RECENT GRANTS

At the Board meeting on 31 August 2017, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:

  • Elite Taekwon-Do Scotland - £1000 towards the travel costs of 17 competitors taking part in the Tae Kwon Do World Championships in Kilarney in October 2017.
  • RealLiving Social Cafe - £693 towards the purchase of a microphone and speaker system and live entertainment sessions for this group which meets on Wednesdays at Parkgate Community Centre.
  • Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council - £1600 towards promotion of the 'Come & Try' sessions offered by affiliated sports club, to encourage participants to have a go at different sports.
  • Dunfermline Delivers - Outwith Festival- £995 towards the purchase of pop-up banners for use at this new local arts festival's venues and a back drop for the outdoor stage at the gap site on the High Street.

At the Board meeting on 29 June 2017, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:

  • Fife Migrants Forum - £3120 towards the setting up of a volunteer led 'conversation cafe' in Rosyth which will engagewith migrants living in this area.
  • Cairneyhill Primary School - £900 towards a transition event focusing on literacy for P7 pupils at the cluster primaries of Queen Anne High School.
  • Dunfermline Rugby Football Club - £4500 towards the purchase of a more efficient and environmentally friendly sit-on law mower. 
  • Fife Women's Aid - £1000 towards the HAWK activity programme of sumer activities for children.
  • Headroom - £4500 towards an interactive white board andblinds for their new premises.
  • 2nd Fife (Dunfermline) Scout Group - £2500 towards the travel costs of a trip to Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland by a party of 35 Scouts.
  • Dunfermline Carnegie Hockey Club - £1900 towards a youth coaching programme.

At the Board meeting on 27 April 2017, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:

  • Fife Olympiad - £2480 towards the travel costs to Germany for 62 pupils from local high schools to take part in the Youth Olmpiad.
  • Fife College - £3376 towards 'Heard No More' a site specific audio visual performance by students at Dunfermline Abbey.
  • Milemark & Baldridgeburn Community Council - up to £10,000 towrads the redevelopment of Bulls Park.
  • Active Schools - £550 to purchase white boards to be installed in the sports hall at St Columba's High School and in the gym halls of two of the cluster primary schools. These SALS (Significant Aspects of Learning) boards will be used by school staff and sports coaches to help improve sports skills.
  • Carnegie Footsteps Challenge - £697 for St John's Primary School and £190 for St Margaret's Primary School for tools and materials required for a social enterprise pilot.
  • Active Schools - £990 to purchase 9 white boards to be installed in the sports halls of Woodmill High School and in the gymn hallls of 7 cluster primary schools.
  • St Columba's High School - £990 towards the transport costs of S1 pupils attending and participating in a Fife College STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) event in June.

At the Board meeting on 3 March 2017, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:

  • Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council - £5000 towards the Primary Schools Sports Festivals in which local schools take part in a series of competitions organised by the Sports Council across 8 different sports - athletics, badminton, basketball, bowls, cricket, hockey, orienteering and tennis.
  • Central Dunfermline Community Council in partnership with Fife Council - £10,000 towards the construction of a new children's play area in Dunfermline Public Park. The design will adopt a more natural approach to play and will provide an inclusive, dynamic, physically and mentally challenging play area for young people.
  • Fischy Music - £15750 towards a song writing project for the 6 cluster primary schools of Woodmill High School. Over a 5 week block, the P7 pupils will create and record a song and then perform it with their peers from the other schools at a concert in the high school. The project will help and support the pupils on their transition from primary school to high school.
  • Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council - £4500 towards a coaching initiative to support the Primary Schools Sports Festivals. Qualified coaches from local sports clubs will provide coaching sessions at local primary schools during curricular time to prepare the children for participation in the festivals and encourage staff to deliver sport within schools. Discussions are taking place about extending the coaching provision and further funding will be made available.
  • Queens Hall, Charlestown - £5000 towards the cost of repairs to the main roof of the hall, which is widely used by the local community.
  • Dunfermline Junior Chorus - £3600 towards the travel costs of attending and performing at the 'Peace in Every Voice' international concert in London in July. The grant was given to ensure that all interested choristers were able to attend.
  • Townhill Primary School- £2000 towards the purchase of a multi-use outdoor cabin for the school's nursery. The cabin will be used by children as a seated play area and also by staff and parents for informal meetings.
  • Abbey Church of Dunfermline  - £1800 towards the permanent exhibition of the Lost Tomb of King Robert the Bruce. Two moveable display stands will be made for the interpretation boards of the exhibition which details the original elaborate memorial to Bruce which was destroyed during the Reformation.
  • Woodmill High School - £225 towards the travel costs to Stornoway for the school's netball team to compete in the Scottish Cup.
  • Active Schools - £880 to purchase white boards to be installed in the sports hall at Dunfermline High School and in the gym halls of the cluster primary schools. These SALS (Significant Aspects of Learning) boards will be used by school staff and sports coaches to help improve sports skills.
  • Restoration (Drug, Alcohol & Psychotherapies Ltd) - £999 towrads a recovery cafe pilot taking place in Touch.
  • St. Columba's High School - £155 towards travel costs to allow S3 pupils attend the 'Careers Hive' event at Edinburgh International Science Fair.
  • Fife Academy of Performing Arts - £800 towards 2 Broadway dance masterclasses for elite performance and HND students on a trip to New York.
  • Carnegie Footsteps Challenge - £1000 towards enterprise projects being undertaken by P7 pupils at St Margaret's and St John's primary schools.

At the Board meeting on 15 December 2016, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:

  • 83rd Fife Cairneyhill Explorer Scouts - £2500 towards the travel costs of a trip to Eduador and Galapagos Islands for 6 leaders and 19 Scouts.
  • Queen Anne High School - China Club - £2718 towards the costs of visas for 18 pupils visiting China on an educational and cultural study trip in October 2017.
  • Dunfermline parkrun - £1255 towards the purchase of a Public Access Defibrillator and secure cabinet to be available for all users of Pittencrieff Park .
  • Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshops - £3000 towards Japanese paper making exhibition, demonstration and masterclass.
  • Woodmill High School - £1000 towards travel costs for Faramach,the school's Celtic Rock Band, trip to Nova Scotia in June 2017.

At the Board meeting on 27 October 2016, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:

  • Fife Law Centre - £10000 towards the costs of setting up a pilot service of twice weekly clinics in Dunfermline to address unmet legal needs for vulnerable individuals.
  • Fischy Music - £3280 towards the provision of 5 workshop schooldays which support the social, emotional and spiritual development of local primary school pupils. 
  • Pitreave Amateur Athletics Club - £5000 towards the purchase of new gym/training equipment, coach education and pilot projects to assist young athletes and increase usage of the clubhouse.
  • Pantomime - £5000 towards the purchase of tickets for community groups and special needs schools.
  • Dunfermline Floral Art Club -£600 towards an event in 2017 to celebrate the club's 60th anniversary.
  • Dunfermline High School - £739 towards the costs of a hockey coaching course for the school's hockey club.
  • Urquhart & Berrylaw Community Garden Delights - £810 towards the purchase of a potting shed and materials.

 

Guidelines for Schools

 

Additional guidelines for schools have been drawn up… click here

 

Dates of Board Meetings

The dates of the Board Meetings for 2016/7 are:

15 December 2016

2 March 2017

27 April 2017 + AGM

29 June 2017

31 August 2017

26 October 2017

14 December 2017

 

Other News

Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report of The Carnegie Dunfermline & Hero Fund Trustees is available to read by clicking on the following link:

Annual Report 2016

Abbot House

The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust is delighted to report the progress towards the re-opening of Abbot House with the initial intention of reinstating a café as soon as possible. After extensive consideration of a range of options to return Abbot House to the heart of the community, the Trust has identified an operating model which aims to provide long term stability for the role, care and maintenance of the building. Together with funding from Fife Council and the Architectural Heritage Fund the Trust has teamed up with the team that successfully transformed the Fire Station Creative from vision to reality and who are in the process of developing detailed plans for the future of Abbot House. Whilst the building has been closed to the public the Trust has been committed over the last year to ensuring the successful completion of a backlog of work.  This has included renovations to the roof, chimneys and guttering with ongoing work to the drains and the addressing of some internal issues.

