Welcome everyone and I hope you have all had a great summer and autumn. Work has been continuing over the last few months, with some good progress to report and other continuing discussions have been taking place behind the scenes in relation to Kettilstoun.
A successful AGM was held at the end of August, detailing the achievements that have taken place over the last 15 months. Thanks were extended to the many individuals and organisations within the town for their continued active support of our work. In addition the support from West Lothian Leisure, sportscotland and Cycling Scotland were recorded specifically in relation to Kettilstoun. An update on this project is detailed later in the newsletter.
There is also an update and pictures of the refurbishment of the gardens at the Lowport, which is now complete. Many thanks are extended to Dougie Baird for his skill, time and patience in supervising this project and delivering an excellent result.
Last time, I reported the news that the Development Trust Association Scotland had provided us with a grant. I am delighted to announce that with this funding the Board have appointed Pamela Barnes as Development Worker and Rebecca Holmes as Administrative Support until 31st March 2017. This is very exciting as it will allow the Trust to develop other projects within the town. Some of the ideas for potential projects so far have included; support for volunteer leadership, a community hub that covers social public and private enterprises, a community energy supplies and improvement of public areas within the town. Pamela introduces herself and some more information about what her work will entail later in the newsletter.
Finally, it was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet some of our members at the AGM. I look forward to meeting more of you as our work continues.