Calor Rural Communtity Fund

A project to make Kames Hall more resilent in a prolonged power cut is needing your votes. The project with the most votes will get £5,000.

This project is will mean there is somewhere in the community available for vulnerable people to keep warm and be fed in an emergency. All resources in the hall are currently electric so this money is vital to allow gas cooking facilities and generators to be purchased. The total estimated cost is around £8,000 so it would not be possible without this type of funding.

Please spread the word so the project can get as many votes as possible. Each person gets 10 votes to use in the voting, just register with your name and email and address and place your votes.

Many thanks for you support.

Community Fund Voting

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AGM notification

The AGM will be held on Monday 22nd May 2017 at 7pm in Kames Hall.

Additionally the board is looking for 5 new resident directors and 2 general directors. If you would like more information about becoming a director please email info@tddt.co.uk or call 01700 612012 or speak to one of the current directors. Nomination forms for becoming a director should be received by 12 noon on Saturday 20th May.

Come along and you can find out about what the directors have been working on this year and what exciting things could be coming up over the next 12 months.

2017 Windy Bus Tour

Organised tours are available in the summer to visit the Sròndoire Community Wind Farm, on Kintyre, in which TDDT has invested. TDDT has tours arranged for Saturday 6th May and Saturday 2nd September so put those dates in your diary so you can come along. The tour is free so the only price is the return ferry ticket to Tarbert. Travel on the 9:45 ferry to Tarbert and a bus will take you from there to the turbines and you will get back early afternoon. It is well worthwhile a visit to see a turbine and there are great views over Loch Fyne towards Cowal so fingers crossed for sunshine

Allt Dearg Educational Trust applications for 2017

Allt Dearg Educational Trust is now accepting applications for 2017.

Young people in further education and who will be living away from home can apply. Pupils whose local primary school is Tighnabruaich are in the priority area so if you know anyone who could benefit from this please pass on the information.

The deadline for applications is the 31st May 2017. TDDT is not part of this process or decision making so please email info@alltdeargeducationaltrust.org.uk for an application form and information.

More information can also be found online http://lochfynewindfarms.com/EducationalTrust.aspx

TDDT directors

The trust is looking for Resident and General directors to come onto the new board of directors at the next AGM on the 22nd May. Any member wishing to be considered as a director should contact the Trust before the 20th May 2015 to receive a nomination form; email address is info@tddt.co.uk or call 01700 612 012 (Signed nomination forms should be returned to the Trust by the 20th May)

Vote for TDDT project in Tesco Stores in March and April

Tighnabruaich District Development Trust; Project Title – Bealach Na Caisteal Footpath

We are delighted that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme to reinstate this footpath has been successful and our project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during March and April 2017.

Our project along with the other two successful projects in the region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st March to Saturday 29th April. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive up to £5,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.
Below is a list of stores taking part in the voting on our project. Please feel free to share this list of stores amongst everyone you know that uses these stores.
CAMPBELTOWN PA28 6DL
FORT WILLIAM METRO PH33 6AU
HELENSBURGH METRO G84 8SR
OBAN PA34 4HP
EAST CLYD HELENSB EXP G84 7AA
LOCHGILPHEAD EXP PA31 8JP
To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.
So if you are in any of these stores in the next 2 months please vote for us.

Position as Buying Group Co-ordinator

Fancy working flexible hours at your own choosing whilst meeting new people?

We have a brand new opening for a Buying Group Coordinator within the PA21 area!

 

Craggs Energy are working with the Tighnabruaich District Development Trust to employ an Oil Buying Group Co-ordinator.

Every order that is placed results in a commission, to both the Tighnabruaich District Development Trust and to you!

Being a Coordinator is a great way to get involved in the community, earn uncapped commission and work when you want! No experience is required for the role, as you will be enrolled onto a short training course which will give you all the information you need to know. All we ask for is a bit of enthusiasm and the sky’s the limit!

If you would like more information please contact Kim Thomas on 01700 612012 or info@tddt.co.uk

Please let Kim know if you are interested in this by next Monday 27th February.

Windy Bus Tour, 3rd September

Remember to get your ticket for the Windy Bus Tour on the 3rd September to visit the Sròndoire Community Wind Farm, on Kintyre.

