Growing success of Friday Night Project

A report on the growing success of the Friday Night Project in Forfar was given at last week’s meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership.

The partnership, along with Tayside Fire and Rescue, is currently leading the recently established project in the town.

It has been running for three weeks, with numbers more than doubling in that period.

The feedback so far has been excellent and those attending have suggested additional activities which are being pursued.

The Friday Night Project will include a Christmas Bash on December 16.

Members had a busy agenda to discuss, including a presentation on a music project in Dundee, which members are considering introducing in Forfar.

They were pleased to note the Partnership’s response to the Boundary Commission for Scotland proposals had been submitted and were highlighted in the local press.

The partnership’s response to Angus Council’s Budget Consultation has also been submitted.

Emily Dewhurst, who used to organise the Dundee SummerSlam project in Dundee, was in attendance.

SummerSlam is a music project which involves young people aged between 11 and 19 working with local musicians to write and play original music.

Partnership member and Ambassador, Brodie McCash had previously attended the project and felt that something similar could be introduced in Forfar.

SummerSlam catered for around 50 young people over two weeks during the summer holidays and proved popular among local young people with an interest in music.

The partnership asked number of questions around costs, location, equipment and support and were happy to consider the proposal in more detail at the next meeting, with a small number of members volunteering to get involved if the project went ahead. In the meantime, partnership chairperson, Jeanette Gaul is to take the proposal to the local Children’s and Learning Partnership to get their thoughts.

There will be a review of the Common Good fund in Forfar at some point in 2012.

As a result, members agreed to consider the content of the report in Arbroath in order to have a better understanding of the process and content of the report.

This will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Forfar Gala Week will run from June 17 to 24 next year and members will soon be coming together to plan this in more detail. A number of enquiries from interested parties have already come in and the partnership looks forward to another successful event next summer.

Tartan Week 2012 was also on the agenda and the partnership have agreed to help with the organisation of a Highland Dancing Competition, with the Liz Low School of Dance. This was a huge success last year and the Reid Hall has been booked for Sunday, April 8.

The Forfar and District Pipe Band will play at The Cross on March 31 and April 7 and the partnership hopes to offer the window competition, which has been popular among school children in previous years.

The Forfar and Area Partnership exists to work on projects and events which improve the quality of life of the people of Forfar and surrounding area.

Involvement and participation is welcomed from all, either individually or as a representative of another group in Forfar.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Jeanette Gaul on 01307 464698 or Lee Haxton on 01575 576941 or

The next meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership is taking place on Monday, January 30 at 7 pm in East & Old Parish Church.