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AEA 2015 AGM Notice

Posted by abernethyparkproject on April 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)


AGM

Wed 22 April 2015

8pm at Williamson Hall, Abernethy


Anyone interested in the parks project and/or improving community greenspace please do come along.

You don't have to be on the committee, but new faces with energy and fresh ideas will be made very welcome.:)

Parks Planting Day - you're invited!

Posted by abernethyparkproject on March 16, 2014 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Phase 2 park improvements are almost complete…

please help PLANT to finish the job!



On: Saturday 29 March 2014


11am to 12 noon at Williamson Hall Park

Help Abernethy Horticultural Society plant 5 new fruit trees & a row of blueberries (part of the Abernethy Fruit Trail)


12 noon to 3pm at Powrie Park

Help Abernethy Environmental Association plant 300 grasses & shrubs round the new sensory pathway (see above photo) - the final stage of Powrie Park improvements and your chance to create a sensory garden for all.


 

  • All ages welcome.
  • Outdoor clothing and warm boots recommended.
  • Please bring gloves and a spade/trowel if you have. Pavilion will be open for toilets & tea only.

 

NB this event follows the Pavilion Coffee Morning & Easter Egg Hunt (10.30 to 12.30) – so come prepared to play in your parks all day! 

Funding Boost for Powrie - it's Official!

Posted by abernethyparkproject on December 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been public knowledge for a while, but here's a copy of SITA Trust's official press release...


18 December 2013

Funding Boost for Perth & Kinross Council (in partnership with Abernethy Environmental Association)


Perth & Kinross Council (in partnership with Abernethy Environmental Association) is today celebrating the news that it has received a £51,914.04 funding boost from SITA Trust for their project "Powrie Park Redevelopment ".

 

Phase 1 of the project is currently in progress - the refurbishment of the children's playground within Powrie Park at a total cost of c£50k. This has been funded by PKC budget and by income from grants and trusts, donations from local businesses and funds raised by AEA through community fundraising events. This funding application relates to phase 2 of the Powrie Park Redevelopment Project. In response to community demand, the plan is to install a zip slide and trim trail; upgrade the footpaths; improve access to the pavilion; build a car park; establish a sensory garden and purchase benches.

 

Joyce Adams of Abernethy Environmental Association, the community group behind the parks redevelopment, said, "The whole village is delighted to have secured the funding for these much wanted improvements. They will give people of all ages more reasons to enjoy spending time outdoors being active or just enjoying the greenspace, without having to travel."

 

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

 

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

 

Ends.

 

Notes to the editor

Abernethy Environmental Association

Abernethy Environmental Association (AEA) is a community and voluntary organisation established in 1999 for the purpose of improving Abernethy's natural environment. Previous AEA projects include upgrading Nurse Peattie's Garden and establishing the Rough Glen path network. Since November 2011 we have been focused on improving Abernethy's two main parks, Williamson Park and Powrie Park. For more information or to make a donation, visit abernethyparksproject.webs.com


SITA Trust

For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit www.sitatrust.org.uk

SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,500 projects to a combined value of over £99 million.

Enhancing Communities - SITA Trust funding enhances communities in England, Scotland and Wales by supporting community driven projects to improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

Enriching Nature - SITA Trust funding enriches nature by supporting biodiversity conservation projects in England and Wales 

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

SITA Trust receives its funding through HM Government’s Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is donated by SITA UK, one of the nation’s leading recycling and resource management companies.

Any rubbish that is thrown away and cannot be reused ends up in a landfill site. Operators of landfill sites collect tax on each tonne of landfill for HM Treasury. The purpose of this tax is to make it more expensive to put waste into landfill, in turn encouraging us to reduce our waste and recycle more.

A small proportion of this tax can be used to support a wide range of environmental projects near landfill sites, through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Through the LCF over £1 billion has been invested in UK projects. SITA Trust is part of the LCF, which is regulated on behalf of HM Government’s Revenue & Customs by ENTRUST. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk.

For media enquiries about SITA Trust please contact our team on 01454 262910 or email [email protected]



Phase 2 improvements - sketch plans are in!

Posted by abernethyparkproject on December 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A quick update to let you know that the tenders have gone out for contractors for the Phase 2 work at Powrie which is due to begin in the new year - exciting stuff.


Weather permitting we should sliding down the zip wire and doing chin ups on the trim trail before the end of March, or more realistically April - yay!


Williamson Park users will also be pleased to know, some drainage improvements are scheduled there for February 2014 too.


PKC have supplied us with updated sketches of the work that will be happening at both sites - download them from the park plans page now.


Representatives from AEA will be meeting on sie with the contracor before Xmas, so any questions or concerns, please contact us and let us know.


Thanks


*Fundraising Ceilidh - postponed til 2014*

Posted by abernethyparkproject on October 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Apologies everyone, the committee have postponed the ceilidh until 2014...it's a busy old time!


