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14th Annual Report of Maxton 21

14th 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 16th March 2015.

The Office-bearers of Maxton 21 during 2014 were:
Chairperson/Diary keeper Jimmy Wilson
Vice Chairperson/Diary keeper Janet Sykes
Secretary Charlie Denoon
Treasurer Isobel Veitch

Events: During the year the following events were organised by Maxton 21 members on behalf of the community:
Saturday 1st February 2014 – Maxton Burns Supper
Saturday 24th May 2014 – Hall Coffee Morning and Plant Sale
29th April till 19th May 2014 – Tom’s Charity Walk from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.
Saturday 9th August 2014 - Charity Scottish Country Dance
Monday 22nd September – Maxton Meets Tom Veitch
Sunday 14th December 2014 – Parish Get Together.
Sunday 21st December 2014 – Carol Singing
Tuesday 31st December 2014 – Hogmanay Ceilidh with Steve and Isobel.

Burns Supper:
An excellent evening’s entertainment. Thanks to all those, seen and unseen, who made it all happen. Thanks, in particular, to our speakers – Donald Gordon, Tom & Isobel Veitch, and Derek Inglis and his team for the spirit of fun they brought to the evening.

Hall Coffee Morning and Plant Sale for Hall Funds
A somewhat disappointing morning. Despite having two crafters in attendance - Christopher Grant Jewellery and Fiona Tait Cards, the numbers through the door were similar to the previous year, with the take much the same.

Fundraisers for Maxton 21 “Charity for 2014” The Border Holiday Group
The total raised for the Charity and which was presented to Gordon, Lorna and Derek on Monday 12th January 2015 was £1020.22.

Tom’s 500 mile walk for Maxton 21 Charity for 2014 “The Border Holiday Group” - St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.
Tom completed the walk in 21 days, raising some £610 plus gift aid.
In addition online giving direct to the Charity thriough @mydonate raised £717.50.
Charity Scottish Country Dance Arranged by Jimmy and Janet. Very worthwhile and enjoyed by the dancers, raising £226 in the process.
Plant Sales Charlie’s plant sales netted £165 for the charity.
Eileen’s Car Boot Sale The sale on St Boswells Green raised £101.50
Janette’s Magic Squares Janette sold 200 squares at £1 each, with a prize of £50, raising £150 for the charity.
St Boswells Village Week Afternoon Teas Profits from the teas were donated to the charity fund adding £90 to the total.

Maxton Meets Tom Veitch Tom gave an illustrated account of his walk. £56 was added to the charity total. Representatives of the Charity were present at the talk.
Carol Singing Wettest weather ever for the Carol Singing but good turn out of singers – thanks to non parishioners who joined us to boost the quality of the sound.
Very generous collection - £121.05.was raised. Thanks to all.
Carol sheets are now nondescript papier mache. Replacements will be needed for 2015.
Donations A donation of £45.07 from Denholm Folk Club and other smaller ones from private individuals boosted the total.
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.

Other Events
The Parish Get Together, once again evoked little interest, but allowed one couple, new to the village, to meet neighbours.

Hogmanay Ceildh
Tom and Isobel once again organised the event on behalf of Maxton 21 with support from Penny. Live music was provided by Steve and Isobel.
Catering was simplified by asking those attending to bring a plate of food with them, in addition to the £5 entry, with children free.
25 adults and 6 children attended.

Maxton Village Hall Management Committee
Work continues to complete the refurbishment of the Hall. Tendering has been carried out for re-painting the Hall, grants applied for, awarded and received, and Murray and Burrell, having been awarded the contract, will start the work on 12th January 2015; the work planned to last two and a half weeks
During the year, the Hall usage has kept up with the regular Pilates groups still being the mainstay of Hall income.
The Thursday Art Class has met for part of the year, and the Interfaith Foundation has continued occasional weekend use.
Firefly, a music and movement group for mothers and babies has become a weekly regular, Occasional bookings have increased.
Gaelic in the Borders has also used the hall for some of its get togethers.
A new set of charges was introduced to offset the rises in heating costs, but our rates are still very competitive.

Water Charges
As a result of wide dissatisfaction over what seems a very arbitrary system of charges, we have taken part in a Scottish Government Consultation “Water and Sewerage Charges – Exemption Scheme for Small Third Sector Organisations”. Details of the new proposals will be published in early January 2015.

Contact with the Ton Class Association continues with Dave and Joe and their wives. An accident to Dave’s wife resulted in the need for a hip replacement and their visit to the village was postponed. 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 onto the Hall Noticeboard 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 section on Community Safety, with reports from Police Scotland, 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.

Neighbourhood Watch
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.
New stickers for windows have been received and will be distributed. All residents within the 30 mile limit signs for the village plus the Station House and Bungalow are members of the official neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
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. Urgent need is still dealt with by dialling 999, but non-urgent contact can now be done through 101.

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.

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.
During the year, we lost our oldest resident, Ruth Klebek. Born in Maxton, she spent the rest of her life within the village, apart from time away during the Second World War. Ruth was a living archive, who to the last was as sharp as a tack. She gave of her time over the years for the benefit of the community, and we are grateful for all she did during her 99 years here.

Once again, 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 still be in doubt.

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Date: 16/03/2015