SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT OF MAXTON 21
This report has been prepared for the Annual General Meeting of Maxton 21 to be held in Maxton Kirk on 19th March 2007.
The Office bearers of Maxton 21 during the year were:
Chairperson Paul Dean
Vice Chairperson / Diary Jimmy Wilson
Secretary Rosemary Dean
Treasurer Ron Collie
Events: During the year 2006, the following events were organised by Maxton 21 for the benefit of the community:
04/03/06 - Riddell Fiddle Music Evening
17/03/06 - St Patrick’s Night
06/05/06 - Fairtrade Coffee morning/Plant Sale/Cakes/Raffle
08/07/06 - Parish Bar-b-Q
09/09/06 - Sunflower Competition
13/10/06 - Wine Tasting
01/12/06 - St Andrews Night a music evening with Shona Mooney Trio
10/12/06 - Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Festive Cheer
17/12/06 - Carol Singing
31/12/06 - Hogmanay
28/01/06 - Burns Supper
- Maxton Meets – a series of six talks (Sept – March).
Maxton Village Hall Management Committee
This sub committee of Maxton 21 has continued to implement the improvement programme required in the village hall. The regular bookings ceased with the MS Society Borders Branch due to the lack of disabled facilities, this may be reviewed when the new disabled facilities and ramp have been completed by the builders. These improvements are now in progress.
The funds for this building work have been received from ‘Awards for All’ and are being allocated for the changes to make the toilet areas comply with the new Regulations.
The Office Bearers thank the members of the Hall Sub-Committee for all their work during the past 12 months.
A new series of talks has occurred and although they were curtailed due to the building work in progress, it is hoped that speakers who had to be cancelled will return for their talk in the next series. A good turnout was had at the majority of these evenings.
No news to report over the year.
Contact with the Ton Class Association continues with Dave and Joe having both come to the village to keep in touch. Joe has researched the names on the village War Memorial and we now have details of the sites where these men are buried and other personal details. These can be made available to any who wish to enquire.
Interest, beyond Dave and Joe and their wives, is still non-existant despite repeated requests in the Ton Class News.
Two copies of the News still come to the village – one is archived in the Hall, the other goes into the Hall and then into the Information kiosk.
MAXTON PARISH WEBSITE
The website continues to provide up-to-date information on the Parish, despite having had what can only be described as a difficult year. Damage to the server resulted in all the information having to be removed, checked for virus contamination and replaced on the new server. This has meant a less than perfect service which is very much regretted. None of our sponsors should have suffered and those seen recently are still more than satisfed with the value we offer.
With the work which had to be done, and the times during which access was erratic, statistics have not been recorded over recent times. A new way of recording "hits" is under development. Approaches will be made to all our sponsors over the next few weeks for their continued and much valued support.
A new section has been added to allow material from Maxton & Mertoun Community Council to be on site.
The new system whereby Lothian and Borders Police e-mail co-ordinators en masse when there are matters of urgent concern, such as missing persons, seems to work well. There have been two cases wher e-mails have been received and two days later the "all clear" called.
The concern over the legality of untaxed vehicles, and responsibility for the prosecution of such matters has been clarified. Untaxed vehicles are the responsibility of DVLA; the use of such vehicles on the public highway the responsibility of Lothian and Borders Police.
All residents are reminded that the Crimestoppers confidential phone line is (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.
The Area Co-Ordinator is Charlie Denoon.
The Co-Ordinators are Tony and Helen Herring.
The Secretary is Elvira Denoon.
Charity of the Year 2006 – Borders Talking Newspaper
On 31st December 2006 at midday, there was a presentation of the cheque for £325.40 which Maxton 21 raised at various events throughout the year. The cheque was presented to Mr. Tim Usher representing The Borders Talking Newspaper which was the "Maxton 21 Charity of the Year 2006".
Programme of Future Events
Already there are ideas for a coffee morning/plant sale on 26th May, a puppet show and an Italian food evening in June, a BBQ in July and a second Coffee Morning on 22nd September. Ideas for further events or amendments will be welcomed at the next Maxton 21 meeting.
Attached is a copy of the audited accounts for Maxton 21 and Maxton Village Hall for the Calendar Year 2006.
[Copies for those on this site can be obtained from the Treasurer]
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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