Local groups and organisations in Bo’ness & Blackness were given the chance to apply for funding to improve their community.
Residents voted for the projects that they though were most deserving of funding in a ‘first past the post’ ballot
You can read about the succesful projects below:
Deanburn Primary School Fundraising Group: Outdoor Trim Track
Deanburn Primary School Fundraising Group is hoping to secure funding to build a trim track to upgrade and replace the existing broken outdoor trim track at Deanburn Primary school. The existing trim track has started to rot, and many pieces are broken and can't be replaced. It is now unsafe for the children to play on. This project would form part of their outdoor learning programme. The trim track was previously used as a reward for good behaviour when the children earned extra play time.
This project would give approximately 330 children an opportunity to improve their health and fitness, and combat obesity, through an active and creative play aid. Children will become more confident and resilient, and the facility will also increase their social and teamwork skills.
The Deanburn Primary School Outdoor Trim Track project will meet key community priorities of improving the lives of children and young people and providing opportunities to improve health and well-being of children from Bo'ness and Blackness.
Bo'ness Academy: The 'Chillax' Community Partnership Hub
Bo'ness Academy is seeking funding to convert an existing classroom into a relaxed, calming, and multi-purpose 'Chillax’ room. The ‘Chillax’ room would be a place to enjoy drinks and snacks, music and activities in a less formal environment with sofas, soft lighting, rugs and a small pre-school play area. This would be a facility that could be shared by the school, wider Bo’ness and Blackness community, external organisations and the pupils to help support young people and their families in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
It is anticipated that the ‘Chillax’ room would provide an ideal venue in which to host workshops in stress management, offer training in counselling, and develop innovative family learning opportunities. The vision for the Chillax multi-purpose room is a shared space within the school, managed and designed by users to be a hub for individual and group-based pupil support, and community development work. If successful, Bo’ness Academy would use the funding to refurbish an identified room within the school with suitable seats, engagement tools, refreshments, lighting and equipment. It would also be used to fund staffing costs for mental health support, awareness training and counselling. This would build the capacity and awareness of school staff and the community to better understand and support the rising numbers of pupils affected by mental health problems.
The 'Chillax' Community Partnership Hub project will meet the key community priorities of improving access to public services and improving health and well-being of people in Bo’ness and Blackness.
Bo'ness and Area Community Bus Association SCIO
Bo'ness and Area Community Bus Association SCIO has campaigned since 2013 to have the Bo'ness to Edinburgh direct bus service restored. Unfortunately, their appeal has largely fallen on deaf ears. Following a public meeting in August 2016, the Association decided to establish their own not-for-profit service and are ready to launch a pilot service between Bo'ness and Edinburgh in the near future. If successful, the funding would be used to pay for vehicle deposits, insurance and ancillary costs.
By the end of 2017 Bo'ness and Area Community Bus Association SCIO hopes to increase the level of the current service to five return journeys each day, which would be invaluable to those who do not own a car. This ambitious target will depend on their ability to attract passengers from Edinburgh to visit Bo’ness, to make the service sustainable. Specifically, the service will improve access for people from Bo’ness and Blackness to employment and training opportunities, and improve opportunities for social interaction for those who wish to visit relatives, hospitals, shops, theatres, galleries and universities. This would all be achievable with a cost saving on the closest existing service which runs from Linlithgow.
The Bo'ness and Area Community Bus Association SCIO project will meet key community priorities of improving the lives of children and young people and local provision of services.
Bo'ness Rugby Football Club: Youth Expansion
Bo’ness Rugby Club was established in 2011 and is based at Grahamsdyke playing fields. The club aims to make Rugby Union accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability or background. This fledgling rugby club has already established its community credentials through a number of initiatives, including supporting Bo’ness Storehouse through their Christmas Collection, painting their local Salvation Army hall, and assisting with school frontage for Public Primary for the Fair. More recently, Bo’ness Rugby Club has put on taster sessions for aspiring young players in each of the local primary schools in the area.
The Bo’ness Rugby Club primary school taster sessions attracted very encouraging attendances of around 30 pupils. With a stable adult playing base in place, the club is seeking funding to replace aging and damaged rugby posts which are no longer fit for purpose. A new set of rugby posts would ensure that Bo’ness Rugby Club continues to promote and expand their youth playing base to ensure a sustainable and successful future. The club will promote the core rugby union values of respect, leadership, engagement and achievement across their membership.
