Annual General Meeting 2018 – book your place now!

We’re delighted to announce the Annual General Meeting of Alyth Development Trust on Wednesday 13 June 2018, starting at 7.30 pm, at the Community Wing, Alyth.

The AGM is a highpoint of our year, at which our Members have the chance to hear the latest on what ADT has achieved and what its plans are for the future.  Please do put the date in your diary as soon as possible, and the Directors very much look forward to seeing you at the AGM and hearing what you think.

The meeting will, as usual, consider the accounts and Directors’ reports for the year ended 31 March 2018, and also make retrials, appointments and re-appointments of Directors of the Company under Articles 67-72 of our Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA) – the legal document that governs our activities.

We will circulate the Agenda and other AGM papers at the end of this month, but there is an important matter to discuss and approve and we wanted to give you plenty of time to consider it before the meeting.

We are making changes in the MAA for three important reasons:

  1. To comply with our new charitable status, which was conferred by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator on 26 July 2017.
  2. To enable our registration with the Scottish Government under the Community Right to Buy legislation (Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003) which allows communities to register an interest in land and the opportunity to buy that land when it comes up for sale.
  3. To amend errors in the numbering system of the articles.

The details of these changes can be viewed by clicking on “About Alyth Development Trust” at the top of this page and scrolling down to “Legal documents”.

If you require a proxy vote, please visit the “AGM 2018” page and download the form, which must be returned by 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 June 2018 to the above address, or handed into the AGM prior to the start. Please note that Associate Members and non-Members cannot vote or be considered for election as a Director.

If you are interested in becoming a Director of Alyth Development Trust, please email Marian Bruce, Acting Chair of Alyth Development Trust on AlythDevelopmentTrust@gmail.com or call her on 01828 632816. Completed application forms should be returned to the registered office by Friday 8th June 2018.

Please note that a list of applications received for the position of Director will be posted on the ADT Facebook page by Monday 11 June 2018 and announced at the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 13 June 2018, 7.30 pm, Community Wing of Alyth Primary School, Alyth.  There’s a limit on how many people we can host so please book your ticket now on our Facebook page.

Your chance to comment on the Market Square plans

 

Perth & Kinross Council have organised a public “drop-in” event for Alyth residents to comment on the latest designs for the Market Square regeneration project.

Come along to the to the Ogilvie Rooms, Commercial Street, Alyth on Thursday 3rd May 2018 between 4pm and 7pm, to view and ask questions about the revised designs for improving Alyth Town Centre at a drop in session as part of the Placecheck initiative 

All welcome! 

You can download a large-scale pdf of the plans here: Alyth Square revised sketch proposals 2018 03 29

Support for growing social enterprises

A programme offering funding and business support to new and growing social enterprises is open for applications.

The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

The Trade Up Programme is open to Scotland-based organisations generating at least £15,000 a year and looking to grow their income.

Click on the image for more details.

Scottish Parliament investigating bank closures – have your say

The closure of more than a third of Scotland’s banks since 2010 is set to come under the microscope, as the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committeecalls on local businesses and consumers to ‘speak out’ on the impact on local communities and economic growth.

Convener of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, Gordon Lindhurst MSP said:

“For Scotland to lose more than a third of its banks in just 7 years seems a staggering statistic. This inquiry will work to respond to significant public concern that the impact of closures is felt most in places where no viable alternative exists.

“We are calling on small businesses and consumers to speak out on vital questions, such as: Will closures of local banks have an impact on your business? What is the impact of local ATMs closing or imposing charges for transactions? And how do bank closures impact on your local high street?

“The committee wants to know what can be done to help remedy a seemingly relentless decline in Scotland’s banks. Crucially, what are the alternatives that can help support local businesses and communities, and enable them to thrive for the benefit of all?”

A copy of the Committee’s survey can be found here. It will run until Friday 23 March 2018. The call for written views can be found below; these should be sent to the Committee by Friday 13 April 2018.

Read the full press release here: http://www.parliament.scot/newsandmediacentre/107982.aspx

Successful first defibrillator training session

Almost 40 Alyth folk braved the cold last night (14 March) to turn out for the first of what we hope will be a series of Defibrillator Training Sessions this year.  Martin Hagan from the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) travelled all the way from Rutland to deliver the session with style and humour.  He explained how the human heart works and what could make it stop, and set out clearly and simply what to do if someone collapses, with handy hints and memory aids on how to administer effective CPR.  He also demonstrated the hi-tech defibrillator that CHT has now installed in the squinty phonebox on Market Square, with generous funding from The Collective UK.  We’re now waiting to hear about funding to install two further defibrillators locally – one in New Alyth and one in the Alyth Den carpark.  Get in touch if you’d like to be kept informed about further training sessions or if you’d like to join our list of volunteers to help check our defibrillators weekly and make sure they stay in tip-top life-saving condition.

 

Live Active Tourist – discount vouchers for visitors

Do you run a guest house or hotel? Do you know a local accommodation provider? If so, it could be worth your while to check out the Live Active Tourist Discount scheme.

Live Active Tourist is a simple and yet genius idea that will appeal to accommodation providers across the area who are looking for ways to reward their customers and offer up a little extra.

