Whittlesey Street Pride Bi-Monthly
18th April 2018
At The Manor Leisure Centre
Present: (Chairman) Fred Mills, Charlotte Fountain, Alan Hobbs, Rebecca Robinett, David Palmer, Margaret Palmer, Peter Davies, Rob Boddington, Min Mean, Jackie Prebble, David Prebble, Phil Knighton, Rob Kent, Karen Peters, Richard Phillips, Bernard Gray-Esson, Gill Green.
Apologies: Roy Gerstner, Sandra Green, Chris Nicholas, Sonia Overton, Dick Green, Angie Smith.
Matters Arising from AGM 2017
No objections and were signed off as correct.
Litter Picks during the last year, we did 23 litter picks, entailing 365 hours of volunteer work.
Collecting 3,690 kilos of rubbish, on our Gateway projects with considerable help from Dobbies, we resolved the problem with the Coates Plough and its maintenance needs. We were also given another boat by a gentleman from March to use in the future.
Social events we had a lovely aqua-BBQ in Alan’s garden with thanks to Lisa for the delicious food.
At Christmas time we had a very nice dinner at Childers with Sandra and Martin providing the super entertainment
Recruiting, although we tried three locations, the Friday market, the Whittlesey Festival and the wind- tunnel Whittlesey Extravaganza all we seemed to get are names and promises, but we will still keep trying.
Finally, I think you are an amazing group of people, you are out in all kinds of weather and trying conditions, you keep Whittlesey clean and tidy, and you are a credit to your town Thank you all, for your support over the last 12 months
Phil Knighton reported another healthy bank account, although the majority was bolstered by the capital injection from Tesco “Bags for cash “ programme which we received £3000 cash now and another £1000 on completion for the “Beet cutter “ project in Grosvenor Road. We had taken £6475 in thus giving us a £2413.83 profit after expenditure. A grand total of £5895.23 includes excess from 31st March 2017 is now at bank with another £1000 to come from Tesco on completion of project.
Updates on 10 year projects (Beet cutter) etc:
Alan Hobbs informed us of the progress so far to attaining our projected target date for completion.
Alan also made us aware of the Gateway projects and their maintenance requirements. An extensive programme of repair and replacement will now begin. It will start with the complete renewal of the boat at Station Road; this will be replaced with a concrete gravel board surround, thus giving a maintenance free site, hopefully. All other sites will be repainted or strengthened as and where required. Margaret Palmer asked if we needed to re – submit planning for the change from a boat to this type of structure at the Station Road site. Alan said, no this was not required. Peter Davies announced that he had secured a new sponsor for this site as Decker Bus had moved away. Westfield Nurseries are our new sponsor, who will also supply all the necessary flowers, compost etc that might be required.
Alan Hobbs informed us of his concern of the Kings Dyke lay-by and all the “mess” that has accompanied the lorries that park there over night. Concerted action had been taken by writing letters / email to the local councillors, Steve Barclay MP and Mr Abelwhite Crime Commissioner. His reply from these gentlemen was that they would have a brain storming session as to eliminating the problem. Rebecca Robinett, commented that it was not the place of the FDC cleansing team to clear away this debris as it was down on the rivers edge and as such came under the Mid Level problem. It was also up to the individuals as to whether they did clear this and it would be their decision to break the health and safety rules. B.G.E. had raised this matter at Council meetings and had a positive response, especially as Must Farm was about to open to visitors and to see a site like this would not be very welcoming.
Alan Hobbs: appalling entrance into Whittlesey when arriving by train, rubbish laden hedgerows and a “swamp land” full of debris. Whittlesey Town Council had contacted Great Anglia Railways who arranged for an immediate clean up. They did stress that this land concerned was not land leased by them and it had been cleared as a gesture of goodwill.
AOB and close of 2017 – 2018
Martin Green: had seen that Chatteris had been given a trolley, why had we not been given a similar truck. It was explained by Rebecca that she had offered one to Whittlesey Street Pride, but we had deemed it to small for our requirements.
David Palmer; was Bob Ollier still going to supply Amalanchias shrubs, Rebecca said that if he had promised then he would.
Handing over to Rebecca Robinette as intermediary to close 2017/ 2018 year and oversee election of new officers for 2018/ 2019.
Rebecca Robinett, thanks for all the work that you have done and congratulations. There are four new groups starting up to join those already established. A total of twenty-five groups are now active in Fenland.
All officers are willing to be re-elected for 2018 – 2019
Chairman: Fred Mills
Proposed by Phil Knighton and by Rob Boddington
Vice Chairman: Alan Hobbs
Proposed by Phil Knighton and B.G. Esson
Treasurer: Phil Knighton
Proposed by Rob Boddington and Gill Green
Secretary: Peter Davies
Proposed by Min Mean and Rob Boddington
Horticulturists: Margaret and David Palmer
Proposed by Peter Davies and Alan Hobbs
All were unanimously re-elected.
AO.B. 2018 – 2019
Gill Green: The Whittlesey Community web page had said well-done Whittlesey Street Pride Group.
B.G. Esson: The Daily Mail had started a campaign to clean up Britain; perhaps we could “tap” into such media.
Rob Boddington: should try to utilise the Face book and such like media to get interest in Street Pride and perhaps evening joining.
Litter pick dates:
|Saturday 21st April||10am||Manor Leisure meet in Car Park|
|Saturday 5th May||10.30am||Lattersey Nature Reserve Open Day – We have stand here, as well as litter picking.|
|Sunday 20th May||10am – 4pm||Business Forum Fayre – Manor Leisure – we have a stand here – litter pickers are required but NOT all day|
|Saturday 2nd June||10am||Kings Dyke Meet at the layby café|
|Saturday 16th June||10am||Eastrea Road – Meet at Gothic House|
|Saturday 30th June||10am||Meet at Crossway Hand / Stonald Road|
|Saturday 14th July||10am||Meet station Car Park Station Road|
Dates for your diary
|Saturday August 18th||TBA||BBQ / PARTY||Paradise Lane, Whittlesey|
|Sunday 9th September||TBA||Whittlesey Festival||Our actual plot not known yet|
|Friday 14th December||7pm||Christmas Party||Childers – Station Road|
A big thank you to Lisa Hobbs, for the buffet.