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15th Annual Report of Maxton 21

15th 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 Tuesday 12th January 2016.

The Office-bearers of Maxton 21 during 2015 were:
Chairperson/Diary keeper Jimmy Wilson
Vice Chairperson Tom Veitch
Secretary Charlie Denoon
Treasurer Isobel Veitch

Events: During the year the following events were organised by Maxton 21 members on behalf of the community:
Because of the major refurbishment of the Hall during the early part of the year, there was no Burns Supper.

Saturday 23rd May 2015 – Coffee Morning and Plant Sale for Maxton 21 “Charity for 2015” Border Search and Rescue Unit.
28th April till 30th May 2015 – Tom’s Charity Walk from Seville to Santiago.
Saturday 29th June 2015 – Barbecue and Duck Race.
Monday 14th September 2015 – Maxton Met Chris Bowles,
Monday 12th October 2015 – Maxton Met Felicity Bristow
Monday 9th November 2015 – Maxton Met Mark Douglas
Sunday 13th December 2015 – Parish Get Together.
Sunday 20th December 2015 – Carol Singing

Fundraisers for Maxton 21 “Charity for 2015” The Border Search and Rescue Unit.
The total raised stands at £1178.58 with the monies from the collection cans having gone direct to the charity.
Coffee Morning and Plant Sale £253.70
Tom’s 1000 mile walk for Maxton 21 for 2015 “The Border Search and Rescue Unit” – Seville to Santiago.
Tom completed the walk in 31 days, raising some £143.70 plus gift aid.
In addition other giving direct to the Charity raised £150.11
Duck Race The BBQ and Duck Race raised £96
Plant Sales Charlie’s plant sales netted £147 for the charity.
Janette’s Magic Squares Janette sold 200 squares at £1 each, with a prize of £50, raising £151 for the charity. (Where the floating£1 came from ??)
St Boswells Village Week Afternoon Teas Profits from the teas were donated to the charity fund adding £91 to the total.
Carol Singing
Thanks to all who turned out to sing in aid of the Borders Search and Rescue Unit. There was a record turn out of 14 adults ( including Kevin and Brian from the Charity) and 7 children.
As Tom says: "We must be getting worse! The people of Maxton paid £146-07 for us to move along this year."
Well done and thanks to the people of Maxton who were so generous.
Thanks also to the Wisharts who provided refreshments and transport through the flood at the foot of the church road.

The money raised will be added to the final total for the charity to whom a cheque will be presented on February 8th at the Maxton Meets talk.
Book Sales from the Anteroom Paperback books which have been donated have been put on the Library shelves in the anteroom. They may be bought (suggested 50p minimum) and the monies put in the collecting tin for the BSARU. This is ongoing and the tin will be emptied by the charity in due course.

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
Very disappointing, once again evoked little interest, except amongst the regulars.

Hogmanay Ceilidh 2014
Tom and Isobel organised the event on behalf of Maxton 21. Catering was simplified by asking those attending to bring a plate of food with them, in addition to the £5 entry, with children free.
The 2015 ceilidh was cancelled.

Maxton Village Hall Management Committee
An excellent and speedy repainting of the Hall was carried out by Murray & Burrell. Thanks to Tom, Ron, Jimmy and Charlie for the clearing, cleaning and replacing of all the contents of the Hall.
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.

Central Borders Federation of Village Halls
We continue to be members of the CBFVH and of The Bridge, and Jimmy and Janet have attended meetings thoughout the year. The Bridge Newsletter is received regularly.

Water Charges
The Scottish Government has moved the goalposts once again. In future (from March 31st 2016), as we are neither a Charitable Trust nor a Registered Sporting Group, we will have to pay Water Charges. Because of this an EGM was held on 15th December when it was decided that we should follow the route to becoming a Charitable Trust. The process is now ongoing with Gavin in charge. Thanks to him for taking on the role.

Contact with the Ton Class Association continues with Dave and Joe and their wives. Sadly, The Ton Class Association has decided to end Affiliations with the original villages. Matters are still in discussion between Dave, Joe and the TCA

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 later in the year 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.
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.

Cold Calling Since Maxton Village and Rutherford Mains Cottages signed up as No Cold Calling areas, there have been very few unwanted callers, and any that have been asked to move on have done so without problem.

The audited accounts of Maxton 21 for 2015 will be presented to a meeting of Maxton 21 when available, and thereafter 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.

Once again, concern must, however, be expressed that new members are not being found for the Committee. Next year there will be changes, as all of the existing Committee will be retiring at some stage. The core of the Committee has been 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: 05/01/2016