At the Board meeting on 26 April 2018, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
- Queen Margaret Hospice Garden Group - £2000 towards the creation of a garden for hospice patients their visitors and hospice staff.
- Crossford Carpet Bowls Club – £637 for the purchase of a new carpet for the club which meets in Crossford Village Hall.
- Dunfermline Heart Support Group –£1000 towards the installation of a Public Access Defibrillator at Baldridge Community Centre.
- Fife Autism – £1000 towards an activity programme for the group which meets every second Tuesday at the Gillespie Centre.
- Royal Highland Education Trust – Fife Countryside Initiative – £1000 towards transport and other costs of a Farm Visit Day for pupils from local schools in May.
- Dunfermline District 5 Guides – £960 towards the costs of an adventure day for 27 Guides and their 3 leaders while on a trip to Switzerland in July.
- Hanover Scotland – £848 towards the purchase of an electronic bingo machine and hi-fi with microphone, karaoke and guitar input for their social sessions in the resident’s lounge.
- Dunfermline Athletic Girls Football Club – £500 towards the purchase of equipment for the u11 team.
At the Board meeting on 22 February 2018, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
- Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council - up to £9000 towards the primary school coaching intiative to deliver sports coaching using qualified coaches from local clubs to primary school pupils within their own school during the school day.
- Kingdom of Fife Orienteers - £350 towards a new urban orienteering map of Dunfermline.
- Dunfermline Waterpolo Club - £1000 towards new equipment.
- Dunfermline United Burns Club - £600 for senior pupils and teachers to attend the annual dinner.
- Carnegie Cycling Club - £22845 towards the equipping of the new Community Activity Base in Pittencrieff Park and purchase of trikes for a new Cycling Without Age chapter.
- Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay Rotary Club - £600 towards the travel cost for pupils from Dunfermline schools to attend the Kids Day Out event in June.
- Dunfermline Delivers - £20,000 towards particular community event elements of the Outwith Festival 2018 taking place in September.
- Contact-the-Elderly - £528 towrads the cost of a trip to Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway for members of the Dunfermline groups in August.
- Rosyth Gala Committee - £1000 towards the gala day in Rosyth Public Park in May.
- Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council - £5000 towards the primary school sports festivals where local schools take part in competitions in athletics, badminton, basketball, bowls, cricket, hockey, orienteering and tennis.
At the Board meeting on 14 December 2017, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
- Dunfermline Community Safety Panel/Community Police - £3000 towards an interactive play/workshops at 4 local high schools focussing on alcohol, tobacco, drugs and social media misuse.
- Fischy Music - £7098 towards a music transition event for Woodmill High School cluster primary school pupils in 2018.
- Cairneyhill Athletic Football Club - £1500 towards the purchase of waterproofs to allow the club's 7 teams train outdoors over the winter months.
- Dunfermline Photographic Association - £700 towards a high schools photography competition.
- The Karate Initiative - £1000 towards the renewal of martial arts licences.
- Community Police/ Dunfernmline Community Safety Panel - £1000 towards the KickStart programme in Woodmill High School cluster primary schools.
- Fife Community Drugs Service - a special Christmas grant of £1000 for the purchase of gifts for families of service users.
- Fife Cycle Speedway - £914 towards new equipment for the club
At the Board meeting on 26 October 2017, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
- Fire Station Creative/Nordoff Robbins - an additional £2360 towards the purchase and installation of a music therapy studio.
- Dunfermline Community Heritage Projects - £600 towards a local history conference to be held in the new Carnegie Library and Galleries and Museum.
- Police Scotland/ Dunfermline Community Safety Panel - £1000 towards the Kick Start football programme in Woodmill High School cluster primary schools.
- Pantomime - £7000 for the purchase of pantomime tickets for local community groups
- Dunfermline Photography Association - £700 towards the purchase of a new lap top.
- Dunfermline Rotary Club - £960 towards the transport costs for three school choirs to attend rehearsals with the Royal Marine Band in advance of a concert in Dunfermline Abbey.
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.
Guidelines for Schools
Additional guidelines for schools have been drawn up… click here
Dates of Board Meetings
The dates of the Board Meetings for 2017/8 are:
14 December 2017
22 February 2018
26 April 2018 + AGM
28 June 2018
30 August 2018
25 October 2018
13 December 2018
At their AGM in April 2018, the Trustees appointed Ian Wilson as their new Chair. Ian will serve as Chair for the next two years.
The 2016 Annual Report of The Carnegie Dunfermline & Hero Fund Trustees is available to read by clicking on the following link:
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.
The Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of a further 3 new Trustees, who attended their first Board meeting in June 2017. They join Helen Law who is returning as a Councillor Trustee for a second term.
At their AGM in April 2017, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Opening of Townhill Cycle Training Area
The official opening of a new cycle training area took place in November 2016.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.
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.
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.
At the AGM in April 2018, Ian Wilson became Chair of the Board of Trustees. He took over from David Walker who had served as Chairman since 2016. Fiona Robertson was elected as Vice Chair.
Queen Anne High School - Cluster Olympics
Carnegie American Football Club
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
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
New Library Books for Schools
Playlist for Life Launch Event
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.