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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

Minutes for this meeting have been withheld because there was an issue about an unsubmitted item that was expected to be minuted but was not and another issue about the Constitution so the minutes have been amended and the other issue addressed but it means that the minutes cannot be published until they have been signed off or ratified at the next meeting. It also gives the members more time to consider the new constitution. The November meeting went ahead as normal so when the minutes are ready for publishing from the December meeting, just passed, the minutes for November will be published at the same time.

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

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for October 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 10th October 2017

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, SteveTebbit, Hilda Snowden, Linda Kellie, Kim Waine, Mandy Mousdell, Anne Parkinson, Kath Bradley, Joe Shovelton, Councillor Paul Collins.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Mike Crosby, Christine Keen, Paul Liptrot.

10:01. Revision of the writing of the Constitution
Howard said this had not happened but the committee will meet and produce a new constitution ASAP and bring it to the next meeting.

10:02. Speeding Traffic in the Village
Howard read Heather Farmer’s email out to the meeting. See attached document.

Discussion followed about the speed that vehicles enter and leave the village. Paul suggested Morag get in touch with Heather to see what could happen next. PG mentioned signage at the entrance to the village. Discussion followed about the one way system round the unadopted road round the triangle outside the church.

10:03. Christmas Activities
PG took a set of 4 Christmas cards to the meeting and told us that he had a price for producing the cards. £425 for 500. They could sell for £800+

Discussion followed as it transpired he had a number of pack unsold from last year so it was suggested he get a quote for 400 cards. Kath suggested that notelets or postcard be produced. MTh pointed out that Morag had suggested that every year for the last few years and nothing had been done. Paul said he had sold the cards by himself for the many years he had been selling them. The meeting agreed that this was a great service to the village. Steve suggested he ask for help to sell the cards, company at least. MTh takes some to the shop. He asked if Association members would take a few packs and sell them.

The Christmas tree was discussed and Mike was going to ask the council if the fencing round it could be made smaller, and perhaps there could be a village carol service round it.

Howard mentioned the senior Christmas Lunch. All agreed that this event was very successful. Howard would liaise with Dean about having it again in the Crooke Hall Inn.

AOB
Mike told the meeting that he and Derek had gone to an award ceremony in Leigh to do with gardens in Wigan. The inspection took place when Wigan in Bloom was being judged. Not only did Derek get awarded a gold award for his superb garden, he also got best in Wigan too! Many congratulations.

The Oak Tree arrangements will be distributed when details come to the secretary. The planting ceremony will be on Friday the 10th November. Paul Collins has been to other plantings and they have been big affairs. MTh will provide a marquee and gazebos.

MTh will provide a marquee for The Crooke Hall Inn Dog Show on the 21st October.

Morag asked if the church could borrow the presentation boards for two days on the 28th and 29th of October for the church’s 150th anniversary.

The purchase of a photocopier/printer/scanner was discussed. PC said to apply through Brighter Borough money. Morag had not done it yet as she was waiting for the AGM to take place.

Joe Shovelton had three items he wanted to discuss.

1) The footbridge over the brook near the entrance to Lawn’s Wood. The wire mesh underfoot was in a dangerous condition. This is Wigan’s responsibility. Paul Collins had been on site and will chase up the council.
2) The plant in the planter opposite the village noticeboard was dangerous. Paul again to prompt council.
3) The Royal Mail had sent a letter to the residents of Crooke Village about the address people should use. It was agreed that we were Crooke or Crooke Village, and NOT Crooke Road. But they should deliver mail to the post code and house number whatever the address on the envelope is.

Ward Councillors Report

Paul told the meeting:

1) The dangerous state of the bridge mentioned earlier, had been reported to the council and he would chase the council on this matter.
2) The historical yet current drainage problems on Church Lane were being addressed.
3) The anti social behaviour continues to happen in Shevington but the reinstatement of a PCSO, Leanne Winnard might address that issue.
4) The future purpose of the building and land which has recently been vacated by Shevington Primary School and owned by Wigan Council has yet to be decided. A combination of sheltered housing, care facilities for vulnerable groups, children’s centre and youth work, all have been talked about. The heritage of the school has to be retained. Paul went on to say we need to replace facilities for the ageing population.

As Jo Platt has become an MP a by -election needs to take place, and after a period of purdahr, a consultation process will commence as to the future of the site. Nothing has been decided yet. Paul will let us know when this by-election will take place.

The meeting ended at 7.30 with a buffet. Thank you to the Crooke Hall Inn.

Date of Next Meeting

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for October 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for September 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 12th September 2017

Attendees
Morag Tebbit, Charlie Neve, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Councillor Mike Crosby, Linda Kellie, Steve Tebbit, Anne Parkinson, Mandy Mousdell, Kim Waine.

Apologies from
Howard Cain, Sue Neve.

Meeting Notes
Due to the fact that the Chairman Mike Thomas, the vice chair Howard Cain, and the post of Treasurer remains unfilled, there were not enough committee members in attendance at the meeting of the CVRA so a quorum was not achieved. The official meeting therefore could not take place.

The attendees had a general discussion, and the following subjects were discussed:

1) The constitution was out of date and needed restructuring. This would be done before the AGM by the existing committee members. (MT to organise this meeting)
2) MT passed round a letter expressing concerns for the safety of people and cars due to the speed of cars leaving and entering the village at the main road. This subject has been discussed on many occasions, and a twenty mile an hour sign has been put in place on both sides of the entrance to the village and a twenty mile speed limit has been painted on the road at the bridge over the stream at the marina. Mike Crosby was to send an email to Heather Farmer asking for a survey to be done of cars entering and leaving the village. Morag to liaise with Heather. Morag would write a reply to the sender of the letter expressing concern.
3) Derek informed the group that he and Paul were attending the End of Season Wigan in Bloom Celebration at 6pm at the banqueting Suite at Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh WN7 4JY on Thursday 28th September at 6pm. The assembled group said the village owes a great measure of thanks for Derek and Paul’s commitment to the preservation and upkeep of our lovely village. Derek went on to say that competitors in Britain in Bloom 2017 were invited to attend an award ceremony at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Friday 3rd November 2017 between 10.30 and 4.30. Morag was going to ask for funds for that from Brighter Borough money through Mike Crosby.
4) Morag was going to ask for Brighter Borough money for a photocopier/printer for the use of CVRA.
5) The vacant treasurer post was discussed and Linda Kellie said she would be prepared to take up this post.
6) Morag was going to ask Adactus if they could send a representative to attend the AGM. The representative is sent the minutes of all the meetings.

The meeting ended at 8.30 with a buffet. Thank you to the Crooke Hall Inn.

Date of Next Meeting

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 7.30pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for September 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for August 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 8th Auhgust 2017

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Hilda Snowden, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Anne Parkinson, Linda Kelly, Mike Crosby.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Christine Keen, Kath Bradley.

Minutes of May 9th Meeting
The July minutes were proposed by Howard Cain, seconded by Steve Tebbit and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
None.

Chairman's Report
None given.

Vice Chair's Report
None given.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

Treasurer’s Report
Position vacant.

Ward Councillors Report
Mike Crosby apologised for the councillors’ recent non-attendance but other meetings are held on Tuesdays as well as the CVRA. He told the meeting that Paul Collins had lost part of his finger in the accident but was improving.

He told the meeting of the updates to the bin collection. Starting in September the green bin would be collected every two weeks, and the others every three weeks. Given that the black bin was taking everything at present not recycled, people and waste collectors were coping.

Large families who needed a bigger black bin could be given one on application. It was agreed that Lancashire as a county was dealing with recycling very well.

He told the meeting that Libraries were opening longer hours. Shevington and other local branches open from 9-2 all week, except for Thursday and Friday which open from 12-5. The main library in Wigan opens from 9-5 all week and 9-2 on Saturday. All libraries are manned by a mixture of volunteers and paid staff.

Discussion followed about the Steptoe like car park at the former Royal Oak pub. The building has been changed into flats. The owner has applied for planning permission for building houses on the site but this has been turned down. He has been instructed to tidy the site.

Projects Officer's Report
Derek told the meeting that the judging by NWIB went ahead on Tuesday. It was a favourable visit. Special mention was made of Sandra Makin’s beautiful flower pots greeting people to the village, the marina, and the church. Morag thanked everyone for their part in keeping the village tidy, but thanked Derek, Paul and Mike for their tremendous commitment to keeping the village tidy and looking beautiful. Derek’s garden itself was viewed by the judges and was given much acclaim. Derek told the meeting that Northern Rail had put in rail tracks leading towards where the Tippler had been, and left spare sleepers for the village to use. Mike Thomas had acquired a pit tub which was actually used when the coal mines were productive. It was in place there too. It had been fenced off for safety reasons. A bit of cleaning of the tub was to be done. ST mentioned the large amount of nettles on the side of the path round the field. MTh said he would take a machine round to tidy it up. He would also clear the culvert out which had been put in after the previous floods as it was full of debris after the recent wet weather. There are steps going up Lawn’s Wood which are in a dangerous condition. This corrective work would be done as soon as materials, including sleepers were available. Work should really be done by Wigan Metro as they own the land. Mike Crosby said he would liaise with Wigan Metro regarding this problem.

Defibrillator Training
Morag told the meeting that this was held in two sessions at the Crooke Hall Inn on Tuesday 1st August with 10 people attending the first session and 6 in the second. Ed Ellis delivered the excellent training sessions in an interesting and informative way. Morag will thank him.

Knit and Natter Session.
Morag told the meeting that after Dawn’s CHANT workshops had finished, Dawn felt that it would be good to continue the sociable side of these workshops. So Morag has booked the church hall for the second Saturday of each month from 2 – 4 so that anyone, men included , could come for a sociable time, making goods for charity.

WhatsApp

Howard told the meeting how the WhatsAPP worked. The APP could be put on a Smart phone and it was designed to share instant messaging, asking for help, all at zero cost. Information could be shared very easily. Linda said that it was a well used idea in other areas. HC proposed that we initiate this idea, MTh seconded it and all agreed. However not everyone could be part of this computer information sharing so an agenda was still to be produced in some sort of hard copy form. It is at present being put on the village noticeboard, and delivered to everyone’s letter box. Discussion followed about the problem of printing agendas as access to a copier has stopped. Howard and Mike Crosby were to talk about accessing Brighter Borough money to buy a printer for the use of CVRA.

AOB
Litter Picks will be done on a rolling programme. MTh on Saturday will tackle the nettles and the clearing out of the culvert.

Linda brought up a subject that Ann Parkinson wanted to raise, i.e. the putting up of a concave mirror at the entrance of the village to enable better visibility for car drivers. However discussion followed and it was stated that Wigan Council had been asked in the past, if mirrors could be put up in various spots around Wigan, but they would not sanction the use of mirrors for drivers to see better because of public safety and liability.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Thank you to the Crooke Hall Inn for their buffet.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for August 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 11th July 2017

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Anne Parkinson, Mandy Mousdell, Kim Waine, Kath Bradley, Paula Richmond, Sandra Makin, Joe Shovelton, Dawn Glynn.

Apologies from
Mike Crosby, Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Pete Glynn, Christine Keen, Linda Kellie.

Minutes of May 9th Meeting
These minutes were not ratified at the June meeting as there was not a quorum of committee members present so the meeting had to be cancelled. But the May minutes were proposed by Steve Tebbit, seconded by Paul Green and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
Sandra Makin said that a canal boat planter to be put up near the church was mentioned in the minutes. She did not think it was appropriate. MTh said nothing had been agreed and said that this idea would not go ahead.

Chairman's Report
None given.

Vice Chair's Report
None given.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

Treasurer’s Report
Position vacant.

Ward Councillors Report
None present

Projects Officer
Derek said that he had acquired some plants from Moss Bank but not enough. He said plants were needed at the side of the pub and around the stone at the bottom of the village. A sum of £100 was mentioned that needed to be spent. Discussion followed about the sorry state of the pots on the wall, which was the pub’s property, the fencing on the approach to the pub, again pub responsibility, and the hanging baskets at the pub door, again pub responsibility. MTh will approach Dean MacDonald, the pub manager, to address these issues. He would also approach Dave?, the brewery director who deals with such matters. Derek went on to say that Rail Track were coming in the next couple of weeks to put in twin tracks to go towards the Tippler. MTh gave us a short history of how the narrow gauge truck and rails were acquired.

06.01 Defibrillator
Morag said that Graham Foster had emailed a few months ago stating that when the defibrillator was installed a contract had been drawn up and that it was the CVRA responsibility to regularly inform councillor Damian Edwardson that the installation was still operational. This was to be recorded monthly. Morag said he would take on the responsibility of checking the defibrillator. 1) that the machine was not broken and therefore intact. 2) That the box was displaying OK on the screen, and 3) say how many bars were showing ( normally three). MTh said he would relay that information if Morag could not, and Derek said he would also check as he could see the machine from his house. Morag went on to say that training had been organised by the pub, and a flyer had been delivered to the villagers on Tuesday afternoon. There will be two sessions on Tuesday 1st August at 2pm and 6.30 pm. Anyone enrolling for these sessions was entitled to a £5 voucher entitling the holder to 10% discount off food and drink until the 28th February 2018.

06.02 WhatsApp and TRELLO projects board.
Howard explained what both these communication applications did. Discussion followed and Howard said he would conduct a workshop at the next CVRA meeting as to how WhatSApp works and how you join. It is just a way to be in contact quickly with those who had the app, as to what was going on in the village, when and where. This of course would be in addition to those of us who depend on older strategies like pen and paper or word of mouth. It was felt that the younger members (at least those who had computer technology,) of the village might react better to this computer based communication.

06.03 Memorial Tree planting.
As the person who had raised this subject was not present at the meeting this topic was not acted upon. Dawn said that it should be minuted that any enquiries about memorial tree planting should be directed to Wigan Council.

06.04 Knit Needle and Natter.
Dawn said the CHANT workshops which she delivered until February of 2017 had been well received and attended and would have like to have continued. The Deal in Wigan had asked communities to provide opportunities to people in their areas to socialise and grow together. Dawn had tried to get a grant from the council delivering The Deal, but this had not been successful, so CVRA had provided the funds for this successful venture. Thank you Dawn. Dawn wants these groups to continue in similar fashion as before but in a less structured way. People, men included, would take on practical activities, knitting, sewing, etc. to the venue and have a social time together. This would not be a money making process, but products made might go to charities, yet to be decided. Dawn said she would put a flyer to Crooke villagers but extend the invitation to family and friends, and people in Standish Lower Ground and Shevington. Morag would approach the church for their view, and hopefully it will provide the venue and facilities as it had done before. MTh proposed a flyer should be sent out, Kathleen Bradley seconded it and all agreed.

06.05 CVRA Equipment
Howard raised the issue of access to CVRA equipment for the use of residents. Discussion followed and MTh took the responsibility to get 2 more sets of keys made for the lock- up at the back of the Crooke Hall Inn. Each committee member would have a set. An inventory of the equipment and a sign-in/sign-out book to be kept in the shed.

AOB
Derek Keen told us that Shevington Fair was to be held on the 5th August. Howard proposed, Morag seconded and all agreed that Derek and Paul, and Mike and anyone who was interested in helping, would as usual, put up our newly acquired marquee and display our photographs etc. at the event.

Litter Picks will be done on a continual basis as judging of the village will be on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of August. Discussion took place about getting information to as many people as possible. Paula mentioned that we could put information in the Community Book that Wigan Council produce. She also mentioned that there was a group of young people, who were in danger of becoming part of the judicial system, available for work to better communities. They could be asked to do some practical work around the village.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Thank you to the Crooke Hall Inn for their buffet.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for July 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 13th June 2017

There was no meeting of the CVRA on the 11th June as there were not enough committee members to make a quorum.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 9th May 2017

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

Apologies from
Mike Crosby, Charlie and Sue Neve, Dawn and Pete Glynn, Christine Keen.

Minutes of March Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Linda Kellie, seconded by Steve Tebbit and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
None.

Chairman's Report
MTh told the meeting that he had been approached by a couple who had been in the same room as the CVRA meeting a couple of months ago. They wanted to join in but were afraid to speak. After the meeting they approached MTh to ask for his help. They wanted to put a bench, in memory of their son Nathan, who had sadly died, beside the River Douglas Bridge. MTh helped them to approach Wigan Council in order to get their approval, and consequently helped in erecting the bench, bolting it into a concrete base. Sadly someone stole wood left at the site overnight and that had to be replaced. The bench looks great and has fresh flowers beside it.

Vice Chair's Report
Not present.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

Treasurer’s Report
Derek Keen said that GF and Chris were still in the process of handing over.

Ward Councillors Report
None present

Projects Officer
Derek said that he had acquired funds from the Councillors, and he and MTh had gone to COSCO to buy a marquee, 8m x 4m, which will be easily erected probably by 2 people. Mandy asked if we would rent it out. That will be decided by the committee and at what rate. Derek continued by telling the meeting that the allotment had been set out with plastic to show where the raised beds will be. We are still waiting for sleepers from John Maiden to start the project. Linda will approach Wigan Council to get a gate put in for access from the alley behind her house, rather than the field. It would serve 2 functions. On opening, the gate would block access to the rest of the alleyway behind the houses. Discussion followed about how to make the raised beds, with a breathable membrane. The disabled bed would be nearest the gate for easy access. Steve has a staple gun which can be used for fixing the membrane. Elsie wants a fence fixed, and Steve the next door allotment user would be consulted as to the optimum height of hedges etc. Soil and plants need to be found. Moss Bank Nursery which usually provides plants, unfortunately have had a death in the family, which puts the acquiring of the plants in doubt. Derek will approach Wigan Council for money, as they had asked us to enter the competition. Charlie Neve was looking into fund raising. Howard said that filling in forms was a lengthy business and showed the meeting a large wad of forms and explanations which looked very daunting. MTh is donating anodised posts.

Derek said they would be putting more track down and acquiring a bogey (not full size) at the Interpretation Board. A canal boat planter was going to be made for the other end of the village near the church.

He went on to say that the inspection was getting closer for Small Village in Bloom, so litter picking was an ongoing process. Getting rid of the Himalayan Balsam was an easy enough job as the roots were very small. But the large amount of the flowers made getting rid of it a daunting task. A date for that would be set at the next meeting.

AOB
Ed Ellis asked Sophie if he could talk to the meeting. He is working for CIC (Community Interest Company). He was offering to take familiarisation courses for working the defibrillator. As these courses were not now needed to be accredited, courses could be offered to many people. He would not charge. The villagers would be approached to see who would be interested. He would be available from the end of July. His phone number is 07538 678920. His course was called Training2All.

The meeting closed at 8pm.

Thank you to the Crooke Hall Inn for their buffet.

Litter Pick will be on the 13th May, usual time, usual place.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for April 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2017

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 11th April 2017

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Sue Neve, Charlie Neve, Kim Waine, Linda Kellie, Joe Shovelton, Paul Collins. Dawn Glynn, Peter Glynn.

Apologies from
Howard Cain, Damian Edwardson, Mike Crosby, Hilda Snowden, Anne Parkinson, Gary Chadwick.

Minutes of March Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Derek Keen, seconded by Paul Green and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
None.

Chairman's Report
None given.

Vice Chair's Report
Not present.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

Treasurer’s Report
Christine Keen said that GF and she were still in the process of handing over, but the PLI had been paid, at the cost of £82.50.

Ward Councillors Report
Paul Collins said the main objective of the councillors was to make sure the transition of the children from Shevington County School which is closing, to Appley Bridge, Mill Brook, and Shevington Vale was uppermost in their priorities, working with, teachers, governors, parents, pupils to ensure the children would make as easy as possible transition from old school to new school. Nothing has been decided about the future of the school building.

Paul also told the meeting that there are a lot of anti social issues to be addressed in central Shevington and the Memorial Ground. Unfortunately there are very few police officers and PCSOs (1 sergeant and 3 PCSOs) employed to cover a vast area. There will be a review in June and hopefully there will be a bigger police presence in Shevington. Discussion followed about the lack of response from the 101 telephone number.

Paul was asked about the signage issue that had been raised a year ago, but nothing had been done regarding anti social behaviour. He asked Derek to get in touch with Liz Parry regarding general signage which been promised recently, i.e. the notices saying “No horses” etc. The signage of “No alcohol to be consumed” which had been put in place in Shevington had been a temporary measure. But he will investigate further.

Paul also told the meeting that he still is aiming for the council to put a footpath up the “Bends” road but it would cost at least £100000 and half as much again for the taking down of trees.

Projects Officer
Derek said that he and Paul had made a start on the allotment and found a path which is in good condition but lower than the ground. MT said that he thought it looked much better than it had done. There will be raised beds for which John Maiden was going to supply sleepers. These would be delivered when he gets back on Saturday. Derek has applied for Small Village category in North West in Bloom and we will be going for gold. We had gone as far as we could in the previous category, 5 level 5s in as many years. Thank you to Derek, Paul, Mike and everyone who has worked hard in the village in order to achieve such great success. Derek was to approach Moss Bank for plants. MTh suggested that CVRA could approach Shevington Council for money for plants. MTh and CN to liaise. DK told the meeting that Samantha Cross had no connection with NWIB. Her job had been taken over by Nicola Rigby who was in charge of The Deal. Nic Birdekin also was not available. There was to be a raised bed on the side of the green near the church. Discussion followed and it was decided that the planter would be in the shape of a barge.

Linda who has moved into number 57 asked if she could approach the council to put a gate into the allotment from the street side of the allotment. Discussion followed and it was decided that heavy work would use the field entrance and the metal gate at the street side near number57 would be locked and there would only a few key holders.

