Committee Meeting Thursday, 23rd Jan 2020

Woodlands Hotel, Newbridge Dumfries

In attendance:

C. McGinley, P. Cowan, A. Best, A.Brown


 R. Jones, D. Watson, D. Millar, H. McClymont,

Minutes from last committee meeting on 21st August 2019, approved by A. Brown and seconded by C. McGinley.

Office bearers of Society

No changes required. however A.Best has resigned as secretary as from the 31st December 2019 and a new replacement will be required. He has agreed to remain in the post till a new replacement has been found.

Two possible candidates have been nominated and further discussions will be necessary before an appointment can be finalised.

These were, Mrs Tammy McCombe, nominated by Peter Cowan and Miss Grace Smith, nominated by Hugh McClymont.

Issues from Forage Competition 2019.

No issues were raised, only praise for the Judge, Sion Williams in the way he conducted the judging and his comments at the prize giving. The speakers from Harbro and Glasson grain were excellent.

Summer meeting, Date and Location.

Although it was agreed at the last committee meeting to visit J.McIntosh in Wigtownshire, subject to his approval, the second choice of Mark Calendar, Croft Head, Crocketford, Castle Douglas was dropped, as the farm has  already a number of visits planned by other farmer organisations.

Another option suggested, was that the Society links with a proposed visit of the East of Scotland Society to our area during the summer.

A further option was to discontinue the summer meeting, as in the past this event had n not been well supported.

Winter meeting


Agreed farm visit and Forage competition should be 3rd December 2020.


The proposals were

1st Choice: Jimmy Warnock Lanarkshire.

2nd Choice: Jim Neil, Kelso

3rd Choice: Ian Whiteford, Cupar, Fife


The proposals were:

Smith, Barknight, Mauchline, Ayrshire

Service, Newton Stewart

Speakers for knowledge transfer:

These will be arranged once a location has been agreed.

Accounts bank balances.

Balances from latest statements are:

Bank of Scotland @ 20/12/19 £2698.94

Clydesdale @ 10/08/19 £2757.24

Any other business

Due to the poor attendance of this committee meeting it was agreed to send a email to all committee members asking them to whether they wish to support the SWSGS as a committee member or step down from the committee. As in the future it will be necessary to ask more from the committee as is been asked at the present.

It was agreed that next committee meeting of the SWSGS shall be at the end of February 2020, to discuss matters not formalised at this meeting.