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Next Volunteer Session -
 

Details to be confirmed. Watch this page or keep an eye on 'Friends of Gallow Hill' Facebook page.

All members welcome to participate (registration forms required - contact us or message the 'Friends of Gallow Hill' Facebook page)

Coop 'Local Causes' Fund:

Pleased to annouce we received £2,634.77

Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Fund:

Pleased to announce we have secured £8,000.

Project Updates

- July 2018

                          Bon Voyage to Mandy!

Sadly, we have recently said goodbye to our fantastic Project Officer, Mandy Layden. Mandy’s contract has just come to an end, and she is heading off for a new life in Australia with Ian and Blair. We wish her and her family all the very best on their adventure!

Mandy has made an enormous contribution to the project in her time with us (a few months short of two years) and we don’t have space to do justice to her achievements. In short, though, she has:

  • Conducted an extensive community engagement programme resulting in a report that continues to guide our future plans. This involved meetings with groups in Moffat with a combined membership of over 750, and an extensive survey that garnered responses from 180 people of all ages

  • Managed all our social media, email and web site platforms – including providing advice to trustees and developing guidelines to manage conflict and misuse

  • Planned and managed promotional and other events, and volunteer sessions

  • Researched and written funding bids

  • Liaised with funders, suppliers and contractors including contributions to site visits

  • Developed and managed other fundraising activities including What3Words and Easy Fundraising

  • Maintained registers of members, volunteers, and consultations

Mandy has always maintained a professional approach to her work and has been very supportive of the project and individuals associated with it through some very difficult times. She has gone ‘above and beyond’ her role many times, and its fair to say that we wouldn’t be where we are today without her. She’ll be sadly missed by us – and by many others in Moffat.

Thank you, Mandy.

Statement from trustees of Moffat Community Woodlands

Several members of the community, including our own members, have been asking us about rumours of an incident that occurred in Station Park on May 26th 2018 at the ‘Fun Day in the Park’, where we had a promotional and fundraising stall.

Until now, we have been unable to answer these queries even though the police report to the June meeting of the community council included the information that a 42-year-old man had been arrested in relation to the incident. 

We can now confirm that, just after the event started at approximately 12.15 pm, two trustees and a trust member staffing the stall were subject to threatening and abusive behaviour while one of the trustees was physically assaulted. One of the trustees was then subject to a second incident of threatening and abusive behaviour. Both incidents were witnessed by several stall holders, event organisers and members of the public.

The incidents were reported to Police Scotland and they subsequently arrested and charged a former project officer with threatening and abusive behaviour and assault. He has recently accepted a ‘fiscal fine’ and been ordered to pay compensation in respect of these charges. The compensation, when received, will be donated back into the charity.

The former project officer has previously threatened legal action against MCW for breach of contract and was featured prominently in the local press following a previous alleged incident.

Volunteer sessions

Since March we have held three volunteer sessions, and have made repairs to the boundary dyke and the gate at the top of the 'rooty path', removed some fallen trees / limbs from paths, brash clearance and some maintenance of tubes, stakes, paths and drainage. 

- March 2018

New Trustee

MCW are pleased to announce Charlie McMillan has joined the group as a trustee. Charlie has previously worked in the background, preparing financial records but at the end of 2017 stepped up as a full trustee. We all look forward to working with Charlie in his new capacity.

Fundraising

MCW announced they had signed up to Easy Fundraising. This scheme allows causes to collect free donations while people shop online. For more info or to sign up follow https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/moffatcommwoodlands/

Staying with fundraising, MCW launched 'Sponsored Squares' at the end of 2017. This fundraising scheme allows people to support the development of the project. By sponsoring a three-metre square for £10, you receive a certificate identifying your unique location. For more info https://www.moffatcommunitywoodlands.com/sponsored-squares

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

The PEA report is now complete and has been added to our 'Studies and Plans' section https://www.moffatcommunitywoodlands.com/studies-plans

Tree Planting Volunteer Session

The latest volunteer session took place on 18th March 2018. Although mother nature threatened to cancel this session an early recce of the site decided it would go a head.

Trees were received from the Woodland Trust as part of a mass countryside tree plant for schools and community projects; and sessile oaks from local people who had germinated and nutured them in the past year.

This session saw 15 volunteers (despite the very cold conditions) plant in the region of 450 trees including elder, hazel, rowan, blackthorn, crab apple and dog rose.

Further volunteer session dates will be released in the near future through member email, this website and 'Friends of Gallow Hill' Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofGallowHill/

MCW - Moffat Community Woodlands

    Registered charity no. SC04567

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