A.G.M 2017

Donald Henderson welcomed the company to the AGM, and opened the meeting. 58 Members/Friends present

Erica Johnston handed out the latest report as treasurer. She told the company the full report was available. Erica said that the museum was still in a healthy state considering takings were down in the 2017 season. Erica noted that the new lightbulbs in the museum, (purchased in 2016), had already shown a saving in the electric bill. There should be a huge saving next year when we do not have the accountancy fee of between £500-£600. Due to the trust turning into a SCIO.

Donald Thanked Erica for the work she had done.

Museum Business—Donald explained the changes since becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. (SCIO), directors are now called Trustees. We are no longer a Trust but just Dalbeattie Museum. We can still apply for grants and we are still a charity. The next AGM would be in March 2019. 

Donald encouraged all the company to please fill in our membership form, as this would not cost anything but did give the individual a voting right at the next AGM.

Donald thanked the Wednesday boys group for the wonderful Christmas windows and said the museum had came 2nd in the Christmas window competition.

2018 was to be 25 years since the museum opened its doors, a party was to be arranged for the opening of the new 2018 season to celebrate this.

The window displays were to depict the 100 years of the World War. Incorporating all the forces.

Tommy Henderson informed the company that a lady who had helped in the museum had left a legacy of £1000 to the museum. This would be a huge boost to museum funds. The museum should also receive a donation from the Dalbeattie Tree of Heaven, as the museum was one of four charity chosen in the town.

Donald introduced Mr Andrew Swan to the company.

Talk by Mr Andrew Swan, on The Port Road.  The railway line between Dumfries and Castle Douglas taking in Dalbeattie Station. Andrews talk was a wonderful insight into this railway line. Andrew is very knowledgeable about all the crossings, stations, sidings and the day to day working of this line.

Andrew also thanked the museum for their help over the years. Andrew had brought some of his newly published books called The Port Road.

 Donald Henderson gave the vote of Thanks and Refreshments ended the meeting.