STEPPING down as Chairman of Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe (The Ui Church Trust) this month, Donald Crichton expressed his gratitude ‘for the honour of chairing the Urras and the privilege of working on such a rewarding project’.
Murdo Macmillan now takes over as Chair of the group as announced at the Trust’s annual general meeting.
Handing over the reins, Mr Crichton reported that the previous year had been a very busy and productive one.
He expressed his gratitude to Historic Scotland, who is the major funder, and to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, LEADER, and the Stornoway Trust, for their support in the £324,000 project.
Mr Crichton congratulated everyone who has been involved in the fund-raising and raising the profile of the project; he referred to the inaugural Annual Lecture by the Lord Lieutenant Mr Sandy Matheson in June, the launch of Friends of Ui Church, Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie’s fascinating new book on the historical perspective of Eaglais na h-Aoidhe, the new website, and the Open Day held earlier this month.
The retiring Chairman ended by thanking his fellow directors for their contribution to the work of the Urras over the last year.
At the AGM Colin Scott Mackenzie, Donald Macleod and Liz Chaplin were re-appointed as Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary respectively.
Judy Macdonald, John Cunningham, Gillian McKim, Simon Riley and William Banford all expressed an interest in becoming Directors and were duly appointed.