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WWW.NTS.ORG.UK15A chance to helpANoutdoor Conservation VolunteerGroup has been set up in theHighlands. If you'd like to learn newskills, meet new people and work instunning locations visit www.nts.org.uk/Volunteering/OutdoorFOR THEDIARY19-21 OctA crime writingfestival is to be heldat Haddo House andsurroundingproperties. Hearleading authorsreading chillingtales in hauntedcastles and historichouses, or enjoywriting workshops,tours, films andevents for buddingyoung detectives.Details on the Trustwebsite inSeptember.Your views wantedTHEstrategic review led by the Rt Hon George Reid in 2009-10 recommended fundamentalchanges to the way in which the Trust is governed. This led to the establishment and election of ournew Board of Trustees. However, further recommended changes will require the primarylegislation that established the Trust to be modified, and this can only be done by an Act of the ScottishParliament. Members approved all the review's recommendations at the 2010 AGM. Nevertheless, beforeMSPs can consider any modifications, they must be assured that Trust members and others have beenformally consulted. The proposals are:. That the President and Vice-Presidents of the Trust should no longer be members of the Board of Trustees . To increase the maximum term of co-option to the Board of Trustees to a period of up to four years . To remove references to 'representative members' being part of the Board of Trustees . To permit the Trust to be known formally as 'The National Trust for Scotland' as well as 'The National Trustfor Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty'These changes would continue the process of reforming the Trust's governance in line with modern charitablepractice and complete the governance reforms that have been taking place since the end of 2010. Moreinformation can be found at www.nts.org/legislation. To submit your views on these four proposals please e-mail legislation@nts.org.ukTAKE NOTELove theme THE love life of Robert Burns has inspired anexhibition of new works by Scottish artistAdrian Wiszniewski, on show and for sale atthe Robert Burns Birthplace Museum until 27August."The Man Who Loved Women" is acollection of 12 oil paintings, all producedwithin the last year. Every painting tells adifferent story; some tender, some tragic, in acontemporary look at the Bard's infamousromantic past.Since the museum opened in 2010 it hasworked with some of Scotland's leadingartists, writers, poets and musicians. With theappointment of Sheilagh Tennant as curator, itis developing as a national cultural hub anddemonstrating that Burns continues toinfluence and inspire artists more than 200years after his death.

16SUMMER 2012Welcome to your letters pages -where you get to haveyour say and to share your experiences.To contact us, write to:The Editor, Scotland in Trust, 91 East London Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4BQor email: editor@scotlandintrust.co.ukLetters may be editedYou can also tweet @N_T_S or find us on Facebook via www.nts.org.uk/facebookYoursayLETTERSEll of a debateYou asked in the springissue for views on theuse of imperial or metricmeasurements. It is aconfused situation outthere. We should clearlyhave moved to metricunits years ago, but nogovernment is preparedto face the wrath ofpeople like yourcorrespondent, RonMunro. We've beenusing metric measurements for a long time: the old one-inch maps had a metric grid. Now all OS maps aremetric, and I find no problem with that. The buildingtrade has used metric for years, as anyone who attemptsDIY discovers. The confusion, for me, is trying to keep aconcept of imperial units, when I've made the transfer tometric. Of course you should give measurements inmetric units, and hopefully the new generation will takethe bull by the horns, because they have no concept ofwhat imperial measures signify. As for the conservation ofheritage, you do that, for example, at the Ell Shop inDunkeld [see picture]: when was the last time yourcorrespondent used the ell as a measurement, I wonder? Ken Allen (1.78m tall)by email I totally agree with Ron Munro about measurements. Yousay feet and inches are no longer used in schools, but Icannot believe any child does not know what a mile is.And as far as heights are concerned I think there wouldbe an almighty outcry if the Trust started to describeMunros as "mountains over 914.4m". If you really thinksome young people wouldn't understand the traditionalmeasurements, why not give metric versions in brackets?Marjory Simmondsby emailThe editor writes: We received many letters on this, thevast majority supporting the use of metric measurements.Many thanks to all who wrote in. We will tend to usemetric, though there may be some occasions, especiallyin historical contexts, when imperial is appropriate. Up-market tenementYour correspondent Ailsa Logue, in discussing her modelof a room at the Tenement House, states that in answer tothe children's question about why there was no adultpresent, she said"mummy had gone out to the toilet,which was not in the house". While I know manytenement houses did not have indoor toilets, many toiletsbeing at the top of the stairs or in the courtyard, this isnot so in Agnes Toward's flat. Tenement flats could bequite "up-market" and Miss Toward's has a spaciousentrance hall, well appointed bedroom, comfortablelounge (or parlour) and lovely kitchen with a coal-firedrange giving permanent hot water. The tiled bathroom,with bath, flush toilet and wash basin, is within the flat.Mummy was perhaps just in another room. Marion L Smith (former Tenement House guide)by emailPoor outcomeI was fascinated by your piece on the William Fettes teacaddy. It was interesting that in his will Fettes decided "tocreate a school for orphans and the needy". I find itironic that it has become a school for the wealthy andprivileged (though no doubt there are still scholarships). Iwonder how many bequests set up to help poor peoplehave gone this way?Katherine Naylorby emailOpen houseI enjoyed the article about the House of the Binns. Itreminded me of the day, many years ago, that my wifeand I visited the house for the first time. On arrival thereseemed to be no one about, just an open door. Onentering I called out, and after a few minutes a lady in awheelchair came to greet us and made us mostwelcome. She asked whether we would like a guidedtour of the house, and whether I would push her chair.Visited @N_T_SGladstone's Landyesterday. Rathertaken with the waythey stop peoplesitting on displaypieces -a holly leafon each one!@dhothersallAlso visited another@N_T_S propertytoday: Angus FolkMuseum. Superbmuseum and staffand saw nice LMSticket.pic.twitter.com/XYmGH8UJ @RadarArchiveThings to marvel at@N_T_S GeorgianHouse: Did youknow people in1790s had fancydevices for makingcheese toasties?bit.ly/J4amYs From:@SkillsRCAHMS@N_T_S Fondmemories ofvolunteering withNTS at Glen Coeyears back stayingat Achnacon bothyand meeting MelGibson inHighlander garb. @bendipper