A sub-committee will be formed to start planning a programme of events. If you as an individual and if other community organisations would like to be part of the 2017 celebrations, come along to a CCC meeting or email chair Alan Rennie at email@example.com
It was on Tuesday, July 5, 1977, that the first official meeting was held in the community centre. Mr Cameron, depute director of administration with Stirling District Council, was in the chair and in attendance were community council members Mrs Mackinnon, Mr Scott, Mrs McIntosh, Mr Marshall, Mr Ferris, Mr MacFarlane, Mrs Graham, Mrs Buchanan, Mrs Telka and Mr Gilchrist. There were apologies from Mrs Beattie and Mrs Galletly.
Minutes of that meeting, handwritten in a fountain pen by the community council’s first secretary William Gilchrist (now Sheriff Gilchrist), show that Mr J.W. Marshall was elected as chairman with Mr Leonard Ferris as his deputy. Although absent from the meeting, Mr Peter Paterson was nominated and elected treasurer.
Apart from the election of office-bearers, three matters dominated the agenda at that historic meeting:
1 – Proposals by the District Council to build 60 houses at Mill Road;
2 – Proposals by the Boundaries Commission to re-draw certain regional boundaries placing Cambusbarron in an area comprising of Kippen, Gargunoock and Kings Park;
3 – The Government’s Green Paper on Local Government Finance.
At a subsequent meeting on July 20 in the library at the community centre, Mr Peter Paterson intimated that, owing to his commitments as Treasurer of the Bowling Club, he felt unable to accept the office of Treasurer.
What wasn’t minuted was that Peter’s youngest son Steven (now Stirling’s MP) was then an active two year-old and Peter’s wife Janice was expecting their second child. It must have been a hectic time in the Paterson household!
Peter Paterson and Mrs Cathy Graham are the only members of the inaugural CC that are members of the current CC.
However, only Cathy has been an ever-present over the past 39 years.
Peter resigned for a number of years due to pressures on his time from extra-curricular work at work as principal teacher of English at St Modan’s High. Cathy’s record of community council service may be unique throughout Scotland as Cambusbarron was one of the first community councils to be set up in the country.
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