NTHS Minutes - Jan 2006

Minutes of January 2006 meeting - January 25, 2006

Note of the meeting of the North Tolsta Historical Society at the Schoolhouse, North Tolsta , on Wednesday, 25 January 2006, at 7.30pm.

PRESENT: D.Murray; R.Murray; A.Murray; M.Murray; A.MacLeod, R.Moir; A. MacKenzie; R.MacLeod; John A. MacIver; S. MacIver. A.A. Smith; D Lawson

APOLOGIES : A.M Henderson; A Campbell

CHAIR: D.Murray

Note of the Last Meeting

The Note of the last meeting was approved.

1.1. Matters Arising

Hebridean Connections

Second draft of Memo and Articles of Association had been circulated with a view to set up a company. This would be a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status. Sara Egan is the contact person. Comann Eachdraidh Tholastaidh would have two representatives on the Company's Board. We would agree formally two representatives at the AGM or we may arrange a rotation of representatives.

Clachan Crìche

The publication was still at the Printers. The official launch was imminent and Murdo Macleod, Inverness (ex.Gress) had been approached to write a review of the book for the Stornoway Gazette.

The date of the launch was set provisionally for 24 February 2006.

Representatives from the funding bodies (CnaG and the Comhairle) and PnE had been invited to attend. It was also envisaged that a number of singers/others would be invited to sing/recite some of the bàrdachd. Teas would be served.

Young Historians

The Fishing Book had been completed and was for sale at various retail outlets. Cash from sales forwarded to the Treasurer on the night £463.50.

A cheque for c.£1,684 had been paid out to meet the Comhairle's printing costs. £2,185 received from CnaG.

Young Historians, for the purposes of the public funding, was now closed and remaining funding forthcoming – although of course YH would continue as part of mainstream Comann Eachdraidh activities.

Tolsta Walk

Angus would speak to Susan Rabe, WICAP officer, on the following day about a finalised plan/progress.
Regarding the request to NTCC to front the application, Angus would speak to Catriona so that the matter could be brought up at their meeting on the following Wednesday.
Caidreachas Eachdraidh

Donald had attended the AGM - 12 people in attendance. The group had a new committee, which gave it fresh impetus. It was important to attend these meetings from now on. Donald had been attending the meetings, but we would decide at the AGM who would attend on behalf of Comann Eachdraidh Tholastaidh in future. An Caidreachas was in the process of appointing a researcher (publicly funded). Some names were mooted. Donald would write to their Secretary requesting that the post be advertised externally.


The annual subscription of £15 was paid for last year.
Answering Machine
It was on order at a cost of £50.

2 . Aig Cridhe ar Ciùil

Received £50 cheque for this BBC programme.

3. Broadband

The Comann Eachdraidh now had broadband – a huge improvement – £19.99 per month.
The question was raised as to whether Hebridean Connections would pay for the ongoing costs of broadband? Not known, but certainly, they would fund a post within the Comann Eachdraidh.

4. Skills building

A number of training courses were planned at Lews Castle College , which could be of interest: Care of Paper and Photograph Collection; and, Practical oral History - on 16th and 10 th February respectively. Rhoda and Anna would try and attend.
There was also to be sessions on the new Gaelic Orthography Conventions on 2 February 2006, 2-4/ 7-9pm.

5. Finance

£1,318.32 reported by the Treasurer on the evening of the meeting plus the cash sales from the fishing book handed over on the evening.

6. Correspondence

E-mail correspondence over the period received as follows:
Dan Murray, Calgary
Valerie Shaddock, Australia
Sheila Smith
Anne MacIver

7. Date of AGM

The AGM would be held in the Tigh Ceilidh on Wednesday, 15 February 2006, at 7.30pm.

8. Date of Next Meeting

No date was set for the next meeting.