Stonehaven Folk Club currently has a “Folk in the Community” project, in which they take their music and song out to the community: to schools, residential homes and other similar events.
The club’s existing PA and stage equipment is heavy and cumbersome, and so they applied to the Big Lottery Fund through its Awards for All program for funding to replace the equipment with lightweight modular staging and sound equipment which can easily be transported to any venue.
They were delighted to receive funding for almost £5000 from Big Lottery and have already invested in a new PA system. New staging will be acquired in due course.
Club chairman Dennis Collie said “It took some time to complete the application; to make sure all the correct boxes were ticked and all the necessary topics were covered; so I was delighted, and relieved after all the hard work by the committee, to have our application accepted”.
Currently, as part of its Folk in the Community project, Club members are rehearsing Christmas carols, and have arranged visits to seven Stonehaven Care Homes or Groups in this month where they will entertain.
In the same project, artists who perform at the Folk Club’s weekly meeting at the Heugh are encouraged to visit the local primary schools, to play or sing a few numbers and discuss their work and life with the children. These visits have already proved extremely popular with staff and pupils at Stonehaven’s three primary schools.
From time-to-time, the Club also runs a raffle at its meetings in aid of some local-based charity. This year they have contributed to MacMillan Nurses and Cystic Fibrosis groups.