Community Council News and Minutes
This page contains minutes and other items of interest from the Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council, from January 2016 on. Click on any document title to see the full document.
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- Agenda for CC Meeting 12th June 2017
- Draft Minutes of Extraordinary Meeting 8th May 2017
- Draft Minutes of 2017 AGM 8th May 2017
- Draft Minutes of Ordinary Meeting 8th May 2017
- Agenda for 2017 AGM 8th May 2017
- Agenda for CC Meeting 8th May 2017
- Draft Minutes of Ordinary Meeting 10th April 2017
- Agenda for CC Meeting 10th October 2016
- Draft Minutes of Ordinary Meeting 12th September 2016
- Road, Access And Parking Review 2016 For Dunkeld & Birnam
- Contact details & meeting information for your Community Council
- Agenda for CC Meeting 12th September 2016
- Minutes of Ordinary Meeting on 8th August 2016
- Agenda for CC meeting 11th July 2016
- Draft Minutes of 13th June 2016
- Agenda for CC meeting on 13th June 2016.
- Minutes of EGM on 9th May
- Minutes of Ordinary Meeting on 9th May
- Local Community Planning in Perth & Kinross: public meeting at Breadalbane Community Campus, Aberfeldy on 25th May - click here for more information or here for a background document.
- Scam Email Warning (supposedly from Royal Mail)
- Draft Minutes 8th February
- Agenda for CC Meeting 14/3/16
- Draft Minutes from 11th January
- Letter to Stakeholders regarding Scottish Police Strategic Priorities
- Review of Scottish Police Strategic Priorities
- Scotland Bill - letter to community councils
- Scotland Bill - briefing note
- Playground Refurbishment (Church Road Birnam) - Consultation
- Public Meeting 8th Feb 2016 - Agenda
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 12:53
The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force
Officer Commanding Korea Company; The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force; The Royal Regiment of Scotland Major Noel Murdoch, has been appointed as the Officer Commanding, Korea Company, The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Korea Company has Detachments in Pitlochry, Blairgowrie, Dunkeld, Stanley and Queen’s Barracks Perth.
Major Murdoch joined the army in 1982 serving with the Scots Guards, The 2nd Battalion 51st Highland Volunteers and since 1996, The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force.
Major Murdoch is at present a Police Officer serving with Police Scotland in Divisional Headquarters, Glenrothes.
Dunkeld Detachment is commanded by Staff Sergeant Craig Ross a native of Dunkeld who can be contacted on Mobile Telephone 07429113439. Any interest in joining The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force in the Dunkeld area should be directed to Staff Sergeant Ross.
The Headquarters of The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force, Queen’s Barracks, Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 5BT, Telephone 01738 626571.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:24
Christian Aid 2018
In 2017 our community sent a fantastic total of £3,320 to Christian Aid, a large part of which came from events during Christian Aid week itself. Added to that we had the secondhand toy sale in the Duchess Anne on Santa Day has become quite an attraction for children and families and also raises quite a bit of money for Christian Aid and CHAS.
As a warm-up for Christian Aid Week this year our local group is organising a Quiz Night on Friday May 4th at 7.30pm in the Duchess Anne. Cost will be £3 per person and you can either come on your own and be allocated a team on the night or why not make up a team (of up to 4) from friends, family, church or colleagues and pit your wits against others for a bit of fun. There will be wee nibbles (like crisps) on the tables but please bring your own drinks along. To enter a team (or as an individual) please contact Jean Peacock on email@example.com
Christian Aid Week runs from the 13th – 19th May. The local organising group drawn from the three local churches is planning the following fund-raising events:
Second Hand Bookstall at the Duchess Anne on:
Donations of books always needed. These can be brought to the Meeting Place at the Duchess Anne on Friday mornings.
The proceeds from The Meeting Place on Friday 18th will be going to Christian Aid.
Bread and Cheese Lunch at the Duchess Anne on 13th May at 12.30pm.
Adults £5, Primary School Children, £2.
Door to Door collection during the week.
