Brechin Civic Trust keen to bring more locals on board

‘COME and join us’ is the appeal made by the chairman of the City of Brechin Civic Trust.

Mr Stewart Hill was presenting his report to the 40th annual general meeting of the trust, a non-profit making charity that seeks to stimulate interest in the history and character of the Brechin area with a particular emphasis in the built heritage of the town.

It is accepted that some of its long-serving members on the executive committee are keen to reduce their activity and Mr Hill’s appeal is directed at those Brechiners who might consider ‘actively supporting the aims and constitution of the City of Brechin Civic Trust, now celebrating its 40th birthday.’

In his report he referred to the financial support given over the year by the trust to various organisations such as the Watson-Watt Society, Brechin Christmas Lights Appeal, the Caledonian Railway Company and the Mechanics’ Institute.

Mr Hill also reported the continuing success of the Allan W. McMann Bursary, set up by the trust four years ago, with the third annual award made this year to Clare Cowie who is now studying at St. Andrews University.

The bursary is awarded each year to one Brechin High School student who is moving into higher education.

The successful candidate receives £500 for each year of a four year university course.

Any current pupil interested in submitting an application should contact Mr Steve Dempsey, rector of Brechin High School, who is also a member of the executive committee of the Civic Trust.

The officers of the trust were all re-elected, with Stewart Hill as chairman, Gordon Watson as treasurer and Brian Mitchell as secretary.

The executive committee meets six times annually on the first Tuesday of alternate months starting next year on February 1 at 6.30 p.m. in the Jenner Room of the Mechanics’ Institute.

Meetings rarely last as long as one hour.

Anyone interested in becoming active in the work of the City of Brechin Civic Trust should contact any of the above-named.