Brechin Probus Club receive talk about the John Muir Trust

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Members of the Brechin Probus Club gathered at the Northern Hotel for their most recent meeting, where they heard about the work of the John Muir Trust.

Bob Berry chaired the meeting, which opened with a minute of silence in memory of member Bob Ritchie who sadly passed away recently.

Bob was a well respected member of the community and was an ex-chairman of the club. He will be sadly missed.

Proceeding to business matters, the chairman informed members that the tickets were now available for the Angus Minstrel Show in November, and should be obtained from the club treasurer.

Following discussion, members agreed there is to be a summer outing in 2014. The venue is to be agreed at a later date. It was also agreed that Charlotte Benvie would be included in as future speaker, and that her talk would be on chocolate making. The chairman and treasurer asked for a good turnout at the next meeting for the visit of the RAF.

The chairman then introduced the speaker, Iona Sutherland from the John Muir Trust.

Iona began by telling her audience that she recently joined the Trust. She then went on to inform those present that John Muir, on whom the Trust is founded, was born in Dunbar in 1838 and emigrated to America where he became a naturalists and an influential author and poet.

He founded the National Parks in America. Turning to the Trust’s influence in Scotland, Iona said that the Trust owns and manages lands in the Highlands and islands, promoting preservation and conservation policies on landscapes that include Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Sandwood Bay, Quinag in Assynt and parts of the Cuillins range in Skye.

The Trust, established in 1983 and with a 10,000 membership, has worldwide initiatives and interests in conservation.

Iona’s talk touched on renewable energy aspects and their affect on the environment. On being questioned on the visibility of the Trust’s activities, there are plans to further promote these activities to ensure public awareness is heightened. Ronald Baird gave the vote of thanks.