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Fochabers gala cash boost for local community groups


By Alan Beresford

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Over £4500 in proceeds from the 2023 Fochabers gala has been handed out to various local organisations and groups. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Over £4500 in proceeds from the 2023 Fochabers gala has been handed out to various local organisations and groups. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

COMMUNITY groups in Fochabers have benefited to the tune of more than £4500 thanks to the village summer gala.

A total of 14 groups shared a total of £4583.50, the proceeds from the successful gala event held in the square near the end of July.

The cheques were handed over at a special meeting held in the Fochabers Public Institute.

Gala Committee chairwoman Liz Rennie said: "We're very pleased with the total raised at this year's gala, which is put back into the community.

"We know how much local groups appreciate it and it does make a difference to them and what they can do in the community.

"For example, the Autumn Club's grant will give them a helping hand to pay for entertainment and subsidising meals for their members.

"It means a lot to the Village Association to know that the proceeds from the gala are going straight back into the community."

Mrs Rennie added that the Village Association had received a funding boost itself in the shape of funding for new Christmas lights.

She added: "We've got funding from the Community Lottery Fund, topped up with money from the Beatrice Community Fund, to allow us to buy new displays for two of the trees in the square.

"The trees have basically outgrown the old ones."

Saturday, December 2 saw the Christmas lights switched on.

The groups receiving grants from the gala were: Autumn Club – £200; Church Fellowship (Cosy Café & Schools Café) – £250; Cricket Club – £371; Fochabers Heritage – £150; Fochabers Institute – £500; Fochabers in Bloom – £400; Fochabers Men's Shed – £775; Milne's Primary School – £500; Milne's High School ASN Department – £500; Rainbows Brownies and Guides – £300; SWI –£100; Tanzania Project – £237.50; Bellie and Speymouth Church – £200; Spey Valley Vintage Engine & Tractor Club – £100.

Keep up to date with Village Association events and projects by following their Facebook page.


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