The big Jubilee bunting effort

Lairg & District Learning Centre, Kyle of Sutherland Community Trust, Lairg & District Initiatives, Bradbury Centre and The Hub worked together with Sutherland Deputy Lieutenant Christine Mackay to create a handmade bunting for the Jubilee celebrations.

The team at Bonar Bridge Fire Brigade have supported the celebrations in putting up all the bunting.
Clients at The Bradbury Centre cut out the squares with Zoe and Rebecca from LDLC.
The bunting was sewn and put together by KoSDT volunteers at The Hub marquee.
Clients at The Bradbury Centre cut out the squares with Zoe and Rebecca from LDLC.
The bunting was sewn and put together by KoSDT volunteers at The Hub marquee.

In an inspiring example of partnership work and community spirit the communities of Creich, Lairg and Ardgay have come together to craft a bunting using waste materials ahead of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

Rebecca Dunphy, Project Manager at LDLC for the Highland Community Waste Partnership said, “This project, managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, brings eight organisations from around the Highlands together to collaborate on initiatives which focus on reducing food waste; tackling single use items; and increasing the use of pre-loved, repaired and shared goods. When Beth was looking into bunting for the Jubilee she felt there was an opportunity for us to get creative instead of purchasing bunting that would only be used for one occasion. We wanted to make something that can be used time and time again and isn’t event specific. I have a sewing background so did some thinking and figured feedbags would be a good material to use as they are sturdy, weather resistant and many local crofters have a pile of them.”

“I reached out to Cara Cameron at Lochview Rural Training Centre in Lairg and she was more than happy to give some feedbags for us to use. Crofters often have to collect these bags for quite some time before they can take them to a specific facility to be recycled. Aileen, our new Manager at LDLC, also discovered that the first ever Gala Day bunting was made from feedbags!”

“It has been a truly collaborative process and we are so grateful to all the volunteers that have come out to help!”

Beth Simco, Contracts Officer at KoSDT said, “The main rationale behind the bunting making was to be more environmentally mindful. We didn’t buy anything new – all items were donated, and were all reused e.g. old feed bags and bed sheets.”

“It was a great community effort, a massive thank you to all the volunteers!”

The bunting was finished and some more made for the new shelter put up in Lairg by LDCI at the Maker Space sessions run by LDLC.

The handmade bunting was complimented with the Gala Week’s bunting and the team at Bonar Bridge Fire brigade have kindly supported the celebrations in putting up all the bunting (handmade and Gala Week’s). The project was funded by Creich Community Council via KoSDT and coordinated by Christine Mackay.

 

Last Updated on 10 June, 2022 by Kyle Chronicle

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