Funding handed out by Feuars

Mr and Mrs Will were presented with gifts by chairman Alistair Gardiner.
Mr and Mrs Will were presented with gifts by chairman Alistair Gardiner.

Six Buchan groups have been awarded thousands of pounds of funding from a historical Peterhead society.

The Feuars Managers - an elected body of 12 people who oversee land and property in the Peterhead area - set aside a pot of money each year to support community groups.

At a meeting of the Feuars Managers on November 14, donations of £500 were presented to the Buchan Pipe Band, the Destiny Centre, the League of Friends of Peterhead and Ugie Hospitals, the Methodist Church, Peterhead Aged and Infirm and Peterhead Street Pastors.

At a special meeting in Arbuthnot House, the Feuars Managers also recognised retiring member Sandy Will.

Mr Will has served the Feuars for 34 years and Chairman Alistair Gardiner praised his work.

Presenting Mr Will and his wife with flowers and a farewell card, Mr Gardiner said: “The work that Sandy has done is unknown to most of us because we don’t see it.

“He has drawn up plans, attended site meetings, inspetions and he meets with and engages with members of various trades.

“It’s a lot of work and we see the results once he has drawn up his report and puts it on the table in front of us.

“We want to thank him for all the work he has done.”

In total, 11 organisations and projects applied for a portion of the Feuars Managers £3,000 pot but only six were successful.

The group’s aim is to make sure the interests of the town are looked after and the projects were chosen to this end.

Peterhead-based lawyer Iain Jane from John MacRitchie, the firm which provides legal support to the Feuars Managers, gave an opening address at the meeting.

He said the six organisations chosen ‘resonated’ with the aims of the Feuars.

The Buchan Pipe band, in existence for more than 40 years, won five piping championships this year and will use the Feuars’ donation to help buy new uniforms.

The Destiny Centre is a new project which feeds and clothes the needy in Peterhead.

Their aim is to ensure no child goes hungry or short of clothing over the winter.

The League of Friends for Peterhead and Ugie Hospitals are using the £500 granted to them to furnish a family room to support patient relatives in their time of need.

The Methodist Church in Peterhead have a huge community work programme in the town.

They run programmes for all ages of young people, caring for all needs and tastes.

Peterhead Aged and Infirm give advice and provide transport and holiday accomodation to old and infirm Buchan residents.

The group are using the grant to support all their initiatives.

The final receipents of the Feuars Managers funding were the Peterhead Street Pastors.

The Pastors are made up of 15 volunteers who provide support on evenings and weekends to people who have been out drinking and are in distress.

They offer to escort vulnerable people home, provide bottle tops to combat drink spiking and hand out flip flops to people walking in bare feet.

They applied for funding because they are expecting the Christmas and New Year period to be especially busy.