Tuesday 13th May
Present: Margaret Ormonde,
Diana Hartrup, Bill Harper, Barry Prior, Kate Manton, Jill Verran,
1. Apologies Carol Sutton, Tara Taylor, Vera Bodman
2. Minutes of the last meeting (Wednesday 2nd April 2008) were
3. Matters arising:
Committee Roles Update
Two new members were
welcomed to the committee: Cathi Edwards and Carol Sutton (not present).
has come forward from the AGM to take on responsibilities such as
planning. The committee agreed that MO will continue to look for
someone; meanwhile we will ask for help from CADRA. Another key responsibility
is the care of the village sign. We agreed because of health and
safety issues we would try to find someone who we could pay to maintain
it. As Paul had previously had a special interest in the sign BH
offered to contact him first, before seeking out a suitable maintenance
Safeguarding the future
MO asked that committee members with
particular responsibilities provide a short write-up of what they
do. To be emailed around prior to the next meeting.
KM carried out a risk assessment; paperwork is filed.
25th Anniversary Celebrations
KM reported on her visit to
the hall and will set up a sub-committee meeting in order to push
on with the arrangements. BH and CE volunteered to join the sub-committee.
KM to chase school bursar re PLI. CE to sent KM contacts details
for chair of the PTA. MO asked that KM inquire whether the school
has display boards we can use. Further suggestions included asking
Highdown School if they have a music group who could perform (KM)
and whether a local dance class could perform (CE).
The Hill School have received a cheque for £25
to buy a book(s) on the history of Reading and invite us to go along
for a tour/presentation. All committee members expressed an interest
in attending. Highdown book awards - response awaited.
Due to pressures of work this project has been put on hold
4. Treasurer’s Report
BH reported that 2007 accounts successfully audited.
5. Feedback from Committees
NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) Meeting.
MO circulated details to committee members via email. CE/BP to attend
next meeting (21st May). MO will check with TT whether she can attend
next NRYP meeting on 16th July and VB or BP will attend next SCCF
meeting (2nd July).
Chalgrove Way, with access via St Benets Way. Planning committee
rejected proposals - local residents were out in force.
7. Any other business
Currently have 471 members. JV suggested
that the Highdown Hill Road area is targeted with the summer newsletter
drop. CE offered to recruit her neighbours; JV to email intro letter
to her together with names of existing members in her vicinity. 50
additional copies of newsletter will be needed.
JV circulated list of names and asked for volunteers
to chase subs owing.
Emmer Green School safety
CE has no news as yet except that
children took home letters this week asking parents to walk their
children to school at least one day a week to ease congestion.
MO aiming for end of June date for copying
with updated tradesman's list which Barry Cruickshank is compiling.
BP will chase up report on the transport consultation exercise in
the hope of including a summary in the newsletter.
Visit to Houses of Parliament
MO will canvas interest in
St Barnabas Garden Party
CS and possibly TT will
run stand for EGRA. New game needed.
MO approached chairman of Civic Society to be speaker.
Committee agreed so MO will confirm when we have set a date.
8. Date and venue of next meeting
Wednesday 2nd July at BH house, 37 Kidmore End Road at 8