ST has plants which he would like to plant on the left hand verge as you leave the village. He will liaise with Derek.

04.01 Mill Brook flood alleviation work.
This was started on Monday 3rd April and much had been done, following true to the drawings. There was some discussion about the usefulness of the work but we will have to wait and see. The village is very grateful that something is actually being done about it. MTh said that the work being done in Shevington, ie 50 allotments and 3 sports pitches would produce more water coming down to the Mill Brook.

04.02 Crooke Village Allotment.
Mth said that this was to be priority in project work in the village. MTh said that action on the allotment would start again, the Tuesday after Easter.

AOB
Charlie Neve brought Mike Thomas up to date with the standing of the triangle of land as you enter the village. The house which owns the land has been sold and when the new owner takes up residence he will approach to ask if the village could tidy that area.

Dawn Glynn wanted the topic of CHANT to be added to the next meeting’s agenda. She said her 6 workshops for which she got funding from The Deal, had been successful. MT thanked her for her time and said that the workshops were enjoyed by all who had attended. They proved to have served the brief, and the workshops were a sociable and sharing time spent together learning new skills. Dawn said she would carry on coordinating but not leading the workshops. She will explain more at the next meeting.

Litter Picks should be happening all the time but there would be one at 10 am on Saturday 15th April. Meet at the canal bridge.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Thank you to the Crooke Hall Inn for their buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for April 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2017

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

Attendees
Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Sue Neve, Charlie Neve, Ann Parkinson, Kim Waine, Jim and Veronica Maloney.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Mike Crosby, Mandy Mousdell, Howard Cain, Mike Thomas, Joe Shovelton, Gary Chadwick.

Minutes of December Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Charlie Neve, seconded by Steve Tebbit and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
Doreen had told MT that the house owning the land just outside of the village, covered with signs etc, had been sold. The decision was then to get in touch with the new owner to ask if we could tidy the area up. CN said he would visit the new owner once they had moved in.

Treasurer’s Report
MT welcomed Christine Keen as our new treasurer. She said that GF and she were in the process of handing over.

Ward Councillors Report
None present.

Chairman's Report
Not present

Vice Chair's Report
Not present.

Secretary’s Report
None.

Projects Officer
DK said that the 4TH March litter pick was well attended. 11 people arrived and 4 or 5 bags of litter were collected. Thanks were given to the people who regularly pick up litter when they are walking in the village which makes a great deal of difference to the appearance of the village. The subject of dog fouling was discussed. CN said the topic was being discussed in the Houses of Parliament this very day as it is a national issue.

AOB
ST said that horses had been in the field and had actually defecated next to the sign saying that horses are not allowed in the field. CN said that horses were not allowed on the tow path but there was evidence of horses using it. He said he would ask Samantha Cross about new signage which had been promised. He also said that the drain by the memorial stone was blocked. DK will ring the council about the matter. Discussion followed about the youth of the 2 riders and the actions they took, and the apparent distress of the horses.

DK said that he would send the application form to North West in Bloom for Crooke entering the Small Neighbourhood category. This had to be in by the 31st March.

The allotment was the next subject of discussion.

DK said he would ask John Maiden for some planks to put on the ground, Paul Green suggested that the stone path be exposed first, and CN proposed that a date be suggested for the start of this project. This was Saturday 18th March at 10.00.

Jim and Veronica told the meeting the history of the oak planting in the Shevington and District area. The association fund raised monies to provide 5 oak trees to be planted in the Shevington area, one for each of the Great War years duration. The first tree was planted in Shevington in 2014, the second in Shevington Vale in 2015, when over 300 people attended, including local schools, the MP and the mayor, making it a tremendous local event. In 2016 it was Shevington Moor. It will be Crooke in 2017, on Friday 10th November. Then in Standish Lower Ground in 2018. Jim and Veronica will liaise with Crooke Village Residents Association about the organisation of the event. Hopefully it will be as successful as the previous tree planting ceremonies. Chris Horridge will make an inscribed stone to commemorate the planting of the oak tree. Fund raising has been successful in raising money for the oak trees. The next fund raising event is in St Anne’s Parish Centre, a quiz night, on 7th July.

PG and CN raised the topic of the Wigan Council Community Book, offering opportunities to share activities, volunteers, resources etc, CN and MT to investigate. Information on volunteers available to work on the allotment, for NWIB would be useful.

DK said the woodchips had not been delivered because of wet ground, but would be when the ground has dried out.

CN asked if anyone had attended the meeting regarding funding from Tesco’s as he was unable to attend. Unfortunately no one else attended but CN said he would fill in the application form asking for funding for hard core to put on the tow path. MT said that there was funding available from Adactus, and Brighter Borough money for projects in the village.

The meeting closed at 8.10pm.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th April 2017 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

Thank you to the Crooke Hall Inn for their buffet.

This concludes the minutes for March 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for February 2017

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

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Doreen Wilkins, Sue Neve, Charlie Neve, Joe Shovelton, Ann Parkinson, Mandy Mousdell, Kim ?, Kath Bradley, SP Williams, D Williams, Dawn Glyn, Pete Glyn.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Mike Crosby, Jim and Veronica Maloney.

Minutes of December Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Charlie Neve, seconded by Steve Tebbit and accepted as a true record.

There had been no January meeting as the Crooke Hall Inn was closed that night.

Matters arising
None.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Ward Councillors Report
None present.

Chairman's Report
MTh asked that the meeting be aware of three deaths in the village and as a group we should be there for the families of the late Norman Hart, the late Winnie Smith, and the late Dorothy Byrne. All will be sadly missed and our sympathies go out to all.

Vice Chair's Report
Howard said he would try to attend the Shevington and District Community Association’s meetings.

Treasurer’s Report
No treasurer has been appointed after Graham Foster’s resignation. Graham will be missed. He did a great job.

Secretary’s Report
None.

2.01 World War 1 memorial tree planting
Jim and Veronica Maloney were supposed to have been present to explain why there would be an Oak Tree to be planted in Crooke Village. Five Oak trees were to be planted for each year of the war and The Shevington and District Community Association had funds to allow each of the five different communities in the area to have one. Crooke was to have one in 2017, and Standish Lower Ground in 2018. After the meeting Jim Maloney sent his apologies for not attending the meeting as Veronica had been taken into hospital. Discussion followed about the positioning of the Oak Tree and it was proposed that it would be placed between the nursery and the church, with a plaque, at the side of the field behind the village. The motion was put to the meeting by MTh, Paul Green proposed that the action should be carried out, Doreen Wilkins seconded it and it was agreed by all.

2.02 The Plans for Crooke Village 2017
The action plans for the village are in four attachments to these minutes. They show short term, medium term and long term objectives. These were discussed by the meeting.

2.03 The Post of Treasurer

After a short discussion, MTh proposed that Christine Keen be asked to be treasurer, seconded by CN and agreed by all. Christine accepted the position. We thank Christine for becoming our treasurer. Graham Foster will liaise with Christine. Thank you again, Christine for taking on the position. Thank you Graham for being our treasurer for 10 years.

AOB
Fund raising from Wigan Council was being done by CN and DK. Thank you both for all your time and attention.

DK shared the email from Samantha Cross. This is an attachment accompanying these minutes. DK said we must do this. We will be doing our bit in the week Monday 27th February to Sunday 5th March.

The Wigan in Bloom feed-back event is also in an attachment accompanying these minutes. DK went on to say that we would be entering the small village category, and there would be a bed put in at the church end of the village. JS said we should forget the allotment as it would create a lot of work. But MTh said that the feedback was, that Wigan wanted Crooke to be in Wigan in Bloom, and that there was funding available, and people available for working in the village, including the allotment. Kath said there was support from the Incredible Edible Initiative. Kath will investigate appropriate funding opportunities. CN proposed that we enter Crooke in the small village category of NWIB. This was seconded by DK and all present agreed.

CN brought up the entrance to the village, and its untidy state. Doreen Wilkins knew who was selling the property and that piece of land and would approach Mrs Julie Myers asking if we could tidy that bit of land for her. Samantha Cross said the Estate Agents are not allowed by law to erect signs in that piece of land so they can be taken down.

CN wants to put a bid in for £5000, to the Canal and River Trust to buy hard core to improve the towpath. MTh will liaise with CN.

PG asked CN for a list of places that need improving, so that he could photograph them before and after.

Wigan Council have no objections to the cutting down of the three trees in front of the garages, which have Dutch Elm Disease.

In passing, a problem regarding the number of Camper vans parking over night in the pub car park was raised. The pub is registered as a Brit Stop. Dawn said only 6 were allowed but over one weekend there were 10, and a resident had said there had been a noise. MTh said he would talk with Dean MacDonald, manager of the pub regarding this issue.

As the village will be taking part in Keeping Britain Tidy’s “Great British Spring Clean” from Monday 27th February until Sunday 5th March everyone will be needed to help!

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for February 2017.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for December 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 13th December 2016

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Doreen Wilkins, Sue Neve, Charlie Neve, Joe Shovelton.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Kath Bradley, Mike Crosby, Graham Foster.

Minutes of November Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Paul Green, seconded by Derek Keen and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
None.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Ward Councillors Report
None present.

Chairman's Report
Mike Thomas said Derek and Chris Keen were still waiting for the police to proceed with the investigation of Chris’s son James’ sad death. They were still waiting for Chris to give a DNA sample. He also informed the meeting of the accident he suffered when a steel rod fell on his head. We all wish him a quick recovery.

Vice Chair's Report
Howard apologised for the rushed nature of the organisation of the Senior Christmas lunch, but said that 15 ha taken up the offer. The lunch was to take place on Thursday 15th December in the Crooke Hall Inn. He also asked the meeting to look out for our neighbours in a discreet way, especially during the winter.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Secretary’s Report
None.

Project Officer’s Report
Derek said that the village was awarded Level 5, outstanding, again. We were part of Wigan’s bid in Britain in Bloom, along with Shevington, and Standish Lower Ground and we collectively were awarded Gold in the category of RHS Britain in Bloom Environment Award. We cannot go up a category unless more people were to get involved. Please find attached the village score sheet, and please note that due to lack of time on the judges’ part they did not see the recycling area which they marked us down on, but as Mike said it was definitely there. CN asked about the entrance to the village and how we could make it look much better. ST said he had 72 hardy plants which could be planted there. The triangular patch of ground covered in signs belongs to a man called Critchley and Doreen was going to investigate and ask if he would mind CVRA making it look tidier and put plants in. Derek showed us the awards given to the village, 2 certificates, one salver, and one enscribed glass trophy. He showed us the letter he had received from the mayor of Wigan. This is also attached. The meeting agreed that Derek, Paul, Mike and so many others (but not enough) had kept Crooke looking its best.

Discussion followed about getting grants for funding. ST proposed that Charlie Neve take charge of finding grants/filling in forms etc, Doreen Wilkins seconded it and the meeting agreed. His first task was to fill in the application form for next year’s Britain in Bloom. The meeting about it was to be on the 25th January, starting at 10.00am. DK and CN will liaise.

12.01 Flooding in Crooke

HC thanked the secretary for forwarding Alan Coleman’s letter about the flooding of his property and its consequences and cost. MTh said that Wigan had set up a task force to look into causes of the flooding and remedies which would help in the future. Discussion about the flooding in general was going to be raised at the local parish council meeting in December, but that had had to be cancelled. Discussion followed about flood defences. Lawn’s Wood perhaps should be a flood plain. The bridge as you enter the village, needed to be addressed. The mesh panels along the Douglas River bridge need to be removed. This bridge is immediately at the end of Alan Coleman’s property and at the height of the spate/flooding, the mesh became choked with debris and held the water back and the water flowed into Alan‘s grounds and property.

12.02 The Allotment
MTh said the fees were paid for it. Joe said it was too big a project for the CVRA but MTh said people were coming to help from Wigan council. HC said he still had the short term plans, medium term plans, and long term plans. Grants were available for the Incredible Edible initiative. CN to investigate.

12.03 Plans for Crooke Village 2017
HC asked what were the plans for the village in 2017. Doreen said that people in the bottom part of the village near the church, wanted work to be done there. Discussion followed and it was decided that perhaps a border of flowers would be planted round the edge of the field at the front of the church. Joe mentioned the hole at the side of the road where the cobbles were. The village has a supply of cobbles available to use. But the topic will have to be put on a future agenda and parties affected by any action need to be involved in any action. Doreen will get the feeling of affected villagers. A one way system around that green will need to be put on a future agenda and reaction sought.

12.04 Christmas Cards
Paul told the meeting he had sold 160 + packs of cards and raised £815. £485 (incl VAT) had been paid to the printers and so the profit was £330. MTh would give the money to GF. HC and MTh and the whole of the meeting applauded Paul for his time and trouble. Paul said the people expected him to come back in 2017! The notelets were a success too.

AOB
CHANT had been held on the previous Saturday. Table flower arrangements were made. A fun time was had by everyone present and all who attended went home with superb flower arrangements. Thank you to Dawn and her mum. The next CHANT will be on Saturday 14th January at 2 pm when we will be doing fabric stencilling.

There will be a litter pick on most Saturdays. This Saturday would be spent tidying up the summer flowering pots.

The meeting closed at 7.30pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 10th January 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for December 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for November 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 8th November 2016

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Howard Cain, Kath Bradley, Mike Crosby, Charlie Neve, Graham Foster.

Minutes of AGM 2015
The minutes were proposed by Derek Kean, seconded by Steve Tebbit, and accepted as a true record.

Minutes of October Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Steve Tebbit, seconded by Paul Green and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
None.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Ward Councillors Report
None present.

Chairman's Report
Mike Thomas read a letter to the meeting concerning the death of Christine and Derek Keane’s son James who had died in an accident in Gran Canaria. We were all shocked by the news and the secretary would send a card of condolence from the association.

Vice Chair's Report
Not present

Secretary’s Report
MT thanked Derek Keane, Mike Thomas and Paul Green and everyone else who helped in getting the village ready for NWIB inspection. The village looked beautiful.

Project Officer’s Report
Derek said that the village was awarded Level 5, outstanding, again. We were part of Wigan’s bid in Britain in Bloom, along with Shevington, and Standish Lower Ground and we collectively were awarded a Gold in the category of RHS Britain in Bloom Environment Award. Derek went on to say as a village we will have to maintain the upkeep of the village over the winter and do litter picks as and when necessary. They would be held most Saturdays from 9.30, weather permitting, and all would be welcome. MT said he would put a notice up in the notice board about these litter picks.

Mike Thomas said the allotment will begin to be sorted out. Paul Green told the meeting of his visit to Worden Park at Leyland and the way they were recycling.

11.01

With no Dawn to update CHANT, MT said there was to be a jewellery workshop in the Methodist Church on Saturday 12th November.

11.02

Incredible Edible was deferred to the next meeting. During the winter the allotment will be made ready.

AOB
Paul Green was about to collect Christmas cards from the printers. Thank you Paul for all the work you do for the village.

PG said there had been 395 hits on the Crooke Village website in the last month. Thank you Paul for continuing excellent work on the website.

Steve Tebbit said he had rung the council about a fallen tree at Lawn’s Wood. MTh had tidied it up.ST mentioned another branch which was in a dangerous position. MTh was going to tidy that up too.

PG mentioned that the sign posts on the canal were the right way round as they were there to show how many miles boaters had travelled rather than how many miles there were to go.

The Christmas dinner for senior members of the village was going to be held again this Christmas. MTh was going to talk with the pub regarding date, cost and menu.

There will be a litter pick on most Saturdays.

The meeting closed at 7.30pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 13th December 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for November 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for October 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 12th October 2016

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Howard Cain, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Dawn Glynn, Pete Glynn, Sue Neve, Charlie Neve, Mike Crosby.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Kath Bradley, Hilda Snowden, Mandy Moulson, Graham Foster.

Minutes of AGM 12TH October 2015 Meeting
e minutes were proposed by Howard Cain, seconded by Paul Green, and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
None.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Chairman's Report
MTh took this opportunity to say he would like everyone to get involved in village projects, and thanked Graham, Howard, Morag, Derek, Paul and all who help in the village. He thanked the councillors for their support and help and Wigan Council who provided a great deal of help prior to Wigan in Bloom.

Vice Chair's Report
Howard thanked Mike for being chairman. He told the meeting that work commitments still kept him from doing more in the village, but he should be retiring now in July 2017. He had spent a lot of time with his father who was ill. He went on to say that he was totally committed to the village. He thanked everyone for all their hard work, especially Derek, Paul and Mike for their continued commitment to the village.

Then he stepped down.

Secretary’s Report
The secretary thanked everyone also and said it was a privilege to work as secretary for the association.

Then she stepped down.

Treasurer’s Report
As Graham was not present, Mike told the meeting that Graham wanted to resign from his role as treasurer as he no longer lived in the village and because of work commitments. He would not abandon his role but would liaise with anyone who would take the role.

The election of new Chair Person, new Vice Chair, new Secretary
Discussion followed. Howard asked if Mike Thomas would consider carrying on the role of chair person. He said yes. DK proposed that MTh be elected as chair person. This was seconded by PG and agreed by all. MTh asked Howard if he would consider carrying on in the role of vice chair. Howard said yes. DG proposed HC be elected as vice chair, MT seconded the motion and all agreed. The secretary was asked if she was prepared to continue as secretary. She said yes. Charlie Neve proposed that Morag Tebbit be elected as secretary, this was seconded by Pete Glynn and all agreed.

Discussion followed about who would replace Graham as treasurer. People were asked to go away and think about possible replacements. Kath Bradley was suggested and Howard said he would talk to her about the position.

MTh thanked Derek for all his hard work as Project Officer asked him if he would stay on. After a little thought he said yes. Thank you Derek for all the hard work you do.

The AGM was closed and the October ordinary meeting continued.

The July minutes were distributed. The September and October meetings had not taken place due to a number of unforeseen circumstances.

Minutes of July 12th meeting.

The minutes were proposed by PG and seconded by MTh and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Morag asked about the sign for the Crooke School Nature Study. Some villagers said that it was in the wrong place, it should be at the nursery school. MTh informed the meeting that the owner of the sign wanted it to be kept where it was, near the site of the Tippler.

Steve Tebbit asked about the marquee. MTh said that types of marquee were being investigating as new types were easier and quicker to erect. Mike Crosby said that the money would be available to purchase it, £600.

Ward Councillors Reports
Mike said that the Beat It team would be in the village in the week beginning 24th October, and would we let him know what needs doing. One suggestion was the sides of the path round the field needed trimming as the grass encroached on the path. Mike said that the general maintenance team should do that. He said he would inform the appropriate people. Mike told the meeting that the Primary School Consultation report had just been made available. The report proposes that Shevington Community Primary School on Miles Lane would close.

AOB
Charlie brought up the subject of The Kennet boat travelling on the 22nd October, along the canal on the 200th commemoration of the opening of the canal. It is stopping at Wigan Lower Lock and Burscough. Are we doing anything about celebrating this event? MTh was going to speak to Derek Bent who runs Ambush.

Charlie said that the workmen who had tarmaced the entrance to the field had come back very promptly to finish it off.

Dawn asked about the area of land at the entrance to the village which needs tidying up. It is owned by someone, MTh was going to investigate.

Dawn has produced a leaflet about CHANT for her forthcoming workshops, see attachment. Dawn will distribute leaflet. Morag will take a few to the church and put it in the notice board. MTh said the room hire would be covered by CVRA. More people from the village should use these workshops and transport could be provided. Dawn would put a proforma on the back of the CHANT leaflet.

Paul Green circulated photographs to be used as Christmas cards or notelets. There would be no writing on the front of the cards. A huge thank you to Paul for organising the Christmas cards and raising £380 each year by selling them.

ST said that it will be the 150th anniversary of the Methodist Church in May 2017. Ideas were discussed as to what could be done for this event.

HC said that Kath had wanted to promote Incredible Edibles, a national initiative. MTh said he would clear the allotment.

There will be a litter pick on most Saturdays.

The meeting closed at 8.15pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 8th November 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for October 2016.

Due to two meetings, August and September not happening for reasons beyond control, is why the July minutes are just being posted. November postings should bring the monthly posting back to normal.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 12th July 2016

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Morag Tebbit, SteveTebbit, Jaqueline Coleman.

Apologies from
Peter Glynn, Dawn Glynn, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Damian Edwardson, Howard Cain, Kath Bradley, Charlie and Sue Neve, Graham Foster.

Minutes of May Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Steve Tebbit, seconded by Derek Keen, and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
None.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Chairman's Report
MTh took this opportunity to say he would like everyone to get involved in village projects, but acknowledges it is a long known fact that there never seems to be that much interest shown. However everything is going alright. We will muddle through.

Vice Chair's Report
Not present.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

Project Officer's Report.
Derek Keen informed the meeting that the defibrillator will be put up on the wall to the right of the front door of the pub this Friday, 15th July. He told the meeting that 8 council managers had come to do some work in the village including felling a tree and making the trunk into planters which are up near the Tippler. A sign was erected between the two planters saying, “Crooke School Nature Study” which was initially put up in 1983. The naturalist David Bellamy was a part of the study of the Crooke Area. The council managers are coming back on the 21st July to work on the field paths amongst other things. DK and MTh are going to do some work on the Tippler site. They are going to try and expose foundations of the Tippler. Dawn had suggested that a fairy glen might be grown there. The daffodils that are there will be relocated. The putting up of hanging baskets in the village was touched on but DK said that Adactus did not want the baskets on their properties.

DK said the procuring of the marquee was in hand, Graham applying to the Brighter Borough money from the councillors. ST asked the meeting if the church could use it. The answer from MTh was of course.

