ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN FORFAR AREA

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THE Forfar Dispatch has teamed up with Angus Council’s local community planning team to provide a comprehensive list of the many and varied organisations in the Forfar area catering for young people.

Listed below are full details of youth work providers in Forfar and surrounding area, the information including meeting times and venues, together with contact details.

The information provided can be updated at any time by e-mailing the relevant changes to news@forfardispatch.com

Letham Youth Project “The Basement”: A drop-in facility for the young people of Letham (aged 12 plus); meets on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9.30 pm in the Feuars Hall, Letham; Contacts: Helen Dow, chairperson (tel: 01307 466924/01307 819282; or Kathleen Shepherd(tel: 01307 466924/e-mail shepherdk@angus.gov.uk).

Letham Youth Project “The Basement Committee”: Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7.30 pm in the Feuars Hall, Letham; Contacts: Helen Dow (tel: 01307 466924/01307 819282; e-mail lethambasement@live.co.uk) and Kathleen Shepherd (Tel: 01307 466924; e-mail shepherdk@angus.gov.uk/lethambasement@live.co.uk).

Strathmore Sharks Junior Rugby Club: Providing junior rugby for youngsters aged five to 16 years on Wednesdays from 6.30pm and Sundays from 10.45 am; and for youngsters aged 16 to 18 years on Mondays from 6.30 pm at Strathmore Rugby Club, Inchmacoble Park, Forfar; Contact: Ron Simpson (tel: 07947230414; simpson_r3@sky.com; www.strathmore-rugby.co.uk).

Rescobie Loch Development Association: Providing fly fishing for trout from boat or bank (no age limit) from March 15 to October 31 at Rescobie Loch, Clocksbriggs, by Forfar: Contact: Ron Fordyce (tel: 01307 830367; www.rescobieloch.co.uk).

Forfar Boys Club: Giving local youths (aged seven to 18 years) from Forfar and the surrounding area the chance to play football, training on Thursday evenings and playing on Sundays at Forfar Academy playing fields; Contact: Jack Florence; see www.forfarboys.co.uk for full contact details).

Angus Cycling Club: Informal group meeting for cycle runs on Sundays from 9 am in the summer and 10 am in the winter; Contact: Mary Ward, 4 Old Brechin Road, Lunanhead, Forfar, DD8 3NT.

Forfar Amateur Swimming Club: Promoting and managing the teaching, knowledge and practice of swimming for youngsters aged four to five years upwards; meeting on Mondays from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm; Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 9.30 pm; Thursdays from 6 pm to 7 pm and from 8 pm to 10 pm at Forfar Swimming Pool, The Vennel, Forfar; Contact: Ian Cochrane (tel: 01307 461318; contact@forfarfalcons.com; forfarasc@googlemail.com).

East & Old Parish Church Good News Crew: Educating children aged three to 12 years in the Christian faith; meets on Sunday mornings during school term from 10.30 am for 11 am service in the East & Old Parish Church Sanctuary & church hall: Contact: Mrs Susan Forbes (tel: 01307 465200; www.thebigkirk.co.uk).

Girlguiding Forfar: Through a range of exciting activities and challenges an organisation providing opportunities to gain self confidence and self esteem within a safe girl space for those aged five to 25 years; Different sections meet at various times Monday to Friday in the Guide Centre, The Myre, Forfar; Contact: Mrs Kay Cuthill (tel: 01307 462426; k_cuthill@sky.com).

2nd Forfar Company Boys’ Brigade: Instilling Christian values of faith, respect for one another, teamwork, discipline and leadership in young boys aged five to 12-plus; Meeting times are as follows:- Anchor Boys Thursdays from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm; Junior Section on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7.30 pm; Company Section on Fridays from 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm in the Boys’ Brigade halls, Queen Street, Forfar; Conact: Mrs Irene Duthie (tel: 01307 465895; www.thebigkirk.co.uk).

Angus Council Sports Development Team: Providing support and advice to individuals, clubs and sports associations/groups, on a range of issues and also establish and co-ordinate a number of sporting opportunities and pathways across the county: Meeting at various dates and times at various locations; Contact: Colin Knight, senior development officer (tel: 01307 475363).

Air Cadets - Forfar: Promoting and encouraging among young men and women a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force; providing training which will be useful both in the services and civilian life; and fostering the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship fro young people between the ages of 13 and 18; Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 pm to 9.30 pm; also weekend activities at 2231 (Forfar) Squadron ATC, Brechin Road, Forfar, DD8 3JD; Contact: Mark Preston (tel: 01307 464741/01575 575260/mobile 07871880922).

