Present: Margaret Ormonde,
Jenny Leach, Barry Prior, Vera Bodman, Carol Gibson and Jane Handley.
1. Apologies Jill Verran. Bill Harper and Cathi
2. Minutes of the last meeting (Wednesday 22nd September 2010) were
3. Matters arising:
Committee Roles and Recruitment
While it is agreed that the committee had enough people
to tick over, it was important to recruit new members to share the
responsibilities and to bring new ideas and views.
There had been no response from the newsletter appeal. Committee agreed
to speak to people when they could, as this would show the informality.
It was thought that some residents may be reticent about coming forward,
if they thought that they would feel uncomfortable.
History pages to be incorporated into website.
There was no change at present.
Police Museum Visit
Booked for March 17, 2011 at 10.15am. (leaving
9am) There will be a maximum of 25 places and 11 have been booked
Tree Replacement in Park
This project has been started and already
is looking good. Committee were hopeful for the survival of the new
Budgen’s Car Park and Precinct
MO had a conversation
with Wolfe Properties about the car park surfaces and lighting. They
promised a review. She also sent a letter, but to date had not had
a response. Steve Bell, secretary of the Caversham Park Village Association
suggested we work together on matters of mutual interest and this
could be one of them. There were however, trees being planted on
Clayfield Copse Wood Carvings
BP/JL told the committee that Peter
Ambrose, the carver, informed them that the timber was being dried
in preparation for carving. RBC have agreed to supply posts at the
site. The project was moving forward and the Friends of Clayfield
Copse were about to review the site. It was agreed that a donation
should be made to the carvers.
Committee discussed the possibility of another carving commission
in another location. This could possibility tie in with the Queen’s
Anniversary Celebration in 2012.
School Parking on Green
Re. Installation of railings and bollards.
No date has been arranged but trees will go in first.
Notice Board Tidy
Last arrangement was cancelled as there were
not enough volunteers. JV will arrange a new date and time, possibly
in the Spring.
MO said that the new printing had proved to be
very good. It was felt that we needed to “spread the word” and
so Budgens and other places would be approached to have them on display
and also the doctor’s surgery.
Chris Aldridge of Truefood has agreed to speak.
Minister Colin Galt has said that we may have the hall for our meeting
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 8.00pm.
Planning applications have been submitted for Kiln Cottages.
No residents have come forward to make enquiries.
4 TREASURER'S REPORT
BH asked MO to submit the Treasurer’s Report. The report was
circulated and accepted by the committee.
5 FEEDBACK FROM COMMITTEEES/MEETINGS
Neighbourhood Action Group
CG reported that only 8 people attended the NAG meeting on November
16, 2010. Crime figures are down. Some firework incidents reported.
Campaign with shopkeepers re. Alcohol issues. Speedwatch put on
hold. Security leaflets to be distributed to householders. Still
commitment from community police re. Graffiti, petty crime, anti-social
behaviour etc. Next meeting January 18, 2011.
North Reading Youth Project
MO e-mailed re. Youth Achievement Awards. Sending
100 years in Berkshire. We should consider
taking part in a small way.
Tree Warden Scheme
People should be encouraged to look after the
trees in their own area.
CADRA Transport meeting
Helen Lambert Chair of CADRA had invited
a few EGRA members to attend. The meeting is on January 26, 2011.
Carol was presented with a card and gift, in gratitude for her help
and support to EGRA over the years. Committee wished her well on
behalf of all residents.
7 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
7.30pm – 35 Kiln Road – Thursday, March