• Coffee Mornings are back!

    FACT – Pop Up Coffee Morning – Saturday 18 September – 10am to 12 noon – Forres Town Hall

    As part of our new programme of events FACT will be holding a Pop Up Coffee Morning on Saturday 18 September, from 10am until 12 noon in the Forres Town Hall.  Everyone is welcome to come along.  This is one of a series of Coffee Mornings being held each Saturday in the Town Hall. 

    Here is a current list of dates and who the Coffee Morning is in aid of:

    Saturday 18 September – in aid of Forres Town Hall

    Saturday 25 September – in aid of Lossie Entertainment Academy

    Saturday 2 October – Pop Up, to be confirmed.

    Saturday 9 October – in aid of Moray Hydrotherapy Pool

    Saturday 16 October – in aid of Forres St Lawrence Cricket Club

    Saturday 23 October – in aid of Forres OAP Association

    Saturday 30 October – in aid of Logie Primary School Parent Council

    Survey for Forres Area Community Trust

    In March 2021 Forres Town Hall changed owners – thanks to a successful community asset transfer – and is now owned by the community. As many of you will know there are plans for a significant regeneration project for the building.

    As part of this process, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic which has meant huge changes for so many of us, we have to know more about what the community now needs from the Town Hall. The regeneration proposal transforms the Town Hall into multipurpose flexible spaces for a wide range of activities and services.

    We’re keen to know in what ways the community would like to see these spaces used and what the likely demand will be. That’s why we’re sending out this short survey.

    You can either complete it online on SurveyMonkey, download a digital version or pick up a printed version from the Town Hall Office or the Grant Park Event on 21st of August 2021.

    Please return completed paper surveys to the Town Hall Office.

    The survey is open for 4 weeks and closes on 9 September 2021.

    Thanks for taking part!

    Find Out the FACTs

    An activity day where people can try their hand at drumming, listen to children’s storytelling sessions and enjoy a spot of Highland dancing and piping is taking place this month.

    Forres Area Community Trust is staging a ‘Find Out the FACTs’ event in Grant Park on 21st of August.

    The event is to showcase what the Trust does and how the Forres Town Hall is used.

    Kirsty Williams, who is the Old Persons’ Project Co-ordinator with FACT and who is organising the day explained: “We are really looking forward to Find Out the FACTs which is really an opportunity for people to come along, have some fun and find out more about what we do.

    “FACT works with so many different partners and we have a very busy schedule with loads of activities that support many different groups in the community. All we want to do at our Grant Park event is spread awareness of what’s available to do in the area, not just by ourselves but those organisations and groups we work in partnership with to make the area a better place to live, work and visit.”

    “Through the pandemic, FACT really came to the fore and we worked with a range of partners to support those who were vulnerable or struggling during the lockdowns, but now things are getting better and restrictions are easing, we are working on promoting our classes and workshops and just want to showcase what we and our partners have to offer the people of the area.”

    In March, it was announced that FACT had taken ownership of Forres Town Hall after a successful community asset transfer process. The Trust had been managing the building since 2018.

    It is now pushing forward with a fundraising strategy to raise the £3.4 million for a regeneration project to redevelop the building as a thriving venue and facility fit for the 21st century and to provide services and resources for the area into the future.

    Kirsty said: “FACT is delighted to be the custodian of the Town Hall on behalf of the community, and our event will also allow us to talk to the public about the hall and what the plans are for its future. We can also share with attendees about all the great activities that take place in the hall.”

    Find Out the FACTs will take place between midday and 4pm on 21st of August.

    FACT secured funding from the Scottish Government, via Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), from the Communities Recovery Fund.

    Kirsty said: “HIE is co-ordinating the Communities Recovery Fund in the Highlands and Islands, on behalf of the Scottish Government, for all eligible community organisations, who are implementing changes to reintroduce the delivery of existing services and activities that have been suspended or severely reduced because of COVID-19 and/or deliver new services identified as a priority by the community as a result of COVID-19.”

    “We are delighted that our event is able to go ahead after securing this funding. There will something for everyone. We have some great entertainment lined up and there is something for all age groups. We have drumming with Active Minds Moray, Forres Online will be there to explain how they can help people improve their digital knowledge, we will have storytelling from Margot Henderson, Scottish country dancers and pipers from the Forres and District Pipe Band.

    “We invite people to come along and bring a picnic and spend the afternoon with us. It’s a real community event. Wave Radio are supporting us by handling the announcing and the organisers of the Forres Highland Games which have been hit hard by the pandemic are lending us tables and chairs.

    “If a picnic is not your thing, we will be situated near Mather’s so there will be an opportunity to grab something from there as well, and for kids to not only enjoy what we have on offer but have fun at the playpark and in Grant Park too.”

    Supportive Solutions

    Got any laptops, pcs, tablets or phones you don’t use? Why not donate to Supportive Solutions? A local project with FACT & ReBOOT, supporting people in the Highlands & Moray with refurbished devices. Further details below.

    Pop Up Sale

    On Saturday the 3rd of July from 10am – 2pm Forres Town Hall will be organising a pop up sale.

    A selection of furniture & Bric a Brac will be up for sale.

    Come and grab yourself a bargain while helping to fund the town hall.

    Forres Online is Back

    Due to the easing of lockdown Forres Online can re-open face to face tech support at the town hall.

    We will be moving into the newly refurbished North Room.

    To keep people safe, we will be working a appointment only system. Please find out contact details in the poster below.

    We are hiring

    Volunteer and Community Engagement Co-ordinator

    • 35 Hours per week – to be worked flexibly
    • 12 month fixed term post, extension subject to funding
    • Immediate start available.
    • Probationary Period of 3 months
    • Salary: £26,026 plus pension

    Closing Date Wednesday 9th June 2021 at 12 noon.
    Interviews on the 14th June 2021

    For more information please see the attached application or contact info@forresarea.org | 01309 674 388.

    FACT is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC412275 and a registered charity in Scotland No; SCO44953

    This post is funded through the Adapt and Thrive Programme provided by the Scottish Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FACT’s Free Online Sessions

    Looking for something to do? Learn a new skill? OUR FREE ONLINE SESSIONS in Knitting, Crocheting, Paper Crafts and Drumming Exercises are suitable for all ages.

    If you are worried about getting on Zoom get in touch with our Forres Online on 07536 978396 or janice@forresarea.org who is happy to help.

    Classes start on the 5th April with Sharon Finlay getting fit and getting digital. Don’t be disappointed, book your space and get the zoom link to join by contacting kirsty@forresarea.org or lorretta@forresarea.org.

    Building Maintenance Operative

    Keeping on top of the Town Hall maintenance can feel a little like painting the Forth Bridge. It’s an old building that requires lots of tender loving care, and expert hands to keep it in good shape. If you have one or more skills in painting, decorating, cleaning, minor general repairs, then we’d love to hear from you.  The role is based in Forres Town Hall. The role can be morning, afternoons or evenings for as little as a few hours a week. 

    For more information, please contact us or