Community groups get top up cash

Community groups around Kincardine and the Mearns were awarded funds by Aberdeenshire councillors, following a meeting on Tuesday.

Councillors looked at requests from a number of community groups at Viewmount, with funds being awarded from the area committee budget. The total awarded at the meeting was over £13,500 with requests from across Kincardine and Mearns.

The North East Credit Union part of the Kincardine & Mearns Welfare Solutions Group were awarded the full amount of £1,500 that they applied for. This was for signposting material, a local networking and information event and for shared laptops that can be used by partners in the public, third and community sectors.

Three applications were awarded the full amount with two of these applications being awarded more funds than originally asked for. Fettercairn Public Property Committee were awarded £4000 to carry out work on their ambitious project to refurbish the village hall. The money will go towards the replacement of timber window frames on the tower at the front of the grade c listed building.

In a report to councillors it said: “Fettercairn Public Property Committee has an ambitious refurbishment plan for the hall. This includes essential repointing and maintenance in the order of £65,000; window restoration on the front elevation of the building £24,000; and new toilet facilities costing an estimated £226,000.”

Also awarded £4000 was Maryculter Woodland Trust who are part of a project to buy Maryculter Woods for the community. The group have also raised in excess of £40,000 for the project.

Laurencekirk Bowling Club also spoke at the Area Committee meeting on Tuesday at Viewmount with the club seeking £3,900 from councillors. The club were awarded an extra £100 by the committee. In a report to councillors it said: “The club offer a valuable commuity resource to the residents of the Mearns and have seen their membership increase this year from 48 to 63. The club offer tuition to new members as well as taster sessions to children. The facility is also used by the local probus club and Laurencekirk Gala.”