Minutes 13 December 2021

Public report directors meeting Dufftown & Mortlach Development Trust
Present: Eleanor Candy (chair), Norma Hunter, Siebette Wester (secretary), Anne Jan Zandstra. Apologies for Gillian McGarthland (treasurer).

In the directors meeting of 13 December 2021 the following items were discussed:

  1. The minutes of the previous meeting on 15 November were approved by all present.
  2. We have received no new membership applications leaving total membership at 65 members – 52 ordinary members and 13 associate members.
  3. We reviewed the Christmas market that took place on 11 December and are pleased with the number of stall holders, activities and visitors. Besides the normal stalls the DMDT has been selling mulled wine and spiced apple juice to raise funds for our other projects, we held a multi prize raffle and supported the Fairy Village to hold their own raffle to raise funds. The Keith & District Silver Band and the Mortlach Primary School choir entertained us with festive music during the market. The local childcare charity The Cabin had organised a Santa’s Grotto and the Mortlach Primary School Parent Council sold teas and coffees and hot mince pies. The visitors donated generously for Moray Food Plus, we we’re able to bring them several boxes with the requested items which will be going to families in need this Christmas. The DDCA helped us out by lending their Christmas lights and providing a grant to buy 3 extra gazebos. All in all, we felt it had gone well, a few things we learned for next time. Next year we will sell the mulled wine outside. Band needs to start playing earlier. Duration 3 hours instead of 4. Have background music when the band is not playing.
  4. We acknowledged the importance of the volunteers that have helped us throughout the past year with our projects, especially the monthly markets. We aim to organise a little get together with food and drinks to show our appreciation once it is safe again to do so.
  5. We have decided to move the 2022 markets to the Royal British Legion. Due to the growing number of stalls and visitors it becomes too crowded in the street. We prefer to have as many stalls outside as possible and the bigger car park at the RBL offers the necessary space. We are taking a break in January; the next market will be 12 February and after that every second Saturday of the month.
  6. We applied for a lottery draw permit with the council, so we can sell tickets for our monthly prize before the market (the current raffle allows us to only sell tickets during the market).
  7. We are planning to organise a Whisky Market during the Spirit of Speyside Festival in April/May 2022. We’ll contact local organisations for cooperation and participation.
  8. Date and time of next meeting: Monday 24 January, 7PM.