Abernyte Community Interest Company – 2020 AGM
Marianne updated us on the activities of the CiC throughout 2019. These included
• Abernyte Festival which raised money for the community and for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS)
• Mary Young Lecture was delivered by Ian Campbell on “Brewing Beer”
• Spring walk was organised by Phil Lacoux and too place in May
Malcolm presented the accounts which show Total income for 2019 to be £2,409 and expenditure of £2.161 which leaves a net surplus of £248.
Election of Office bearers
All Directors remain: Gerard Mcgoldrick, Norman Alm, Gordon Nicol, Barry Caudwell, Ian Campbell, Claudia Lacoux, Malcolm McSwan (Treasurer), Marianne White (Chair), Mary Shrimpton (Secretary)
Abernyte School Update (Gerard McGoldrick)
• Scottish Government have called in the decision by PKC to close Abernyte School
• So, PKC have made a legal Petition to the Court of Sessions in Edinburgh against ministers disputing the call in.
• The Government have agreed to suspend the independent review whilst this court case goes forward.
• So, basically all parties have QC's who will go through the legal process and once decided the Call-In will restart. This may take a few months.
• We need to let the court case run its course and enjoy the fact that our kids continue to receive an amazing, tailored education, filled with fun, freedom and the support from our community and councillors.
Barry Caudwell would like it minuted that CiC are fully behind the Abernyte School Parent Council work to keep the school open.
Tree Planting in Abernyte (Ron Neville)
Planning underway to plant native tree in and around the village involving support form landowners and members of the community. A tree planting day is being planned for February 2020 and further details will be published on What’s On Abernyte
CPR Training Update (Ron Neville)
CPR training was last provided in 2018 and an update is due. Ron will arrange this.
The K9 Bio Lantern System (Lucy Proctor)
Lucy gave an interesting presentation on the K9 Bio Lantern digester system that turns dog (and other) poo into light with the added benefit of leaving paths clear.
Wildlife and Conservation Update (Barry Caudwell)
Barry updated us on the local bird population. The Barn Owl box (Glebe) having had its most successful year according to Barry’s records.
PKC are launching Biodiversity Villages Scheme. Barry will keep us up to date about this scheme
Oil Cartel (Stephen Hole)
Abernyte Heritage Walk (Phil Lacoux)
The was the 29th year of the annual walk. Thirteen people completed the 6 mile walk via Whitehills, Four-mile wood, and had lunch at Pitkindie.
Dates for your diary
Mary Young Lecture – 19th March
Parish Walks – 9th or 16th May (dates to be confirmed)
Abernyte Festival or alternative event
AGM – January 2021
Proposal that the Abernyte festival is biennial. Agreed to discuss further at next meeting.
Gordon Nicol took us on a trip back in time to launch the Book “Abernyte at the Heart of History” which is available to purchase online at https://abernyte.org/buy-abernyte-books
Gordon also gave us a presentation of rare Victorian era Magic Lantern slides that he has transferred to digital format.