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The “Final Phase” project is near completion and has transformed what was an eye sore into gardens, play areas and car parking which has significantly improved the appearance of the of the site. Grass has been sowed and tree and shrubs have been planted. Funding for this project was from a number of funders the main one being the Leader Fund, match funded by the Postcode Lottery Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Aberdeenshire Council and the MacRobert Trust.
The Community Resource Centre continues to thrive along with the amenities it provides, and is continually being highlighted and showcased as not only a centre of excellence but a unique example of working in partnership. The gym has particularly done well and has around 850 members. It now offers spin bike classes which are proving to be very popular. In addition we have just secured funding to role out an exercise referral scheme to the Central Buchan area.
The Community Service Centre still has its three tenants Buchan IT and E-Learning Services (Bites) and Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus (BDACB) and Venture Care and Support Group. The remaining unit available for hire is currently being used as a community crèche twice a week and has been rented out on an ad-hoc basis when required, most recently for the NEOS art exhibition. This exhibition was to display the art of local people and was a very successful event which generated additional sales for our cafe, we hope to mirror its success next year.
The cafe which was set up and opened in 2010 has now been set up as a wholly owned subsidiary company to the Maud Village Trust and is called The Old Mart Cafe Ltd. It will operate as a “not for profit” social enterprise and any surplus it makes will be gifted to the Maud Village Trust. The cafe has been well supported this year and as such sales have been good, we have trialled opening weekends and introduced a gifts area to diversify on sales.
The small area adjacent to the Service Centre which will be built into a heritage/seating/garden area, has still to be developed, however more funds will be needed to continue with this part of the project.
You can visit our web site and view the progress of the Trust and the services that are provided at www.maudvillagetrust.org
The Trust Directors and Management Committee would like again to thank those who have helped and supported the development and hope that you use and enjoy all the amenities that are on offer.
Report prepared by P. Buckman – Director/Company Secretary. 05/10/11