Friday, July 24, 2009

Kinross progress

I mentioned in passing last week (here) that the website of the Kinross Curling Trust had not been updated, leaving us wondering how things were progressing with the new rink which is to be home to the National Curling Academy. On Tuesday I was pleased to receive an email newsletter about the project (have you signed up to receive it?), with a link to an updated, and improved website.

The gist of the newsletter is that plans for the facility have now been submitted to Perth and Kinross Council. The site plan, floor plans and elevations are displayed in the foyer of the Windlestrae Hotel or can be downloaded from the Kinross Curling Trust website.

Applications are soon to be made to sportscotland and other funding bodies and organisations to pay for the bulk of the capital costs of the project.

A local fundraising committee is being established headed up by Linda Young and Mary Morgan. A letter has recently been sent out to all the local curling clubs that currently use the curling rink at Kinross asking them to start considering organizing fund-raising activities.

The Kinross Curling Trust itself is organising a BBQ to be held at Loch Leven’s Larder from 7.15pm on Friday, September 11, with other events and activities to follow.

Ena Stevenson and Judith McFarlane are working on a development action plan for curling in the Kinross area covering the next three years, including the opening of the new facility. The broad aim is to increase participation at all ages and levels.

And, importantly, the Kinross Curling Trust has been recognised by charity regulators OSCR as a Scottish charity. This dictates how the Trust can operate once the facility is in operation. In the short term, it allows the Kinross Curling Trust and donors to benefit from the government’s gift aid provisions. The current subscribing trustees (Jamie Montgomery, Bob Tait and Colin Grahamslaw) would welcome approaches from any curler who is prepared to help fund the project.

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