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RSPBA Chief Executive Ian Embelton, Chairman Gordon Hamill,Vice Chairman John Hughes and President George Ussher at this year’s RSPBA AGM


accepted these points and the vote and said that consideration would be given to electronic contest registration of bands in future.The AGM heard that the Grade 4 2 x 2 parted strathspey and reel rule was being looked at and may switch to four part tunes in future.


state of the Society’s finances, the Committee has decided to invite applications for the financial support of projects which will advance the Society’s aims, that is, the promotion of Lowland / Border music and the playing of cauld wind pipes. It has been decided that for each of the next three years, the Society will make available up to £2,000 for the support of suitable projects. Members will be invited to submit proposals prior to the dates of the annual competition and the Collogue. On each of these


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Lowland and Border Grants BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL


HE Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society has announced that given the current healthy


dates £1,000 will be available for award. Should the total sum available not be awarded on any occasion, the funds will ‘roll over’ and be available for subsequent award.Applicants must have been members of the Society for a minimum of six months before applying. To ensure transparency, no member of the Committee will be allowed to both apply for funding and be part of the group making the awards. An external, i.e. non- Committee, member will be invited to join the group making the awards – persons such as Presidents, past or present, would be appropriate. There will be no constraints on what


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