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Community is invited to review achievements since 2014's Spirit of Community event and set targets for the future of Forres at Spirit of Community 2 in Forres Town Hall


By Garry McCartney

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FACT development manager Debbie Herron, Moray Councillor Lorna Creswell (Forres, Independent) and FACT facilities coordinator Charlotte Grigg with copies 2014's Spirit of Community report.
FACT development manager Debbie Herron, Moray Councillor Lorna Creswell (Forres, Independent) and FACT facilities coordinator Charlotte Grigg with copies 2014's Spirit of Community report.

FORRES Town Hall is to host a special public event to review aims and aspirations recorded by the community in 2014.

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT), Forres Area Forum, tsiMORAY, Forres and Dyke community councils, and Moray Council’s community support unit are inviting the public to attend ‘Spirit of Community 2’ (SoC2) on April 27 from 6.30-9.30pm.

FACT development manager, Debbie Herron, explained SoC2 offers the opportunity to make a real difference to the area.

She said: “The last event brought so many people together and created the starting point for activities and opportunities, whilst providing evidence of the needs in the area to draw resources and support.

She added: “The event on April 27 and other activities are being organised by a working group that also includes representation from Forres Area Sports Hub, the Leanchoil Trust and Finderne Development Trust. We want it to be as inclusive as possible and hope that people will sign up by calling FACT on 01309 674 388, emailing info@forresarea.org or via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirit-of-community-2-coming-together-tickets-316641311687.”

Moray Councillor and Moray Firth Credit Union director Lorna Creswell helped organise Spirit of Community in 2014.

She said: “The original event was aimed at Forres area residents to show what can be done by communicating, sharing skills/experience and resources without professional management of services. However, this time Moray Council officers will be involved as SoC2 will support the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.”

Moray Council community support officer, Martin Robertson, has taken on the role of predecessor, Sylvia Jamieson, who facilitated a number of projects after SoC. He said: “At SoC2 there will be tea and coffee, a welcome and a short presentation about what has been achieved since 2014.

“This will be followed by discussion groups with the four themes – local environment; transport, traffic and access; leisure and tourism; facilities and services. We hope to engage with young people on specific work which will feed into it.

“The information will be gathered into a report. We have to recognise how much has been achieved.”



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