DUNS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Report to Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund
Following receipt of the very generous donation of £10,000 from Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund we spent quite a bit of time looking at the lights on offer. The money arrived just in time for us to instruct the Council and order lights for Christmas 2013.
We elected to renovate the cross-street features at the Post Office (Nativity Scene) and the Banks in the entrance to the Square. We also traded-in four features at North Street (outside Plough Inn), South Street (outside Duns News Plus), Murray Street (outside Fortes) and Black Bull Street (outside Black Bull Inn) for new features. We also bought spare bulbs and additional motifs which were fixed to the Toll House (JD Clark and Allan and Duns Dental Practice).
The replacement lights are all LEDs and use a fraction of the electricity that we used previously.
We were able to instruct Scottish Borders Council to proceed with the installation of the new power supplies to replace the original supplies that they had cut off (vandalised). We were obliged to pay 50% of the cost of this. The terminals installed by the Council are very sensitive, however, and trip at the least little thing. Consequently our team are regularly seen up ladders at all hours resetting MCBs. We are talking to the Council about this.
Finally we instructed our honorary electrician, Bob Markby, to build and install 6 No junction boxes for the display which allowed us to plug in the features and the garlands.
In the year 1 Oct 2013 to 30 Sep 2014 we paid the following:
Blachere (lights) £ 6,130.73
Delivery Charges £ 140.00
Bob Markby £ 586.48
Scottish Borders Council £ 4,176.65
TOTAL EXPENDITURE £11,033.86
Our income included donations from private individuals and donations through the Cracker in the Square and this allowed us to run a switch-on evening, purchase additional lights and pay for the collection and delivery of the features. We still have a small reserve for next years spares.
Without the generous donation from the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund we would not have been able to erect the cross street features, string garlands around the Square and run the very popular switching on of the lights by the Wynsome Mayde. The display would have been restricted to the lights on the tree and Duns town centre would have been the poorer for it.
On behalf of the Erection Section and all who have enjoyed the display of Christmas Lights in Duns we would like to thank the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund Trustees for their generous award.
J Andrew Lester
(Meant to be retired Chairman)