It’s that time of year again when we start to think about the Dunadd Community Enterprise Annual General Meeting.
Dunadd Community Enterprise AGM will be held on Zoom on Thursday 4th February at 7pm.
Documents for the AGM can be found by following this link
Meeting login details
All members will have received an email on 3rd February with updated login details. If your not a member and would like to attend please email your name, address and we will email you the login details to the meeting. [email protected]
Due to the current restrictions we are not able to hold our usual face to face meeting, so will be inviting you to an on-line meeting, using the zoom app. The invitation will give you simple instructions on how to attend.
All the paperwork for the AGM will be posted onto our website before the AGM, and we will also use our facebook page to promote the AGM.
We are keen to encourage you to get involved and consider becoming a Director, a list of our current directors is on our website, and anyone of us would be willing to talk to you about DCE. If you would like to more information on becoming a Director or any other elements of DCE please contact David Bracken (Chair) or Di Roberts (Treasurer) 01546 510202, [email protected] or [email protected]
On our website you will also find information on our forthcoming activities under the Resilience and Recovery heading.
We hope you will be able to join us.
DCE is looking at how it can help communities and business within the recovery period. Take a look at our draft plan.
The community council is developing its response to the current situation and has coordinators in different areas. We are looking for volunteers who can deliver shopping, pick up prescriptions, chat over the phone, etc .
We are also trying to identify people who are self isolating and need help. As you will be aware it is difficult to be confident everyone has got the message in an isolated rural area, so we ask that you share this with neighbours, friends, etc. This way we hope to get a message to everyone.
we ask all people who are volunteering to take heed of this information from Argyll and Bute Council
The Co-ordinators are:-
Tel: 07758 130576
Information on the forthcoming meeting to update the community on Dunadd Community Enterprise.
This will include an update on the viability study on The Kilmartin Church Building, project.
Documents for the meeting on 30th January 2020
The 3 villages of Kilmelford, Ardfern and Kilmartin have come together to look at [the viability of] a shared Community Transport project. The project is called the A816 but also included other settlements and villages within the immediate area.
This is intended to support anyone with transport issues to be able to access services in the towns that they might not be able to right now.
This could include sports and other extracurricular activities in Lochgilphead and Oban, and may even assist students and people looking for their first jobs.
How can you help?
We presently have a questionnaire to help shape and gauge the response to the project, you can help us by filling this out. A816 Project Form
We have changed the structure of this website, there is now a new projects item in the menu. That leads to an overall project page, then information on individual projects.
The Church Building Project has been update with a copy of the project plan that we will keep up to date so you know where we are at.
There is a new litter project that we will post more details as this moves forward.
At the AGM in October I promised to keep members informed of any developments that Dunadd Community Enterprise makes on exploring the potential of the Kilmartin Church building. The information below is a press release that has just been issued, it explains how we are working with Kilmartin Museum to find ways around issues that affect both organisations.
Initially the Church of Scotland head office indicated that it would hold up putting the church on the market for twelve months to allow us to explore our options. This always felt a bit of a tight timespan to get a feasibility study in place and explore our options to the full potential. The agreement below gives us the space to be thorough and make sure our discussions on the property are full and fruitful.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
DUNADD COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE AND KILMARTIN MUSEUM
COMMUNITY CONSIDERS PURCHASE OF HISTORIC CHURCH
A newly established community initiative for Dunadd Community Council area called Dunadd Community Enterprise is considering purchasing the historic Kilmartin Church with a view to converting it into a new community facility.
Since the Church of Scotland moved to its new premises in Kilmartin, it has been their intention to sell Kilmartin Church and Glebe, as well as the churches in Ford, Kilmichael Glassary and Kilmichael of Inverlussa. Kilmartin Museum has been in discussions with the Church of Scotland about purchasing the Glebe Field to use for their education programs, and to develop overflow parking in a small area to accommodate the extra visitors expected when the redeveloped museum opens in 2021.
At its recent AGM, members of the Dunadd Community Enterprise supported the committee to go ahead with seeking funding to commission a full feasibility study that would explore sustainable community use of the building. Funds would be required to buy, renovate and convert the church. There have been lots of ideas and discussion, but careful business planning is required to ensure whatever the church is used for would attract grant funding and crucially, would be sustainable in the long term. This will take some time, and funding needs to be sought for a feasibility study in the first instance, so Dunadd Community Enterprise could not currently purchase Kilmartin Church.
Kilmartin Museum already has funding in place to purchase the Glebe Field, and they need to go ahead with this to keep to their Redevelopment Project timescales. However, the Church of Scotland Head Office have decided to dispose of the Church building together with the field and they wish to move quickly to reduce the cost of maintaining these buildings. This may have presented difficulties to all involved, not to mention risked the Church being sold into private hands for housing, however, a very good friend of the Museum stepped forward with an offer to purchase Kilmartin Church as a holding position. He has agreed to allow Dunadd Community Enterprise time to explore the possibility and make a final decision that any community use has the full support of its members and is sustainable. The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous at present, has also said that it will be possible to maintain public access to the historic stones housed in the Church and that the Museum could also use the building whilst the building work required during the Redevelopment Project is taking place.
Dr Sharon Webb, Museum Director said “it would have been a real shame if the Church and the historic stones had become inaccessible, and this decision by the Church head office could have presented real difficulties to both the Museum, and Community Enterprise, so it’s great that a temporary solution has been found. Its wonderful that there are such generous and philanthropic people who want to make a difference to both the Museum and the local community.”
Chair of the Dunadd Community Enterprise David Bracken added “this gives us the time we need to explore all the possibilities and make sure that if we do go ahead and raise funds to buy the church, it’s the right thing for the community now, and for future generations.”
Negotiations between the Church of Scotland Head Office and the anonymous buyer are ongoing.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
DAVID BRACKEN – [email protected]