Clowne Community Association

Minutes of Meeting Date: 19th November 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Methodist Chapel meeting room
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Chair: Allan Bailey Notetaker: Greg Lindley Final minutes

Minutes confirmed at the AGM November 2015

Date: 19 November 2014
Time: 7:00pm

  1. Apologies        None

Attendance was 35 people.
Greg Lindley took over the Chair for the Chairs election item - there were no other nominations.
2.      Election of Chairman
Allan Bailey was unanimously elected again as Chairman unopposed.
Allan Bailey resumed the Chair
Minutes of previous AGM 2013 – on 20 November 2013 were accepted.
The following were elected
3.1       Election of Secretary- Greg Lindley as minutes Secretary
3.2       Election of Treasurer- Anne Whysall as Treasurer ( Anne had stood down but is prepared to continue for a further year while the Association seeks a new Treasurer)
3.3       Election of Vice Chairman Pat Thorpe as Vice Chair
3.4       Election of Committee
Mr Richard Haigh was nominated at the AGM and elected as a new Committee Member.
Existing Committee members confirmed to continue in post were elected by the meeting:
Pat Thorpe                                                    Brenda Gauntley
Ken Parker                                                    Brian Betts                                                   
Margaret Gillway                                          Andy Thomas                                  
Anne Whysall                                               Greg Lindley                                                
Steven Raison                                             Judy Robinson
Eric Burgess
4.      Changes to Constitution
The Constitution confirmed as existing with no changes.
5.      Treasurers Report 1.10.13 to 30.09.14.
Circulated and approved
The Association account remains positive over the period. We have limited our postage costs and advertising and rely on all Association members to spread the word about the Association.
These accounts cover the Main Association spending, which mostly covers the meetings costs and general allocations, and it also covers the two Association working groups of Clowne in Bloom and Countryside Access Group.
A twelve month report for 1.10.13 to 30.09.14 was circulated.
At 30.9.14. the bank balance was £1,548.02 plus £39.33 cash in hand.
The main source of income in this year has been the grant from Limestone Journeys of £2,862.24 towards the Clowne in Bloom work especially the new Community Garden. In addition the Well Dressing had its most successful year, with a response to the theme of 1914 WW1 commemoration, raising £517.70. Association income included the regular meeting raffle and refreshments donations.

6.      Chairs Annual Report and Groups report back
Allan noted that the Association had a successful year with the installation at last of the new Community Notice Board, supported by Heywood Estates. This was well used and has attracted favourable comments from all. The Association have been building bridges with outside partners. Speakers in the last year have been influential with Cllr Western, Leader of DCC, attending twice and the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and Cllr Murray-Carr and todays STWA speaker. We have achieved a lot over the last year and hope for more in the next 12 months.
          The two working groups have continued combined meetings in 2014.
          Clowne in Bloom- Greg Lindley
The grant award from Limestone Journeys in Sept 2013 was successfully delivered with £2,862 grant being spent by the end of December 2013. This was matched with in-kind volunteer time from Clowne in Bloom, Marklands trainees and North Notts College students. This supported the new 4ft square oak planters put in place around town on Mill Green Way, Rotherham Road, Hollin Hill and Mansfield Rd. Planting material was purchased from Thompson Nurseries. It also allowed the replanting of the barrel tubs. At the new Community Garden at BDC site we put in arches and fence posts and wire, new fruit trees and reclaimed pathways. The raised beds were cleared and Landmarks trainees were tremendously helpful in the work. CVP have paid for a new poly tunnel on site for plant growing in 2015.A memorial bench is being placed here. The work here slowed down in 2014 but we hope to re-focus in 2015.Clowne in Bloom entered the east Midland in Bloom Its Your Neighbourhood Awards and received an Improving Award in 2014. Recently we have been meeting with the Parish Council and a Floral Display group meets regularly with hope to put in new planting at Mill Green Way and possibly an entry into the main In Bloom Awards for the first time in 2015.Yesterday we submitted an application to CVP for grant towards planting at Mill Green Way. The Well Dressing in August 2014 had a theme of marking the 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914 and was extremely well supported with our best ever year of donations of over £500. Donations were made to Help for Heroes, British Legion and the Methodist Chapel. We worked with Creswell Crags (supported by Junction Arts) and other North Derbyshire Well Dressing groups to promote the art and a leaflet was produced for us by BDC. Both Heritage High School and Clowne Jun and Inf School undertook Well dressing displays in July term and did an excellent job which we hope to build on next year. Linear Park clean up days have been undertaken and a large amount of litter and stream debris removed. These should continue on a regular basis in 2015 and new signs are planned here by BDC. We need your help with any new members, contributions of planting material and bulbs.
          Countryside Access Group Brian Betts
Footpath Sign replaced on Hickinwood Lane. All 32 footpaths walked and generally in good condition. Not      much needs replacing. We are happy to work with others. We work with Derbyshire CC Countryside Service who replace sign posts and stiles. We have submitted evidence forms of use for the Markland Grips footpath which seems under threat     from landowners and are awaiting a response. We are preparing user evidence right of way sheets for the Barlborough Links Golf course edge footpath at West Lea. On the new Greenway proposal on the former rail line we will continue to work with Derbys CC. Any new members are welcome to join in the group activity.
There are 32 footpaths in and around Clowne that the group walk and are looking to keep accessible to countryside.