MTh told the meeting that a boat pulled by Ambush, a working canal boat still in working use today, run by Derek Bent, travelling from Liverpool and going through Crooke sometime in October. We should plan a social event at this time in celebration.

NWIB judging will take place on 26th July. We are also in the Britain in Bloom as part of Wigan and that judging will take place on 8th August. A large number of planters have been placed on the Crooke Hall Inn, and around the village. The village looks beautiful, thanks to DK and a number of faithful helpers. A lot of people do their tidying of the village on a daily basis.

Ward Councillors Reports
None Present.

AOB
Recycling Bins were still in the pub car park. A wagon with recycling bins on it was seen coming along the road and stopped. The driver looked over the wall but no one knows if he was taking bins away or changing them. ST informed the meeting that another tree had fallen down in Lawn’s Wood. MTh said he would make the area safe. DK said he saw a deer running across the main road on the Bends. MTh said there were at least 2 adults and 4 youngsters. Shots had been heard late one evening and the presence of possible poachers was being monitored.

PG said that Grayways Coach Company had been paid. 14 villagers were going on this trip on the 9th August. After a little discussion, it was decided that everyone going on this trip would meet outside the pub at 8 am, and people with cars would take everyone who had no transport to the allocated pick up point in Shevington. PG agreed to let people know of this arrangement. Thank you Paul for organising this trip.

Charlie Neve said, through Paul, that the Tarmacing of the path from the road into the field had been done. MTh said that this was the beginning of ongoing remedial work, thanking the councillors for their involvement.

DK said that as he was tidying up overhanging branches on the side of the field he was approached by someone who said that RSPB stipulated that branches could not be cut down until after the 31st July due to the possibility of nesting birds. Graham Workman was approached and he very quickly arrived on site to check the hedges for current occupied nests. He found none and DK was able to carry on with his tidying work and making the path safer.

The meeting closed at 7.50pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 9th August 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for July 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 14th June 2016

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Charlie Neve, Sue Neve, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Mandy Mousdell, EM Snowden, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Joe Shovelton.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Howard Cain, Dawn Glyn, Graham Foster.

Minutes of May Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Derek Keen, seconded by Paul Green, and accepted as a true record. In the April minutes the Deputy Chairman’s report was omitted. It is as follows.

Matters arising
The placement of the Defib is still causing problems. The positioning outside the church was not suitable as in the small print it said that the machine should not be on a south facing wall, and that was where it would be. The brewery did not want the machine on their front wall, but might accept it on the side wall. Discussion followed. ST suggested that where the plaques were on the wall of house No. 28 near the marina, the defibrillator might go there. DK and MTh were going to investigate and approach Adactus and the tenant. One of Crooke’s residents was in need of the defibrillator in the last few weeks, so the siting of it is urgent.

MT asked about the acquisition of the hanging baskets. DK will get in touch with Nick Burdekin, to remind him.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Chairman's Report
MTh apologised for his absences at the last two meetings because of family circumstances. He brought up the subject of the coach trip and after some discussion the meeting agreed to allow PG to go ahead and book the trip, Stream in the sky and Chester for the 9th August, after MT liaising with no 41, and no 99 to tell them of the final choice.

Vice Chair's Report
Not present.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

Project Officer's Report.
WIB was approaching fast, and the meeting agreed that litter picks would be every Saturday from 10 am. The interpretation board has started being tidied up and Pete Glynn has tidied the top end of the village, thank you Pete. He will approach Nick Birdekin for plants etc as there is £250 available for their acquisition. Some people have already put up hanging baskets, and the village looks a lovelier place. Sue Neve asked about the broken planter in the field. DK said it was going to be replaced. The metal barrier protecting the exit from the field into Crooke Road was still broken, posing a safety issue. PC said he would follow that up.

06.01 Queen's 90th Birthday
After discussion it was agreed to try for the August bank holiday to have this event.

06.02 Marquee
After a little discussion MC offered the money to buy the 8m by 4m marquee at the cost of £599.

06.03 The Traffic issue around the church and nursery.
As Sandra Makin said she had not wanted this to be an issue to be discussed at the meeting it was not discussed at this point.

Ward Councillors Reports
MC informed the meeting that the drainage problem at the entrance to the field and around the play area was being addressed, and the laying of tarmac on the footpath had been costed. And also the problem of the culvert under the bridge was being looked into. We await developments. The councillors thanked CN for his photographs of the flooding. MC reminded the meeting that Brighter Borough money was still available. CVRA had not requested any for some time.

PC said that,
1) the footpaths round the field were going to be rectified,
2) the damaged fence at the beginning of the bends was going to be mended, but it was pointed out that it already had been fixed.
3) the traffic problems round the church and nursery were not the responsibility of Wigan Metro as the tarmacing was not to highway standards. He said that signs were available for putting in peoples’ windows about the dangers of speeding in an area where children were likely to be. But as MC reminded the meeting, speeding cars in areas where children were likely to be, sadly was a nationwide problem.
4) The problem of the footpath up to Shevington had been addressed and people from the council had been to see the problem and a solution was being discussed.
5) He told the meeting about the Consultation about School Places which had been started. What can be done about the surplus of places? This document has been widely circulated and discussion was ongoing.

Thank you, councillors for your continuing interest and support, and the work you do for your constituents.

AOB
Steve Tebbit informed the meeting about overhanging branches, impeding the walking round of the field. MTh and DK will address this issue when MTh gets back from holiday in two weeks time. ST also mentioned a sign he had inherited. The sign says “ any person who omits to shut and fasten this gate will be liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings “. Discussion followed and MTh and DK would discuss the positioning of the sign, along with a sign that DK had. CN said that the Canal and River Trust were investigating the positioning of litter bins at Gathurst and Crooke, on the tow path side, which will be accessible for Wigan Metro to empty. He said that the C and RT will pay for hard core for the tow path, which the CVRA might be able to spread out. The last lot had been done by the army. The damaged posts of the canal bridge were known to the CRT.

Dawn Glynn contacted the secretary during the meeting, apologised for her absence, and told her that due to the lack of response for the flower workshop at the church on Saturday she had decided to cancel it. The CHANT budget was £196.

The meeting closed at 9.00pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 12th July 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for June 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 10th May 2016

Attendees
Howard Cain, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Charlie Neve, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Mandy Mousdell, EM Snowden, Damian Edwardson, Peter Glynn, Kat Bradley.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Dawn Glyn, Sue Neve, Graham Foster.

Minutes of April Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Steve Tebbit, seconded by Peter Glynn, and accepted as a true record, with the following amendment.

In the April minutes the Deputy Chairman’s report was omitted. It is as follows.

Howard told the April meeting that he had attended the Community Association of Shevington on the 29th March. The Girl Guide leader did a presentation about the need for the recruitment of more guide leaders. There was a list of commemorative events celebrating the First World War. Tree planting will happen in Crooke in 2017/2018. Howard told that meeting that Crooke was entering NWIB. He told that meeting that we have done a Dementia Friendly Course.

Matters arising
The placement of the Defib had been discussed by the Methodist Church and it had been agreed to position the Defibrillator to the right of the entrance gate to the church. DE and ST will liaise and get the electrician to install. The litter pick on the 7th May was well attended with 14 volunteers. Mike Crosby was looking into anti social signage for the village. DE said he would remind Mike. It was sadly announced that Mike’s father in law had died the previous day. CVRA sends its sincere sympathies to Mike, wife and family.

DK and MTh set up a stall on 16th April in Wigan advertising Crooke Village and its entering Wigan in Bloom. DK said there had been a lot of interest shown on the day.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Chairman's Report
Not present

Vice Chair's Report
None given.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

Project Officer's Report.
DK would like CVRA to buy a 4m by 8m marquee. Lots of events will take place in the village over the next few months and having a marquee for shade and shelter would be good. This will be on next month’s agenda. DK told the meeting that only 2 Wigan councillors turned up on Friday 29th April to help tidy the village, Samantha Cross and Mr Filton, but the weather had been horrendous.

DK gave an update of the project list. The spraying of balsam and weeds was in progress. ST had done around the church, and on the litter pick on the 7th May, people had gone round the field tidying the pathways. The roof of the shed was still not replaced, but the consensus of the meeting was that it should be done as soon as possible. Peter Glynn offered his services. The roof has asbestos in it so has to be treated professionally.

With regards to Wigan in Bloom, Nick Burdekin, Wigan in Bloom Co-ordinator, was coming to the village on the 1st June in order to go round the village with Derek Keen to speak to the residents individually regarding hanging baskets. Wigan would provide each house with a hanging basket and install it. DK will ask Adactus their opinion on having hanging baskets on their properties.

A project list is attached to the minutes.

05.01 Coach Trip
Nothing had been done regarding this. After some discussion PG was asked to design a flyer to gauge possible interest from the village about the proposed coach trip which he would send to Howard.

05.02 QR History Trail
PG with the help of Peter Glynn and DK, had positioned the QRs around the village. He still had to put up one more to start the trail which he would place on a post as you come into the village. Peter Glynn proposed that we should congratulate Paul on all his hard work over this. The History trail is an excellent resource. Everyone agreed whole heartedly. Thankyou Paul. Charlie Neve said that the trail could possibly be advertised in Local Life magazine, Nicholson Waterways Guide and maybe other publications.

05.03 Allotment
Nothing has been done about this. A good neighbour has kept the grass tidy. Howard would do a survey on it. It was agreed to create raised beds. This will be properly discussed at the next meeting.

AOB
There was a lot of discussion about rubbish and the recycling in the pub car park. One bin had been removed so the one put in place by CVRA was overflowing. DE said that the recycling bins were not the borough’s responsibility any more as the house recycling which takes place in Wigan is more cost effective. Charlie Neve who works as a volunteer every Tuesday for the Canal and River Trust said he would ask Jodie Weathers of the Canal and River Trust if they could put a rubbish bin at the Baby Elephant. DE said he had tried and tried to get the council to put one there but had not been successful. CN also said that the broken rail on the canal bridge would be fixed.

Mandy mentioned the ownership of the land outside her house again. Her car has gone through 2 exhausts because of the lack of repair to the road. Kath mentioned that we had approached the land registry before, but Mandy said that they did not know who owned the land. As MTh was not present he could not say if he had asked Alex Cornish if he knew who owned the land. Morag Tebbit said she would ask Alex if he knew.

DE throughout the meeting had sent messages to appropriate people regarding the topics discussed, e.g. to the Beat it Team. Thank you DE.

The meeting closed at 8.45pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 14th June 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for May 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for April 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. Tuesday 12th April 2016

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Charlie Neve, Morag Tebbit, SteveTebbit, Mandy Mousdell, EM Snowden, Mike Crosby, Joe Shovelton, G Chadwick.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Kath Bradley, Dawn and Peter Glyn, Sue Neve, Doreen Wilkins, Graham Foster.

Minutes of March Meeting
The minutes were proposed by Charlie Neve, seconded by Paul Green, and accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
Mandy had done some research about the ownership of the road outside her house. She found that it did not belong to Adactus, nor the council, nor the Canal and River Trust. It was not registered with the land registry. MTh said he would email Alex Cornish, who might know. A lot of the village pay ground rent including the church. Morag or Steve will make enquiries as to whom we pay ground rent.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present.

Chairman's Report
MTh apologised for his absence as his father had been ill, and he had been ill too. He asked Steve Tebbit to update the meeting about the defribrillator and was told that the church council had discussed the positioning of the machine and agreed to it being placed on the wall to the right of the side entrance to the church. MTh will liaise with Damian. Penny is trained, Dawn is trained in its use. With regards to the electricity used in its upkeep, the fitter will be asked to give an idea of the cost. CVRA may contribute. MTh will ask Carole Miles about the cost as she is responsible for the defib on the wall of the Methodist Church in Shevington.

Vice Chair's Report
None given.

Secretary’s Report
None was given, only an apology for her absence from the last two meetings due to bereavements in the family. MTh expressed the sympathy of the meeting.

Project Officer's Report.
DK said the litter pick had been very successful.

DK told the meeting of the launch date of the NWIB campaign on Saturday 16th April 2016 in central Wigan. He and MTh were to man a stall showing off Crooke’s previous successes. Everyone was welcome to come and help between 11am and 3pm but realised it was very short notice.

A project list is attached to the minutes.

Ward Councillors
DK informed the meeting and Mike Crosby that the fence on the left hand side of the main road going up to Shevington just before the bends were broken and dilapidated. The area to the right of the road just after leaving the village was discussed. MTh was to investigate the ownership and how it could be improved. Mike Crosby said he would approach Heather Mulliner, Area Highways Officer, about the problem. The subject of drivers entering and leaving the village in a dangerous fashion was discussed and the possibility of sleeping policemen was raised. As the vast percentage of the cars entering or leaving the village were people taking their children to and from the nursery, MTh was going to ask Graham Foster to write a letter to the Nursery regarding the possibility of an accident happening.

04.01 Village Trip
After discussion, Paul Green said he would produce a flyer about the coach trip scheduled for August. Three options would be given and the response of the villagers was asked for. He would deliver the flyers as soon as possible. The replies would be put in the secretary’s post box at 76 Crooke. Then we could determine where the trip would go to, and how many people would be interested.

04.02 QRs
DG and PG has this in hand and is awaiting better weather.

04.03 Dog Foul Bins
This topic was discussed and MTh had found the missing bin and placed it back where it should be. He was going to acquire another to be placed at the opening to the park between the nursery and the church.

04.04 Drinking alcohol in public places.
Signage should be put up in Crooke regarding drinking alcohol in public not being acceptable. Signs are in general use in the rest of Wigan. Having signs up pre-empts antisocial behaviour. They should not stop people from enjoying themselves. Mike Crosby to research.

04.05 Allotment.
Howard showed the meeting general plans for the development of the allotment, raised beds, walkways etc. After discussion MTh proposed that we go ahead with the digging of the allotment, DK seconded the proposal and the meeting agreed. The actualities could be determined at a later date.

AOB
PG said that Doreen Wilkins had raised the subject of the boggy area as you enter the field beside the play park. DK thanked Mike Crosby for organising the placement of new equipment in the play park. Mike was asked to investigate possible solutions for the problem of the boggy area.

The meeting closed at 9.15pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 10th May 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for April 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th March 2016

Attendees
Howard Cain, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Dawn Glynn, Peter Glynn, Charlie Neve, Sue Neve, Mandy Mousdell, Steve Williams (71 Crooke), Kath Bradley, Dean McDonald (landlord).

Apologies from
Mike Crosby, Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Alan Coleman, Mike Thomas, Graham Foster.

Minutes of February Meeting
The minutes were accepted as a true record.

Matters arising
The defibrillator placement still had to be finalised. It may be at the Methodist Church on the front of the church. The church officers are meeting on Tuesday 12th April to discuss. DE wants to be told when and where as he had to organise the setting up of it and telling the people who monitor and service it where its position was.

The suggestion box has been made by Paul Goodchild but not yet given to the CVRA. HC to ask Paul about it. DG said she would place her suggestion box in the pub meanwhile, on Dean’s approval.

PG and HC asked for plans for the allotment be put on net month’s agenda. DG asked if we could collate a project list to link with a CVRA calendar to share.

>p> PG is awaiting better weather to place QRs.

PG suggested that the proposed coach trip in August be put on next month’s agenda. DG was to help find ideas.

DG will send photos of CHANT workshops to PG to put on the website.

PG suggested signs be put up in the village saying that no alcohol should be consumed in public places. HC advised that this was a Local Authority issue, and that councillors should be informed. DK to liaise with Mike Crosby. This topic will be put on the next agenda.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present but HC told the meeting that the cash in the bank was £1687.07. Petty cash was £135.41. Total was £1822.48. Public liability, due in April would cost £80 and to install the defibrillator £100.

Chairman's Report
Not present

Vice Chair's Report
None given.

Secretary’s Report
MT was not report.

Project Officer's Report.
None present.

Ward Councillors
None present.

03.01 Tree Felling
Awaiting list from LA.

03.02 CLean for the Queen
DG and PG to liaise re funding.

03.04 CHANT Funding
Everyone was thanked for attending this event. Canal and River Trust volunteers were going to come on 15th March at 10 am to tidy the canal side. CN and SN were going to attend.

03.05 Storage Shed
The placement of the storage shed was agreed verbally by the Brewery.

AOB
Dog fouling bins were discussed, and one has gone missing. This will be put on next month’s agenda.

Mandy brought up the problem of pot holes. Maybe the councillors should be made aware. She should also talk to Adactus. The question of the land ownership was aired. KB said this topic had come up before. PG said he would look at the map which existed, as to what was owned by whom.

Dean advised the meeting that the assistant manager of the pub, Josh, was a conductor of a brass band. He would like to organise a Crooke Band, hymn and march competition on the first Sunday in October. Dean would liaise with Josh, as Josh was at band practice on Mondays. It was suggested that the next meeting would be on Tuesday 12th April. All agreed. Another item for the agenda.

The meeting closed at 9.15pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tyesday 12th April 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for March 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for February 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th February 2016

Attendees
Howard Cain, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Dawn Glynn, Charlie Neve, Sue Neve Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Damian Edwardson, Joe Shovelton, Anne Parkinson.

Apologies from
Kath Bradley, Paul Liptrot, Mike Crosby, Paul Collins, Graham Foster.

Minutes of December's Meeting
Alan Coleman, who was not present at the meeting, had emailed the secretary saying he wanted to change the minutes to clarify that it was Damian Edwardson who was the councillor dealing with Alan’s flood issues. Damian agreed to this change and said that things were progressing slowly. The minutes were proposed by DK, seconded by ST and agreed by all as a true and accurate record.

Matters arising
HC had not followed up on acquiring the leaflets about Wigan Borough Care and Repair, but will distribute them when he does.

DG sent out a flyer giving two dates for upcoming workshops, 27th February, and 23rd April, to be held at the church. MT subsequently sent out an erratum message saying the February workshop was on the 20th February not the 27th. DG is awaiting responses. The December workshop had 17 attendees and was very successful.

ST mentioned the lack of response when he tried to reach the PSOs on 101. He had tried the website but was redirected to 101 or 999. He still could not reach a person. DK said that that had happened to him too. DE at the meeting sent a message to Stacey telling her of the problem and will follow the problem up. DE would also forward her email address.

>p> The defibrillator placement still had to be finalised. It may be at the Methodist Church on the car park wall. DE wants to be told when and where as he had to organise the setting up of it and telling the people who monitor and service it where its position was.

The suggestion box has been made by Paul Goodchild but not yet given to the CVRA. DG said she would place her suggestion box in the pub meanwhile.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present but HC told the meeting that the cash in the bank was £1687.07. Petty cash was £135.41. Total was £1822.48. Public liability , due in April would cost £80 and to install the defibrillator £100.

Chairman's Report
Not present

Vice Chair's Report
Howard said that he was not able to attend the January meeting of the Shevington and District Association. PG attended who gave a resume of what had happened at the meeting. 1) A presentation about Pensioners’ Link. Sue presented this saying that any association could contact the Link and get any help that pensioners might need. This help was free for the first 3 weeks, but any ongoing work would be charged at £14 per hour. 2) Care and Repair was talked about. HC will distribute leaflets when he receives them. 3) Lancashire Life had raised £400. 4) Shevington residents who saw any anti social behaviour should report it. 5) The sports field, plan B had been adopted, though a few minor issues had to be resolved. 6) Shevington would not be entering NWIB this year. PG was welcomed to the meeting as a CVRA representative, and told them about the floods, the CHANT workshop, the uncovered rail line, the OAPS Christmas lunch and the possibility of a coach trip to be organised. The next Shevington and District Assocation would take place on 23rd February.

Secretary’s Report
MT had no report.

Project Officer's Report.
Derek told the meeting about NWIB. After discussion the meeting agreed that we again enter this competition. As Shevington is not entering, that left Appley Bridge, Lower Ground and Crooke in the running. Thank you Derek for organising last year’s entry and congratulations for the village’s success. The title of this year’s NWIB is Greening Grey Britain. General discussion followed about what that meant and what could be done in our village to comply with the brief. DG suggested that a CHANT workshop could be planting flowers around the village, in pots etc.

Ward Councillor's Report
DE apologised for not attending the meetings regularly but was committed to other meetings on the same night.

DE was still trying to find out about who owned the footpath from number 99 up to the gate at 113.

1) He was still chasing Andy Smallshaw about the tree felling.
2) He told the meeting that Brighter Borough money was still available. DG and DE to liaise about applying again.
3) He was still working with community units to tackle ASB, with the police, putting up CCTV units.
4) He talked about the initiative Clean for the Queen which is a national event, which would take place on the 4th-6th March. DK to liaise with DE to get the high viz vests, pickers etc.

5) Damian told the meeting that he was trying to help Alan Coleman to resolve issues with Wigan Council regarding the flooding which had happened on Christmas Day evening and subsequent grant funding from the council. He is giving Alan as much support as he can. Damian went on to say that a lot of planning will have to take place regarding how to effectively stop flooding in the future. It has to be an holistic approach and all persons involved would share information. If anyone had information they should get in touch with the council. Charlie Neve would contact DE and relate his specific knowledge of the flooding.

As an association we are very grateful for all the work he and the other councillors are doing for our village.

02:01 Resident's Coach Trip
DG and PG will make and distribute a flyer asking for initial feeling about who would like to go on a coach trip and provide suggestions on destinations. The people present would come back to the next meeting with suggestions of their own. City, Culture or Coast?

02.02 Storage Shed.
At present there is a gentleman’s agreement that the CVRA would use a shed belonging to Allgate’s Brewery to store equipment. GF through HC requested that we approach Allgate’s to formalise this agreement. MT to ask Greg Liptrot who to approach.

