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Scotland’s Towns Tea Party 2019

Join Scotland’s Towns Partnership for our annual meeting of all those involved in supporting towns and improvement districts. An opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s towns as places for local communities and businesses.

Hear from our community-focussed, keynote speakers who will share their journeys and experiences. Catch up with town and community advocates from across the country, share ideas and get inspired!

We’ll also hear from the 2018 Future Town Design Competition winner and launch this year’s competition. Event Host, STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks will cover our Annual General Meeting business matters. Please see provisional agenda.

STP members can RSVP for free here.

Non-members are very welcome to attend, and can purchase a ticket here (£15 + VAT). Alternatively, become a member today and enjoy a range of exclusive benefits!


Provisional Agenda

1330    Towns Tea Party Afternoon Tea and Networking

1415    Welcome & AGM Business

         Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership

  • To consider and approve Financial Accounts for Year to end 31 March 2018
  • To seek members’ approval to consider and review accountants for the next year.
  • Election of Directors in the period from AGM 2018 to date.

1430    Scotland’s Towns Partnership: A Review on the Company’s Progress and Future Plans

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership.

1440    Love Local, Creative Communities


            / The Town is the Venue / The Town is the Garden – Huntly

            Petra Pennington, Art and Community Worker, Deveron Projects 

Deveron Projects is an arts organisation based in Huntly, a market town in the north east of Scotland with a population of 4,500. They have worked here with the history, context and identity of the town since 1995. Working with the idea that the town is the venue, they create socially engaged projects that connect artists, communities and places.


Creative spaces – Stirling

            Joe Hall, Director, Creative Stirling

            Creative Stirling started life in 2012 as a small collective of creatives working together to support grass-root arts and culture in Stirlingshire. There are here to encourage and support local talent and to offer something new and creative, for all our community to enjoy. Starting life as a pop-up project, the ‘Made in Stirling’ store is a community gallery, workshop and shop, which is where people can easily find and engage with Creative Stirling.

1510    Q & A

1520    Future Town Design Competition Winner 2018

Sam Hey of #TeamHamish, a community organisation affiliated with Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise (NICE)

1540    #FTDC19 Launch

1545    Networking (Close 1630)