Guildry open for Travel Awards

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The Guildry of Brechin is once again inviting applications from young people or Brechin, or the surrounding area, for a Travel Award to assist with the costs of an interesting overseas project.

Any young person living or studying in Brechin, or with connections to Brechin, is welcome to apply for a Travel Award.

Each year the Dean of Guild awards several hundred pounds to help young people from Brechin with the costs of overseas travel, which may be for work experience, educational purposes, conservation or other worthwhile projects, or simply for experience of different places and people.

Applications outlining the candidate’s travel plans and contact details, and any enquiries, should be addressed by letter or e-mail to the Guild Clerk, Tim Ambrose. Letters should be addressed to Tim Ambrose, Guild Clerk, Gowan Court, Little Brechin, DD9 7QY. Emails should be sent to timambrose1954@hotmail.com. Applications should be submitted before Sunday, March 26.

Applicants will be interviewed to discuss their plans, and Awards will be made at the discretion of the Dean, Lord Dalhousie.

Successful applicants will be asked to report back to the Guildry during their trip (for example by postcard, letter or e-mail) to describe their experience and to submit a brief report on their return outlining where they went, what they did, and what they thought about their experience.

Each year, the Guildry of Brechin awards several hundred pounds to assist local young people to travel abroad on educational and other worthwhile projects.

Over recent years destinations have included Belgium, France, Romania, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Honduras, the USA, Canada and Cuba.

The Guildry of Brechin is a member of the Court of Deans of Guild of Scotland.

The Court is made up of the Deans of 11 of the surviving Scottish Guildries and it meets every year in Spring for its Annual General Meeting (this year in Berwick-upon-Tweed on May 23) and also in October for an Autumn Meeting.

The Guildry calendar includes the “Kirkin’ o’ the Guildry” ceremony in Brechin Cathedral in early Summer, (this year on Sunday, May 31) and the Guildry Dinner in the Mechanics’ Institute on the first Friday in December.