Present. RC. JH. IM. JA
Apologies. MA. BC
Mins. Last meeting. Approved JA. Seconded RC
Treasurer's report. Satisfactory
Lower Birks. Beech hedge, benches, and fence installed, now complete. A plaque to go up shortly
Reflective garden. Have planning permission, begin soon
Watering contract. Signed and returned
Baskets - Greens same as last year, Gatehouse peach, yellow, white, vivid pink
Co-op Fund. Interim payment will be made
Web page -. On going
Official opening of Lower Birks, suggested various musicians be asked to perform
Thrift shop 2019. Have been allocated week beginning 5th May
TAPIP balance allocation could be used towards plants etc
Next meeting 22nd March 2018,Town Hall middle room
Minutes AGM Move2improve 18/5/17
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2017
I want to start by thanking all the committee members for all their hard work and support in taking on projects, planting etc. I would like to thank Jim Adams, not only for being our Treasurer but also for the advice and help he has been to me this during some very trying times. The work our group do may be voluntary but it is often very complicated, frustrating and time consuming. I also want to thank our supporters who continue to plant various areas in the town and help out at our fundraising events etc. We also have the continuing support from a lot of the local businesses who sponsor our hanging baskets.
Throughout the past 12 months the committee members with the assistance of Community Support have carried out numerous refurbishment activities. The Stag on Crieff Road has been repainted, as have several benches at the Black Watch monument, 4 troughs at ABC nursery and the distillery barrows. The train at Girvan’s was repaired by the local Men’s Shed group.
The Flower Power competition was reinstated this year and attracted a high number of entries. The competition was judged by 2 ladies from Crieff in Bloom, who commented that the standard of entries was very high. I would like to thank the Co-Op for providing snacks and refreshments at the presentation of awards, also thanks to Moness who donated a lovely new trophy. Overall the competition was a big success and we will be continuing the Competition this year.
The M2I website was recently updated. New project descriptions and photographs were added, sections were decluttered and tidied up, the overall result was a more up-to-date and informative site.
For 2017, we have reduced the number of hanging baskets slightly to 126 to reduce costs. Our new suppliers Nairns of Elgin and Gatehouse provided stunning baskets last year which were much commented on by locals and visitors throughout the summer.
Our fundraising program this year consisted of 2 Ceilidhs, the Thrift Shop, the Christmas Tombola and a bag pack at the Co-op. While we all enjoyed the Ceilidh’s, the attendance was getting less and less, so regrettably we have had to stop doing them. I would like to thank all the performers who have supported us over the years. Our success in these events is due to the help and support we get from the community through volunteers, donation of goods for sale, raffle prizes etc. This year we raised £2,700 which is a fantastic amount, well done everyone.
The Lower Birks project has been challenging and at times very frustrating, but we’re almost ready to start onsite during the summer of 2017. Almost 85% of the funding for the project was secured in June’16 from Griffin & Calliachar Fund and from Perth & Kinross Community Environmental Challenge Fund. However, delays out with our control in obtaining the final amount from PKC Leader, has resulted in a delay of 6 months to the project. Tender documents have now been issued to contractors for costing.
Perth & Kinross Council have done a great job in clearing the site of trees and shrubs and as a result it has opened the space and allowed more light to come in which has already received very positive responses from the community.
We look forward to finally starting the project. Next year will be just as busy if not busier for Move2Improve.
Chair Aberfeldy Move2Improve