This week we opened a new small grants programme for communities across Scotland to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. Celebrate will offer community groups grants of up to £5,000 for activities that help bring people together locally. It could be to celebrate something in your local history or a local community hero, to mark something important to your community like the Queen’s 90th Birthday, or simply to get to know your neighbours better.
If your group is interested in applying the following project should give you some inspiration…
The picturesque town of Millport is the main town on the island of Great Cumbrae which lies off the North Ayrshire coast. The town, which has an ageing population of 4,000, relies heavily on the tourist industry.
Cumbrae Queen’s Gala Committee received an Awards for All Scotland grant to organise a very special three day event to bring people of all ages together and celebrate the Queen’s birthday in style.
Organiser, Elizabeth Lawson, said, “We are so grateful for this funding which has really helped us make her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations something to remember. Our voluntary committee is drawn up of people of various ages and we rely on organisations across the island to help with our events.
“We did a similar project for the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012 which was such a success that people on the island are still talking about it. It really helped to bring the community together.
For our 2016 birthday celebrations, we followed the Queen’s own programme with an ecumenical service, keeping the order of service proposed for the Queen’s own service and celebration and thanksgiving.
On the Saturday we held a very special afternoon tea party for around one hundred local people. As well as inviting local people aged over 80 years of age, we invited people who have served the island by way of helping others through community or charity work. Our weekend of celebration concluded on Sunday with the coronation of our own Cumbrae Queen, Lauren Weipers, followed by a street party in the marquee at Garrison Grounds. We had lots of entertainment on offer including a magician, dancing, games and music as well as bouncy castles and face painting for the children.
“As with our Jubilee event we have reached out to everyone on the island, young and old, to get involved. We believe this celebration will help to bring everyone together and enhance what is already a strong and proud community spirit.