Abbot House in Maygate, Dunfermline

Abbot House in Maygate, Dunfermline

 

 

 

New Trustees

The Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of a further 3 new Trustees, who attended their first Board meeting in June. They join Helen Law who is returning as a Councillor Trustee for a second term.

Councillor Trustees - Tony Orton, Kate Stewart and Jean Hall Muir

Councillor Trustees - Tony Orton, Kate Stewart and Jean Hall Muir

 

At their AGM in April, the Trustees said goodbye to Dr David Fraser who was retiring after 27 years of extensive and committed service, including that of Chairman in 2004 and 2005. During this time he had also worked to bring the Carnegie Trusts together into their current headquarters adjacent to Pittencrieff Park and to promote the programme of activities that brought the international family of Carnegie institutions to Scotland in 2005.

Dr David Fraser (on right) being presented with a certificate on the occasion of his retiral from Chairman, David Walker

Dr David Fraser (on right) being presented with a certificate on the occasion of his retiral from Chairman, David Walker

At the same meeting the four Councillor Trustees stepped down in the face of the current local government elections.

Since several Trustees have retired over the last year, this AGM was also the occasion to welcome four new faces to the Board. These new Trustees are Gillian Mann, Dr Colin Firth, Rev MaryAnn Rennie and Keith Harrison.

New Trustees Rev MaryAnn Rennie, Gillian Mann and Dr Colin Firth

New Trustees Rev MaryAnn Rennie, Gillian Mann and Dr Colin Firth

New Trustee Keith Harrison

New Trustee Keith Harrison

Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council Annual Awards 2016

Representatives of the Trust attended the Annual Awards evening in the Glen Pavilion in February to present prizes to individuals and teams who were recognised for their sporting achievments over the year. The Chief Executive, Sports Convener and Grants Officer were surprised and delighted to accept the SALSC (Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils) award for Services to Sport on behalf of the Trust.

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Touchdown UK

With a grant of £1660, Touchdown UK purchased some new equipment for their u18 American Football team, West Fife Saints. In addition to shoulder pads and footballs, the 'Saints' now have a secure watertight storage shed complete with helmet and shoulder pad racks to keep their equipment well aired and a pop-up gazeebo for use as an adhoc changing facility for tournaments and fete days. 

West Fife Saints senior team in action

West Fife Saints senior team in action

Opening of Townhill Cycle Training Area

The official opening of a new cycle training area took place on Tuesday 1st November.The permanent road safety initiative is aimed at children of all ages, wishing to prepare for cycling on our busy public roads. The Trust assisted with a grant for signs, benches and a litter bin.

Pupils from Townhill Primary School testing their cycle skills at the new facility in Townhill Park

Pupils from Townhill Primary School testing their cycle skills at the new facility in Townhill Park

The Trust's current headquarters are located on the site of the former model traffic area in Pittencrieff Park!

The Trust's current headquarters are located on the site of the former model traffic area in Pittencrieff Park!

Community Engagement

As the result of a recent Strategic Review, the Trustees wish to focus their interest and support on particular issues with client groups around the themes of Loneliness, Health & Wellbeing and Poverty. A seminar discussion took place in the Glen Pavilion in September 2016 with representatives of those working in our local community. Click here for the note from the meeting.  

Previous Activities

Rededication of Pittencrieff Park

A rededication event to mark the completion of a six year programme of work to restore and upgrade Pittencrieff Park, extend the Glen Pavilion and build the new Peacock Cafe took place on Thursday 1st September. The event was attended by Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK and William Thomson, great grandson of Andrew Carnegie who planted trees in the new Scottish American Garden of Friendship.

The new Scottish American Garden of Friendship

The new Scottish American Garden of Friendship

The US Ambassador chatting to P7 pupils from Pittencrieff Primary School in the Glassroom

The US Ambassador chatting to P7 pupils from Pittencrieff Primary School in the Glassroom

The US Ambassador in a Q&A session with senior pupils from local high schools

The US Ambassador in a Q&A session with senior pupils from local high schools

New Chairman

At the AGM in April 2016, David Walker became Chair of the Board of Trustees.  He took over from Douglas Scott who had served as Chairman since 2014. Ian Wilson was elected as Vice Chairman.

