SCA meeting 8th October 2017

Scoraig Community Association

Minutes of meeting held on 8.10.17

Present: Jill Beavitt, Sandy Lamb, Luke Richards, Mark Fletcher, Jessie Millard, Jan Betts, Malcolm Alston, Cathy Dagg, W, Aggie Brudenell, Nigel Rushforth, Laurence Glass

Apologies: Paul Betts, Winnie Buczynski, Andy Cox, Dale Nicholson, Ian Hammond

  1. AGM Minutes were read and the following amendment was required:

Jan and Jessie’s names were omitted from the list of existing committee members who were willing to be re-elected. Cathy apologised for missing out Winnie’s surname. Minutes were then approved


  1. Scrap : So far £1700 has been raised from sale of batteries and another load will go. Scrap is being uplifted at the same time by the scrappie although we are not getting paid for this. More stuff will go from Peter Young’s shed. Laurence’s suggestion for use of SCA’s share of the money is to buy materials for the dry store/car workshop to replace peter’s shed. The main cost will be roofing. The boat engine shed at Scoraig pier also needs a new roof. Laurence will look into costs before further decisions are made.

Motion: that SCA battery money should be spent on building a strong shed for communal use as short-term storage and workshop. Proposed by Laurence, seconded by Cathy, motion carried unanimously

  1. Road: 7 tonnes of free recycled material from HC has been delivered and mostly ferried across. There should be another two loads of this before Spring. So far £600 has been spent so there is £1500 left this financial year. Because of the poor state of the footpath caused by burn, rain and cows, it was agreed to concentrate efforts on the section from the Cadha to Badrallach. A council mini-dumper and driver will help move the material from the road end to where needed. Ditches will be cleared, worst puddles filled in and collapsing side repaired as well as pipe put into the collapsed culvert

Motion: that an extra £200-300 be added to the present £300 allocated to footpath repairs. Proposed by Laurence, seconded by Cathy, carried unanimously

Cathy stressed the need to ensure the Cadha gate is kept closed to prevent cows from coming through and damaging the track on Scoraig side, as they did last week.

On the track itself, gorse could do with cutting back between Malcolm’s and Lisa’s, and some ditching above Jill’s

  1. Mooring Boat: W requested that Sandy be exempt from the requirement to be a mooring boat shareholder and approved driver so that he could use the boat to ferry shareholders. Various objections were raised. Sandy agreed to become a shareholder and sit his driver’s test.
  2. White Goods: Jill raised the problem of disposal of white and other electrical goods, computer parts etc. She has contacted ILM in Alness to see if they will uplift. Inverness recycling will take white goods but a van will have to be registered for domestic disposals. Jill will continue to investigate
  3. Mooring Boat repairs: at the last meeting it was agreed to investigate whether it was better value to repair Serena or buy a new boat. The conclusion was that Serena should be repaired. Laurence has sourced a sheet of marine ply. The Desperate Dan will be beached for scraping (9.10.17) Luke will continue to work on Serena but there is more work if anyone else wants it. They should get in touch with Luke.
  4. Fire beaters: three mended beaters are back in the holder and three at the Ruigh’riabhach deer fence gate. One more needs new matting. This needs to have an internal mesh strong enough to withstand fire, old conveyor belt is ideal. Empty water containers will go back to the pier shed.
  5. Peter Young’s trailer: this needs new tyres and work on tow hitch, maybe narrowing as it’s a bit too wide. SCA money will be used if required.
  6. Defibrillator: Jan asked why this isn’t somewhere accessible to the public. It was pointed out it’s not just a defibrillator but a whole bag of kit to be used by trained First Responders. In an emergency people should phone 999, though Jan doubted whether 999 was reliable enough. Public defibrillators are a different scheme and would still require phoning emergency services first.
  7. Bonfire Night: Saturday 4th November, the venue is moved to Chris’s quarry. Brashings need to be moved from among the trees below the track east of SSS
  8. Next meeting of SCA 26th November at earlier time of 3pm, in SSS.

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SCA minutes 8.10.17

SCA AGM Minutes 2017

Scoraig Community Association                                                              

Annual General Meeting 2017

Meeting held on 20.8.17

Present: Dale Nicholson, Luke Richards, Winnie Buczynski, Nigel Rushforth, Laurence Glass, Malcolm Alston, Cathy Dagg, Paul Betts, Jan Betts, Sandy Lamb, Jessie Millard, Bev Beavitt

Apologies: Lisa Grant, Lisa Nicholson, Jo Baker, Ian Hammond, Aggie Brudenell

  1. Business:

Malcolm read out minutes of previous AGM held on 18.9.16. Minutes approved.

Malcolm read out minutes of previous ordinary meeting held on 11.6.17. Minutes approved.

Financial Statement, prepared by Hugh, was read out. No moneys have been paid out for road work yet but this will start soon. There is £2175 in the account.

  1. Matters Arising from previous meeting
  2. Free chippings offered by Highland Council are just waiting on the storage bays at Badluarach jetty being cleared out
  3. Brief discussion on the relative merits of chippings against beach pebbles and the best size of quarry grit began, but was postponed until ordinary meeting (below)
  4. Fire beaters. These haven’t yet been fixed. New backpack water spray will be kept at the pier shed.
  5. Ferrying: Laurence doesn’t want to ferry batteries at the same time as grit. Paul Betts offered raft for ferrying trailers containing grit.
  6. Election of new Committee

The committee resigned. Dale, Luke, Jo, Laurence, Nigel, Malcolm, Jessie, Jan, Cathy and Aggie were all willing to be re-elected. Motion, proposed by Paul Betts and seconded by Sandy Lamb was carried with one abstention (Winnie, due to not being able to hear the discussion)

Laurence proposed Estha be included as a director even if she can’t attend meetings with ease. Seconded by Cathy and motion carried

Office Bearers:

Chair: Malcolm Alston

Secretary: Cathy Dagg

Treasurer: Nigel Rushforth

  1. Lighthouse refurbishment: Dale and Cathy both apologised for not having got far with this. Laurence will repaint the exterior in Spring 2018. Dale will buy a new visitor book
  2. Bench for walkers. This idea was proposed by Winnie. There was an initial discussion on where this could be placed and what materials it could be made of. A notice board with info and a map for walkers at the deer fence gate was also proposed.
  3. Road Job: Pebble bag filling continues, Laurence and Ian are doing this but anyone is welcome to do some for the going rate, phone Laurence for details. The continuing discussion on the best road material concluded with the motion that a load of 20mm chippings should be bought.
  4. Scrap Metal: A battery collection and sale will be organised. Drop off point will be the west side of Topher’s shed behind the winch. Other scrap can also be removed. Laurence will organise a ferrying day on a good tide, Bev, Luke and Hugh will help.
  5. Mooring Boat: Luke has started stripping, but the boat needs a lot more work, with stern and transom coming away. It was suggested that it is time to find a new mooring boat, something that will carry about 1 tonne weight. The relative costs of repair or replace will be looked into before the next meeting.
  6. Young’s shed at Badluarach pier. Malcolm will phone Peter Young for the last time before we take ownership of the shed and its contents, and proceed to demolish.
  7. Next meeting Sunday 8th October, 4pm at SSS



SCA AGM 2017 (MSword file download link)