12th 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 25th March 2013.
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 21st January 2012 – Maxton Burns Supper
Saturday 19th May 2012 – Hall Coffee Morning and Plant Sale
Saturday 18th August 2012 “ Muckle Mou’d Meg”- a puppet show.
Saturday 3rd November 2012 Charity Coffee Morning & Craft Fair
Sunday 9th December 2012 – Parish Get Together.
Sunday 23rd December 2012 – Carol Singing
Puppet Show Thanks to Felicity for arranging the show, and to those who supported it.
The Coffee Morning and Craft Fair was a new departure, trying to raise money for our charity with as little work having to be done by the limited work force we now have. Thanks to Ann and Eileen who produced home baking for the day. Support for the Prize Draw from local businesses was excellent and we thank them. The involvement of the local Craft Workers was a bonus for us, if not for all of them.
The Parish Get Together, once again evoked little interest .
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.
For the first time since Maxton 21 was set up, there were insufficient numbers to run a viable ceilidh and it was cancelled.
Maxton Village Hall Management Committee
Work continues to complete the refurbishment of the Hall.
New vinyl will be laid in the kitchen.
PAT testing is to be arranged and the audio system to be repaired and checked.
During the year the Hall usage has stayed steady with the regular Pilates groups being the mainstay of Hall income. Occasional bookings have increased. Gaelic in the Borders has also used the hall for some of its get togethers.
With the departure of Thomson to Galashiels, and the very small number of parishioners coming to our meetings, it was decided that having a separate Hall Committee was no longer viable, and that the main Committee should act as the Hall Management Committee.
SBC Cleaning is now using the Hall as a training centre for staff.
After a long and tedious battle with Business Stream, agreement has been reached that we are NOT liable for Water Charges, and they have been demanded in error.
An excellent set of talks for 2012-13 season with numbers attending the talks similar to those of the previous year.
Thanks to all the speakers who have given of their time to make the events possible.
Jane James and her daughter Eliza came on a flying visit to Maxton on Friday 21st September during a visit to Scotland. They brought news of our friends in Maxton NC and returned with our best wishes.
Contact with the Ton Class Association continues with Dave and Joe and their wives having visited the village. Interest, beyond that, is still non-existent despite repeated requests and an article 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.
The new section on Community Safety, with reports from L&B Police Community Constable Lorraine Matthews (now PC Karen McIlroy) 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.
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.
No Cold Calling Zones
After a survey of all the households in the Parish, it was decided to set up two No Cold Calling Zones, one covering the existing Neighbourhood Watch area, and the other covering the cottages at Rutherford Mains.
This joint action with L&B Police and Maxton & Mertoun Community Council went into action at the end of September 2012, and, so far, no unwanted random callers have been reported.
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 2012 – the Margaret Kerr Unit at the 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.
This Palliative Care Unit was in the process of raising one million pounds towards the cost of its setting up when Maxton 21 made it our Charity of the Year 2012.
The total raised from Elm Cottage Plant Sales, the Coffee Morning and Craft Fair and the Carol Singing was £600. A cheque was handed over to the charity at the start of January 2013, just after the Unit was opened to the first patients.
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 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. In particular we must mention Thomson, who since the group began as Maxton 2000 has always been a willing helper at our events. We wish him well in his return to Galashiels.
Concern must however be expressed that new members are not being found for the Committee. The core of the Committee is the same people who have being doing the work since the Millennium, and with attendance at meetings being close to the quorum, the future of the Committee must be in doubt.
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