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    Town Hall Coffee Mornings

    Every Saturday between 10am and 12 midday a coffee morning is held in the Forres Town Hall. Each week a local Forres charity or organisation run the coffee mornings to raise money for their good causes.

    A small entry fee is payable at the door which includes your tea, coffee and a snack. There is usually a raffle to take part in plus other stalls depending on the organisers.

    The next few coffee mornings will be held by:

    Forres Golf Club – 12 March 2022

    St John’s Church – 19 March 2022

    Forres Soccer Sevens – 26 March 2022

    Come along and enjoy the fun!

    Carbon Neutral Forres – Free Workshops

    What will a carbon neutral Forres look like?

    It’s not too late to join the free workshops discussing the vision of a carbon neutral Forres. This Monday, 28 February is in the North Room, Forres Town Hall, access via the side door close to the Tullock Park Car Park. On Monday the workshop will focus on a story-telling session with Margot Henderson. Margot will be supporting us to develop our visions into something more tangible and learn useful story-telling skills to help us communicate them better.

    Here is some feedback from last Monday’s session:

    One thing you appreciated about this morning:
    – the opportunity to think about Forres and beyond and how to create futures that improve quality of life for people and the environment.
    – friendly facilitation; calm and flexible guidance
    – humour of group
    – excellent lunch
    – I really appreciated the process of opening up a vision of a better future.
    – the visualisation exercise was incredible!

    For your chance to get involved, why not sign up for an event?  The workshop on the 28 February is being held in the Forres Town Hall the remaining two workshops will be held in the Transition Town Cafe. Please note that you do not have to come to all 5 of the events.

    To book follow the link…

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whats-your-vision-for-a-carbon-neutral-moray-a-5-part-series-tickets-265013571727?aff=erelpanelorg

    Carbon Neutral Moray – Workshops

    FACT and Forres Town Hall are hosting 2 of a series of 5 workshops facilitated by tsiMoray and in collaboration with Transition Town Forres, exploring the vision of a carbon neutral Moray. To register and to find out more details see below or click here.

    Be part of the conversation! What might life in a zero-carbon Moray look like & what are our priorities for a just, sustainable transition?

    About this event:

    Scotland is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045. But reducing emissions isn’t all about giving things up. It could mean having better insulated homes and lower heating bills; investing in green new jobs; and eating more locally-grown produce, benefitting both our health and our soils.

    To explore these opportunities further, as well as what community-led development we should prioritise to ensure a just and sustainable renewal for Moray, Transition Town Forres invites you to take part in a 5-part series of workshops, co-hosted by FACT and facilitated by tsiMORAY.

    All sessions are free of charge and are offered through tsiMORAY as part of two projects funded by the Scottish Government.

    As a thank you for your time, we will provide an optional lunch (13:00-14:00), freshly cooked from locally grown produce, after each session. All are welcome, but places are limited. Please book here and let us know of any dietary restrictions in advance.

    Be part of the conversation! What might life in a zero-carbon Moray look like & what are our priorities for a just, sustainable transition?

    About this event

    Scotland is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045. But reducing emissions isn’t all about giving things up. It could mean having better insulated homes and lower heating bills; investing in green new jobs; and eating more locally-grown produce, benefitting both our health and our soils.

    To explore these opportunities further, as well as what community-led development we should prioritise to ensure a just and sustainable renewal for Moray, Transition Town Forres invites you to take part in a 5-part series of workshops, co-hosted by FACT and facilitated by tsiMORAY.

    All sessions are free of charge and are offered through tsiMORAY as part of two projects funded by the Scottish Government.

    As a thank you for your time, we will provide an optional lunch (13:00-14:00), freshly cooked from locally grown produce, after each session. All are welcome, but places are limited. Please book here and let us know of any dietary restrictions in advance.

    Session 1: Climate Café – Talking about Climate

    Venue: Transition Town Forres, 1 Bogton Road, IV36 1PH

    Monday 14 February (NOTE: originally scheduled for 7 Feb but postponed due to unforeseen circumstances)

    Learn tools and techniques for bringing conversations about climate change into your daily life, with other members of your community. What blocks us from talking about climate change? What common ground do we share? And how can we build a consensus about how to tackle the challenges we face?

