What shall we do with Jubilee Park?

Over the past few months, we’ve been asking for community views on what might be done to improve the Diamond Jubilee Park.  We’ve had three main suggestions:

  • An all-weather footpath round the edge of the Park suitable for prams, wheelchairs and bikes
  • A proper skateboard/BMX track
  • An upgraded play area 

To turn these ideas into reality, we need your help in developing detailed plans and raising the money.  We have some funds that we can contribute but having broad community support and involvement is vital in persuading Perth & Kinross Council to devote their time and resources to the project, and also to stand a better chance of raising money from other sources.  So we really do need as many people to get involved as possible.  If you’d like to help us improve Jubilee Park, we’d love to hear from you. 

Details of how to get in touch are here:  https://www.lovealyth.org.uk/contact-us/ or you can message us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlythDevelopmentTrust

Primary School events getting better thanks to ADT grant

Alyth Primary School events will be even more enjoyable in future thanks to a grant from Alyth Development Fund.

ADT has awarded £2,000 from its Community Projects Fund to help Alyth Primary School Parent/School Association buy new sound equipment.  The up-to-date technology will mean clearer announcements and better quality sound at fundraisers, school shows, special assemblies and church services, events show-casing pupils’ work.

Class teacher Chelsea Scott said:  “We are very grateful that we were granted funding from the Alyth Community Fund. We were granted £2000 for use on technology equipment for the school. 

“Our main purchase was a brand new Coomber sound system with microphones. We purchased two hand-held mics, four lapel mics and two headsets to go alongside the Coomber. These will be great at enhancing our school performances such as our yearly Nativity production, and of course the children will benefit from learning to use new technology. 

“The Coomber sound system will also really benefit our community events such as our Christmas and Summer Fayres alongside our school coffee-mornings and duck-race fundraising event. We are really looking forward to being able to use this technology when these events can start to run again. 

“We also purchased headphones and mics to use with the iPads we already had within the school. This will allow us to record stories and information about our learning with ease. 

We are yet to use the equipment to its full potential due to the current pandemic however, we are all really looking forward to being able to use it all soon. “

ADT’s Community Projects Fund is open again for applications for grant money until the end of October; find out more and apply for your grant here. The Fund distributes community benefits payments we receive from Temporis Ltd, operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm north of Alyth.

August board minutes now available

The minutes of our Directors’ Meeting on 3 August are now available here: https://www.lovealyth.org.uk/about-alyth-development-trust/company-information/. The minutes of our September meeting will be posted shortly, and our next Board meeting is scheduled for 5 October. Look out for confirmation of date time and also how to join in via Zoom coming soon.

New Resilience Plan for Alyth

We’ve been working with Alyth Community Support Group on a new Resilience Plan for the town, and you can read it here.   We’ve been inspired and motivated by the level of voluntarism in our town during the Covid crisis, and the new Plan is a framework for maximising the positive effects of that so as to make the community stronger and better equipped to cope with challenges in the future.  Greater resilience brings greater community benefits such as learning new skills, gaining a sense of self-worth through volunteering, and feeling gratitude and trust in other people in your community.  We will build the Alyth Resilience Plan to maximise these benefits as well as optimise our ability to react to adversity.  Continually raising awareness and encouraging people to see the value of ‘joining in’ are an important part of building the foundations for a resilience plan, and will be an ongoing part of our work.  We will consult with groups, individuals and businesses across the entire town to see what needs our residents want resilience planning to meet.  Have a look through the Plan (it’s not very long!), see what you think and, hopefully, get involved!

https://www.lovealyth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Alyth-Resilience-July-2020-final.pdf

Community Projects Fund open again for new bids

Do you have a big idea that could help improve life in Alyth?  We’ve re-opened our Community Projects Fund (CPF) for applications for funding up to £2,000 and the deadline is 31 October.  Find out more and connect to the application form here.  Under our agreement with Temporis Ltd, who operate the windfarm just northeast of Alyth, we distribute the community benefit funds they are donating to Alyth, and a big chunk of that is allocated direct to individuals and organisations in our community through the ACPF.  Applications are assessed and awarded by an independent Community Panel charged in accordance with the ADT aims and objectives.  If you have big idea but need funding to turn it into a reality, don’t delay and get your application in today!

