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Annan FUNDay: Who is attending?

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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Annan FUNDay: Who is attending?
ROYAL ANTICS . . . meet King Robert the Bruce at the FUNDay and hear his tales of yesteryear

ANNAN The History Town (ATHT) will be hosting their FUNDay next month and all are invited to attend the festivities.

Taking place in the Corner House Hotel function suite on Sunday August 6, the event will run from 12 noon to 4 pm.

It is the result of a number of local charities banding together to raise awareness for their causes and to bring in more volunteers and supporters while creating deeper links with other charities.

ATHT festival director Graeme MacGregor said: “We are looking to create an event in Annan to bring as many local organisations, clubs, charities and more together to show local people what a vibrant community we have.

“We will be promoting the event as part of our Summer Festival, encouraging people to come along, have fun and, at the same time, find out more about your activities.

“We want to spark interest within the community, as organisations are concerned about lack of volunteers. Some have many older volunteers but lack the youth, while some have young volunteers but lack adults.

“Through this event, we hope to get more people involved and create a network of local charities that can support not only the community, but each other.”

There are 21 groups set to attend, ranging from smaller local charities to larger regional groups. These organisations include Annan Brownies, A Tale of Two Bridges, Annan Eco Warriors, Kate’s Kitchen, the Boy’s Brigade, DG Heritage Service and Vision Impaired People.

Here are some statements from each group in preparation for the festivities:

ANNAN THE HISTORY TOWN

Try your skills at Cornhole, a game popular in North America throwing fabric bean bags at a raised, angled board with a hole at its end. Sounds easy? See how many points you get – have a competition with your family! Also the opportunity to join Friends of ATHT and get regular updates of our activities.

ACTIVE ANNANDALE

‘The aim for Active Annandale is to encourage more people to walk, wheel and cycle for their everyday journeys, making car parking less dominant and more effective. The priorities include creating an active travel network, improvement of the high street experience, and a parking strategy.’

7TH. ANNAN BROWNIES

Girlguiding UK – We’re looking for new adult leaders to work with girls aged 4 – 18. We’ll be fundraising through a guess the number of badges in a jar and they will be fun activities to try too. Look forward to seeing you at the Corner House Hotel.

ANNAN- A TALE OF TWO BRIDGES

Raising funds to replace the Cuthbertson and Jubilee Bridges lost to the river.

We will be selling special “birdspotting” sheets made for us by talented local photographer Caroline Legg. Take a walk along our beautiful River and see what you can spot!

ANNAN ECO WARRIORS

We organise community litter picks and beach cleans as well as liaising with local schools, clubs and businesses to spread the word.

Try your hand at litter picking with our special “prize grab”!

ANNAN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COMMITTEE

We are a small group who are always looking for new members! We fundraise for the upkeep and purchase of Christmas Lights and organise a Santa’s Grotto with a FREE gift for every child, plus the Christmas Craft Fayre and Switch-on plus street entertainment.

ANNAN ROTARY CLUB

From Youth Competitions to Volunteering and Fundraising, throughout the year, Rotary can offer you the opportunity to get involved, have some fun and meet new people.

As well as supporting local community groups and projects, our invited speakers help to keep our meetings interesting!

Come and join us at the FUNDay – we have fundraising games and facepainting too!

KATE’S KITCHEN

We will be in attendance to promote our Charity Shop, seeking new volunteers and will have some of our goodies for sale. We will also be promoting all other Kate’s Kitchen services and volunteer opportunities.

ANNAN PETANQUE CLUB

Pétanque, also known as Boules, is one of the fastest-growing, fully-inclusive sports in Scotland. Essentially it is a target sport, similar to Lawn Bowls. The game is easy to learn, possible to do well at from Day one and can be enjoyed by all age groups and abilities. Come along and find out!

VISION IMPAIRED PEOPLE, ANNAN GROUP

The aim of this group is friendship, sharing experience on the vision journey. We enjoy and benefit from exchanging tips and solutions. We meet monthly on the first Wednesday of each month in Kate’s Kitchen from 2- 4 pm with speakers, entertainment, outings etc. Find out more at our stand and enjoy a quiz and guess the number of sweets in jar.

ANNAN REGENERATION STEERING GROUP

Annan Regeneration Steering Group promotes, working together to improve community and economic regeneration in the Annan Area. The Steering Group is made up of representatives from local groups, business people and members of the community, but is currently expanding and needs more volunteers to support exciting new opportunities such as the development of a Local Place Plan for Annan. We would love to hear your views.

CLIMATE ACTION TOWN ANNAN

Annan is one of nine Climate Actions Towns in Scotland. Architecture and Design Scotland is working with local authorities and community groups to identify local climate actions. The event will further help us identify people and groups in Annan interested in pursuing a climate agenda.

ANNAN HARBOUR ACTION GROUP

AHAG is a community led organisation currently delivering a multi-million pound project in Port Street to; redevelop the area, provide employment and re-establish the harbour as an important economic and cultural driver for Annan. Working with partners it currently delivers projects, events and activities, much valued by the community, and cordially invites new volunteers to join us in this work.

ANNAN RUGBY CLUB

Annan Rugby Club is a fun, safe and inclusive community club which offers rugby playing opportunities for P1s – Adults. We offer contact rugby as well as Walking Rugby and Summer Touch Sessions which are fun for all the family!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our club. At Annan Rugby we offer coaching and refereeing opportunities for both adults and school pupils as well as provide support for Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Saltire Awards.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out how you can get involved at with Annan Rugby.

DG HERITAGE SERVICE

We look forward to meeting you at the FUNDay. Then and Now: Has Annan changed or not? Look at the old photos in Annan Town Hall and take a photo of the same view. Email them to [email protected]. Open to adults and children. Starting on August 1 with final exhibition on September 19.

BOYS BRIGADE, 1ST. ANNAN COMPANY

Discover what The Boys’ Brigade, 1st. Annan Company has to offer and join the adventure. Can you be the fastest at our Blaze Pod challenge? Recruiting new members for Session 2023/24 in which we celebrate nationally 140 years as the worlds oldest uniformed youth organisation.

THE TWA’ ROBERTS

THE TWA’ ROBERTS . . . gifted storyteller Joanne Marr will attend the event and delve into the tale of two kings, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns

Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. Twa o’ the most famous Scotsmen of all time!

Join storyteller Joanne Marr as she delves into the stories that maketh the men and their connection to Annan. Sometimes spooky, terrifically tense, and gloriously gory!

There’s something for everyone with a storytelling session that will have you at the edge of your seats with anticipation of what adventures or misfortunes will befall our heroes.

Based on true events and historical hearsay and entwined with Scots folklore it’s a journey you won’t want to miss.

Joanne is an experienced and gifted storyteller, with a fantastic ability to reach people of all generations with her enthusiasm and unique delivery style.

ANNAN HOCKEY CLUB

Annan Hockey Club began in late 2022 with old school friends dusting off our sticks …quickly gaining new friends we are now establishing the club and hope to offer a fun, friendly and social club for all. We look forward to meeting you!

Other organisations include DG Blood Bikes and Annan Community Council, and more organisations are welcome to join in the fun. There is no charge for taking a stall, all that ATHT ask is a donation to help cover costs.

If you would like to take part, have some ideas, or require more information, contact organiser Graeme MacGregor at [email protected] or call 07802631892.

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