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Community Micro-Grants

Moorfoot-Grants-LogoDo you run a small group or club in the Moorfoot Community Council Area?

Do you need funding for a small project?

Moorfoot Community Council can now offer small grants to help you.

Moorfoot Community Council Micro-Grants are awarded 3 times yearly to groups in the Moorfoot area to benefit the Moorfoot Community. These grants are intended to help small projects that would not be able to qualify for grant programmes such as the Carcant Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The process has been kept simple to reduce the administration involved – we just need to know what you want to do and who will benefit! Initially the grants are funded by the Community Council’s own reserves, but in future funds are likely to be further supported by the Carcant Wind Farm fund itself.

If you organise a club or community group in Moorfoot and have a project in mind, get in touch! Continue reading

Venue Change

It has been decided to change the venue of Community Council meetings with effect from the October 2012 meeting as we feel that the Moorfoot Primary School staff room is not suitable when we have visitors attending (sometimes without prior planning).

Meetings will now normally be held in the meeting room at North Middleton Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm, except in the months of April and August, when the meeting will be held in Temple Village Hall.


Moorflix, previously known as Temple Community Cinema, is about to begin its’ second full season showing films in the South Midlothian area.

This season films will be shown in all 3 of the Moorfoot village halls, so there will be a film showing near you.

The first showing of the 2011-2012 season will be True Grit (2011) in Temple Village Hall on 10th September.

The full programme is available on the Moorflix website, where you can also get details of costs, membership and read about “Moorfoot Community Films“.

Brass Band Concert

Moorfoot Community Council are organising their second Brass Band concert with Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band on Saturday 3rd December 2011 in North Middleton Village Hall at 7p.m.

Everyone who attended the previous concert in April this year greatly enjoyed the evening, so we hope to see even more of you at this “mid winter festival” event. (Just can’t type the “C” word in August….)

Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band, Scottish Champions 2010, will give a concert in North Middleton Village Hall, and during the interval you have the opprotunity to meet your local Community Councillors.

Doors open 7pm, concert starts at 7:30.

Bar Open from 7, during the interval and after the concert until 10:30

Tickets £5 (£3 concessions) available at the door or in advance from any Community Councillor (available October 2011).


The Scottish Community Foundation today announced the first five grants made from the SSE Moorfoot Community Fund. A panel of local residents worked with the Foundation to decide how the funds, generated by the Carcant Wind Farm, should be allocated.

Borthwick SWRI received £1,000 to hold a formal dinner in North Middleton village hall to celebrate its 90th anniversary; Moorfoot Primary School Parent Council received £1,000 towards employing a Forest Schools Co-ordinator; Moorfoot Community Council received £200 to help with printing of their annual community newsletter; Moorfoot Community Films (part of Temple Community Cinema) received £1,000 towards film making equipment, and Temple Village Hall Association has received £1,000 to buy 30 new padded chairs.

The Moorfoot Community Fund is administered by the Scottish Community Foundation on behalf of SSE. Approximately £4,600 is available each year for projects benefitting those living in the Moorfoot Community Council area. A panel of seven local people decides where the money goes. The panel includes a representative from each of the three village halls, plus four members of the Community Council.

Grants of between £200 and £1,000 are available, and priority is given to projects that will benefit a large number of people. Applications are considered once a year, with a deadline in early in March. For more information, or to request an application form for next year’s funding round, please contact Annabel Bath at the Scottish Community Foundation on 0131 524 0306 or email

A W Kerr MacGregor


A W Kerr MacGregor, known to everyone as Kerr, died suddenly 22nd March 2011.

For more than 30 years, Moorfoot Community Council has always had to rely on dedicated residents like Kerr to be able to continue. Kerr was a proud Scot, loved Scotland & thoroughly enjoyed living & raising his 4 children in Temple. Along with his day-to-day career, family time, his solar inventions, his music & widespread travelling, Kerr also found the time to bring a lot of his negotiating skills to the Community Council which he faithfully served from the early 1980’s until the end of 2009.

With his drive the Community Council achieved some excellent results, which include:-

  • The re-opening of the Temple/Carrington road which was closed for some time & planned to remain closed.
  • Kerr negotiated Funds from E-on towards Moorfoot Community Projects
  • More considerate conditions incorporated into Controversial Planning Applications such as Quarrying; Landfills & Shooting Ranges.
  • Midlothian Councils’ proposal to close both Borthwick & Temple Primary Schools – Although the closures did go ahead, M.C eventually agreed to a New Build of 1 rural school.
  • Rights of Way:- The Community fought to retain Rights of Way where new owners where trying to close them to walkers. In every case, the Rights of Way were retained or slightly diverted with Community consent.
  • The last goal Kerr set himself for his Community was the Twinning of Temple with Ivry-le-Temple in France. This is scheduled to be finalised this year.

Kerr will be sadly missed by all who knew him.