Motion: Centenary of Robin Jenkins’ Birth

Centenary of Robin Jenkins’ Birth
That the Parliament acknowledges that 11 September 2012 marks the centenary of the birth of the author, Robin Jenkins; notes that his writing examined social hypocrisy and the ambiguities of morality, integrity and idealism; understands that, in addition to his published works, Mr Jenkins was known for his status as a conscientious objector and his membership of the Independent Labour Party; believes that, as with too many talented individuals, Mr Jenkins’ contribution to the arts and society in Scotland was not acknowledged until the end of his life; welcomes what it considers the belated recognition conferred on Mr Jenkins by his appointment as an OBE in 1999 and being presented with the Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002, and, to mark this centenary, recommends reading what it considers his landmark work, The Cone Gatherers.

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Motion: Big Lottery Fund June Awards to Highlands and Islands

Big Lottery Fund June Awards to Highlands and IslandsThat the Parliament welcomes the continuing support given by the Big Lottery Fund to community projects across Scotland; notes in particular that, in June 2012, over £2 million of funding was granted to projects big and small in the Highlands and Islands; recognises the substantial sums awarded to three schemes under the second stage of the Investing in Communities programme in the Highlands and Islands, namely Isle of Luing Community Trust, Golspie Recycling and Environmental Action Network and the SHIRLIE project; understands that these projects aim to develop the Atlantic Islands Centre in Cullipool, create 19 new sustainable jobs and help adults with additional support needs to find jobs respectively; lauds the combination of numerous small grants and larger grants to 49 other projects across the Highlands and Islands in both island communities and small towns and villages; considers these grants to be vital to the existence of such projects in difficult economic circumstances, and looks forward to more projects across the country benefiting from schemes such as the Big Lottery Fund.