TDDT has invested in these turbines on behalf of the Community, as the returns on the investment over the next 20+ years will be used to support projects for the benefit of everyone in the area.

The tour is free so the only price is the return ferry ticket to Tarbert, as seats on the bus are limited please pick up your free ticket from Robbie at Tighnabruaich Gallery. Head up the hills to enjoy a great view of Argyll and touch a turbine. There are great views over Loch Fyne towards Cowal so fingers crossed for sunshine.

 

Tighnabruaich Jetty Opening

It was a lovely sunny day at the end of May for the opening of the new Tighnabruaich Jetty. A good crowd was there including the local school children. A few words were said by Ronnie Irvine, TDDT, and Don McInnes, Chairman of the Community Council before the ribbon was cut.

The jetty was financed by local fundraising and put in place during the summer of 2015. The jetty is important for the local community giving good access to the sea for local groups and allowing an easy way ashore for visitors. Compared to the previous rotting structure this is much safer and as it has been extended so it is now accessable at all states of the tide.

Photos by Donald Wren.

Tighnabruaich JettyJetty in use                                       IMG_2208

 

TDDT has heard about funding available for Argyll and Bute community groups

Community groups in Argyll and Bute are being encouraged to submit applications for the second round of funding from Argyll and Bute Council’s Third Sector Grants for 2016/17.

There is £5,000 for the Cowal area and the closing date for applications is Monday 13 June. A decision will be made at the area committees in August.

The Third Sector Grants programme is aimed at supporting communities and vulnerable people, and helping to kick start new projects and events.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie said: “The Council is particularly keen to encourage new groups with fresh ideas. Advice and support on funding is available from the Council’s Community Development and Social Enterprise teams. I would encourage people to make the most of this funding opportunity and get their application forms returned as soon as possible.”

Applications forms are available from local area community learning offices or can be accessed using the following link:  http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/council-and-government/third-sector-grants

For further information or guidance please email communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk or telephone 01700 501357 (Bute and Cowal)

Notification of Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Monday 9th May 2016 at 7pm in Kames Hall.

Additionally the board is looking for 2 new resident directors and 1 general director. If you would like more information about becoming a director please email info@tddt.co.uk or speak to one of the current directors. Nomination forms for becoming a director should be received by 12 noon on Saturday 7th May.

Come along and you can find out about what the directors have been working on this year and what exciting things could be coming up over the next 12 months.

Sròndoire Community Wind Farms Windy Bus Tour

Organised tours are available in the summer to visit the Sròndoire Community Wind Farm, on Kintyre, in which TDDT has invested. TDDT has tours arranged for the 7th May and the 3rd September so put those dates in your diary so you can come along. The tour is free so the only price is the return ferry ticket to Tarbert, as seats on the bus are limited please pick up your free ticket from Robbie at Tighnabruaich Gallery.

Head up the hills to enjoy a great view of Argyll and touch a turbine. There are great views over Loch Fyne towards Cowal so fingers crossed for sunshine.

Have a look at the poster for more information WindyBusPoster

 

Kyles of Bute Community Broadband Project

Some local areas are not going to be covered by the new BT New Generation Broadband programme. Three community groups, TDDT, Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust (CGDT) and Bute Rural Community Broadband Group have combined to develop a solution that is financially viable with shared infrastructure costs for these areas. The project is being supported through Community Broadband Scotland.

Community meetings will be held in the New Year to determine all requirements and consider the suggested solutions. The local meeting is in Kames Recreational Hall on Sunday 17th January at 2pm.

If you wish further information please contact Margaret Sheilds from CGDT (call 01700504931 or email Margaret@cgdt.org )

The full press release can be accessed here, Broadbank Press Release – 27th November 2015

Tighnabruaich Jetty in winter storage.

With the sun shining and a light breeze on Sunday 1st November the new Tighnabruaich Jetty was moved to its winter storage at Carry Farm. Thank you to Derek and Fiona for having it to visit over the winter. It will be reappearing in the Springtime for the next boating season.

Many thanks to all the people who helped at different times over the day your help was much appreciated.

Thanks TDDT