Get your views heard about Alyth’s future

REMINDER: What do you think should be the priorities for Alyth’s development over the next few years? Get involved in the Community Action Plan and make sure your views are heard! The survey is in this month’s Voice, and you can pop your completed questionnaire into the Co-op, Café in The Square, Lunan Newsagents or M. M. Ferguson, or you can complete it online at the link below. It’s completely anonymous. For more information and to receive a copy of the results after the survey is finished, contact

ADT grant helps launch new games club for Alyth

L-r: Game Square founders Jamie Stewart, Laura Rodger and Grant Train

Alyth has a new club for teenagers and adults interested in gaming, thanks to a grant from our Community Projects Fund.

Game Square, which launched with a covid-compliant outdoor scavenger hunt in mid-May, will create spaces for adults and young people (aged 13+) to meet and connect in four main types of gaming:  video-games, tabletop role-playing games, board games and card games.

The £2,000 grant from ADT will pay for games consoles and equipment, venue-hire and administrative costs for the first year.  The group aims to get fully up and running once Scotland emerges from lockdown, and plans to run regular club events in a safe and fun environment catering to the varied needs and preferences of its members.

Game Square organiser Laura Rodger explained:  “We will provide a space to connect those in the community through a shared interest of gaming.  Online gaming has become more popular throughout the various lockdowns as a way for people to stay connected and in touch with friends.  Coming out of lockdown, we aim to provide a space for people to game and socialise in person, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness.  We’ll be open to all who have an interest in gaming, from complete beginners to seasoned players, creating a welcoming environment for all who have an interest gaming, regardless of skill level.

Fellow founder Grant Train added: “We would also be looking to collaborate with local groups such as the Alyth Youth Partnership.  It is also important to highlight that by having this club, we will be providing a safe alternative space for young people. Additionally, there are not currently many clubs in Alyth which cater to the 18+ demographic. So our club will provide a secure environment for inter-generational socialisation, improving relations within the community.

Jamie Stewart, the third founder member, said:  “There’s nothing else like this anywhere nearby, so we hope to attract anyone who would like to give gaming a go, or who doesn’t currently have a club to attend, not just from Alyth but from surrounding communities like Blairgowrie, Rattray, Meigle and so on as well, hopefully creating extra business for our town and strengthening inter-community connections.”

Game Square will be run as a non-profit club, with any surplus being invested back in the group, eventually becoming self-sustaining within two-to-three years.  Once established, Game Square hopes to run an additional club for 8 to 12 year olds, as well as community events such as family game-days, taster sessions and game tournaments.  Find out more on the group’s Facebook page:\

Overwhelming support for Jubilee Park plans

The results are in for the recent community survey on Jubilee Park, and the verdict is a resounding ‘Yes’ for a new path and possibly other improvements in the future. The Jubilee Park Working Group has expressed huge thanks to everyone who took the time to give their views.

More than 170 people replied, which is about one in 14 (or 7) of the town’s population – a pretty good result for this sort of thing. There were responses from all age groups, from under 10s to over 65s, and the Working Group think the results are a good representation of the view of the community.

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. Nearly 60% listed walking, particularly dog-walking, as their main activity. Jubilee Park’s role as a community asset was emphasised by almost 40% saying they met friends, took part in organised activities, sports and games, or took their children and grandchildren for fresh air and exercise.

More than 150 of the respondents (88%) 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. When asked to say what improvements they’d like to see, lots of people called for more play facilities for children, more seating, toilets and dog-waste bins among other things. Several people said Larghan Park in Coupar Angus could be a good model for the Jubilee Park.

The Working Group said they were very encouraged by the response, and will now be talking to Perth & Kinross Council and looking for sources of funding to turn Alyth’s shared vision into reality.

The full survey results, including individual comments, can be viewed here:, and you can keep in touch with the Working Group on Facebook.

Community Action Plan for Alyth moves closer with new appointment

Laura Rodger is Alyth’s new Community Connector

Moves to develop a new action plan for Alyth’s future have taken a big step forward with the appointment of Laura Rodger to the role of Community Connector.

