£120,000 grant funding to help community groups in north-east Fife

Duffus Park, CuparDuffus Park, Cupar
Duffus Park, Cupar
A charitable sheep dairy that offers work experience to people with additional support needs is among the beneficiaries of a £120,000 community grant.

Lucky Ewe, a registered charity based across Fife, is to receive over £21,000 from a non-settlement trust that aims to benefit those with disabilities.

The charity gives those with additional needs the opportunity to experience farming first-hand, building skills and experience and promoting health and wellbeing.

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Dr Joan Brown, chair of the charity's board, said the money will be used to set up a permanent base at Stratheden, just outside Cupar, in land beside the hospital currently owned by NHS Fife.

Lucky Ewe has submitted a request for a Community Asset Transfer of the land which is still being considered by the health board.

"What (the grant) means is we've got the slipway ready and we just need to build the boat," Dr Brown said.

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"It allows us to get on with it and not just sit and wonder where we'll get the funding.”

Cupar parks are also set to enjoy almost £100,000 of upgrades under other plans also agreed by Fife's North East Area Committee.

Councillors agreed to approve three new improvement projects for Duffus Park: repairs to the park's middle road, a raised walkway at the playpark's entrance to slow traffic and signage directing visitors to the toilets.

Another £90,000 has been approved for the creation of disability-friendly play equipment and accessibility work in parks across Cupar.

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Elsewhere, the committee has agreed to split £37,479 held by the Thomson Bequest between Age Concern in Newburgh and the Laing Library.

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