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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for Novembber 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 14th November 2017

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Hilda Snowden, Linda Kellie, Kim Waine, Mandy Mousdell, Anne Parkinson, Mike Smith.

Apologies
Mike Crosby, Christine Keen, Kath Bradley.

Mike Thomas opened the meeting by apologising that there was no agenda.

Matters Arising
The constitution had not been redone due to outside factors. But Mike, Howard, Jenny and Morag had arranged to meet on Wednesday 15th November to discuss the matter.

The date for the Christmas lunch for seniors of the village had been set for Thursday 21st December. Final details and form to be delivered requesting who would like to come, and what they would like to eat, was still to be determined. Howard was to liaise with Dean MacDonald, prepare a flier and deliver it to the village.

Minutes of the October meeting
Steve Tebbit proposed the minutes to be a true and accurate record, Paul Green seconded the motion and it was agreed by all.

Mike Thomas told the meeting that Derek, Paul and himself went to Southport for the award ceremony of NWIB. Crooke was awarded “Best Small Village” in that category, and got Silver Gilt for best in that category for the Northwest, and Mike received a Trophy from the Mayor of Trafford to commemorate that outstanding achievement. He congratulated all the people concerned in achieving the accolade, from people doing the small things, but especially to Derek and Paul who did a massive amount of work. He went on to say he hoped that more people would be involved next year. Mike also received another award from Wigan Borough in Bloom, saying “ Crooke Village in Bloom”.

Discussion followed about the situation of the certificates and trophy. Security is paramount. The pub and church were seen to be appropriate places. The final decision is yet to be decided.

Mike Thomas mentioned the sighting of three youths in their teens, going round Shevington, stealing a bike and stealing from a van. If you see anything please report it to the proper authority but do not tackle them yourself.

Discussion continued about the security of the alleyway, leading to the small lane of the houses numbered 50 to 80. A padlock to go on the gate was being investgated. There had been a lock on the gate before but the keys had been lost, so Mike T mentioned a coded lock. A PIR was mentioned and Howard was hoping to look into that.

Discussion about the change of Postal address took place. The letter from the Royal Mail had been delivered to the village on 14th November starting a month long consultation about what address would be used. The actual choice mentioned by Royal Mail was not welcomed by most at the meeting, so Mike Thomas said he would email Paul Collins about setting up a meeting of villagers to discuss the best way forward. The venue would probably be the Church Hall.

Mike Smith addressed the meeting regarding the allotment. He felt able after a long illness, to tackle the allotment. He outlined a number of things that could be done with the allotment, keeping maintenance at a low key. He mentioned fruit trees, damson trees, soft fruit bushes, a meadow and benches to allow people to enjoy their surroundings. Mike Thomas mentioned Incredible Edible, and thus producing vegetables.

Mike Smith proposed that the scheme should progress, and it was seconded by Howard. All agreed. Derek mentioned lack of support might prove a setback but it was agreed that we would cross that bridge when we came to it. The initial task was to use a rotovator on the plot and prepare it for winter, to be tackled then in the spring.

Discussion followed about getting a plaque made to celebrate our village’s successes, and the positioning of the plaque was discussed also. MTh and Derek will contact the council to see the way forward for getting a plaque.

Paul Green said that he had sold 56 packs of Christmas cards so far, and had left 10 packs in the pub. As he was going away for 2 weeks he asked for help in selling the cards. Mike Thomas took some, Howard took some, and Steve Tebbit took some. Paul has £237 already from their sale. The meeting praised Paul for his selling of the cards.

Steve enquired about extending the Christmas Card making to post cards, notelets etc. This will be discussed at a later date.

Steve told the meeting that there was a Quiz at the Church on Friday night, at 7.30.

Mike Crosby had sent his apologies and asked the CVRA to remember Damian for his outstanding work done on our behalf, and throughout Shevington.

The secretary will send a letter of appreciation to Damian.

She said that the Oak Tree planting went very well, and the Mayor and his wife, our MP Lisa Nandy, Millbrook School children, nursery school children, our local councillors, Mike Crosby, Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, local parish councillors, Carol Miles, Sheila Milnes, Jim and Veronica Maloney, other local dignatories including Marlaine Whitham, and villagers had attended the event, and had enjoyed refreshments in the church.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a buffet from the Crooke Hall Inn.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday the 12th December at 7.00 in the pub.

