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West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 9th May 2018

Present: Allan Arbuthnott, Ronnie Collins Donald Murdoch, Ann MacDonald, Cllr Bobby Clelland, David Scott

Apologies:

John Bonnar

1. Introduction

AA welcomed Ann Macdonald back to the group

2. Minutes of April Meeting;

Approved

3. Finances

No report in Treasurer's absence

4. Web Site

Drop in number of hits compared with May 2017; 877-639 History groups continue as most popular

5. E book

223 downloads of e book

6. Blair House Site

A productive meeting with SMRT has been held. Plans for restoration had been modified to address comments raised at consultation meetings. These are to be posted in Saline, Steelend and Oakley. It was noted that available funds are £3.1m compared with an estimated £9m for the original restoration plans. SMRT will concentrate on restoration to a condition that the site can be taken over by a body like the Forestry Commission

7. West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum

An open meeting has been arranged to decide on the Forum's future. It was agreed that there was merit in continuing with the Forum but with broader representation. Attendance should be promoted

8. AOCB

None

9. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 13th May 2018 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 18th April 2018

Present: Ronnie Collins (chair) Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, John Le Marie

Apologies:

Ann MacDonald, Allan Arbuthnott, David Scott

1. Introduction

Rc welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Minutes of March Meeting;

Carried forward

3. Finances

Current balance is £2735.91. Hall hire has been paid

4. Web Site

No report

5. E book

Receipts needed for expenses incurred at launch

6. Cllr Manekshaw

DM indicated that Cllr Manekshaw was interested in attending a meeting in view of councillors wishing for the Community Councils Forum to continue and his own interest in bus services but he had difficulty attending due to other commitments. The group felt that the Forum should continue but that membership should be extended

JB referred to a forthcoming meeting to discuss community liaison for the Blair House site restoration. It was felt that Carnock should be represented and that JB should speak to Robin Caldow about RC attending

7. AOCB

None

8. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 10th May 2018 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 14th Febuary 2018

Present: Ronnie Collins (chair) Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, David Scott

Apologies:

Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald, Allan Arbuthnott, John Le Marie

1. Introduction

Rc welcomed everyone to the meeting. He felt that the meeting should focus on the booklet launch

2. Minutes of January Meeting;

Approved

3. Finances

Current balance is £2795.71. Hall hire due

4. Web Site

There has been a fall in unique visits this month and more articles are required.

5. E book

The invitation list has been prepared and updated. RC to check availability of Provost Leishman on 2nd March. In DM's absence, AA to send out invitations. JB to inform AA of email addresses of Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust

6. Future Activities

RC advised of a forthcoming meeting between Culross CC and West Fife Woodlands to discuss a West Fife Villages paths map. It was felt that there may be a role for this group and RC will report back

7. AOCB

None

8. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 14th March 2018 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 10th January 2018

Present: Allan Arbuthnott (chair) Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, David Scott, John Le Marie

Apologies:

Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald, Ronnie Collins

1. Introduction

AA welcomed everyone to the meeting. He felt that the meeting should focus on the booklet launch

2. Minutes of November Meeting;

Approved. Proposed by JB, seconded by AA

3. Finances

Not discussed

4. Web Site

There has been a increase in unique visits this month but more articles are required. The most popular hits remain Limekilns CC, Heritage groups, WFVCPG, Saline and Steelend CC and Torryburn CC.

5. E book

Following discussion of a guest list, it was agreed that DM should prepare and circulate this. Details of date and catering will take place once RC has confirmed Provost Leishman's availability

6. Future Activities

continued

7. AOCB

None

8. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 14th February 2018 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 13th December 2017

Present: Allan Arbuthnott (chair) Ronnie Collins, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, David Scott,

Apologies:
Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald, John Le Marie

1. Introduction
AA welcomed everyone to the meeting. He felt that the meeting should focus on the booklet launch

2. Minutes of November Meeting;
Approved. Proposed by JB, seconded by RC

3. Finances
Current balance is £10246.91. Hall rent is due. It was agreed that DS should be asked to provide a quote for purchasing Quark Express, maintaining/updating the e book and training a local person.

4. Web Site
There has been a drop in unique visits from 954 in November 2017 to 767 this month. Other indicators show a drop and more articles are required. The most popular hits are Limekilns CC, Heritage groups, WFVCPG, Saline and Steelend CC and Torryburn CC.

