All Members are welcome to the Penicuik Community Alliance Annual Members Meeting.
- Welcome, introductions and apologies for absence
- Minutes of the Annual Members Meeting held on 30 January 2018, and any matters arising
- Directors’ Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 August 2018 (Please see the Report below. The accounts will be available at the meeting)
- Nomination and election of new Management Committee members
Please consider putting your name forward Download a form here.
- Motion under Rule 6.2 to waive the requirement to appoint an Auditor
- Update on current situation with the Storehouse
- Any Other Competent Business
You will be able to collect Certificates for the latest share issue at the Annual Meeting. Any not collected there will be available for collection in the shop for a month and after that any remaining will be delivered or posted.
Anyone who would like their certificate delivered or posted immediately after the Annual Meeting please let us know e-mailing us
PENICUIK COMMUNITY ALLIANCE: REPORT OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR THE YEAR 2017-18
The financial year from September 2017 to August 2018 was a turbulent one for Penicuik Community Alliance, full of difficulties but finally ending well.
In summer 2017 PCA was in crisis. The extensive refurbishments planned for what was a short lease property at 22 High Street were nowhere near complete, and almost all the money secured through a mix of grants, loans and community shares had been spent. The Management Committee (MC) was also down to just two members. All work on the building had to stop, and the remaining staff were dismissed.
However, three new members joined the Management Committee at a Special Members Meeting held for that purpose in August 2017. A chink of light also emerged through contact with the Scottish Land Fund (SLF), who indicated it would be possible for PCA to apply for a 95% grant to buy the Storehouse building.
December 2017 was something of a turning point.
- Our Stage 1 application to SLF was successful, providing almost £13,000 to commission a feasibility study and business plan, as well as building and valuation surveys.
- We were able to open the front of the Storehouse building and establish a presence on the High Street at minimal expense, providing space for Roger Kelly’s shop and other traders (with appropriate contributions to PCA).
- We were able to persuade our landlords, Scotmid, to allow us to defer payment of rent while we pursued the objective of buying the building.
- Our lenders, Social Investment Scotland, also agreed to freeze interest and capital repayments.
- Further funding from the Fair Food Transformation Fund was confirmed, allowing us to continue with the Community Meal under June Horne’s leadership.
In January 2018 the Management Committee was further strengthened with the election of new members at the Annual Members Meeting plus subsequent co-options, and this allowed us to prepare a strong Stage 2 bid to the Scottish Land Fund which was submitted in June 2018. Meanwhile more and more people were coming to do their shopping at the Storehouse.
As the year ended we were on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome of our SLF application, but finally the good news came in August 2018 with an award of £323,500 to cover not only 95% of the cost of the building but also amounts to help with refurbishment, staff costs and legal fees.
Much has happened since then – including a very successful further community share issue – and members will be brought fully up to date at the Annual Members Meeting on 26 February 2019.
The Management Committee consists of: Connie Docherty, June Horne, Roger Kelly, Martin Meteyard (Vice-Chair, Acting Chair), Brian Miller (Treasurer), Nigel Patch, Jean Ritchie (Minutes Secretary), Derek Rosie, Shelagh Stewart, Neville Suttle (Secretary), Jane Tallents