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Fèisean nan


A’ toirt ar dualchas do ar n-òigridh

Coinneamh a’ Bhùird-Stiùiridh

Meeting of the Board of Directors

Taigh-Osda na Lùchairt

The Palace Hotel

Inbhir Nis


Dimàirt 17 An Cèitean 2005

Tuesday 17 May 2005

Fèisean nan Gàidheal

Taigh a’ Mhill


An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

IV51 9BZ

Fòn 01478 613355

Facs 01478 613399

Post-d fios@feisean.org



Fèisean nan Gàidheal

Coinneamh a’ Bhùird-Stiùiridh

Meeting of the Board of Directors to be held in The Palace Hotel, Inverness Tuesday 17 May from 2.30pm Clàr-Gnothaich 2.2005.01 GNOTHAICHEAN TÒISEACHAIL ~ PRELIMINARIES (a) An làthair ~ Present (b) Leisgeulan ~ Apologies (c) Gèarr-chunntas na coinneimh mu dheireadh ~ Confirmation of Minutes of the previous Board meeting Minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 28 February 2005 are circulated. Board members are asked to approve these as a true record of the meeting.

(d) Gnothaichean ag èirigh ~ Matters arising Board members are invited to raise any issues from the minutes not covered elsewhere on the agenda.

(e) Aithisg nam Fèisean ~ Fèis Report Board members are asked to give verbal reports on developments and events within their own, and other, Fèisean.

2.2005.02 COINNEAMH NAM BUIDHNE-GHNIOMH ~ EXECUTIVE GROUP REPORT Minutes from the meeting of the Executive Group held on 4 May 2005 are circulated, and the full papers provided or the meeting are included as Appendix 1. Board members are asked to note these.

2.2005.03 IONMHAS ~ FINANCIAL ISSUES (a) Aithisg Ionmhais ~ Financial Report Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s budget for 2005-06, with performance against budget to 30 April 2005, is circulated. Also circulated is a note of the grants pledged by Fèisean nan Gàidheal for 2005-06. Board members are asked to note the contents of the report, and discuss any points they wish to raise.

(b) Fiosrachadh ùr agus na tha anns a’ bhanca ~ Bank Balances and up to date information These will be tabled at the meeting.

2.2005.04 GNOTHAICHEAN POILEASAIDH ~ POLICY ISSUES (a) Poileasaidh Cùram Chloinne agus Dòighean Obrach ùr ~ New Child Protection Policy and Procedures A copy of the new Policy document has been e-mailed to all Board members, and there will be a hard copy for members to examine at the Board meeting. Also enclo

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(b) Poileasaidh Gàidhlig ~ Gaelic Language Policy A copy of our proposed Gaelic Language Policy is included. This will form an Appendix to the new Development Plan, and members are asked to approve the policy.

2 2.2005.05 GNOTHAICHEAN LEASACHAIDH ~ DEVELOPMENT ISSUES (a) Adhartas a-rèir Plana-Leasachaidh Fèisean nan Gàidheal ~ Progress against Fèisean nan Gàidheal Development Plan A report by the Director is circulated, outlining progress with the implementation of the current Fèisean nan Gàidheal Development Plan to 31 March 2005. Board members are asked to note the progress to date, and are invited to discuss any relevant items.

(b) Plana-Leasachaidh Fèisean nan Gàidheal 2005-10 ~ Fèisean nan Gàidheal Development Plan 2005-10 A copy of the final draft of the new Development Plan for Fèisean nan Gàidheal for the years 2005-2010 has been e-mailed to all Board members, with changes suggested by the Fèisean having been incorporated. Hard copies will be available for Board members at the meeting, and they are asked to approve this final version, so that we can have it translated.

(c) Leasachaidhean ùr Gàidhlig ~ New Gaelic developments A copy of our tender to Bòrd na Gàidhlig is included, to give members a fuller understanding of what we hope to achieve in terms of our Gaelic developments. A verbal update will be given to the meeting.

1.2005.06 GNOTHAICHEAN GNIOMHACHD ~ OPERATIONAL ISSUES (a) Staff Progress Reports Progress Reports from staff are circulated. Board members are asked to note the content of these, and are invited to discuss relevant points.

(b) SAC Assessment of Fèis an Earraich Iain MacInnes, a member of the panel of advisers to SAC’s Music Department, visited Fèis an Earraich this year, as part of the evaluation processes adopted by SAC. His report is included for information, and Board members are asked to note the very high core achieved by the Fèis.