The WEB Project (a divison of CAIR Scotland): Working with young people aged ten to 25 years, offering a confidential service around risk behaviour including substance misuse, sexual health and offending; Meeting Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; outwith these times by appointment at 29b Canmore Street, Forfar DD8 3HT; Contact (tel: 01307 460101/webangus@cairscotland.org.uk/www.cairscotland.org.uk).

3rd Forfar St Margaret’s Scout Group: Promoting the physical, social, spiritual and moral development of young people within their local, national and international community; Meeting times are as follows:- Beavers - Fridays from 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm; Cubs - Tuesday from 6.10 pm to 7.40 pm; Scouts - Fridays from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in St Margaret’s Church Hall, East High Street, Forfar; Contact: Leilah Wallace (tel: 01307 469425/leilahwallace@hotmail.com/www.3rdforfarscouts.com).

Youth Bytes (Angus Council): Bringing youth services to young people aged between 12 and 25 years who live in the more rural parts of Angus; Meetings are as follows:- Mondays from 1 pm to 2 pm at Bankhead Road, Forfar; Tuesdays from 1 pm to 2 pm at Bellie’s Brae car park, Kirriemuir; Wednesdays from 1 pm to 2 pm at Somerfield car park, Brechin or Montrose Sports Centre car park (alternating weeks); Thursdays from 12.30 pm to 2 pm at McDonald Park, Arbroath; Fridays from 1 pm to 2 pm at Shanwell Road, Carnoustie or 12.45 pm to 1 pm at Panmurefield Road, Monifieth (alternating weeks); Mondays from 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm at Arbroath Academy; Tuesdays at Liff Primary School from 7 pm to 9 pm; Wednesdays at the Skate Park, Montrose from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm; Thursdays at Martin Park, Kirriemuir from 7 pm to 9 pm; Contact: Grant Tait, No1 for Youth, 1/3 West High Street, Forfar, DD8 1BD (tel: 01307 468859/number1for youth@angus.gov.uk/www.youngscot.org/angus).

Forfar and District Pipe Band: Entertaining the public and tutoring traditional piping and drumming music and promote it and be ambassadors for Angus; Meeting on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 pm to 9.3o pm on Mondays and Thursdays at Strathmore Cricket Club Pavilion, Lochside Park, Forfar DD8 2JA; Contact: D. Myles, 89 Lilybank, Forfar, DD8 2JA (tel: 01307 465851/dmylespiper@lineone.net).

Forfar Road Runners: Promoting and encouraging running and athletics in Forfar and district; Meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 pm and on Sundays from 8.30am at Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre; Contact: Ronald W. Milne, 72 Threewells Drive, Forfar, DD8 1EP (tel: 01307 468293/www.forfarroadrunners.co.uk).

Forfar Model Flying Club: Assisting and encouraging the building and flying of model aircraft: Meeting on Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm (Hornie Cross) and from 7 pm to 8.30 pm (Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre); Contacts: Ric Lorente/John Munro (tel: 01307 466515/467416/Ricardo_L@talktalk.net/www.forfarmodelflyingclub.talktalk.net).

Gordon Linton Taekwondo Schools of Martial Arts: Meetings are as follows:- Fridays from 4 pm to 5 pm in St. Andrew’s Church hall, Kirriemuir; and from 6 pm to 7 pm in the Guide Hall, Forfar; Contact: Gordon Linton, 31 Woodlands Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5YQ (tel: 01592 262180/glintonitt@blueyonder.co.uk/www.gordonlintontaekwondoschools.co.uk).

Forfar Farmington Football Club: Providing football and social events; Meeting Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday daytime at the Market Muir, John Street, Forfar: Contact: Colin Brown, Lilybank Farm House, 6 Lilybank Road, Forfar, DD8 2JB (tel: 01307 463568/colinbrown44@talktalk.net/www.forfarfarmington.com).

Forfar Youth Theatre: Giving young people (primary seven to sixth year) the opportunity to learn dramatic techniques and develop and perform their own dramatic pieces: Meetings are on Sundays from 6.15 pm to 7.45 pm (P7 to S2) and from 8 pm to 9.30 pm (S3 to S6) in the Forfar Dramatic Society Clubhouse, 132 East High Street, Forfar, DD8 2ER; Contact: Neil Paterson (tel: 01575 570934/forfardramatic@live.co.uk;/www.forfardramatic.com).

Strathmore Cricket Club Junior Section: Providing opportunities for children and young people (aged eight to 18 years) to develop their cricket skills and play competitive cricket; Meeting April to August from 6.15 pm to 8 pm at Lochside Park, Graham Crescent, Forfar; Contact: Graham Hewitson (tel: 01307 467024/junior.cricket@strathmorecc.co.uk/www.strathmorecc.co.uk).

Forfar & District JAC: Making for better friends, better countrymen, better citizens and catering for those aged 14 to 26 years; Meeting on Mondays from 7.30 pm in the Plough Inn, Market Street, Forfar; Contact: Alastair Orr, 5a Suttieside Road, Forfar (tel: 07763120324/www.sayfe.org).

