Please avoid Millhaugh site till works are complete

People are still going into the old sawmill site at Millhaugh and risking severe injury or worse. The warning signs and fencing are there for a reason while the site is being cleared and and its remaining structures made safe. Please spread the word, especially to all the kids/teenagers, that only licensed and fully-trained contractors are permitted to enter the site just now, and that anyone else going in is putting themselves in considerable danger!

Apply now for community projects funding

photo of sunrise from Alyth Hill

One week 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 by next Monday (15 January) 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

Grant funds AYP winter trips

AYP’s P5 tribe enjoys a trip to Laser Combat

Young people in Alyth are enjoying a particularly active winter thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

The Fund has awarded £2000 to Alyth Youth Partnership to help towards the cost of trips and activities over the winter.  Alongside funding from SSE Drumderg, Perth & Kinross Council, the Gannochy Trust, Robertson Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund, the grant means that AYP can organise more trips for more young people than ever before.

AYP now has 150 regular participants ranging in age from 9 – 21 attending 14 different youth club sessions every week.  But it was becoming more challenging to take them all on trips to their favourite places including swimming, Ryze trampoline centre, Soccer World, Combat City and other activities.

George Annan of AYP said:  “We’ve already started the programme of outings, and had a fun trip to Laser Combat with our P5 Tribe last week (see picture).  Plans for the next wee while include Air Thrill, Swimming, Cinema, and Zorb Football!  Our year-round aim is to improve the quality of life for these young people – in good weather we use the facilities on our door step but in the colder, darker nights we look further afield for the activities.

“Every club and activity is provided free of charge for every young person. We aim to remove all barriers to participation to support the young people of Alyth to lead happy and healthy lives, make friends, feel part of our wonderful community. 

“Providing positive activities for young people means they are less likely to engage in anti social behaviour – having these activities on offer encourages them through the door and then to hopefully be influenced positively by youth workers and their peers.  Improving the lives of our young people improves the life of the community as a whole.”

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/

Alyth’s guiding groups get busy in the garden

James Magro of the Friends of Guiding welcomed the ADT grant

Alyth’s popular and active Rainbow, Brownies and Guides groups are planning a garden makeover thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

The Alyth Friends of Guiding group have been awarded £1500 to help the girls give the garden at their hut on the New Alyth Road a mini-makeover.  The funding will be used to create sensory areas, instal bug hotels and other improvements, as well as buying planters, hanging baskets, bulbs and other items to make the entrance more attractive and welcoming.  The girls in all three groups will be doing this work themselves on group nights over the next few months.

At the same time, the grant will support essential maintenance work on the Guide Hut and ongoing garden-care like hedge- and grass-cutting, using local tradespeople to augment the efforts of the Friends of Guiding and the Guide leaders themselves.

James Magro of the Alyth Friends of Guiding said:  “This project is needed to make both the garden and hut fit for purpose once again.  Updating the garden would allow the girls to use the outdoor space on group  nights so much more.  It will make a big difference to the girls and leaders who use the hut most weeks of the year, and would enhance the planning of the leaders, therefore the activities and experiences of the girls.”

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/

It’s game on for 50-Plus Club!

Alyth’s long-running 50-Plus Club is now equipped with loads of new games, craft materials and a projector to help guest speakers, thanks to a £950 grant from pour Community Projects Fund.

The money has helped the Club to buy board games and table-top games, art and craft materials, and a small bingo machine as well as a projector for guest speakers to use and for other community groups to borrow if they need it.

The Club had been running for many years but had to stop because of COVID.  It has restarted recently and membership is at a reasonable level, but the Club would like to encourage more members, especially those who are still reluctant to go out and about much.  

The aim is to give people aged 50 and over an opportunity to socialise, learn new skills but also have time for a cup of tea and a blether. Some current members have said the club is a lifeline for them as they live alone and are rarely out of the house.

The Club’s John Lindsay said:  “We want the club to provide the place where people can come for a get-together and socialise with a cup of tea and cake.  However we also want to provide a variety of activities for the members to choose from, to help stimulate their physical and mental wellbeing.  Our members told us they would like more craft activities and some more up-to-date board games, ones to play in groups.” 

John added: “We hope the new equipment will create an enjoyable and informative experience for our members and also encourage more people to attend the club, especially those who live alone and would benefit from the social aspect of the meeting as well as the stimulation provided by the games, activities and talks.”

The Club is also now working with Alyth Primary School to encourage more interaction between the young and the elderly in Alyth.  The projector would help with pupil presentations to Club members:  the elderly would enjoy seeing the youngsters doing something and the pupils would get valuable experience presenting to groups.

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/.

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