Funds received - £1,200.00
We are pleased to say that we were able to complete our projcect of upgrading our kitchen and toilet facilities.
With the kind grant we were able to buy our Fridge/Freezer and Cooker. This has made such a difference to the children and staff that used it prior to lockdown.
Thankfully, we are now open again and supplying all children with a hot meal at lunchtime and we can get Tesco deliveries as we have the fridge/freezer to store it all in.
Please see attached photos of the equipment in place.
Everyone at Fogo is grateful to you all for the kind grant that was awarded to us for these items, which we would not have able to buy had you not.
Berwickshire Youth Piping and Drumming Foundation
Funds Received - £2,200
Berwickshire Youth Piping and Drumming Foundation was set up with the mission to establish bagpipe and drumming tuition in five of the Berwickshire primary schools - Chirnside, Duns, Coldstream, Greenlaw and Swinton. Our ambition, as set out in our application, was to attract between 40-60 pupils. We have far exceeded this target with, pre Covid, around 90 pupils receiving lessons. As well as introducing pupils to the discipline of learning a musical instrument, the tuition has been successful in establishing music as a cool thing to do and built pupils sense of achievement and self worth. We believe that we are well on our way to achieving our initial objectives, which are:
The estabilishment of a school pipe band is one year closer.
The first step in estabilishing the tuition programme was to recuit a tutor and we were very fortunate to engage Andrew Warren (who also tutors at James Gillespies in Edinburgh) to deliver lessons. His enthusiasm and hard work has played a large part in the success of the programme. Lessons commenced in October, by February we were looking to intriduce another tutor to ensure that pupils could be taught in smaller groups and this would still be the plan once live lessons recommence.
The shutdown of schools in March did not mean an end to the teaching programme. Lessons and tutorials were posted on line for children to complete and we hope this will have been sufficient to sustain interest and maintain numbers once we are able to start teaching in schools again. Precisely when lessons can resume remains uncertain, however, as although schools have reopened, instrumental tuition has not restarted. If this situation was to continue, we may have to pause the programme until the new year.
The much better than anticipated numbers meant that we had to purchase more practice chanters than anticipated. We also took the decision to delay the introduciton of drummng tuition, primarly to lessen the demands on the schools timetable. We were successful in gaining significant funding from Fallago Rig Community Fund and the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust and this, combined with the generous support from BWCF (for which we are very grateful) has meant that we were able to support the more intensive teaching programme and be in a solid financial position for the coming year.
Photos to follow.
Funds received - £3,000
In March 2019 Duns Players received £3,000 towards the running costs of DunsPlayFest. This was a week long event that delivered 30 events with about 900 people through the door. Encouraging new writing and new drama. All local schools where involved in putting on shows and/or attending workshops. Spinoffs have also happened on the back of DunsPlayFest. Planning to run this event every year with next year planning a musical about Jim Clark. Drama encourages so many positive attributes in young people.
Budget was £20k with £10k from Creative Scotland, this funding would not have been forthcoming without the initial funding from BWCF
Verbal report received at our AGM in August 2019
Funds received - £308.28
In March 2019 2nd Duns Brownies received £308.28 towards outstanding programme resources. Girl Guiding overhauled its programme for all its sections. We previously had to buy resources one at a time but the grant allowed us to buy a complete set of resources to then allow the girls to pick what they would like to work on. First choice was Skills For My Future, an activity the leaders had not initially selected. This led into DIY skills which had them making their own notice boards, also sewing which is being developed into a unit quilt. Leadership and negotiation skills covered, which the girls have also shared with the leaders and superheroes with super powers to support the community.
Started with 8 young girls but due to being able to make the sessions more interesting we now have close to 20 girls. Girl Guiding recommend 16 to 24 per group. Funding also went towards a sleep over day. This was a session for 12 hours re-enacting a holiday scenario/sleep over. With activities based on being an engineer, encouraging team work and health & safety. Also went out and about researching environmental issues.
Verbal report received at our AGM in August 2019