Showcase The Street Dance: For youngsters aged three to 18 years; Meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm at Whitehills Primary School, Forfar; Contact: Fergus Storrier (tel: 07834628422/gl_amis@hotmail.com/www.showcasethestreet.co.uk).

Phoenix (Forfar) Gymnastic Club: Teaching both competitive and recreational gymnastics to boys and girls aged five to 16 years: Meetings in Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre are as follows:- Mondays from 4 pm to 6 pm for P1 and 2 girls; and from 6 pm to 8 pm for P3-plus girls; Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm for development group ; and from 6 pm to 9 pm for advanced group; Saturdays from 9 am to 11 am for development group; from 11 am to 1 pm for P3-plus girls’ from 1 pm to 2 pm for boys; Sundays from 4 pm to 5 pm for the display class; and from 5 pm to 8 pm for the advanced group; Contact: Fiona Reid (tel: 01307 468884/fiona.reid1@talktalk.net/www.phoenixforfargymnasticsclub.co.uk

“STARS” (School of Theatre Arts in Rural Scotland): STARS can be enjoyed ‘just for fun’; to help communication skills and confidence building; to learn or improve theatrical singing; dance or drama technique and for the more serious, annual examinations (100% pass rate to date) in musical theatre or performance arts can be taken via Trinity Guildhall College, London; Meeting in the Boys’ Brigade Hall, Queen Street, Forfar: Contacts: Fiona Retalic (tel: 01307 469362) or Charlotte Turner-Kersley, resident teacher (tel: 07970902640) or at fiona@stars.uk.com.

Lowson Memorial Junior Youth Groups: Providing a safe environment for youngsters (primary one to seven) to meet and play: Meeting on Fridays during term time as follows:- primaries one to three from 6 pm to 7.15 pm; primaries four to seven from 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm in Lowson Memorial Church Hall, Jamieson Street, Forfar, DD8 2HY; Contact: Wendy Leuchars (tel: 01307 466765/lowsonmemorial@tiscali.co.uk/www.lowsonchurch.org).

Lowson Memorial Drop Zone Youth Club for secondary age youngsters: Meeting on Fridays from 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm in Lowson Memorial Church Hall, Jamieson Street, Forfar, DD8 2HY; Contact: Karen Fenwick (tel: 01307 468585/kenfenwick@talktalk.net/www.lowsonchurch.org).

Girls Brigade: Meeting on Thursdays as follows:- primary one to three from 6 pm to 7.15 pm; primary four to seven - from 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm; first year at secondary school upwards from 7.30 pm top 8.45 pm in Lowson Memorial Church Hall, Jamieson Street, Forfar, DD8 2HY; Contact: Sheila McDougall (tel: 01307 467805).

Pitstop Youth Café: Diverting young people away from untoward behaviour; aiding the social and personal development of young people; enhancing and maintaining the physical and mental well-being of young people in the local community (for youngsters aged 11 and upwards: Meetings are as follows:- Drop-Ins on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm; for 11 to 14 years; on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7.30 pm to 10 pm for those aged 14-plus; and Sundays from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm for 11 to 14 years at the Pitstop Youth Café, 1a Academy Street, Forfar, DD8 2HA; Contact: Sylvia Breen (tel: 01307 467657/ pitstopforfar@hotmail.com

CLD Forfar: Providing social, educational & personal development opportunities for young people (aged ten and upwards) via a range of different activities, cooking, arts and crafts, dance, drama, outdoor education and issue based work; Meetings are as follows:- Biscuit Raiders (boys) on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm; Biscuit Raiders (girls) on Wednesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Gallowshade Community Flat, 45 Genmoy Terrace, Forfar (other venues are used, including Forfar Academy Community Wing & no 1 for Youth); Contact: Fidelma O’Dowda-Cook, CLDW, Forfar Academy Community Wing, Taylor Street, Forfar, DD8 3LB (tel: 01307 466924/cookf@angus.gov.uk).

Angus Council Ranger Service at Forfar Loch Country Park: the service provides support to help people enjoy the outdoors, promoting awareness and understanding of our cultural and natural heritage through various events and formal education. In addition the service cares for a variety of outdoor sites throughout the county; Meetings are at Forfar Loch Country Park as follows:- Pre-school Little Acorns (aged up to five years) every second Friday from 10.30 am to 11.30 am and from 2 pm to 3 pm; Junior Rangers (five to 14 years) on the first and second Saturday of the month from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm; Contact; Craig Borland, senior countryside ranger (tel: 01307 461118/forfarloch@angus.gov.uk/www.angus.gov.uk/leisure/rangerservice).