Seven weeks to get your entry in!

REMINDER: Just over seven weeks to go to get your artwork in for the Alyth Young Artists’ Competition. There are two age categories: under 10 and between 11 and 18, on the 1st September 2023. Your entry should be connected to Alyth, however loosely, and on the theme of “Reflections”, and can be in any medium: painting, charcoal, crayon, collage, mixed media, three dimensional or any other form. Full details and T&Cs are on our website: https://lovealyth.org.uk/…/calling-all-aspiring-young…/

Calling all aspiring young artists!

An exciting opportunity has been created (by ADT and the legacy funding from the dissolution of the Arts and Crafts Guild) to instigate a competition to promote the work of young artists in Alyth. 

The competition will have two age categories: under 10 and between 11 and 18, on the 1st September 2023. 

Art work submitted should be connected to Alyth, however loosely, and on the theme of “Reflections”.

The work can be in any medium: painting, charcoal, crayon, collage, mixed media, three dimensional or any other form. 

There will be prizes for each age group in the form of vouchers to be spent in local businesses and we should like to hold an exhibition of finished work to celebrate the creativity of participants.  The competition will run until the end of September and submission of work will initially be by a photograph of the work, which should be sent by email to the address below.

As the school holidays are upon us we hope that these may provide an opportunity to research, reflect and develop a piece of work in line with the guidelines. 

Remember:

  • Art work can be in any medium
  • Work should be related to the theme of “Reflections”
  • There should be some connection with Alyth
  • There are two age groups
  • The competition will close at the end of September
  • There will be a judging panel, initially looking at photographs of the finished work
  • An exhibition of the art work will take place after judging
  • Vouchers will be awarded to the top performers in each category
  • Photos of work should be submitted to: artcompetition@alyth.online
  • Submissions by 30th September 2023

We very much hope that this will inspire all young artists to develop their artistic ideas and showcase their talents and we look forward to receiving a lot of submissions.

July board minutes now online

The minutes of our July board meeting are now available to read online here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/about-alyth-development-trust/board-minutes/

Have a look and see what we’re currently doing, and if you’re like to know more then do please get in touch via alythdevelopmenttrust@gmail.com

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday 7 August, starting at 7pm. This will be on Zoom, and anyone is welcome to attend. Email us or send us a message on Facebook and we’ll send you the login link before the meeting.

Dr Bike at the Market, thanks to ADT Community Project Fund

Local people and visitors to Alyth Market on 22 July will be able to get their cycles expertly repaired thanks to a grant from Alyth Development Trust’s Community Projects Fund.

The independent panel that judges applications to the Fund has awarded £400 to Alyth Cycles to cover the costs of spare parts and staff provided as part of the “Dr Bike” service.

Alyth Cycles has attended previous markets and other events as Dr Bike, proving very popular and helping to encourage more people to get out and about on their cycles safely.

Dr Bike will be on hand at the Market in and around Alyth’s central Square throughout the Market Day, and if previous outings are anything to go by there’s likely to be a queue of eager cyclists looking to get some TLC for their machines, so get there early!

ADT and the Community Projects Fund panel are delighted to support this initiative once again, as it aligns with Alyth’s commitment to promoting sustainable transport and exercise.

Callum Brooks, who runs Alyth Cycles at The Barony Old Church on Commercial Street, said:  “We’re looking forward to meeting anyone with a bike needing some attention, whether you’re a casual rider or a keen enthusiast.  We’re grateful to the Community Projects Fund for making this possible.”

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.  The next deadline for applications to the fund is 15 July.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/

10 days to get your Community Projects Fund application in

10 days to go till the next deadline for applications to our Community Projects Fund, distributing the community benefit funds Alyth receives from the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm. If you have a big project for making Alyth even better, there could be a grant of up to £2000 waiting for you to help make it happen. Fill in the application form here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/…/alyth-community-projects-fund and we’ll do the rest. Applications are judged by an independent panel drawn from across the community, and they’re looking for more members now. You’ll be expected to read and consider applications to the Fund and discuss/approve them at quarterly meetings. For more info, email treasurer@lovealyth.org.uk

Alyth Show (or at least part of it) heads back to its roots

At least part of the Alyth & District Agricultural Show will be returning to Alyth this year, thanks to a grant from our Community Projects Fund.

