Brierley Hill Civic Society – Monday 17th February 2014, 5.30pm, St Michael’s Church, Bell Street South, Brierley Hill
You are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society on Monday 17th February 2014 commencing at 5.30pm at St Michael’s Church.
This meeting will be our AGM and we are hugely privileged to have Ian Harvey, the national director of Civic Voice, the umbrella organisation for Civic Societies, as our main speaker. Ian will be speaking on:
‘ The Civic Society Movement – Past, Present and Future’
I am sure that this will be fantastic talk and a good chance to hear what is happening elsewhere in the country.
The agenda for the meeting will be:
- Ian Harvey: The Civic Society Movement – Past, Present and Future
- Minutes of previous meeting (AGM 2013 and Jan 2014 – see below)
- Treasurer’s report
- Election of officers
- Brierley Hill in Bloom update
- Information Exchange
- Merry Hill sale
- Point North Flats
- HCA properties in High Street
- Clean Power
- Any Other Urgent Business
- Date of Next Meeting – Monday 27th March 2014
Minutes of the AGM of Brierley Hill Civic Society Held on Monday 18th February 2013 at St Michael’s Church Hall, commencing at 5.30pm
Beryl Biggs, Judy Foster, Rachel Harris, Zaf Islam, Betsy Lafferty, Andrew Mann-Ray
Geoff Attwood, Janet Attwood, Shane Birch-Bastock, Joy Cooper, Beryl Fisher, Kathy Garton, John James, Stephen Masters, Pat McAlpin, Maggie Norton, Jenny Sunter, Tim Sunter, Rosemary Tomkinson, Dennis Whittaker,
The minutes of the AGM held on 20th Feb 2012 were agreed as a true record.
Minutes of the 17th September 2012 meeting were agreed as a true record.
The chair reminded members of the successful events which had been organised by the Civic Society in the previous 12 months. Speaking events had been particularly successful with Geoff Tristram, Ned Williams and Michael Taylor all having made excellent contributions. Stephen Masters had given a very successful tour of the central Brierley Hill area in June 2012, and Jenny Sunter had helped facilitate a very successful Christmas Lights switch on event in the town. Thanks were expressed to all who had taken part during the year.
Jenny Sunter reported on the need to renew membership of the Civic Trust and in the absence of the treasurer indicated that the Society would have circa £100 in the bank.
Election of officers
The following people were duly nominated, seconded and elected as officers of the Society for the year 2013-2104
Chair: Tim Sunter
Vice-chair: Shane Birch-Bastock
Secretary: Jenny Sunter
Treasurer: Dennis Whittaker
It was agreed to approach Rachel Harris to see if she would be willing to act as auditor
Brierley Hill Community Forum
TS reported that a number of Brierley Hill organisations were or had been going through a lull in their activities. Brierley Hill Community Forum had similar aims to ourselves with respect to regeneration and had significant funds in their accounts. It was suggested that it might be worth considering a merging of the Civic Society and the Forum as we could bring an active membership to the Forum’s activities, whilst the Forum would have resources to support the work of the Civic Society. The Society discussed this issue and expressed its view that a merger might be a positive step forward and that a joint meeting with the Forum take place for the March meeting.
JS reported that work was well underway for the Christmas 2013 event which was earmarked for 30th November. Action Heart were being asked to help with the proposed Santa Run and other activities being tested for feasibility included the Christmas Fair at Insight House, performances throughout the town, a pantomime hunt and enhanced publicity – possible by grouping organisations together under a ‘Brierley Hill Christmas Festival’ brand. All help and support would be welcomed.
Community First Brierley Hill Hill Plan
TS reported on progress on the plan which had to be produced by 31st March. Society members would have the chance to have an input at the March joint meeting with the Community Forum. Some £40,000 of funding would be available to community groups in Brierley Hill ward over the next two years. It was hoped to submit a bid for the Civic Society to fund future speakers and for the Christmas Project to enable a budget to be enacted to support the event
The bid for funds had been submitted (see above). Once the outcome of the bid was known it would be possible to formulate a programme. It was important to keep a balance between speakers and to keep a focus on regeneration issues.
The meeting closed at 7pm.