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 Monday, 15 January 2018 10:16
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 Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:32
Scottish Wildlife Trust Pitlochry & Highland Perthshire Group
On Monday 18th December in the Tryst Hall, Pitlochry at 7.30pm Ruary Mackenzie-Dodds from the Dragonfly Project will give a talk ‘Dragonflies: habits, life-cycles and behaviour’
For more information contact: Richard Horobin – email@example.com
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:32
Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal 2017 Thank You
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to the Shoe box appeal for Blythswood again this year and many thanks to Ann Rees for taking care of the organising, covering dozens of boxes and making sure they got down to Perth on time. This year we broke our own record by sending 125 boxes plus a lot of extra items (which help make up other boxes) and cash donations.
These gifts bring tremendous joy to people who have so little and are therefore much appreciated.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:47
Donations to Perth Foodbank can be made any time there are boxes in the Duchess Anne and Little Dunkeld Kirk.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:50
Update on Inver A9 Tree Felling
Forestry Commission Scotland tree felling on along the A9 at Inver is now well underway, removing the conifers from beside the rivers Braan and Tay, an overhead powerline, a high pressure gas pipe and the A9.
The first phase, felling trees along the overhead powerline and the A9, has been completed successfully. The focus is now on felling and processing the remainder of the spruce trees, which are severely affected by rot and have started to blow over.
Monday 20th November will see the start of the access point upgrade to facilitate moving timber from the forest to the access point and haulage of timber away from site.
This will come with another week’s worth of traffic management on the A9 northbound, with delays of up to 5 minutes possible.
The next tricky phase will be to fell the large fir trees away from the path and the high pressure gas pipe underneath it. The site will remain closed to the public until all timber has been removed from the forest and the path has been cleared of debris. We will do our best to re-open the path before Christmas, so please help us do so by staying safe, adhering to all signs and following diversions.
We aim to re-plant the site in spring with a mix of broadleaved species.
On Tuesday 14th November a group of children, teachers and parents from the Royal School of Dunkeld visited the site to learn about the tree felling and how we manage the environment on site. See young roving reporter for an excellent report that some of the pupils wrote about their visit.
Tay Forest District, Forestry Commission Scotland
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:22
On November 5th the Church of Scotland congregation welcomed six new elders on to the Kirk Session.
Crawford Gillies, who had been ordained already was admitted and John Ferguson, Alison Gillies, Mara Maggio, Jackie McLean and Sheila Mannion were ordained and admitted to the eldership in this parish. We are delighted to welcome these new elders onto our Kirk Session.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 December 2017 16:51
RSPB Scotland Big Garden Birdwatch Event
27 January 2018, 11am – 3pm
The Beatrix Potter Garden
Free : All Welcome
Fun activities for children as well as lots of information on the Birdwatch Survey
For more information contact:
Lauren Shannon, Community Engagement Officer
Tayside and Fife Office Ground Floor,
1 Whitefriars Crescent,
Perth, PH2 0PA
Tel 01738 783233
Mobile 07703 889105
Last Updated on Friday, 01 December 2017 16:44
Applepressing at Auchtergaven Primary School
Andrew Lear a.k.a. Appletreeman, our very own Bankfoot local apple expert, came in to Auchtergaven Primary School at the end of October to give a demonstration of apple pressing to the P1/2 and P2/3 classes.
Both kids and teachers found it very interesting and there were opportunities for the kids to get involved hands-on with the machinery for first mashing and then pressing of the apples.
A variety of apples were brought in by parents and kids, some of which were picked at the Dunkeld and Birnam community orchard.
Feedback from the kids overheard on the day included “This is the very best apple juice I’ve ever drank!”
Last Updated on Friday, 01 December 2017 16:43
Gien a Haund (Giving a hand) to older people
Just over 6 months ago we held our first meeting in response to:
1. A growing population of older people in our community
2. Restrictions on the Health and Social Care budgets to meet their needs
3. Evidence that, in stronger communities, older people enjoy a better quality of life
4. A desire to make Dunkeld and Birnam a really strong community. We now have 2 Befriending links in place with 3 more underway. Our take-out service for those unable to attend the Duchess Anne lunch club has started.