The Show hasn’t been able to be in Alyth for several years due to lack of a suitable venue, and hasn’t taken place at all since 2019 due to the covid pandemic.  When the Show Society decided to go ahead with an event this year, they made some changes to make the Show viable, one of which was to split the event into two.  

The traditional Industrial Tent will now be replaced by a Root & Produce Show to be held in Alyth Town Hall in November.  The grant from our Community Projects Fund will help towards the costs of hall hire, hall set-up, promotion and advertising.  The Society also plans to buy some seeds and recipe packs to encourage people who may not be able to afford them to take part, along with small medals and trophies for young prize-winners

Mel McFadden of the Society said:  “We hope to expand the schedule of what used to be the Industrial Tent to include home-grown produce.  We hope that this will encourage the community to take up growing some home produce, have a go at baking or some of the home crafts covered by competitions. By including a children’s section we hope to encourage children to garden, bake and create.

“Bringing at least part of the Alyth & District Agricultural Show back to the town will be a popular decision with Alyth residents. It will encourage more people to take up gardening, home cooking or some crafts.  Gardening and growing your own vegetables is great for both mental and physical health, and good for the environment as well.”

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.  The next deadline for applications to the fund is 15 July.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/

ADT helps Alyth to be even sparklier

Alyth is going to be even sparklier this Christmas, thanks to a grant from our Community Projects Fund.  The Alyth Christmas Lights Association is investing £2000 in a new Christmas tree centrepiece for the Market Square as well as new stars for Airlie Street.  They will replace old lights, many of which have been brightening Alyth’s Christmas for more than 20 years.

The official Christmas lights switch-on in the presence of Santa Claus in late November has been a highlight of the Alyth calendar for more than 30 years, with hundreds of people turning out to enjoy the display.

Lorraine Ogg of the Lights Association said:  “The lights are a real feel-good factor for the town.  They really cheer everyone up when the winter nights are getting longer and help set the festive mood!”

As well as the centrepiece and stars, the Association is considering other additions to the display, scheduled for the big switch-on on 25 November this year.

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.  The next deadline for applications to the fund is 15 July.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/

Some of last year’s new lights

Latest Update on Sawmill:  Seeking Volunteers!

Work is finally about to start on an ambitious project to transform the Millhaugh site into a gathering place to benefit the whole Alyth community.  Having secured funding from the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund and the Scottish Land Fund to purchase the site, we have commissioned contractors for the first phase of works – clearing debris and making safe the large sheds and derelict buildings on the land.

view of derelict buildings on Millhaugh site
Image courtesy of Richard Wilkins/Blairgowrie Advertiser

Starting in June and lasting up to eight months, the works will involve stabilising and making safe the former corn mill, Millhaugh House, the former sawmill building and sheds, and the old Scout hut, as well as removing disused fuel tanks and generally tidying up the site in preparation for Phase 2 starting, it’s hoped, later next year.  At this stage, there are no plans for new building on the site, and the works will comply with SEPA and PKC recommendations about how to best take care of the Den of Alyth, with Millhaugh as a new hospitable and accessible entrance to the Den and public education space which is covered but out of doors.

The Millhaugh project is responding to one of the priorities in the Community Action Plan by acquiring the sawmill site in town and undertaking work to make it a safer, more educational and more accessible entrance to the Den of Alyth.  We are now looking for volunteers to join a programming committee for the Millhaugh site.  This group will determine how we make the space available to all within the town for gatherings, events and educational programming.  If you would like to express an interest in this committee, which will begin meeting later this year, please do get in touch via millhaugh@alyth.online   We want to make sure that this important new space reflects the interests of our town!

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