7:30pm Tuesday 29th
September 2009 (preceded by DVD of 25th Anniversary afternoon
Present: Margaret Ormonde,
Barry Prior, Bill Harper, Carol Gibson, Cathi Edwards, Jill Verran,
1. Apologies Vera Bodman.
2. Minutes of the last meeting (Wednesday 3rd June 2009) were
3. Matters arising:
25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Web page imminent – photos and short version of video plus music (BP).
Agreed Grace Church was good venue. Need to think about speaker for next year
and arrange a date for Grace Church.
Proposals for speakers: Reading Buses; Citizens Advice Bureau or Caversham Court?
MAINTENANCE OF SIGNS AND SEATS
Thanks to Bryan Verran and Brian Bernard for their work on the brickwork
at base of sign. Thanks to Barry Prior and Bill Harper for work on
seat. The vegetation in front of the pond is due for a cut back again,
but it does re-grow very quickly. If the extension to the bookmakers
ever materialises, the seat would need to be moved to a more suitable
The request for a seat by the shops by a resident in Chiltern Court
has met with mixed reaction – police worried it could attract
youngsters ‘out of hours’. A suggestion by one of our
Councillors was that a seat could be sited on the green itself, by
the new path and away from the shops. However there are two seats
on the grass triangle at the junction of Surley Row and Peppard Road.
The one by the tree appears in good condition. MO to check with the
Council that they are happy to relocate the seat. If agreed a consultation
would be needed re the prospective site near the shops.
Seat at Caversham Court – Scheme was under budget - £200
donation not required.
However a couple of seats near the village sign were in a very poor
state. EGRA may have the funds to refurbish. MO to investigate.
At the development on Jefferson Close, notice of a fresh application
from Hicks for 4 detached houses is displayed. They do not impinge
on the footpath, so there should be no objections.
COMMITTEE VACANCIES AND LONGER TERM RECRUITMENT
Jenny Leach was welcomed as a new committee member. Aim to recruit,
especially for key roles before the AGM; will be mentioned in Winter
Newsletter, and personal approaches made to anyone who has shown
an interest, or who helped in other areas.
Circulated to committee in draft by early November for printing and
distribution at end of month. MO to contact Diana Hartrup
BP attended 2009 function as EGRA representative – a £25
voucher was given to each of two pupils in recognition of community
service. In return EGRA was presented with medal for their contribution
to the community.
The History department has borrowed all the EGRA display boards for
a Year 7 project. We are happy for them continue to store them but
need to know whereabouts in the school they are. MO
Invitation to attend School
Council meeting – no
response. MO to chase up
EMMER GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL
We are also keen to retain connection
with EG School. Jenny Leach explained she was spearheading a Lottery
bid for £10,000 to restore the outdoor wildlife area. The forms
had to be resubmitted due to a technicality, but she would appreciate
written support for the project from EGRA as a representative of
the wider community. Practical difficulties were raised about how
the local public could access the area, and also how the site would
be maintained in the longer term. There was also the possibility
that EGRA could donate money to a sculpture or willow seat, but at
between £300 - £500 it was felt this could be disproportionate
for one school. EGRA was happy to give written support at this stage
and asked JL to keep the committee informed of developments
ST BARNABAS GARDEN PARTY
A note of thanks
was received from the GP committee thanking EGRA for their involvement
and donation of £10
4 TREASURER'S REPORT
Contact for possible cheaper PLI insurance supplied. BP
13 subs from 2009 and 4 from 2008 remained outstanding. Although
when members renewed most paid for 5 years ahead, it was agreed to
increase the annual sub to £1.50 for one year to encourage
more five-year payments of £5.00. This would need to be announced
at next AGM. CADRA had recently introduced an electronic collection
system and it was agreed this could be looked into in the future.
Funds stood at just over £3600, but we had to carefully balance
income and expenditure (currently running even). An increase in interest
rates might help this, but a future rise in the annual membership
fee could not be ruled out.
5 FEEDBACK FROM COMMITTEES
Neighbourhood Action Group update.
Meeting 28/07/09. Survey conducted
as prelude to re-launch towards end of year. It was agreed that
the Upper Caversham NAG should remain independent and we awaited
news from the police. Links with Highdown School were part of the
plans and future meetings could be held there.
North Reading Youth Project
had been put forward as part of a feasibility report to extend
the Community Centre into
Emmer Green Children’s Centre. These plans have been rejected
due to lack of emergency school access. We await revised one. Also
of concern is the fact that facilities for older children would be
sidelined due to lack of space. We wondered as both the school and
community centre belonged to the Council, whether any co-operation
could take place between the two. JV mentioned the land where the
doctors’ car park was still belonged to the school.
Age Concern Meeting
13/07/09 These meetings continue to be well
attended with good speakers. The next meeting was 14th December at
St Barnabas Church Hall. Associated Thai Chi classes are proving
very popular and attendees use the Parish Centre for after-class
coffee. Other ways to use the Parish Centre was the possible re-introduction
of the luncheon club.
Reading Older People’s Partnership meeting 29/09/09 (MO) was
an opportunity to be part of the nationwide ‘Big Care Debate’,
where we heard about ways to help people to stay independent for
longer and possible fair ways of funding the proposals. Feedback
1.Safety of Schoolchildren at Emmer Green Primary:
Parking on green opposite school. It appears over the last year this
problem has escalated. The land belongs to the Council and because
and although they disprove they there is no funding for bollards.
CE and JV reported traffic wardens have been in attendance this term.
Despite much effort (CE) there had been no response to the position
of school crossing patrol person.
2. Trees in park
Damage and replacement.
Council have promised to review matters. MO will chase
3. Emmer Green Recreation Ground.
had been circulated requiring views on replacement equipment for
the children’s playground
as well as general use of the park. JV mentioned the lack of play
equipment for young children at Clayfield Copse and was awaiting
a response to an email sent to Cllr Mark Ralph.
4. Reading 2020 Forum attendance 17/11/09.
This annual meeting looked ahead the the town’s future. MO
had represented EGRA for the last few years. BP would attend this
year if he was free.
5. Gravel Hill Survey results.
Information had already been posted
on the September web updates. The road closed in June and about 70
affected EGRA households had been invited to respond to a survey.
Over twenty varied replies had been received and a summary returned
to those who had, and to the Council (thanks received).
6.Wood carvings in Clayfield Copse.
JL reported how these were sadly
disintegrating. One had been restored by Bryan Verran. They were
carved from a storm felled cedar tree in about 1996. Although more
regular preservative treatments might have helped, it appeared they
were rotting from the inside out. The Berkshire Woodcarvers would
be contacted to see if they were interested in carving any replacements
with the possibility of EGRA funding materials (possibly oak, or
a more suitable cedar).JV
7.Path alongside White Horse Pub
CG had received a request from a member to restore the white line
on the raised pavement, as elderly residents found it increasingly
difficult to identify the edge.
8. Accident on new path near shops.
The wife of the member had fallen
recently and BP had responded to the email and offered advice. It
was unclear whether the incident occurred on Council owned land.
7. DATE AND VENUE FOR NEXT MEETING:
7.30 at BP’s house
35 Kiln Road Thursday December 3rd