02.03 Crooke Village History Trail.
PG explained in great detail about what he done in making 11 QRs and where they were to be placed in the village. He had already spoken to John Maiden and Roy Vernon about the positioning of 1 and 2. They were a discreet size and would give a lot of information to first time visitors to our village. DG asked the meeting to give Paul a round of applause for his dedication, hard work and knowledge. It was proposed by PG that the QRs be mounted at relevant places in the village, it was seconded by DE and agreed by all. A second proposal that the funding of it, £112, will go through the CVRA to apply for Brighter Borough money. PG will put the form in.

02.04 CVRA agenda.
HC said that the pressure of work was making him unavailable for producing agendas. MT agreed she would take responsibility for producing said agendas but said her printer was unable to produce 70 copies. DE said he would investigate the possibility of the procurement of an appropriate copier. Thank you Damian.

02.05 Suggestion Box.
See in matters arising.

AOB
There was a general discussion about the allotment. Joe said that an allotment was too much work for the CVRA to be responsible. It will be put on next month’s agenda. The pond was mentioned but nothing was decided.

The next litter pick will be on the 4th – 6th March, on the Clean for the Queen weekend.

The meeting closed at 9.15pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 14th March 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for February 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for Janruary 2016

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th Janruary 2016

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Peter Glynn, Dawn Glynn, Alan Coleman, Charlie Neve, Sue Neve Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Mike Thompson.

Apologies from
Kath Bradley, Paul Liptrot, Paul and Alison Goodchild, Mike Crosby, Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson.

01.01 Dementia Friendly Community
Bella Mossad from Dementia Friends delivered an excellent workshop on dementia, giving lots of information and much to think about.

Minutes of December's Meeting
The minutes were proposed by HC, seconded by DG and agreed by all as a true and accurate record.

Matters arising
HC had not received the leaflets about Wigan Borough Care and Repair, but will distribute them when he does.

DG and MT will liaise about dates for the CHANT workshops to take place in the church, in February and April. MT will give church dates to PG as soon as she gets them.

Treasurer’s Report
Not present

Chairman's Report
Mike said that the Senior Citizen Christmas meal had gone well, 16 attended, and thanked the Crooke Hall Inn for putting on a great spread. He spoke of the the last couple of months of appalling weather culminating in floods in Crooke. The water came from 3 sources. He spoke about the lack of provisions to combat the flooding. He talked about putting pumps in to pump out the flood water. The councillors were to be asked for money for the pumps. Other avenues to find money were to be explored. Discussion followed about the effects of the flooding. Alan Coleman thanked MTh, DK, and a few others who helped him try and protect his propert , Keepers Cottage, number 100, from the incoming flood. Discussion followed about finding where the causes of the flood arose, whose responsibility it was to tackle changes, and what could be done to prevent future flooding. Charlie and Sue Neve also had to contend with the awful effects of flooding. They rang up the council for help on Boxing day at 9.30, to be told they had had 300 calls that morning. Noone got back to them. He said that something should be done about the River Douglas. MTh said there was a grant of £500 available from Wigan Council. Alan is working with one of the councillors and with our MP with regards to the flooding.

Anti-social behaviour in Shevington was discussed. There was a dispersal notice given on the night of the 9th/10th January, and effectively a curfew was in place from 6 pm to 6 am. If anyone sees anything untoward happening they must ring 101 and report it. MTh said he was going to put up cctv cameras on his hairdressing business. ST said that all the buses have cctv cameras on them.

Vice Chair's Report
Howard said that there was not a December meeting of the Shevington and District Association. He could not attend the January meeting because of work on the 26th January, at7 pm in the Methodist Church in Shevington. MTh said he would attend.

Secretary’s Report
MT thanked DG for being secretary at the last meeting.

Project Officer's Report.
Derek told the meeting about the rail track work which had been done. A smooth and efficient job was completed. It was proposed that a further track to be placed/sourced to create a feature (not causing any obstruction). MTh confirmed that after discussion, further information was required before proceeding and then added to the project list.

Ward Councillor's Report
None present

01:02 Resident's Coach Trip
A flyer will be put on the next agenda asking for suggestions of destination, and who would like to go. There would be a tear off suggestion slip to be returned to MT at 76, or in the suggestion box.

AOB
Dawn spoke about the information sheet about CVRA and what we are doing and how people can help. This sheet would be delivered to the village on a regular basis. See attached document.

MTh, having made the meeting aware that Alan had to buy a caravan because of the flood damage to his house, proposed that the caravan be placed in front of 100 so that the Coleman family could use it whilst the builders repaired their home. PG seconded the motion, all agreed.

A litter pick will be arranged when the weather improves,

The meeting closed at 9.15pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 11th February 2016 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for Janruary 2016.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for December 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th December 2015

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Joe Shovelton, Anne Parkinson, Peter Glynn, Damian Edwardson, Dawn Glynn, Graham Foster, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Karen Spencer

Apologies from
Kath Bradley, Stephen Tebbit, Morag Tebbit.

Minutes of Novembers Meeting
The minutes were agreed, approved and signed. accepted as a true and accurate record.

Matters arising
The letter box has been made by Paul Goodchild, but not painted. We don't know if Mth has contacted Krystina Pilkington re the positioning of it beside the notice board. But if that is all right the box will be positioned soonest.

Treasurer’s Report
The defibrillator was paid for, and was to be placed outside. It was awaiting installation and set up. It requires a certificate of installation and monthly check. Greg suggested that the brewery electrician would be available in Feb. £80 was outstanding for electrician. £1100 was the total spend. There was £1337 balance in the kitty.

Chairman's Report
Mike shared information about recent break- ins, more than one. Items had been stolen and he asked for vigilance and to be organised.

Vice Chair's Report
Howard said he had attended the last Shevington meeting, and would continue to attend.

Secretary’s Report
None given as MT was in Scotland.

Project Officer's Report.
Derek told the meeting about the rail track work which had been done. A smooth and efficient job was completed. It was proposed that a further track to be placed/sourced to create a feature (not causing any obstruction). MTh confirmed that after discussion, further information was required before proceeding and then added to the project list.

Ward Councillor's Report
They stated that the process for Ward funding was in place. MTh raised the state of the footpath for all residents’ use at 101-113. MC agreed to put in an enquiry about who owns the land. The process could however take 18 months.

12:01 Wigan Borough Care and Repair
Karen Spencer spoke about Care and Repair. There was a small staff of 5. She distributed a leaflet about Affordable Warmth , Access Referral Mechanism. Mike Crosby requested leaflets for his surgery, contact details were shared. 70 leaflets were to be sent to the village. Howard was to email a request for these. PG was going to put the leaflet in the website, with an addition that some services have limited eligibility.

There are 4 elements:-

1) Free advice, leaflet distributed
2) Home repairs and small adjustments – stair rails etc
3) Handyperson service
4) Assistance service

Joe told the meeting of the outstanding work on his home by Adactus re safety .Mike offered to visit, to assist/assess and offered support. Joe agreed to let him know.

12.02 Volunteering Placements

The meeting was very happy to have Volunteering placements return, projects for them were to cut back footpaths.

Timber had been received for the Waterways project on the fence going down to the canal at Keepers Cottage. The work would be done in the New Year, a date to be decided. DK asked for the tree felling of x marked trees. Damian Edwardson would email Andy Smallshaw to update.

12.03 Residents Summer Coach Trip

PG put forward the idea for a Summer coach trip for the residents. The idea was seconded by MTh. DE will match fund. This would be added to the agendas for January and February and request ideas from the residents.DK proposed that a suggestion slip be printed on minutes/agenda. The suggestion box is still waiting to be placed.

12:04 Dementia Friendly Community

It was proposed that a speaker whose topic was coping with Dementia, be asked for the January meeting. MTh agreed to follow this up. Kerry Claxton was to be invited for the February meeting.

Discussion from Mike Crosby regarding boundaries, all being green spaces. Mike said not to worry. There is a 5 year tree planting plan, including Crooke, in approx 2018.

A big thank you was said to Paul Green for his selling of Christmas cards. A magnificent achievement and a round of applause was quite rightly given.

AOB
Dawn told the meeting about CHANT. The first workshop, making Christmas wreaths was very successful. 17 people attended and we all had a successful, social and practical afternoon. Thank you Dawn for organising it and please thank your Mum for her expertise. Hopefully Dawn will arrange more workshops in 2016, in February, and April. The ward councillors said they would match £300 given by CVRA. Thank you. Dawn had put a bid in for funding from The Deal but had been unsuccessful. Too many applications were put in for the amount of available funding. DE offered the Duchy of Lancaster as a funding idea

A litter pick will be arranged when the weather improves,

The meeting closed at 8.45pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 11th January 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for December 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for November 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 9th November 2015

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Steve Tebbit and Morag Tebbit

Apologies from
Mike Thomas, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Graham Foster, Kath Bradley, Dawn Glynn and Damian Edwardson.

Minutes of 2014 AGM Meeting
With Graham Foster's amendments, Paul Green proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and acurate record, seconded by Derek Keen and agreed by all.

Matters arising
The letter box has been made by Paul Goodchild, but not painted. We don't know if Mth has contacted Krystina Pilkington re the positioning of it beside the notice board. But if that is all right the box will be positioned soonest.

Treasurer’s Report
None as GF was not present.

Chairman's Report
None as Mth was not present

Vice Chair's Report
None given.

Secretary’s Report
None given.

10.01
The Deal. As Dawn was not present due to illness, the secretary told the meeting that Dawn had spent a great deal of time putting her bid for a grant of £1500 on behalf of the CVRA. She hoped ti run the first of her workshops, making Christmas Wreaths, before Christmas, in the Methodist Church. She had 14 replys to her questionnaires about the proposed CHANT workshop, which is excellent. Thank you Dawn for all your hard work. Discussion followed that perhaps Yvonne Vernon be approached to see if the Marina could be a venue for future workshops.

10.02
Paul has finished 11 QR's. He gave us all copies of the QR's which could be put around the village. They are excellent, excellent in the technology and the content. Thank you Paul for all your hard work. HC will write a letter of information about the History Trail explaining about the QR's and we will distribute the letter with the agenda for the next meeting. Thank you Howard.

10.03
In NWIB, Crooke was awarded level 5, outstanding. Excellent work and dedication from Derek Ken, Mike Thomas, Graham Foster in particular who prepared the village for inspection. Derek and Paul went to Southport to collect the award for the village and found out that Shevington won Gold, thanks to Margaret Carter and her small team and Wigan MBC were also awarded Gold. A picture was taken of all concerned and Paul will put it on the website. Our award will be mounted on the wall along with all the others we have received.

10.04
Pathways around the village were discussed and a programme of work was to be put in place to be carried out in the new year.

10.05
Paul Green was awaiting receipt of Christmas Cards by the end of the week. Then Janette, Christine and Hilda will pack them up so that Paul could go around the village selling them. Thank you Paul again for your dedication to our village. GF will pay £472 for their printing cost.

10.06
The Over 60's Christmas dinner. This will be held on Wednesday 9th December. Paul and Jen will liaise about menu and letter to be distributed, as to who would like to come and what they would like to eat? MT would post these letters through the doors of the village.

10.07
There will be a timetable of events, work to be done, social activities etc., put in place to be carried out in 2016. HC to produce the timetable.

AOB
Steve Tebbit told the meeting that alonmg with a few marked dead trees, there was another dead Asj tree near Lawn's Wood. DK would contact the appropiate people.

Derek wants help to repair the old railings on the other side of the towpath going down to keepers cottage. Dismantling would take place this weekend. Everyone who can help would be very welcome.

The meeting closed at 8.45pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 14th December 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for November 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for October 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th October 2015

Annual General Meeting followed by the Ordinary Meeting

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Dawn Glynn, Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit , Allison Langton Goodchild, Paul Goodchild, Kath Bradley, Joe Shovelton

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Damian Edwardson, Steve Tebbit, Peter Glynn.

Minutes of 2014 AGM Meeting
These minutes had been proposed, seconded and agreed by the November meeting of 2014 as there had been an ordinary meeting after the AGM in 2014.

Matters arising
None

Chairman's Report
Mike said that we as an association had done well again in NWIB and thanked everyone who had helped in any way. He had had a fun year being chairman and enjoyed it immensely.
Then he stood down as chair, and handed the meeting over to Howard. Howard thanked Mike for all Mike’s hard work over the last year.

Treasurer’s Report
Graham thanked Paul Green for his Christmas cards which made £800, a 50% profit. He thanked the Ukelele club for their contribution of £100, and the councillors for the contribution of Brighter Borough money of £600 for the defibrillator.
Then he stood down as treasurer.

Secretary’s Report
She said she had been secretary since 2008 and had enjoyed being secretary for the last 7 years. She was proud to live in Crooke and of all the work the Association did.
Then she stood down.

Project Officer’s Report
Derek gave his report in the ordinary meeting after the AGM. MTh thanked DK for being Project Officer and as this was not an elected role MTh asked if he would continue doing this valuable job. DK accepted this request.

Election of New Committee Members
After some considerable discussion regarding the Chairman’s position and the vice chair position, it was proposed by Paul Goodchild that Mike Thomas remain as chair for the time being and that Howard would take over as chair and Mike would become vice chair, when Howard had fewer work commitments which would be at the beginning of 2016. This was seconded by Dawn Glynn and agreed by all. Kath Bradley thanked everyone for all their hard work.
Mike Thomas asked Graham Foster if he wanted to continue as treasurer. Graham said no, as he felt it should be done by someone who lives in the village.
Again after much discussion Graham agreed to remain as treasurer until another one was found. We would advertise for one in the village. This was proposed by Paul Goodchild, seconded by Kath Bradley and agreed by all.
MTh proposed MT to continue as secretary. As no one else wanted the job she agreed. The proposal was seconded by HC and agreed by all.
Joe Shovelton said how disappointed he was at the poor turnout there was at the meeting.

12th October 2015 Ordinary CVRA Meeting

Minutes of the September Meeting
The minutes of the September Meeting were proposed to be a true and accurate record by DK, seconded by GF and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None

Projects Officer
DK said that 10 council workmen voluntarily on their day off, came to the village on October 1st, to do work around the village. Three or four were painting bridges, and the rest were cutting down grass on the paths. One of them suggested getting slurry to put on the footpaths. It was priced at £1 a metre. Howard said it was 500m around the field, and probably another 100m for smaller paths. The council might fund this. This was a project for next year. They also laid down a load of woodchips on the path to Lawn’s Wood. There was more to be put down.
The Balsam had been cut down successfully with a scythe. This was another job for next year.
CVRA paid £50 for a buffet from Crooke Hall Inn for the workers.

10.01 Deal for Communities.
MT introduced the subject of The Deal for Communities.

This is where Wigan Council promise to:-

Freeze council tax,

Help communities to support each other,

Cut red tape and provide value for money,

Build services around you and your family,

Create opportunities to young people,

Support the local economy to grow,

Listen, be open, honest and friendly,

Believe in our borough.

Our part of this deal is to:-

Recycle more, recycle right,

Get involved in our community,

Get online,

Be healthy and be active,

Help protect children and the vulnerable,

Support our local businesses,

Have our say and tell the council if they get it wrong,

Believe in our borough.

Dawn Glynn then outlined her exciting plan for workshops in the coming year under the umbrella heading CHANT. See attachment. She went on to outline the proposal that we apply for CIF (Communities Investment Fund) under small investments which had to be with the council by the 30th October. MTh proposed that CVRA would give £300 for this project even if our bid was unsuccessful. It was seconded by HC and agreed by all. Discussion followed about the type of workshops, who could be asked to lead the workshops etc. Dawn agreed that she would prepare a questionnaire to be delivered to the village for their ideas, as communication is so vitally important.

10.02 QR History Trail
Paul Green said he had created 6 out of 11 QRs to be placed around the village. Discussion followed about the concept of a History Trail, the positioning of these QRs and the cost of putting them up. Given the importance of communication within the village it was thought that Paul should provide information to be circulated around the village in order to gauge interest. Thanks to Paul for his skills in producing these new technologies. Thanks again to PG for producing a wonderful website. He will put on to the website a page about CHANT.

10.03
Samples of photographs of Crooke Village suitable for making into Christmas Cards were shown and people were invited to choose four so that the most popular ones would be chosen for use. Paul Green would get them prepared and show them to the next meeting. Thanks again to Paul for his skill and commitment to Crooke Village.

AOB
The suggestion box was discussed. Paul Goodchild said he would make one. MTh said he would talk to Krystina Pilkington about the positioning of it beside the notice board. So hopefully it will be put up as soon as possible.

The defibrillator should be in place outside the Crooke Hall Inn before Christmas.

The next litter pick is on Saturday 17th October from 10.00am

The meeting closed at 9.30pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet which was soon demolished!

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 9th November 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for October 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for September 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th September 2015

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Dawn Glynn, Peter Glynn, Graham Foster, Greg Liptrot, Councillors Mike Crosby and Damian Edwardson, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit , Allison Langton Goodchild, Paul Goodchild.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Howard Cain, Kathy Bradley.

Minutes of August Meeting
Paul Green proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Derek Keen and agreed by all.

Matters arising
DE and GF were to talk about the defibulator.

Treasurer’s Report
We presently have £2666.82 in the bank account and £100 in the Petty cash. MTh proposed that 2 x £22 be spent for tickets to the NWIB Presentation do, be given to Paul Green and Derek Keen. Thanks to both these gentlemen for all their work they do around the village. Also a cheque be written for £100 to be spent on plants. This was seconded by MT and agreed by the meeting.

Councillors Reports
DK said that 14 council workmen were coming to the village on October 1st, instead of 17th/18th, September to do work around the village. He asked MTh to cut the footpath edges before they come. DK has been trying to contact Mike Cheers regarding more wood chips. Mike Crosby said he would email him.

DK said that the Balsam had been cut down as much as they could. It will be tackled again next year. A scythe was the best tool for the job!

He mentioned the shrub growth on the Crooke Cruising Club site. MT said she had spoken to the residents there and they were going to trim the shrubs shortly.

DE said that a working group was coming to the ward for a week beginning 12th October, MTh and DK to liaise. DE will deliver leaflets to the pub, to be delivered to the village asking what is needed in Crooke.

DE also talked about the Refugee Rescue Appeal. He said that libraries would accept donations at their premises.

DK thanked Pete Glynn for the waterproofing of the commemorative stone, and for the flowers around the interpretation board.

There had been people seen measuring the unadopted road to the north west of Crooke, leading eventually to Shevington. MC to investigate. Steve Tebbit said that the unadopted road around the Methodist Church had proved a problem in the past, but with the help of all who lived around the nursery and church, funds had been raised and the road had been successfully tarmaced.

MC talked about The Deal, providing funding for projects around the borough. MC was going to send an email to MT who would forward it on to the members of the CVRA.

AOB
Dawn asked that the meeting consider Willow Sculptures being bought for the village. Discussion followed.

DE told us about the 2 arts festivals held in the last 2 years. Children had attended workshops and produced 2 beautiful mosaics for the Shevington Library wall, the first being done with the theme of WW1, and the second, Kids in bloom. Next year the theme would be based around mining and mining heritage.

It was agreed that this should be put on the agenda for the next meeting. In the meantime, MC would email MT information about workshops happening in the next few weeks in the Wigan area. Dawn wants to attend and MT will go with her.

Dawn raised the issue of the village having a mission statement. Discussion followed and she agreed to write a pro forma to be discussed at the next meeting. Paul Goodchild raised the issue about a suggestion box being put at the bottom of the mission statement. The actual suggestion box is still being considered. This will be discussed at the next meeting. Paul and Dawn thank you for your suggestions.

Website
Paul Green said he was creating 11 QRs to be placed around the village. He would take them to the next meeting where the positioning of them would be discussed. Thanks again to PG for producing a wonderful website.

The next litter pick has yet to be arranged.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be the AGM. The committee members will deliver their annual reports. Existing members of the committee will step down and a new committee will be elected. If there is time, there will be a general meeting after the AGM. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Date 12th October 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for September 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for August 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th August 2015

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Joe Shovelton, Kathy Bradley, Doris Williams, Daniel Edwardson, Michael Crosby, Jim Haynes, Steve Tebbit, Anne Parkinson, Morag Tebbit, Norman Hart, Alan Coleman, Bradley Coleman.

Apologies from
Paul Collins, Graham Foster.

Minutes of July Meeting
With the amendment made by HC of ST saying that there were no herons left near the tow path, which was referred to Kev Topping, K B proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Doris Williams and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer’s Report
GF was not present.

Councillors Reports
Damian Edwardson said that the councillors were about to purchase the defibulator when GF gets back and placed in the Crooke Hall pub. He would give training, but it was also noted that Alison Goodchild had offered to be a trainer. DW asked about backup batteries, but as the Ambulance service will always be involved when the defibulator is used, they would check the batteries as a matter of course. They would have a form to fill in and report back to the councillors. DE would inform them when the defib was in situ.

Mike Crosby said he had been in communication with the lady who had complained about the trimming of the hedge between the road coming into the village and the open field near the play park. She had complained about her privacy had been challenged. It was agreed at a previous meeting that the hedge would be left for the remaining months of the year. But as NWIB was approaching it was deemed necessary to trim again, branches which were encroaching the pavement and proving to be dangerous. MC had suggested she grow her own hedge in her garden to provide extra privacy. But it was agreed at the meeting that no further trimming was to happen this year. JS said that DK and PG had done a cracking job in keeping the village tidy. He suggested that the council who was responsible for the cutting of the grass, etc should be left to do their job.