Discussions are also ongoing with one or two local shops regarding the introduction of "Accounts" for older customers - linked to a voluntary home shopping delivery service. And our first communication with Scotrail/Abellio regarding access to trains for the elderly is ready for dispatch. As important though, we now have a much better idea of what local people think are some of the remaining gaps in support. In this context, we're delighted to welcome Alex on board - in response to last month's piece in The Bridge. He mentioned he had some skills in IT. Within a week he received his first request for help ...and solved the problem.
The survey tells us we need more people like Alex. People who can't perhaps take on a regular commitment, but who nonetheless are willing to help someone with a particular challenge. So if you have a little time to spare and would be willing to provide occasional help with – transporting someone to an appointment or pick up their shopping; helping them switch energy supplier; clearing snow from their path; or helping them to decide which Cleaner/Gardener /Carer to employ ; we need you ! Oh and, of course, anyone like Alex who is comfortable around computers and their difficult behaviour.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07754099030. We'd love to hear from you.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:41
Dunkeld Deer Management Forum Newsletter September 2017
The last meeting of the Forum was well supported and for the first time we have comprehensive coverage of Deer management in the Dunkeld area. The data which we have gathered suggests increased effort is required to manage the local population of Fallow, Red and Roe deer. We also have good representation from other stakeholders in the community and many interesting topics were raised from Deer Vehicle Collisions to the interaction of deer, riparian woodland and beavers. The A9 between Ballinluig and Bankfoot is a hot spot for DVCs especially at dawn and dusk in the Autumn and in May. Please take care and be prepared for deer on the roads over the next few months. SNH has published advice to drivers on their website. Police Scotland would encourage the public to report any accidents, injured deer or carcases by the roadside on any roads.
Deer also congregate around towns and villages, they are a delight to watch and provide a tourist attraction. The forum would however like to advise the public not to feed wild deer. Deer are free from most livestock diseases but if they congregate around feeding points on a regular basis they are at a higher risk of disease. In this area deer do not lose much condition over the winter and our local habitat provides them with ample browsing and shelter so Rudolf might not benefit from being fed carrots! If anyone has any comments to make on this article or any issues regarding deer in the community you can contact the Forum through the Community council: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:17
Save our Birnam Bus Group heard on 14th November via the Community Council that Stagecoach were planning changes, to our 23 bus service to Perth that will be introduced on Monday 20th November.
The plans are that the bus will no longer start and finish at Perth Bus Station and will only go to and from Mill St (except Sundays). This will be a major blow to residents in Highland Perthshire who want to travel on from Perth bus station to other parts of Scotland or catch the train especially if they cannot use the Dunkeld and Birnam station because of the low platforms here.
Already a member of our group has expressed dismay as she had planned to go to Perth bus station for onward travel to London. She is very worried about what she will do as she cannot change buses in Perth with luggage because of disability.
There is also going to be a cut to the evening service, for example:
For the significant number of people commuting to and from Perth on a daily basis the reduction in service at the end of the day is not good. There are currently 3 buses leaving Mill Street between 4.30pm and 6pm but in the new timetable there is only 1. This means anyone finishing work and unable to catch the 17.20 bus will have to wait another 65 minutes until the next one.
We are very concerned that Stagecoach is again reducing the service to Birnam and Dunkeld.
We have been in touch with our MSP John Swinney to express concern and we would like anyone who has a view on these changes to get in touch with us and we will consider what to do next.
Contact Pam Green: Pammgreen@btinternet.com or 01350 728 926
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:20
Loch of the Lowes
December and January at Loch of the Lowes
Winter is a wonderful time for enjoying the outdoors.
Nature’s colour palette gives us rich carpets of russet, red and golden leaves, pale yellow grasses and deep bronze bracken. When the sky is blue and everything sparkles with frost or brilliant white snow, what better way to enjoy the daylight hours than by taking a walk. Even on rainy days, remember the old adage “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.” Pull on your woollies and waterproofs to enjoy splashing through puddles and breathing in the fabulous earthy aromas.
The visitor centre at Loch of the Lowes is open 3 days a week (see below) and the double decker hide is open every day, seven days a week throughout the entire year. So, please come up if you fancy watching dabbling ducks like wigeon, or diving ducks like goldeneye, mute swans turning ‘tail up’ as they feed on the underwater plants and the shy fallow deer and red squirrels in the woodland.
Dawn and dusk are the best times for seeing the beaver and keep an ear (and eye) out for owls and pine martens.
