As most local people will be aware, Heinrich Steinmeyer, who was a prisoner at Cultybraggan Camp towards the end of World War II, was moved by the unexpected way he was treated both at the camp and by people from the Comrie area. He also felt welcomed by other communities in Scotland, when he stayed to work after the war. He visited Comrie over the years, and had a long friendship with George Carson Snr. Heinrich talked to George about how grateful he was for the way he had been dealt with by people in Scotland during his imprisonment and afterwards, and that he had decided to leave all of his possessions to be used for the benefit of older people.
He came to meet with representatives of Comrie Development Trust to ask and arrange that his legacy should be transferred to the Trust for this purpose in Comrie. Heinrich died in 2014, and since then there has been a lengthy process in Germany to settle his estate, and to transfer the £384,000 which was gained from the sale of his house and all his other possessions to a special bank account set up by Comrie Development Trust to hold his legacy, and keep it separate from other Trust funds.
The transfer of the Steinmeyer legacy is nearly complete (Dec 2016), and CDT is now looking for local people with an interest in developments for older people in Comrie and the local area to join a legacy group. This group would have the responsibility for arranging a consultation process, in the Spring 2017, with older people, community groups and local health and care professionals, to identify and determine how the whole of the Steinmeyer legacy should be used for the benefit of older people in the Comrie area. There have been press enquiries about the legacy, and CDT put out the steinmeyer-legacy-news-update-2-12-16
We hope that whatever appears in the media over the next few days is positive about Heinrich Steinmeyer’s gratitude and intentions, and about how people in this village and elsewhere in Scotland welcomed him. Whatever appears in the national and local press, the main concern here is to establish a special group of volunteers from the area to consult with older people and others locally to determine how best to use the legacy fund. If you are interested in joining the legacy group, please pass your contact details (name, address, phone number and email address) to the CDT office by email or letter, or by phoning the CDT office on Tuesday or Thursday morning, and answerphone at other times, and you will be invited to a meeting to discuss how to take this important piece of work forward. Heinrich Steinmeyer has given this area a great opportunity to bring benefit to local older people and remember him in doing that.
Further information will be provided at the CDT AGM, which is now to be held on Tuesday 31 January, with an update on progress in establishing the Steinmeyer legacy group. Please let us know if you are interested and able to join the legacy group.