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Menstrie Community Council

Chairman's Report to AGM, October 2011

I start this report with whole hearted congratulations to Andrew and Linda for giving us (despite the weather) a superb Fete week and Gala Day. There was something for everyone and I know that those who attended enjoyed every minute of it. The car treasure hunt was a great night.

I would normally take this opportunity to look back at the year's events and what we have achieved in the village. This year has been somewhat different in that we have not really seen many tangible results.

With the Council cutbacks and consolidations, it feels like most of the year has been spent in meetings trying to keep our community's facilities together.

We were informed that there would be no floral displays this year: We took it upon ourselves to ensure that we did have some display around the village centre, despite the powers that be 'losing' our hanging baskets. The tubs and baskets around the village now belong to us and we will ensure that, not only are they planted up, but that we improve on the displays year by year.

The Dumyat Centre has, for some years, seen a service that was not up to scratch. After many meetings, discussions and lots of work behind the scenes, we are moving towards a much improved centre, service and provision for our village. You will see invitations to a 're-launch' of the centre posted around the village sometime in late November. Come along and see what your centre has to offer.

The woodlands have been looking a bit tired of late and I have been in discussions with Council officials to assist us by using the Community Payback scheme, where offenders are given work in the community. They will work on tidying up the woodland path from the eastern end of the path through to the entrance at the Church, allowing us to then plant up and keep the area looking good.

Should anyone be interested in getting involved with the woodlands, I would be delighted to talk to them.

The Community Council meets each month and takes on issues that face our community. Each member of the Community Council represents your interests and therefore should be prepared to work towards resolving any issues that affect us. We are one of the more active Community Councils in the county and I firmly believe that our role is one of inclusion and involvement. We have to work to bring our community together and save the values we place on village life. Talking about it at meetings is the easy bit: Getting involved and doing something is the essential bit.

Les Sharp, Chairman
Menstrie Community Council

October 2011

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