Successful first defibrillator training session

Almost 40 Alyth folk braved the cold last night (14 March) to turn out for the first of what we hope will be a series of Defibrillator Training Sessions this year.  Martin Hagan from the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) travelled all the way from Rutland to deliver the session with style and humour.  He explained how the human heart works and what could make it stop, and set out clearly and simply what to do if someone collapses, with handy hints and memory aids on how to administer effective CPR.  He also demonstrated the hi-tech defibrillator that CHT has now installed in the squinty phonebox on Market Square, with generous funding from The Collective UK.  We’re now waiting to hear about funding to install two further defibrillators locally – one in New Alyth and one in the Alyth Den carpark.  Get in touch if you’d like to be kept informed about further training sessions or if you’d like to join our list of volunteers to help check our defibrillators weekly and make sure they stay in tip-top life-saving condition.

 

Live Active Tourist – discount vouchers for visitors

Do you run a guest house or hotel? Do you know a local accommodation provider? If so, it could be worth your while to check out the Live Active Tourist Discount scheme.

Live Active Tourist is a simple and yet genius idea that will appeal to accommodation providers across the area who are looking for ways to reward their customers and offer up a little extra.

With the Live Active Tourist Discount vouchers, guests will be able to enjoy LAL facilities at the same price as that of local Live Active card holders. With over 15 venues across Perth and Kinross including swimming pools, gyms, climbing walls, sports halls and an ice rink, Live Active has something for everyone.

More details here https://www.liveactive.co.uk/News/live-active-tourist

PERTHSHIRE TALKS TOURISM 2018

Perthshire Talks Tourism invites tourism businesses from across Perthshire to join them, as part of Scottish Tourism Month, to explore potential opportunities for local business.

2018 is the Year of Young People, aiming to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.

Find out how your business can get involved in this themed year and become part of Perthshire’s celebrations.

In 2018, we also welcome the opening of the V&A Dundee. This event will focus on how your business can maximise the opportunity of having this internationally significant visitor attraction on your doorstep.

The Perthshire Tourism Partnership has teamed up with VisitScotland and Perth & Kinross Council to host and deliver this FREE conference. Take a look at the full programme of speakers and book today to secure your place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/perthshire-talks-tourism-2018-registration-43396242329

Thank You from the Story Box

By Marian Bruce, Story Box Director

Since our launch last May last year, the Story Box Project has collected 133 stories from around Alyth which are available to hear every day of the year in the phone box in Alyth Market Square. We would like to thank all of our contributors for sharing their stories. We would also like to send a huge thank-you to the staff of the Co-op who tirelessly open the Story Box in the morning and lock it at night, keeping it safe after dark. To all our story contributors and volunteers we send our best wishes for a very happy 2018.

We are still collecting stories for the box so please get in touch if you would like to take part and record your story. New stories are downloaded about every four months so there is always something new to listen to in the Story Box. Remember, your recording can be a memory of childhood, a quirky family tale, a spooky story, a local song or poem or anything about your everyday life in Alyth now. All our stories are digitally archived with AK Bell library so this is a great way to make sure your family history is preserved for future generations to hear. We collect stories from the past, the present and even the future! Let us know what you think Alyth will be like in the years to come.

Story Box WiFi Hub
The WiFi hub at the Story Box has been a great success with young people of the town, those waiting at the bus stop and visitors. However, you may have noticed that the WiFi Hub wasn’t working for a while from November. This was due to the closure of Alyth Community Council who were the named account holder on the BT phone line contract for the Story Box. Despite Story Box project funds being available to pay the bills, after the Community Council closed BT couldn’t change the name on the account, nor could we find a way to pay them as our funds are held by the charity NEoN, who cannot pay an invoice not addressed to them. So unfortunately the line was shut down by BT. The great news is that since Christmas the line has been re-connected and the WiFi hub is now up and running again, providing a valuable free-to-use broadband internet service for everyone in the town centre. Many thanks to Alyth Development Trust who stepped in to help and have agreed to be the account holder for the BT line until the end of the project in 2019.

The Story Box and “100 Objects”
Some of you may have been involved in and/or enjoyed one of Cateran’s Common Wealth’s sister project “A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects” which collated community suggestions for people, landscapes and objects that tell the story of Cateran Country. The exhibition was launched in Alyth Museum last summer and broke all box office records for the Museum with over 1,000 people visiting in July, August and September. We have teamed up with the 100 Objects project to record a series of interviews with local people who suggested some of the objects. The interviewees tell the story of their “object” and discuss its importance in the culture of our area.

These new stories will be available to hear both in the Museum, to accompany the Exhibition when it returns this summer for a second showing and in The Story Box itself. They include: willow weaver Jane Wilkinson talking about woven tatty creels; poet Jim MacKintosh talking about the enduring influence of local cultural icon Hamish Henderson; Linda Cullis talking about her family links with the artist “Blairgowrie Girl” Jane Spindler; Ashleigh Slater talking about the inspiration and weaving of the Berries and Cherries tartan; Ian McGregor talking about the story and song collecting legacy of his traveller family including his mother Sheila and grandmother Belle Stewart; and Janey McFarlane and Ron Kirkpatrick reading poetry by 19th-century Alyth poets William Pyott and James Young Geddes.

