Forfar and Area Partnership in full swing for the busy summer ahead

AS EVER, the most recent meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership provided lots of points of discussion for members.

Outgoing chairperson, Jeanette Gaul, thanked members for their support over the previous few years and remarked on the great progress that the Partnership has made on a number of fronts.

Partnership members were pleased to note that the group is currently financially secure, due to a combination of fund-raising, donations and grant aid and that even with Gala Week yet to be accounted for; the finances of the Partnership are healthy.

The election of office bearers resulted in Fiona McCash being elected as Chairperson for the coming year with Brodie McCash as Vice-Chairperson. Nominations came for the post of Treasurer and one member has agreed to consider this position in advance of the next meeting.

The proposed BandSlam project continues to make progress, with an advertising campaign commencing soon and a number of offers of support coming forward. BandSlam is pencilled in for early July and will offer young people across Angus the opportunity to learn new skills, or improve existing skills with musical instruments; with support from tutors and the opportunity to play in a concert at the end of the course.

The Partnership has contributed to the proposed replacement Tourist Signs for Forfar, in the Greens and Myre Car Parks.

Gala Week runs from June 17-24, with a service at East and Old Parish Church on the first Sunday acting as the starting point. Gala Day itself is on June 24, with a whole host of attractions lined up.

The Forfar Fairtrade Forum continues to attend the Farmers Market in Forfar and organised a series of successful events in the town over the period of Fairtrade Fortnight. The application for Fairtrade status has now been sent off and members look forward to finding out if they have been successful over the next few weeks.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Fiona McCash on 07828 744598 or Lee Haxton on 01307 474788. The next meeting is on April 30.