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THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF APPLICATIONS IS 31 DECEMBER.  APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE FORMS PAGE OF THE WEBSITE OR FROM THE COMPANY SECRETARY

GARVE & DISTRICT BROADBAND GROUP

On Friday 17th November a meeting was held between LCT and the Garve & district Broadband group to discuss the fibre to the premises proposal.  If you have any comments regarding this please forward your comments to the LCT Company Secretary

EDF-ER CORRIEMOILLIE EDUCATION AND TRAINING GRANT

This grant is now open for applications until 6th November.  If you live in any of the community council areas of Contin: Garve & district: Lochbroom : Marybank, Scatwell & Strthconon; or Strathpeffer and are aged 16 or over and want to do an education or training course, or undertake an an apprenticeship please click on the link below for further information and how to obtain an application form

Fund poster Oct 2017

 

LEDGOWAN HYDRO AGREEMENT

Following the signature of the Ledgowan Hydro Agreement between LCT and Green Highland Renewables (Ledgowan) Ltd, the annual sum of £5,000 has been paid to LCT.  A copy of the agreement is available on the home page of this website.

 

DIRECTOR REAPPOINTMENT

Congratulations to John Bedwell and Christopher Hamilton who were both re-elected as LCT directors at the AGM.

 

COMMUNITY MEETING ON 13 JUNE

Thank you to all members who attended the community meeting with suggestions and comments regarding LCT.  The notes from the meeting are in the community feedback page of this website

 

FOUNDATION SCOTLAND REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON BEHALF OF EDF

As you are possibly aware EDF wishes to offer a community fund to the Garve and District area following the commissioning of the Corriemoillie wind farm. Following various meetings with the community, EDF expressed a preference for the funds to be channelled through LCT.  In order for this to occur EDF requested Foundation Scotland to conduct a review of LCT on its behalf.  The review started last November and a draft report and recommendations has now been completed.  The link for the report is below:

LCT Review Summary Report FINAL for LCT Board

EDF still has a desire for the funds to be channelled through LCT and is in discussion with all of the interested parties to achieve this.

If you have any questions regarding any of the information within the report or require any clarification please do not hesitate to contact Carol Smith, LCT Company Secretary.

 

LCT COMMUNITY MEETING – TUESDAY 13TH JUNE 2017 AT 7.00PM IN GARVE HALL 

Following the openness of discussion at the previous community meetings the LCT directors would like to invite all LCT members and non members to an informal meeting to encourage discussion on the Trust. 

This will give the community the opportunity to share your thoughts on the running of the Trust and any ideas or initiatives that you may have.

The directors would be delighted to see as many people as possible.

If you are unable to attend but have any suggestions or comments could you please let Carol Smith, Company Secretary know by email or letter and your comments will be passed to the directors and other members who attend the meeting.

 

DEFIBRILATORS

Following the award of £13,020 to the Garve & District Community council, LCT is delighted to confirm that the defibrillators have now been installed and training undertaken.  The Defibrillators were installed at Aultguish Inn, Inchbae Lodge Inn, Garve Village Hall, Lochluichart Church of Scotland and Achnasheen Village Hall who all offered their buildings as locations for this potential lifesaving equipment. Lucky2BHere, a charity based in Skye offered local residents free life support training in Gave and Achnasheen.  Around 40 residents took up this offer meaning the community of Garve & District now have residents trained in event of an emergency.

 

 

DO YOU WANT IMPROVED BROADBAND?

As a result of LCT awarding a grant of £22,500 to the Garve & District Broadband group it may now be possible for you to obtain improved Broadband through the use of an arrangement that the Broadband group has made with a satellite broadband supplier, at no additional cost to your household.  If you are interested please click on the link below:

You Can Get Better Broadband Now

 

COMMUNITY MEETING – MONDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2017

LCT would like to extend a warm invitation to members and non members to attend an open meeting on Monday 6th February at 7.30pm in Garve Hall. At the meeting the directors will update the changes adopted since the last community meeting and would welcome further comments and suggestions  The Broadband Working Group will also be presenting their proposed options at the end of the community meeting for discussion.

