Festive funding under spotlight

A COMMUNITY group in Inverurie is holding a meeting tonight (Thursday) to discuss funds raised so far towards providing new festive lights.

Inverurie Events also wants to hear what activities townspeople would like to see introduced locally over the next 12 months.

The voluntary group was formed in the early part of last year to take over the role of the defunct Help Light Up Inverurie and to generally promote the town.

Officials decided to launch a major fundraising drive after councillors in November rejected an appeal for funding to refurbish the Christmas lights, ruling out a full festive display.

Inverurie Community Council stepped in to organise and co-ordinate the repair of five lights and the installation of the Christmas tree lights.

The aim is to raise more than £10,000 and over £900 was gathered from a bucket collection during the successful St Andrew’s Day parade in November.

Inveurie Events is working with Aberdeenshire Council, Inverurie Business Association (IBA) and Inverurie Traders Association (ITA) in its fundraising plans.

Group secrtary Neil Baillie said: “It is going OK and our treasurer is working on our figures in time for the meeting.

“We want to discuss what people want to spend the money raised so far towards funding the town’s Christmas lights, and also what events people would like to see in the town in 2012.

Mr Baillie said that among ideas being suggested were the possibility of holding a music festival, a literary event and a Santa run.

He added: “These are just some of the things we have heard about but we would welcome the input of people in deciding how best to spend the money.

“We would like representatives of various groups and societies to attend the meeting as their contribution and ideas towards our cause is always welcome.”

Community council chairman John Sangster said it was important that people turned up to give their views.

He added: “I would urge as many people as possible to go along to the meeting and have their say in what should be done with the funds.

“In Inverurie, it tends to be the same people who are involved and it would be good to get new blood and new faces involved in activities in the town. Inverurie Events are an organisation who want things to happen. They seem determined to get things going and have been working with the business association and the traders.

“They want to get people involved and I hope that people will respond by turning up.”

The meeting tonight has been organised for the downstairs area of Inverurie Community Centre starting at 7pm.