Minutes 16 January 2023

Public report directors meeting Dufftown & Mortlach Development Trust

  1. Present are – Eleanor Candy (Chair), Siebette Wester (Secretary), Margriet Berben (Treasurer), Michael Fitzgerald (Director). Apologies for and Norma Hunter (Director), Gillian McGarthland (Director), Val Smith (Director) and Andrew Wrigley (Director).

In the directors meeting on 16 January 2023 the following items were discussed:

  1. The minutes of the previous meeting on 21 November were approved by all present. 
  2. We have received no new membership applications – keeping total membership at 76 members – 61 ordinary members and 15 associate members.
  3. Paths:  we received a quote for final works for completion of Giants Chair paths + removal of trees that came down in last storms. We’ll talk with Dorenell ranger and Diageo how to proceed.
  4. Heritage trail: we are contacting Council about placing the interpretation panels.
  5. History app: final actions to be taken once the Heritage trail is sorted.
  6. Pictish stones: Eleanor to contact the kirk about status presbytery planning.
  7. Markets: we decided on the Terms & Conditions for 2023 where we will continue with the monthly markets with added activities for editions that are in holiday periods to also attract tourists.
  8. During the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, the DMDT will organise again a Ceilidh with North-East band Broma at the Commercial Hotel. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 29 April.
  9. In August 2023 the Ride the North cycling event is on again, both routes coming through Dufftown. DMDT and Royal British Legion will organise pit stop refreshments.
  10. DMDT has started talks with the DDCA and Speyside Youth about creating a multifunctional basketball/sports court in Dufftown.
  11. Date and time of next meeting: Monday 27 February – 7pm.