 

GRANTS REVIEWED AND AWARDED

At the November Board meeting the following grants were awarded.

Grant Applicant Project Grant requested Grant awarded Average % Score
CES / Garve & District Community Energy Community Energy Scheme Decision postponed to next Board meeting due to late arrival of application form
Dingwall Academy Rock Challenge £1,500 £1,000 23%
Strathgarve Parent Council Transport and events £1,811.92

 

£1,811.92 42%
Strathgarve Parent Council Playpark £25,535 £25,535 subject to confirmation from Highland Council of estate issues and maintenance 58%

NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED

Thank you to all of you that attended the EGM on Monday 21 November or appointed a proxy to vote on your behalf.  Following a vote by show of hands (including proxy votes) Jeanette Fenwick was appointed as a director of LCT. On behalf of the LCT Board I wish to welcome Jeanette to the role and look forward to working with her.
FEEDBACK FROM COMMUNITY MEETING

Thank you again to all of you who attended and contributed to the LCT Community meeting.  The full comments and feedback are available on the community page of this website.  Actions already undertaken are the establishment of a facebook page, a change to the grant intervals with grants now being reviewed quarterly, an agreement for quarterly community meetings and the grants being presented to the community on the Outstanding grants page of the website.  The project feedback is being collated and will be uploaded in the near future

If you have any further suggestions pleases do not hesitate to contact our Company Secretary.

 

MEETING WITH EDF AND FOUNDATION SCOTLAND

The LCT Board will be meeting with Foundation Scotland, on behalf of EDF, to review the current LCT procedures and agreements to ascertain any changes that may be necessary should the managment of the Corriemoillie community funding be awarded to LCT.

 

RETIREMENT OF RUARI MATHESON

Due to other commitments Ruari has retired as a director of LCT.  The Board and members would like to thank him for his time and support during his tenure as a director and wish him all the best for the future. 

An EGM will be held to elect a replacement director.  The date of this is still to be confirmed.

 

 

FACEBOOK PAGE

LCT has now set up a facebook page for members of the community to place their comments.  In order to leave comments please send a facebook friend request.  The facebook page can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Lochluichartcommunitytrust

 

UPDATE CORRIEMOILLIE WINDFARM COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUNDING

Foundation Scotland, on behalf of EDF, have requested a meeting with the LCT Directors to review the legal, financial and operational processes and to ascertain how the EDF Community Funding could be best administered.

 

COMMUNITY MEETING

Thank you to all members who came to the community meeting last week to meet the directors and share your ideas.  The Board welcomed the openness of members and will be reviewing the suggestions made at the next Board meeting.  Updates will be provided via the website, email and post

 

THANK YOU TO RETIRING DIRECTORS

The LCT Board would like to thank the retiring directors of Jennifer Haslam, Gordon Mackenzie and Hamish Leslie Melville for the time and dedication that they have given to LCT during their appointment as a director of LCT.  The Board wishes to acknowledge the support that they have given to LCT and the GDCC Community from the commencement of the Trust and wish them all the best for the future.

 

UPDATE CORRIEMOLLIE WINDFARM 28 JULY 2016

 

Attendees:  Those present at the LCT AGM

 Grant Folley (EDF) explained that work began on the Corriemollie windfarm at the end of 2015 and is continuing.

