The Annual General Meeting of Point and Sandwick Trust will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, November 20) at 7.30pm at Ionad Stoodie in Point. All our members and supporters are invited and will be warmly welcomed.
As well as the usual reports and appointments, we will also be having a couple of guest speakers.
Adam Frew from the Wood Group will be speaking on the progress of the Hydrogen Ferry project, while Shane Wilmott from Enercon will be speaking about turbines and renewables opportunities.
Adam Frew will be giving an update on the first phase of the multi-partner Hydrogen Ferry project, which is being led by Point and Sandwick Trust and also involves Wood Group, CMAL, which owns Caledonian MacBraynes ferries, and Ferguson Shipyard, among others.
The project was awarded Scottish Government funding earlier this year for a feasibility study into developing a hydrogen-powered ferry service using community-owned wind power. It has the potential to be the first sea-going hydrogen ferry in the world.
Donald John MacSween, Point and Sandwick Trust General Manager, said: “We’re looking forward to the AGM. We’ve had a very good year supporting organisations and we look forward to the coming year where we hope to build on that success.”
Refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided after the meeting, which will also be followed the next day by the Iolaire memorial tree planting sessions.
This project, to plant 201 trees in memory of the men lost in the Iolaire tragedy, has been funded by the Woodland Trust, with support from PST and also the Stornoway Trust, and is the last in their four-year programme of ‘Centenary Woods’ plantings to remember the Great War.
There will be two planting sessions of the Iolaire trees – at 11am and 2pm on Wednesday – and members of the community are warmly invited to come along and help put the trees in the ground.
This is the second time the Point and Sandwick Trust AGM has been followed by a tree planting.
In November 2016, more than 400 trees were planted at Ionad Stoodie at an event organised by Point Sport and Recreation Association, which tied in with our AGM the day before.
That Saturday morning planting session heralded the start of National Tree Week and celebrated progress made so far on Point and Sandwick Trust’s Croft Woodland Project, a mission to plant trees throughout the Outer Hebrides.
Those trees — a mix of birch, rowan, hazel, hawthorn, holly and crab apple — were to eventually provide shelter for the football pitch at Ionad Stoodie.
Donald John MacSween added that a representative from the Woodland Trust would also be at the AGM, due to the Iolaire event the next day, and said: “Planting trees at our AGM has almost become something of a tradition.”