Community summer planning gets under way before Christmas!

Gala success despite the weather - now more is planned in Hopeman.
Gala success despite the weather – now more is planned in Hopeman.

A MORAY COMMUNITY is aiming to turn the success of their local summer gala celebrations into a year-round community drive to ensure that momentum is not lost.

The Hopeman Gala week last summer proved to be one of the most successful ever – in no small way due to the fantastic community spirit in the coastal village.

Gala Convener Daren Nelson told insideMoray: “While for most people at this time of year Christmas is very much at the forefront of their thinking – but for myself and the Gala Committee it is a time when we remain busy in the planning stages.

“We all have a determination to match the success we enjoyed in the summer – and to take that forward into 2017.

“We are proud that in 2016 and with the support of people from throughout Moray we raised over £7000.  As usual our plan is for this to be returned to deserving causes within our community – and also to preserve the future sustainability of the Gala itself.

“After 42 years we believe that it is crucial to keep it going for future generations.”

There is a pride in Hopeman also for the success of their Young Citizen of the Year and Community Champions being established in place of a Gala Queen – and their aim for 2017 is to keep that momentum going to reflect the passion in the community for active citizenship.

Darren is hoping local small business owners might be willing to sponsor the Young Citizen award in 2017.  He said:  “Ideally, we are looking for a business that has a passion for community related matters and wants to inspire Moray’s youth to form positive role models within our society.

“The financial outlay wouldn’t be that great – the overall winner’s shield has already been provided by Pat Bray and would be returned yearly. The rewards for both the sponsor and our community, though, would be huge, as the endorsement of a public/private partnership could inspire teenagers at a far greater level than the Gala Committee can do alone.”

Any business that wishes to discuss becoming more involved in the Hopeman Gala next year is being asked to contact Darren by Email to