Funding awarded – September 2014

A further six people were awarded funding for the pesticides course for farmers (see Funding Awarded – July 2014 for more information): Alistair Harcus, Thomas Bain, Andrew Seatter, Richard Jarvis, Raymond Rendall and Elizabeth Drever.

First Aid at Work is a statutory training grant and Pierowall Fish were awarded funding for two participants. This course is being run on Westray and the final cost will be dependant on the number of participants, therefore the final grant amount will only be known once this has been confirmed.

As well as the First Aid at Work course, Corinne Curtis has managed to get the tutor to carry out First Aid training for youngsters aged 15 to 25. WDT are funding this with £200.

Funding for the Tourism Development Officer was also agreed this month. Over the two years, WDT will contribute £17575.

Funding awarded – July 2014

This month saw the launch of a new fund – Entertainment events grants – which is for groups (or individuals) who wish to put on an event and require assistance to get an act or equipment to the island. The Bisgeos Run/Walk 2014 received £630 towards travel and accommodation costs for the band and the Island Picnic received sponsorship of £197.28 for the inflatables at the event; the actual amount paid out for this event was £125.

Small grant funding awarded this month was £500 for fireworks (for Bonfire Night) awarded to the Senior Youth club and the Bisgeos Run/Walk 2014 received £1300 in sponsorship for new race equipment.

Small project funding (above £1000 but below £10,000) this month: Westray Heritage Trust received confirmation of funding for an IT upgrade and backup system at £2989 (this will vary depending on the timing of equipment purchase) and Westray Processors Ltd was awarded £1375 in funding towards an extension to the strategic planning support previously funded by a Big Lottery grant awarded to WDT.

Training grants awarded were for Pesticides training, national registration and testing for farmers. This training, testing and registration is a legal requirement and therefore this comes under the statutory training grants scheme run by WDT. Successful applicants will receive up to £307 each (depending on course attendance and ILA utilisation). Grants were awarded to Kenneth Harcus, Louis Pottinger, James Drever, Ben Drever and Ian Burgher.

Grants awarded January 2014 to June 2014

‘Jig for Jim’ received £255.50 for the costs of travel for the band.

Westray Golf Club were awarded £8000 each for two years to employ a green keeper.

The Tuesday Night singers were awarded £1000 towards the costs of a concert involving ‘The Linties’ and ‘The Poptarts’. The total cost of this came to £353.60.

Westray Community Council received £332.40 for one external notice board in Pierowall.

The Nursery received sponsorship of £536 for the year for healthy snack.

WDT agreed to sponsor the Screen machine visits in 2014 at £100 each.

Westray Junior High School received sponsorship of £173.55 for the new football strip.

Westray Sailing Club received sponsorship of £1066.96 for plaques that are awarded at the Regatta, for 2014, 2015 and 2016. They also received £400 towards the cost of accommodation for the Cullivoe Jarl Squad.


Training Grants Awarded January 2014 to June 2014

SVQ2 Health and Social Care (£400 each) – Margaret Rendall and Frances Nicolson. There was also one more but this was withdrawn.

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene: Westray Processors Ltd were awarded £151.25 for 11 participants and Pierowall Hotel were awarded £82.50 for 6 participants.

Scottish Certificate for Personal License Holder Refresher – Pierowall hotel were awarded £100 for 4 participants.

Controlling Cross Contamination: Westray Processors Ltd received £115 for 5 participants and Pierowall Fish received £46 for 2 participants.

Louis Pottinger and Sheena Costie were both awarded up to £150 towards the costs of driving lessons.

Three folk received funding for a fork lift driving refresher course: John William Stout, Heddle Costie and Hugh Costie.

Westray Heritage Trust received £214 towards the costs of Sage training for 4 people.


Extraordinary General Meeting

A reminder to all members about the EGM tonight (Thursday 28th August) at 7pm in the Church of Scotland. This is to vote on the new Articles of Association as notified by mail.

AGM date change – now 28th November 2013

We had planned to hold the AGM of WDT on Monday 28th October, but have had to change the date to the 28th of November, at 7.00 pm in the Old Kirk.    Members will receive their information pack 21 days before this date, and the annual reports should be in the shops soon after.  Please keep an eye on the Trust website for further information.

Learning Centre – getting online

Janette Mackie from the Citizensonline  Get I T Together programme has been out to Westray again, and had some really great sessions with older members of the community.   Watch out for request for I-pads as Christmas presents this year – there will be an I-pad beginners course starting at the back end of October, as well as a beginners course for laptops or PCs.  Both of these will be very informal and you will learn what you want to know, at your own pace.  There is still time to sign up.  Contact Corinne at the trust office if you are interested, or watch out for notices.

We are still waiting for the 6 new computers  to be installed at the Learning Centre.  What is taking time is that we have to wait for OIC, UHI, and Orkney College to all coordinate on this, as the big news is that there will be wifi installed there – that means that folk will also be able to use their own laptops.

Also, if you live in social housing (OIC, or OHAL) and don’t have internet but want it,  let either Corinne or Janette (07788 395859) know, as there may be some assistance available.

Quarry feasibility study

Initial investigations have now been completed and  have shown that re-opening the Rapness Quarry is unlikely to be viable, mostly because of the poor quality of the stone and the large amount of waste (up to 1/3 of stone blasted will end up as waste, and even the good stuff isn’t very suitable for concrete).   WDT will therefore start investigating whether there are other potential sites on Westray that could be opened or reopened and provide better quality stone.   If you can help with this (know of any quarries that might fit this) please let us know.