5. E book
John Le Marie has contacted Dunfermline Library . It was agreed that John should book his preferred room plus catering for 36. This should be discussed with JB. An invite list will be agreed at the January 2018 meeting. The “Press” and “Courier” should be invited

6. Future Activities
DM reminded that Fife Leader has increased its intervention rate to up to 80% and put no limit on max grant level. He suggested that it might be worthwhile for Oakley CC to contact Leader staff re the upgrading of the Comrie Colliery mineral line. He had been advised that LRD had land outwith the quarry site that could possibly be used

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 10th January 2018 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 8th November 2017

Present: Ronnie Collins (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, John Le Marie, David Scott, Deanne Ross

Apologies:
Muriel Colver, Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald

1. Introduction
RC welcomed everyone to the meeting. He introduced Deanne Ross from the Fife Forum. She described her work with excluded 14-65 year olds. It was felt that there was scope for some to be involved with this and other West Fife Villages groups

2. Minutes of September Meeting;
Approved. Proposed by JB, seconded by J Le M

3. Finances
Current balance is £10246.91. The ontribution from the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative has been received while hall hire has been paid

4. Web Site
There has been a drop in unique visits. The most popular hits are Limekilns CC, Heritage groups, WFVCPG, Saline and Steelend CC and Torryburn CC. More articles are required

5. E book
DS has confirmed that no articles have been received. It was agreed that 8000 books should be ordered. John Bonnar will contact Cath Harrower about temporary storage.
It was agreed that the book should be launched towards the end of January 2018. J Le M will investigate the possible use of Dunfermline Library and catering arrangements

6. Future Activities
DM advised that Fife Leader has increased its intervention rate to up to 80% and put no limit on max grant level

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 13th December 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group


Note of Meeting of 11th October 2017

Present: Ronnie Collins (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, John Le Marie,

Apologies:
Muriel Colver, Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald, Dave Scott

1. Introduction
RC welcomed everyone to the meeting

2. Minutes of August Meeting;
Approved. Proposed by J Le M, seconded by RC

3. Finances
Current balance is £9281. Contributions from the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative have to be added while hall hire is due.

4. Web Site
No report in view of DS's absence

5. E book
DS has confirmed that he has enough material to complete the book. Discussion on launch of the book is required

6. Future Activities
DM advised that the application to “Peoples Choices” has been submitted.

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 8th November 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 13th September 2017

Present: Allan Arbuthnott (chair) Ronnie Collins, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Dave Scott, John Le Marie,

Apologies:
Muriel Colver, Cllr Clelland, Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald

1. Introduction
AA welcomed everyone to the meeting

2. Minutes of August Meeting;
Approved. Proposed by J Le M, seconded by RC

3. Finances
Links Media has been paid for web site management. JB will invoice Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, which J Le M will deliver

4. Web Site
DS advised that “hits” continue to hold up Heritage Societies' minutes continue the most popular. More articles are needed

5. E book
DS circulated a draft, which was accepted. He noted that the book was 50 pages long, which complicated printing. The options are to increase to 52 pages or drop 2 pages. It was agreed to proceed with 52 on the basis that more articles are submitted

6. Future Activities
DM advised of the receipt of forms for the Peoples Choices application. After discussion, it was agreed that a bid be submitted to develop the Heritage network

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 11th October 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 9th August 2017


Present: Ronnie Collins (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Dave Scott, John Le Marie,

Apologies: Muriel Colver, Cllr Clelland, Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald

1. Introduction
In Allan Arbuthnott's absence, Ronnie Collins took the chair.

2. Minutes of April Meeting;
Approved. Proposed by J Le M, seconded by RC

3. Finances
The current bank balance is £10, 381.91 less fees for the web site management. This is to be paid by the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative and J Le M will arrange for an invoice to be delivered.

4. Web Site
DS advised that “hits” continue to hold up Heritage Societies' minutes continue the most popular.

5. E book
More information for inclusion in the Businesses section is required. DS circulated a draft . He will distribute the final draft for the September meeting

6. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 11th September 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 10th May 2017


Present: Ronnie Collins (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Dave Scott, John Le Marie,

Apologies: Muriel Colver, Cllr Clelland, Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald

1. Introduction
In Allan Arbuthnott's absence, Ronnie Collins took the chair.

2. Minutes of April Meeting;
Approved. Proposed by J Le M, seconded by RC

3. Finances

The current bank balance is £10, 381.91 Funds are required to keep going. DM will investigate a possible contribution from the Colton Trust

4. Web Site
DS advised that “hits” continue to hold up Heritage Societies' minutes continue the most popular

5. E book

More information for inclusion in the Businesses section is required. DS will circulate a draft before the August meeting. It was agreed that Kilbagie Distilleries be added. It was noted that there is a lack of information on Newmills and Torryburn

6. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 9th August 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Note of Meeting of 12th April 2017