MTh said he had been approached by another lady, Brenda Tyrer, in the village, who wanted her hedge trimmed. He said he would.

Vice Chair’s Report.
HC said that he changed the agenda to make it more meaningful. He apologised for putting on 2 coffee mornings at the church instead of just the one.

Secretary’s Report.
MT apologised for her absence due to family illness. She thanked the small core of DK, PG and anyone else who had been a part of the group who got the village ready for NWIB. There was discussion about the Himalayan Balsam, especially in Lawn’s Wood, and it was agreed that it should be cut down asap as it was flowering and about to scatter its seeds. HC said a date should be arranged. The date of 22nd August from 10.00am was agreed. MTh would get the strimmers and service them. But as it was felt that sooner was better anyone who felt they could cut the Balsam down should do it and the date of 22nd August would be a general tidy up day to which everyone would be invited. This date will be put up on the village notice board. (MT)

Projects Officer’s Report
8.01.

MTh said the events of the last meeting regarding the projects officer should be not exactly forgotten, but lessons should be learned and asked if DK would reconsider his resignation of this voluntary office. ST asked if MTh was making a proposal that DK would be asked to reconsider. MTh proposed then, that DK stay on as projects officer, Alan Coleman seconded the proposal. And all agreed. Thank you very much for all your hard work and care, DK.

8.02

Doris Williams suggested having a village suggestion box. The siting of it was discussed. Next to the notice board was suggested and agreed. MTh was to ask the permission of the Parish council, who owned the notice board. It was proposed that HC and MTh be responsible for procuring it and placing it., proposed by PG, seconded by NH, and agreed by all.

8.03

JH said that Adactus had initially been involved in the discussion of the allotment and had given a grant of £1000 to be specifically used in the allotment project. As they were not involved at the moment HC agreed that the allotment should be taken off the agenda.

8.04

It was agreed that the discussion of the constitution and Any Other Business should be left to the AG meeting to be held in October. DW asked if the constitution could be put on the village noticeboard. The constitution is already on the Crooke website, thank you Paul. Everyone has access to it and should read it prior to the October meeting.

8.05

KB started a discussion about the village website, enquiring if a separate CVRA site should be created. Discussion followed and in conclusion, PG would just add the agenda to the website, prior to the meeting. He archives the minutes already. KB and DW both offered their expertise in web construction. Thank you both. NH said that already MT hand delivers prior to the meeting agendas. Thank you HC and MT. It was concluded that the website should not be interactive.

PG drew our attention to a QR which with a computer app on your phone etc, be connected to the website. JH said it was not the same as the individual QRs he had proposed when he was chair, to be placed at different places in the village, eg the information board at the site of the Tippler.

A litter pick/ Cutting down of Himalayan Balsam was arranged for 22nd August, commencing 10.00am. KB will let everyone know which it is to be.

The meeting closed at 8.45pm, followed by a slide show of Anne’s excellent celebration of life party.

Date of Next Meeting
Next Meeting 14th September 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for August 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th July 2015

Attendees
Mike Thomas                      Paul Green                           Paul Goodchild                      Elizabeth Snowden

Howard Cain                      Chris Keen                           Alison Goodchild                    Anne Parkinson

Derek Keen                        Kathy Bradley                      Doris Williams                       Steve Tebbit

Graham Foster

Apologies from
Morag Tebbit                      Paul Collins                      Damian Edwardson

Mike Crosby                       Paul Liptrot                      Francesca & family

Minutes of June Meeting
Howard Cain proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Paul Green and agreed by all.

Matters arising
The problem with parking on the corner by no. 43 Crooke had been raised with the local council. The damaged manhole cover has been replaced but Howard advised that the council does not plan any further changes or road markings. Where inconsiderate parking is noted it must be raised directly with the car owners.

On the separate matter of traffic circulation around the church green the council advised that as the road is in private hands it must be taken up with the relevant landowner(s).

Graham advised that a grant of £630 towards the defibrillator has now been received. Concerns were raised over the difficulty of siting the defibrillator in an external location. Graham will contact Mike Crosby regarding purchase and siting of the equipment in Crooke Hall Inn. Doris Williams has offered to check on the price and training available for use of the defibrillator.

Additional work was carried out by village volunteers to weed the main pedestrian areas and cut and rake the grass adjacent to Crooke Hall Inn. A litter pick was also carried out.

DK confirmed that Channel 4 will provide a DVD of the episode of "Walking Through History" that includes a visit to Crooke Village so that it can be shown at the Shevington Fete. PG has advertised the fete on the Crooke Village website.

The kerbing issue was added to the projects list (13).

Treasurer’s Report
Bank account                 £2666.82                 - includes £630 defibrillator grant

Petty cash                           £5.41

Total                             £2672.23

Projects Officer’s Report
No. 2 - The shed roof repair remains outstanding. Mike Thomas agreed to undertake the work himself and bill CVRA for materials.

No. 4 - The Crooke Village allotment had been strimmed and some materials from the dismantled canalside ‘landing stage’ had been placed on the site to use for future raised beds. The materials were delivered using the alley next to no. 57 Crooke. Paul Goodchild raised an objection to using this access as it had been agreed that access would be via the playing field to the rear of the allotment. Paul will speak with Adactus about installing a gate to improve security and restrict non-resident access.

Furthermore the materials has been moved by persons unknown and stood in a dangerous position overhanging the alleyway. Howard and Alison had moved them to a safer position.

No. 5 – Work was undertaken by Wigan council volunteers to cut back some of the path edges around the park. Additional work was carried out by CVRA volunteers but much of the path remains to be done.

No. 9 – The balsam in Lawns Wood remains a persistent problem and all CVRA volunteers were asked to help out on Saturday 18th July if available or whenever they have spare time.

No. 10 – Wild flowers were sown around the interpretation board. This project is now complete.

No. 12 – The bridge painting has been partly completed.

No. 13 – The kerbing on the unadopted road from 99 onwards has been added to the projects list. The turning of vehicles continues to disturb the kerb stones which need to be properly set.

North West in Bloom
Derek briefly described the NWIB judging visit and had explained to the judges that due to the early date some projects such as the path edging were still work in progress.

Derek also expressed his concerns at the lack of support from the village for the efforts being made for this year’s competition. Kathy, Doris and others recognised the efforts made by Derek and Paul especially.

There was a discussion around the trimming of hedges between the road and the park opposite the marina. Howard commented that though many people agreed that the hedges looked much better it had been agreed at the March CVRA meeting that no further trimming would take place.

Derek confirmed that he had chosen to trim them, on his own initiative, with the NWIB judging in mind. Paul Green explained that he had contacted the council, as a local resident, to see if they would undertake ongoing trimming of the hedges.

CVRA Constitution and Procedures
As neither of the actions taken by Derek or Paul regarding the hedges were done through the CVRA it led to a further discussion around the CVRA agenda, how residents can be properly informed, how AOB should be treated, and the correct CVRA voting arrangements.

To help prevent similar issues arising Howard proposed that the CVRA should reconsider and clarify its constitution. He proposed to prepare a draft of a revised constitution that could form the basis for further discussion at a later CVRA meeting. The proposal was seconded by Paul Green.

A second proposal brought forward by Howard to consider creating an annual action plan for the village was not supported on the basis that the projects list could be suitably amended.

To enhance the involvement of residents in the CVRA and ultimately increase their involvement in community actions Doris proposed a number of ideas.

          1.  Enhancement to the agenda to include a brief description of the issue and its background – Howard will                make the necessary changes for August.

          2.  A village suggestion box – to be included in the August agenda.

          3.  An easier way for people to get involved on an ad-hoc basis – possible changes to the projects list and                a more widely distributed volunteer list – KB to action.

Crooke Village Allotment
Howard raised the issue of the allotment to try and find the best way forward for this project. The council had previously confirmed that there was no ‘waiting list’ for the allotment and their preference is for a community based approach.

It was agreed that Paul and Alison (and others) may have an ongoing dispute with the council but this should not stop plans being drawn up for the future of the allotment. Howard proposed that residents be encouraged to bring forward specific plans for developing the allotment being sympathetic to the properties it adjoins.

The discussion quickly broke down into a more general argument about personal interests, support for village improvement activity and lack of support for NWIB. Derek announced his resignation as Projects Officer and left the meeting.

The meeting closed at 9.25pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 10th August 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for July 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th June 2015

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Dawn Glynn, Tim Glynn, Gronata Boin, Graham Foster, Joe Shovelton, Greg Liptrot, Kathy Bradley, Kev Topping, Councillor Chris Horridge.

Apologies from
Mike Thomas, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Peter Glynn, Paul Collins, Alison Goodchild, Paul Goodchild, Damian Edwardson.

Minutes of May Meeting
Chris Keen proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Joe Shovelton and agreed by all.

Matters arising
The problem with inconsiderate parking by some residents in Crooke was discussed. Howard will find out if anything can be done about this by contacting the PCSO's who may be able to have a word with the people concerned.

Howard said that Wigan Council will be cutting the grass in readiness for the judging for North West In Bloom.

Howard apologized for the fact that the Crooke Church Fete hadn't been put on the notice board, it is taking place on 4th July 2015.

Derek Keen asked that Paul Green advertise the upcoming Shevington Fete on the Crooke website. It takes place on 1st August 2015.

Treasurer’s Report
We presently have £2122 in the bank account and £125 in the Petty cash. A lawn edging machine has been bought for £225 and £50 is going to Derek Keen to buy plants etc. for North West In Bloom.

Projects
Joe says that the flower pots in the village need tidying up and replanting for the North West In Bloom competition.

Derek has applied to Channel 4 regarding the episode of "Walking Through History" that includes a visit to Crooke Village so that it can be shown at the Shevington Fete. He was having problems applying for permission but is awaiting a reply.

A lot of work was carried out in the village by a group of residents. The weeds were sprayed with weed killer, the grass near the Interpretation Board was strimmed and a litter pick took place. Chippings were also spread on the path in Lawns Wood. We will need volunteers to pull the balsam in the wood.

On 18th June 2015 Nick from Wigan Council will be coming to Crooke with some volunteers to help with the tidying up work. Derek asked Greg would it be alright if refreshments could be served in the pub and if the volunteers could use the toilet facilities. Greg agreed that that would be OK.

Mike and Derek attended a meeting with Wigan Council where a donation of gardening tools was offered to the CVRA. These were kindly donated by Bulldog Tools and included loppers, a spade, secateurs etc.

The roof on the CVRA tool storage shed is still in need of repair. A vote was taken to go ahead with this work. We will need to get some prices for materials.

Greg has some wood preserver to paint onto the fence at the side of the pub. Kathy is going to contact people by email to get some volunteers to do this job. The date agreed is 13th June 2015 at 10am weather permitting.

Wild flowers are to be sown near the Interpretation Board and we need to get some plants for this area as it is now looking bare.

Kathy suggested that Jim Haynes may be able to help us with grants from Adactus but it was pointed out that we have funds in the bank so they might be reluctant to give us anything until that is spent. Kathy also suggested that we put prices against jobs on the projects list.

The job with the kerbs at the front of 99 Crooke needs to be added to the Projects List.

Mike is going to contact Matt Taylor from the Canal & Rivers Trust about painting the bridge over the canal.

Allotment

It was pointed out that no work had taken place on the allotment . Graham said that we need to clarify with Wigan Council that all disputes over the land have been resolved. Howard is going to get in touch with the Council for an update. We will need to contact the residents in the village to ask for options and ideas for this land.

Joe raised the question about access to the allotment. He asked have we got permission to go over the field to the entrance. Howard will ask the nursery for permission.

Give Wildlife a Chance

Kev Topping spoke about the crimes against Wildlife in Otters Croft and Crooke Woods. He asked that people report any suspicious behaviour in these woods as recently two deer had been shot. He also said that the long eared bat population was down since the building of the new housing estate at the end of Vicarage Lane and he along with other volunteers are going to monitor the bats. He spoke about the need to protect our wildlife and would appreciate more volunteers for his group. He needs a team to clean up the woods and suggested that Winter might be the best time for this to take place when all the foliage has died down. He handed out some leaflets which are going to be posted through the letter boxes in the village and he will put up some signs around the village.

AOB
Graham said that the grant for the defibrillator is now going through.

Paul Green said that a man named David Gore had been in touch after seeing the website. He now resides in Sydney, Australia but was doing family research and found that his ancestors had lived in Crooke and had built some of the houses. Paul had offered to take David and his cousin Mary on a tour of the village and he will provide help with stories and pictures of the history of the village.

We will try to get to Moss Bank Nurseries a little earlier this year for plants for the NWIB.

Paul Green has produced a booklet for the judges of NWIB showing all the work done in the village since the start of the Crooke Residents Association.

Howard suggested that we have a Summer Picnic where people could bring their own food and play games etc.

The next litter pick will take place on 5th July 2015.

The meeting closed at 8.45pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 13th July 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for June 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th May 2015

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Peter Glynn, Tim Glynn, Dawn Glynn, Greg Liptrot, Steve Tebbit, Joseph Shovelton, Mike Thomas , Morag Tebbit, Mike Crosby, Paul Collins, Paul Crook, Isabella Crook, Francesca Rapp, John Boin, Elizabeth Snowden, Jan Green, Paul Green, Alan and Jacklyne Coleman

Apologies from
Graham Foster, Damian Edwardson.

Minutes of April Meeting
Paul Green and Jan Green had sent their apologies as they could not attend the meeting but the secretary forgot to relay them to the meeting. Christine Keen then proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Stephen Tebbit and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Mike Crosby said he had not been given any jobs to do from the last meeting. Howard Cain apologised for not getting in touch due to family illness and work commitments. The matter will be addressed under councillor’s reports.

Treasurer’s Report
There was none as treasurer was not present.

Reports from councillors
Mike Crosby told the meeting the good news that Paul Collins had been re-elected as a ward councillor with a staggering total of over 2700 votes. Mike Thomas said congratulations to Paul and the entire company agreed. Mike Crosby went on to say that he has known Paul for 5 years, and he has shown himself to be a good colleague and good friend. Mike carried on saying that they work well as a team, with Damian Edwardson. They treat everyone the same regardless what politics they follow. They work for everyone in the ward. He carried on by saying that they also worked well with Paul Liptrot and that it was good that the team had stayed together. In the March meeting it had been said that the farmer had let the fields take over the footpath. Mike had found out that the width of a footpath was a metre and that was what the footpath was. Joe Shovelton said it had been a car’s width. But the width it is now is legally correct. Discussion followed about various issues regarding the fields and a number of farmers and owners were involved. Mike Crosby will reopen the issue of the footpath again.

Mike carried on by saying that the painting of the footbridge near Lawns Wood had been started and would be finished. He will also deal with the netting on the bridge. Mike also mentioned the defribulator not having been accessed, M Th to prompt Graham Foster on this issue.

Paul Collins thanked everyone who had voted for him. He and the other councillors were working together to tackle the litter problem and the dog fouling problem, saying that they wanted to educate the people by increased signage in the area. Using enforcement would prove difficult and probably be counterproductive.

Projects
Derek introduced Francesca and John, Alan and Jacklyne, and Paul and Isabella

The spraying of the weeds in the village had not been done due to the inclement weather but will be done as soon as possible.

MTh has a machine that would be a great time saver when the path edges round the field are cut back. This will be done on Saturday 16th May from 10.00.

Derek and Paul had re-turfed the area round the Jubilee Stone. It looks really good. MTh said if anyone wanted to plant flowers, seeds, anywhere in the village, please do. Paul Green mentioned the disrepair of the cobbles near the stone. MTh said he would look into this.

Derek explained to the newcomers about NWIB. It was decided that the preparations for getting ready for NWIB should go on next month’s agenda.

AOB
Paul Crook introduced himself saying he was interested in buying the grassy area near the canal. He assured the meeting that no building would be done. The only thing that would be done with this land was that it would be kept neat and tidy. He worked with young people, mentioned the canoeing club which used the canal and said that he would use that area for similar purposes.

Alan Coleman said the fence between the tow path and his property was in grave disrepair. As this was the property of the Canal and River Trust MTh would liaise with them through Matt to rectify this problem.

Derek Keen said that over hanging branches of a tree had been pruned in the Ancient Woods, but this was to allow growth in the farmer’s field. MTh was to investigate this matter with Andy Smallshaw’s help, as tree preservation rules might apply, and it was on Parish council owned land. Andy Smallshaw was already coming to see the trees on the triangle near the sheds as they were dying from Dutch Elm disease. They need to be chopped down and replaced like for like.

The meeting closed at 7.55pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Parking was discussed. Paul Collins said that if we liked, we could let the councillors know that we had had anonymous complaints about the parking of cars on pavements, thus obstructing pavement users. Then the councillors would try and deal with it. Perhaps we could talk to the people first. Parking in the village is a problem as the way cars are parked, emergency vehicles such as fire engines could not access the village.

Paul Green said the council had taken the rubbish away, collected at the last litter pick. He had asked for gloves and bags to be delivered to Derek Keen’s in preparation for the next litter pick.

Steve (from house no 49) will cut the grass in the allotment. Thank you, Steve.

The brewery should be tackling the pub fence on Tuesday.

The meeting closed at 8.45pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 8th June 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for May 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for April 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th April 2015

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Peter Glynn, Tim Glynn, Dawn Glynn, Greg Liptrot, Steve Tebbit, Kathy Bradley, Joseph Shovelton, Mike Thomas (part time), Morag Tebbit, Elsie Heaton, Alison Langton Goodchild, Paul Goodchild, Trisha Calderbank, Alex Calderbank.

Apologies from
Graham Foster, Sandra Musgrove, Mike Crosby, Paul Collins , Damian Edwardson, Paul Liptrot, Norman Hart, Hilda Snowden, Alan Coleman, Mike Smith, Jim Haynes.

Minutes of March Meeting
Christine Keen proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Derek Keen and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Steve Tebbit said that the fence between the church and the nursery had been repaired that morning.

Treasurer’s Report
There was none as treasurer was not present.

Reports from councillors
None present.

Projects
1) Repair shed roof to stop ingress of water. This was agreed to be done asap when the weather became drier. The council was going to give us a grant for the materials for the roof but we have the materials. So DK will ask if the grant money could be used for a cutting edge machine instead, costing about £200.

2) Cutting back the sides of the footpaths was a task to be done in the next fortnight. A date will be arranged.

3) The painting of the fence alongside the Crooke Hall Inn will be done by CVRA volunteers with the materials supplied by the brewery. The deadline for this was end of June as NWIB was coming to inspect. This was still to happen.

4) The desilting of the ponds in Lawn’s Wood was to be deferred. Part of the land involved is owned by a Mr Houghton. The owner’s father said his son was unhappy about any activity happening round the pond. So nothing will be done at the moment. HC will enquire of the councillors where this stands with the Beat It team or Groundwork.

5) The Himalayan Balsam in Lawn’s Wood will be cut down just before the seeds disperse in the summer.

6) More wild flowers (poppies) will be sown.

7) DK and group will go round the village spraying weeds on the 25th April at 10 am. A litter pick will be arranged for that day.

8) Paint for the bridge was still being waited on from CRT. DK will remind the CRT.

DK and his small team work so hard for the village and deserve much praise.

Kath Bradley has asked people to help in village activities and has been able to produce a list of willing helpers. Thank you Kath.

MT will put a notice in the noticeboard regarding the spraying of the village ‘s weeds and the litter pick to be done from 10 am on Saturday the 25th April.

AOB
DK said that the netting on the bridge going on to the main road, sited at the Lawn’s Wood side of the field was dangerous and needed repairing. HC will inform the councillors.

Greg Liptrot informed the meeting that Sandra Musgrove had asked that a bench with a plaque be erected in memory of Brian, her husband. The boaters have raised money for this, and the village will also be involved. Trisha Calderwood did not want this bench to be erected opposite her house but Greg said it would be put in the pub car park. Trisha also mentioned too high shrubs obscuring her view of the canal. HC will ask the councillors if they could be trimmed.

JS mentioned the illegal signs of “Private No Parking” These will be quietly taken down.

HC expressed his disquiet about the car parking at the corner of Crooke Road by the notice board. Cars were jutting out making the road dangerous. HC will talk discreetly with the owners of the cars, explaining the dangers that are in place because of the positioning of the parked cars.

Christine Keen and a number of other residents were worried about the presence of a group of teenagers arriving from outside the village, especially at the weekend. When approaching the group, the young people got quite abusive to Christine and the group of residents she was with. They had phoned 121 but had had no real response from the police. MT will phone the PCSOs explaining our concerns.

HC will put the names and contact details of the PCSOs on the next agenda. Their details are on the village notice board.

Congratulations were expressed to Alison and Paul on their wedding on the 29th March in the Lake District. The photos were lovely.

The meeting closed at 7.55pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 11th May 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for April 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 9th March 2015

Howard welcomed all to the meeting in the absence of Mike Thomas.

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Peter Glynn, Greg Liptrot, Steve Tebbit, Kathy Bradley, Sheila Milnes, Marlaine Whitham, Sandra Makin, Paula Richmond, Joseph Shovelton, Wendy Williams, Martin Flanagan, Mike Smith, Damian Edwardson, Mike Crosby.

Apologies from
Sandra Musgrove, Paul Liptrot, Norman Hart, Paul Collins, Dawn Glynn.

Minutes of February Meeting
Christine Keen proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Paul Green and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Kath Bradley is beginning to put together a list of people willing to help in projects. Hopefully lots of people will put their names down.

Treasurer’s Report
Graham just mentioned that he was going to renew the public liability insurance, at just under £80.

