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/.

Local footpaths promoted with new leaflets

Alyth’s wonderful network of paths connecting it to the beauties of the surrounding countryside is getting a welcome profile boost thanks to a grant from our Community Projects Fund.

The Fund has given £2000 to the WalkAlyth project to fund the design and production of a range of leaflets detailing individual walking routes along existing footpaths starting and finishing in Alyth.  The routes vary from one hour to four hours in length and the leaflets provide not only a route-map but also pictures and interesting information about things to see along the way.

The leaflets are available from the local library, local accommodation providers and businesses, and can also be downloaded from Alyth.Online so that ramblers can use them on their phones or other mobile devices.

Local artist and craftsman Ron McGill , who has done all the research and photography for the leaflets, commented:  “Alyth is a wonderful centre for exploring the amazing local countryside, flora and fauna.  Until now, there has been little information available to visitors and members of the local community who want to enjoy this unique environment. 

“Walking is an increasingly popular pastime, which has many benefits for physical and mental health. We hope that these leaflets promoting walking around Alyth will contribute to the wellbeing of local people and also help to increase the number of visitors to Alyth, with benefits for the local economy.”

Leaflets/maps of walking and cycling routes around Alyth were identified as a priority in the Alyth Community Action Plan 2021-26. 

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 gamers get help with venue costs

Gamers in Alyth will be able to continue enjoying their weekly get-togethers thank to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

The grant of £2,000 will help to cover Game Square’s venue costs and keep it free for young people, and affordable and accessible for adults. Some 25-30 people attend Game Square sessions every week, but the Club was face with rising costs for suitable premises. Increasing membership fees would hit the younger members, vulnerable adults and those from low-income households for whom the club provides a welcome and much-needed weekly social outlet in a safe space.

The funding will allow Game Square to continue to run for another 12-18 months while they look for a viable long-term venue in Alyth for meetings. At present, not only are venue costs going up, the Club cannot always be certain which venue will be available from week to week. The club has already reduced its operating hours from four hours per session to three hours to help control costs.

Game Square in an all-ages gaming club running every Thursday in Alyth, helping to combat social isolation by providing a safe space for social gaming. They cover all types of gaming including: roleplay, board games, war games, card games and video games. See their Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/GameSquareAlyth.

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/

Millhaugh site transferred to community stewardship ready for new development

Alyth is getting ready to establish a new educational, environmental and tourism-related resource on the former sawmill site at Millhaugh, following the transfer of the land from private ownership to community stewardship.

The sale by the former owners to Alyth Development Trust (ADT) on behalf of the community was signed last week.  The deal clears the way for local people and groups to join together and agree on how best to ensure that the town benefits from having access to this beloved landmark.

ADT is inviting interested parties to agree on a date for a meeting in late September to begin mapping out what sort of activities and programmes the site could be used for, and how best they could be developed.  Many individuals and groups have already said they would like to be involved and ADT plans to contact them all, as well as invite others who want to join the process.  Suggested dates for the initial meeting will be circulated for comment soon.

If you or your organisation would like to be included in the invitation for the initial meeting, please email millhaugh@alyth.online.

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

At present, the site is being made safe and is not open to the public.  There is a significant amount of work to do with asbestos removal, removal of underground tanks and enclosure of some dangerous structures.  This work is being done by licensed professionals, paid for with grant monies from the Vacant & Derelict Land fund and the Scottish Land Fund and support from ADT.  It is expected that this work will take a few months to complete and ADT hopes to announce a more specific schedule as soon as possible.

George Hall, chair of ADT, said:  “This is a vital asset for Alyth, with so much potential to benefit all sections of the community in a variety of ways.  It’s essential that the community is represented as fully as possible in the design and planning that now needs to be done to make the most of the site.

“ADT is proud to have enabled the community to acquire the site and we are excited about supporting the community in deciding what to do with it.  We are urging anyone and everyone with ideas and opinions to get involved and make sure their views are heard.”

Ron Kirkpatrick, on behalf of the former site-owners, commented:  ““We are pleased to see this development which will see the site revitalised as a thriving asset for the community of Alyth.

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/

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