Friday, 16 March 2012

KCC Minutes Feb 2012 Agenda March 2012
The next meeting of Kirkmahoe Community Council will be held in Kirkton Village Hall on Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 7.30pm
1.    Apologies for absence
2.    Minutes of the last meeting
3.    Matters arising
4.    Moffat Initiative - Windfarm Community Benefit
5.    Kirkton enhancements
6.    Police Report
7.    Treasurer’s report
8.    Councillors’ report
9.    Planning matters
10. Events
11. Correspondence
12. Any other competent business
13. Date and place of next meeting
Claire Corlett
Clerk to the Committee
13th March 2012

Amendment to minutes from SW Lumber

A couple of changes:-
The two guests I brought to the meeting were Ian Little and Brian Little.
4.4 Ian Little presented the photos of the flood banks.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Kirkmahoe Concerts-Matthew McCallister and Aisling Agnew

A non-profit community endeavour, featuring high quality live music from across the spectrum of classical, jazz, folk and fusion – using local venues and with an emphasis on modest tickets prices.

Matthew McCallister and Aisling Agnew
Sunday 25th March 2012, 2.30pm, Barony Church, Dalswinton

Matthew’ s reflective and lyrical classical guitar playing thrilled the Kirkmahoe audience back in January 2011 and now he returns with flautist Aisling Agnew. The duo recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and are well known across Europe and further afield for their repertoire of classical, traditional and contemporary pieces. Their programme will include Tangos from
Argentina, Choros from Brazil, and Baroque Sonatas from Italy and Germany, alongside music from France and Malta. Price: £8
Tickets from: The Midsteeple, Dumfries; Thomas Tosh, Thornhill ; the venue on the day; or call 01387 740 045

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Renewable Energy and its many forms

Driving around this area it will be obvious to the observer that many of the rooftops now sport Solar Panels.

Although we do not get much sun here, the solar panels still produce energy to heat and light our homes. Those who have invested in them know that energy they use during daylight hours is created by the solar panels, and that there is a government incentive which allows solar energy units to be sold to the National Grid and so electricity bills are reduced, and you are paid for the energy you produce.

  Now Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partenrship (DGHP) has gone a step further than solar energy. It has invited its tenants to choose which type of energy they want. The choice being :- Air source, solar and ground source (geothermal).

Air Source heating

Some have gone for air source which entails having a box with a fan fitted to the outside of your house which draws in air and acts like a refrigerator in reverse by delivering heated air to the house.



Others have chosen geothermal ground source energy. This is obtained by drilling 100 meters down into the earth, placing a pipe filled with antifreeze into the hole, which gathers the heat from the earth and pumps it back up the pipe into the house to power heating and lighting.
Drilling down 100 meters

An explanation of how geothermal energy works.

Geothermal pipes and solar panels
In fact some of the tenants have even got a mix of solar panels and geothermal heating.
Those who have adopted these forms of energy will no longer be at the mercy of continual price rises from the gas oil and electricity companies! How GOOD is that!!!!!