Tuesday 3rd February
Present: Margaret Ormonde,
Bill Harper, Diane Hartrup, Barry Prior.
1. Apologies Vera Bodman, Cathi Edwards, Kate Manton,
Carol Sutton, Tara Taylor, Jill Verran.
2. Minutes of the last meeting (Tuesday 18th November 2008) were
3. Matters arising:
Seat adjacent to Coral’s
To be given a limited
makeover by volunteers (when the warmer weather arrives).
Emmer Green School Safety
The notices to parents advertising for crossing guards had been sent
out. Responses awaited.
Several alternatives had been reviewed, and a
satisfactory quote of £150 from Zurich Insurance had been received.
It was agreed that this would be accepted, subject to the detail
policy being checked. Action BP
To recognise the 25th Anniversary year,
paper copies of the Report would be delivered to all members. This
would also provide the opportunity to distribute the invitation to
the event on 9th May. DH can manage the printing and collation, but
we need to ensure that the delivery volunteers can cope with the
extra numbers and deliver on time. MO to discuss with JV.
The drafts of a poster and of the Invitation/Information
Sheet were accepted. We can print the poster, and a quote will be
obtained to print 1000 Invitations. Action BP. This material will
be required by the end of March.
WADRA/Mapledurham Pavilion. No further action required, but EGRA
is to be kept informed.
||Information is being received from RBC, but it
remains difficult to follow sometimes.
||The Jefferson Close development has been approved, with the
||A revised application has been made for a pavilion for the
tennis club at Clayfield Copse.
||An application has been approved for houses off Evesham Road.
||EGRA’s letter on the major RBC consultation has been
4. Treasurer’s Report
The draft accounts for 2008 were agreed. BH will arrange the audit,
but a new auditor for 2009 will be required. DH/BP will speak to
a possible candidate.
5. Feedback from Committees
NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) Meeting
CE’s reports were reviewed. CE has agreed to be notetaker.
NAG seems to be poorly resourced, and it was agreed that EGRA could
fund the first meeting at the Milestone Centre, on condition a permanent
venue and sustainable arrangements were set in place. We would arrange
a link when the NAG website was up and running. Local discussion
covered ASB and CCTV. Tri signs have been reinstated.
Safer Caversham Forum
Information on the 25th November was received from VB. The meeting
was poorly attended. Informative talk by Drug and Alcohol Team. Next
meeting 23rd March.
The meeting scheduled for 25th January had been postponed.
6. Any other business
Age Concern 50+
The events are well attended, with talks from an equity release company
and information about a new local Buddy Scheme for older residents.
The Thai Chi sessions have been successful.
Relationships with local Councillors
It was reported that instances were arising where Councillors were
withholding information unless their material was reproduced in full
and credited to them as individuals. It was agreed the EGRA’s
apolitical stance must be maintained, and that we should retain full
editorial control over our published material. It was agreed that
the best way forward was to highlight a link to the Councillors’ website
and hope that in the future we could work collectively for the good
of the community.
25th Anniversary Event
The report of the Sub Committee was considered. Good progress was
“Uncle Charley” will be retained as the entertainer.
The distribution of mementos was not supported in view of the high
The programme of events was agreed.
The preliminary budget at £900 was accepted.
Future Committee and Officers
The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer were willing to continue
in office. The Secretary has resigned both from her role and from
the Committee after this year’s AGM. Diana Hartrup will also
leave the Committee, but we were pleased to note that she will
continue to provide help. It was recognised that more use could
be made of volunteers on tasks without their needing to be members
of the Committee. MO will follow up on a possible candidate for
a Committee member.
Recycling Plant Visit
The visit had been arranged for the morning of 9th March. It would
be possible to take additional people if they expressed an interest
nearer the time.
Web Site Address
A new “independent” name is to be investigated when feasible,
which is intended to be achieved by way of a period of parallel running
of the old and new names. The website itself would remain the same.
137/138 Bus Route
The curtailment of the route via Marchwood Avenue has been proposed
by Reading Transport citing lack of support and pressure for a regular
direct service from Sonning Common. A survey of residents around
the route had received limited response so far. A possible way forward
was under consideration.
7. Date and venue of next meeting
Tuesday 7th April, 7.30 at 37 Kidmore End Road.