Action Group’s fund-raising plans

MEMBERS of Carnoustie Centre Action Group, which plans to build a community centre on the site of the former Kinloch School, are looking to the future as far as fund-raising is concerned.

The first major event of 2013 - a ceilidh at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday, February 22 - is well into the planning stage, reveals vice-chairman Richard Fenwick.

He told the Guide & Gazette: “We have a number of local entertainers booked as well as music to dance to. The entertainment in­cludes the Barrack Brothers’ Ceilidh Band, the Gaelic rock band Gleadhraich, Blazin’ Brass, John Knox, piper Ross Murray and Angus Centre for Performing Arts.

“Supper will be stovies, oatcakes and a dessert. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and should finish around midnight and if you don’t want to argue about who is driving home, then why not stay the night at the hotel?

“We have negotiated a special rate for bed and breakfast of £65 per room and tickets will be only £15.”

Group secretary Jim Simpson reprised the fund-raising ventures which have taken place this year.

He stated: “In January we kicked-off the year with a fantastic donation of £300 from the Carnoustie Labour Party Association’s annual charity pub quiz. In March, our own pub-quiz held in the Craw’s Nest raised the sum of £190. Despite a very soggy Gala Day at Carnoustie House Grounds in July, our strawberries and cream went down a treat, raising more money for the coffers.

“And Peter Murphy’s novel idea of a ‘laughter lunch’ held in the Royal British Legion Scotland in September proved a massive hit with the audience.

“Local comedian Paul Reid along with his good friend, Dunfermline FC’s Jim Leishman, entertained the crowd with their own brand of sporting humour. An array of donated prizes for the raffle and auction helped raise the fantastic sum of £2,875.”

Mr Simpson went on: “The very next evening, a further £250 was realised from our pub quiz in the Kinloch Hotel. To round-off the activities for the year, the team headed to the Station Hotel for a highly entertaining race-night which saw an­other £1,100 raised for funds.”

He concluded: “Finally, our stall at the Christmas Fare on December 1 gave us an opportunity to show folk the plans for the centre, to recruit more ‘friends’ and to raise a further £100 from the sale of quiz sheets and souvenirs.”