"WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL"
The People's Project through D-Lux, brought an extra dimension to the Christmas light switch
on, on December 1st and we will once again sponsor the Winter Light Festival in January 2020.
Could you fit some white
lights above your door or window, along your wall, or draped in a tree? If you can, then you could help Dumfries and
Galloway in its quest for a winter light festival. This is about each one of us making a difference to your
community by transforming your property at what is a very dull time of year.
Grateful thanks are extended to the management and staff
at Garden Wise, Ineke Thomson and her dancers, - to Claire Hastings and everyone else who helped out behind the scenes
to make this event so successful.
New Abbey won a silver award and Dumfries "best large town" in last summers "Beautiful
Scotland" competition, - and we hope the recognition will bring extra visitors to the region.
HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE:
The People's Project worked with Story
Homes and Tam Pott's, - a local dyker, -to rebuild the dry-stane dyke at The Stoop, - which had been gradually knocked
down over the last 4 years.
Tam was absolutely brilliant with the kids, - showing them in small groups,
- how to build a dry-stane dyke.
This unique initiative brought new skills to some youngsters, and the kids
from The High School have taken "ownership" of the wall.
Thanks too to the teachers from
the High School, - who had to brave monsoon conditions!
For full story see DG LIFE magazine (August 2011 edition)
CITY STATUS BID
Yes the People's Project submitted a
bid for city status for Dumfries in the Queens Jubilee year, - but it did so in good faith, - which caused a bit of a
furore, - to say the least.
Without intending to cause embarrasment to anyone in the council, - we were completely
taken aback when news was released on Thursday 16th June, - that Dumfries was on the list of candidate towns.
- all bids have to be made by a council, - and given that at the 12th hour this couldn't be done, - we submitted
the bid independently.
All things being equal, - The People's Project believes that Dumfries should be granted city
status, - therefore becoming Scotland's First City, - and the brightest jewel in her Majesty's crown.
The People's Project completed two fantastic litter picks with local schools, - the first organised by
the teachers of New Abbey Primary, - and the second in conjunction with Dumfries High School in their 50th anniversary
A BIG thankyou to all teachers and pupils involved!
Project believes that the future of Dumfries & Galloway lies in tourism, - and for that reason, - it was more than happy
to support Roy Kerr's plan to bring a tall ship to the region. - For more details see the June 2011 edition
of "Dumfries and Galloway Life" magazine pps 32 & 33
Did you know that the town of Dumfries
itself has 4 golf courses and 2 golf ranges?
A BIG THANK YOU to Andrea Thomson of
"DG LIFE" MAGAZINE - who on page nine of
the March issue, - included an article on the People's Project Lottery.
The magazine also distributed FREE
- copies of the lottery leaflet.
80% of any revenue received through the lottery will be given to the SOS Fund to
help Queen of the South in 2011!
You have a chance to win one of four prizes every week including
and £25 000.
All you need to do, - is click on the lottery section and follow the details, -
or even more directly via www.unitylottery.co.uk, - type in the people's project, - and you can pay by means of a range of cards.
thanks to you all
The People's Project kicked off the campaign
with a £3700 cash injection from the Burns Night / Ceilidh
are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed,
Or like the snow falls on the river,
A moment white, - then gone forever."
"If Burns were alive today, - he would think of Queen of the South as a snow-flake,
- a real -life star, - to be coveted like a precious jewel.
All those who love Queens will need to steer that snow-flake
away from the river, - so it builds a strong foundation, - and lives forever."
We all have a civic duty to clear our paths,
- pavements, shop-fronts and ultimately our roads of snow.
Imagine the scenario, - 6 inches of snow falls overnight,
- yet we all jump into our cars wearing high heels, - and that's just the men!
Instead, - every able bodied
person should do their bit prior to jumping into that warm cocoon - and ONLY then if the road is passable.
Instead of passing the buck - spend 20 minutes or more to make sure you and others will be safe BEFORE you
While all this is happening, - the council should be attending to the main roads, - and everyone will
live happily ever after.
Alternatively, - you could spend umpteeen hours freezing in a tin can!
The People's Project considers it imperative that the Theatre is saved
in some guise at least.
It accepts the limitations of the theatre, - but believes it has a future, - perhaps as
a restaurant/come visitor centre, - highlighting the town's connections with Burns, Bruce and Barrie.
it could be renamed the Peter Pan Theatre, - providing workshops for schools and other groups?
- those with a vested interest in the theatre need to embrace the possibility of a new, - state of the art facility being
created in Dumfries, bringing top acts and many visitors to this unique corner of the world.
