The May meeting of the Club was held at the Panmure Arms Hotel, Edzell.  This meeting has a different format to the rest of our meetings in as much as we hold our AGM and welcome a speaker who has benefitted from our fund raising.

This year we welcomed Megan Cameron, a third year student at SRUC, Aberdeen.  Megan has been given the opportunity to undertake a conservation based study trip to South Africa.  She outlined the activities she would be involved in at the Sharmwari Game Reserve, which is close to Port Elizabeth.  The Reserve is home to the “big five” game animals and works with the Born Free Foundation.  Sounds a great opportunity for Megan and we had pleasure in presenting her with a cheque to help with her expenses.

The AGM was held following Megan’s talk.  Despite the restrictions on all of us we were agreeable surprised how often we were able to meet via Zoom.  Not only our usual monthly meetings, but Committee Meetings and also Coffee Mornings were held where we tried hard to put the world to rights – maybe a step too far!  But we kept in touch which was so important during the long days of the Pandemic.

Our main fundraiser of the year was our annual Coffee Morning/Bazaar, which was very well attended and raised in excess of £1300. Not only has Megan benefitted, but the Hanging Baskets, Christmas Lights, Food Bank, Lunch Club, Minibus, speakers Charities and Chest, Heart & Stroke also benefitted financially.  We are intending donating a “bench” to the village – where exactly, remains to been seen.  Watch this space!

Our final meeting of the year is the annual outing.  We are visiting Castleton for a conducted tour, followed by afternoon tea – sounds good.

We take a break during July and August, but we continue to meet for fortnightly coffee mornings held this year at Castleton.  Please join us – every second Friday.  You will be made most welcome.

Frances Wallace
Club Correspondent

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