Abernyte Community Interest Company

AGM held on Thursday 18th January 2018 at Abernyte School.

Marianne White welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted a number of apologies for absence due to the weather and road conditions.

In accordance with the Constitution, three members of the committee (Marianne White, Gerard McGoldrick, and Malcolm McSwan) stood down and being available for re-election were re-appointed. All the other directors indicated their willingness to continue. It was stressed that the committee was open to anyone who wished to be appointed or co-opted for a particular project.


Malcolm McSwan presented the Company accounts and thanked Alan Vardy for his work in auditing them.  He reported on the expenditure and current position and the accounts were approved by the meeting.  There was a general discussion on the difficulty in raising funding support for small groups like ours and the current financial state of the Company was welcomed.

Summer Festival

It was reported that the annual Abernyte Summer Festival was a rousing success with the weather once more smiling kindly upon the event. A photo album of the day can been seen on the Abernyte website at https://www.abernyte.org/gallery#nanogallery/nanoGallery/6466279916783059121

Around £1600 was raised by the Festival with £850 being donated to Médecins sans Frontières the remainder retained to fund community projects and operating costs.

It was mentioned that costs and designs are being sought to explore the possibility of purchasing a marquee for community events.  The committee will explore this and report to the wider community once there are some options.

Parish Walk 2018

Phil Lacoux is arranging the highly successful Parish Walk for April 2018, the exact date to be notified nearer the time. This route is still being planned and if anyone has a particular request they should contact Phil directly. A suggestion was made that it includes a stop at the old Observer Post bunker on Abernyte Hill with a talk from the current owner.


Stephen Hole reported on the news@abernyte email group and noted that it has over 100 members. He commented that the send mail process is quite laborious to avoid being blocked for spamming hence the reason that only one person can circulate emails at present.  If anyone wished to assist in order to cover when Stephen is unable to provide the service and to generally deputise this role they are invited to contact Stephen directly.

Abernyte.org and Digital Archive

Gordon Nicoll reported that the website and Digital Archive continues to attract a reasonable number of visitors, around 500,000 in the past year.  The Digital Archive is mostly complete and plans for a further section on Rossie were outlined.  The need to update the underlying software was highlighted and Gordon said that this would be carried out during 2018 and may require both sites to be unavailable for a short time.  A full report on the website activities is available to view here: https://www.abernyte.org/community-company/551-agm-2017-website-update

Nest Boxes

Barry reported that the Barn Owl project had been much more successful in the past season, than previously and it was hoped that this will continue.

He reported on the spread and distribution of the migratory Siskin and number of which had been ringed in Abernyte and travelled widely around the UK.

Mary Young Lecture

Barry reported that this year’s Lecture will be on 15th March 2018 at Abernyte School when the topic will be the Monastic Granges and Orchards of the Carse.  The recent Lectures have all been extremely well attended and this year is expected to continue that. 

It was noted that the Mary Young Lecture continues what is a long and honourable tradition of public lectures in Abernyte with them having been delivered since at least 1881. The 1881 programme can be seen here: https://ada.abernyte.org/ContentItem_view.php?SelectedID=254

There being no other business the meeting closed and the pot luck supper commenced.