Shevington Fete
The date of the Fete has been arranged at the Shevington Parish Council meeting, for Saturday the 1st of August, 11am to 4pm.

Projects
1) Finish cutting hedges at the side of the park. Paula Richmond and Sandra Makin both said that the hedges had been trimmed too much and it was detrimental to the privacy in the Richmonds’ garden. After some discussion it was felt that enough trimming had been done for this year and to leave the hedges to grow back. Thanks to Paul and Derek for their time and effort in making Crooke a tidier place.

2) Repair shed roof to stop ingress of water. This was agreed to be done asap.

3) Prune trees around park This was agreed to be left for this year.

4) It was agreed by the meeting that The Crooke Village Allotment was to be generally tidied up, and later in the spring/summer there would be an investigation started on the presence/absence of toads. As yet the future of the allotment was still undecided.

5) Cutting back the sides of the footpaths was a task to be done in the next fortnight. A date will be arranged.

6) The painting of the fence alongside the Crooke Hall Inn will be done by CVRA volunteers with the materials supplied by the brewery. The deadline for this was end of June as NWIB was coming to inspect.

7) The desilting of the ponds in Lawn’s Wood was to be deferred. Discussion followed as to who owned said ponds. Mike Smith said that the steps were getting quite dangerous. Mike Crosby and Damian Edwardson have taken on board these problems and will approach the Beat it Team and Groundwork.

8) The creating of the barge floral unit was a non starter for the church Steve Tebbit said, as it would encroach on the space for events on that grassy area. DK mentioned a clock had been suggested to the church but again the church said it would not be a good idea as the upkeep would be too much and problems had emerged in another of John Hilton’s churches, regarding the clocks not keeping time. Other places were discussed for the putting of flowers, eg the walkway where the railway line had gone. Flowers had been planted last year but had not survived as it was too shady. Flowers could not be planted round the Millennium Stone as it was too shady and had poor soil.

9) The Himalayan Balsam in Lawn’s Wood would be cut down just before the seeds disperse in the Summer.

10) Wild flowers will be planted round the interpretation board. And also wild flower seeds will be scattered on any bare pieces of land.

11) DK and group will go round the village spraying weeds in April.

12) Paint for the bridge was still being waited on from CRT.

13) The Millennium Stone will be treated later in the year.

Derek has done a list of work that needs doing in the village. DK and his small team who work so hard for the village deserve much praise.

Councillors Reports
Mike Crosby said he would email DK about the Beat It team etc and the work needed to be done. He apologised for the lack of councillors attending the recent meetings but they had other meetings to attend on Monday nights. Mike also said that the defibulator still had not been accessed. GF said that he tried on numerous occasions but was unable to register on the site even with the help of Paula Clisham. MC would investigate. There was to be a Borough Wide Clean up in the week beginning 21st March organised by Keep Britain Tidy in conjunction with Wigan. In Shevington people were asked to meet at Shevington Library at 10 am on the 21st March. MT will put notice up in Crooke noticeboard advertising this event. MC will also chase up concerns about the bridle path from Crooke to Shevington regarding trees being cut too far back in some places and the farmer taking over the footpath in other places.

AOB
Joe Shovelton mentioned the horrendous barbed wire round a site on the outskirts of the village. This barbed wire is supposed to be being replaced by hedges soon.

Sandra Makin mentioned the fence between the nursery and the church was down. She and Derek Keen had approached Wigan Council for it to be repaired but nothing has happened. In November of last year loads of massive fireworks had been set off and there was lots of debris left. MC was going to ask the Parks department. She also asked the councillors if they could approach the nursery staff to ask them not to park in that area.

Sheila Milnes from the Shevington and District Community Association asked the people at the meeting to approach our councillors who were always willing to help.

Marlaine Whitham from the SDCA presented an achievement award to the secretary of CVRA. The secretary was shocked to have been nominated, but was delighted to accept. She was humbled by the award and at the time did not say much. But in reflection she feels that it was an honour to be nominated for an achievement award and is really delighted to accept it, especially while she is doing something for Crooke, the village she has come to love. Thanks to those who put her name forward.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 13th April 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for March 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for February 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 9th February 2015

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Paul Goodchild, Allison Langton, Peter Glynn, Dawn Glynn, Greg Liptrot, Steve Tebbit, Kathy Bradley, Alan Coleman, Matt Taylor.

Apologies from
Morag Tebbit, Sandra Musgrove, Paul Liptrot, Norman Hart, Paul Collins, Graham Foster, Mandy (no. 83).

Minutes of January Meeting
Howard Cain proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Derek Keen and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Paul Green and Derek Keen had trimmed the hedges to the level of the fence on the roadside near to the children’s playground. Well done to both.

Treasurer’s Report
No report, Treasurer not present.

Canal and River Trust
Matt Taylor from the Canal and River Trust attended the meeting to tell us what was involved in volunteering for the Canal and River Trust. He said that there is either an Adoption Scheme or a Partnership. Kathy Bradley asked what is the difference between the two schemes. Matt explained that the Partnership would be on a less formal basis but with the Community Adoption it formalizes the agreement with them for any work undertaken by us. We would have to sign forms and would have a set area along the canal to work on and training and materials would be provided. We would need to report to Matt when we do any work and they will also provide Risk Assessments and Health and Safety advice. If we choose to join there would be a 12 month timeline and when this expires we would be able to rejoin if we wanted to. He will also speak to the T.A. regarding volunteers to work with us on future projects. Matt is leaving a brochure for us to read regarding the scheme.

Allison Langton and Paul Goodchild asked if something can be done to the part of the canal bank just beyond the pipe bridge as it is like a quagmire at the moment and never seems to dry out fully even in good weather. Matt said that he will have a word with the Enterprise Scheme to see if he can get some funding for the necessary works to be done. He is going try and get some answers about the repairs that need doing to bridge 47 in Crooke. He says that we can contact him if we see any work that needs attending to.

Shevington Fete
The arrangements for the Fete haven’t been discussed at the Shevington Parish Council meeting yet. Mike Thomas will keep us informed.

Projects
Derek has done a list of work that needs doing in the village. Kathy Bradley says that we also need a list of jobs that have been mentioned at previous meetings but haven’t been attended to. This list of tasks will be presented at the next meeting for discussion. Kathy is also going to do a list of people who wish to get involved in the work in the village.

A litter pick was arranged for Saturday 21th February, weather permitting.

AOB
Mandy from number 83 has had a fall that required a hip replacement and has asked if we can assist in getting her a ground floor flat. Jim Haynes does some work with Adactus Housing so he will be contacted to see if he can help.

Paul Green suggested that a new drain be sunk at the bottom of the footpath near to the playground where it ponds and a pipe leading from there to the stream to help drain the waterlogged ground there behind the hedge. Steve Tebbit says that the existing drain is there but it is blocked. We will ask the Ward Councillors for help on this. Paul also says that Lawns Wood needs some more woodchip on the footpaths. Derek Keen will order some more.

The meeting closed at 8.10pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 9th March 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for February 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for January 2015

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 12th January 2015

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Paul Goodchild, Alison Langton, Joe Shovelton, Graham Foster, Sandra Musgrove, Peter Glynn, Dawn Glynn, Greg Liptrot.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Kath Cain.

Welcome to new village residents
Peter and Dawn Glynn were welcomed to the village.

Minutes of December Meeting
Christine Keen proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Paul Green and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Mike Thomas said that the problems with the stream adjacent to the children’s park were now resolved.

Treasurer’s Report
We have £2300 in the CVRA bank account and £155 in the petty cash. Sums of £80 for Public Liability insurance, £500 for the Christmas Cards for 2015 and £200 for the Over 60’s Christmas Lunch 2015 have been set aside.

Projects
Derek Keen said that nothing had been done in the village because of the weather. Derek then went on to propose several things that needed doing when the weather improved.

The loose kerbstones that had been laid between numbers 99a to 101 need concreting into place. Cars are turning around there and displacing them. We would need sand, cement, and a machine to do the road plainings. Joe Shovelton thinks that stones on the road wouldn’t bed in but road plainings would be suitable. We will need to look at the cost of doing this work. Mike Thomas will ring Paul Collins to see if something can be done about the footpath in the same area as it is in a poor condition.

The hedges opposite the Marina need trimming down to the level of the fence. This will give a clearer view of the children playing in the park from the road.

There are two trees lying over the pathway in Lawns wood. Mike Thomas will go down with a chainsaw to remove these.

Mr. Taylor from the Canal and Rivers Trust has said that they will provide the materials and paint to make good the fence at the front of 100, Crooke.

The fence at the side of the pub needs a fresh coat of weather protection. This will be a project for the better weather.

Work in preparation for the North West in Bloom competition needs to start earlier this year as it was left a little too late last year.

A litter pick was arranged for Saturday 17th January, weather permitting.

New Neighbour Welcoming Pack
Howard Cain asked if we have one. It was said that Paul Green produced one previously but it was only used a couple of times. Paul Green will sort out a new welcome pack.

A.O.B
A donation of £50 was made to Macmillan in memory of Brian Musgrove on behalf of the CVRA.

Graham has tried to log in to the website to apply for the grant for the defibrillator but hasn’t been successful. He will try again with Greg Liptrot’s details.

Paul Green says that we need to finish work on the tool shed. We will put it on the schedule.

It was asked if we had ever had any organised events in the village. Up to now we have always piggybacked with other organisations apart from the Over 60’s Christmas lunch. If anyone has any ideas for future events please bring them up at the next meeting.

The meeting closed at 8.10pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 9th Februrary 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for January 2015.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for December 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th December 2014

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Steve Tebbit, Paul Goodchild, Alison Langton, Joe Shovelton, Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Alex Cornish, Greg Liptrot

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Sandra Musgrove, Paul Liptrot, Howard Cain.

Minutes of November Meeting
After, under the heading of The Shed, the word “acquiring” was changed to “recovering”, Graham Foster proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Steve Tebbit and agreed by all.

Chair’s Report
Mike Thomas told the meeting that Brian Musgrove had sadly died after a not so long illness. He said Brian was a stalwart. We must remember him as a good laugh, rebel, b….. and a gentleman. He will be missed. Chris told the meeting that his funeral will be held at Ince Crematorium on Friday 12th December at 2pm, and after in the Cellar Bar at Crooke Hall Inn. Sandra thanks everyone for their good wishes and asks that donations could be sent to MacMillan nurses in lieu of flowers. MTh proposed, and seconded by DK, that CVRA will send a donation of £50.

Treasurer’s Report
GF said that Jen had told him that the Ukelele club had donated £100 to the CVRA. They wanted to thank the village for putting up with them and wanted to put something back in to the village. We thank the Ukelele club very much. GF will gave a card to Greg saying thank you.

Seniors Dinner
The Seniors Christmas lunch will take place on 10th December 2014. Between 18 and 20 seniors will be attending. Graham Foster, M Thomas and Alison Thomas will be helping serve the lunch. There will be dvd, bingo, and a quiz provided by Jan Green. Sounds as if it will be great fun.

Defibrillator
GF still has not been able to go on the Wigan website to acquire the defibrillator. It is not recognising the password. MTh will contact Paul Collins. Allison Langton is trained in using the machine. Thank you very much for offering your services, Allison. The defibrillator will be situated in the Crooke Hall Inn.

Shed
MTh said it would take only a couple of hours to make it usable.

Allotment
For the time being CVRA will continue to keep it tidy. MTh and PG found that there was a path under the undergrowth, but a frost had stopped them doing further tidying of the site.

A.O.B
Paul Green said that he had sold £920 gross worth of Christmas cards, giving a profit of £491.20. Everyone congratulated Paul on this magnificent achievement. He had also sold a Smartwater product to the family at 100 Crooke village.

The damming of the stream was discussed. The actual damming creates more flooding than if it had been left. There were a number of new ponds near the play area, so parents have to be more aware of the dangers these ponds created. The amount of dredged material had been dumped under the hedge where the grass cuttings were put. ST said that a proper grill should be put in place with bars at 45 degrees which would hold back debris and let water flow easily.

ST said that the phone call to the Canal and River Trust regarding the fallen tree on the tow path had prompted an immediate response. This was a priority as it was blocking the tow path. They came the next day to chop the tree up and remove it from the tow path.

Discussion about the timing of the meeting of the meeting on a Monday followed. The ward councillors found it difficult to attend the CVRA meeting as they had to attend council meetings on a Monday. But if asked especially, one would attend our meeting. They were in Shevington Library every Saturday and of course could be contacted by phone or email. So it was decided to leave the meeting on a Monday night.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 12th Janurary 2015 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for December 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for November 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th November 2014

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Steve Tebbit, Dorothy Byrne, Paul Goodchild, Joe Shovelton, Graham Foster, Martin Flanagan, Wendy Williams, PCSO 63314 Higham, PCSO 69360 Stacey Whitehouse, PC 14392 Sean O’Connor.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Morag Tebbit, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Alison Langton, Paul Liptrot.

PCSO’s
Derek Keen invited the Community Police to the meeting to discuss issues in the Crooke area.

PC Sean O’Connor spoke about preventative measures that were taken by the Police on Halloween and Bonfire nights regarding shed break ins etc.

Mike Thomas said that there had been an incident on his land recently which has now been resolved and Derek Keen was concerned about an electric bike that was being ridden through the village. Sean said then said that all incidents should be reported to them and for an incident that is taking place at that moment 999 should be called.

Sean then asked if there were any further concerns with the people living on the boats. It was said that parking on the grass was a problem and also the smoke coming from the boats.

Matters arising
Mike Thomas reminded the members that at the last meeting it had been mentioned that in the stream near to the park some barriers had been erected. When Mike spoke to the man responsible for building the barriers he said that there had been no objections by the authorities. There is now ponding where these dams are that could be detrimental to the children that play in the park. Mike said that he would talk to the ward councillors concerning this.

There is a tree down on the canal bank walking towards Appley Bridge. It was agreed to meet up on Saturday morning to attempt its removal.

Treasurer’s Report
None.

Project Officer’s Report
At the North West in Bloom awards we achieved level 5 – Outstanding.

Shevington and District Community Association are having a function on 25th November 2014 with a Hot Pot supper. An event to mark Lancashire Day is being held on the 27th November 2014.

A thank you was said to Sandra Makin for delivering the Silverline leaflets regarding loneliness and isolation in the home.

Seniors Dinner
The Seniors Christmas lunch will take place on 10th December 2014. An invitation and acceptance form will be printed by Graham Foster and sent out to all eligible people.

Defibrillator
Damian Edwardson has asked that CVRA apply for funding from the Brighter Borough Fund for the defibrillator. Graham Foster will attend to this. The defibrillator will be kept at the Crooke Hall Inn.

Shed
The shed for the CVRA tools needs the work completing so that we can start to store tools there. Mike Thomas is to liaise with Jim Haynes with a view to recovering the remaining CVRA tools.

Allotment
There has been no news regarding the appeal or petition that was sent in to Wigan Council. Howard Cain has been in touch with Wigan Council to ask them how the allotments are allocated but didn’t get a satisfactory explanation from them. For the time being CVRA will keep it tidy.

A.O.B
Paul Green said that the Christmas card sales are going well and that he has sold 90 packs up to now.

Joe Shovelton has asked if anyone knows if the farmer is still cutting the trees back up the fields towards Shevington because he is concerned about the wildlife. The Councillors will be contacted on his behalf.

Derek Keen raised the subject of the high fence which has been erected at number 100 Crooke. He thinks it might be against the regulations.

Lottery Funding Applications
We have been sent word that Lottery Funding can be applied for if anyone has any good ideas. If anyone wishes to attend the meetings they are the Turnpike Gallery, Leigh on the 19th November 2014 and The Lodge, Wigan Park on the 25th November 2014.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 8th December 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for November 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for October 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th October 2014

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain,Graham Foster, Derek Keen, Greg Liptrot, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Mike Crosby (councillor), Paul Collins (councillor), E H Snowden, Ben Foster, Paul Goodchild, Allison Langton, Sandra Makin, Joe Shovelton, Dorothy Byrne, Wayne Hammond.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Steve Tebbit, Sandra and Brian Musgrove.

Welcome from the Chairman
MTh welcomed everyone to this 5th AGM. He also said this was to be a joint meeting, ie an AGM, and a normal meeting.

Matters arising
8th September meeting
Sandra Makin said that “sleeping policemen” were mentioned at the last meeting. She aked if there would be more. This prompted discussion on general issues to do with making the traffic more safe when parents were dropping their children off and collecting the children from the nursery. SM said that the nursery has put in their newsletter for parents to travel safely through Crooke Village.It was discussed that the nursery could use part of their land for parking places to free the church’s parking places. The issues discussed were making more sleeping policemen, making the route one way clockwise, this was agreed by all. MTh asked whether we need permission from anyone to put signs up regardig the one way system. PC will pass it on to Highways. The cobbles which were there acted as a rumble strip. A Give Way sign could be put up.

Minutes of the September Meetin.g
HC proposed that they were a true and accurate record, GF seconded it and all agreed.

Minutes of the Ocober 2013 AGM
PG proposed that they were a true and accurate record, GF seconded it and all agreed.

Chairman’s Report.
MTh said that the CVRA had done a lot of good work over the last year. He gave a personal thanks for all the projects which have been done and to all the people who made them happen. The Christmas party for the “pensioners” was a great to success, to be repeated this year. He thanked all the people who had helped in the village and said we can only encourage people to come and help. Commumication with the villagers was important and if anything was asked for then it should be looked into.He went on to say that the future is potentially bright .He thanked everyone for “putting up with me”.

Treasurer’s Report
GF thanked MTh ,DK, HC, and especially PG, for the raising £400 by the selling of Christmas cards, and Brian Musgrove for raising £68 in his weekly raffles. At this point Christine Keen said that he was extremely ill, and he and Sandra should be in our thoughts and prayers.

SVice Chair’s Report
None

Secretary’s Report
Morag thanked Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Graham Foster and Paul Green for the massive amount of work done in the village in the past year. Morag would like to thank Jan Green for stepping in to take the minutes and doing it exceedingly well. She thanked our councillors for their unstinting support and commitment to the village, ie Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins and Mike Crosby. She thanked PG for his outstanding website. She still thinks that the villagers feel that CVRA is doing a wonderful job in making Crooke a better place to live for all but they don’t necessarily feel the need to come and help.

Project Officer’s Report
NWIB inspection went well, although we can’t get more than we got last year, a 5, as we are in the community category. The prize ceremony is in Southport on the 23rd October to which Derek and Christine are going to go. MT had asked Sandra Makin to go with HC, but HC could not go as he was working, and SM declined also. MTh said that she was personally noted by the inspection committee for her wonderful colourful display.

Discussion followed about general tidying , maintenance, litter picks etc. It was commented that the council were responsible for cutting the grass. DK had sprayed the area in preparation for the sewing of wild flowers. JS said that the group had done a cracking job in tidying the paths. Litter picks were discussed. The canal towpath was looked after by the Canal and River Trust which now it is a voluntary organisation has very little money for maintenance of towpaths. Dog poo in the village was noted as being a problem. Some dog owners are not good picking up their pet’s poo, despite notices being evident. There were 3 dog litter bins in the area, one as you go into the field near the play park, one at the bridge going out of the field on to the main road and one at the grass triangle outside DK ‘s house,( provided by MTh). The Parish Council pay someone to empty them. MTh has another bin which Greg Liptrot said could be put at the edge of the pub carpark. MTh would ask John Ball and Krystina Pilkington if the Parish Council could empty it along with the others.Greg had already asked the Wigan Council for a bin but the request had been denied. Paul Goodchild said he could provide a concrete base for said bin if asked.

Reports from Councillor's
Mike Crosby said that
1) the tidying of the footpath to Martland Mill at the other side of the Douglas was to be tackled by the Beat It Team in December either in the Douglas Ward or our ward.
2) Defibulators were going to put in strategic places round the ward, one of which was going to be the Crooke Hall Inn. CVRA to approach Brighter Borough funding for money for training.There is a new BB form on line. MC asked MTh and HC to liaise with Brighter Borough Funding.

Paul Collins wanted to raise awareness about the Loneliness and Isolation initiative. This problem is getting more apparent as people were living longer. He had been to a meeting of the Shevington Dementia Caring Group. He distributed leaflets and notices about this initiative. One notice would be placed on the notice board and PG would put information on the website.Maybe we need to create local centres. But there were telephone numbers on the leaflets and the notices for people to use to get in touch.

Standing Down of Present Officers and Election of New Officers

Graham Foster thanked the members who were standing down.

MTh was nominated to be chair and after some deliberation agreed to stand, with maybe Howard taking over next year.GF proposed that MTh be nominated as chair, DK seconded this and all agreed. The meeting was then asked for the nominations for vice chair. Howard Cain was proposed by GF and seconded by PG., and all agreed. DK was asked if he would continue to do his project officer job, PG proposed him as said officer and was seconded by MTh., all agreed. MT was proposed as secretary by MTh and seconded by DK, and all agreed. MT thanked JG for her secretary skills when MT could not be secretary, and asked JG if this situation could continue. JG agreed to continue as stand in. DK proposed GF as treasurer, seconded by PG and all agreed. MTh asked if PG was going to continue doing the website and PG said yes. A.O.B
The rental of the allotment by CVRA was discussed at great length. It was agreed that Allison Langton and Paul Goodchild would continue asking the council for the allotment to be reallocated. There will be no action taken by the CVRA until that situation is resolved.

>p> PG circulated the new Christmas cards and the format was agreed.

