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Menstrie Community Council

Message from the Chair, August 2011

It seems like eons since I last put pen to paper (so to speak) for Menstrie Matters and it has been a busy time with lots happening in and around our village.

The Gala week was once more a great success, although this year I have to take my hat off to Linda for the week's activities and Andrew Noon for the Gala Day and overseeing the whole event.

For health reasons I had decided to step down as Chair of the Gala Committee and Andrew took up the reins. His efforts were rewarded with a well organised and successful week. It now appears that I am well and truly sacked, although I may keep one eye on what's happening next year.

One of my last duties was Music in the Gardens. I thoroughly enjoyed the event but have one wish. Surely, we have more local musicians who could take part? It's not the X Factor but an afternoon of music for all. If anyone is around who can help us promote this for next year, please get in touch.

I would make one negative comment, we spent the morning putting up marquees and gazebos, trying hard to avoid the dog poo in the grass especially over by the burn. Please! - dog owners who don't bag and bin: Remember our children play in the gardens and the cleanest of dogs carry diseases that affect them. We all like to walk in the gardens and on the paths. Disposable bags are free from the Dumyat Centre. Please be responsible, and bag and bin YOUR dog's poo.

On a different note, you will be aware that the council has implemented change due to budget cuts. One of these was to be that we would not get our hanging baskets and tubs this year. Well, with much haranguing, we managed to persuade them that we, the Community Council, would take on the task. I took a while but we eventually took delivery of baskets, tubs and spare plants. What we didn't have was compost and believe me, it takes a lot to fill the amount of receptacles we now have. After a few phone calls and emails we were delighted to accept assistance from local company, Beatsons Building Supplies, who supplied and delivered the compost for a really good price, right to my doorstep. A pleasant Sunday was spent planting almost 500 flowers into baskets and half barrels. My personal thanks to Caroline Crawford, Andrew Noon and my long suffering better half, Liz.

Best wishes
Les Sharp, Chairman
Menstrie Community Council

August 2011

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