This concludes the the account of the minutes for November 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for Decembber 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 14th December 2017

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Hilda Snowden, Linda Kellie, Kim Waine, Mandy Mousdell, Anne Parkinson, Mike Smith.

Apologies
Mike Crosby, Christine Keen, Kath Bradley.

Mike Thomas opened the meeting by apologising that there was no agenda.

Matters Arising
The constitution had not been redone due to outside factors. But Mike, Howard, Jenny and Morag had arranged to meet on Wednesday 15th November to discuss the matter.

The date for the Christmas lunch for seniors of the village had been set for Thursday 21st December. Final details and form to be delivered requesting who would like to come, and what they would like to eat, was still to be determined. Howard was to liaise with Dean MacDonald, prepare a flier and deliver it to the village.

Minutes of the October meeting
Steve Tebbit proposed the minutes to be a true and accurate record, Paul Green seconded the motion and it was agreed by all.

Mike Thomas told the meeting that Derek, Paul and himself went to Southport for the award ceremony of NWIB. Crooke was awarded “Best Small Village” in that category, and got Silver Gilt for best in that category for the Northwest, and Mike received a Trophy from the Mayor of Trafford to commemorate that outstanding achievement. He congratulated all the people concerned in achieving the accolade, from people doing the small things, but especially to Derek and Paul who did a massive amount of work. He went on to say he hoped that more people would be involved next year. Mike also received another award from Wigan Borough in Bloom, saying “ Crooke Village in Bloom”.

Discussion followed about the situation of the certificates and trophy. Security is paramount. The pub and church were seen to be appropriate places. The final decision is yet to be decided.

Mike Thomas mentioned the sighting of three youths in their teens, going round Shevington, stealing a bike and stealing from a van. If you see anything please report it to the proper authority but do not tackle them yourself.

Discussion continued about the security of the alleyway, leading to the small lane of the houses numbered 50 to 80. A padlock to go on the gate was being investgated. There had been a lock on the gate before but the keys had been lost, so Mike T mentioned a coded lock. A PIR was mentioned and Howard was hoping to look into that.

Discussion about the change of Postal address took place. The letter from the Royal Mail had been delivered to the village on 14th November starting a month long consultation about what address would be used. The actual choice mentioned by Royal Mail was not welcomed by most at the meeting, so Mike Thomas said he would email Paul Collins about setting up a meeting of villagers to discuss the best way forward. The venue would probably be the Church Hall.

Mike Smith addressed the meeting regarding the allotment. He felt able after a long illness, to tackle the allotment. He outlined a number of things that could be done with the allotment, keeping maintenance at a low key. He mentioned fruit trees, damson trees, soft fruit bushes, a meadow and benches to allow people to enjoy their surroundings. Mike Thomas mentioned Incredible Edible, and thus producing vegetables.

Mike Smith proposed that the scheme should progress, and it was seconded by Howard. All agreed. Derek mentioned lack of support might prove a setback but it was agreed that we would cross that bridge when we came to it. The initial task was to use a rotovator on the plot and prepare it for winter, to be tackled then in the spring.

Discussion followed about getting a plaque made to celebrate our village’s successes, and the positioning of the plaque was discussed also. MTh and Derek will contact the council to see the way forward for getting a plaque.

Paul Green said that he had sold 56 packs of Christmas cards so far, and had left 10 packs in the pub. As he was going away for 2 weeks he asked for help in selling the cards. Mike Thomas took some, Howard took some, and Steve Tebbit took some. Paul has £237 already from their sale. The meeting praised Paul for his selling of the cards.

Steve enquired about extending the Christmas Card making to post cards, notelets etc. This will be discussed at a later date.

Steve told the meeting that there was a Quiz at the Church on Friday night, the 26th January at 7.30pm.

Mike Crosby had sent his apologies and asked the CVRA to remember Damian for his outstanding work done on our behalf, and throughout Shevington.

The secretary will send a letter of appreciation to Damian.

She said that the Oak Tree planting went very well, and the Mayor and his wife, our MP Lisa Nandy, Millbrook School children, nursery school children, our local councillors, Mike Crosby, Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, local parish councillors, Carol Miles, Sheila Milnes, Jim and Veronica Maloney, other local dignatories including Marlaine Whitham, and villagers had attended the event, and had enjoyed refreshments in the church.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a buffet from the Crooke Hall Inn.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday the 9th January 2018 at 7.00 in the pub.

This concludes the the account of the minutes for December 2017.

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