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Very belatedly, we post our June minutes. Minutes 03.06.14 Sorry for the wait!
Our meeting was over in an hour but we covered a lot of ground. Of particular note was the planning for Civic Week Parade and Surf Sprints. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and made these events so successful.
We are now looking for help with the RNLI Day and the Tombola stall on 12th July. Mike Shaw is again organising the stall and he needs 200 prizes for the stall. Bottles are a great choice (alcoholic or not). Bric a brac doesn’t make a good prize. If you can help, please email Mike: email@example.com
Please find attached minutes of our meeting of 6th May 2014.Of particular interest…..1. Lamer Island Project - Dunbar Harbour Trust consultation – have your say NOW.2. Dunbar Harbour Trust - Harbour Users’ Meeting - 13th May at Methodist Church Hall – 6pm. Find out what is happening at your harbour3. Beach cleans and gardening teams out every month now. Diary on East Beach noticeboard and on our website. www.dunbarshoreandharbour Come and join us…. it makes a huge difference!4. Civic Week – Volunteers needed to help set up, marshall and take down for the East Beach Surf Sprint Races on , 12noon onwards – no experience necessary – just willingness to help and a smile – contact me! Surf Sprints are being sponsored by Enjoy Leisure and are being run by Coast to Coast Surf School…. a huge job.Happy reading!
Following representation by one of our members at a recent Community and Police Partnership Meeting (CAPP) about speeding on Church Street, we were provided with information on last year’s police monitoring of the area. Speeds were assessed for both south and north bound traffic over a 7 day period. The average number of vehicle movements per day was 388 with just over 200 movements heading north.
The average speed of travel over the period was 17.5mph. 85% of the cars travelled at an average of 22mph. Out of the nearly 400 journeys, 6 cars each way, were recorded travelling over the speed limit but no car exceeded 0.5% over 30mph.
PC Gavin Ross, our community police officer, has monitored the road in the past month and found it quiet with responsible traffic movements. He told us that the incident of speeding recorded in last year’s audit is not significant enough to warrant any dedicated police action but if you see anybody speeding:
Beach Garden Diary 2014
You will be really welcome on any or all of these days. (See News Page for Diary)
Bags and grabbers will be provided for the beach cleans. Please remember to bring gloves if you can!
Our April meeting was jam packed with topics and you can see what we talked about in our minutes, Minutes 01.04.14
Of particular interest was the emerging Resilience Plan where we are being guided by Sue Guy and Kenny Maule to formulate a robust response to events which might affect us all, such as flooding or storms. We hope to have a visit from the Emergency Services at our next meeting on 6th May – watch out for details.
The Seaweed Project is underway under the guidance of Cian McHugh. Our local councillors, Michael Veitch and Norman Hampshire were the only local representatives to attend a briefing meeting and both were enthusiastic about this visionary plan. (All Local and Community Councillors were invited). At Norman’ssuggestion, Cian will now liaise with Sustaining Dunbar to see how our project might fit with the emerging Zero Waste Town model being developed by SD.
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Dunbar’s Methodist Church, members of the congregation are trying to gather memories from past members and churchgoers.
Dunbar is the oldest Methodist Church In Scotland, having been first erected in 1764 and later enlarged in 1857. Both John Wesley and Charles Wesley were trustees of the Society in Dunbar and John preached at the Methodist Church on 21 occasions. In his diary entry for May 17th 1770 he wrote “In the evening I preached at the new house at Dunbar, the cheerfullest in all the Kingdom.”
Louse Gilchrist, who is leading the history search said, ”After years of declining membership and failing fabric, our new and growing congregation is looking not only to renovate the church but also to celebrate links between the building and the people who remember it. We are planning on having church open days this summer, at which visitors will not only be able to see this simple little chapel with its stunning stained glass, but also read all about the past here.”
If you have any photographs or memories of the church that you would like to share, please contact Louise at Louise.Gilchrist@ed.ac.uk or drop information into the church at the side door on Castle Street. The church is open for morning service at 11am each Sunday.
Update re our neighbourhood resilience/ emergency plan:
- Kenny, Pippa, Mike and Sue met to review our draft plan we developed in our last group meeting.
- Sue will be writing to invite all our local emergency services (First Responders, Police, Coastguard, Fire dept) to come and meet DSHNG 6th May and ask them to discuss with us what they recommend we prepare for and what the drill is in the event of certain emergencies (relevant to our area) would be and for our group to ask them any questions.
- Sue will draft a information and survey flyer to go out to our neighbourhoods to let everyone know what we are doing, give any information we have gathered about who to call in case of emergencies. We will be asking people if they are interested in getting involved, what they feel they would like to be better prepared for or may need assistance with in the case of extreme weather / crisis and to identify local skills and resources.
- We will work to survey our own areas around where we live. We will also have an online survey for people to fill out if they wish. We will be developing emergency contact trees for each neighbourhood patch with one umbrella tree to coordinate all DSHNG patches in case of emergency or to prepare for extreme weather.
- Kenny has been doing some research into sand bags and Hydrosacks (alternatives to sand bags). Once people identify they are interested in getting in on a bulk purchase of Hydrosacks then we will place the order).
- Pippa is writing to Paul Laidlaw to ask what assistance is available to Housing Association residents in our neighbourhood and if they need assistance to develop their plans etc.
- Kenny is looking into the use of British Legion as a safe place and Mike will ask about church hall as being second safe place.
- Kenny will present the update above at this evenings DSHNG meeting.
Have you checked out the Harbour’s screw propellor lately? DSHNG helped the Community Council to procure and fix new information boards for ROBERT WILSON’s propeller. Gary Lawson, the Harbourmaster, was a dab hand at the adhesive in a very cold and strong east wind! Go and have a read…… it is a great story!