Members provide their services on an entirely voluntary basis, meeting officially 3 or 4 times annually with several other informal meetings as required. Over the years 2019 - 2022 this was impractical due to Government restrictions on any form of gathering, however the Committee continued to manage/maintain the Gardens as well as practical.
An Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in the first 4-months (in The Bonham Hotel), for which a minumum of 3-weeks notice is a statutory requirement. Only property Owners may attend.
Committee Membership and Resident's Participation:
The DGUC actively encourages the participation of residents in the Drumsheugh Gardens' community (under DGUC guidance) and, at the discretion of the Committee, may invite additional enthusiastic contributers into meetings/activities. Please would you respect that DGUC Members provide their services on an entirely voluntary basis (between other commitments). Members cannot be expected to be a police force, or be immediately present to attend to Gardens' issues. Nor are they able to predict when Owners choose to gather with friends for casual events (one of the attractions for many). All that DGUC Members can ask is that issues such as respect for all neighbours, the environment, noise and the behaviour of dogs all take account of the guidelines referred to within these pages.
The Gardens at Drumsheugh are seen as an excellent example of Private New Town Gardens (something for which our City is highly regarded). Over several years, the DGUC has maintained a record of keeping annual costs for Owners at one of the very lowest levels of the many Gardens of its type and in doing so, building reserves to cover costs for maintenance, some of which can be regular, high and time-consuming, such as tree pruning, repairs to railings, gates and locks, lock/key changes, key distribution, fee collections (through Factors) and many others.
Committe Members (as at February 2023):
Derek Crooks (Chair, appointed 06/02/2023, replacing Donald Emslie)
Lauren Hotson (Treasurer, appointed 06/02/2023, replacing Richard Summers)
Gordon Watson (Secretary)
Douglas Campbell (Manager, The Bonham Hotel)
Jacqueline Easson (appointed 11/07/2023 adopting the lead of the 'Doggy Group')
Derek Matchett (appointed 06/02/2023)
ML White (resigned prior to DGUC Committee Meeting 11/07/2023 when moving from the area)
Members resigning from 02/2023 (all four moving their residence from the Drumsheugh Gardens area):
All four were thanked for their kind and excellent contribution to the DGUC (some over several years).