Well it appears that summer has arrived, and as we all look forward to what we hope is a more relaxed time, we remain vigilant of the rules laid down by the government as we progress with our projects. We are pleased that we are able to share some progress since our last newsletter produced in May, and you may have already seen the recent article released by the Press & Journal, but if not please follow the link and support our local newspaper! https://www.dmdt.org.uk/in-the-news/
| Welcome to our new directors!|
| We are thrilled to announce the appointment of two new directors to our board. Anne Jan Zandstra and Theresa Campbell, who are both local business owners who are proud to now call Dufftown their home, and who are passionate about working on projects to support and regenerate Dufftown.We are really pleased to welcome them to the team.|
Our First 'Dufftown Farmers Market' is on track and will be held on Saturday, 10th July from 10AM – 1PM at the Mortlach Memorial Hall, 6 Albert Place, Dufftown.
The aim is to provide local suppliers an opportunity to sell their produce or hand-made goods, whilst encouraging visitors to the market to explore and support the other businesses within Dufftown. We still have space available outside where we are aiming to offer fresh produce and inside, where we have a dedicated area for hand-made goods. Whether you are a local producer or know someone that would like to sell their vegetables, meat and cheese or someone who creates lovely handmade goods, be sure to get in touch with us to register for a stall – only £20 per pitch!
You can download an application form on our website https://www.dmdt.org.uk/farmers-markets/ or send an email to email@example.com Please come out and support the market on the day, meet our stall holders and support our local producers – we look forward to seeing you there!
We are in the very early stages of taking on a Community Asset Transfer of the public toilets. We have lodged an expression of interest with Moray Council, and have been in communication with their Estates Department, Asset Management team and CAT team, and have undergone a review with the Community Support Unit.
As a member of DTAS we have access to case studies and toolkits that will help us to successfully take on something that is essential to the community as well as visitors to our town. Watch this space for further developments!
| Heritage Trail|
| This project has been set up to connect and upgrade two existing and well-established paths that are used extensively by locals, as well as visitors to the area. In addition to the upgrade, storyboards will be installed along the paths to share some of the local history that is relatively unknown. In total 10 storyboards have already been designed and will be placed at relevant points along the paths.|
An initial meeting with Moray Councils Outdoor Access officer has produced an inventory of the work that is necessary to upgrade the Gordon Cross and Giants Chair paths. As part of these walks are through Diageo’s estate we have had early stage discussions with them about ways in which we can move forward.
Research is ongoing to establish ownership of the other land that these walks pass through, and quotes for groundworks and storyboard production have been sought. Once all of these pieces are brought together we will be applying for grants from a number of different sources.
So far, all talks have been welcomed by the stakeholders, and we are confident that we will be able to move forward with this project.
The Fairy Village near the Giant's Chair is inextricably linked to Dufftown, and locals as well as visitors come from afar to visit this beautiful village created by Dave Brown. The DMDT is very proud to be able to join with Dave and support him to maintain this attraction for locals and tourists to enjoy for many seasons to come. In order for this magical space to continue to thrive we need your support, through donations of time and money so that the fairies of Dufftown can continue to have a safe and beautiful home for their kids and ours to enjoy!
LED lights have already been donated to create a fairy-tale atmosphere, and plans are underway to see the site tidied and made safe, but we are still looking for volunteers to help with ongoing maintenance of the village. If you would like to help as a volunteer, please contact Anne Jan Zandstra (firstname.lastname@example.org).
| Pictish Stones|
| The Pictish Stones project has progressed well over the last few weeks, and we have now submitted the pre-planning application to Moray Council.
Approval of this application is an integral step towards protecting this important piece of our local heritage, and if granted is one of the final puzzle pieces that will enable us to source funding. Discussions with various funders have been encouraging and they are keen to help us progress with the conservation of this historical artefact.|
| The Cabin|
| Progress is being made by the Cabin on their business plan with support from Just Enterprise, and they are encouraged by the responses they have received from the survey that was shared with the public. We are continuing to offer a supporting role and are optimistic for the future of this project. More to follow in the coming months!|
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