Minutes 28 September 2022

Present are – Eleanor Candy (Chair), Gillian McGarthland (Treasurer), Margriet Berben (Guest), Val Smith (Guest) and Michael Fitzgerald (Guest).

Apologies for Siebette Wester (Secretary) and Andrew Wrigley (Guest).

In the directors meeting of 28th September 2022 the following items were discussed:

  1. The minutes of the previous meeting on 29th August were approved by all present. 
  2. We have received 1 new membership application and 1 member change (from ordinary to associate as moving out of Dufftown) – bringing total membership at 74 members – 60 ordinary members and 14 associate members
  3. Paths:  Final works for completion of Giants Chair paths will be addressed with help from an active member.
  4. History app: final actions to be taken once the Heritage trail is sorted.
  5. Pictish stones: This project had been on hold until presbytery planning had been completed. 
  6. Markets: next one is 08 October 2022. We decided to do another themed hamper for Halloween.  We will have someone doing face painting to attract more families and there will be candy floss for sale.  Preparations are under way for the Christmas market too.
  7. Tourism agenda: Eleanor attended the last meeting on 26th September and will continue to attend future ones.  Discussions around communities doing more together to encourage tourists.  However, we need to make sure there is not a repeat of North Coast 500 where the locals are not happy.  Could we use empty shop windows in the town to promote local artists work?
  8. Date and time of next meeting: Monday 24th October – 7pm.