The 2018/19 Year has been very productive commencing with the completion of our new Website www.forthdevelopmenttrust.com which offers the community a range of services and keeps them informed with the both the actions of the Trust and ‘What’s On’ in the community. It also gives you an opportunity to feed back suggestions to the Trust.
Litter and Dog Poo continues to be an issue and our efforts are ongoing in this respect with litter picks and offering free poo bags via our local shops and businesses.
With the help of Levenseat Trust and Paths for All, we completed work on the footpath leading from Manse Road to Main Street (Breakneck) which had fell into a state of disrepair. This path links the south side of the village to the main thoroughfare and was a popular route for walkers and school children but had become dangerous and less used.
As an ex mining community, the Trust undertook to hold a Mining Heritage Exhibition in May for the duration of one week. This was preceded by an evening of memories for a group of ex miners and consisted of a slide show of Old Forth, the pits and the people. This generated many stories and discussions. Ex Miners were happy to provide memorabilia for the exhibition. The National Mining Museum at Newton grange also contributed as did Low Parks at Hamilton. The Exhibition was a great success and could have run longer. All our local volunteers were happy to assist with this event and the Trust were extremely grateful to them all and to everyone who attended to support the event. A special thanks also goes to Head Teacher, Suzie Woods for allowing every Primary School Class to attend.
The event also served to highlight the need for a permanent heritage site, a pop-in café and a Memorial to the 30 miners who lost their lives in both Dixons Pit and Kingshill No.2 Colliery. We are currently looking to take this forward as a project.
Much of this year has been involved in working with a Consultant to produce a Peer Research Report on the need for a Community Hub. This community consultation involved speaking to local groups, individuals, stakeholders and businesses. A copy of this can be made available on request.
This process was backed by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to identify the needs of the community and the shortcomings of facilities central to the village and accessible to all. Current facilities are dated and in need of renovation (if not rebuilt).
The Trust continues to work closely with other groups by providing funding advice and support where needed. This year we helped the local Bowling Club to obtain funding for groundwork surrounding the green.
We are currently looking at the possibility of obtaining a 24 hour Defibrillator for the village which we hope will be sited centrally. Whilst we already have access to this equipment in the village, these locations have opening and closing times which cannot provide 24 hour access.
An event will be held shortly (September) with the proceeds going towards the Defibrillator installation and it will also serve to highlight projects being undertaken by the Trust and other Groups in the village. The Community will get the opportunity to ‘have their say’ on how these projects will proceed.
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These events and projects have helped to establish the Trust as a key group working for the Community.