AGM 2019 – all welcome!

We’ll be holding our 2019 AGM on Monday 23 September, starting at 7.30pm in the Alyth Community Wing, Albert Street, Alyth.

Come along and hear about our work over the past year on the Town Centre Regeneration project (Market Square and Burnside), the Strathmore Cycle Network, our new Community Projects Fund, our support for Alyth Creates and Alyth in Bloom and much more. Admission is completely free, and we’d love to see you there!

Bowling Club wins first CPF grant

Female members and guests of Alyth Bowling & Tennis Club will be the first to benefit from the new Community Projects Fund established by Alyth Development Trust.

ADT has awarded £2,000 from the Fund to be invested in a £3,500 upgrade of the ladies toilets at the Club’s Albert Street premises.  The project will bring the toilets up to date and make them safer and more environmentally-friendly for females of all ages and also help those with minor disabilities.  

Club secretary Eleanor Grant (pictured above) explained that the works, due to be completed by the end of October, will see a complete refurbishment of the toilets, with new fixtures and fittings, energy-efficient lighting, and anti-slip flooring installed.

“This is much needed, as it’s been quite a few years since we could afford any work on the toilets.  We upgraded the men’s toilets a couple of years ago, but they needed work done ahead of the ladies toilets.  We’re delighted to be getting the grant from ADT as otherwise the project wouldn’t have been able to go ahead this year.

The Club has around 30 adult female members and many juniors, and has seen membership – both female and male – increasing steadily since a marketing drive started earlier this year.  The junior section, in particular, has been able to travel to compete against other clubs as well as having regular sessions at Albert Street.

A total of six projects are to be awarded grants under the first round of the ADT Community Projects Fund – look out for announcements of the other five shortly.  The Fund is now open for applications for the second round of funding with a deadline of 31 October.  Find out more and fill in the online application form at https://www.lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/

Story Box treasure trove moves to Library

The treasure trove of stories about Alyth through the centuries currently housed in the “Story Box”, an old red phone box on Market Square, was transferred to Alyth Museum in April as the project comes to an end. The public WiFi hub in the box will continue to be available until the current BT broadband contract expires in December.

Since the Story Box was opened in 2017, visitors have been able to listen to any of more than 150 recordings from around Alyth simply by lifting the receiver in the phone box. The phone box is now closed, but the electronic innards which store and play the recordings have been moved to Alyth Museum and will still be accessible when the Museum reopens in May. The recordings have also been archived in the AK Bell Library in Perth.

Sound artists worked with locals to record stories and sounds from the present, oral histories from within living memory, and recreated stories and sounds from the distant past. Former residents with a keen interest in supporting the project also recorded and sent stories from as far away as Canada. The recordings include tales of the Picts from pre-history and the monks of Alyth’s 5th-century Church; the legends and myths from the area, farming life, the people, industry and shops of this historic market town.

The stories also paint an audio portrait of the present-day people and how the remarkable community spirit of this town helped it survive the devastating flash flood of July 2015. The future of Alyth is told through imagined stories and songs written by the young people of the town recorded during digital and sound technology workshops run by the project in Alyth Primary School and Alyth Youth Partnership.

The Story Box was part of the 2017 launch programme for the Cateran’s Common Wealth initiative (www.commonculture.org.uk) which was supported through significant in-kind donations from individuals and businesses in Alyth and funded by Alyth Community Council, Creative Scotland, The Drumderg Windfarm Community Fund, The Gannochy Trust, The Heritage Lottery Fund, The People’s Postcode Lottery Fund, Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER programme, Perth & Kinross Council, Scotmid Community Fund and the St James Place Foundation.

Story Box Project creator, director and Alyth resident Marian Bruce said “It has been a pleasure to work with the people in my own community to create this audio archive of our town. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the project. These stories are the soul of Alyth and are now saved for future generations. Some will also have another life as part of the recordings for the new Cateran Ecomuseum, which celebrates the cultural and natural heritage of our home.”

Community Projects Fund now open for applications

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Our new Alyth Community Projects Fund (ACPF) is now open for the first round of applications. Alyth Development Trust (ADT) has an agreement with Tullymurdoch Ltd, who operate the new windfarm just northeast of Alyth, to distribute the community benefit funds they are donating to the community of Alyth.  We’re allocating 35% of the money each year to individuals and organisations in our community through the ACPF.  Find out more and download the application form from our Projects page