Present: Ronnie Collins (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Dave Scott, John Le Marie
Apologies: Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver, Cllr Clelland, Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman

1. Introduction
In Allan Arbuthnott's absence, Ronnie Collins took the chair. Jim Hensman's poor health was noted and it was agreed that DM would pass on the group's best wishes

2. Finances
JB has still to hear from the bank re new signatories. He will contact the bank again and flag up any problems. DM indicated that Muriel Colver was still in hospital and that contacting her would have to wait
Current finances are unchanged JB confirmed that DS had been paid, which clears off the Blair House Trust. He has also paid the hall hire. The current balance is £10, 342.91

3. Web Site
DS advised of a welcome increase in unique “hits” compared with Marchy 2016

4. E book
Businesses continue to be contacted.
DS demonstrated progress on the layout of the hard copy. DM advised that he had e mailed Cllr Stewart re making contact with the Heritage Network group but has still to have a reply. It was understood that the group is still at an early stage and that it is unlikely that any early progress on a contribution to the book will be made
RC confirmed that an application has been made to the Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust. If approved, this will complete the budget.

5. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

6. AOCB
None

7. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 10th May 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 11th January 2017

Present: Ronnie Collins (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Dave Scott, Jim Hensman

Apologies: Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Allan Arbuthnott

1. Introduction

In Allan Arbuthnott's absence, Ronnie Collins took the chair

2. Finances

JB has still to hear from the bank re new signatories. He will contact the bank and flag up any problems

DM indicated that Muriel Colver had been taken to hospital and that contacting her would have to wait

Current finances are unchanged but DS's invoice for work on the e book is due to be paid. This clears off the contribution from Blair House Trust

3. Web Site

DS advised of a welcome increase in unique “hits” compared with January 2016

4. E book

DM indicated that he had contacted Mrs Hamilton from Charlestown and Limekilns Community Council. She was unable to attend this meeting but had passed information to people who might be interested.

DM indicated that he had spoken to Robert Thomson's wife, a Limekilns resident, who might be interested. JB will speak to Robert at the next meeting of the Community Councils' Forum

Businesses continue to be contacted. It was agreed that text should be minimal, enough to advise visitors of availability and provide a web link.

DS advised of progress on content. This was accepted and suggestions were made re additional themes. Culross' community garden and graveyards were worthy of consideration. DM indicated that Cllr Kate Stewart had referred to witches in work being done by Torryburn School. As there are witch stories in other communities, the possibility of an article could be considered.

5. Future Activities

Carried over to next meeting

6. AOCB

None

7. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 8th March 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


Minutes

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group


Note of Meeting of 11th January 2017


Present: Allan Arbuthnott (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, John Le Marie, Dave Scott, Ronnie Collins, Jim Hensman

Apologies: Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver

1. Introduction

AA indicated that the focus of the meeting would focus on actions required to progress the e book

2. Finances
JB has still to hear from the bank re new signatories. DM indicated that he would try to contact Muriel Colver to establish whether she had received anything

3. Web Site
DS advised of a welcome increase in “hits” compared with December 2015

4. E book
There was discussion of the level of business information to be included and it was agreed that the focus would be on those that aimed at visitors such as accommodation, catering and hire.
The position of Charlestown and Newmills was considered. While the communities will transfer to another ward, it was noted that they were featured in the calendars and that minutes were popular on the web site. It was therefore agreed that the community council be asked and invited to the February meeting

5. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

6. AOCB
DM indicated that he had discovered that the £2000 contribution to the e book was from Blair House Trust rather than Comrie Colliery Environmental Trust. This Trust is winding up and the treasurer required invoices for works carried out. It was agreed that DS should invoice for works carried out to date

7. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 8th February 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 14th December 2016

Present: Allan Arbuthnott (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, John Le Marie, Dave Scott, Ronnie Collins,

Apologies: Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver

1. Introduction

AA indicated that the focus of the meeting would focus on actions required to progress the e book

2. Minutes of November Meeting

Carried forward to January 2017 meeting

3. Finances

JB has sumitted the paperwork for new signatories to the bank but has yet to hear from them

DM indicated that the 2015/16 accounts have been audited and can be passed at the January 2017. Copies to be circulated

4. E book

It was agreed that AA's draft letter to businesses should form the basis for letters to other communities. At present, communities in hand are;

Cairneyhill

Oakley and Comrie

Carnock

Saline and Steelend

Actions re others are:

Kincardine: RC to contact Donald Campbell

Culross: In the unavailability of A MacD, RC to investigate

Low Valleyfield: Sheila Carrabine to be contacted

High Valleyfield: J Le M to contact Cllr Kate Stewart

Torryburn and Newmills: John Duffy to advise

Crombie: Community Council to be contacted

Limekilns and Charlestown: community council to be contacted


5. Future Activities

Carried over to next meeting

6. AOCB

None

7. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 12th November 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


West Fife Villages Community Projects Group


Note of Meeting of 12th October 2016

Present: Jim Hensman, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Dave Scott, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Ronnie Collins

Apologies: Allan Arbuthnott

1. Introduction

In Allan Arbuthnott's absence, John Le Marie took the chair

2. Minutes of September Meeting
Approved. Proposed by JH, seconded by MC

3. Finances

JB has sumitted the paperwork for new signatories to the bank but has yet to hear from them
£10,000 has been received from the BIG Lottery. This and the contribution from Comrie Restoration Trust has been ring-fenced in the accounts

4. Awards For All
DS submitted proposals as a basis for the e book. It was felt that this is a useful starting point but there was scope to extend it to place greater emphasis on tourism promotion. This will require input from other groups.

5. Web Site
DS indicated that there has been an increase in hits compared with 2015 but more articles are still required

6. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 9th November 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

Minutes

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 14th September 2016


Present: Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Muriel Colver
Apologies: Dave Scott, Ronnie Collins, John Le Marie, Ann MacDonald

1. Minutes of August Meeting
Approved. Proposed by JH, seconded by JB

2. Finances
Muriel Colver transferred financial paperwork to John Bonnar. DM will copy new bank signatories and JB will take to AA and J Le M for signing
MC confirmed that £60 had been paid for hall hire

3. Awards For All
DM passed the information required to the BIG Lottery and confirmed that £10,000 has been paid into the bank. It will now be necessary to agree the contents of the book

4. Web Site
More articles still required

5. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

6. AOCB
Because of the complications with changing the bank account, it was agreed that the group name reverts to Community Planning Group. This will necessitate adoption of a revised constitution

7 Date of next meeting
Wednesday 12th October 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

Minutes

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 13th April 2016

Present: Jim Hensman, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Ronnie Collins, Dave Scott, Ann MacDonald, Alan Arbuthnott, John Duffy

Apologies: John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie

1. Introductory remarks:
AA welcomed those present

2. Web Site
The financial position has improved in that John Le Marie has secured funding from the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative that will enable the web site to continue. Nevertheless, it is essential that new funding is secured

3. Minute of April meeting

Accepted. Proposed by John Bonnar, seconded by Ronnie Collins

4. Finances

In the absence of the treasurer, an up to date position is not available. However, it was confirmed that the books have been audited.

DM indicated that it was essential that the bank account name should match the constitution if funding is to be secured. He will try to contact Muriel Colver to establish the position. He did understand that Muriel wishes to stand down for health reasons and JB agreed to take on the treasurer role. It was also noted that there will be a need to change cheque signatures.

5. Awards For All

DM has amended the application and will resubmit after discussion with Alan Arbuthnott and confirmation of financial position with Muriel Colver

4. Future Activities

It was considered essential that new people are recruited and that there is a meaningful project that meets the group's objectives. One possibility would be to consult on drawing up a Community Action Plan that draws together existing ones, fills in gaps and identifies common issues that could be used to stimulate investment in the area. DM will produce notes on this

5. AOCB

Consultation on the Rural Manifesto was discussed. It was felt that inadequate notice of the meeting had been given. DM and RC had attended and found it interesting

6. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 8th June 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 13th April 2016

Present: Jim Hensman, John Le Marie, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Ronnie Collins

Apologies: John Crane

1. Introductory remarks:
In view of the modest attendance and absence of minutes etc from the previous meeting, it was agreed that there should be a general discussion of key issues

2. Web Site
The financial position is a big concern but it was noted that there was a lot of support from groups who used it to demonstrate compliance with funders' requirements for publicity. It was therefore agreed that sources of funding should be sought but, in the meantime, the webmaster be advised to put his work on hold. It was also suggested that community councils be asked to contribute

3. Awards For All

Due to John Crane's poor health it had not been possible to submit the application. DM will take over as contact and discuss submission with Alan Arbuthnott

4. Future Activities

It was considered essential that new people are recruited and that there is a meaningful project that meets the group's objectives. One possibility would be to consult on drawing up a Community Action Plan that draws together existing ones, fills in gaps and identifies common issues that could be used to stimulate investment in the area.

5. AOCB

John Crane's ill health was noted with concern. DM indicated that Saline and Steelend Community Council was organising a presentation to John and Jim Hensman to acknowledge their considerable contribution to their own and the wider area. Group members have been invited to the event.

6. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 11th May 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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