To record your story get in touch with Marian Bruce on 07917 430200 or by email to info@driftwoodscotland.com

Update on Tullymurdoch Wind-farm

During March, Wood Group plc will be bringing through Alyth the major components for the seven wind-turbines they are building up at Tullymurdoch.

The turbine blades and support towers are very large items, so there will be temporary traffic and parking restrictions along both sides of the B952 Airlie Street and Bamff Road from its junction with Isla Road to its junction with the Alyth Den Car Park entrance.

Wood Group says: “These restrictions will be in place from 1 March 2018 for a period of eight weeks. Pedestrian and emergency vehicular access to premises will be maintained throughout. We thank you for your patience over the last couple of months and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

“Story of Place” workshops – getting the rural voice heard

Please see below email sent on behalf of Steven Stewart, Chair of Story of Place Board and Director of Communications at Stagecoach Group

Perth and the region place marketing – workshops

As I’m sure you’ll agree, economic success is good news for each and every business based in Perth and the region. A more successful economic area means more jobs, more visitors, increased investment, improved skills and more money in the local economy – which is something we’d all like to see.

We have a fantastic set of assets, but we believe that much more needs to be done to raise the profile and image of the place to make potential investors, workers and visitors aware of our offer, with a view to securing more investment, stimulating more visitor spending and attracting more talent to the area.

One of our priorities is to build on the success of previous work further with partner organisations and the business community to develop the ‘story’ for Perth and the region, identifying what makes us distinctive, and creating a competitive, coherent and compelling narrative and brand proposition that we can all use as ambassadors for the area.

We would very much welcome your insight and opinions in support of this piece of work to help us shape that story by attending an interactive workshop to collect your insight, thoughts and knowledge of Perth and the region.

We are holding three workshops during March, at different times of the day in different locations. We really hope that you will be able to attend one of the below workshops, and be involved in this exciting project.

6th March, 6 – 7.30pm – Birnam Arts Station Rd, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS

7th March, 8 – 9.30am – Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ

8th March, 8 – 9.30am – The Green Hotel, 2 The Muirs Kinross KY13 8AS

To register to attend please contact Jennifer McGregor on jennifermcgregor@pkc.gov.uk or 01738 475397.

We very much hope that you will be able to be involved in this exciting project. Please do not hesitate to forward this invitation on to other colleagues who may be interested or want to be involved.

Yours sincerely,

Steven Stewart
Chair of Story of Place Project Board
Partnership with Perth and Kinross Council

Defibrillator training session sold out

We’re pleased to report that all the tickets for our Defibrillator Training Session on 14 March have now been booked. Apologies to those who haven’t been able to book on this occasion, but we are planning further training sessions later in the year. If you’d like to be added to the list for those sessions, or in case there are any cancellations for 14 March, please message us through Facebook or email us on alythdevelopmenttrust@gmail.com

Sign up now for defibrillator training

Booking is now open for our Defibrillator Training Session, on 14 March at the Ogilvie Rooms, Commercial Street, Alyth, from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

Trainer Martin Fagan from the Community Heartbeat Trust will take you through what to do in an emergency and how to use the new publicly-available defibrillator installed in the ‘squinty’ phonebook on Market Square.

Full details and online booking here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/538391419876601/

If you know someone who’d like to attend but doesn’t have internet access, there are paper booking forms in the Library, Alyth Hotel, Cafe in the Square and The Singing Kettle.  Or you can phone 01828 632816 to book a place.

Sharing Best Practice: Paths for All running “Dementia and the Outdoors” event

If you’re involved in building or maintaining paths in the outdoors, this could be for you.  Paths for All are running a half-day workshop looking at how we can make our path networks more accessible to people living with dementia.

Date: Thursday 1st March 2018
Time: 10:00 – 13:30
Venue: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Oatridge Campus

Register here: http://pathsforall.cmail20.com/t/t-l-kuhhpy-ptyjihtlu-j/

Being active in the outdoors has many benefits for people living with dementia. It’s good for physical and mental health, can reduce social isolation and help maintain independence. However, there are still many barriers to people living with dementia being able to access the outdoors and greenspace in their day-to-day lives. This workshop will begin to explore some of the positive steps that we can make to involve people living with dementia in the design of our path networks.

There’ll be speakers from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) and Paths for All’s Dementia Friendly Walking team.

Who should attend?

Those working to support and improve access to outdoor environments and greenspace including outdoor access professionals and community path groups

If you have any questions, please email carl.greenwood@pathsforall.org.uk

Fascinating lesson plans based on Cateran ‘100 Objects’ project

There’s some fascinating stuff in a fabulous set of primary school lesson plans created recently by Alyth-based primary school teacher (and ADT director) Nicky Macfarlane out of the ‘A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’ project run by Cateran’s Common Wealth.  You can scroll through them here:  http://commonculture.org.uk/lesson-plans/ 
Do have a browse through them – I guarantee you’ll learn something surprising that you didn’t know about Alyth and its environs.
Many thanks to Clare Cooper, co-producer of Cateran’s Common Wealth, for sharing them with us.