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Fifth Annual Report of Maxton 21


This report has been prepared for the Annual General Meeting of Maxton 21 to be held in Maxton Village Hall on 6th February 2006.

The Officebearers of Maxton 21 during the year were:
Chairperson - Priscilla Scott
Vice Chairperson - Tom Veitch
Secretary - Rosemary Dean
Treasurer - Ron Collie

Events: During the year 2005, the following events were organised by Maxton 21 for the benefit of the community:
26/03/05 - Coffee morning with Sales Table, Raffle & Egg Competition
23/04/05 - Midge concert at the Kirk
21/05/05 - Table Top & Plant Sale
04/06/05 - Bar-b-que
01/10/05 - Concert (Trio of Musicians)
29/10/05 - Beetle Drive
26/11/05 - St Andrews Night a music evening with Shankend Mac & Friends
04/12/05 - Festive Cheer, a pre-Christmas get-together
18/12/05 - Carol Singing
31/12/05 - Hogmanay
28/01/06 - Burns Supper
- Maxton meets – a series of six talks – ongoing.

Maxton Village Hall Management Committee
This sub committee of Maxton 21 has continued the improvement programme for the Hall and has managed the letting and use of the Hall.
Regular bookings continue with the MS Society Borders Branch.
Changes are being proposed and funds are being allocated for the changes to make the toilet areas comply with the new Regulations. A Proposal has been sent in to the Council and drawings have been made by an architect.
The Office Bearers thank the members of the Hall Sub-Committee for all their work during the past 12 months.

Maxton Meets
A new series of talks is now underway with a very good turnout at the majority of these evenings. An encouraging number of visitors from nearby parishes have boosted the numbers.

Maxton NC
In early July members of Maxton 21 were delighted to welcome Mary Stevenson from Maxton NC formerly Mary James and her husband of one week Mike Stevenson when they came here on their honeymoon.

There continues to be a disappointing lack of interest from the ‘Maxton Mafia’. Another letter, for publication in the February 2006 issue of “Ton Talk” has been sent to the magazine, inviting former members of the crew HMS MAXTON to get in touch. Roy Edwards, our link person, has now resigned from the TCA, but a temporary stand-in has been appointed to try to keep the link going. Thanks to Roy for his valiant efforts over the years.

Maxton Parish Website
The site goes from strength to strength with a steady number, of over 500 per day accessing the site.
A large part of this is still due to the inclusion of the Naturewatch Calendar, provided by the SBC Ranger Service and others, which details walks, talks, exhibitions and other events of interest to the nature lover and to all interested in the outdoors. It is hoped to repeat this Calendar next year, permission being granted and the details being supplied.
The monthly access figures for the site have risen from 4,651 in January 2002 to 15,902 in December 2003 and peaked in 2004 at the monthly total of 21,285 in September. During April, September and October 2005, the figure exceeded 19,000 in each month.
All the existing sponsors have continued, bur the the coming year may see a change, as with the change in ownership on one sponsor’s business, continuation cannot be guaranteed. A replacement will be sought should that turn out to be the case.
The Guestbook is moderated within the group and has reached 146 entries, (January 2006), all of which are permanently available on site. Enquiries are either answered or, in the case of Family History matters, they are redirected to the Borders Family History Society.

Neighbourhood Watch
This sub-committee has once again had a very quiet year.
The Area Co-Ordinator is Charlie Denoon.
The Co-Ordinators are Gordon Grant and Helen Herring.
The Secretary is Elvira Denoon.

The Area Co-Ordinator is still linked by e-mail with the Community Policing Section of Lothian & Borders Police, so that message for the community can be sent out more speedily from Hawick. As yet, no e-mails have been received. With the emergence of the Crimestoppers confidential phone line (0800 555 111) any member of the public can contact the police direct at the time of their concern, and such immediate contact is encouraged.

Charity of the Year 2005 – Arthurshiel Rescue Centre
On 31st December 2005 at midday, there was a presentation of a cheque for £384.79, raised at various events throughout the year, to Shona Middlemas representing Arthurshiel Rescue Centre which was the "Maxton 21 Charity of the Year 2005". This was made by Chairperson Priscilla Scott and several of the local community in Maxton Village Hall.

Programme of Events
Already there are ideas for a musical evening with Riddell Fiddles and Carlinjig for the 4th March, a, informal evening of music etc on 17th March and a Fair Trade Coffee Morning on 6th May. Ideas for further events or amendments will be welcomed at the next Maxton 21 meeting on 27/02/06.

Audited Accounts
Copies of the audited accounts for Maxton 21 and Maxton Village Hall for the Calendar Year 2005 are available from the Treasurer, Ron Collie at Glebe View.

The thanks of the Office-bearers go to all those who have supported them during the year, and the thanks of Maxton 21 go to all those ‘Friends of Maxton’ and members of the community who have supported the group’s events throughout the year.

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Date: 07/02/2006