Newsletter 12/2021

Welcome to the December newsletter from the team at the Dufftown & Mortlach Development Trust Ltd (DMDT).

Since our last newsletter most of our projects are in a holding pattern as we await feedback and information from enquiries we have lodged and funding applications we have submitted.  Members will continue to receive minutes from our monthly directors’ meetings via email, and we will update you quarterly with a regular piece in the Speirins.  Otherwise please follow us and keep up to date on our Facebook page.

Annual General Meeting

Safe to say we were blown away by the support shown by our members at our first AGM.  31 people attended and once our presentation had been completed, we were very happy to be able to answer the questions posed to the board, and to chat informally afterwards with our members.  Topics covered included the much asked – What is your relationship with Truerlein? Once again, we would like to clarify they support us with man hours donated to help us achieve our projects – specifically Dr Peter Bye Jensen who is working with us and Mortlach Kirk to help preserve the Pictish Stones.  Any enquiries you have regarding Truerlein and their activities should be directed to them as we are an entirely separate organisation.


We would like to say a big thank you to the 4 directors that stood down Richard Gallicker, Bob MacDonald, Theresa Campbell and Michelle.  They have made a valuable contribution to the board during their time, and they will continue to play a supportive role as members – specifically Michelle who works hard on the marketing for the farmers markets. 


We also extend a very warm welcome to Norma Hunter who has stepped up to join the team, and who has already been an active member assisting with the Fairy Village and Farmers Markets.  We very much look forward to working with Norma over the coming year as she helps us move forward with our projects.  In particular Norma will be working closely with the Dufftown Fairy Village and path upgrade projects.

Our responsibility as directors is to ensure that the company operates in line with our governing document. As a membership-based organisation the directors carry out the interests of the members and power is delegated to the directors through them.


While our dynamic team has grown in recent months, there is still space for new member directors. If you feel that you would like to have a say and be involved please get in touch.


Another way you can support us is by becoming a member. By sharing your opinions and ideas, or if you have a bit of energy and a few hours a week to volunteer to help us to make an even bigger success of our projects we’d love to hear from you!

Current active projects worth shouting about!
Farmer's Market

These markets have been going from strength to strength and have helped 49 small businesses sell at a local level, with a number of stalls making a regular appearance.  In addition, we have supported a number of local groups to fundraise, and the markets have proven to be a popular attraction for locals as well as visitors.


We’ve taken the decision to have a month off in January so that we can have a wee rest from planning over the festive season, but plan to continue next year on the second Saturday of each month as usual.  


We want to give a big shout of thanks to the volunteers Jean, Rob, Stan, Sharon, Francis, Norma, Derek, Leona, Holly, Siebette, AJ, Michelle, Gillian and Eleanor, who work hard to make each market a success by helping with the coordination, set up and tidy up on the day, you are greatly valued!  


If anyone is interested in a stall, or knows anyone who may have some produce to sell then you can download an application form on our website or send an email to  You can also now follow Dufftown Farmers Market on Instagram.

Hard to know at time of writing if you’ll be reading this before or after our Christmas market, Saturday 11thDecember, but at a slightly later time of 3pm-7pm.  So either add it to your calendar, or we hope you enjoyed the mulled wine and spiced apple juice, live music by the Keith Silver band, and the school choir, Santa Grotto run by The Cabin, and the teas, coffees and mince pies being sold by parent council! As well as supporting the many producers and crafters that attend on the day.

Dufftown Fairy Village

Sadly, the planned prize draw for the fairy house came up against a hitch, so we have decided to raffle the house at the Christmas Market.  Some lucky winner could get an early Christmas gift! 


The money raised from this prize draw will contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the Fairy Village to ensure that the fairies have a home for years to come.

Pictish stones, history app, heritage trail and path upgrade, new premises for The Cabin and the public toilets upgrade are slow rolling but still on our agenda.  As you will appreciate, we are all volunteers with limited time and resources, so progress with some of these projects are a little harder to achieve than the farmers markets which are a monthly event and take considerable man hours to pull off!

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