More than a 100 people were present at Stuartfield Village Hall recently for a special Information Day about the Crichie Community Inn Project.
This meeting was set up to inform the community about the progress in buying the Crichie Inn for the benefit of Stuartfield and neighbouring villages.
As well as displays of information there were raffles andteas and coffees, and the Soup-and-Sweet lunch, which altogether raised a welcome £908.90.
The money will contribute towards the costs of an intrusive survey in order to assess completely the costs for the refurbishment of the Crichie Inn.
The primary function of the day, to give interested people detailed information about the progress of the project, was a major success: many worthwhile questions were asked and much useful discussion followed.
The next major step in the project will be the formation of the foundation management committee of the Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) for the Benefit of the Community.
The IPS will be the agency issuing the Community Shares allowing members of the public to come together to invest in purchasing the Crichie Inn.
The management committee of the IPS must contain a chairman, a secretary, a treasurer and in all may contain 12members.
In view of the scale of the responsibility -If the project is successful the management commitee will be responsible for administering hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funds and assets - the Crichie Community Inn Steering Group (CCISG) has resolved to require the maximum number of members on the foundation management committee of the IPS.
Currently there are a total of eight candidates to join the committee. However, a further four members are required.
While people with expertise in business management, the law, and accountancy would be especially welcome, what the committee requires is people with common sense and a dedication to a project that could benefit the whole community in Stuartfield and neighbouring villages.
Further information about all aspects of the project can be found atwww.crichiecommunityinn.org.uk, and by e-mail from John Ollason, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Geoff Ewing, email@example.com, respectively the chairman and the secretary of the CCISG.