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Welcome funding for Carse of Gowrie community project

Members of the  congregation of St Madoes and Kinfauns Parish Church being shown round the project by Sandy Farmer, director of Algo (second from left).
Members of the congregation of St Madoes and Kinfauns Parish Church being shown round the project by Sandy Farmer, director of Algo (second from left).

An ambitious £1.5 million community project for the Carse of Gowrie has received a funding boost.

St Madoes and Kinfauns Parish Church is celebrating the news that it is to be awarded nearly £42,000 of funding from SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust) for the Madoch Centre Community Facilities for All Project.

Work started on the year-long build by Perthshire company Algo in September.

The aim of the project is to provide high quality, purpose-built recreational facilities for the community of St Madoes and the wider Carse of Gowrie.

As well as improving the quality of life for local residents by providing recreational facilities the idea is to increase physical activity across all ages through provision of a games hall, sports activities and local clubs.

The centre will also combat social isolation, acting as a social hub, community cafe and a place for community groups to meet.

All build costs have been met through volunteer fundraising efforts and the SUEZ Communities Trust funding will provide much-needed furniture for the centre.

Anthea Bircham, the Madoch Centre development group coordinator, was delighted by the funding.

“The grant from Suez Communities is really encouraging for everyone involved in the project,” she said.

“Their funding will help us make the new centre a high quality and multi-purpose facility for our community.”

The community fundraising for the project hit the news last year when the Reverend Marc Bircham, minister of St Madoes and Kinfauns Parish Church, threw himself at the mercy of the public.

He travelled around Scotland for five days visiting various locations and landmarks, carrying out a series of bizarre tasks, physical challenges and “random acts of kindness” along the way.

Mirroring the Yes Man film starring Jim Carrey, Mr Bircham had absolutely no idea where he would end up or what he would be doing as the Facebook audience decided, with the highest bidder choosing the next day’s random task.

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