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/

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

Alyth Heating Oil-Buying Group now up and running

If you live in the Alyth area and use oil for your heating, then a new initiative from Alyth Development Trust could help with increasing energy bills from now on.

ADT is sponsoring a new Alyth Heating Oil Buying Group, which will work with Johnston Oils, a reputable supplier of heating oil and commercial and agricultural fuel across Scotland and northern England.  The Club will enable individual consumers to join together and buy their heating oil in bulk, reducing their fuel costs and also helping the environment by allowing Johnston Oils to plan more efficient delivery routes.

Johnston Oils already manages around 180 community heating oil clubs across their area, helping thousands of households save money.

Under the scheme, Johnston Oils will deliver heating oil to customers at bulk prices.  They will do all collation of orders, processing of invoices to individual members, and delivery of the oil.  Depending on the number of households taking part and the average purchase per household, the scheme could offer significant savings.

Customers taking part in the scheme would have the opportunity to buy on a monthly basis with the dates for ordering and delivery publicised well in advance.  If you use oil for your heating and are interested in taking advantage of this, the first ‘window’ for placing your order is the week 10-14 October, with deliveries scheduled for the week after.

For further information and to join in the scheme, please contact oilbuying@alyth.online as soon as possible.

ADT helping to make Winter Market a success

ADT is underwriting costs of up to £2000 to help make the Winter Market scheduled for 19 November as big a success as the Summer Market was in July.

The money, which comes from the windfarm revenues that ADT manages on behalf of Alyth, will go towards equipment and catering costs for the event.

Following the success of the Summer Market, the organisers of the Winter Market are expecting hundreds of people to gather at Alyth Bowling & Tennis Club on 19 November, where some 30 artists, craftspeople and artisan food makers will be displaying their wares.

Organisers are also planning a special treat for all duck-race fans: The Great Alyth Winter Duck Race will be taking place throughout November with many local businesses joining in. Can you find them all?

Eleanor Whipps of the organising committee said: “All the vendors from the Summer Market have said they want to return and we have a waiting list of others who have also applied. Many of these vendors are local so the Market will be a boost to the local economy as well as a great day out for the community.

“As well all the wonderful stalls, there will be free vegan food-tasting and a warm spiced apple drink on offer, (come early to ensure you don’t miss out) along with free face-painting and giant bubbles!  More vendors and attractions are being added all the time, so keep an eye on https://alyth.online/market/ to get the latest details.”

The ADT grant comes from the community benefit income donated to the town by Temporis Ltd, operators of the Tullymurdoch Wind Farm just north of Alyth.

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