It has been announced this week that Clan Hay is among the clan societies to have been awarded funding by Event Scotland for its ambitious programme of events this summer.
Event Scotland, the national events agency operated by the Scottish Government, has awarded £2500 to the Clan Hay Society from its Scottish Clan Event Fund. This follows an application made by Treasurer Pam Rotheroe-Hay towards the cost of Clan Hay's events in Stirling this June.
Pam initially made the application several months ago on learning of the launch of the Scottish Clan Event Fund. She says: "It was most refreshing to hear that Event Scotland were offering support to the much needed development of clan events. We always enjoy welcoming clan members to our events and appreciate the effort they make to join us. Having gone to such trouble and expense, it goes without saying that we should be able to offer them a package of events to participate in."
The funding from Event Scotland is for Tartan Ties, a ceilidh and supper event which the Clan Hay Society will launch in Stirling this summer. Tartan Ties will take place at Blair Drummond Hall on Saturday 28th June. It's purpose is to bring together local communities and Clan Hay members and it is anticipated that Event Scotland's funding will contribute to making Tartan Ties a sustainable, annual event.
"In recent years, I have worked with other clans to provide such opportunities whilst keeping costs to a minimum," says Pam. "Our success in securing funding from Event Scotland will mean that we can develop our programmes and involve the local community in our events."
The Earl of Erroll, Chief of Clan Hay, said: "A huge thank you goes from the whole clan to Pam for spotting and securing support from Event Scotland for our events this year."
The Clan Hay Society's events programme for 2014 is now finalised and full details can be found by accessing the "2014 Programme" tab at the top of this page.