Recent activities, taken from our report to trustees, 2019
Achievements and Performance
The Development Group’s activities have been wide ranging. The company’s statutory and acquired responsibilities continue through the ownership of the community house in Bard Terrace; the organization, administration, management and operation of its ongoing projects; the initiation of new projects and the running of the company. All undertaken by volunteers from the community. Durness Development Group continues to work with the Community Council, Village Hall Committee, the local Primary School, Highland Council, Kinlochbervie Development Trust, Highlife Highland, and others in joint ventures and projects throughout the Parish of Durness and wider communities, as appropriate: - Highland Council Ranger Donald Mitchell, TIC Durness Sutherland - Highlands and Islands Enterprise - Tollemarch House, Main Street, Thurso - North West Training Centre, Kinlochbervie
Undertakings and Duties
Bard Terrace We continue to rent out Bard Terrace which provides an income which can be used to fund projects in the community
Youth Work We have been unable to recruit youth workers in Durness. The parents did not wish to help out so the weekly Youth Club ceased, although there is still the Youth Badminton club which we support. We are now working with Highlife Highland who have also had the same recruitment difficulties and are running a joint weekly project in Kinlochbervie where our senior pupils attend school . We contribute to the costs of running this activity
Senior Citizens' Christmas Party We again organised this annual event in a local hotel with the local primary school to giving a short performance of their Christmas musical and Carols. After an excellent meal two groups of local musicians came and provided music for dancing, games and singing. All the guests went home with a Christmas Gift from Santa Claus.
Capre Wrath Toilets Our original plan was to provide a composting toilets at the Headland for visitors arriving on the mini bus. This would have been logistically complex regarding cleaning and maintenance. The owner of the Ozone Café had purchased an additional building from Highland Council to create toilets, these will have running water and suitable effluent disposal, all of which involved major engineering work which he was undertaking. We made an agreement that these toilet facilities would be open for anybody at the site and to that end we donated the money we had raised (£7,854) in various ways and topped it up with a £2,146 donation from our own funds. Thus providing a total of £10,000 in order that they could be to a higher specification, will be looked after by the café owner and open for all to use.