MSP Welcomes Falkirk Schools’ Awards for All Scotland Success


Two schools in the Falkirk East district have been awarded funding from Awards for All Scotland, totalling £12,504. Larbert High School received £8,004, which will fund the purchasing of equipment in the sport of gymnastics and Carrongrange School received £4,500 to fund programmes in the preforming arts for its pupils with additional needs.


These grants from Awards for All are just two of 285 that were awarded by the National Lottery fund last week totalling £2,015,070. These relatively small grants are targeted at local communities and have proven very beneficial for the groups the support. 


Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East commented:

It brings me joy to congratulate both Larbert High School and Carrongrange in their award. These local primary and upper level schools are an important component of the community and their services provide an opportunity for pupils to broaden their horizons. It is programmes such as this that will help create a rich environment for them to grow up in.”


Awards for All Advisor said:

Awards for All Scotland gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for a projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people in most need. We will fund a range of projects which involve bringing local people together, helping people learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active.

Calor Gas Ltd. Announces Introduction of Renewable Biopropane for British Market from 2016

Last week SHV Energy, parent company to Calor Gas, announced a contract had been made with NESTÈ Oil Corp. to sell biopropane throughout Europe. Great Britain was identified as one of five potential European countries for distribution. On Friday of last week (October 17th) Calor Gas Ltd., held a press event to announce that the company would by 2016 make sustainable biopropane available for home heating and transport in the UK. The initial amount of biopropane made available each year could heat 30,000 homes, and as availability increases this number will likely grow.

Biopropane could have a major impact on household heating in Great Britain. It will provide consumers who already use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) a means of utilizing sustainable energy without having to pay for new boilers and heaters. Biopropane is the first “drop-in” renewable heating and transport fuel made available in Great Britain, and will help Scotland reach its goal of a 42% reduction in emissions by 2020.

Calor Gas Ltd. is has its Scottish headquarters in Grangemouth, and local MSP Angus MacDonald said today that,

“The announcement from Calor Gas comes as welcome news to my constituency and Scotland. Renewable energy initiatives such as this help Scotland continue to be an inspiration for other countries striving to reduce emissions and helps Scotland reduce its dependence on fossil fuels in an affordable manner.”

In September Nestè Oil announced that it would be making a €60 million investment in biopropane production. The biopropane will be produced from waste product of Nestè biodiesel refining process, and in its agreement with SHV energy they will supply some 160,000 tons of biopropane over a four-year period. This deal is the first of its kind and could deliver over 2.2TW of renewable energy.

Stephen Rennie, Managing Director of Calor Gas Ltd. wrote in a press release last week:

“We are very excited about this development as it shows that LPG, via biopropane, has a long term future in the British energy market and has a major part to play in helping Britain achieve its renewable targets.”

A public information notice from Falkirk Council: Residents warned over possible benefits letter scam






Local residents across the Falkirk Council area who are in receipt of benefits are being warned of a potential scam letter that is circulating in the area.


Supposedly coming from Falkirk Council’s ‘Fraud Division’ and Scottish Government, the letter explains that the resident has been selected to take part in a future survey that would involve a visit from two officials at a pre-arranged time to complete a questionnaire.


The letter explains that as part of anti-fraud measures, visits would be taking place across the Falkirk area in the next 12 months.


The letter is contained in a plain white envelope with a printed name and address sticker and has a stamp instead of the usual pre-paid postage mark.


Falkirk Council and Police Scotland are both investigating and have expressed their concerns over the letter.


A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government are not carrying out any research into fraud and we are warning every household to be alert to this potential scam.


“We are not aware of any appointments being made but if you should receive a letter similar to this we would urge you to contact our fraud hotline on 01324 501282.


“If we do carry out door to door house visits, staff will present their id and are happy to wait until you have satisfied yourself that they are there legitimately.”


The alarm was first raised by a vigilant resident in Redding who contacted Falkirk Council when she received the letter initially.


Inspector Chris Stewart of Police Scotland's Forth Valley Division said: “The local community should be aware of this potential scam and should report any concerns they have to the fraud hotline.


It is important that we raise awareness amongst all sections of the community and we would encourage everyone within the community to make their friends and family aware of this potential scam.


Should anyone arrive at your house, our advice is to request identification before allowing anyone into your home. If you have any concerns in relation to someone at your house then contact Police Scotland on 101.”


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