Report on the EGM 25-03-2021

As you will be aware I called an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on the 25th March for a decision on our proposed move to Maryburgh. The meeting agreed the move by a unanimous vote. I can tell you that today we have received the official word from the council that the purchase of the Old Primary School in Maryburgh to the Maryburgh Men’s Shed for £1 has been accepted by the council. The building will be used by the Maryburgh Men’s Shed, Highland Woodturners Club and Maryburgh Matters (a community based club).

The move can not take place until late in this year or may be early into next year, the council are going to retain the building until a development next to the old School has been completed, the expected completion date is late September. Once we have access we will need to do some work on the building in order to make it useable for all 3 groups, this is expected to take at least 2 to 3 months.

In the meantime the Covid-19 restrictions mean that we are not able to return to the basement of the Munlochy hall any time soon, but even if the restrictions are fully lifted the Covid-19 situation has not gone away, the ventilation problem of the basement will still be there. As we have agreed to the move we do not intend to spend any money on the Munlochy building other than to make the move. The money will be spent on the Maryburgh building prior to opening.

We hope you can all bear with us on this journey, I do realise there will be some waiting time before we can all meet again in what will be our new venue in Maryburgh. Here is a picture of the building

The Old Primary School, Hood Street Maryburgh. From the Maryburgh roundabout, left into Maryburgh, then first right into Hood Street, the building is about 100 metres on the left.