11th 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 Monday 19th March 2012.
The Office-bearers of Maxton 21 during the year were:
Chairperson/Diary keeper Jimmy Wilson
Vice Chairperson/Diary keeper Thomson Irvine
Secretary Charlie Denoon
Treasurer Isobel Veitch
Events: During the year the following events were organised by Maxton 21 on behalf of the community:
Saturday 31st January 2011 – Maxton Burns Supper
Saturday 21st May 2011 – Hall Coffee Morning and Plant Sale
Saturday 28th May 2011 – French Themed Evening
Saturday 16th July 2011 - Strawberry Tea
Sunday 11th December 2011 – Parish Get Together.
Sunday 18th December 2011 – Carol Singing
Saturday 31st December 2011 – Hogmanay Ceilidh
The Parish Get Together allowed the newly arrived families to meet with and get to know the longer term residents of the Parish. A Calendar of Events and Greetings Card was kindly designed and produced by Bristow Yuill ADA (aka Felicity and Gavin). It was distributed to every household in the Parish.
Maxton Village Hall Management Committee
A refurbishment of the kitchen has been undertaken with the walls being plastered, a new double-glazed window fitted (at Scottish Borders Council expense) and the cupboards removed and reset after the walls had been done. The floor still has to be re-vinyled and a new cooker purchased. A new water heating system was installed, but as yet it does not seem to work as well as hoped.
Scottish Borders Council have re-roofed the extension half of the hall, repaired the damaged ceiling and we are awaiting the painter whom they have organised to re-paint the ceiling. Damage caused to the ante-room ceiling by water entry will be repaired by the Council.
During the year Hall usage has stayed steady with the art group on Wednesday mornings continuing, and the regular Pilates groups being the mainstay of Hall income. The Community Council and Mertoun SWRI use the hall for their meetings and Gaelic in the Borders has also used the hall for some its get togethers.
An excellent set of talks for 2011-12 season with numbers attending the talks significantly up on the previous year, averaging 25+. Thanks to all the speakers who have given of their time to make the events possible.
Apart from e-mails, there has been nothing to report for the previous year.
Contact with the Ton Class Association continues with Dave and Joe and Liz having visited the village. Interest, beyond Bill and Dave and Joe and their wives, is still non-existent 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, with regular updates of news items from the Parish events and the inclusion of forthcoming events in the Calendar.
Throughout the country there are people with Maxton links who regularly check the site to see what is happening. With the transfer to a new server the site has proved more reliable and more secure.
A new section on Community Safety, with reports from L&B Police Community Constable Lorraine Matthews and the Community Wardens, Neighbourhood Watch alerts and Emergency Contact numbers is proving useful.
Approaches will be made to all our sponsors over the next few weeks for their continued and much valued support.
Maxton Neighbourhood Watch continues to be a member of the Association of Scottish Neighbourhood Watches (AoSNW) which gives access to information and materials which may be of use, even in our small community. Membership is free. A new booklet has ben published and copies are available for members to borrow and return.
The unfortunate housebreaking spree by two men from outside the area, caused upset to all three families. Only one property seems to have had items stolen, none of which have been recovered. The two men have now been charged, and we are awaiting news of the outcome. PC Matthews will be arranging to be available to the community on a regular basis – see Calendar on website and posters for dates and times.
Reports by Community Police and Community Wardens are now posted on the website in the new section “Our Community - Be Safe Be Secure”, along with other items of news.
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 present Co-ordination team is:
The Area Co-ordinator is Charlie Denoon.
The Co-ordinators are Tony and Helen Herring.
The Secretary is Elvira Denoon.
Maxton 21 Charity of the Year 2011 – Borders Holiday Group - Jumbulance.
Thanks go to all who made the Strawberry Tea an undoubted success - those who made it possible by all their work on the day and in advance, and those who came in such large numbers to support Maxton 21's Charity for 2011 “Borders Holiday Group - Jumbulance ". Special thanks are due to Eileen and Ann for their superb bakery and cakery, and to Joyce for the donation of her beautiful notelets. The total raised on the day was £361.50, £10 more than last year. There have been repeated demands for a repeat in 2012. Thanks also to the supporters of the charity who came and helped out on the day.
We are grateful to all those who supported our various activities which resulted in such an excellent total being raised for such a worthwhile cause.
The total raised from Elm Cottage Plant Sales, the Strawberry Tea and the Carol Singing was £724.72. A cheque was handed over to the charity at the 2012 Burns Supper.
Maxton 21 Charity of the Year 2012 – “Margaret Kerr Unit” at Borders General Hospital.
This new in-patient specialist palliative care unit at the Borders General Hospital will have eight en-suite single bedrooms, each with their own view onto the Borders countryside, as well as overnight stay facilities for family members, treatment and therapy rooms, a day room and a landscaped garden and courtyard spaces.
The aim is to create a comfortable, welcoming and peaceful building for everyone, which will benefit from a direct link to the main body of the hospital.
The audited accounts of Maxton 21 are available from the Treasurer.
The thanks of the Office-bearers go to everyone who has supported them during the past 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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