Douglas Scott, outgoing Chairman, with David Walker, new Chairman

Douglas Scott, outgoing Chairman, with David Walker, new Chairman

New Vice Chairman, Ian Wilson, with new Chairman, David Walker

New Vice Chairman, Ian Wilson, with new Chairman, David Walker

Queen Anne High School - Cluster Olympics

Pupils proudly wearing their 'Olympic' medals from the transition event held at the high school in June

Pupils proudly wearing their 'Olympic' medals from the transition event held at the high school in June

 

Carnegie American Football Club

The Kings full contact American Football 'tackle' team wearing helmets and body protection for which a grant of £3480 was awarded in December 2015.

The Kings full contact American Football 'tackle' team wearing helmets and body protection for which a grant of £3480 was awarded in December 2015.

 

Dunfermline parkrun

Dunfermline parkrun - megaphone 2015.jpg

 

A grant of £200 from the Trust,  has allowed the organisers to purchase a megaphone, waterproof folders and additional signage for the 5k route through Pittencrieff Park to improve the experience for volunteers and runners at the event every Saturday morning. 

 

George Lauder 200

Roger Pickering of 'Forth Pilgrim' as George Lauder (Andrew Carnegie's uncle), leading a tour to highlight the many aspects of the life of the man who founded Lauder College, now Fife College on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth, outside the cottage of the Carnegie Birthplace Museum. Further free tours take place on Saturday 19th September.  

 

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Great Tapestry of Scotland

Best selling author Allan Burnett, brings history to life with pupils at Cairneyhill Primary School using panels from the Great Tapestry of Scotland. The Trust provided a grant towards a schools programme of historical storytelling performances and stitching workshops for local primary schools in advance of the exhibition of the entire tapestry at the Kirkcaldy Galleries this summer.

West Fife Fencing Club

Trustee, Danny McArthur pictured with some of the young fencers from West Fife Fencing Club at a training session prior to attending the Commonwealth Fencing Games in South Africa in July 2015. The Trust awarded a grant of £1000 towards travel costs.

Trustee, Danny McArthur pictured with some of the young fencers from West Fife Fencing Club at a training session prior to attending the Commonwealth Fencing Games in South Africa in July 2015. The Trust awarded a grant of £1000 towards travel costs.

New Library Books for Schools

Trustee and Depute Schools Convener, Mike Reid pictured with pupils from St. Margaret's Primary School and a collection of their new library books. As a special initiative at their October 2014 Board meeting, the Trustees offered all local primary schools a grant of £1000 to buy new library books.   

Trustee and Depute Schools Convener, Mike Reid pictured with pupils from St. Margaret's Primary School and a collection of their new library books. As a special initiative at their October 2014 Board meeting, the Trustees offered all local primary schools a grant of £1000 to buy new library books.   

Playlist for Life Launch Event

Photo courtesy of Johnstone Syer

Photo courtesy of Johnstone Syer

 

Sally Magnusson launched the programme in Dunfermline on 30th April 2014 at an event in the Glen Pavilion.  Over 250 members of the public and invited guests heard Sally recount her experiences of caring for her late mother who suffered from dementia.  Assisted by the Dunfermline Rotary Club and young ambassadors from the Abbey, the project is now collecting unused iPods  and related equipment in special bins at Waterstones and other local central locations.    

 

US Ambassador Visit to Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

The Head Boys and Head Girls of the 5 local high schools and student representatives of Fife College met Matthew W Barzun , the Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland when he visited the museum in October 2014 to preview the new Carnegie Treasures exhibition.

Matthew W Barzun US Ambassador visiting the Carnegie Birthplace Museum  

Matthew W Barzun US Ambassador visiting the Carnegie Birthplace Museum

 

An opportunity to chat with the US Ambassador

An opportunity to chat with the US Ambassador