We're well on our way to covering the costs of phase 2 improvements to Powrie Park - but we still need to raise funds for maintenance and upkeep. So what better way to do it than by having fun!

Join us for a hoolie to remember on Sat 23rd November, from 7.30pm at Williamson Hall, Abernethy.

There'll be a paying bar, 'The Tartan Tap', live music by 'The Blackford Fiddlers' and  a raffle or bottle stall of sorts.

Tickets are £10 each, available from

 

  • Lorraine Kinnear (tel 850089)
  • Joyce Adams (tel 850928 ) or
  • by texting Jill Young on 07443 45253

 

Number are limited so please reserve your tickets today. And check out the photos of last year's hoolie!

Hope to see you there.


Great news - phase 2 funding for Powrie Park secured!

Posted by abernethyparkproject on October 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The parks project team is delighted to confirm that thanks to a wonderful response by the community to our recent fundraising plea, we have raised sufficient funds to draw down a grant for £60k from SITA Trust.


This means that work on phase 2 of developing Powrie Park will begin in November 2013 and, all being well, should be complete by Summer 2014.


More than 100 households responded to our door-drop campaign, contributing almost £4000 in donations to the Park Project.

  

Without doubt it's been a fantastic response, well beyond our expectations and without which we would have missed out on the grant.


Huge thanks to everyone who donated, it really has made a difference.


A reminder that phase 2 plans include 

  • Building a car park behind the Pavilion and improving vehicle access
  • Re-surfacing paths around the park perimeter and raising them to reduce/minimise flooding
  • Creating a trim trail (5 stations) around the park, suitable for all ages
  • Providing picnic tables and new benches
  • Creating a sensory area and additional planting 
  • Adding a zip-slide or flying fox to the play area


If you meant to donate but didn’t quite get round to it, there’s still time! Click here to donate today.


A secondary benefit of this huge community support is that it will stand us in good stead to secure the rest of the funds we need to complete the project.


We plan to achieve this by

• applying for additional grants

• seeking the support of local corporates and

• hosting community fundraising activities e.g. a St Andrews Ceilidh on 23rd November at Williamson Hall


Please keep watching this space and local noticeboards for more updates. And thank you again to everyone who has contributed to the project so far.


AEA committee

Abernethy Balloon Race - Results are in!

Posted by abernethyparkproject on September 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Thanks to everyone who joined the balloon race at Picnic in The Park in August.


100+ balloons were released raising some much-needed funds for the Powrie Park Project.


Perhaps more remarkably, over the past 3 weeks a few faded, damp tickets have made it back to Abernethy - courtesy of some friendly folks in the north east.


The balloon that travelled the furthest was

Ticket 114 - bought by Brian Stewart, found at The Hill of Deskie, Bridge End of Glenlivet, Banffshire. Thanks Andrew Cameron for sending back to us. And congrats Brian on having an adventurous balloon! An amazon gift voucher will be winging its way to you both very soon.




Other well travelled balloons included:

Ticket 113 – bought by Brodie Provan-Sinclair, found at Tomnavoulin Farm, Glenlivet (only 3 miles south of the winning ticket!) by Colin Fraser


Ticket 40 – bought by Jemima Butler, found near Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire by Patricia Fraser


Ticket 11 - bought by (no name entered), found near Aberbothrie Farms, Alyth, Perthshire by George Simpson


Ticket 41 – bought by Ottie Butler, found Hole of Clean Farm, Glencarse, Perthshire by Euan Dunbar


Ticket 74 - bought by Sam Donnachie, found near the Ballo Burn, Abernethy (!) by Mairi Lang


I guess there was a decent NE wind the day of the race! Thanks again everyone.

YOUR PARK NEEDS YOU!

Posted by abernethyparkproject on September 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy (or watch others enjoy) the new play equipment in both Powrie and Williamson Parks - a great example of what the community can achieve when we work together.


Please give us your feedback on changes to both parks by completing a short survey at http/www.surveymonkey.com/s/9Q6GTFF or pick up a hard copy of the survey at Brian's shop.


Now the Abernethy Parks Project needs your help to deliver the second phase of improvements to Powrie Park. This includes

 

  • Building a car park behind the Pavilion and improving vehicle access
  • Re-surfacing paths around the park perimeter and raising them to prevent flooding
  • Creating a trim trail around the park, suitable for all ages
  • Providing picnic tables and new benches
  • Creating a sensory area and additional planting
  • Adding a zip-slide or flying fox to the play area

 


The good news

We have a provisional offer of funding for £60,000 towards the cost of the project.


The challenge

One of the conditions of the funding is that we raise £6600 before 30 September 2013. We already have some money thanks to previous fundraising efforts but not enough to reach the target by the deadline.


