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Denny and Dunipace Hertitage Society

30 May 2016

The Denny and Dunipace Heritage Society brings together people who are interested in researching, recording, preserving and protecting the historical, archaeological and architectural heritage of the area. Key activities include collecting photographs, documents, memories and other material relating to the area for the benefit of future generations.

With the Earlsburn Community fund support, the Heritage Society were able to supplement the costs associated with a large scale commemorative Gala Day celebrating their 10th anniversary, attended by between 4500 and 5000 people - a third of the local population.

With overwhelming support from the local community, and a great deal of careful planning and management of the event by Heritage Society committee members, the Gala Day was a resounding success, exceeding all expectations.

Combined with money raised from running Quiz Nights, selling Back Packs in local stores, writing to local businesses for support and social media promotion, the grant of £4000 awarded by the Earlsburn Community Fund helped to cover the cost of organising the event, hiring stages, licence fees, erection of stalls, and the provision of traditional goodie bags for children.

The event had 23 stalls, mainly held by local small businesses within the Falkirk area and charitable organisations. Other attractions included fun rides for smaller children, dog shows, birds of prey, pony rides, face painting, Teddy Bears picnic, dance shows; demonstations from local groups such as Taekwondo, wrestling and football clubs; as well as races for all age groups, and tug of war for adults.

A third of those who attended were children from the five primary schools within the catchment area of Denny & Dunipace, for whom the Gala Day provided both a fun day out and an opportunity to engage with the community and its heritage. From the feedback received by the Heritage Society, the event was well received by all within the community, including those who had moved to the area in the last 10-12 years.

Support from the Earlsburn Community Fund proved vital in enabling the Heritage Society to set up a sub-group, tasked with the arranging and managing of the event. On the day itself, over 100 people visited the centre, many of whom made enquiries on how the Heritage Society operate and showing a keen interest in learning about the area’s history and industry. It is hoped this will result in a growing membership.

Much of the feedback received from the Gala Day contains requests to make the Event an annual occasion to bring back a sense of belonging and pride within the Denny & Dunipace community.

To this end, the new sub-group is looking to become a constituted body in its own right, enabling the Heritage Society to carry this event and other planned events forward. By doing so, the community, the Heritage Society and all those businesses, organisations and groups who took part in the anniversary Gala Day can continue to benefit from such vibrant community engagement long into the future.

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