Thanks to all who turned out for the public meeting on the 16th – the minutes will appear on the minutes page in due course. It was a very positive meeting supported by two of our local councillors and Julia Whitaker from Ailsa Horizons. KVR now has the go-ahead (unanimous) to proceed with fundraising to finance a feasibility study for the renovation of the McCosh Hall. While we realise that more needs to be done in the village than just the hall, the general consensus was to focus on the hall for the time being. It was also great to get an update on the progress of the Kirkmichael Arms from the new owners Dorothy and Andy Birks, who are hoping to have the place open by Easter 2011 after some pretty extensive reconstruction. For details on this, look at their report in the summer newsletter on the newsletter page.
- We have advertised for two part-time managers (paid) for the Community Shop/Café. The closing date is September 3rd and the interviews will take place in the week beginning September 20th. The interview panel will consist of Gerald Jones, Jim Phillips and Julia Whitaker (Julia has extensive retail and catering experience, having run a small hotel in the Highlands for many years). Following this, we can expect to see a step up in terms of what we are currently doing with both parts of the business
- Harvest Home Ceilidh! After the success of the last one, we are holding another ceilidh on September 25th, so be sure to get your tickets in plenty of time. Heilan’ Tae will be providing the music again and we are looking forward to a terrific night to rival the last one
- Look out for info on one of Ian Coulter’s legendary karaoke nights too. This will hopefully include an acoustic set by Black and Tan who wowed everyone so much at the BBQ, and perhaps a few other local musicians too
- Bonfire Night – James is trying extremely hard to get all the necessary permissions from the council to re-introduce this much-missed village institution. Watch out for further information about this. Wouldn’t it be great to have it back again?!
- We have decided to hold a Christmas Carol concert (sometime near Christmas obviously) with a choir recruited from the village providing the entertainment. We’re thinking tea, coffees, mulled wine, mince pies etc. etc. We already have a few volunteers but will be out and about strong-arming several more. So if you feel you would like to exercise your vocal chords for the good of the village, let one (or more) of the committee members know and you will be signed up on the spot!
All for now – thanks for all your support so far, and please keep supporting your village. It’s made such a difference so far – let’s keep it going. The sky’s the limit!!