Minutes 24 June 2021

In the directors meeting of 24 June 2021 the following items were discussed:

  1. The minutes of the previous meeting on 27 May were approved by all present.
  2. One new member has been approved by the board bringing total membership to 55 members – 39 ordinary members and 13 associate members.
  3. The second newsletter is ready to go out next week.
  4. The first edition of the Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 10 July, all open and pending actions are discussed – a lot of work still needs to be done. We have now 5 confirmed stalls, 2 interested and 6 tentative stalls.
  5. 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. For parts of the track we are still researching who the landowner is. 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.
  6. The Cabin – we continue to offer a supporting role.
  7. Toilets at MMH car park – met with Moray Council to assess condition of the building. Next actions will be taken after the Farmer’s Market.
  8. Fairy village – now falls under the DMDT and we will support going forward.

The next Directors meeting is on 22 July 2021.

Update on the Pictish Stones at the Mortlach Kirk by Peter Bye-Jensen:
The application for Planning Permission has just gone in, this is necessary as we need to extend access to the stones. Peter is now working on the Scheduled Monument Consent and has also obtained quotes from two companies who can do conservation work. When all information has come back, he can put together the funding application which will be ready around mid July. In the meanwhile, preparations are underway for finding a contractor for the design and interpretation. Peter has already lodged interest with Historic Environment Scotland, which is necessary to be eligible to apply for funding. And he is liaising with Archaeology Services for Aberdeenshire from Aberdeen University for his research to establish factors concerning the current condition of the Pictish stones and general background historiography. From now on Peter will make monthly reports to update the Trust on the progress.