Bus fund appeal

The community in and around Kirriemuir, and further afield, is being urged to support a vote that could secure Webster’s High School up to £3,000 towards the cost of a new mini bus.

The ‘Wheels for Webster’s’ campaign to raise funds, which is being run by the school’s parent council, has been shortlisted by the Bank of Scotland Community Fund Awards and now needs the public to get behind it to help it clear the final hurdle.

Begun more than two years ago, the fund-raising campaign aims to raise £40,000 to replace the school’s old bus, which is on its last legs.

As well as transporting the school’s sports and other teams to away matches and competitions, the bus will also be available for use by the high school’s associated cluster primary schools as well as other community groups in the area.

Geoff Hobson, parent council chairman, said the bus fulfils a number of important roles and he hopes the public can get behind the bid to increase the fund beyond the half-way point.

He continued: “The present Webster’s minibus was purchased by the parent council second hand about nine years ago. Over the last two years it has been most unreliable, resulting in some cancelled events and at other times the need to hire more costly alternative transport.”

“We have made successful applications to a number of funding providers and trusts, the local community councils and various local estates have also made generous contributions.”

Votes can be registered until October 10 and there are several ways doing so.

They can be cast by texting ‘VOTE BJR’ to 82332, tweeting #COMMFUND BJR, voting online at http://bos-cf.co.uk/BJR or voting in person in the Kirriemuir or Forfar branches of Bank of Scotland.