news updated: 26 Mar 2014

Castle Loch Board elected

At the AGM of the Castle Loch Community Trust, Logo Competition winners were announced, a Board of Trustees elected and plans for the future announced.
On Tuesday 25 March 2014 the AGM of the Castle Loch Community Trust took place in the Church Hall. There was an excellent attendance of Trust members.
The main points from the meeting were:
  • The Lochmaben Community became the owners of the Castle Loch including Lochfield Cottage on 21 January 2014
  • Presentation to the Logo Competition winners from Lochmaben Primary: Isobel Powney, Emily Hyslop and Robbie Hyslop. Congratulations!
  • The following were elected as members of the Board of the Charity Trustees of the Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust for the year 2014: Tony Hancock, John Hugo, Freda Seddon, Neill Smith, Ian Stewart, Jack Wade, Howard Baisden, James Coles, David Rose and Lynne Longmore.
  • Satisfactory Financial Statements were given by Neill Smith and Ian Stewart. The major share of the funding had come from the Scottish Land Fund. Included in that sum was money to help the Trust develop their Business Plan for the next 2 years. This money helped fund the part-time post of the Project Development Officer, Darren Flint.
  • Leader Funding was to be used for extending the footpath, improving fencing etc. This work will have to be completed between mid-July to mid-September.
  • Darren is looking for help from Volunteers in a variety of ways: "In the Dry"--posters, fund-raising etc; "Getting your hands dirty"--improvements to the garden, lochside & cottage eg litter picking; Fittings for the cottage to make it more habitable--lampshades, chairs etc.
  • Events: See Calendar for dates in April--8, 9, 14 as well.      
  • 8 April, 10.30am-12noon - Events ideas & planning
    A short session at Lochfield cottage (next to car park on A709) to come and have coffee and biscuits and chew over any ideas you might have for events we could run around Castle Loch. 
     9 April, 10am-1pm - Cottage spring clean & loch side / garden tidy up
    The cottage and surrounding area are looking a bit tired after the wet winter and needs a bit of a spruce up. Don your marigolds or gardening gloves and come and lend a hand. If you have your own gloves and any tools (eg secateurs) that would be a great help.
     14 April, 10am-12noon - Loch Side Easter Egg Trail 
    Starting in Victory Park (behind the War Memorial/bowls club) come along and follow the egg trail through the woods and identify some of Castle Loch's resident critters. 
    15 July onwards -
    All hands on deck for the start of the bramble clearance along the route of the new path.                                     
Further information on any of the above matters may be obtained from Darren at Lochfield Cottage---07971790847
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or the Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust Facebook page