Street Collection on Saturday 19th
If you feel you could shake a can, deliver and collect envelopes or help with the book stall contact Fraser Penny (01350 727249) or John Gray (01350 728697) Christian Aid supports projects of many kinds to help people of all faiths and none. Please give generously to support the world’s poorest communities.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:31
The Church Youth Groups meet on Thursdays in two age groups. The younger group meets in the Duchess Anne and the senior group in the Chanonry. Starting each time at 7pm and finishing at 9pm.
For details of which night each group meets e-mail Fraser Penny on RPenny@churchofscotland.org.uk
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:40
Church of Scotland Congregation AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Church of Scotland congregation will be in the Duchess Anne on April 3rd 2018 at 7.30pm. A summary Financial Statement will be available a couple of Sundays before and full copies of the accounts can be obtained from John Gray (728697).
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:37
Donations to Perth Foodbank can be made any time - there are boxes in the Duchess Anne and Little Dunkeld Kirk.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:34
Tools With A Mission
I am starting to collect any soft goods like sewing kit items, dress making and tailoring things, craft work and wool to send abroad with the TWAM organisation - as we did with the tools. If you have anything you would like to donate, please let me know or give it to me at the end of a service.
Tools With a Mission will be delighted to send these out to Africa and when we have finished our collection, will come and collect it here. There is a full list pinned to the Duchess Anne notice board in the passageway.
Thank you, Brenda Simpson, 01738 710094.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:43
Parish Church Singing
The Parish Church Choir has stopped doing pieces in 4-part harmony every week and instead there is now a less formal singing group to make contributions to services.
Anyone can join in – all you have to do (apart from being able to hold a tune!) is come along at 10.30 any Sunday morning when songs to be used that day will be rehearsed. You don’t have to commit to singing every week but just as and when you are able.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:42
Plastic Free Perthshire
An opportunity for Dunkeld & Birnam to lead the way on plastic
Plastic has been on everyone’s minds recently. If you were one of the 17 million people who tuned in to Blue Planet 2 last year, I’m sure you were just as appalled as I was to see the impact of plastic on our oceans. The images of seabirds, turtles and whales suffering from eating plastic were heartbreaking to watch. This made many of us take a step back and think about the impact that our everyday actions are having on oceans.
But plastic pollution isn’t just bad news for oceans - it’s bad news for Dunkeld & Birnam too. Our healthy environment is one of the foundations of our local economy, but plastic pollution poses a real threat. When plastics find their way into our rivers, on to our hillsides and even into wildlife, they damage the beautiful environment that our town depends so deeply depends on.
So what can we do? That’s where Plastic Free Perthshire comes in. Plastic Free Perthshire aims to help businesses realise the opportunities of reducing plastic use, and work with our community to protect our local environment by cutting plastic use. The three types of plastic we want to tackle are: straws, takeaway cups, and plastic bottles.
More and more businesses across Scotland are putting in place solutions to help them cut back on these items in ways which work for them and customers. I want to help businesses in Dunkeld & Birnam do the same!
Wondering how you can reduce your own plastic use?
Three easy things to you can do are:
Get your own reusable takeaway cup (coming soon to Kettles of Dunkeld!)
Use a water bottle instead of buying plastic bottled water
Say no to plastic straws when you’re out for a drink
We’ve got a real opportunity to put Dunkeld & Birnam on the map as a town which protects its local environment and takes plastic pollution seriously. By leading the way on plastic, we can show the rest of Scotland how it’s done and create an exciting new reputation for the whole town.
I’ll be speaking to businesses over the next few weeks to help them reduce their plastic use. If you’d like to find out what opportunities there are for your business or would like to find out more about the project, please feel free to get in touch with me and I’d be happy to help.
Jamie Wylie, Plastic Free Perthshire, firstname.lastname@example.org
07715 862 906 @PFPerthshire
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:20
There’s a lot going on at Amulree Hall…
Dance on 16th March
Music by Tay Ceilidh Band (Callum Wallace)
Monday mornings Bumps and Beyond
Young mums meet up from 10am
Fri morning Fitness with Marcin 10am
Dancing every second Mon
7.30pm till end March email@example.com
will hopefully recommence in Feb
Thurs morning 11.30am.
Every second Mon 7.30pm Sept- April.
All are welcome to attend any of the above activities, there is no age limit !!
