At the Board meeting on 29 August 2019, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
Cutting Edge Theatre - £3000 towards a theatre production being staged in Dunfermline by adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Fire Station Creative - £1150 towards the installation of a fence in the garden area to increase guest comfort and make the space more suitable for exhibition and performance.
Pars Foundation - £1436 towards the Pars Pals Project to purchase family season tickets for use by disadvantaged families in local primary schools.
At the Board meeting on 27 June 2019, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
Fife Shopmobility - £2500 towards the purchase of a motorised mobility scooter for the Dunfermline service.
Active Schools & Community Police - £6520 towards the Punch Beyond boxing initiative taking place in local high schools.
Queen Anne High School- £800 to allow pupils who won an award from the Florida Studio Theatre's Young Playwright competition to attend the festival in Sarasota to see their plays being performed.
Fife Academy of Performing Arts - £1000 towards special flooring designed to minimise injury and fatigue for the school’s dance studios.
Plastic Free Dunfermline - £417 as a start up grant towards the purchase of a gazebo and banner to assist with awareness and educational objectives.
At the Board meeting on 25 April 2019, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
Young Enterprise Scotland - £3500 towards the delivery of enterprise workshops and challenges in local primary and high schools.
Talkmatters Counselling Service - £760 towards the purchase of additional counselling chairs.
Dunfermline Tennis and Bridge Club - £10000 towards the renovation and alteration of the clubhouse to improve facilities for both tennis and bridge players.
Karate Initiative - Carnegie Dojo - £760 towards the travel costs of 4 junior members attending the European Championships in the Czech Republic in May.
Lynburn and Pitreavie primary schools - £2480 towards a colouring wall project in both schools to provide pupils with a rich creative arts experience which will be displayed in the community.
Dunfermline Delivers - £15000 towards the Outwith Festival 2019 to provide for a pop-up cinema, events for children and disability groups and an outdoor community concert.
Commercial Primary School - £1500 towards the purchase of a new sound system for the school hall.
Dunfermline & Carnegie Cricket Club - £1471 towards the purchase of new nets, matting and a lawnmower.
At the Board meeting on 28 February 2019, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
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.
39th Fife Scout Group - £3000 towards the purchase of a minibus to be used by all sections: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to ensure a varied Scout programme.
Fairway Fife - £1340 towards the purchase of new IT equipment to allow young adults with learning disabilities access social and leisure pursuits in the local community.
Dunfermline junior parkrun - £1500 towards the set up costs of this new 2k run, jog, walk event for children aged 4-14 years.
Rotary Club of Dunfermline - £1500 towards the Kids Out Day in June for pupils with special needs from local schools.
Dunfermline Athletic Girls Football Club - £373 towards the purchase of folding goals for training and matches for the Tigers (u9) team.
Dunfermline & West Fife Sports Council- up to £7500 towards the primary school coaching initiative to deliver sports coaching using qualified coaches from local clubs to primary school pupils within their own school during the school day.
At the Board meeting on 13 December 2018, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
Dunfermline Community Police - £935 towards the ‘Olympus 2’ youth diversionary programme which will run an athletics initiative to build attainment and confidence levels in vulnerable and disaffected young people.
Dunfermline Boxing Club - £950 towards the purchase of jigsaw floor matting and brackets for punch bags in their new premises at Woodmill High School.
Dunfermline High School - £850 towards the purchase of new goal keeping safety equipment for the school team.
Fife Alcohol Support Service/Fife Community Drugs Service - £1000 towards the purchase of presents for children of service users.
At the Board meeting on 25 October 2018, the Trustees awarded grants to the following groups:
Dunfermline East Church - £9607 towards the installation of a partition door in the new annexe building to allow for increased use by community and church groups.
West Fife Schools Pipe Band - £2000 towards the purchase of new uniforms for the young band members to replace current worn out uniform.
Fife Cultural Trust - £10020 towards a training programme for volunteers in Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter.
Pantomime - £6752 for the purchase of pantomime tickets for local community groups.
Dunfermline Athletic Girls Football Club (Tigers u9 years) - £373 towards the purchase of folding goals for training and matches.
Dunfermline Model Aero Club - £400 towards the purchase of a sit-on mower for the club’s ‘flying’ fields.
Rotary Club of Dunfermline - £600 towards the transport costs for two school choirs to attend rehearsals with the Royal Marine Band in advance of a Christmas concert in Dunfermline Abbey.
Police Scotland Youth Volunteers - £734 towards the purchase of waterproof trousers and rucksacks for the young volunteers who regularly assist at outdoor events.
Additional guidelines for schools have been drawn up… click here
Dates of Board Meetings
The dates of future Board Meetings are:
28 February 2019
25 April 2019 (and AGM)
27 June 2019
29 August 2019
31 October 2019
12 December 2019
Andrew Carnegie 100 years Centenary of his death
This year is the anniversary of the death of Andrew Carnegie who died on 11 August 1919.
To mark the occasion, a commemorative service was held in Dunfermline, on Sunday 11 August attended by a wide cross section of Scottish and American representatives of community, government and philanthropic organisations as well as family descendants of Andrew Carnegie himself.
On Monday 12 August, the Tiffany Window that Carnegie had commissioned in 1913 in memory of his parents was finally dedicated in the Abbey Church, fulfilling his original wish for its location which had been rejected at the time.
The window has recently undergone extensive restoration work and its specially designed accessible location in The Abbey will be the focus of a new contemplative space.
Cycling Without Age has been launched in Pittencrieff Park. A group of ten volunteers, known as ‘pilots’ who have been trained by Fife Council, will offer free bikes rides to older adults or individuals who may not be able to access cycling, from bespoke ‘trishaws’. Two trishaws were purchased with a grant from the Trust. Participants sit on comfortable bench seats on the front of the trishaw with full view of the park. Bookings can be made through the ‘Cycling Without Age Dunfermline’ Facebook page, the Park’s website or by popping into the Peacock Rooms cafe in Pittencrieff Park.
The bandstand at the rear of the Glen Pavilion was used for the first time in decades when the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra Big Band performed as part of the Outwith Festival 2018, in September. The free Sunday afternoon concert featured classics from Glenn Miller as well as James Bond movie themes and was enjoyed by all ages. The Trust provided a grant of £20,000 towards the arts festival in this its second year.
Proms in the park - Dunfermline style
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. Fiona Robertson was elected as Vice Chair.
The 2018 Annual Report of The Carnegie Dunfermline & Hero Fund Trustees is available to read by clicking here.
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.
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.