(c) AGM and Conference 2005 A verbal update will be given on the availability and price of venues in Aberdeen for this year’s AGM and Conference. Members will be asked to decide which venue is best suited.

1.2005.07 EILE ~ GENERAL

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1.2005.01 PRELIMINARIES (a) Present Peggy Nicolson (Fèis an Earraich); Fiona Johnston (Fèis Obar Dheathain); Ken Houston (Fèis Chataibh); Katie Adam (Fèis a’ Bhaile); Joan Robertson (Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain); John Joe MacNeil (Fèis Bharraigh); Cllr Donald John MacSween (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Observer); Arthur Cormack (Fèisean nan Gàidheal Director, Attending); David Boag (Fèisean nan Gàidheal Development Manager, Attending); Anne Willoughby (Fèisean nan Gàidheal Finance & Administration Officer, Attending); Fiona MacInnes (Fèisean nan Gàidheal Support Worker, Attending); James Graham (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Student on placement with FnG).

(b) Apologies Kate Kerr (Fèis Dhùn Bhreatainn), Carolyn Paterson (The Scottish Arts Council, Observer), Ken MacKenzie (Fèis Latharna), Morag Anna MacLeod (The Highland Council, Observer), Alasdair MacLeod (Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Observer) (c) Confirmation of Minutes of the previous Board meeting Minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 07 December 2004 were circulated.

Joan Robertson requested the following amendment: 4.2005.01(f) Fèis report – Feis Tir a’ Mhurain Fèis dates to be amended to 25–29 July 2005. Subject to the amendment Fiona Johnston proposed approval of the minutes, seconded by Peggy Nicolson.

(d) Matters arising Board members were invited to raise any issues from the minutes not covered elsewhere on the agenda. The Director confirmed to Board members that raffle tickets were to be despatched within the next two weeks.

(e) Fèis Report Board members were asked to give verbal reports on developments and events within their own, and other, Fèisean.

Peggy Nicolson reported that they were busy preparing for Fèis an Earraich running from 28 March – 01 April. They had over 110 participants enrolled so far and 20 young pipers from The Armagh Pipers Club.

Follow-on classes were on going with classes running for piping, fiddle, accordion and clàrsach. There was not enough interest to run a guitar class. The YMI programme was now up and running and following on from the Fèis in April, the month of May was also going to be very busy with school visits.

Fiona Johnston reported that Fèis Obar Dheathain was very successful with more participants than ever but unfortunately fewer committee members. They had Dougie MacDonald teaching button-box entirely through Gaelic-medium. They had a visit from The Lord Provost and Aberdeen City Council who was supportive. The Clàrsach workshop had paid for itself and there was enough interest to run at least one follow-on class. They were now looking forward to the Fèisean nan Gàidheal AGM in Aberdeen.

Joan Robertson reported that Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain ‘s follow-on classes were on going. Ceòlas had applied for YMI funding for 16-25 year olds. They were hoping to work with Fèis Tìr an Eòrna to provide accordion/singing workshops for the same age group and possibly cover tutor training as well.

Katie Adam reported that Fèis a’ Bhaile had run a number of group-work sessions with Calum MacCrimmon.

The Fèis continues to run Gaelic drama classes and they are going well. The AGM will be held in April.

Catriona Macintyre mentioned that Ingrid Henderson’s report gave an update on the Lochaber Fèisean Development project. Fèis Lochabair were gearing up for their Easter Fèis and had 90 participants enrolled and all the tutors were now booked. A new Fèis was setting up in the Mallaig/Morar area. Fèis Eige had received funding from Awards for All for storytelling and folklore workshops.

Ken Houston reported that Fèis Air an Oir were holding regular fortnightly workshops and the children were working hard and growing in confidence. Fèis Chataibh were busy planning for the Cèilidh Trail and auditions were due to take place at the end of March. The YMIS was on going and Fèis Chataibh were also hoping to host a couple of events as part of the Blas programme.

4 John Joe MacNeil reported that Fèis Bharraigh follow-on classes were going well under Jane McNeill’s guidance. All the events for the 25th celebrations had now been decided and a new committee was being formed to progress with these. The new administrator was due to start work next week.

