In the directors meeting of 25 March 2021 the following decisions have been made:
- The minutes of the previous meeting on 25 February 2021 were approved by all present.
- There were 2 new members approved by the board bringing total membership to 51 members – 38 ordinary members and 13 associate members.
- Mhairi-Ann Gallicker has resigned as a director but will remain a member of the Trust. She will be available for a number of voluntary hours from Truerlein for the Trust for advice and support as will other employees and associates from Truerlein.
- Michelle van den Hout and Gillian McGarthland have been approved as directors for the Trust.
- Michelle will develop the idea to create a Forest Garden in/nearby Dufftown. When set up as a community project it would provide respite, areas of relaxation, education around permaculture / sustainable practices, food diversity and self-sustainability.
- The Trust will send out a letter of support on request from Deveron projects for setting up a long-distance walk enriched with (local) art from Huntly to Tomintoul via the Cabrach; with spurs to Dufftown and other places in this area. The support letter will increase their chances to receive grant funding for this project.
- The next director’s meeting will be on 29 April 2021 at 19.00 on Zoom (postponed to 6 May 2021).
- Truerlein will start a series of webinars to provide information about their projects. The first one will be Saturday 3 April providing a general overview of the Dufftown: a New Dawn project – our vision, goals, concrete plans and estimated timelines. People can sign up through the Truerlein facebookpage.
- Working with the Church of Scotland and Trust, Peter Bye-Jensen is researching the Pictish stones found at Mortlach Kirk, one of the oldest sites of continuous Christian worship in Scotland. Together, the team aim to preserve the stones and educate people about the Pictish history of the site.