Since April 2017 we have been working to support a range of initiatives and activities in Aberfeldy to help bring people together and improve life in the area. These have come from our Community Chest, which offers up to £250 to people and organisations to get things going in the area, as well as larger grants to fund more extensive activity.
We have supported the following activities and groups through our Community Chest:
Poplar Singers Community Choir- to run taster sessions for Aberfeldy residents
Women’s Exercise Classes
Belle Dancers- to film a music video for a girls dance group
Knitting and Crochet Classes
Ballroom Dance Classes and a Tea Dance
Box Fit and Circuit Training Classes with Mind Over Weight
Healthy Cooking Classes
A local Bingo group
We have also agreed to sponsor Aberfeldy Football Club for 3 years and to support the Tiny Tots parent and toddler group run in St Nicholas’ Church Hall.
If you would like to apply for a community chest grant of up to £250, please contact Liam for a copy of the application form on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07972445604. If you
Please note that the community chest is currently closed and will re-open in 2018.
What We've Supported So Far
The Tommy Flowers Public House
As well as supporting different groups through our Community Chest, we have also invested some of the Lottery money towards opening a new pub and community space in Aberfeldy. We will be converting the old florist shop unit at number 50 Aberfeldy Street into the Tommy Flowers Public House. We have been working on this since April 2017 and hope to be open in early 2018.
Tommy Flowers was a World War Two code breaker who designed the Colossus machine that helped the British Army decipher messages that were being sent by the Germans. Tommy’s machine was responsible for saving the lives of millions of people from German bombers. Tommy was from Aberfeldy, born at 160 Abbott Road and we think this local hero is a fitting choice to lend his name to our new hub.
The idea is that Thursday to Sunday, the Tommy Flowers will be a liscenced bar, selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (at a reasonable price!) and being a space for people to come to relax and hang out with their neighbours. The bar will have regular events including live music, karaoke and bingo. On Monday to Wednesday we want to use the space to hold different activities to bring people together in the daytimes and the evening. We haven’t decided exactly what will happen yet, but events might include reading groups, coffee mornings, skills workshops, and art projects.
We are keen to hear any ideas for how to use this space from people in the community and are looking for any particularly enthusiastic people to volunteer their time to helping organise activities- so please get in touch or feel free to drop into the shop when its being renovated to have a chat about your ideas!