It was wonderful to see so many friends, old and new at our AGM which was held at the Grouse Inn last week.
As usual, Wilma at the Grouse, put on a feast and did us proud with her excellent cakes and sarnies.
Around 50 members of the Cabrach Trust joined us and enjoyed an update on progress from our Chairman, Grant Gordon, and a sneak preview of plans for the coming year from Chief Executive, Sue Savege. As well as this there was a very stimulating talk from Felicity at Erz landscape architects about the landscaping plans for the new distillery and heritage centre at Inverharroch.
The evening started with an introduction of the Trustees and staff at the Trust by Grant Gordon the Chairman. These where Gillian Gordon, Peter Harvey, Derek Thompson, Colin MacKenzie, Patti Nelson, Ginny Irvine-Fortescue and Bob Yuill the trustees on the night and Sue Savege and Justin Livesey the staff.
Grant Gordon then went on to discuss the highlights of the year so far with the successful award of full planning permission for the Distillery and Heritage centre and the near completion of the Community Asset transfer of the Acorn Centre being top of the list. He spoke very positively on how this was all part of an exciting regeneration project for the Cabrach area and encouraged all the people present to get involved and help with this work. He noted that the Trust has one new trustee, Michelle Myron joining the Board, and highlighted that there are currently 2 vacancies on the board and he asked that anyone interested should let us know.
Sue Savege the executive director then spoke in more detail about the plans for the distillery and heritage centre at Inverharroch. Sue detailed how the funding package was being developed to bring in the £5.3 million required to complete the project. She explained how important it was to get the right balance in terms of the design and layout and how this would retain the original feel to the building being developed and how it would sit in the natural environment of the Cabrach.
There was then a sort break for refreshments and a chance for the Trustees to mingle and chat to other members and interested visitors. During this break Gillian Bailey from Moray Council Community Engagement Team encouraged people to give their thoughts on how they would like to see the future use of the village hall. This information was documented and will be used as part of a wider information gathering and community engagement exercise on the village hall and it future design and usage.
The final presentation of the night was given by Felicity Steers a Director of erz Limited who has carried out the Landscape design elements to the project at the Distillery and Heritage Centre. She spoke of how the countryside had a haunting beauty and how the team at erz had tried to ensure that all the elements from the car park to new road all fitted naturally into the surrounding countryside. She spoke passionately about how the countryside had influenced the various concepts to the landscape design and give some fascinating highlights from the DarkSky observation post in the old ROC bunker to the natural amphitheatres the site topography presents for possible events and concerts.
The night then finished with many people taking to opportunity to have a chat and discussion before ending a most interesting event.
Download the Chairman’s report and financial statement for the year here