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CDT March E-bulletin
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CDT OPENS NEW OFFICES
The CDT office is now based in Huts 3 & 4 at Cultybraggan Camp. The phone number remains the same - 01764 670769 and the office hours will continue to be 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday. We are still providing the same printing/copying services and the battery disposal unit has been relocated to the Nisa Comrie shop in the village. Along with many other community and voluntary groups across the country, Comrie Development Trust is facing significant financial issues at the moment. Within its efforts to make savings on current expenditure, CDT has now closed its Drummond Street office in Comrie, and all office work is being carried out from Huts 3 & 4 near the entrance at Cultybraggan Camp. We will also be relying entirely on volunteers for general office support, working alongside our finance officer and estate manager. Please contact the CDT office by phoning or email cdt@comriedevelopmenttrust.org.uk if you have any time to offer or would like to know more information.
 
COMMUNITY LAND SCOTLAND VISIT CDT
The Trust was very happy to welcome Community Land Scotland to Cultybraggan Camp and the CDT office on 24th February! Chairman of Community Land Scotland, Lorne MacLeod and Development Manager, Linsay Chalmers, both attended the meeting interested to know about what developments have progressed with the community ownership of Cultybraggan Camp, what are the challenges faced and what are the Trust’s future plans for the site. It was an enjoyable day for all.
NEW MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR HERITAGE SELF-CATERING PROJECT

Subsequent to the Cultybraggan Heritage Self-Catering Shareholder Annual meeting held on the 24th of February, a new Management Committee has been established. The Committee currently has 10 members who are all shareholders and the first committee meeting took place on March 17th. The committee will be responsible for making important decisions about how the self-catering development will be managed, whilst the Trust will be fully responsible for the Nissen hut renovations.

 
STRATHEARN CHEESE COMPANY SET UP AT CULTYBRAGGAN CAMP
 
The Strathearn Cheese Co. have recently set up at Cultybraggan Camp in Unit 15B. The company was established in January 2016 by business partners Drew Watson and Pierre Leger. It is the vision of Drew and Pierre to produce exciting artisan cheeses in the heart of Strathearn, using local milk supplies and local flavours. If you have a question, Drew and Pierre would be happy to hear from you. Unfortunately due to the nature of the business, there is no public access to the hut. However, if you would like more information visit www.strathearncheese.co.uk or check out Strathearn Cheese Co on Facebook.
CULTYBRAGGAN CAR BOOT SALE 
 
Cultybraggan Camp will host its first car boot sale (on a trial basis) on 27th March with a purpose of raising money for the renovation of the Camp. £10 for a covered table if weather is bad or £15 for a car/van pitch. Refreshments will be available, and the day will run from 10am until 2pm with setting up from 9am. If successful, the car boot sales will continue through the summer on the last Sunday of every month. Contact Rob on 07884257329 for more information.  
CULTYBRAGGAN CAMP TO BECOME SPZ
 
In its consultation on the next Local Development Plan, Perth & Kinross Council has proposed that Cultybraggan Camp should become a Special Planning Zone (SPZ). The CDT board has submitted support for this proposal, which would make the planning applications process more streamlined and less costly for hut users. The CDT board has also noted conditions which should be included to provide protections for the Camp. The CDT understands that establishing an SPZ would require a special additional consultation exercise carried out by the council. 
The Local Development Plan Consultation also included proposals for district heating schemes such as those already in existence at the Camp and the CDT board has also given support to these proposals.
         CALL FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS & CDT CHAIR
 
The recent AGM elected three new members to the Trust Board and we are now looking to recruit additional board members as well as a chair person. The Trust needs people to express an interest in membership of the Board, working groups and other volunteers at the Camp or in the office. Please contact the Trust if you would like any more information or to put yourself forward for any of these opportunities.
BOARD MINUTES
Did you know, the Comrie Development Trust latest board minutes are now available to view on the CDT website. Link below.
 
VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT
 
In addition to looking for new members and working groups to contribute to their general work, CDT also needs volunteer help in three specific areas of activity.
The first of these is work on financial planning and financial management, including grant applications and involvement with major funders.
The second is work on general administration – help with all sorts of enquiries, visits, meetings and events.

The third is assistance with communications and marketing. This work would involve social media, maintaining the CDT website, e-bulletins to CDT members and promotion of Cultybraggan Camp as an events space with certain areas and various huts available for short term hire.
You can contact us for more information or to offer help with any of these areas by phoning the office on 01764 670769 or by e-mailing:
cdt@comriedevelopmenttrust.org.uk
Visit our website at www.comriedevelopmenttrust.org.uk