St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group Meet Their First Fundraising Target

St. Rufus Park Regeneration Group are well on their way to providing a park for all ages and abilities.  The voluntary group, consisting of local residents, got together at the end of 2015 and have raised money through various fundraising events and generous donations.  This year they have been in a position to start applying for grants.  Now with 2 large grants to add to their fundraising efforts they now have the funding in place to undertake phase 1.


Gail Duncan, Chairperson for SRPRG said “SRPRG are delighted to be awarded not one but two grants this week. The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund and Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund have both awarded us £15,000 making a total of £30,000 for SRPRG to install an outdoor gym into St Rufus Park.  We are so chuffed for the continued local support and now we can get phase 1 underway….watch out for a new 7 piece outdoor gym to enjoy day or night!”


In total, £61,513.99 was awarded to local groups from Hill of Towie Community Fund, provided by wind farm developers, RES.  £325 was awarded to Boharm SWI for their annual outing.  £550 was given to Drummuir and Botriphinie for village flowers. Drummuir 21 was given £1,121.59 to reprint the Fumac the Good book, written by Ron Smith from Keith.  £3,000 was awarded to Keith Football Club for a covered disabled spectator’s area.  Keith Primary School Frog Squad received £5,000 towards playground developments.  £3,000 was also awarded to Keith Grammar School Parent Council to help send 12 pupils to California for the MATE ROV finals. Keith’s Men Shed received £6,020 for woodworking tools.  Keith & District Sports Trust were awarded £10,000 towards the cost of new groundsman shed at Simpson Park. Boharm Public Hall received £17,497.40 for a digital piano, paving around the hall and car markings and signs.


SRPRG have high hopes for the park and will now be working towards phase 2, a kid’s adventure trim trail.  Gail Duncan said “We chose to focus Phase 1 on adult equipment as this made us eligible for a wider range of grants, due to the fact that this opened up the park to a wider age range.  Phase 2 is focused on providing children’s equipment, and we hope that the successful execution of Phase 1 will encourage grant providers to fund Phase 2”.

In addition to the adult equipment in Phase 1, the group recently purchased 2 children’s excavators and are hoping they will be installed soon (with funding having been provided by the STV Appeal to assist with this purchase).  The recent Chivas ResponsibALL day also saw a new basketball hoop installed, along with painting, gardening and a general tidy up of the park.