Fiona MacInnes mentioned that Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich had ran a successful group work workshop. She was hoping to do the same with the rest of the Western Isles Fèisean and hoped that they could all perform at Fèis Bharraigh. She was also hoping to establish a Western Isles Cèilidh Trail.


(a) Financial Report Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s budget for 2004-05, with performance against budget to 31 January 2005, was circulated. Also circulated was a note of the grants pledged by Fèisean nan Gàidheal to that date and expenditure on individual projects as there was no Executive group meeting prior to the Board meeting.

Board members were asked to note the contents of the reports, and discuss any points they wished to raise.

The Director drew attention to the fact that YMI funding was to be used in the school year and not the financial year. There was still a further £47,000 to come in from the Scottish Arts Council before the end of March, as all funding claims were now up-to-date.

(b) Bank Balances and up to date information

The current bank balances were given as follows, and were noted by the Board members:

£3,598.45 in the Current Account • £7,996.55 in the High Interest Account • £222,506.02 in the Business Term Deposit Account • (c) Scottish Arts Council Funding Agreement 2005-06 A copy of the proposed Funding Agreement with the Scottish Arts Council for 2005-06 was circulated. The Director explained to the new members that the £10,000 to develop support mechanisms applied to the Fèis support worker posts.

Board members were required to confirm acceptance of this and approval was proposed by Ken Houston and seconded by Fiona Johnston.

1.2005.03 POLICY ISSUES (a) Child Protection Policy Revision Because of the introduction of new Child Protection legislation, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s policy required to be updated, and a background paper was circulated for information. Board members were asked to delegate this to staff to progress and it was agreed that Sandy Gray and Iona MacDonald re-write policy and e-mail round for approval. It was agreed that additional training was required for Fèisean Child Protection Officers as there were new committees and new Fèisean.


(a) Progress against Fèisean Nan Gàidheal Development Plan 2001-05 A report by the Director was circulated, outlining progress with the implementation of the Fèisean nan Gàidheal Development Plan. Board members were asked to note the progress to date, and invited to discuss any relevant items, all were happy with progress to date.

(b) Fèisean nan Gàidheal Development Plan 2005-10 A draft of the new Development Plan for Fèisean nan Gàidheal for the years 2005-2010 was available to members in advance of the meeting. Board members were asked to discuss the outline and recommend any changes. Ken Houston thought it was a fantastic starting point and congratulated Arthur Cormack on progress to date.

It was agreed that the aim of the organisation should be kept quite short. Catriona MacIntyre mentioned that we were not reaching or involving everyone; the more established Fèisean had reached a point where they could not cope with more participants but could possibly start new projects. She also though there was a lack of provision for Gaelic-medium children.

It was also decided that member Fèisean should get a chance to feedback. It was suggested that after all the amendments suggested by the board were done, it should be then sent out to Fèisean. Arthur Cormack was in receipt of comments to draft the plan again and send to the Board for final approval.

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1.2005.05 OPERATIONAL ISSUES (a) Staff Progress Reports Progress Reports from staff were circulated. Board members were asked to note the content of these, and were invited to comment. David Boag gave an update on the Development Fund and asked that the remaining £5,000 be approved for use in the Western Isles Cèilidh Trail project, and the Board were in agreement. Catriona MacIntyre mentioned that all reports were excellent, and gave a lot of information about everyone’s day-to-day work. Fiona Johnston agreed.

(b) Tracking Exercise The Director gave a verbal update of the work being carried out by the RSAMD’s Research Department. A copy of the questionnaire being sent to a sample of former Fèis participants was circulated and the Board were asked to provide names of participants.

The Director gave an update on the 25th Anniversary book and mentioned that a meeting was organised for Friday to get the staff more involved in this project. Cailean MacLean was doing all the interviewing and Joan Robertson mentioned she could identify people to be interviewed.

(c) Election of Board members A short report was circulated outlining the still vacant position on the Board, along with recommendations for filling it.

The Director told members that the only nominations he had received were from Fèis Obar Dheathain and Fèis Dhùn Bhreatainn and both were represented on the Board already.

The Board decided to leave this until the AGM. Fiona Johnston mentioned that she was resigning from the Fèis Obar Dheathain committee as they were moving to Stirling. The Board decided that Fiona should remain as a director until the AGM in September.

1.2005.06 GENERAL (a) A O C B Ken Houston mentioned that additional support was required and that a meeting should be arranged with the Executive group to discuss David and Arthur’s roles.

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