Some of the milestones so far:
2005 CCAG steering group set up, committee elected and constitution established
2008 Large-scale survey of residents undertaken to find out what the local priorities were
2009 Feasibility Study completed
2010 Corner site from old Kinloch School transferred to CCAG
2011 First approach to Heritage Lottery Fund for guidance on preparing a “Stage One” application
We have been advised by HLF to ensure that all groups in the Carnoustie community are involved – not just those who willingly completed our previous questionnaire. In order to do this, HLF have given us a grant to involve PR consultants who have experience in this area. This is where a company, called Indigo, comes in. This company has already started work and, over the next few weeks, they will continue to “dig deeper” in order to ensure that the scope of activities in the proposed centre meets the needs of all. The facilities envisaged may not be significantly changed – space for performances, films, meetings, a café, recording studio, exhibition area, tourist and heritage information – but those accessing the centre must include peoples of all ages and backgrounds. Only if these inclusive criteria are met will a Lottery bid stand any chance of success. Along with widening our scope, we must also continue to fund-raise ourselves and continue to recruit more Friends to the Project. Please help in any way you can!
We have been out and about!
We had a stall at Gala Day last year where we sold strawberries and cream and the ever popular strawberries and marshmallows on kebab sticks. We also had Carnoustie Centre Action Group artefacts on sale. Peter, Alison and Richard were very busy out front signing up people to become Friends of CCAG. Some of you might remember Peter set up shop on top of a rubbish bin which was outside our marquee.
Later in the year we had a great time at a Race Night in the Station Hotel and our ever-popular Quiz Night at the Craw’s Nest . Both are really good fun.
We had a mini stall at the Carnoustie Business Association’s Christmas Market and supported them again when they had a Tartan Week Market.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Glamis gave us another opportunity to set up a stall. We were able to recruit another 20 Friends but also show the many visitors the plans for the Centre and hear their comments and suggestions. Having our stall next to the Community Council stall with its enormous celebration cake was a bonus – helping to share out the hundreds of slices was a great job!
And by the time you read this we’ll also have enjoyed the Carnoustie Gala Day.
All of these events raise money and help raise the profile of the Project. Do join us as often as you can in the year ahead.
In the wind
We’ve had representatives on the Corse Hill Wind Farm Community Benefit Forum since last year. If the wind farm by Hatton is approved, then the proceeds (profits) of one of the 7 turbines will be given to the communities around the development. The 3 communities represented at the meetings (Arbroath, Carnoustie and the area including Panbride, Easthaven and Arbirlot) will share equally a windfall over the 25 year life of the farm. This means a third of the profits for projects in the Carnoustie area.
Although the details of the allocation of funds in this area are still to be decided, we feel that this is a great opportunity, not just for the Kinloch Centre Project but the whole Carnoustie area. The potential for profits depends on the wind, but projections by West Coast Energy indicate that this should be a successful site.
The CCAG committee for 2012-13):
Niamh Arbuckle, Rodger Brunton, Allison Edwards,
Richie Fenwick, Jean Forbes, Ian Johnston, Sue McMahon,
Peter Murphy, Alison Paget, Jim Simpson, Dave Soutar,
Linda Wolfe, Ron Woomble. Cllr Brian Boyd acts as Angus Council advisor to the committee.
We meet on the third Monday of every month (except July) at 7.30 in the Burgh Chambers, Carnoustie. Please contact any one on the committee, or come along in person, if there is any issue you would like to raise.
You know how it is – ask one question too many at an AGM and you find you have a job?! With Cathie Connor and Kathleen Macdonald, I have taken on two tasks – keeping you, the current Friends informed of progress with the Kinloch Centre Project and, secondly, trying to encourage, with your help, more Carnoustie folk to join.
We have just over 300 members but many more would help in making a convincing case for funding. We need to be able to show that the Carnoustie community supports the Project. The most obvious way of doing that is to become a Friend of the Kinloch Centre.
Look out for our new membership flier which will shortly be available in many outlets in the town. Maybe you could pick one up and encourage a friend or neighbour to complete it? It describes the project briefly and has a tear-off slip which can be completed and handed in to either the Fobel Shop or the Angus Trophy Centre with a one-off donation (£5 for an adult, £1 if you are 18 or under). All new Friends will be invited to indicate if we can also claim Gift Aid on their behalf (adding £1.25 to the value of a £5 donation). As we can claim this for existing members too, there is a separate slip (or email attachment) offering you this option too.
There will be another Newsletter later this year with, we hope, an even bigger circulation list!
Linda Wolfe, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01241 410232