Partnership latest

The most recent meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership members had a number of issues and projects to discuss.

At the previous meeting of the Partnership, Freda Stewart of NHS Tayside drew attention to a new fund, Cash 4 Communities. Members were made aware of two proposals, one from East & Old Parish Church and another in relation to the proposed BandSlam project, which may go forward for consideration.

Angus Council provided an update regarding the new Visitor Information Signs. Some new locations have been proposed and some of the information and thoughts provided previously have been moved around.

Members welcomed the proposals and liked the design and felt that an additional sign in the centre of the town, near Town and County Hall would be useful. There was also some concern about one particular attraction being listed, as it was also going to appear on the Kirriemuir signs. Members felt that this would be unfair on some of the other attractions and suggested an alternative.

The Partnership has previously been invited to take part in consultations around proposed renewable energy projects in the Forfar area. Members attended a meeting in the Reid Hall regarding a proposal for Dodd Hill near Tealing, but felt that there was not much to report at this time. Angus Council are now consulting on additional guidance for renewable energy projects and two members agreed to look through the material on behalf of the Partnership.

The Partnership continues to be involved in a number of projects and initiatives in the Forfar area, including the Friday Night Project, Tartan Week and Gala Week. Members are also discussing other opportunities, but are aware of the limits placed on the group by numbers around the table. As a result, members are encouraging anyone with an interest in Forfar and getting involved in community projects and initiatives to come forward. Big community events such as Gala Week cannot function without voluntary effort and events like this can only grow if more people agree to get involved.

The Friday Night Project continues to be successful, with numbers now nearing 50. New attractions are being introduced and an evaluation of the Project’s impact will soon be underway. If this is positive, then the Project may continue beyond the end of the pilot period.

One proposal, which could either be part of the Friday Night Project, or could become a standalone attraction for the summer, is the BandSlam proposal. A first meeting of interested parties took place earlier in February, with an action plan being agreed.

A number of events have been organised by the Partnership to celebrate Tartan Week in late March and early April. Forfar and District Pipe Band will be playing at The Cross on March 31 and April 7 and the following day will see a Highland Dancing Competition, being organised in conjunction with the Liz Low School of Dance. Local schoolchildren are also being encouraged to join in through the Tartan Week window competition, which will run throughout the celebrations.

Forfar Gala Week runs from June 17 to 24 and a number of attractions, including the European Market and Fire & Rescue demonstration have already been confirmed. Enquiries for stalls are coming in steadily and Gala Week promises to once again be a huge attraction for locals and visitors alike. Festivities will begin once more with a service at East & Old Parish Church on June 17.

The Forfar Fairtrade Forum is planning to send off its application for Fairtrade status in the near future. As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Forfar Dramatic Society Hall was given over to Fairtrade on February 28 and 29 and a stall will be in place at Angus Council’s Angus House on March 9. Fairtrade continues to be a feature of the Farmers Market and those involved continue to look for more helpers.

Angus Council’s Rangers Service are helping to organise the Sport Relief Mile on March 25 and the Partnership has agreed to help out with refreshments. Sponsorship is being sought for this and a number of members have come forward to offer their help.

Involvement and participation in the partnership 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 01307 474788 or

The next meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership will take place on Monday, March 26 at 7pm in East & Old Parish Church.