With the Live Active Tourist Discount vouchers, guests will be able to enjoy LAL facilities at the same price as that of local Live Active card holders. With over 15 venues across Perth and Kinross including swimming pools, gyms, climbing walls, sports halls and an ice rink, Live Active has something for everyone.

More details here https://www.liveactive.co.uk/News/live-active-tourist

Thank You from the Story Box

By Marian Bruce, Story Box Director

Since our launch last May last year, the Story Box Project has collected 133 stories from around Alyth which are available to hear every day of the year in the phone box in Alyth Market Square. We would like to thank all of our contributors for sharing their stories. We would also like to send a huge thank-you to the staff of the Co-op who tirelessly open the Story Box in the morning and lock it at night, keeping it safe after dark. To all our story contributors and volunteers we send our best wishes for a very happy 2018.

We are still collecting stories for the box so please get in touch if you would like to take part and record your story. New stories are downloaded about every four months so there is always something new to listen to in the Story Box. Remember, your recording can be a memory of childhood, a quirky family tale, a spooky story, a local song or poem or anything about your everyday life in Alyth now. All our stories are digitally archived with AK Bell library so this is a great way to make sure your family history is preserved for future generations to hear. We collect stories from the past, the present and even the future! Let us know what you think Alyth will be like in the years to come.

Story Box WiFi Hub
The WiFi hub at the Story Box has been a great success with young people of the town, those waiting at the bus stop and visitors. However, you may have noticed that the WiFi Hub wasn’t working for a while from November. This was due to the closure of Alyth Community Council who were the named account holder on the BT phone line contract for the Story Box. Despite Story Box project funds being available to pay the bills, after the Community Council closed BT couldn’t change the name on the account, nor could we find a way to pay them as our funds are held by the charity NEoN, who cannot pay an invoice not addressed to them. So unfortunately the line was shut down by BT. The great news is that since Christmas the line has been re-connected and the WiFi hub is now up and running again, providing a valuable free-to-use broadband internet service for everyone in the town centre. Many thanks to Alyth Development Trust who stepped in to help and have agreed to be the account holder for the BT line until the end of the project in 2019.

The Story Box and “100 Objects”
Some of you may have been involved in and/or enjoyed one of Cateran’s Common Wealth’s sister project “A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects” which collated community suggestions for people, landscapes and objects that tell the story of Cateran Country. The exhibition was launched in Alyth Museum last summer and broke all box office records for the Museum with over 1,000 people visiting in July, August and September. We have teamed up with the 100 Objects project to record a series of interviews with local people who suggested some of the objects. The interviewees tell the story of their “object” and discuss its importance in the culture of our area.

These new stories will be available to hear both in the Museum, to accompany the Exhibition when it returns this summer for a second showing and in The Story Box itself. They include: willow weaver Jane Wilkinson talking about woven tatty creels; poet Jim MacKintosh talking about the enduring influence of local cultural icon Hamish Henderson; Linda Cullis talking about her family links with the artist “Blairgowrie Girl” Jane Spindler; Ashleigh Slater talking about the inspiration and weaving of the Berries and Cherries tartan; Ian McGregor talking about the story and song collecting legacy of his traveller family including his mother Sheila and grandmother Belle Stewart; and Janey McFarlane and Ron Kirkpatrick reading poetry by 19th-century Alyth poets William Pyott and James Young Geddes.

To record your story get in touch with Marian Bruce on 07917 430200 or by email to info@driftwoodscotland.com

Fascinating lesson plans based on Cateran ‘100 Objects’ project

There’s some fascinating stuff in a fabulous set of primary school lesson plans created recently by Alyth-based primary school teacher (and ADT director) Nicky Macfarlane out of the ‘A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’ project run by Cateran’s Common Wealth.  You can scroll through them here:  http://commonculture.org.uk/lesson-plans/ 
Do have a browse through them – I guarantee you’ll learn something surprising that you didn’t know about Alyth and its environs.
Many thanks to Clare Cooper, co-producer of Cateran’s Common Wealth, for sharing them with us.

More on the new Market Square defibrillator

Update on the new defibrillator in the Market Square: we’re planning a community seminar and training session in March in association with the Community Heartbeat Trust on what to do in an emergency – watch this space for more details. In the meantime, the box is programmed to talk you through what needs to be done, and here’s a handy cribsheet on steps to take in an emergency. The important thing to do first is to phone 999 and the ambulance service will talk you through getting access to the box. If you don’t have a phone on you, the shops, cafe, hotel and even private houses nearby will help in an emergency.

Some have asked why we need a security access code.  We decided on a locked box to avoid vandalism as itis in such a public place and to ensure that the defib was available when needed.  Some boxes elsewhere are unlocked, but they are inside halls or other community facilities. In any emergency the first thing to do before you try to use any defib is to PHONE AN AMBULANCE (or get someone else to do this).

So if you don’t have phone you borrow one or go into a shop or the hotel or café – this is an emergency!
There are not many times in the town when a phone will not be available from someone to use. The ambulance service will give you the code help you with what to do if you are not first-aid trained.

We’re planning a community seminar about this in March in association with the Community Heartbeat Trust  to inform folk about cardiac arrest and what to do in such an emergency. However, even if you are not trained the box will guide you through what to do – it literally speaks to you and tells you how to use it.

You can also download the poster as a pdf if you prefer: DrsABCPoster