The Watson-Watt Society of Brechin is making steady progress towards its main aim of erecting a permanent memorial recognising the work of Sir Robert Watson-Watt and his team in the development of the radar defence system that played a crucial part in the defeat of the Luftwaffe during World War II.
The retiring chairman, Dr. Robert Martin, reported that the Society now had ‘about one third of the funding needed for the statue.’
He was presenting his annual report to the recent annual general meeting and, remarking on the year’s activities, he highlighted the importance of obtaining planning permission for the statue which is to be sited in St Ninian’s Square.
He congratulated Stewart Hill for his efforts in achieving this.
Dr. Martin, however, recognised that there remained a great deal of work to be done.
“We need to have a big effort on fund-raising as the project is ready to go ahead as soon as we achieve the funds.’
While approaches will continue to be made for donations, now greatly assisted by the excellent presentation appeal pack produced by Craig Russell, there are also plans to hold a car raffle in 2012.
The society, a registered Scottish charity, continues to raise funds by recycling old mobile phones and inkjet cartridges using prepaid envelopes supplied by Reclaim-it Recycling Centre.
Supporters can now help raise funds at no cost by making their on-line purchases to any of the main companies such as Amazon or Tesco through http://www.easyfunraising.org.uk/causes/wwsob
The companies donate a small percentage of their profit to participating registered charities.
A similar scheme can be used when searching the web by using easysearch and nominating the Watson-Watt Society of Brechin who will then receive a fraction of the advertising revenue for each full search conducted.
Anyone wishing for more information on the society or any of the above fund-raisers should contact Brian Mitchell on telephone 01356 624356.
Every penny raised will go to recognise a great Scot and, at the same time, help to bring an attraction to Brechin in the shape of a much admired statue.
The following officer-bearers were elected:-
Chairman, Stewart Hill; vice-chairman, Dr. Robert Martin, treasurer, Mike Holland; secretary, Brian Mitchell.