How you can help

Having exhausted most sources of funding raising £40k for new play equipment, Abernethy Environmental Association urgently needs the financial support of local folk to help us reach our target. Can you make a donation? Any contribution, no matter how small, will make a difference.

e.g. if 250 households in Abernethy give £20 each before 30 Sep 2013, we will be able to go ahead and build a special community facility for future generations to enjoy.


Please take 5 minutes to donate today. If we do not raise £6600 we will not be able to claim the £60k grant and Powrie improvements will not go ahead. This is a unique opportunity, and our last chance.


Contributions can be made

 

  • Online via Paypal or using credit card through our website http://abernethyparksproject.webs.com/
  • by cash or cheque (payable to Abernethy Environmental Association) Please deliver to Jill Young (Treasurer) at 37 Brandywell Road (tel 850087) or Jill Donnachie (Secretary) at 6 The Glebe (tel 850106) or call and we can collect  
  • In-kind (if you have product, machinery or skills to share it could reduce our costs)

 

Please note that all donors will be publicly acknowledged unless they request otherwise.

We appreciate asking individuals for donations is not ideal but we are so very close to securing this large grant and have tried every other option we can think of to raise the necessary funds.


This is our last resort. Hopefully you can help.


Thank you.

Abernethy celebrates new play park equipment

Posted by abernethyparkproject on August 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Abernethy locals celebrated the completion of the first phase of park improvements at a community ‘picnic in the park’ event on Saturday 24 August 2013.

More than 160 members of the community brought out their blankets and shoved on their training shoes to enjoy an action packed afternoon of fun at Powrie Park.



Activities aimed at promoting physical activity in Abernethy’s green space included free tennis coaching with Abernethy Tennis Club, beat the goalie with Abernethy Youth Football Club , rounders, table tennis, groups games and more.


The afternoon, organised by Abernethy Environmental Association (AEA), was designed to showcase the newly installed play equipment at Powrie Park and inform locals about the next phase of park improvements.


AEA Chair, Kate Butler said, ” It’s wonderful to see so many people enjoying the new play equipment at both Powrie and Williamson Parks. The community have worked hard to raise the funds needed to upgrade both parks, and we’re confident we can do more.”


Whilst more people than ever are using and enjoying Abernethy parks, feedback from the community indicates there is still more to do to make Powrie Park accessible and enjoyable for all. One resident commented, “Turning the muddy area behind the Pavilion into a car park and surfacing the access road would mean more people could use the park safely.”


Plans for the second phase of park improvements are well underway. They include re-surfacing perimeter paths to prevent flooding, creating a car park and improving access for Pavilion users, creating a sensory area, installing trim trail and zip wire and providing picnic tables and new benches.


Kate Butler continued, “We have had a provisional offer of funding for £60,000 which would help us make these plans a reality. But one of the conditions is that we raise a further £6600. Having exhausted many funding sources upgrading the play park equipment, we urgently need the help of individuals, companies and grant-makers to help us raise this final small amount and create a community facility fit for the next generation.”


Perth and Kinross Council who own both parks supported the first phase of the project with some funding, as did Awards for All, Communities and Families Fund, Tesco Charity Trust, Quality of Life Trust and local employer Branston Limited. £18,600 in total is needed for second phase developments and future maintenance costs.


For more information or to make a donation, visit http://abernethyparksproject.webs.com .

ENDS

About Abernethy Environmental Association Abernethy Environmental Association (AEA) is a community and voluntary organisation established in 1999 for the purpose of improving Abernethy's natural environment. Previous AEA projects include upgrading Nurse Peattie's Garden and establishing the Rough Glen path network. Since November 2011 we have been focused on improving Abernethy' two main parks, Williamson Park and Powrie Park.

You're invited to a Picnic in the Park

Posted by abernethyparkproject on August 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Join the whole community in celebrating our new and improved parks at a 'Picnic in the Park' on Sat 24 August in Powrie Park.

 

Bring your friends, family, children and pet plus something delicious for lunch (oh and perhaps and someting to sit on.)

 

This is your chance try a new activity:

 

 

  • Beat the goalie with Abernethy Youth Football Club
  • A game of community rounders
  • Tennis games and challenges with the Abernethy Tennis Club
  • Facepainting and circle games with Rosemary Stanford
  • Balloon release competition
  • the new playpark equipment!

 

And find out more about ambitious phase 2 park developments.

 

Plus the Pavilion Committee have kindly agreed to open the Pavilion for refreshments & hot dogs

 

Time: 1pm to 4pm

 

Bring as many folks as you can. Oh and some small change for facepainting and balloons.

 

Join the entire community in celebrating our new and improved parks at a 'Picnic in the Park' on Sat 24 August in Powrie Park.

 

Bring your friends, family, children and pet plus something delicious for lunch and someting to sit on.

 

If any local organisations wish to put on activities and games for all to enjoy, they'd be most welcome. Contact Jill on 850106 for more



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