Three rural community councils have launched a scheme offering insurance cover to village halls.
The Village Halls Plus Group - which consists of three rural community councils - will offer village halls across the UK a range of
packages, including cover for special events, loss of revenue and material damage.
The councils involved are:
Suffolk Acre, Community Lincs and Community First.
The people of Glenesk have an active community life. There are many social gatherings in the Tarfside Masonic Hall, an excellent local drama group, an active curling club, annual highland games and sheep dog trial and several clay pigeon shoots.
There are 2 Church of Scotland Kirks and an Episcopalian Church although there is no longer a resident minister. The people of Glenesk have long depended on the land for their livelihood and the traditional activities of hill farming and the careful management of the expansive heather moorlands for wildlife, grouse and red deer remain the mainstay. The present population of Glenesk is around 120.
Almost all have a long-standing family connection with the Glen and many still work there. There are more than 40 full time and part time jobs including 13 gamekeepers, 11 tenant farmers or farm workers, 2 estate workers, 2 resident employees of the North of Scotland Water Authority at the Whitehillocks Water Treatment Works, 1 school teacher and 1 part time nursery school teacher, 1 lodge house keeper and 1 estate worker, in addition to around 10 seasonal jobs in the Folk Museum itself.
There are also many seasonal jobs on the 3 estates in Glenesk and up to 100 additional casual staff might be employed in the shooting lodges and as grouse beaters during the shooting season in August and September each year.
At the foot of Glenesk lies the village of Edzell with local shops, a golf course, two hotels, a church, primary school and the rather grand Inglis Hall. The citizens of Edzell are justifiably proud of their village which has frequently won 'Britain in Bloom' accolades, and has a charm all of its own.
The Edzell Village Improvement Society (EVIS) provides a forum that co-ordinates the work and the efforts of several civic interest groups, all actively involved in maintaining the beauty and the quality of life in Edzell, several of which take turns to host the running of a charity shop in the village to raise funds.
EVIS has also recently secured a village van for village use as a local community vehicle by the Youth group, recycling, garden's group etc. A set of keys for the van can be currently be obtained from Ms Fiona Work (Chair EVIS).
There is a current proposal to re-develop the site of the Old Mart in Edzell by building a Tourist Information Centre, Coffee and Farm Shops. A Public Meeting was held in February 2007 and the Notes from that meeting can be read here
Minutes of the recent Public Half-yearly meeting, held on Tuesday 25th April, 2007 at 19:30hrs in the Inglis Memorial, can be read here