EDF has allocated £242,000 per year as community funds (the fund will be index linked from year of commissioning).  Of this 20% (£49,000) will be centrally managed for education and training.  Of the remaining funds 80% (£155,000) will be allocated to the Garve & District Community Council area.  These funds and sums are still to be confirmed internally within EDF.  The funding is due to commence in June 2017

Following the survey carried out by Foundation Scotland, on behalf of EDF, through community workshops and also meeting with GDCC a report is being finalised for review by GF (EDF).  This report will be sent out to those engaged in the project for comment.  In relation to Garve the 3 main points are:

  1. The community would like all funds to be managed by one trust and subject to a review of how the LCT operate the preference was for this to be the existing trust , who would manage 2 funding streams

2. An audit of the LCT rules and articles would be needed if EDF were to choose LCT

3. EDF would maintain an independent review of the funds

The next steps are:

  1. To arrange a meeting with the new LCT Board in order to discuss how an audit of the fund would work  EDF have already sought agreement from Eneco to talk to LCT
  2. The draft reports to be sent to all those engaged in the project for comment

EDF anticipates that there will need to be revamping of the LCT and if this is the chosen route then EDF would provide appropriate set-up funds to cover legal cost and re-advertising etc.

  1. Questions were invited from the floor:

Will the fund be made available only to registered charities?

GF:  The funds will be made available to all constituted groups.  JB explained that this is also true under the current LCT structure

2. Why not move the windmills at night:

GF: EDF are in the hands of Police Scotland and have discussed this with them.  They have agreed to move the delivery to 5.30am to get through Garve by 7.30am.  Updates of delivery times are available through email and text.  Police Scotland are now on site at Corriemollie and this may mean that EDF will be able to get deliveries at non core times

 

CHAIR OF LCT

Following the LCT Board meeting on Friday 19th September we are delighted to congratulate Sharon Wright on being elected the new Chair of LCT.  Sharon takes on the Chair role following the retiral of Jennifer Haslam

 

“MEET THE DIRECTORS”

LCT would like to extend a warm invitation to members and non members to attend an open meeting on Wednesday 14th September at 7.30pm in Garve Hall.  The meeting will enable the opportunity to meet all of the directors and to provide an open discussion and suggestions for the future of LCT

 

NEW AND RETIRING DIRECTORS

At the LCT AGM on Thursday 28th July Jennifer Haslam, Hamish Leslie Mackenzie and Gordon Mackenzie retired from the LCT Board.  LCT would like to thank them enormously for their hard work, support and commitment to LCT.

Following the passing of the special resolution to increase the number of member directors the following were elected as directors of LCT:  Jean Bailey, Karen Grant, David Raeburn and Sharon Wright.  LCT would like to wish them all the best for their directorship

 

 

GARVE ENERGY GROUP

On behalf of the Garve Energy Group, CES have arranged a visit to Ullapool Community Trust to hear from them what they are doing with their community Woodfuels project and hydro scheme.
The visit is likely to be on 24th June between 10am and 4pm and the group would like to give members of our community, the  opportunity to attend this event (for which, travel arrangements from Garve will be made by the group)
The number of places will be limited to 10 but I wonder if you would be good enough to copy Directors and Members of the LCT into this note, inviting them to contact Nick Chapman of CES for more information and to register their interest in attending.
Nick’s contact details are:
Tel: 0131 523 1304
Mob: 07717 653223
Email: nick.chapman@communityenergyscotland.org.uk

THE CLOSING DATE TO BECOME A DIRECTOR IS 21 JUNE

At the AGM in July LCT needs to recruit new directors to the LCT Board.  If you would be interested in becoming a director please contact Carol Smith, Company Secretary for more information.

 

SCORING FOR MARCH 2016 GRANT FUNDING APPLICATIONS

At the Board meeting on 29 April the Board discussed the grant funding applications that had been received and the average scores and awards are as shown in the table below:

 

Grant Applicant Project Grant requested Grant awarded Average Score
Garve & District CC Community Needs Survey £5,855 £5,855 45.7
Dundonnell Mountain Rescue New base in Dingwall £20,000 No grant awarded 12.7
Billie Houldsworth Project Trust Volunteering in South Africa £1,000 No grant awarded 10.5
Ullapool High School Visas for educational trip to China £2,295 £1,720 24.4
Ullapool High School Educational trip to France WW1 Battlefields £1,840 £1,380 26.8
Community Energy Scotland Garve & District Warmer Homes Initiative £12,600 Decision postponed pending result of feasibility project 35.5

If you would like any further information regarding these projects please contact Carol Smith, LCT Company Secretary.

