Alyth set for spine-tingling Hallowe’en thanks to ADT grant

Alyth is set for a unique spine-tingling experience this Hallowe’en thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

For seven nights only between 27 October and 3 November, visitors and residents in Alyth will be encouraged to search for haunted scarecrows on display throughout the town.

Inspired by Alyth’s rich history of tales of ghosts and weird and wonderful happenings, local artist Jilly Henderson is inviting local people, groups and businesses to create their very own haunted scarecrow displays, resulting in a ‘putting Alyth on the map’ event.  It is thought to be the first such event ever staged in Scotland.

“I’m hoping local people will seize the opportunity to create an amazing Haunted Scarecrow Halloween scene – somewhere it can be viewed by passers-by…at the front of their home, in the garden, in a window, on a wall etc,” Jilly said.  “We plan to make available wooden frames for building the scarecrows and also run a pumpkin-carving workshop with free pumpkins, and we hope to organise a lantern parade on the first evening.”

Participants will be encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, using recycled materials such as items people have at home needing recycled, leaves, twigs, straw, clothing from Thrifty one, willow cut from the wild in and around Alyth. Scarecrows were traditionally made from bits and pieces lying around, so the Haunted Scarecrow Trail is itself recycling an old practice! Jilly created her own nine-foot woman with a skeleton dachshund, floating above the roadway outside her house, last Hallowe’en:

"Haunted scarecrow" created by Jilly Henderson
Haunted scarecrow at night

Jilly commented:  “I’m hoping this will create an innovative, family-friendly display in a collective event that helps build new friendships and connections and develop new crafting skills.  Having a community work together on a collective project is a wonderful thing, and bringing more visitors to the town would be great at that time of year.”

Jilly is planning extensive publicity to encourage families to walk around the town to explore the displays, and invite friends and family from out of town to visit.  The hope is that it could become an annual event, giving everyone something to collectively get involved with and look forward to as a town.

The CPF grant from ADT will cover design and print costs for posters, application forms and instruction/suggestion leaflets, and a route-map showing where the scarecrows are, as well as the workshop, wooden frames and basic materials.  Look out for more information later this year on how to get involved.

The Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

Date for your diaries  –  Skatepark consultation event, 17 November, Alyth Town Hall

The volunteers bringing the Skate Park to Alyth would like to invite you to an opening evening consultation on Friday 17 November in the Alyth Town Hall.

With thanks to your feedback earlier this year, the volunteers have worked with PKC to bring you six possible locations to vote on.

The session in the Town Hall will run from 7-9pm and you may enter at any time to review the location options and make your vote.  

During the evening you will be able to see up close the drawings for each site, read feedback from some of the children of Alyth, the target audience of the skate park, and children attending can enjoy the “design-a-skateboard” craft area.

In the first week of November we will share the six locations on the Alyth.Online site so if you are unable to attend and vote at the open evening consultation on 17 November you can register your vote by emailing skatepark@alyth.online.

ADT helps Community Council celebrate local heroes

We’re proud to be supporting Alyth Community Council (ACC) as they prepare to celebrate the people and organisations in the town who have gone above and beyond to make Alyth the wonderful place it is.

A £1,175 grant from our Community Projects Fund is helping to fund prizes, catering, advertising and venue costs for ACC’s Volunteer Appreciation Event this coming Saturday (21 October) in Alyth Town Hall starting at 7pm.

As well as the ACC presenting the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year awards, it is planned that other groups will also present and/or celebrate their internal awards there.  There will be refreshments provided after the awards ceremony. 

We salute ACC for arranging this prestigious ceremony and social event, and we’re proud to be able to support it.

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/

October board minutes now online

The minutes of the ADT directors’ meeting on 2 October are now available online: https://lovealyth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/2.10-Minutes.pdf. Have a look through and find out what we’re currently up to, and do come along if you can to our AGM and next board meeting on 6 November in Cafe in the Square, Market Square, Alyth, at 7.00pm. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to our membership mailing list via the form at right.

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