This is the latest news from the Fife Eco-Congregation network.
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With a number new congregations registering in the west and south of Fife, we are looking to establish a network in that area, stretching from west of Dunfermline right along the Firth of Forth to Leven, and inland to Glenrothes, including places like Rosyth, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly and Markinch, among others.
An initial double event will take place on Thursday March 30th, involving a visit to the Rosyth EATS project at 5.30pm followed by a meeting in St Peter in Chains church hall, Inverkeithing, at 7.30pm. Anyone interested is welcome to come to either or both of these events. Please spread the word, and forward the attached poster to all contacts in the area.
Download the poster (PDF file)
Join us in welcoming Ss John & Columba’s and St Peter in Chains who signed up as our most recent Eco-Congregation! Here’s where they are!
We look forward to hearing what they get up to in 2017!
The 2015 Local Networks Seminar took place in Dunblane on Saturday 26th September. This year the main themes discussed at the Seminar have been used to propose an exciting new way of providing web-based resources, which can be downloaded and printed out to encourage more participation in our congregations.
After considering what other resources are available, the ECS Board now plans to invite individuals / congregations / networks, with the relevant experience and expertise, to contribute to developing and writing the new resources.
Local Networks Seminar Report 2015 also lists a whole host of topics and speakers from networks all around the country (see Appendix 3). If you are not already involved in a network, take a look and see what you might be missing! Everyone is welcome at network meetings – you don’t have to be from a registered congregation. Full information about your local network can be found here.
Presentation given by John Ferguson from EcoideaM Ltd on 26th September at the Local Networks Seminar. A full report of the day will follow.
The presentation can be downloaded in PowerPoint format here: Eco Congregation Seminar Dunblane 260915
The Fife Pilgrim Way has received new funding. Below is their press release:
Plans to create a new “Pilgrims” walking route across Fife passed another milestone with the awarding of a first round pass of £406,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Together with support from Fife Council and other sources, this funding will be used by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) to employ a project development officer to produce a full application to HLF for the creation and interpretation of the path and its heritage features.
Amanda McFarlane, Chief Executive of FCCT said “This is fantastic news. We have had incredible community support for this project and this funding will turn our plans into a reality. This route, once completed will enable people to walk from North Queensferry and Culross to St Andrews through the heart of Fife taking in over 50 medieval sites along the way”
Amanda added “It will be some time before we can have a finished route ready for walkers, however this is a great step forward”.
The funding has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of its Heritage Grants Scheme.
Ken Patterson, FCCT’s Inland Team Leader said “There is still a lot of work to do as the stage 2 application must be submitted in 12 months’ time. However, we want to get local communities involved in the development and ongoing management of the route as well as with the heritage sites along the way. We will be talking to each community to find out how we can work together to make sure the Fife Pilgrim Way is a great experience for walkers, communities and a benefit to local businesses too.”
FCCT hope to advertise for the Project Development Officer prior to Christmas and development work will commence early in 2016.
Energy Saving Trust in South East Scotland
For advice on energy efficiency and reducing energy bills or to simply check if you are entitled to any government grants, please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Liaison Officer for your area, Dagmara Opilka. You can contact her on:
Direct line: 0131 468 8682 | Helpline: 0800 512 012.
Complete and send the Referral Form to check if you are eligible for financial support.
Dagmara has offered to arrange a meeting or a talk to discuss the available services from the Energy Saving Trust. For more information click on the leaflet link Home Energy Scotland.