-development-trust/annual-general-meeting-2021/, including the minutes of the 2020 AGM, the 2020/21 annual accounts, and a review of the year’s activities. We hope you enjoy it!

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REMINDER: AGM this Thursday, 16 September

Don’t forget – you and your family, friends and colleagues are cordially invited to our 2021 AGM on Thursday 16th September 2021 at 7.00pm via Zoom. Everyone is welcome.

There will be updates on our projects and funding, and information on how the community can get involved.   We really hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.  If you’d like to join the Zoom session, or you have any questions in the meantime, email us at alythdevelopmenttrust@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlythDevelopmentTrust 

You can find the papers for the meeting here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/about-alyth-development-trust/annual-general-meeting-2021/, including:

  • Agenda
  • Minutes of last year’s AGM (2020)
  • Proxy Voting Form (if you are a member who cannot attend this year)