The People's Project have teamed up with local Eco-schools co-ordinator Liz
Gumby to produce a callendar for 2011, - which has been designed by pupils from Maxwelltown High School and St.
The theme of the calander is pupils against litter and some fantastic designs have been
created, - including some litter pigs, - produced by Maxwelltown High, - and a wonderful spin on the X Factor by St.
Callendars priced at just £3.50 can be ordered from both schools and also from
Solway Heritage 7 Church Crescent Dumfries, - tel (01387) 247543
COMMUNITY (ALLOTMENT SCHEME)
The People's Project have donated £500.00 to the Summerhill Community
Group who have done some sterling work over the last few years through the strong leadership of AnneMarie Coulter.
The donation aims to help the group set up an allotment, - and it has the backing of St. Georges Church in Dumfries, - who
intend to provide the initial expertise to set up the sustainable scheme, - providing healthy activity and ultimately fresh
vegetables for the kitchen in the centre to feed the community,
-.....a real people's project.
The People's Project were the main sponsors of this years fireworks display at Park Farm,
(organsied by the local Devorgilla Rotary Club)- which was yet again a phemomenal display.
Around 4000 people watched
the event and around £1500.00 was raised for Cash For Kids, - and other local charities. (amount updated Monday
A tremendous effort from Devorgilla Rotary Club and a number of other charitable
groups, - businesses and individuals in ensuring the success of the event, in what was a real people's project!
FLOOD WALL CAMPAIGN (OCTOBER 2010)
As we enter the
rainy season in Dumfries and Galloway, - the People's Project once again calls for a simple flood wall to be erected on
the Whitesands to prevent the perennial problem of flooding in our regional capital.
As the article from "The
Standard" in January suggests, - the PP is willing to put up an initial £10 000 to kick-start the project, ( £8K
from the PP bank account and a further £2k from myself) - with the most straight forward of
suggestions, - simply place a sandstone block on top of the existing wall and block off the sandy opening, - and 99% of the
flooding problem will be solved!
Doing nothing has not worked, - spending millions of pounds is not an option,
- so why not employ a couple of tradesmen, - remove a section of fence every day with a disc cutter, - bed the new sandstone
coping stone, - and refix the fence when set?
Yes there will be some displacement, - but let's deal with that
problem as and when it happens!
Why not involve students from D&G College to help with the job to make
it a real People's Project, - and when it successfully holds back the Nith, - then inward investment,
instead of dirty water will flood in to the Whitesands, - the jewel in the crown of our regional capital.
Anyone willing to support the Flood Wall Campaign with a donation should contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND COMPETITION
Dumfries won a coveted silver
gilt award in the large town category of the above competition in Glenrothes on the 22nd of September 2010, - coming second
to the hosts.
The judges awarded the town 160 points out of a possible 200, in a range of areas from cleanliness
to biodiversity, - and from lack of graffiti to the number of hanging baskets.
Project would like to thank Civic Pride - Dumfres and Galloway Council- the education department - the Dumfries and Galloway
Standard and all businesses and householders for taking part in a real people's project.
The Proposed Robin Rigg Wind Farm Extension:
The People's Project vehemently opposes the proposed extension by "E-ON" of
the wind-farm in the Solway, - as this will impact severely on the communites of Rockcliffe and Kippford.
are in an area of outstanding natural beauty, - and attract visitors from all over the world, - who come to marvel at the
Sadly, - those numbers may reduce drastically ,- if this extension goes ahead - at a time when Dumfries
and Galloway needs all the visitors it can get!
Everyone who opposes the extension should join the People's
Project to keep "E-ON" out!
Once again the People's Project calls for a bye-law to prevent people
feeding sea-gulls in Dumfries.
By feeding the birds and leaving litter simply attracts the gulls, - and people should
try everything in their power to get rid of them.
If we all ensure that there is no litter lying around (and hence
no food source) the birds will fly away to find a new supply.
So simple, - yet so effective!
Letters have gone out to all schools in Dumfries, - asking pupils to form an army to help make Dumfries
the cleanest town in the UK.
Colin Grant, - the director of education has given his backing to the campaign, -but
we are under no illusion that this will be an overnight success.
If you are a pupil, - you can make a
massive difference to your town and region, - simply pick up a piece of litter and then find the nearest bin, - or better
still, - fill a bag and then drop it in the bin at home, or at school
IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO PICK UP ONE PIECE OF LITTER!
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THE "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND" POSTER WAS VOTED THE MOST EFFECTIVE.
Below are some our our current
campaign posters. Please click on the associated links to download them in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format:
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Click here to download the Kick Butts poster
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|It Only Takes A Second