Annual Report  for y/e 30 September 2012  (and update to current position!).

 

Garden on site of old hall

 

‘Opened’ in September 2012 with photos taken of Ian and Margaret Fraser for Northern Times article. Rona got carried away and gave the wrong surname! Fortunately no one was upset.

Update:

We’ve been approached for permission to create a new flower bed in memory of Christine Mackay nee Gill and Rona and Liz will do the work necessary this spring.

The request has been accepted.

 

The garden was financed with grants from The Landfill Communities Fund, Highland Council and the Moidart Trust.

 

The school

 

Vandals tried to break all the windows and almost succeeded.

In November 2011 we repaired them and covered them with Perspex to hopefully thwart any further vandalism. This cost £2995 for materials only. The Embo Builders donated their labour for free. This sum had been given from the Ward Discretionary Fund for the repair work.

 

As Murdo and Johnnie did the windows, Wickblast arrived to lift the old vinyl tiles which a Highland Council survey revealed contained asbestos. A grant of £600 was given by the Community Council from their remaining share of the Beinn Tharsuinn fund. The bill for the work was £1685.40.

 

Update:

The purchase process took 18 months; was completed on 1st November 2012 and cost £4591 in legal fees. Fortunately the Ward Discretionary Fund gave us £2500 and the Beinn Tharsuinn fund £1500.

 

In December a questionnaire was distributed throughout the village. Replies are still trickling in and are analysed as received. 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 – we hope you agree!

 

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; wash down the walls in the old library room and sandpaper the woodwork for painting. They started painting the walls on 20th Feb.

 

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

 

Quotes are being sought for building repairs and renovation; electrical work and plumbing.

 

 Fundraising / Gift Aid

 

We are asking individuals / private companies who wish to donate to complete Gift Aid declarations. We can then claim from HMRC 25p extra for each £1 donated.

 

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 2012.

 

We received a donation of £300 from Professor Nancy Dorian which we were very pleased to accept. Nancy put Embo on the map with her work on East Sutherland Gaelic. This is her second donation to us.

Jim didn’t claim expenses of £131 so this is shown as a donation.

 

While the profit and loss account shows a deficit of £6927, the Statement of Financial Activities shows we carried forward a balance of £3609 into the current financial year.

 

Update:

We are very grateful for a donation of £150 from Margaret Mackay from sale of her knitted bags.

The Hogmany party raffle raised £1041 which was split 50/50 between the football club and the Trust.

We received a grant from the Council’s Village Hall Scheme of £587.

 

Between insurances and accountancy we have annual commitments of £1250. We do not know what to expect for electricity costs but it could easily be £2000 or more based on other similar halls.

Business Stream has accepted our claim for exemption for water rates.

 

Membership

 

We now have 61 ordinary members and 16 associate members across the globe.

 

Jim McGillivray

Chairman/ Director

 Date 16 March 2013.








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