Annual Report  for y/e 30 September 2013  (and update to current position!).

 

 

The school

 

In December 2011 a questionnaire was distributed throughout the village. In order of popularity the ‘wants’ were a café to meet and socialise; a youth club; ceilidhs, keep fit classes, indoor sports, indoor games, leisure classes. We will be using the responses in our applications for funding.

 

The old shelter was taken down by Jim and the rotten wood and corrugated iron put in the skip. The front of the building looks a lot better without it.

 

The Sutherland Community Payback Team have done a terrific job in helping to empty rubbish into the skip; cart unwanted materials to the skip in Dornoch.

 

The ceiling in the hall was professionally stripped; sealed and repainted by Willie Fraser.

 

Blueprint Architecture & Design were appointed in August after we secured a Ward Discretionary Grant to cover the fees. The Beinn Tharsuinn fund managed by The Dornoch Community Council gave a grant to cover the structural surveys required.

 

 

The Plans for the building are now nearing completion.

Based on the replies to the questionnaire the plans show a cafe with the option to close off a section to give a meeting room, modernised toilets, new storage areas and the hall for larger events. One of the downstairs storage rooms will be allocated as the shop.

 

Finances

 

Our accounts are prepared by Mackay & Co of Golspie. These show we held restricted funds of £1438 and unrestricted funds of £2171 at the year end of 30 September 2013.

 

While the income & expenditure account shows a deficit of £2787, the Statement of Financial Activities shows we carried forward a balance of £3609 into the current financial year.

 

Business Stream accepted our claim for exemption for water rates.

 

Update:

We are very grateful to Margaret Mackay who is masterminding online sales of donated items.

The Dornoch Academy Interact Club gave us a donation of £250 for work on the school.

We received a grant of £1710 from the Co-operative Community Fund for school repairs and won the Bank of Scotland Community vote and an award of £3000 to build a children’s garden in the school grounds where they can learn to grow fruit and vegetables.

William’s coffee mornings / sales are a great success

 

Between insurances and accountancy we have annual commitments of £1250. Electricity costs are modest at the moment (~£100 / Qtr).  So our regular fundraising is vital to meet this annual commitment of £1650.

 

 

Membership

 

We now have 79 ordinary members, 2 junior members and 14 associate members across the globe.

 

 

The Village Shop / P.O.

 

Discussions are under way with Royal Mail / The PO to keep the PO in the village. The Football Club are willing to provide an interim home for the shop and PO as a community enterprise. Longer term they should move into the school.

 

 

 

Jim McGillivray

Chairman/ Director

 Date: March 2014.






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