Archive for June 2016

Work Begins on St Michael’s Cemetery Memorial Garden

We are excited to to let you know that work has started at last on the memorial garden at St Michael’s Cemetery, Dumfries. Plans have been displayed for some time at St Michael’s but are now attached below for those who haven’t visited the cemetery.

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We are very grateful to local Sculptor, Max Nowell, who is hard at work preparing the edges for the sandstone border.

The border will hold the plaques which are being relocated from the old granite cairn and will give us more space for additional plaques if required.

Back at his base, Max has also been working hard, chiselling away on the beautiful sandstone centrepiece. The piece evokes the image of a family group each pierced to symbolise the loss felt by the death of their baby.

We are delighted to have Max on board and it’s great to see the work starting at last.

Minutes of AGM Meeting – Monday 6th June 2016 7.30pm

Attendees – Alison Hall, Susan Dalgleish, David Hall, Suzanne Hewson, Kirsty Bowie, Ann McMurray & Grant Seaton.

  • Questionnaire Sense CheckAnn McMurray checked the detail of the recently completed questionnaire by the group. Out of the checking of the detail the only area for consideration is whether a standard ‘out of office’ message should be sent when emails are received. Potentially this should say that the mailbox is reviewed intermittently and that somebody will respond soon.
  • WelcomeAlison Hall welcomed all to the AGM and introduced Kirsty Bowie to the attendees. Kirsty has recently stated that she would like to be more involved with the group going forward.
  • ApologiesAli & Kenny Carruthers
  • Minutes of last meeting Agreed that the minutes of the last meeting were a true reflection of the discussions held.
  • Chairperson ReportAlison gave an insight to the work that has been carried out throughout the reporting period. She also gave an overview of the amounts raised by specific
  • Treasury ReportDavid gave an overview of the deposits and withdrawals throughout the year. A balance of £56,956.60 is reported, which will comfortably fund the St Michaels Cemetery works and leave a sufficient balance for general operation costs.
  • Election of Committee Alison Hall Chair – GS proposed SD seconded. Susan Dalgleish Vice Chair – AH proposed SH seconded. Following the resignation of Grant Seaton as Secretary, Kirsty Bowie proposed by AH and seconded by SD. David Hall Treasurer – proposed by AH and seconded by SD.
  • Plans for the yearcovered within the Chairperson’s Report
  • Any Other BusinessNothing noted

Date of next meetingearly October 2016. Date to be confirmed in due course.

Next Support Meeting

The next support group meeting is planned for

  • 7th November: 7.30pm

and we welcome anyone touched by the death of a baby to join us.

The meeting will be held at our office at 107 Irish Street Dumfries.

Many people feel that only others who have experienced the death of a baby can offer real understanding of the pain and heartbreak that they are feeling and the support group meetings allow you to connect with other bereaved parents, grandparents and others who share your pain and loss.

The support group is an informal setting and is only attended by people who themselves have lost a baby or their families. You will not be pressured to speak and sometimes it’s nice just to simply come along and listen.

If anyone would like more information about these meetings or would like to express an interest in attending then please email [email protected]

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