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:54
March at Loch of the Lowes
March is a very exciting month at Loch of the Lowes: for the Visitor Centre, it marks the start of summer opening hours - 7 days a week (10am-5pm); and is usually the month when our ospreys return to their nest.
Last year, the male osprey, LM12, returned on 17th March, with the female, LF15, flying in to join him on 23rd March. Will this be repeated this year? We will be posting news of any osprey action on our social media (details below) and on our Blog. Best of all, why not come up and scan the skies for a chance of the momentous sight of an osprey completing its 3,000 mile migration and landing safely back on its nest. If you or anyone you know would like to take part in the 24 hours osprey nest protection program (Osprey Watch) please contact the Perthshire Ranger (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All training is given and the role brings with it the bonus of fabulous views not only of osprey behaviour but of beaver, otter, great crested grebe and all manner of species throughout the breeding season.
Volunteering with Scottish Wildlife Trust is an excellent way of meeting new people, gaining knowledge of our diverse wildlife and environment and is even proven to be beneficial for both physical and mental well-being. We have many different roles available in the visitor centre and out on the reserve.
Also on 15th March, 7.30pm-9pm, we are delighted to have Jim Crumley coming to Birnam Arts to speak about Nature Writing. The funds raised from the evening will be divided equally between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Birnam Arts and we hope you will come along and enjoy a fascinating talk while contributing to two very worthwhile causes. Tickets are available from Birnam Arts and Loch of the Lowes: please spread the word! (Adult £10, Conc £8, Under 26’s £5), booking essential.
As I write, it is already very spring-like up at Loch of the Lowes. Wigeon, coot, goldeneye, mallard, heron, little grebe and goosander are currently on the loch and in the feeding station, siskin, coal tit, great tit, blue tit and yellowhammer along with robins, blackbirds and very lively, vocal great spotted woodpeckers. The woodpeckers have been drumming on the trees for the last few weeks, marking out their territories.
We all look forward to welcoming you to Loch of the Lowes in the coming weeks when we hope (fingers firmly crossed) our ospreys will have returned.
Loch of the Lowes, Scottish Wildlife Trust, 01350 727337 email@example.com
Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve.
Twitter @lochofthelowes Admission charges Adult £4, Conc £3.50 Child 50p Family £7.50 SWT Member FREE
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:23
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Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:48
Wednesday Afternoon Club
If you fancy dropping in to The Wednesday Club for a cup of tea and a blether and a bit of company, then come along on Wednesday Afternoons 2-4pm to the Meeting Room, Birnam Arts Centre. The last one for the year will be the last Wednesday i.e. 28th March.
Look forward to seeing you.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:51
A Bridge Too Far As Mad March Approaches!
Perthshire based charity, Bring Back The Smile To Nepal, will be out on a limb and going the extra mile next month, in a mad March of fundraising.
Anna Gurung (who founded the charity following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015) will be returning to Nepal to mark the third anniversary of the disaster, as the charity steps up its house rebuilding programme. Firstly though, Anna and her friend Paula, will be completing a Mad March of fundraising – with one strenuous and one scary activity.
The month of March will see the two girls running the Inverness Half Marathon followed by plunging 50 metres in a Tandem Buggy Bridge Swing, from The Garry Bridge, near Pitlochry.
“We must be as mad as the proverbial March Hare”, said Anna as she prepares for the events, “but our projects in Nepal are really important to us and we’ll do whatever we can to raise funds.”
You can support Anna and Paula’s efforts by donating or sponsoring them, via the charity’s website www.bringbackthesmiletonepal.org If you would like to follow their progress, other your support – or perhaps even join them, please follow the charity’s facebook or twitter pages.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:26
Every second Wednesday a group of men meets in the Chanonry to start the day with a cooked breakfast together, discuss events, both local and international, and enjoy each other's company. In March we meet on the 7th & 21st and in April on the 4th & 18th all starting at 8.30am. There is no need to book; just turn up and enjoy and all are welcome.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:41
The Meeting Place
Friday Mornings from 10.00 to 12.00 at Duchess Anne Hall
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:50
The Heart of Scotland Forest: what? where? why?
