• Community News

    Winter Wonderland 2022

    Get your thinking caps on, plan your design & get ready for the
    FACT Winter Wonderland on Saturday 3rd December 2022, 10am – 4pm

    • Gingerbread House Competition (Entry form below)
    • Festive Craft Stalls
    • Christmas Café
    • Cake Decorating Demonstrations
    • Raffle

    Prizes provided by Macleans Bakery
    & Woodside Farm Shop, Kinloss

    Paper copies of the Gingerbread Competition application forms are available from the Town Hall Reception, open weekdays from 10 until 12. Alternatively you can contact info@forresarea.org FAO: Lorretta

    If you would like a stall at the event please use the following link:
    https://forms.office.com/r/PeCUQTFunj

    FACT Autumn and Winter Activities Guide 2022

    Download your full Autumn and Winter Activity Guide here.

    For more information of the events & workshops in the Guide please click the links below:

    Paid Workshops

    Free Activities

    Free Digital Activites

    Free Fitness Activites

    Details for events starting in October, November & December can be found in Activity Guide & will be added to this page in the comming weeks.

    Queens Jubilee Celebration Weekend – 2nd to 5th June 2022

    Forres is hosting a four-day event to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    A number of community groups from across the town are working together to create a programme of events kicking off on Thursday, June 2.

    The celebrations will include live music, a picnic in the park, music from the Forres & District Pipe Band, a performance of the official Queen’s Jubilee song and the return of the Toun Mercat.

    Forres Community Council, Forres In Bloom and the Forres Community Activities Association are taking a lead on the organisation of the event.

    Kathleen Robertson, chair of the Forres Community Council said: “We are very excited to be working as a community to stage a very special event spanning four days to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Once again, Forres is proving what a great community spirit it has, and we are well on our way to creating a fabulous occasion that the whole town will be able to enjoy.”

    The event will kick off on the evening of Thursday, June 2 with the Tolbooth being lit up to stand as a ‘beacon,’ and will become part of a network of more than 1,500 beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, and UK overseas territories.

    At 9.35pm, Pipers from the Forres & District Pipe Band will play ‘Diu Regnare’ – a unique tune especially written for the Platinum Jubilee. Imogen Symon, will play cornet piece ‘Majesty’ at 9.40pm which will officially announce the lighting of the Tolbooth at 9.45pm to the song ‘A Life Lived With Grace,’ by the Forres Youth Choir which is being performed at beacon lighting ceremonies up and down the country.

    On Friday, the Toun Mercat will take place organised by the Forres Community Activities Association and on Sunday, people are being invited to a Picnic in the Park event at Grant Park where there will be a fancy-dress competition, tree planting, fun runs, live music and more.

    Rachel Philp, a volunteer with the FCAA said: “It’s so great to be bringing events back to Forres and for such a great reason. The Toun Mercat last took place in 2018 and usually takes place every three years as part of Scottish Week but 2021 was cancelled due to Covid 19, so this Mercat is being specially pulled together to help the town celebrate the Jubilee. We are now taking applications from people who want to take stalls and get involved and all they need to do is get in touch.”

    Kathleen added: “There really is something for everyone to enjoy, from special church services and bell ringing to the picnic in the park with lots of family activities. We want people to come along and enjoy themselves and if anyone has other ideas of how they can get involved in any part of what we are creating, we urge them to get in touch. This is an event by the community for the community.”

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    Kathleen Robertson and Rachel Philp

    Businesses in Forres are being encouraged to get involved in the town’s Jubilee celebrations by dressing their properties or windows with a ‘royal’ theme.

    The Forres Area Business Association is making the appeal to businesses as the town gears up to host a number events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

    Claire Doughty, a director with FABA said: “The whole community is working together to bring something really special to Forres and the key organisers of the events have asked us to rally the businesses and get them involved. From Thursday, June 2 through to June 5 there will several events taking place, predominantly in the town centre, so we hope that we can get the town looking festive.”

    Claire added: “It’s great to see so much going on and we are pleased many businesses are staging their own events too. Forres is great at putting on a show and it looks like the Queen’s Jubilee will be celebrated in style.” 

    To book a stall at the Toun Mercat follow this link:

    Spirit of the Community Consultation – April/May 2022

    FORRES SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION APRIL 2022

    The Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) & other local organisations have come together to ask for views to help identify & understand the priorities of the Community under four themes.

    Themes: Local Environment, Transport/Traffic Access, Leisure & Tourism, Facilities & Services

    Each theme will be used to format questions for you to respond to in the survey.  This information will be collated with other research gathered to help us develop a community plan for the Forres Academy catchment area.  You will not be asked for your name and address (only postcode) and your answers will not be separately identifiable. To access the survey click the button or use the link below.

    Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WDZSBH7

    Please note that the survey is open until 31 May 2022

    Spirit of Community 2 Event – 27 April 2022

    Spirit of Community Event 2- Forres Town Hall – 27 April 2022 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

    A chance to to come along , share your experience and work together to make the Forres Area a better place to live, work and visit.

    It’s free to register, follow the link below:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirit-of-community-2-coming-together-tickets-316641311687?utm-campaign=social%2Cemail&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing%20Sent%20from%20Mail%20for%20Windows

    About this event

    The pandemic has deeply affected our community over the last two years, but we came together to support and help each other. Since the last Spirit of Community event in 2014 we have seen many changes and lots of Forres area based organisations have made a difference to where we live. The aim of the event is to bring together community representatives to discuss what we have in common and identify what our priorities are for the next 5 to 10 years building on what we already know and can do.

    6.30 p.m.⠀⠀Tea, coffee and networking

    7.00 p.m.⠀⠀Welcome, hosting and introductions by Seymour Monro

    7.10 p.m.⠀⠀ Short presentation about what progress we have made over the last 8 years and how that informs our plans for the future.

    7.30 p.m.⠀⠀Discussion groups (30 minutes per session) on the following themes:

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀1. The Local Environment

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀2. Transport, Traffic and Access

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀3. Leisure and Tourism

    ⠀⠀⠀⠀4. Facilities and Services

    8.05 p.m.⠀⠀Rotate to second theme group

    8.35 p.m.⠀⠀Summary of each group and feedback – facilitators can feedback on the top 3 items for each table

    9.15 p.m.⠀⠀Close and networking

    REAP – Rural Environmental Action Project – Workshop – 29 Mar 22

    REAP (Rural Environmental Action Project) are running an energy advice workshop on 29 March 22 in the Forres Town Hall – come along and join their workshop to get help and learn, from start to finish, how to deal with your fuel debt and to keep it off.  For more details please click the link:

    Eventbrite

    https://reapdealingwithfueldebtworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk

    REAP Facebook Event

    https://fb.me/e/1ef3KfBdr