We recently received a Google Alert notifying us that a motion has been tabled by MSP Murdo Fraser for the parliament to congratulate the volunteers of the Loch of Shining Waters, we have published the motion below
This is a complete surprise to us and we would like to thank Murdo Fraser and the other MSPs that have supported this motion.
When we first launched this website, we had 2 main objectives, keep the local community up to date with developments in Lochgelly, and only use Open Source software, that is easy to install and use for a website, as a showcase of what can be achieved by individuals, non profits and businesses that want an online presence with a minimum of costs attached.
In the first couple of months, myself and Terry were very surprised at how popular the site was becoming in such a short time, we then expanded and formalised our Social Objectives to turn the site into an online community platform, for others to raise their issues of concern, provide feedback on local developments, and create their own articles.
We received a lot of support from the local community, and without that support, the site wouldn’t have developed into what it is today, so we are eternally grateful for all the support you have given this project.
This eventually led to us receiving a Better Net Award from Scotland Unltd and Nominet Trust, which has allowed us to purchase computing equipment and a digital camera for our volunteers to use. The award also provided funding for advertising and one issue of a community magazine, which we are hoping will get enough interest and support for a regular magazine to be published.
In all honesty, we never thought the site would be as popular as it was, and we never imagined when first setting up the site we would receive a Better Net Award, publish a magazine, and then get a mention in Parliament, and it was only possible through the support we’ve received from Lochgelly, and from the volunteers, and those that contribute their time and skills to develop Open Source software and scripts, thanks 😉
We will be adding a credits page shortly, to thank everyone involved.
Remember anyone can register an account and start publishing their own articles, so please join and share your views on Lochgelly and local developments. As always, if we can improve this site for you, let us know, we welcome all feedback whether positive or negative (it is the only way we can learn and make improvements to the site and group).