SECRETARY'S ANNUAL REPORT
September 2010 to June 2011
Highlights of the year as reported to Menstrie Community Council - AGM on 4th October 2011
- LS and CC met with Brian Forbes from Clackmannanshire Council regarding the running of the Dumyat Centre.
- LS consulted with the residents of Windsor Street on the ongoing problem of crows.
- An objection was submitted to a planning application for a wind turbine.
- The lack of dog bins and grit bins was again discussed.
- Annual subscription was made to the Friends of the Ochils
- Funding was applied for from Paths for All.
- LS attended the Remembrance Day Service and laid the wreath on behalf of the Community Council.
- Complaint was received that the Council gardeners were throwing the leaves they collected onto the railway line.
- A PA system was purchased.
- A clean up day was held for the woodland - turnout of villagers was very disappointing.
- A Table Top sale was held.
- Draft paper on proposals for the Dumyat Centre was presented to the members for consideration.
- Clackmannanshire Council agreed to treat the bridge at Burnside Road when it is icy.
- A representative from the Digital Switchover Scheme attended and gave a presentation on the switchover.
- It was agreed that we would change our banking arrangements to the Unity Trust Bank.
- A draft proposal for the Dumyat Centre was submitted to Clacks Council.
- An application was made for funding for equipment and storage for the Woodland.
- The Christmas Tree was erected in the gardens.
- A very successful Carols Round the Christmas Tree was held with Santa giving the children a gift. This was followed by mulled wine and Christmas pies courtesy of the Church.
- Our audited accounts were submitted to Clacks Council for payment of our annual grant.
- Our Treasurer's account was closed with the Bank of Scotland.
- CC attended a series of four Training Courses on "Getting the Best out of Communities".
- Discussion took place regarding the formation of sub-committees.
- Funding of £965 was received from Paths for All for the woodland; Tools and a metal shed were purchased.
- Work commenced on upgrading the Menstrie branch railway line in preparation of creating a walk/cycle path.
- Complaints were received in relation to parking issues at the Primary School.
- It was agreed that we should transfer our banking to the Unity Trust Bank.
- A further Bingo Tea was held for Gala funds.
- Clackmannanshire Council held a community consultation session on the Development Plan proposals.
- We were donated a table and chairs for the Committee Room.
- Alison Stupart resigned from the Council due to work commitments.
- A letter was sent from Clackmannanshire Council to the residents of Windsor Street explaining the actions taken by the Council regarding the trees.
- The relevant documentation for our banking transfer were signed.
- It came to our attention that Glenochil Nursery was to close at the end of March.
- Menstrie Matters was distributed.
- A fund-raising Table Top sale was held in the Community Room.
- We hosted a seminar on "How to Engage Effectively with the local Community".
- Dr Jim Hay attended and gave an update on the Menstrie Tennis Club.
- A very successful Easter Duck Race was held and extra ducks were purchased.
- LS and TM walked the woodland path and identified where work needed to be done.
- Plans were well in hand for the Fete and Gala.
- Mr. Heddleston very kindly made us 10 easels for the Art Exhibition.
- A "Calendar of Events" chart was purchased.
- We hosted a Gardening Club meeting which was very poorly attended.
- LS and CC met with the Chief Executive and Gary Dallas for further discussions on the Dumyat Centre.
- The NHS agreed to re-route the Hospital bus so that it comes through the village.
- A successful Fete Week and Gala was held.
- LS was elected Vice-Chair of the Ochils Landscape Partnership.
- LS and CC met with Brian Forbes to have further discussions about the Dumyat Centre.
- An informal Gala de-brief was held.
- Some members tidied the cupboard in the Dumyat Centre which contained the Gala equipment.