JS had had a walk round the village and the secretary has minuted that JS had found a barbed wire fence round Mr Thomas senior’s property. He was going to investigate the legality of this.
SM informed the meeting that metal barriers had been put in the stream at the outskirts of the village which are causing severe flooding in wet conditions. MTh said he would investigate.
SM was going to circulte leaflets about Loneliness and Isolation. Thank you Sandra.
There will be a Soup and sandwiches lunch at the church on Thursday 23rd October from 11.30am til 2.00pm.

The meeting closed at 9.00pm and was followed by a buffet provided by Greg and Jen Liptrot, thanks to them.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 10th November 2014 at 7pm in Crooke Hall Inn

This concludes the minutes for October 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for September 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th September 2014

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Graham Foster, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Cassy Wade, Nic Pope, Martin Flanagan, Wendy Williams, Greg Liptrot.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Sandra and Brian Musgrove, Norman Hart, Elizabeth (Hilda) Snowden, Mike Crosby, Paul Collins.

Minutes of August meeting.
Howard Cain proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Derek Keen and agreed by all.

Mike Thomas brought it to the attention of the meeting that Brian Musgrove is still very ill, waiting for an operation, and asked us to remember Brian and Sandra in our thoughts and prayers.

Matters arising
At the last meeting the future of the NHS in Wigan was discussed under the heading Healthier Together. MT seemed to have been the only person to have received information in what should be an open consultation period. There is to be an open meeting at the DW Stadium at 5.30pm on the 18th September 2014.

Chair's Report
None.

Vice Chair's Report
None.

Secretary’s Report
None

Treasurer’s Report
GF said there was £1776.30 in the bank, £400 in petty cash, and money had been set aside for Christmas cards and the Senior Persons’ Christmas lunch.

Wigan Councillor's Reports
None present.

A.O.B
ST asked about whether the Beat it team had been in the village. They had been but had not done the area after the Douglas River bridge on the path up to Heinz. This was in another area, not Crooke.

MTh had attended the parish council meeting and Krystina Pilkington had noted that the footpath up to the gate going up towards Shevington was in a poor state. However this is an un-adopted road. Who would fund the improvement?

John Maiden had noted that the traffic coming into the village at Nursery opening times and picking up times was very busy, and the cars travelled at great speed. Sleeping policemen were discussed in an attempt to slow the traffic down. The making of a one way system around the green outside the church was discussed. MTh will ask about the provision of more sleeping policemen. Cars were parked dangerously at the corner. The situation as it stands is very worrying as the parking would affect adversely the movement of any emergency vehicles summoned to any emergency in the village. And there was a danger to people/children walking. MTh will talk to Paul Collins.

PG mentioned the trimming of the hedge next to the field. This would be discussed at the Saturday 20th meeting.

The meeting closed at 7.50pm. Thanks to the Crooke Hall Inn for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 13th October 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for September 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for August 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th August 2014

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Adrian Speakman, Cassy Wade.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Sandra and Brian Musgrove, Norman Hart, Graham Foster, Elizabeth (Hilda) Snowden.

Minutes of July meeting.
It was noted that Damian Edwardson’s report was given at the beginning of the meeting as he had another meeting to attend. Paul Green then proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Christine Keen and agreed by all.

Mike Thomas brought it to the attention of the meeting that Brian Musgrove was very ill in hospital and asked us to remember Brian and Sandra in our thoughts and prayers.

Chair's Report
None.

Vice Chair's Report
None.

Secretary’s Report
None

Treasurer’s Report
GF not present.

Wigan Councillor's Reports
Mike Crosby thanked everyone for voting for him in the last election. And apologised to those who didn’t but they would have to stick with him. He pointed out that really anyone could stand for election to be councillor as only 10 signatures are needed to put your name forward for election. He continued by saying that all the councillors were an effective team and will continue to work together for the ward. Everyone at the meeting aired their approval of Mike’s reappointment and the fact that all our councillors worked very hard for all of us in their ward.

MC said that the Beat It team would be in the ward between the 1st and 5th September. After discussion it was agreed, and MC was made aware that Lawn’s Wood would be an area that the team could work on, the path from the Douglas River up toward Heinz needed attention (MC said he would tell the appropriate ward councillors) and our allotment needed strimming and a general tidying. There is an ongoing consultation about the future of hospitals in our area. The towpath between Crooke and Gathurst was talked about as it was very muddy. PC said he would get in touch with the Cooperative, and MTh said he would contact the Canal and River Trust.

HC asked about Healthier Together, which is being put forward by CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) talking about the creation of specialist hospitals. This will have an immense effect on the Wigan area with some services leaving the area. Our councillors will fight to keep those services in the Wigan area. Councillors had been at the Shevington Fair and had discussed this topic there. A leaflet and consultation document has been sent out to the public but few seem to have received this document. ST and MT have received this document, and ST said it was a bit ambiguous in its questions. This topic was supposed to have been addressed at this CVRA meeting but information had not been as widely circulated as expected and so it will be put on the agenda for the next meeting. PC will email information to the members of this meeting.

MC said that the new equipment had been put in place in the play area in Crooke, and the new equipment all over the Ward may be moved around as needed.

PC then introduced Adrian Speakman to the meeting. Adrian is from Shevington and is a member of the Youth Cabinet for Shevington, Shevington Moor, Appley Bridge and Crooke. He will be shadowing PC. He is doing the course Asdan, and 12 months ago started a Learning Disability initiative tackling work opportunities for those with learning disabilities and learning problems. He will be working with all of our councillors. MTh said he was very welcome to come to Crooke. Adrian is also working on a national issue, “Make Your Mark”, visiting schools in Shevington and talking with our Member of Parliament in the House of Commons.

NWIB.
DK said the inspection went as well as expected. The quality of the flowers we received from Moss Bank was not as good as previously received. The children from the Nursery had been asked if they could be present in the allotment but due to Health and Safety regulations children are not allowed to play outside at certain times of the day. As a result no children were able to be present at the time of the inspection. MC said though that it was great that we have got the allotment. The children will be able to make a contribution in due time.

PC said we have to prioritise our needs and ask for funding.

MT thanked DK, MTh, PG and GF for their tireless work they did and do in the village, and of course all the other people who do their bit too.

MTh said that Sandra Makin was singled out for her beautiful display at the side of her house. MT will pass this praise on from the CVRA.

Shevington Fete

MTh apologised for not being in attendance but personal matters had overtaken him. We wish Alison all the best for her forthcoming hospital appointments and surgery.

DK and PG had been at the Fair since 8.30 on the Saturday and been in attendance at the stall all day until 4 pm with CK, JG, and MT. We had lots of interested visitors including Madge Tempest who had written a History of Shevington, Standish Lower Ground and Crooke. PG was going to investigate. Andrew Gibson expressed an interest and also could provide a brass band for future events. His father had been born in Woodcock Row. Harry Barker and his wife, and Ruth Chapman all gave information about people in old photographs. Thanks to them all. MT thanked all who had manned the stall. Well done to PG and CK who had produced photographs and needlework and won prizes.

Notelets
PG had produced 5 lots of 8 notelets at the cost of 50p each. Sale price is £1 each or 5 for £4.00. MT had sold a set at the fair and another set. PG had sold a CD of Crooke.

MT was going to try and sell more at the coffee morning on Saturday 16th August. The notelets are going to be re-jigged and discussed at the next meeting along with the new Christmas Cards. Thanks to PG for his hard work producing these cards.

A.O.B
ST asked about the progress of the land registry investigation. PG and KB had been to the Town Hall and obtained a copy of a map of Crooke and the surrounding area showing what was owned by Wigan Council and what was privately owned. That will be emailed to all when MT has received a copy.

Present at the meeting was Cassy Wade who was given a warm welcome by MTh. Cassy lives on the narrowboat called The Chocolate Frog moored at the Crooke Cruising Club. She told us that Nick Pope was Commodore, and Mike Booth was Vice Commodore of the CCC. There was some discussion about concerns about the green area to the side of the pub. This would be dealt with at next month’s meeting under the umbrella title, Crooke Cruising Club.

PG asked if agendas could be emailed out to people. HC apologised for lack of production of the agenda but personal circumstances overtook events. In future HC will produce the agendas as arranged. The secretary will distribute them by hand to the village, and send them out by email.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm.

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 8th September 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for August 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th July 2014

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Brian Musgrove, Martin Flanigan, Wendy Williams, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit. Greg Liptrot, Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Christine Keen, Paul Liptrot. Graham Foster.

Apologies from
Mike Crosby, Sandra Musgrove, Howard Cain, Elizabeth (Hilda) Snowden.

Minutes of June meeting.
After a change in the language of the minutes in “ Land Adjacent to Crooke Hall Inn” raised by GF ,Graham Foster proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Paul Green and agreed by all.

Land Adjacent to Crooke Hall Inn
Paul Campbell had given permission to MTh to cut the grass as a one off. But the council had been approached by GF to help with the cutting due to the length of the grass. So the area is going to be left as it is for the time being. Paul Campbell has left his mooring and no one knows when he will return.

Lawns Wood
See under Project Officer’s report.

Chair's Report
None.

Vice Chair's Report
Not in attendance.

Secretary’s Report
None

Treasurer’s Report
GF stated that there was no change from the last meeting.

Wigan Councillor's Reportst
Damian Edwardson said

1)
The rumours about developing the land at the z bends were completely unfounded. There would be no development there as it was Green Belt.

2)
It was a fact that there was a strike on Thursday 10th July and no bins had been collected. The council would collect the black bins in 2 weeks and allow 2 black bin bags as well.

3)
There is an ongoing consultation about the future of hospitals in our area. Healthier Together, is being put forward by CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) talking about the creation of specialist hospitals. This will have an immense effect on the Wigan area with some services leaving the area. Our councillors will fight to keep those services in the Wigan area. A leaflet and consultation document will be sent out to the public in the very near future. This topic will be addressed at the next CVRA meeting. It will be put on the agenda for the next meeting and circulated to the residents of Crooke.

Project Officer’s Report.
DK asked about the boats on the Crooke Cruising Club site.

DK said the chippings had been put down in Lawn’s Wood. MTh thanked all who had helped.

DK also said that the grass in front of the church had been cut and the entrance to the village had been tidied. Thank you DK and GF.

Website
PG had added an item, re Ben Cummings visiting the village?

Notelets
PG had produced 5 lots of 8 notelets at the cost of 50p each. MT had tried to sell them at the church fair but had been knocked back as they were not raising money for the church solely. MT had said that half the proceeds would have gone to the CVRA, and half to the church and she would donate the equivalent money to the CVRA. However at the meeting it was decided that she would take the notelets to the Shevington Fete and sell them there at £1 each or 5 for £4.50. Thank you Paul for making them.

Shevington Fete.
This will take place on the 2nd August. GF had contacted Marlene Whitham and paid for a stall where we will put up photos (PG to provide) on notice boards( DK to provide) and people from CVRA would man it and promote our village of Crooke. The councillors were also setting up a stall there, as were the CCG. There was a meeting scheduled to be held in Shevington Methodist Church on 22nd July at 7pm. People were invited to attend this meeting to finalise arrangements.

NWIB
The inspection will take place on Thursday 24th July at 13.05.

On Wednesday 16th MTh was going to go to the nursery to pick up plants for planting in the village and give some to the church. MTh will talk to Daniel Chapman at The Owd Barn to see if he could plant up the banking on the garage side of the road at the entrance to the village. DK will cut the hedges round the park. The hedges between the road and the field (just after the bridge coming in to the village on the right) would also be trimmed back. The fence at the back of the chapel would be fixed. DK and GF would spray the weeds round the village. MTh will repair compost area. The stones at the roadside will be painted whit e. There is a litter pick scheduled for 9 am on Saturday 19th July. ALL WELCOME! DK has permission from Yvonne at the Marina to walk round there.

Allotment
Work on this project is at a standstill at the moment. But MTh will ask Alex Cornish to arrange for some children from the nursery to be working on the allotment when the inspection party are in the village.

A.O.B
The shed was to be sorted after the inspection.

ST asked about the progress of the land registry investigation. It was not known. PL suggested asking the Estates department or the Chief Executive Department could be approached to find out the boundaries of properties. Or you go onto the internet with your boundary and you could access maps. There was also an office for North Wigan area on The Wiend which could be approached.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm. There was a buffet produced by the pub. Thank you, Crooke Hall Inn. PG showed a film about the Lost Treasures of Hadrian’s Wall. Thank you Paul.

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 11th August 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for July 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 9th June 2014

Attendees
Mike Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Brian Musgrove, Martin Freeman, Wendy Williams, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit. Greg Liptrot.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Christine Keen, Sandra Musgrove, Norman Hart.

Minutes of May meeting.
Brian Musgrove proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Paul Green and agreed by all.

Land Adjacent to Crooke Hall Inn
Paul Campbell had given permission to MTh to cut the grass as a one off. But the council had been approached by GF to help with the cutting due to the length of the grass. So the area is going to be left as it is for the time being. Paul Campbell has left his mooring and no one knows when he will return.

Lawns Wood
DK said that 2 loads of chippings had been delivered and MTh said that the work would be done this week. A working party for 9.30 on Saturday 14th June has been arranged. John Maiden is responsible for the preparation of the site.

Chair's Report
None.

Vice Chair's Report
None.

Secretary’s Report
She apologised for forgetting last month’s meeting as she had put it in her diary as being on the Tuesday.

Treasurer’s Report
GF stated that the current account currently stood at £1776.35. There was £458 in petty cash.

No Wigan Councillors were present

Project Officer’s report.
DK said that they were going to cut back the edges round the park asap.

He also said the council had cut the grass opposite 108.

And that GF had worked on the bridge’s weeds.

A.O.B
MTh was going to approach the council to ask the Beat It team to tidy up the entrance to the village. The edges on the right side of the road (going out of the village) had been cut by its owner. HC had been approached by a village resident that a person had been seen dumping grass behind the play park. As this was fly tipping, MTh was going to inform the council.

Another litter pick was going to be arranged just before the NWIB inspection in August. The last litter pick produced less litter than the previous one.

DK had informed the council about a gas leak at the entrance to the village. This has duly been fixed.

HC informed the meeting that his wedding party was going to take place on Saturday 12th August. The landlord or the Royal Oak has kindly agreed to the parking of wedding guest cars in his car park. John Maiden has kindly agreed to the parking of wedding guest cars on his land if required. MT and ST were going to ask the church if the area around the church could be used.

` Mick Thomas brought up the subject of note-lets to be produced. They would be like the Christmas cards the sale of which has been very successful. Thank you PG. They would have a photograph of Crooke on the front and the inside would be blank. They could then be used as Happy Birthday cards, sympathy cards, congratulations, good luck etc. PG was going to produce some examples.

GL informed the meeting that at the Beer Festival in September a Morris Dancing troupe would like to perform on the road outside the pub. This was a courtesy request.

Homewatch. MTh informed the meeting that he was the point of contact in Lower Ground and would forward any information to PG.

MTh told the meeting to very careful of people in the area who are acting suspiciously. They are probably looking for scrap metal. Three young boys on motorcycles had also been seen.

Jim Haynes still has paperwork, and information about contacts. MTh was going to approach Jim.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm. A raffle was organised by Brian. Thank you, Brian. There was a buffet produced by the pub. Thank you, Crooke Hall Inn. PG showed a film about the Black Country Living Museum.

Date of Next Meeting
MMonday 14th July 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for June 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 12th May 2014

Attendees
Mick Thomas, Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Mike Crosby, Joe Shovelton.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins.

Minutes of April meeting.
Derek Keen proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Howard Cain and agreed by all.

Land Adjacent to Crooke Hall Inn
It was proposed that a discussion about this land be put on the agenda for the next meeting.

Lawns Wood
There has been a problem getting the wood chip for Lawns Wood but there should be a delivery within the next week. Mick said that he is having a delivery of weed suppressant membrane and that it should be sufficient to do the footpath so work can now commence on this project.

Howard says we now need a definite date to start this work and we need to ask the village to get involved.

Joe Shovelton asked could we not get some help from elsewhere as he thought that the project was too much for the people of Crooke Village. Mike Crosby suggested that we get in touch with the Community Reparation Service to ask for help.

Treasurer’s Report
There was no change in our financial status.

Mike Crosby – Wigan Councillor
Mike thanked those with whom he has been involved whilst serving as a local councillor. His thanks were given in the event of his losing his position in the forthcoming local elections. He gave a brief outline of the events that he has been involved with and wishes to continue with if re-elected.

He also informed us that he has an ongoing project where he is trying to place defibrillators at strategic points across the Wigan Borough including possibly getting one at the Crooke Hall Inn.

A.O.B
A litter pick has been scheduled for Saturday 17th May 2014. Mick Thomas will do some repairs to the tool store on the same date.

Mick Thomas informed us that he is in negotiations with Paul Campbell regarding the cutting of the grass on his land.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm. A raffle was organised by Brian, thank you Brian. you Greg.

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 9th June 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for May 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for April 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th April 2014

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Graham Foster, Janette Green, Paul Green, Mike Thomas, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Joe Shovelton, Brian Musgrove, Greg Liptrot , Mike Crosby, Damian Edwardson, Alex Cornish, Kath Bradley.

Apologies from
Paul Liptrot, Sandra Musgrove.

Minutes of March meeting.
Graham Foster proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Howard Cain and agreed by all.

Letter of Condolence
The secretary, Morag Tebbit had sent the letter of condolence to Joan Rae.

Agenda
HC would be responsible for producing the agendas in future, on A5 , one side being the agenda, and the other side, the addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of the committee. People would be invited to get in touch with any member with an item they wished discussed at the next meeting.

Allotment
Mike Thomas told the meeting that he has acquired the allotment for the CVRA, and therefore the village. GF paid £35.50 for the allotment , for the year up to October, £18.50, plus £17 administration fee, thereafter £18.50 per year. The allotment had been very neglected over the last few years. Joe Shovelton had over the last few years had kept the trees in check. This job is really the council’s job. Discussion followed regarding the management of the allotment, involvement of villagers ,the nursery, cultivation of it etc. Information about the allotment would be sent out to the village asking for any ideas on the next distributed agenda.

Treasurer’s Report
Graham has renewed our Public Liability insurance. He has spent rent on the allotment as specified before.

Concerns about the land
No more has been heard about the boundaries on the land. HC had enquired about buying the land, asking Brian Neil. Nothing happening as yet.

Lawn’s Wood
Chippings will arrive soon. The ground has to be prepared. DE is to liaise with DK and Reparation Services. MTh is to request a copy of the licence from Jim Haynes.

The Store
It was proposed that the money needed, would be spent on the roof and foam. The work was to be done on Friday 18th April. GF, DK MTh to attend.

Councillors
MC said 1) the wind farm application had been withdrawn, 2) the councillors had been successful in getting money for new equipment for the play areas in our district. May 5th would be the start date. Our play area in Crooke would be extended and the equipment would rotate round the various play areas in Shevington, Shevington Moor etc.

A.O.B
Steve Tebbit brought to the meeting’s attention that 1)the fence behind the church had come down. The councillors were to look into this. And 2) the new sign for Crooke Village was obscured by a myriad of other signs. Again the councillors were going to investigate.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm. A raffle was organised by Brian, thank you Brian and a Buffet from the pub, thank you Greg.

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 12th May 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for April 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th March 2014

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keen, Graham Foster, Janette Green, Paul Green, Christine Keen, Hilda Snowden, Anne Rogers, Paul Liptrot, Brian Musgrove, Trisha Poole, Duncan Poole.

Apologies from
Mike Thomas, Mandy Mousdell, Sandra Musgrove, Kath Bradley.

Minutes of February meeting
Paul Green proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Christine Keen and agreed by all.

Letter of Condolence
The secretary, Morag Tebbit, wasn’t in attendance so it wasn’t known whether the letter of condolence to Joan Rae had been sent.

Land Registry
Paul Collins wasn’t in attendance so we don’t know if he has approached Wigan Council about obtaining a copy of the Land Registry records for Crooke Village.

Allotment
Damian Jenkinson had been to look at the allotment near to the nursery and would look into whether the Crooke Residents Association may be able to share the allotment with the nursery.

Wind Farm Application
The closing date for the opposition of the plans for the wind farm has now passed on 28/2/14. We have no further news of the outcome.

Treasurer’s report
£100 has been set aside for maintenance in the village, £200 for the over 60’s Christmas meal and £500 for the printing of the Christmas cards. Graham will also renew our Public Liability insurance. We have a balance of £2325 in the bank. £1000, donated by Adactus, already included in this sum, is to be used for chippings and materials should we be successful in being allocated the allotment.

Agenda
Paul G pointed out that we didn’t receive the agenda for tonight’s meeting. Howard explained that he did what he could to get them to us in the time available. Howard also apologized for some people not getting the upcoming events information leaflet.

Concerns about the land
No more has been heard about the boundaries on the land. Paul G said that decking had now been placed on there and asked was this allowed. The shed has now been removed but a wood pile has now taken its place.

Duncan says that the fumes from the boats are a nuisance and pointed out that there are now six boats moored there near to the bridge. He urged us to send individual emails of complaint to Mike Fletcher of the Canal & River Trust. Duncan will find out who is over Mike Fletcher so we can make an approach to them to see if we can make proceedings move more quickly. Steve Normington could also be approached to see whether the boats are moored illegally.

Anne Rogers will ask the Mooring Officer if the boats have licences.

Project’s Officer's Report
Derek says that the storage garage roof needs repairing and that we should do this whilst the weather is dry.

