ABERNYTE HERITAGE GROUP
MINUTES OF THE 17TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
15TH NOVEMBER 2005
Apologies; Nancy Rattray,Sue Vardy,Gordon Nicoll, Stephen and Mairhi Hole,Christina Khazaka, Ian and Pat Roberts, Morag and Stuart Gordon, Mandy Forbes
Minutes of the 16th AGM;
The meeting approved these. Proposed Barry Caudwell, seconded Heather Berger.
Anne Davies reviewed the year’s achievements and thanked the committee members and the community for their continuing support. Progress had been made on all fronts and in particular the February lecture by Mr J Sherriff of RCAMS and the move of the the Annual Barbeque to late August were very successful.
Margaret Carr reviewed the accounts and advised the meeting that excluding the funds received from Awards For All which were ring fenced for the Oral History Project, the small surplus was satisfactory. The accounts were approved. Proposed Malcolm McSwan, seconded Tony Pepper.
Election of Office Bearers
All of the office bearers were available for re-election and as there were no other nominations they were re-elected. All members of the committee were also re-elected and the President advised that the committee would like to co-opt Bill McConnell who has particular professional expertise in conservation and preservation .This was agreed by the meeting.
Millenium Glebe Walk.
Malcolm McSwan reported that replacement planting had been carried out and the seats and gate renovated. The annual maintenance had been difficult due to the weather and similar maintenance will be required next Spring . He particularly thanked Ian Duncan and John Barton for their work and encouraged the community to continue to use the walk and make any suggestions.
This is an ongoing activity. Members are asked to pass on any names and memories to assist the compilation of the old field names in the area .
Mary Young advised the meeting of the progress made to date and the good news that funding of £4800 from the Awards for All Lottery fund was a major step forward. A team of helpers was assisting with further research and are working to a timetable to report back to the Lottery by September 2006 by which time it is hoped the book will be ready for publication. Ian and Pat Roberts are assisting in compiling the photographs and the recordings on Mini-disc may be transferred to CD with Ailleen Logie’s assistance. Eve Duncan and Pat Roberts are also compiling a data-base from the Valuation roles. A visit for the Researchers to Dundee Archives is planned for the evening of 1st December and other interested members would be welcome.
Malcolm McSwan ,on behalf of Gordon Nicoll reported on the progress on the web site. All the items discussed last year have been implemented and the site now included audio files so that extracts from the oral history project can be included. Some aspects are still under development . Gordon and his son Alistair were congratulated and thanked for their hard work and the community were very proud that they have such a professional and attractive site.
Cathy Caudwell spoke to the meeting and advised that a Nature Watch section for the site is being planned which would include important events ,sightings, dates etc. Anyone with information or ideas should get in touch with her or Gordon or Stephen.
Whats On .
Stephen Hole had supplied a report on this very successful feature through the Secretary. The membership is now over 90 and usage is increasing. The meeting thanked Stephen for his efforts on this increasingly useful resource. Stephen advised that as a result of discussion last year,he had identified a portable microphone system at a cost of about £180. It was agreed that the committee should look at the potential users and decide on a purchase.
Tony Pepper reported that he continues to compile and maintain the scrapbooks and that he welcomes any cuttings, programmes, photographs etc. The President encouraged all members of the community to continue to feed information to Tony.
The President led an open discussion covering the following:
The annual walk is planned for Saturday 8th April 2006. The route is expected to follow the Nyte Burn starting at The Ford and continuing to around Baledgarno. Full arrangements will be publicised in due course.
Professor Chris Whately has agreed to give an illustrated talk in the School on Tuesday 14th March 2006. He is one of the premier experts in Scottish history and he will talk on the controversy of the Union of Scotland and England, did Scotland sell out for English gold?, and how involved were the local MPs of the time .
After the success of the 2005 BBQ it is planned that the 2006 event will follow similar lines and timing. The planned date is the first Friday of the new school term- Friday 23rd August 2006
Carse of Gowrie Paths Project.
John Barton reported that the project had not progressed as expected as the Access Officer of P&K Council had not yet met with Rossie Priory estate. Meetings are planned in the near future and any developments will be publicised.
Trees and Hedgerows
Malcolm McSwan reported that not much progress had been made although there is a possibility of a large scale initiative taking off in the near future.Some sites for improvement have been identified in the locality and it is hoped to get agreements with landowners and the Roads department.
Norman Alm led a discussion on the possibility of aquiring a village hall , the pros and cons and the alternatives. It was agreed that Norman will continue to take soundings from the community and investigate the possibility further.
School Centenary 2006
The staff and pupils are considering various options to celebrate this event. Suggestions from the community are welcome.
The various publications based on Abernyte’s past have been reprinted and copies are available to be purchased from committee members.
The possibilities of using our collection of photographs to publish a calendar , a booklet or CD was raised and will be further investigated.
The President closed the meeting by thanking the approximately twenty five members and guests for their attendance and support. A potluck supper followed with further discussion and examination of photographs and records