Chairman's Report to AGM 2012

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Chairman's Report to AGM 2012 - March 7, 2012

Welcome to the AGM and thanks to the committee and to everyone who helped with the work of the Comann Eachdraidh throughout the year.

Our main project

The Interpretative Plaques at Garry and Cladach Ghiordail, the Aird Pamphlet and repairs to the Cladach Road dominated my work this year.

Getting the necessary funding took time, but eventually sufficient funding was in place to complete the work:  Heritage Lottery Fund (the main sponsors) £8,600, Councillors £3,000, CNAG £2,000, Sgioba na Gaidhlig £1,000 and the rest was our own contribution.  The final claim to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be made shortly. 

The gathering of information, the Youth Club Barbecue, various meeting and the final public meeting to unveil the plaques and launch the Pamphlet were all very successful.  The whole project has been well received by the public and I would like to thank all those who helped make this project such a success.

Hebridean Connections Project

Funding for this project has not been successful to date so the project is further delayed.

Lews Castle/ Museum nan Eilean Project

Funding to make the main Lews Castle water-tight has been obtained and the contract awarded.  We congratulate the team who are progressing this ambitious development. Please take a look at the projection for the Lews Castle Museum and Archive produced by Heritage Advisory Group 25th January 2012.

Tasglann nan Eilean

On two separate evenings members of the Tasglann Team visited the Comann Eachdraidh and carried out training sessions with members of the committee.  This has helped us get started on archiving our records although there is more to be done.
We thank them for their help.

We are grateful to Iain Morrison, Rosedene  Mac a’ Bhreve for giving us so much of his father’s original bardach.  Rev David Campbell has also given us Church Log Books, kept when the FP Church was built.  This includes some very interesting invoices.
Thanks also to Peter Macleod, Canada and Tolsta for the DVD of photographs and songs that he gave to the CE.  The photographs were taken when he visited Lewis in June 2011 and the DVD was well received when played at several functions in the Hall.

Social Evenings

As well as the public events associated with our main project we had two enjoyable social evenings.  On July 1st 2011 Alex Macdonald CNES gave a talk on his collection of old coins and banknotes and on July 25th 2011 Joan Hogg (neé Mackay) gave a talk and Powerpoint presentation of her visit to Canada, where she researched her links with the Métis People. Joan is descended from Murdo Mackay 50 Tolsta and his wife Marion Iserhoff (A Cree Lady).  Anna and Morag made recordings of these evenings for our own records.  Collections taken on both evenings went to the Play Park Fund.

Seanchas and Website

We continue to produce Seanchas every quarter and after every edition we are sure to have a number of very interesting enquiries.

The Website over the years has helped to put us in touch with people all over the world and the enquiries and new contacts make the work of the Comann Eachdraidh really interesting.

Rhoda is stepping down from the committee this year and I wish to thank her on the committee’s behalf for all the work she has done for the CE and especially in the preparation of Seanchas.

Guided Walks

In May 2011, I accompanied Gordon Murray and some of his students from The Language School on a guided walk of the village.

In November 2011, I accompanied Catriona  Murray from the BBC round Glen Tolsta.  A radio programme was broadcast in February this year.

Community Initiatives

Members of the CE attended Ken Roddy Mackay’s presentation in the Community Hall on the various community initiatives that are planned for our community.

Anna Mackenzie is compiling a record of the cemetery and is to be commended for the work she is putting into this valuable project.

Thanks again to all those who contributed to another successful year at the Comann Eachdraidh.

Donald Murray chairman