Alyth Development Trust (ADT) and the Alyth Community Support Group are leading a consortium of local groups and organisations in working out a vision for the town’s future and formulating a Community Action Plan (CAP) for turning it into reality.  The CAP will identify the main priorities for Alyth and set out how the community can help influence and achieve positive changes at a local level.  

As Community Connector, Laura’s task for the next few months will be to engage with local people and groups to gather opinions, ideas, facts and figures about all aspects of Alyth.  All this data will then be fed into a detailed plan setting out the strategies, priorities and actions to be followed over the next few years.

Laura will interview local people and groups and support ADT and the other consortium members in running community consultation surveys.  She will compile a report outlining the key findings and also help deliver a community event to feed back the findings to the community and get agreement on priorities for action.

Laura grew up in Alyth and went to Blairgowrie High School before going on to complete undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Dundee, where she also got involved in documentary film-making and Great War research.  She has travelled and worked in mainland Europe, North and South America, including spells teaching English to primary and secondary school pupils in Colombia and Spain and working as a research assistant on a Native American research project.

Laura commented:  “I am very excited begin undertaking my role as Community Connector here in Alyth.  I am eager to start building the profile of the town as it is today. Most importantly, I am looking forward to engaging with the community as a whole in order to establish what we can do to make Alyth a better place for everyone in our community.”

New ADT grant-writer will help secure vital investment for Alyth

Alyth should soon see more investment coming its way thanks to Alyth Development Trust’s newly appointed grant-writer.

The Trust has recruited community development professional Colin Reed to a six-month contract to write compelling funding proposals for the town.  Working with ADT and a small number of partner organisations in Alyth, Colin will identify sources of funding such as government and local authority grant schemes, charitable trusts and foundations and private sector organisations.  He will then work closely with groups in the town, including ADT, to develop positive working relationships with funding bodies and prepare persuasive applications for investment in community projects in Alyth.

Colin was born on the west coast of Scotland but brought up on the south coast of England. After college and university, he started working as a freelance music journalist whilst supplementing his income with a wide variety of other jobs.  He relocated to Scotland in the late 90s, eventually settling in Kirkmichael.  He worked for Angus College on tourism-related projects, and later for Learndirect Scotland (later Skills Development Scotland) helping to pilot new projects and initiatives with colleges and schools, trade unions, training providers, community groups, employers and learners all over Scotland.

For the last 10 years, he’s been running his own business as a self-employed consultant supporting local communities.  Since early 2017, he has worked for Mount Blair Community Development Trust as their development officer, helping them to become more ambitious with the size and scope of projects they have taken on.  He has a proven track record of success getting funding from local, regional and national bodies, and becoming very knowledgeable about what each funder is looking for and how to frame proposals in the most effective way.

Colin said:  “I believe that community organisations such as Alyth Development Trust will play an ever more crucial role in supporting local residents and bringing new ideas and investment into their communities. The pandemic has shown just how important our local Trusts are and as our communities and their businesses move towards a post-covid recovery there’s never been a better time to get involved with them.  I have seen first-hand the difference community trust-inspired projects can make to our communities and I very much look forward to working with ADT on their ambitious and wide-reaching plans for the town.”

David Whipps, treasurer of ADT, said:  “We’re delighted to welcome Colin on board at what is turning out to be an exciting time for ADT and the town.  Several major projects are developing which will require significant investment and we’re sure that Colin has the skills and experience to help generate the resources that will support our ambitions for Alyth.”

REMINDER: Just 10 days to go!

REMINDER: the deadline for applications to the current round of our Community Projects Fund is 21 March. If you have a great community idea but need up to £2,000 to make it a reality, go to the online application form here:

The Fund was established under our agreement with Temporis Ltd, who operate the windfarm just northeast of Alyth, to distribute the community benefit funds they are donating to the community of Alyth.  We allocate 35% of the money each year to individuals and organisations in our community through the ACPF.