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Shetland Amenity Trust Annual Review and AGM

Published: 30 August 2022


The Shetland Amenity Trust held their AGM on Tuesday 30st August.  Trustees re-elected Alison Moncrieff for a second term and appointed a Chair and Vice-Chairs. 

Alison Moncrieff was appointed as Chair and Linda Riddell and Ronnie Eunson were appointed as Vice-Chairs.  

The Trust published an Annual Review to coincide with the AGM, providing a summary of the 2021/22 financial year.  The report highlights both the challenges and main achievements of the past year. 

Alison Moncrieff, Chair of the Board during 2021/22, said, “Despite Covid-19 still being dominant in 2021/22 everyone involved with the Trust - staff, partners, volunteers and Trustees - embraced the need to work differently and keep everything going.  My passion and enthusiasm for Shetland’s heritage and culture is kept alight by the fantastic achievements of the team. However, we cannot achieve our ambitions alone and I strongly believe that through fostering partnerships with other groups and the wider Shetland community, the Trust can deliver even more for us, and for future generations. Something we, in our Shetland way, can be quietly but fiercely proud of.”

She continued, “In 2021 we were honoured to celebrate 200 years since the building of Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, which thrives as a community asset celebrating heritage buildings, social history and the natural surroundings.   The Lighthouse Complex was repainted with support from the Historic Environment Recovery Fund and we delivered a programme of celebratory activities and events.  We also delivered a second virtual Shetland Wool Week attracting over two thousand participants, restored over 100 hectares of peatland, planted over 50,000 tree seedlings, supported the launch of the new Scottish UNESCO trail, showcased our incredible collection of Lace at the Museum and Archives and so much more.  We could not have done it without the support of partners and funders and for that I continue to be very thankful.

The Board is committed to securing a healthy financial future for the Trust and that meant we had to take some difficult decisions during the year, where we could no longer afford to do all that we want to.  This allowed us, however, to invest in new staff and to develop some of our key services.  I would like to thank everyone who has supported us as we strive to adapt and thrive in an ever changing world.”

The full annual report and accounts are still to be finalised, however, the Trust reports that it has once again reduced its deficit as staff and Trustees work towards putting the Trust on our more sustainable financial footing.

The Annual Review and a list of current Trustees can be found here.