Caledonian Railway (Brechin) Ltd:
Caledonian Railway (Brechin) is a volunteer run preserved railway, based in Brechin, which operates heritage steam and diesel hauled trains on selected weekends throughout the year. The railway is a huge part of the Brechin community and is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom live in Brechin. By operating the historic steam and diesel trains, Caledonian railway not only gives members of the community a chance to see and experience the past, it also gives the local residents something to be proud of. Not many towns can boast of a historic railway right on their doorstep.
During the winter of 2014, five dedicated and hardworking volunteers spent £5000 and four months of their own time restoring the railways historic 1940’s LMS brakevan to operational condition. On the night of 6th April 2016, the beloved brakevan was subjected to an arson attack. Although the flames were eventually extinguished, it was too late and the damage had already been done.
After posting this devastating news on social media, Caledonian Railway (Brechin) received an overwhelming amount of support from the outside community. As well as moral support, a large number of the community were also offering monetary donations towards the costs of rebuilding this historic vehicle. In light of this, the ‘Rebuild the Brechin Brakevan’ appeal was set up to help raise funds to cover the costs of the restoration, with a target of raising £5000 towards the rebuild expenditures. The cost of rebuilding the fire damaged breakvan is estimated to be around £20,000. The Graincorp Community Fund application for £2,500 was approved this year to put preventative measures in place to stop this sort of disaster from happening again, along with improving site security and reducing breaches, theft and trespassing at Brechin Station.
Border Union Agricultural Society ‘Schools Countryside Day’
Each year BUAS hold an agricultural day in the Scottish Borders aimed at 10-year-old children. The children have had the opportunity to experience and learn first-hand about farming and in particular the farm to plate pathway. Numbers attending have grown to the point where over 1300 children attended in 2015. It was anticipated that if large numbers attended it could pose particular health and safety risks so an application was made in 2014 to the fund for portable barriers which could be used to keep the children from areas that were deemed to be hazardous. The application was successful and further funding for additional barriers was made in early 2015 and was again successful. Total funding has amounted to over £6000 and this has ensured the safety of the children for now and future years at this popular event.
Attic Project, Dundee:
The Attic Project is a charity in Dundee that provides opportunities for the personal and social development of young people living in the Kirkton area. The project runs clubs, workshops, camps, trips and much more which are designed to develop community spirit and help young people develop self-confidence and fulfil their potential. Funds were required so that a project could be undertaken to renovate the kitchen, developing a range of new and greatly improved community activities and services, including trips and camps to a number of great outdoor venues. An application was made for over £13000, split over two years, and was successful. The project currently has all the necessary planning permission for the extension and upgrade of the soon to be named “Bairds Kitchen.” The original wall has been removed, the floor has been repaired and replaced and walls have now been plastered and repainted. Work is nearing completion with the final part being a complete new kitchen with extra storage, a new sink and worktops. The project has also held the first of our family away weekends, at Comrie Croft, thanks to support from the Graincorp Fund.
AgeUK is an organisation that helps people in later life to live safely and independently within their own community and to alleviate loneliness. AgeUK wish to change the harmful effects of loneliness through promotion of befriending and inter generational projects involving local schools. The application for £4,200 was to fund a mascot that would engage young children and allow them to understand and reduce loneliness and isolation in older generations for years to come. Our Bairds Malt Ltd Witham site was also paid a visit from AgeUK Essex’s new addition to show how the Community Fund grant has helped bring this project to life.