Third flood monitor now up and running

Great news!  The third flood monitor on the Alyth Burn, which we announced in the August issue of the Alyth Voice, has now been installed and connected to the internet.

It’s at Mill of Fyal way up the Bamff Road and will give Alythians earlier warning of possible flood waters coming down the Burn.

ADT has paid for the new monitor and worked with Alyth Community Support Group and the Scottish Flood Forum to decide where best to install it.

The sensor is now working alongside two other monitors, one at Bridge of Tully at the upper end of the Den and the original one at the Packhorse Bridge.  They all measure the height of the water flowing past and send it to a number of displays fitted in properties in the town, giving extra early warning about rising floodwaters.  

Anyone can see the current level of water flowing past the new sensor by going to https://map.rivertrack.org/location/alyth-burn-mill-of-fyal.  The other two sensors are at https://map.rivertrack.org/location/alyth-burn-bridge-of-tully and https://map.rivertrack.org/location/alyth-burn-alyth.

Picture shows Gary Martin of RiverTrack installing the sensor at the Bridge of Tully.  Gary designed the sensor system and set up RiverTrack to work with the SFF.  There are now more than 20 RiverTrack sensors installed on rivers across Scotland and northern England.

Bamff Estate invites local people to big bug hunt

Saturday 22 August 10am – 1pm 

A major project to restore farmland and plantation near Alyth to a natural, uncultivated state is inviting local people to help count insects, spiders and worms on the land.

The Bamff Estate is planning a rewilding project that will transform 166 hectares (410 acres) of farmland and plantations into stunning wildlife habitat. 

Estate owners Paul and Louise Ramsay hope that their “citizens’ science” project will measure the difference rewilding can make to the bugs and worms that are at the heart of the natural ecosystem.

They are inviting anyone interested to gather at Bamff, three miles northwest of Alyth, on Saturday morning, 22 August, to catch, record, count and then release as many bugs and worms as they can find in different areas and habitats of the estate. 

Louise Ramsay said:  “We know we have lots of beautiful butterflies, dragonflies and ladybirds to as well as spiders, beetles, shield bugs and wriggling worms on the estate, but we don’t have enough information on the numbers of species or individuals.  Doing a count like this gives us a baseline from which to measure progress over time.

“People taking part in our Bug and Worm Hunt will be making a really valuable contribution to understanding how a rewilding project like ours can help sustain and nurture Scotland’s natural environment.”

The event organisers say that if the weather is dry they will concentrate on bugs, and if it is raining they will concentrate on worms.

The Hunt will take place completely outdoors so will be easy to socially distance. A local ecologist, Alan Ross, will give training and maps and butterfly nets will be provided. 

For more details and to register for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-bamff-bug-and-worm-hunt-tickets-116090099613

To find out more about the Bamff Rewilding project, go to: https://bamff.land

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HELP with Finance

Alyth Community Council, with the help of SSE’s Drumderg Windfarm, is offering local Groups or Associations financial assistance with micro-grants up to the value of £500. The grants are for community projects that enhance the quality of life in Alyth.

The SSE have laid down some limitations on which types of funding can be awarded but these are not too onerous. Projects outside the Drumderg area or contrary to SSE’s interests aren’t eligible, nor is any project with a political or religious aspect nor which involves firearms or is intended to cover direct energy costs. You can’t apply for projects that have already been completed either, nor for work that should be done by statutory authorities.

For an application form and the full terms and conditions, apply to any member of Alyth Community Council including Iain Donaldson Tel: 01828 632479.