Over these darkest months of the year we specialise in Warm Winter Wildlife Watching. From our Visitor Centre’s viewing window you can see woodland birds at very close quarters, something especially enjoyed by young children.
Red squirrels often visit, sometimes climbing right inside the feeders to guzzle away at the peanuts – providing wonderful photo opportunities. For our younger visitors there’s puzzles and colouring to be done in their own little indoor Hide, Duckling Den, or making leaf collages or wrapping up warm and exploring the woodland trail to answer clues in quizzes (maybe win a prize?)
Our shop has a host of wildlife themed gifts for Christmas (lots of fun little stocking presents) as well as our own Scottish Wildlife Trust Calendars and Christmas Cards.
Looking for a present for that person who has everything?
Membership of Scottish Wildlife Trust starts at just £18 for a whole year. To carry out vital work on our 120 reserves across Scotland, the support of our members is essential.
For children, our Wildlife WATCH Membership will spread your gift across twelve months with magazines and activities to expand their understanding of the countryside.
We hope you will pop up and visit us or watch the wildlife on our webcams. If you are on social media, follow us to keep up to date with news and photos.
From all the staff and volunteers at Loch of the Lowes, we wish you a healthy, peaceful and very happy winter season!
Visitor Centre Opening times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4pm. Admission charge: Adult £3.50,
Conc £2.50, Family £7 SWT Members FREE.
Contact us - email: email@example.com
Facebook: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:40
AGM, Harvest Supper And Field Produce Sales in December plus Plans For 2018
We had our AGM and Harvest Supper on Friday 3rd November in the Duchess Anne. This is an occasion for us all to get together, reflect on the year, which has just gone, elect the Trustees for the year ahead, answer any questions that members may have. The AGM has always been well attended and we are grateful for everyone turning up. This is followed immediately by the Harvest supper, which could account for the good turn out at the AGM!
The harvest supper is always a joyous occasion and a chance for us to celebrate our achievements in the past year, enjoy each others company without any work involved, and enjoy a wonderful meal with the produce being locally sourced, the majority from the field itself.
Thanks were due to Tiffy and Flora Shedden and her merry band of helpers who produced an outstanding meal.
We have finished our stalls at Birnam Arts and Duchess Anne. We are now in our winter mode of selling which means that there will be produce field gate during December, weather permitting. We plan to replenish the stalls on a Thursday and Saturday. We have potatoes, onions, leeks, some wintergreens and beetroot available.
In January we will be holding our annual reflection meeting to consider what went well in 2017 and where we can do better. This is open to all members and is very interesting meeting. In addition in the New Year, it would be great to have your continued support as a member when our new membership year starts at the beginning of February. If you are not a member and want to know what being a member involves come along on a Thursday morning or Saturday morning at 10am and we can show what is happening at the field. However you do not have to work in the field to be a member, there are many ways in which you can support us (see below for more information).
We would like to thank all our members and people who used the stalls or visited the field during the year for all their hard work and support. It is much appreciated and without such an active membership with a wide range of skills we would not be able to produce such wonderful produce, organically and locally for people to enjoy.
Thank you for your support in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you all in the field in 2018.
For information about the field, please contact:
Dave Amos 01350 727763
Dave Roberts 01350 728926
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:37
The 3 Churches Charity Shop
The 3 Churches Charity Shop has a project underway over the next year to enhance its shop fittings, display and storage facilities. In order to help fund this much needed work we applied to the Co-op Local Community Fund.
We are very pleased to report that we have been successful and have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the next round of the Fund.
Here’s how it works: Every time members shop at the Coop, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.
We have been overwhelmed with your very Generous Donations.
Some of your donations have been so valuable that we knew they would not reach their maximum in the shop so we sought buyers elsewhere.
Here are some examples:
A beautiful, as-new, guitar sold for £200.
A white-gold brooch sold for £200.
A tall man’s Armani alpaca overcoat sold for £250.
And we are currently readying a small consignment for an Edinburgh auction.
The gold ring found in the jacket: Unfortunately no-one has yet claimed the ring found in the jacket. This was advertised in 2 recent issues of The Bridge. The ring is now being held at Police Headquarters Lost and Found to comply with local laws. If you are missing a gold ring please contact Tayside Police Lost and Found, and hopefully your description will match the ring they hold. The ring will be considered the property of the 3 Churches Charity Shop in February if not claimed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:46
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 December we meet on the 6th & 20th and in January on the 10th and 24th all starting at 8.30am.
