Supermarket chain keen to get involved

TESCO’S plans to link up with the local community were outlined at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council when store manager Calum Telford addressed members.

Quoting the company’s motto of “every little helps”, he spoke of his eagerness to help community projects in Forfar and to work closely with the community council.

Although there may be budget restrictions, he explained there were other ways the company could help, in particular providing man-power for certain projects.

He said: “I am very passionate about the local community and am excited to find out how much we can do for Forfar.

“If there is anything we can do to help with fund-raising or volunteering then we would like to get involved.

“ I am in the store six days a week so if you have any suggestions, then please come to speak to me in the store.

“We can supply man-power for certain projects. I don’t mind volunteering some staff who could help with projects like tidying up a park or other places - every little helps, to coin a phrase.”

Members were quick to seize the opportunity to put forward a number of suggestions where they felt the retail chain could help out, listing items from Christmas lights and hanging baskets to a community notice board in the store.

Angus Councillor Glennis Middleton referred to the plight of the local youth group The Pitstop and their struggle for funding - as revealed in last week’s Forfar Dispatch.

The group had applied for £63,000 from the Enterprise Growth Fund to improve their premises in Academy Street, providing training facilities for the youth of the town, open for an additional two nights a week and provide steady income from the possible hiring of the building. She spoke of the important work carried out at The Pitstop for the youth of the town and suggested Tesco could consider supplying some materials to help the improvement work.