Presentation from Brechin High school

The City of Brechin and District Community council held their annual general meeting in the Damacre Centre, on Tuesday, June 4.

The council were joined by Patrick Kinnear, accompanied by Brechin High School’s head teacher Steve Dempsey, who gave a presentation on some of the activities being undertaken by pupils of Brechin High School.

Patrick informed community councillors and others who attended that an Interact Club had been set up as part of the pupil council.

Interact Clubs are like a junior Rotary and regular meetings are held between pupils, with teaching support, and members of Brechin Rotary.

Patrick further informed those present that each Interact Club selects a charity to support which demonstrates support for other communities.

This year’s chosen charity is Mary’s Meals and the club has set a goal of raising £7000 to build a kitchen to feed pupils of a school in Malawi and has raised £800 so far.

Important facts about Mary’s Meals are that 93p in every £1 goes to provide meals and the oats etc., are sourced as locally as possible to benefit the community. Approximately £10.70 can feed a child for a year.

Mr Dempsey added that pupils regularly give assemblies on topics important to them and senior pupils are leading a white ribbon campaign to help in the prevention of domestic abuse.

After Patrick very ably answered questions convener Grahame Lockhart thanked both Patrick and Steve Dempsey for a very informative overview of the activities of local pupils.

Reports from the office bearers present were given and convener Grahame Lockhart thanked all members of the community council for all their hard work and for being a great group to work with as well as the local press for their continuing support.

During her report as press officer, Joy Mowatt added her thanks to the Brechiner and the Courier for their support throughout the year. She commented that the staff of the Brechiner, particularly Shona Beaton, have given prominence to Community Council matters as often as possible.

Councillor Bob Myles took the chair for the election of Convener and the following Office Bearers were elected as follows: convener, Grahame Lockhart; vice convener, Frances Keats; secretary, Eric Gray; treasurer, Frances Keats; minute secretary, to be shared between Eric Gray and Wendy Coutts; planning officer, Paul Wright; press officer, Joy Mowatt.

Community councillors gave updates on a number of the working groups which have been set up and decisions were made to make grants to Brechin Music Fest and the Parks Group pending submission of details of specific projects.

In addition, members agreed that the community council should initiate the setting up of a Brechin website to be open to all groups to submit information on their events and activities.

Commenting on the meeting, convener Grahame Lockhart said: “I am very privileged to lead such a great, hard-working group and I look forward to another year of representing the views of our community at every level possible. There is much still to be done and our work will continue with the same dedication already demonstrated since this community council was set up in December 2011.”