The Bo’ness Rugby Football Club Youth Expansion project will meet the key community priorities of supporting young people and older people to work together on specific projects and improving the health and well-being of young people from Bo’ness and Blackness.
The Barony Players: Barony Players in Their Community
The Barony Players would like to explore the potential to improve, innovate and capitalise on the use of The Barony Theatre. The Barony Players and Barony Theatre have been at the heart of the Bo'ness community for more than 60 years, yet their full potential as community assets remains largely untapped. The Barony Players is seeking funding to appoint a consultant to engage the local community in a discussion about the theatre and to undertake an appraisal of options to optimise The Barony Players and The Barony Theatre. For example, an option may be for The Barony Players to tour outwith The Barony Theatre and into non-traditional venues. Another aspect of the appraisal would see a marketing and promotions strategy developed to encourage larger audiences to view the Barony Players.
The Barony Players want the local community to have their say on the future use of the building, and wish to gauge whether there is a desire to see more theatre shows or a diversification to include a wider range of activities in the Barony Theatre. The information and feedback attained from the study will enable the group to make further funding bids (e.g. Heritage Lottery Fund) to improve and expand use of the building, ensuring it continues to be a viable and vibrant community meeting place.
The Barony Players in Their Community project will meet the key community priorities of improving access to a local service, supporting young people and older people to work together on specific projects, and providing opportunities for groups to work together to improve the communities of Bo'ness and Blackness.
St Mary's Primary School Breakfast Club
The St Mary's Primary School Breakfast Club project is seeking funding to provide all nursery and school children at St Mary's with the chance to enjoy a free breakfast. This would be a volunteer run club and boys and girls will join as members. Parents and carers will provide child specific information, including emergency contact details and dietary requirements.
The St. Mary’s Breakfast Club hopes to secure funding to purchase a food stock that would enable them to make breakfasts as nutritious and enjoyable as possible. Children will be encouraged to sample special dishes, such as more exotic types of fruit, smoothies and traditional breakfasts from different countries. As well as ensuring children benefit from a delicious and wholesome breakfast, the club would serve to develop interpersonal skills, and encourage children to participate in community activities. A by-product of the breakfast club would see improved links between the school, the parent council, and all parents and carers with a view to undertaking more community projects in the future.
The St Mary's Breakfast Club project will meet key community priorities of supporting young people and older people to work together, and providing opportunities to improve health and well-being.
Newtown Park Association: Newtown Park Community Hub
Newtown Park Association hopes to secure funding to transform Newtown Park into a multi-use facility for community use by all age groups to meet, socialise and participate in a variety of activities in one enclosed and safe environment. This would be a two stage project: 1) Funding and constructing a synthetic pitch on the existing park (in progress); 2) Erecting a Community Hub comprising flexible community space, cafe or social hub, changing rooms for outdoor facilities, and other ancillary rooms.
If successful, the funding would be used to commission an architecture firm to provide conceptual drawings of the community hub to enable Stage 2 of the project to progress. The inclusion of both external sport and internal leisure, and educational and social facilities into a single complex would see Bo'ness acquire a state-of-the-art facility for everyone's enjoyment. It is anticipated that Newtown Park Community Hub would deliver activities and services tailored to local needs, including mothers and toddlers, breakfast and after-school clubs, educational and tutorial space, and a venue for teenagers and the elderly to meet and interact in a safe and pleasant environment. The versatility of the facility would enable it to adapt to a range of uses for people from the Bo’ness and Blackness areas.
The Newtown Park Community Hub Project will meet the key community priorities of improving access to important local resources and improving the lives of children and young people and providing opportunities to improve health and well-being.
Bo'ness Playaway Playgroup: Fun to Play
Bo’ness Playaway Playgroup is seeking funding to replace toys, purchase new books and arts and crafts materials. Much of their existing toy and book stock is second hand, donated by parents. With updates resources, the Playgroup will be able to offer a better service, making play fun and educational for children.
Bo’ness Playaway Playgroup is seeking funding to provide books and toys. It is widely known that children who develop a love of reading from a young age are much more likely to be regular readers in adulthood. The provision of new toys will improve physical development through play and encourage the children to co-operate, concentrate and improve their listening skills. For example, new jig-saws will improve fine motor skills and hand-to-eye co-ordination. The Fun to Play project will meet key community priorities of improving the lives of children and young people and local provision of services.