    Session 2: Visioning Carbon-Neutral Futures for Moray

    Venue: Forres Town Hall, High Street, IV36 1PB

    Monday 21 February

    (Note: Venue change to FACT)

    What if Moray were carbon-neutral? What would our lives look like? What would it mean for the way we get to work, shop, heat our homes, and spend our leisure time? Through ‘What If?’ exercises we will start to explore the futures we would like to build together.

    Session 3: Telling A New Story

    Venue: Forres Town Hall, High Street, IV36 1PB

    Monday 28 February

    Building on the idea-gathering work from the previous week, we will work with a local storyteller to produce our own stories of what life might look like in a carbon-neutral Moray. Stories are powerful and telling them is a way to bring together lots of ideas in a relatable way.

    Session 4: Next Steps: Setting Community Priorities, Part 1

    Venue: Transition Town Forres, 1 Bogton Road, IV36 1PH

    Monday 7 March (Note venue change)

    Using a set of images, we will work in small groups to identify the assets we have in Moray and where we should target resources to ensure a fair and sustainable transition for all.

    Session 5: Setting Community Priorities, Part 2

    Venue: Transition Town Forres, 1 Bogton Road, IV36 1PH

    Monday 14 March

    Following on from Part 1, we will discuss where we think investment in community-led development should be prioritised.

    FACT Coffee Mornings – 12th and 26th February 2022

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    This is a call out to all our supporters.  FACT are holding two coffee mornings in February: a popup coffee morning on Saturday 12 February and the main FACT coffee morning on Saturday 26 February,10am to 12 midday, rescheduled from January.
    Please come along and enjoy a cuppa and a snack, £2 entry payable at the door, all snacks and drinks included.   It’s a great chance to meet other members and volunteers of FACT.
    If you are able to donate any additional items to our raffle, bottle or home bake stalls we would really appreciate it.   Items can be dropped off at the Town Hall Reception on weekdays between 10 and 12 midday.
    All proceeds will go towards supporting activities for our community.
    For more details call 01309 674388 or email info@forresarea.org

    Many thanks and see you all there.

    Festive Season Opening Hours – Forres Town Hall

    Forres Town Hall will be closed from Wednesday 22 December 2021 from 12.30pm to Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 10am.  

    We plan to open from 10 – 12 Monday to Friday in the New Year unless there are changes to the current Covid19 restrictions.  If our opening hours are affected we will let you all know via our website forresarea.org or Facebook.

    Warmest wishes from everyone at FACT for a happy, safe Christmas and New Year.

    Winter Wonderland Event

    Winter Wonderland Event – Forres Town Hall

    4 December @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    FACT and Forres Town Hall are holding a Winter Wonderland Event on Saturday 4 December, from 10am until 5pm.

    There will be a gingerbread ‘building’ competition with three age categories: primary, secondary and adult and three themes: local interest, most festive and wow factor.  You can download the entry form from here and we have even given you a template to follow.  Test your gingerbread creative skills and have a go.

    Throughout the day you will be able to view the marvelous gingerbread creations displayed in the Lesser Hall, browse through a wide selection of festive stalls and in the morning enjoy refreshments provided by Friends of Guiding.  During the Afternoon the will be more refreshments, a cake decorating display, judging of the gingerbread competition with prizes awarded at 4.30pm.

    Forres Online – Mobile Dropin Session

    Forres Online are out and about again. Their first mobile session will be held on Wednesday 10 November 2021, in the Findhorn Village Centre 10am to 12.30pm.

    Learn how to improve your digital skills. The sessions are free and are designed to offer help and advice with your digital device, all welcome.

    FACT Volunteering Opportunity

    Help needed for our new Wednesday Lunch Club.

    We are starting a new lunch club on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 in the Town Hall.

    If anyone has a few hours to help out over lunch time it would be greatly appreciated. We are in need of:

    • 2 x Driver
    • 2 x Escort
    • 2 x Servers/Table set up
    • 2 x For washing up

    If you can help either regularly or occasionally please let us know by 29th October.

    We would like to thank you all for your continued support.

    April and Kirsty