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Find Out The FACTs Activity Day

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Pictured: Kirsty Williams from FACT, Christine Grant from the Forres branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, Sharon Finlay from Active Minds Moray, Calum Robertson from the Forres and District Pipe Band and Lorna Cresswell as a Trustee of the Osprey Bus.

An activity day where people can try their hand at drumming, listen to children’s storytelling sessions and enjoy a spot of Highland dancing and piping is taking place this month.

Forres Area Community Trust is staging a ‘Find Out the FACTs’ event in Grant Park on August 21.

The event is to showcase what the Trust does and how the Forres Town Hall is used.

Kirsty Williams, who is the Old Persons’ Project Co-ordinator with FACT and who is organising the day explained:

“We are really looking forward to Find Out the FACTs which is really an opportunity for people to come along, have some fun and find out more about what we do.

“FACT works with so many different partners and we have a very busy schedule with loads of activities that support many different groups in the community.

“All we want to do at our Grant Park event is spread awareness of what’s available to do in the area, not just by ourselves but those organisations and groups we work in partnership with to make the area a better place to live, work and visit.”

“Through the pandemic, FACT really came to the fore and we worked with a range of partners to support those who were vulnerable or struggling during the lockdowns, but now things are getting better and restrictions are easing, we are working on promoting our classes and workshops and just want to showcase what we and our partners have to offer the people of the area.”

In March, it was announced that FACT had taken ownership of Forres Town Hall after a successful community asset transfer process.

The Trust had been managing the building since 2018.

It is now pushing forward with a fundraising strategy to raise the £3.4 million for a regeneration project to redevelop the building as a thriving venue and facility fit for the 21st century and to provide services and resources for the area into the future.

Kirsty said:

“FACT is delighted to be the custodian of the Town Hall on behalf of the community, and our event will also allow us to talk to the public about the hall and what the plans are for its future.

“We can also share with attendees about all the great activities that take place in the hall.”

Find Out the FACTs will take place between midday and 4pm on August 21.

FACT secured funding from the Scottish Government, via Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), from the Communities Recovery Fund.

Kirsty said:

“HIE is co-ordinating the Communities Recovery Fund in the Highlands and Islands, on behalf of the Scottish Government, for all eligible community organisations, who are implementing changes to reintroduce the delivery of existing services and activities that have been suspended or severely reduced because of COVID-19 and/or deliver new services identified as a priority by the community as a result of COVID-19.”

“We are delighted that our event is able to go ahead after securing this funding.

“There will something for everyone.

“We have some great entertainment lined up and there is something for all age groups.

“We have drumming with Active Minds Moray, Forres Online will be there to explain how they can help people improve their digital knowledge, we will have storytelling from Margot Henderson, Scottish country dancers and pipers from the Forres and District Pipe Band.

“We invite people to come along and bring a picnic and spend the afternoon with us.

“It’s a real community event.

“Wave Radio are supporting us by handling the announcing and the organisers of the Forres Highland Games which have been hit hard by the pandemic are lending us tables and chairs.

“If a picnic is not your thing, we will be situated near Mather’s so there will be an opportunity to grab something from there as well, and for kids to not only enjoy what we have on offer but have fun at the playpark and in Grant Park too.”

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