In July 2017, The Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership was launched. Its vision is to create a restored and vibrant landscape that provides opportunities for wildlife to thrive, for local employment and for people’s enjoyment. The land at Dun Coillich – your community land, managed by Highland Perthshire Community Land Trust (HPCLT) – is part of this, together with Forestry Commission Scotland, the John Muir Trust, the Kynachan Estate, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust. The plan is to connect woodlands across Highland Perthshire from Schiehallion to Loch Tummel, creating wildlife corridors across 3,000 hectares.
If you like the sound of this, come along to HPCLT’s AGM and find out more; it’s at 2pm on Saturday 24th March at Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge. The meeting is open to all – you don’t have to be a member. The AGM will be quite short, and will be followed by a talk by Dr David Hetherington, Ecology Adviser with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and a Trustee of the native forest restoration charity, Trees for Life.
There will also be light refreshments, displays illustrating some of the exciting work being done by HPCLT, including our Rural Skills training for young people, and the chance to talk to some of the people actively involved in HPCLT.
Dr Andrew Walker, Chair, HPCLT; 01887 830461, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hpclt.org
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:29
Santa Day Committee Update
Following a successful AGM on 8th February 2018, a new management committee was elected for the Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group (Santa Day).
Lachlan MacEwan will remain as chairman, Christine Walker, assisted by Cat Waldron and Alasdair Wylie, will form the finance team, Gillian MacEwan is the secretary and Sue Savill is the minute secretary.
Several of those who attended also offered to provide support in the lead up to and during the event. We would like to thank all those who attended and for their continued support.
We have a new Facebook page - Dunkeld Santa Day.
We are also on Twitter (@DunkeldSantaDay) and Instagram (dunkeldsantaday).
Please feel free to contact by any of these means or on our new email email@example.com
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:22
The start of the Orchard Year
In this the tenth year since the Orchard was planted, an enthusiastic group met in February to plan the year ahead.
First up for discussion was the month to month care of the Orchard.
The early part of the year up till the end of March is always a busy time, the most pressing job being pruning, particularly the apples.
The group decided to work together in four teams to make the task of tackling 134 apple trees less daunting!
A new problem for us this year is a disease called canker.
The diseased wood should be cut out and burned – but where safe to burn it? If anyone in the village can help us out with this, please contact us by email, phone, personal contact or Facebook (Dunkeld and Birnam Community Orchard).
We shall soon be planting some wild flowers. Our present plan is to take plugs of wild flowers from our own gardens - snowdrops, primroses, cowslips, ox eye daisy, lady’s smock, red campion. Again, if you have some “interesting” wild flowers, we’d like to hear from you.
Calling all Children!
Friday 30 March is in to the school holidays
An Easter Egg Hunt is a definite. There may be a Bug Hunt. And of course, bring a picnic! Time 11.00-12.30 (weather permitting).
We have lots of plans for Big Apple Day on Saturday 8 September and for celebrating our 10th Birthday in October.
More later, but one thing we shall be collecting is Memories of Planting Day, and indeed any art work, stories or poems connected with the Orchard.
These could be handed in any time to Katharine at the Old Police House.
The Eco Group at the Royal School is already getting the ball rolling.
Enjoy the Dunkeld and Birnam Community Orchard …because that is exactly what it is. We would welcome extra help with pruning in March, and also at Harvest time between the end of September and the beginning of November. But even if you can’t give us your time, please visit the Orchard because it is there for all of us to enjoy in all its lovely seasons.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 14:36
Community Council Matters
Correspondence with the Community Council can be made through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or: email@example.com
or post: Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council,
Wester Ballachraggan Farmhouse, Amulree,
Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0EA
Date of Next Meeting: Monday 12th February
Time of Next Meeting: 7pm
Venue: Birnam Institute
To read the minutes of previous meetings and to find the agenda for forthcoming meetings see: www.dunkeldandbirnamnews.co.uk/communitynews/community-council
Community Council Matters
Hello everyone. It’s a busy time for the Community Council and for many of the local groups and individuals who are working hard for our community. Initiatives and projects include those to improve our rail and bus service links, the A9 co-creative work which aims to deliver the best possible design option for our stretch of the new dual carriageway, and efforts to retain Post Office facilities for Dunkeld.
