New chairman for Abbeyfield Stewartry

Colin Marriott, who lives in Kirkcudbright, has been elected tas chairman of the Abbeyfield Stewartry Society Ltd

Colin Marriott, who lives in Kirkcudbright, has been elected tas chairman of the Abbeyfield Stewartry Society Ltd

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Colin Marriott, who lives in Kirkcudbright, has been elected to succeed Dr David Duncan as chairman of the Abbeyfield Stewartry Society Ltd.

Accepting the appointment, at the society’s recent annual general meeting, Mr Marriott paid tribute to Dr Duncan’s leadership of the society over the past seven years.

He said that during that time Dr Duncan had ably and sympathetically steered the organisation to meet the challenges of ongoing changes in regulation and working practices and he would be a hard act to follow. Dr Duncan will continue to work as a trustee. Later in the meeting, Alex Cook and Dr Liz Matear were elected to join the board of management as trustees.

Submitting the financial report for the year 2010/11, the honorary treasurer, Peter Phillips, said the society had a strong balance sheet and was on course to meet its financial targets for the current year. Ivy Stanley, the executive secretary, presented an overview of the services, and support provided to the society’s 20 residents, by volunteers and staff.

The volunteer-led Stewartry Society is independent of any other Abbeyfield Society. It is locally managed and has been providing supported sheltered housing in the Stewartry since 1964.

A major investment of £1.45m was recently made to facilitate a programme of extension and refurbishment of Bothwell House in Castle Douglas. The work is now completed and residents are delighted with the upgraded accommodation, which is in demand by prospective residents both locally and from further afield. In recent weeks, a similar project of upgrading began on site at Strathdee in Kirkcudbright. The society is grateful for the significant funding support granted by Dumfries & Galloway Housing Sub Committee for the Strathdee project.

Anyone interested in becoming an Abbeyfield resident or volunteering with the society can contact Mrs Stanley on 01556 502271 or email ivy@abbeyfieldstewartry.co.uk.