Published: 05/12/2012 10:19 - Updated: 05/12/2012 16:07

Forres in the running for a party for its community spirit

DO YOU think that Forres deserves to win a big party for its community spirit? Now is your chance to get behind your town.

Forres Community Council's shop local bid in running for national campaign
Forres Community Council's shop local bid in running for national campaign

Following the Forres Community Council's launch of a poster campaign to ‘Shop Local’ in Forres, members Bob Hellyer and Colin Lipscomb hve been entered into a competition to find the town with the best community spirit in Scotland, with a prize of a big party for the town if it is the winner.

They were nominated by local people as the community champion in the town, as part of the ‘A whole bunch of good’ in Scotland campaign.

The nomination's recognised both Bob and Colin's efforts as a community councillor, member of FACT (Forres Area Community Trust) and an active member of the Forres Hub, which supports a number of local groups, such as the Dava Way Association.

The competition, being run as a marketing campaign by Welch’s Grape Juice, aims to try and grow the feeling of community spirit throughout the country and is being supported by TV host Lorraine Kelly, who explained why she’s supporting the initiative.

"As a nation, we should all play a part in building community spirit," she said. "The sense of community spirit is sadly declining throughout the country, so let’s all do our part and try to build up this great nation – starting right on your own doorstep."

A recent survey, conducted by market research agency Opinion Matters, on behalf of Welch’s, revealed that more than half of the nation (56%) say that there is very little community spirit where they live, with a fifth of those under 35 feeling that there is none at all.

The community competition aims to boost morale and increase community spirit throughout the nation, which has declined all over the country over the past five year.

However, Forres has attracted the attention of the competition organisers because of its poster campaign, and they got in touch to encourage the town to take part, following the ‘Gazette’ coverage of the initiative.

The campaign states that the good news amongst the gloomy statistics is that the 2012 events including the Jubilee and Olympics have boosted the feelgood factor. According to the marketing company, a quarter of Scotland residents also felt that these events have had a positive effect on the local community and nation as a whole, compared with just 4% thinking that the impact was negative.

The winner of ‘A whole bunch of community spirit’ competition will be selected by Lorraine Kelly, with the successful entrant receiving their own Welch’s mocktail party for their local community.

 Do you think that the Forres community has shown true grit and stuck together through thick and thin? And do you support the poster campaign and think that Forres should win a big party?

Visit for more details or to show your support for Colin and for Forres.

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