As I have responsibility for links with the local Policing team, I thought I would share some of the advice from our Police colleagues. Firstly, we are fortunate to live in an area which does not tend to attract the levels of crime that others may unfortunately suffer. However, Police advice is that we should all remain vigilant, particularly in respect of rural crimes, such as deer poaching or thefts of agricultural machinery etc. If anyone should see a vehicle or people acting suspiciously, they should not hesitate to inform the Police; either on the nonemergency number of 101 or, if they believe a crime is in progress or about to occur, on 999. Many thieves are opportunists, so valuables should not be left on view in parked cars. Finally, a number of local Birnam residents have expressed concern about speeding motorists on Perth Road, through the village. I have spoken with the Police and discussed enforcement options, but would ask that if anyone has any information or car registration numbers, please inform the Police and they will follow up.
Time is running out for local people to submit their ideas for A9 dualling options, for the pass of Birnam to Jubilee Bridge section. Community engagement events are being held, at which anyone can learn more and submit ideas. However, if anyone is unable to attend any of the events they can visit the www.A9Co-Creative.scot website, which is packed with useful information and provides the opportunity to submit ideas electronically, in most formats. As David Levy said at our last meeting, “We’ll get the best possible road for our community, if we fully engage in its design”.
We have recently been informed that the Post Office intends to commence a new mobile Post Office facility for Dunkeld. This follows the closure of the Dunkeld office and subsequent concerns expressed by local people and the Community Council. There is no definitive start date for the service, or how it will be advertised locally, however they plan to commence it around mid-March. The mobile Post Office will park in the North End Car Park on Atholl Street in Dunkeld and will be there between 9:30 and 10:30am each Thursday and Friday morning. There is parking at the location and the van has disabled facilities. We do intend to ask further questions as to the choice of days and times, which may of course be subject to change, but I would hope that further information will be made widely available by the Post Office prior to commencement of service.
That’s all from me. Please keep warm and lets all look forward to some spring warmth.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:58
Once a fortnight, on Tuesdays, a fellowship group meets for Bible Study, discussion and prayer in the Chanonry at 7pm.
Dates for the next few weeks are: March 13th / March 27th
All are welcome and if you would like to know more, contact John and Mara Ferguson on 727585 or Fraser Penny on 727249.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:39
Dunkeld & Birnam Art & Crafts Fairs 2018
Thank you to all those who supported the 2017 craft fairs.
The dates for 2018 are:
Spring Fair 7th and 8th April
Summer Fair 6th, 7th and 8th July
Autumn Fair 6th and 7th October
All the fairs are held in The Drill Hall, The Cross, Dunkeld from 10am to 5pm each day and admission is free.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 16:52
Pitlochry and District U3A
U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a world-wide organisation for people who are no longer in full-time employment, with no lower age for membership. There are hundreds of U3As throughout the UK. Sometimes perhaps people are put off by the “U” part of U3A, thinking that there are formal classes; there are no classes, no teachers, and everything we learn or participate in is organised by ourselves. Don't be put off by the “3A” part; we are all older than we were but we have experience and skills that we’ve gained during our first and second ages, all ready to share.
For more information get in touch with Meg Ross at: 01796 483281 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated on Friday, 26 January 2018 16:52
Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry & Highland Perthshire Group
On Monday 19th February in the Tryst Hall, Pitlochry at 7.30pm Susan Davies will talk about ‘Making a difference for wildlife. What the SWT is doing now and what is the future vision’.
For more information contact Richard Horobin: email@example.com
On Monday 19th March in the Tryst Hall, Pitlochry at 7.30pm Eilidh McNab will talk about ’What’s happened on Duncoillich as the trees return’.
For more information contact Richard Horobin: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 16th April in the Village hall in Blair Atholl at 7.30pm David Hetherington will talk about ‘Restoring a functioning natural world, the case for getting the lynx back’. Please note change of venue for this talk.
For more information contact Richard Horobin: email@example.com
Last Updated on Friday, 26 January 2018 16:51
Health & Leisure
Young Roving Reporter
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