NTHS Minutes - Nov 2003

Minutes of November Meeting - Nov 26, 2003

Note of the meeting of the North Tolsta Historical Society at the Schoolhouse, North Tolsta, on Tuesday, 3 November 2003, at 7.30pm.

PRESENT: D.Murray; R.Murray; A.Murray; R.MacLeod; M.Murray; A.MacKenzie; A.M .Henderson; A.MacLeod; A.A.Smith.


CHAIR : D.Murray

1. Note of the Last Meeting

The Note of the meeting of 9 September 2003 was approved.

2. Matters Arising

2.1 D.Murray had sent a response to Young Roots along the lines of what had been discussed.

2.2 CED Project: some of the books were now available in local shops.

2.3 Guest Page: due to the unacceptable level of inappropriate material getting onto the website, Taylor Edgar had suggested a more secure means of accessing the Guest Page. Work was ongoing on this, but it would be back on stream fairly soon.

2.4 Painting: KA would be asked to paint the schoolhouse walls; an invoice would then be sent to the Education Department for payment.

Township Development Scheme

2.5 The full funding package had now been secured and the project could proceed. The Comann Eachdraidh's aspect of the project would include a car-park, an interpretative walk, way-marking and some outdoor furniture, leaflets, the erection of fencing, drainage and so on.

West Side Historical Society

2.6 The above Society had visited on Tuesday, 16 September 2003.

Pròiseact nan Ealan

2.7 A.Murray would confirm with Marisa Macdonald that NTHS would be interested in staging a concert at the end of the year in aid of the Young Historians project, and that her assistance would be appreciated in this matter.

3. Note of Special Meeting of 22 October 2003

The Note of the special meeting of office bearers was approved.

Young Historians

3.1 It was noted that the NTHS Committee had made two appointments to manage the Young Historians project on a job share basis. All applicants were notified of the decision accordingly.

4. Correspondence

4.1 Enquiry regarding missionaries (Rev D. Campbell);

Enquiry re a Dave Smith;

Letter and photographs from Rev K.Smith (ret'd), Point;

Richard Langhorne-Links: Partnerships for Change: representatives

from the Comainn Eachdraidh were invited to this event on Thursday, 4 December 2003 in the Woodlands Centre, from 6pm to 9pm. A.Murray would confirm with Richard that NTHS would send two representatives.

A Hi-Arts Road Show would be held at An Lanntair on 10 November 2003 from 2 to 5pm (Contact : Helen MacDonald ).

5. Finance

The Treasurer was unavailable on the evening of the meeting and no financial balance was reported.

6. Young Historians : Fund-raising, etc

6.1 Young Historians had raised in the order of £400 in aid of Bethesda and the presentation of the cheque was photographed and reported for the Stornoway Gazette. YH raised a further £300 in aid of their own project.

6.2 It was noted that NTHS would have to submit periodic Progress Reports to the funding bodies. NTHS would not have a separate bank account for the YH project. NTHS would also need to meet Disclosures (Scotland) requirements.

7. Insurance

It was noted that NTHS's Certificate of Insurance should be on display in the office. Some debate followed as to whether NTHS was adequately insured for YH; it was agreed to obtain quotes for separate field trips.

8. School - Emigration

8.1 Duncan MacLeod, Tolsta Primary School, asked whether he/pupils could have access to the NTHS room to do a school project on emigration. It was agreed that they should have access.

School - Citizenship Award

8.2 The School asked whether NTHS would contribute towards the purchase of a Cup, or donate a Cup, to be presented to the annual winner of the School's Citizenship/Leadership award. NTHS was aware of a Cup which, once found, would be suitable for the purpose. NTHS would pass it on to the School in due course.

9. Genealogy

It was suggested that the Committee should sub-divide into groups (to look at respective families) and meet regularly to progress the wider genealogy project.

10. AOCB

Electricity The Electricity bill was due for payment: £123.90.

AGM A.M Henderson would forward the Minutes of the last AGM.

11. Date of Next meeting

No date was set for the next meeting.