Carriden Community Volunteer Group: IT For All Ages
The IT For All Ages project would give residents the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in modern technology, especially those with limited or no internet or IT access. The Carriden Community Volunteer Group operates from Lund Hall, Cowdenhill Road, Grangepans and provides opportunities for the Bo'ness and Blackness communities to participate in their 'Afternoon Club’ for retired men and women and 'FunB4T Club’ for children and their parents or carers. The group hopes to secure funding to purchase a portable Public Address (PA) system and IPad tablets. This project would encourage inter-generational engagement where younger people would share their computer and internet browsing skills with older people.
The PA system would ensure members of the Afternoon Club, especially those who are hard of hearing, could enjoy talks from Guest Speakers. It would also make full participation in quizzes, bingo, group discussions and other activities possible for more people due to improved sound quality and volume. Members would be more likely to continue attending meetings, resulting in less social isolation, and have an opportunity to make friends and acquaintances thereby restoring their sense of independence. The iPad tablets would enhance the experiences of both the FunB4T and Afternoon Clubs. The IT For All Ages project could result in initiatives such as production of short videos, which would assist intergenerational working between the groups with an age range from toddlers to over 90 years, as well as promoting enquiring minds in young children.
The IT For All Ages project will meet the key community priorities of supporting young people and older people to work together on specific projects, supporting people to access services, information and support online, and improving the Bo’ness and Blackness communities.
Blackness Area Community Council: Blackness Playpark Improvement
Blackness Area Community Council aims is to make Blackness a great place to 'stay and play' for residents and visitors. They are keen to extend the use and appeal of Blackness Playpark to children of a wider age range by installing equipment that will promote greater challenge, adventure, exploration and learning for young people. If successful in their bid for funding, Blackness Area Community Council would purchase and install a ‘Flying Fox’ zip wire and two Magnifying Posts to enable budding young nature enthusiasts to search for small creatures, or hidden beach treasures.
The facilities of Blackness are currently very limited, with little to attract children outside to play. It is hoped the installation of more interesting and adventurous play equipment will not only encourage local children to spend more time outdoors, but also encourage greater use of the John Muir Way by families, walkers, joggers and cyclists. As well as promoting physical activity and outdoor adventure, this would be a valuable learning project to promote enquiring young minds and interest in local flora and fauna.
The Blackness Playpark Improvement project will meet key community priorities of improving access to public services, promoting important local resources and providing opportunities to improve health and well-being in the Blackness area.
Kinneil Band: Instrument Replacement Project
Formed over 150 years ago, Kinneil Band is a proud community based brass band located in Bo'ness. Kinneil Band is hoping to secure funding to replace their aging instrument inventory, which is almost a quarter of a century old. The band hopes to purchase a new bass drum and two professional Besson Prestige cornet instruments for use when the band is marching at gala days and at Bo’ness Fair day.
Kinneil Band currently performs at more than 30 events annually, however this is under threat because many of their instruments have reached the end of their useful life, and are beginning to fail. If successful in attaining funding, the band plans to donate some of their older instruments to their youth organisation to promote the development of young musicians.
The Kinneil Band Instrument Replacement project will meet the key community priorities of providing social opportunities, providing opportunities for groups to work together to improve the community, and improving health and well-being of people in Bo’ness and Blackness.
White Lady Mountain Biking CIC: Kinneil Trails Skills Loop
White Lady Mountain Biking CIC is seeking funding to construct a high quality mountain biking facility within Kinneil Woods, Bo'ness. 'Kinneil Trails’ will consist of an established pump track, complemented by a ‘skills loop’ which will enable mountain biking skills development. It is anticipated that this facility could become a much needed community hub, providing opportunities for social interaction, skills development, education and healthy living.
The facility will enable people from all backgrounds, age groups with a common interest in biking to come together to enjoy participation free of charge. The project is a key component of the Kinneil Estate masterplan and would promote outdoor activity in a facility that is fit for purpose. It is hoped that the Kinneil Trails would become a visitor attraction in its own right and encourage more people to spend time discovering other attractions in the Bo’ness area.
The White Lady Mountain Biking project will meet key community priorities of improving the lives of children and young people and local provision of services.