Kirknewton Community Development Trust AGM Directors Report 2012-2013




Chairman’s Report : Review of Activities during the year

The Trust was able to share the Development Officer, Tony Foster, with Loganlea Miners Welfare Charitable Society/Pitstop in Addiewell during the period within which we were actively preparing our application for further Lottery funding. The Trust was awarded £17,000 to prepare this application.

The first Kirknewton Volunteer Awards took place, sponsored by Fauch Hill EFRG (£1000) and generous support was received from Charles Welwood in providing the Stables and Stables Kitchen. Over 60 people enjoyed a three course meal and 12 awards were distributed. The event was supported by a number of Trust volunteers and local businesses. It was decided to run the event every two years, if possible.

The Selm Muir walking/cycling route was led by volunteer Duncan McCool. Working with the Forestry Commission, a number of volunteering event days were attended by over 30 volunteers who filled in ditches and undertook a variety of tidying and maintenance tasks. Duncan was also able to establish a potential walking/cycling route from the village to Potter Around and on to Selm Muir wood. This needs some further work and agreement with the landowners if it is to go ahead.

The West Lothian Council SNP group came out in support of the Fauch Hill proposals and this Trust’s Directors continued to help establish the best deal possible for Kirknewton (West Calder and West Lothian) from the potential Community Benefit Package from EFRG the Fauch Hill developer.

KCDT began a fundraising challenge which would support youth projects, fund extra costs relating to the new centre and facilitate work on multi-paths. Fundraising has helped us to demonstrate to Lottery that we are engaged with volunteers and capable of raising money independently. Local companies, individuals and groups all contributed and one of the major fundraisers was a Big Walk in which over 100 people participated in a 5 kilometre walk around Kirknewton. This walk alone raised £1800. Funds were distributed to local youth groups including Playgroup, Tae-Kwondo, Rainbows, Brownies and the School for cycling bibs and a school trip to Jupiter Artland.

The Trust supported many local events and attended Kirknewton Gala, Spring Fair, Apple Day, the Multipath days at Selm Muir woodland and actively promoted the Kirknewton Christmas Festival and our own event, the Christmas Food and Craft Fair, at Potter Around. This year the playgroup ran the Santa’s grotto and raised their own funds too.

The Trust did some pre planning and contract specification, working towards a tender document to submit to potential contractor’s for the construction of the new “Green Room. It took 200 volunteer hours to prepare for this and the process was quite challenging, given the very high quotes for the contract that were returned following the necessary process of using the “Public Contracts Scotland” route. All the quotations received were well in excess of our proposed budget. In the end we managed to come to an agreement with a new contractor, Jim Keith which met the budget requirements for both ourselves and LEADER. Construction started on 16th May 2013. Thankfully the Trust was able to continue using 12 Main St rent free for another six months during this time due to support from our two elected members, Dave King and Carl John.

 In June it was announced the Trust had been successful in getting a grant from Big Lottery Scotland of £266,120 for three years funding. Interviews for the Development Manager took place and Tony Foster returned full time to the Trust on 1st August. The role of Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator and Finance and Admin officer were advertised at the same time.

 Stewart McKenna, Chairman, April 2014

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