Longcraig Activity Centre Update

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Looking forward to a fab 2023 at Longcraig!

New Building / grant success 

Just before Christmas, we received the very welcome news that Longcraig was awarded a substantial grant from sportscotland’s Facilities Improvement Programme, which provides funding throughout Scotland for projects just like ours, namely upgrades and expansions of sport facilities. 

Although the grant was awarded in principle several months earlier, it took some time for all the paperwork to be assembled and loaded and accepted, then we had to wait to agree upon the formal announcement from sportscotland, which was issued in parallel with a similar announcement within Scouting. If you missed this exciting news please click here.

This funding, combined with funds already committed by our own Regional Executive, now means that we can forge ahead with the planned upgrades of our indoor facilities at Longcraig. 

We met with the architect and the selected construction company on 4th January, and a few days later they commenced work at the Centre. 

So far, it’s been more demolition than building, as they have had to remove much of the old toilets and showers area, to make way for better insulation, new installations, and upgraded levels of comfort inside. At the same time, our changing facilities are being modified and upgraded to make them more appropriate and we’re also including a completely new separate area for less mobile people and others with additional support needs. Here’s a few photos of the work so far. 

We’ll keep you posted over the next month or two, the builders are confident they will be completed the work before our summer season starts, however, we have planned for a few contingencies at the start of the season – just in case! 

Bookings Opening

Planning for success with the building project, we have set up our database for 2023 taking account of bad tide days, and other disruptions and we aim to open up our 2023 Bookings Calendar on Friday 24th February. We’ll have the same online booking process as last year, most of the feedback from users indicated that everyone was very pleased with this and we hope it will continue to serve its purpose. The online calendar will show at a glance what days are available for bookings to be made. 

In the meantime, we appreciate that some Groups look for specific events or some linked booking slots at times to match their programmes. If your Group does have a specific requirement like this, we encourage you to get in touch over the next few weeks, BEFORE the main bookings calendar is opened. If we can help you to fulfil your plans, we will, But don’t leave it until it’s too late!  Get in touch at bookings@longcraig.info 

BBC Winterwatch (Longcraig on the telly – almost!) 

We were delighted to be able to host the BBC in late January to support their Winterwatch series. Making use of the boatshed where we normally keep our safety boats, their crews were able to provide live nighttime outside broadcasts of nature and wildlife on the Forth Estuary, with of course the wonderful backdrop of the three Forth Bridges as an added bonus! The boatshed helped provide them with an amount of shelter from any wind, cold or rain. You can find it all on iPlayer if you missed it! And they had video footage of the whale that came to visit last March! 

Volunteering?

Over the winter months, we are holding a number of opportunities for potential volunteers to drop in and see what we do.  

All we ask is that you pre-register with us so we know how many are likely to come along (and we can arrange the necessary facilities/resources)        

As Longcraig itself is now under the control of the building company, we are unable to meet there for these gatherings.  However, we do hope that we might be able to have an external walkabout for those unfamiliar with the Centre and it’s location! 

The dates set up for this are as follows: 

Sunday 12 February at 13.00 – this one will be in Dalmeny Village Hall. You can find it here: https://goo.gl/maps/FEt2TUDAQmdiEKZG7 and a useful transport link is the Lothian Buses No. 43 stops just outside the door, it runs approximately every 20 minutes.

 - Saturday 25 March at 12.00 – venue TBA (more details later)

These meetings will be held at the time shown above, starting off with soup and sandwiches, followed by some brief presentations and an opportunity to discuss what we do and how we do it. And, more importantly, how you might fit into that too! And we will have people on hand to answer any questions that you may have too!

Please simply contact us at getinvolved@longcraig.info with your preferred meeting date and your contact details.

We’ll take care of the rest! 

Money for Nothing!

Remember you can help us raise funds for Longcraig to support training and equipment upgrades every time you go shopping (online). It costs you nothing, but every time you shop from one of the 7000+ retailers we will get a donation from the retailer. 

We’re not asking you to dip into your pockets – we’re pretty certain lots of other groups and organisations do a  great job at that!  

We’ve teamed up with Easyfundraising, which works with over 7000 retailers and service providers who are willing to make donations to charities (such as ourselves) every time a customer makes an online order. It doesn’t cost anything extra for the customer – indeed there are sometimes special offers and additional discounts available – but every order with a signed up retailer can help. 

To get started, you need to sign up to Easyfundraising on behalf of Longcraig Scout Centre HERE.

Please remember to use Easyfundraising every time you shop online! Over 7,000 brands will donate, so you can raise FREE donations for us no matter what you’re buying. These donations really help us out, so please sign up if you haven’t yet. It’s easy and FREE!