There is no need to book; just turn up and enjoy and all are welcome.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:52
Harvest Lunch Thank You
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Harvest Appeal for a Salvation Army project to provide clean water for communities in Kenya and other parts of Africa. The money we give will help with the building of sand dams.
Between the collection and the proceeds from the Harvest Lunch on November 5th we were able to send £1,701 to The Salvation Army.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:48
R.B.L.S. Winter Whists 2018
February 1st, February 15th,
March 1st, March 15th.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:53
Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition
The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Duchess Anne on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 2.30pm. All welcome.
For further details please contact: DunkeldArt@aol.com or phone Margaret Scott 01738 710399
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:13
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 11th December
Time of Next Meeting : 7pm
Venue: Birnam Institute
To read the minutes of previous meetings and to find the agenda for forthcoming meetings see:
Community Council Matters
The Community Council is always interested in people’s views about local issues, including planning applications. Perth and Kinross Council are required to consult the Community Council on planning matters and applications. Whenever possible, the Community Council‚ Äôs meetings provide a venue for people to express their support or objections to planning applications or planning matters. You can also email the Community Council with your views at firstname.lastname@example.org or use Twitter to send a direct message to @DandBCC.
In recent months, we have considered residents views about planning applications for fast-food restaurants, a new block of flats as well as the impact of the new blue plaques. We are interested in resident’s views on planning matters such as how to protect the conservation status protections of our villages or which types of developments should be priorities. If we do not know your view, we cannot represent your view.
We also undertake projects in co-operation with residents engaged in campaigns or projects that will preserve what is good in our communities and improve what is less so. In the past year we have supported the local campaign to preserve our bus services. First it was the buses to Edinburgh, now it will be the quality of routes to Perth. We are also working with several active local residents who are working with Scotrail (and others) to keep or improve our rail services when the new timetables come in 2019. And, over many years, we have worked with or created several groups trying to improve the A9 or respond to planned changes to the A9, chiefly dualling. The Community Council is open to everyone, in groups or out.
Sometimes the best way to find out what people think is to have a public meeting. The next Community Council public meeting will be about the A9 on Monday, January 8th, at 7:30pm at the Birnam Institute. There are significant changes happening in the plan for choosing a route for the A9 dualling. Come to the public meeting and have your say.
Future Meeting Dates: December 11th; January 8th (A9 public meeting); Feb 12th.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:57
Once a fortnight, on Tuesdays, a fellowship group meets for Bible Study, discussion and prayer. The last time we meet before Christmas will be on December 12th in the Chanonry at 7pm.
We will start back again in the New Year on January 16th at 7pm.
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 Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:50
Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society Talks Spring 2018
It seems strange to be talking about spring already but here is our spring programme to which everyone is welcome to attend.
All meetings take place in Birnam Arts at 7:30pm
Monday 19th February 2018: AGM followed by Ian Sinclair on “Experiences of the Beadle at Dunkeld Cathedral”
Monday 19th March 2018: David Strachan (Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust). The exciting finds from the Kings Seat excavations in September 2018.
Monday 16th April: David Leggat. The History of livestock markets and Movements.
At the AGM we will also be giving details of our next outing which will be to Culross on 16th May.
If you would like more information, please contact us at: email@example.com
Dave Roberts, Secretary
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:24
Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society
Wednesday 17th January at Birnam Arts.
Transformation of St Ninian’s Garden in Dunkeld.
Come and hear all about how this came about from Linda Spiers, a stunning transformation from a dark, neglected and unappealing site into the flowering oasis it is today. All this has been created by the hard working team of volunteers at the garden, which matures and becomes more colourful every year. Spring might be still some time distant, but this is what we can expect to enjoy soon.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:26
The Duchess Anne Youth Groups will be starting again soon. As in previous years we will be dividing into two age groups the younger group is for Primary 7 and 1st. year and the older group is for 2nd & 3rd. years.
November 2nd. - Younger Group – in the Duchess Anne
November 9th. - Older Group – in the Chanonry
November 16th. - Younger Group – in the Duchess Anne
November 23rd. - Older Group – in the Chanonry
November 30th. - Younger Group – in the Duchess Anne
December 7th. - Older Group – in the Chanonry
Each night we start at 7pm and finish at 9pm.
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 15:22
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