feel free to email us gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com and/or fill in the pledge form on the right - this is a community-led project, your input is important

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

New Articles of Association

Our new Articles of Association were unanimously approved at the EGM on 21/12/2016 - they can be read in full here

The next management meeting will be held on January 12th - if anybody would like to get involved, please let us know (either email us gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com or contact one of the team directly).



Friday, 23 December 2016

More Press Coverage

Following the previous Edinburgh Evening News piece (see link below), another interview with Chairman John Wrinn is featured in this week's East Lothian Courier, and is available at the link below - including a nice picture of some members of the local community.

>£290,000 cash boost for bid for community to buy woods near Gifford

Friday, 16 December 2016

Press Coverage

There's a nice piece about our grant award in today's Edinburgh Evening News, including a brief interview with our Chairman John Wrinn

> East Lothian group wins £300k grant for woodland purchase

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Revised Articles of Association

Our EGM on the 21st (19:30, village hall) will be to discuss and formally agree changes to our Articles of Association. These are as required to achieve charitable status following guidance from OSCR.

The new Articles will be circulated to our full email list shortly - they can be accessed and read here.

For those who would like to compare the new and the old, the old articles can be accessed here.

Any comments can be emailed to us in advance of the EGM, otherwise we look forward to answering any questions on the night.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Great News!

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Land Fund has agreed to conditionally grant the Gifford Community Land Company £291,520 to support our attempted purchase of (and the ongoing upkeep of) Speedy & Fawn woods. This grant award is conditional on successful price negotiation with the vendor and our ability to raise the additional funds we will require.

We have already received significant pledges of financial support from within the community and have had a number of successful fund-raising events.  We have now applied for charitable status and will only be asking people to honour their pledges once this is in place and we have completed our negotiations.

Clearly the Scottish Land Fund grant award is a huge step forwards for us. We are optimistic that negotiations will be completed - and the additional funds required raised - before the end of March. To ensure we will be able to hit the ground running if the purchase is completed, we have already started the process of recruiting a Woodlands Project Manager (as proposed in our feasibility study).

We are a community led project and are open to any offers of support or assistance (be that financial support, people volunteering their time/expertise or able to help recruit the Project Manager). All are welcome to join us for our next public meeting (our EGM at Gifford Village Hall on 21/12 at 19:30) where any questions can be asked and (hopefully!) answered.

For those not able to attend the EGM, we can be contacted by email directly at gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com - or alternatively feel free to contact any of the management team directly (Meet the Team)

Meet The Team

The following members of the Gifford Community are currently actively involved with this project. If you are unable to attend any of our public meetings, please feel free to contact any of us directly. Alternatively we can be reached by email at gifford.woodseh41@gmail.com

Adam White

Board / Management Team
Graeme Davies
Jane Duncan
Rosemary Everett
Kevin Hague
Ian Johnston
Chelsea Knight
Alan Laidlaw
Roo Hardy
Jane Steven
David Thursz
John Wrinn

Special thanks are due to many other enthusiastic fundraisers, volunteers and supporters - too numerous to mention!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas Teas Fund-Raiser

We're delighted to be able to report that Saturday's Christmas Teas in Gifford Village Hall raised an impressive £1,200 towards the Gifford Community Woodlands project. Huge thanks are due to all of the organising team and of course all of you who came along and supported us.

Monday, 5 December 2016

EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting)

Wednesday 21st December, 7:30pm Gifford Village Hall

This meeting is being called to vote on an amendment to the constitution of Gifford Community Land Company Ltd. In order to officially register the company for charitable status, we need to bring the constitution inline with OSCR (The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) requirements.

Please join us to find out more, and hopefully give your approval.

Many thanks!

Christmas Tea Fundraiser

Saturday 10th December 2:30-5:00 pm

Gifford Village Hall 

  • Toys & Children’s Books
  • Santa
  • Bring & Buy
  • Tombola  
  • Nearly New Clothing
  • Knitted Goods

Complimentary glass of Fizz for adults!

Adults:            £4
Children:         £1

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