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First of all, congratulations to Martin Roche-Nishimori on being appointed to the board.
As announced at the meeting the company that runs the Phoenix shop and cafe´ is now “Phoenix Findhorn Community Interest Company’.
We were also delighted to be able to tell members that we have received confirmation of a grant from the Scottish Government under the banner of their ‘Strengthening Communities Programme’. The purpose of the grant is to enable us to undertake market research about and create a plan to deliver a new social enterprise centre in Forres, so enabling us “to become a more resilient and sustainable community anchor organisation”.
In a new initiative our partners in Findhorn Wind Park have begun installing PV panels on the roofs of various properties at East Whins. These will feed into the Park’s grid and offset part of the reduction in renewables production now that Moya, our 75kW wind turbine erected in 1989, is being decommissioned. For more information about this project see http://findhornwind.co.uk/
This year’s AGM will be at 7.30 pm on Thursday 16th July 2015 at the East Whins ‘Sunshine Room’, The Park, Findhorn. This meeting is open to all Ekopia members. Other interested parties are welcome as silent observers, especially NFA members, Foundation co-workers and Phoenix customers and supporters.
The AGM reports will be going out to members by email and post very soon. Please contact us if you have not received yours within the next few days.
We are pleased to say that Fasil Bogale has agreed to join the Ekopia board, initially for a three month trial period. Fasil is a chartered accountant who has lived in the community here for the past three years and who is involved with various partner community organisations such as Park Ecovillage Trust and CIFAL Scotland.
The board have tentatively set the date of the Annual General Meeting for the evening of Thursday 16th July. A formal notification will be sent out in a month or so.
Construction work on the West Whins site immediately behind the Universal Hall has commenced and Green Leaf Design and Build and their sub-contractors are on site. Access to this area will be restricted for the time being. Once the building is complete the pathway from the Hall to West Whins will be accessible again.