 

MEETING WITH CES

On 29 March the directors of LCT met with CES and the local energy group to review the work undertaken so far and the future project milestones.  So far 26 houses have requested a visit, with surveys being conducted in 21 houses.  For further information of the work undertaken please have a look at the information in the link below which contains the presentation given by CES

CES Energy Project presentation

 

Or review the information on the CES website

http://www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk/garve-and-district-community-energy.asp

 

COMMUNITY SURVEY

Garve &District Community Council have selected Aigas Associates to carry out the Community Needs Survey.

 It is anticipated that work will start on this sometime in April. G&DCC aim to include as wide a range of input as possible both from members of the community and also potential community projects that could make use of this opportunity for consultation.  If you wish to provide your input and thoughts or require further information please contact them by email gdcc@fsmail.net

 

RECRUITMENT OF DIRECTORS

At the next AGM in July LCT will need to recruit 3 new Directors.  If you would like more information on what being a director involves please contact the Company Secretary who will be happy to discuss this with you or provide you with the contact details of one of the current directors.

 

 

NEXT BOARD MEETING

The next LCT Board meeting is on Monday 29th February at 2pm.  If you have any issues that you wish the directors to review please forward your comments to Carol Smith, Company Secretary (email secretary@lochluichartcommunitytrust.co.uk.

 

REMINDER OF GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES

Just a reminder that the deadline for the next round of grant funding is 31 March 2016.  If you wish to apply for a grant either download the application form from the Forms page of this website or contact Carol Smith, Company Secretary to request one.

 

DO YOU KNOW OF ANYONE THAT WISHES TO BECOME A MEMBER OF LCT?

Membership of the Lochluichart Community Trust is open to any individual over the age of 16 whose primary residence is in the Garve and District Community Council area.  To become a member download a membership form available on the forms page of this website or contact the LCT Company Secretary (secretary@lochluichartcommunitytrust.co.uk).

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The directors of LCT would like to wish a Happy New Year to all its members and residents

 

MEETING WITH EDF

An informative discussion was held on Tuesday 15th December with the directors of LCT and EDF regarding any potential funding from the Corriemollie windfarm. LCT expressed a wish to work in partnership with EDF to manage the community funds from the Corriemollie windfarm.

 

NEW COMPANY SECRETARY

Carol Smith has joined LCT as the Company Secretary from November 2015.  The Board would like to thank Peter Gormley for his time in the role and wish him all the best in the future

 

DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

The next date for submission of applications for the fund is 31st March 2016.

 

SCORING FOR OCTOBER 2015 APPLICATIONS

At the Directors meeting held on 20 October, the Directors scored the projects submitted for funds by the 30 September 2015 deadline.

You will find below the average scores awarded to the projects for each of the score criteria – the score is out of 5:

Wyvis Playpark Over 60s Moving S’garve Fwd Friends of L’luichart Dundonnell Rescue S’peffer Pavilion
Proximity 4.2 4.8 5.0 5.0 1.4 1.6
New Applicant 4.4 1.2 1.0 3.3 4.6 2.4
Community Need 4.0 4.4 2.2 3.3 2.0 1.6
Community Benefit 3.4 4.2 2.6 3.8 2.2 2.2
Multiple Ages 3.2 3.2 2.4 4.5 3.4 3.8
Sustainability 2.4 1.6 1.8 4.3 1.8 2.6
Heritage 2.8 1.6 1.8 4.3 2.4 3.6
Education 3.4 1.2 3.0 2.3 1.6 2.4
Health 3.8 3.6 2.0 3.3 3.4 1.2
Funding 2.0 4.8 2.5 2.3 2.8 1.3
Timescale 3.2 5.0 3.6 4.3 3.0 2.8
TOTAL 36.8 35.6 27.9 40.3 28.6 25.5