Lawns Wood – Damian Jenkinson can obtain some wood chippings for us. We need volunteers from the village to lay down a membrane on the path and to lay the chippings on the top. Paul Liptrot said that we may be able to get some money from the Brighter Borough Fund to help pay for this.

The rail track project is in abeyance whilst other problems are dealt with.

Derek says that we need money to buy longer fence poles to be put around the Recycling Area. The original ones were damaged with the recent bad weather. Graham is going to find out when the Beat it team are in the area so that they can tidy Lawns Wood.

AOB
The stream conduit that runs under the road at the entrance to the village had been cleared by volunteers. Duncan had complained to the Council and nothing had happened until the volunteers had cleared the blockage only then did the Council appear in order to move the rubbish.

The Crooke signpost outside of the village still hasn’t been replaced.

The meeting closed at 8pm. A raffle was organised by Brian. Thank you Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 14th April 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for March 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for February 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th February 2014

Attendees
Howard Cain, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Mike Thomas, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Greg Liptrot, Paul Green, Janette Green, Kath Bradley, Mike Crosby, Alex Cornish, Louise Kershaw(guest), Joe Shovelton, Hilda Snowden, Paul Collins, Derek Keen, Christine Keen.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Mike Smith, Paul Liptrot, Sheila Milnes, Carol Miles, Graham Foster.

Minutes of December meeting
HC pointed out that in the minutes, it stated that Kath was to ask the “council” for a copy of deeds, but it was actually the “land registry”. With this amendment accepted, Jan Green proposed that the minutes be accepted as a true and accurate record, seconded by Brian Musgrove and agreed by all.

Condolences
MTh expressed sympathy to Joan Rae on the death of her partner John Manktelav. The secretary will write a note of condolence.

Apologies for lack of agenda
MTh said now he was back on his feet he would liaise with HC and DK, get feedback from the people of the village and in future prepare an agenda a week or two before the meeting, leaflet the villagers and display the final agenda on the notice board.

Matters arising
Kath had been in touch with the Land Registry and was told that there would be a cost of £50 for a copy of the deeds of the village. ST proposed CVRA paid the £50 to the land registry for the deeds, BM seconded this proposal, however the motion was deferred. This information should be available from Wigan Council. When Paul Collins arrived he did say he would find out.

Treasurer’s report
GF not present.

North West in Bloom
MTh led discussion as to whether we go forward with entering this competition this year, as we had scored a 4 in the first year, and a 5 in the next year and 5 last year, effectively as far as we could go in our category. JS said that the association was doing a belting job at keeping the village looking good. MTh said we are interested in entering again. BM said fruit trees needed to be pruned. JS said that big jobs needed to be tackled by the council. MTh said that smaller jobs needed to be tackled by all the villagers. We must try and involve the community more.

The Nursery
Louise Kershaw from the nursery came to the meeting to ask for help regarding a number of issues, including help in making a garden for the children. She had a set of plans of a possible garden. There was also the problem of vandalism to cars and property at the nursery. Discussion followed about the presence of a caretaker, and security lights. With our councillors present at the meeting it was agreed that AC was to liaise between the councillors and Louise about the availability of grants and showing the council their plans. ST said that there was in situ wiring for electric gates at the entrance of the nursery site. Discussion followed about the 2 allotments available in the village, which perhaps the nursery children could use. PC said that they were Wigan allotments. One allotment was being used, the other one was yet to be allocated. The meeting should write to Chris Horrocks; and Krystina Pilkington at Shevington Parish Council to query this. Homewatch was discussed and perhaps it might be reinstated. PC said Damian Jenkinson should be approached. Carol Middleton(manager), Lyn and Diane Hocknell(owner) from the nursery should all be involved. MTh said that HC, DK and himself would do a site visit to discuss possibilities to bring to the next meeting. HC, MTh & DK to meet at 10am Saturday 15th February in pub carpark. MC mentioned Brighter Borough money..

Project’s Officer's Report
DK not present. But GF said that DK had approached Network Rail about the reinstating of a railway down to the site of the tippler. Feedback from the village was going to be asked for.

Ward Councillors
PC said that the situation with the caravan was still being resolved, as was the “black shed”. Richard Parker. (01942 827360), the Estates Surveyor, was dealing with this. Procedures have been put in place and need to continue at their own pace, as there were so many agencies involved.

AOB
The proposed Wind Farm at Gathurst was briefly discussed. Objections had to be lodged before 28th February 2014.

Greg has a problem with the day of our meeting as the pub was busy on the Tuesday night. So after brief discussion it was proposed by DK, seconded by BM and agreed by all, that the dates of our meeting would be on the second Monday of the month, starting from March 2014.

MTh was going to get in touch with Adactus about a security light for Mandy Mousdell, a tenant.

JS queried the cutting down of trees on the path up to Shevington. The farmer had got permission to do this as it would improve the yield of his crops by allowing more light in. In 6 months to a year after the trees have re-grown, they would be trimmed more sympathetically.

The little path directly opposite the entrance to Crooke was very overgrown and covered in garden waste. The Crooke sign which showed the entrance to Crooke, had blown down in a storm. It had been removed and the hole it had been in had been filled with tarmac. PC was to investigate.

A litter pick was desperately needed. The village will be leafleted about the date.

Channel 4 programme about the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with Tony Robinson
It was generally agreed that this was a fine programme, but only in the confines in being such a general programme as details were missed out and continuity compromised.

The meeting closed at 9.00pm A raffle was organised by Brian. Thank you Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Monday 10th March 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for February 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for January 2014

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th January 2014

Attendees
Howard Cain, Brian Musgrove, Mike Thomas, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Greg Liptrot, Paul Green, Janette Green, Kath Bradley, Mandy Mousdell.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Mike Smith, Sandra Musgrove, Alex Cornish, Joan Byrne, Derek and Christine Keen.

Minutes of December meeting
BM proposed that this was a true and accurate record of the meeting, with the changing of the word “great” under AOB, to “full and lengthy”, seconded by ST, and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Nothing has been heard from the planning officer re boats/land ownership etc. Kath asked about who holds the deeds to the village to see who owns what. Discussion followed and Howard asked Kath to ask the council for a copy of the deeds of the whole village, including Lawn’s Wood, as seen in the constitution. Greg had spoken to planning department, Dave Little, and a representative had come to the village to investigate the volume of boats, and the caravan. Paul Campbell said he had done what the council had asked him to do, dismantle the caravan. However a shed had been erected on council land without planning permission. Paul Campbell refused to take it down. The matter is in legal hands. Mike said that the shed was in the wrong place and so was the fence which is the boundary between council land and the Crooke Cruising Club land. HC welcomed Mandy Mousall to the meeting. She expressed concern about the caravan and the road at right angles to the main road in Crooke opposite the pub. This is an unadopted road.

Kath asked about ”Wildlife Projects”. This will be brought up at the February meeting.

HC welcomed MTh back to the meetings as he has missed 2 due to fracturing his hip.

Treasurer’s report
Funds in bank £1887.38. Petty cash £438. Provisions £100 for tool maintenance, £200 for senior people’s 2014 Christmas dinner (the 2013 dinner in the Crooke Hall Inn was very successful in attendance and the food was excellent. Thanks to the pub). £500 for 2014 Christmas cards. GF was asked about Public Liability Insurance. This had lapsed but it was the view of the meeting that it should be reinstated. MTh proposed this and PG seconded it. GF agreed to purchase the PLI.

Vice Chair’s Report
None.

Secretary’s Report
None.

Project’s Officer's Report
DK not present. But GF said that DK had approached Network Rail about the reinstating of a railway down to the site of the tippler. Feedback from the village was going to be asked for.

Ward Councillors
None present

AOB
MTh said he would like more people to get involved. Discussion followed about the relaying of information to the village. An agenda would be posted through the doors of all the houses in the village, on the back of which would be information about what has been done, and what will be done. It might also ask for email addresses etc. ST had tried to start a village directory in the past but there had been very little interest shown. Discussion followed about the reinstating of a newsletter. Format and publisher were to be discussed. The pub wanted to be involved in this Newsletter, and ST and MT were to ask the church if they wanted to be involved. The church does have its own quarterly Newsletter. HC was to organise.

MTh was to ask Jim Haynes for a copy of Lawn’s Wood licence. HC asked about the Beat it Team. We should give information about what was needed to be done in the village to our councillors and they would forward the information to the team.

GF said that AC had information about the nursery and the proposed vegetable garden. That would be talked about at the February meeting.

Website
PG said this was very quiet this month. Dates were to be put on, from the pub, the Boot Sale on the 25th January, and dates from the church.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm and a buffet was provided, thank you Greg. A dvd of the history of Crooke was shown. Thank you Paul. A raffle was organised by Brian. Thank you Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall.

This concludes the minutes for January 2014.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for December 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th December 2013

Attendees
Howard Cain, Derek Keene, Doris Williams, Duncan Poole, Trisha Calderbank, Jim Haynes, Christine Keen, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Mike Crosby, Greg Liptrot, Alex Cornish, Paul Green, Janette Green, E H Snowden, Mike Smith, Chris Hurridge.

Apologies from
Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins, Graham Foster, Mike Thomas.

Minutes of November meeting
CK proposed that this was a true and accurate record of the meeting, seconded by HS and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer’s report
GF was not present

Vice Chair’s Report
None.

Secretary’s Report
None.

Project’s Officer's Report
DK said that the fence round the composting area had blown down in the recent storm. Money from GF was needed to buy concrete to make the foundation of the fencing stronger. DK also talked of the Wildlife Recording Project which has funding for 3 years from the lottery. The aim of this project was to encourage people to access their green spaces, record what is going on. CVRA would liaise with Matthew Holker. Sam from the Wild Life Trust would come to our meeting and give a talk if requested. He also showed the meeting a poster from our PCSOs regarding crime prevention. There would be a meeting in Standish Library, 10am to 12 noon, and the Community Centre Church from 1pm to 2pm on the 14th December.

Website
PG not present, see above.

Ward Councillors
Mike Crosby said that he would get a detailed report on the caravan. See AOB. And wished us all a Happy Christmas.

Shevington Parish Council
Chris Hurridge who is a parish councillor and attended both this meeting and S and D Community Association meeting, said that there was funding for grey herd meetings. He talked of the success of Shevington in Bloom and going on to Britain in Bloom. There would another quiz on Lancashire day. They had funding found for the Brick and the Association. Paul Green said that there was discussion about the fence going up around MTh land in Otter’s Wood. This was bog standard fencing erected for the health and safety of walkers and not to discourage walkers altogether. PG said that the Beat It team would come and tidy the footpath in Lawn’s Wood.

S and D Community Association
See above and AOB.

AOB
There was great discussion about the caravan which had been placed on the green next to the pub. All present at the meeting and the villagers of Crooke were alarmed by its presence. Mike Crosby said he would investigate this and give a detailed report. He would talk to Kevin Foster about planning application issues and ask him to attend the next CVRA meeting. JH said that the caravan was not the only issue to be considered. The issue of the licencing of boats, and illegal mooring of boats should be considered. HC said that he had a report from the PC stating that the owner of the caravan had been asked to move the caravan by the 9th December. To this end the caravan was being dismantled to aid its removal. He also said that the ownership of the land should be investigated. And ultimately could the village buy the land? Trisha Calderbank asked if we could ask for a letter from the Canal and River Trust to the CVRA , stating what the Canal and River Trust’s responsibilities are in such matters.

PG had sold 163 packs of Christmas cards. MT thanked him for all his time and energy he has put in to the sale of Christmas cards. HC also thanked PG for organising the Over 60 lunch to be held in the pub. Over 20 people said they would come to the lunch to be held on Wednesday 11th December.

Alex Cornish said that the Nursery wanted to know if anyone would be interested in creating a vegetable garden. ST and DK were interested. JH said there was funding available for raised beds. HC to liaise with JH. A meeting with the nursery would be arranged.

Studio Lambert TV
There is no more news.

The meeting closed at 8pm and a buffet was provided, thank you Greg. A dvd of NW in Bloom was shown. Thank you Paul. A raffle was organised by Brian. Thank you Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 14th January 2014 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for December 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for November 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 12th November 2013

Attendees
Christine Keen, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Steve Tebbit, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas, Morag Tebbit, Mike Crosby, Graham Foster, Greg Liptrot, Alex Cornish, Anne Rogers, Janette Green, E H Snowden, Howard Cain.

Apologies from
Mike Smith, Norman Hart, Paul Green, Derek Kean, Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins.

Minutes of AGM 8th October 2013
BM proposed that this was a true and accurate record of the meeting, seconded by GF and agreed by all.

Minutes of September Meeting, 10th September 2013
ST proposed the minutes as a true and accurate record of the meeting, seconded by BM and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer’s report
Same as stated at the AGM.

Vice Chair’s Report
None.

Secretary’s Report
None.

Project’s Officer's Report
Not present, as he and Paul were at an award ceremony.

Website
PG not present, see above.

Ward Councillors
Mike Crosby said that the Beat It Team had been in the area last week doing jobs. He said that he would be liaising with PC and DE to set work for their next visit in February.

Shevington Parish Council
MTh had been away so did not go to this meeting.

S and D Community Association
MTh had had an email from Marlaine Whitham asking if we had a representative to attend these meetings. There was nothing in their constitution to say that anyone from Crooke could not attend. DK and HC will attend. MTh said that that the association had money which could be accessed. At the 29th November meeting awards were going to be given. Thanks to GF and DK for their hard work.

NW in Bloom
GF said Crooke had received level 5, the highest we could achieve. MTh said Shevington did exceptionally well and were to represent the NW in Britain in Bloom. Margaret Carter worked extremely hard for Shevington with only Eric, and another helping to plant, tidy etc. Well done to Margaret. DK has been awarded a certificate from Shevington. SM said that 2 villages were to be put forward for Britain in Bloom, Shevington and Howe Bridge. Lower Ground got level 4 in our category but that was excellent as this was their first year in the competition. MT asked if Crooke could go into another category as we had reached as far as we could go in the category we had been entered in. MTh was to investigate. He also suggested a focal point be on the green outside the church. Discussion followed. He also said that by working in all parts of the village more people would be involved.

AOB
MTh said that there was money available to fund a Christmas Party for pensioners of the village. Discussion followed and it was decided that PG would ask for reaction while he went round asking if there was a demand for Christmas cards. Thanks Paul. MTh asked Greg if the pub was available as a venue. He said yes. MTh said that there was an incident regarding the putting in of a lot of rubbish by 1 person, who had a car, into the bin beside the Keene’s house which is really only for dog waste. He would investigate further.

The footpath from 103 to 113 was in a very bad state of repair. DK had asked PC if there might be Brighter Borough money available. It was left that the Council had a responsibility for it even though it was classed as an un-adopted road.

MTh suggested that there should be a weekly litter pick on Saturdays from 9 – 11. This was agreed by the meeting to be a good idea. This Saturday would be to paint the roof of the shed in the pub car park, and for it to be made secure so it could house equipment etc.

He also suggested that we could be a part of Home watch. The PCSOs were going round the area encouraging people to take part and put a sticker in their window, next to the Smartwater sticker.

HC introduced the subject of Studio Lambert tentatively feeling the way to produce some sort of programme about Crooke. They already produce on Channel 4, The Secret Millionaire, Undercover Boss, and Gogglebox programmes. Discussion followed. A vote was taken on the question should we go ahead to accept the invitation of the TV company to consider such a programme. Of the people at the meeting who lived in the village, 9 were for, and 2 were against. MTh said that we should wait for feedback from the villagers. AC was to ask if the Nursery might be interested, and MT and ST were to ask the church, and MTh was to approach the Marina.

The secretary was to write to Jim Haynes thanking him for all the work he has done. Greg suggested a present. MTh was to talk to people on Saturday.

The meeting closed at 8.10pm and a buffet, thank you Greg. A raffle was organised by Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for November 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for the AGM, October 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Annual General Meeting
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th October 2013

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Greg Liptrot, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Mike Crosby (councillor), Paul Liptrot, E H Snowden, Norman Hart, John Whitely, Marlaine Whitham, Chris Horridge, Mike Smith, Sheila Milnes, Kath Bradley, Howard Cain, John Manktelav, Joan Rae, Paul Campbell, Alison Thomas.

Apologies from
Rev John Hilton, Ira Whitely, Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson, Doreen Haynes, Carole Miles, Jim and V Malony.

Welcome from the Chairman.
JH welcomed everyone to this 4th AGM.

Chairperson’s Report.

I would like to welcome all of you to this the 4th AGM of the Crooke Village Residents Association. It just doesn’t seem like 4 years ago the we started. Here is a resume of what has happened in the last year. My apologies if I’ve missed something out.
At a presentation in Southport, Crooke Village was awarded “Outstanding” in North West in Bloom, with a score of 89 points out of a possible 100.
Towards the end of 2012 we produced a new set of Christmas cards of scenes of Crooke Village in winter. Thanks to the efforts of Paul Green all of these sold, as did the ones left over from 2011.
The licence with Wigan Metro to “clear and maintain, including replanting to areas of open space at Crooke Village including Lawns Wood” was renewed.
Adactus awarded a grant to build a “Composting Area & Wildlife Stack”; this is sited in the trees on the path to the Park.
The 25th July saw the judges for North West in Bloom visit the village and we have heard that we have won an award which will be presented to us in October.
The Shevington & District Fete was held in August and as in previous years we took the heritage display which has proved to be of great interest.
We are represented on the Policies Committee of the Shevington Parish Council. We also attend the Shevington and District Community Association.
Being represented on these bodies gives us a voice into what happens in our area.
We also attend various meetings organised by Wigan Metro.
Thanks to Adactus for providing the funding and Greg & Jenny Liptrot at Crooke Hall Inn, we now have a store for the tools & equipment.
Matt Taylor of the Canal & Rivers Trust organised the T.A. to lay some 30 tonnes of stone on the canal towpath, with the possibility of more being laid in the future. Volunteers also did a litter pick and painting.

I would now like to thank people who have helped us over the last year.

A big thank you to Councillors Damian Edwardson, Mike Crosby and Paul Collins for their involvement with the village. These Councillors attend our meetings when possible and we owe them a big thank you.
Adactus Housing Association for awarding grants.
Shevington Parish Council for their support.
Shevington Community Association again for their support.
ACT for the use of equipment and assistance.
Wigan Scaffolding for the use of equipment.
Greg & Jenny Liptrot of Crooke hall Inn for the use of the Cellar Bar for meetings and for providing a buffet.
Matt Taylor of the Canal & Rivers Trust for the work done on the towpath.

I would now thank all members of the Committee for their sterling work over the last year.

Morag Tebbit, our secretary, for trying to keep up with taking minutes at meeting and organising us.
Graham Foster, our treasurer, who has spent a lot of his valuable time in handling our finances, dealing with grant applications and being involved in every project.
Mike Thomas, our Vice Chair person, who is our representative on the Policy Committee of the Shevington Parish Council. Mike is heavily involved in everything that we do and his expertise is invaluable.
Paul Green for the work in running and developing our web site “crookevillage.co.uk”. Plus his efforts in selling the Christmas cards.
Derek Keene our Projects Officer who have been involved in everything that we have done this year.
Sandra & Brian Musgrove for their fund raising efforts and to everyone else who have worked to getting us to the position that we are in now.

Now the future

The work around the park and in Lawns Wood is ongoing tasks for 2014.
Whilst we do need more people in the village to become involved I appreciate that after working all day it is hard to drag oneself out to a meeting.
I would however ask that you support the Crooke Village Residents Association as best you can. It is your village and all that we want to do is to improve the community spirit and the quality of life in the Village. Please don’t leave it to someone else because there may not be anyone willing to do it and then what will happen?
Thank you all for listening and I truly hope that the new Committee carry out what has been started and look forward to seeing the rewards in future years.

Treasurer's Report 2012-13

Compared to last year, this year we only applied for one grant and this was from Adactus for the composting area, the value of the grant was £433.

In terms of other income, again thanks pretty much to the efforts of Paul Green, the sales of Christmas cards once again proved popular and brought in around £500 of profit; a huge thank you goes to Paul for walking the streets and selling them door to door.

I would also like to thank Brian and Sandra Musgrove for organising the monthly raffle, the raffle at the village meetings have raised £126.

Now to the accounts.

The income for 2012-13, including the balance of £1,764.30 from last year, was a total of £3,737.44

The outgoings for 2012-13 were £1,582.38 with the main contributors being:

Christmas Cards - £428.40
Storage area - £400.00
Tools - £155.91
Compost area - £361.71
Smartwater signs - £100.00

Moving on to Provisions, we are currently holding £854.70 and this is made up of:

Christmas Cards for 1013 - £500.00
PL Insurance and tools - £100.00
Tool maintenance etc - £100.00
Balance of grants - £154.70

Therefore at the end of this financial year the funds we have on deposit are £1,887.38, plus Petty Cash of £267.88, leaving us with a cash position before provisions £2,155.06 and after provisions of £1,300.36.

Thank you.

Vice Chair’s Response
Mike reiterated what Jim had said, and thanks especially must go to JH. At SPC Mike talks positively about Crooke and things are done for the benefit of the village. He loves the banter when working with people in the village. He says we must maintain what we have done and improve, and get Crookers more involved.

Secretary’s Report.
Morag thanked Jim, Derek Keen, Mike Thomas, Brian Musgrove, Graham Foster and Paul Green for the massive amount of work done in the village in the past year. Talk has been said about why no-one else is consistantly helping but she thinks that the village realises that the group is doing a good job and feel they want to let them do it. They don’t feel excluded, but are reassured that the work is being done. Steve and Morag have been away quite a lot due to the illnesses of both mothers. Morag would like to thank Jan Green for stepping in to take the minutes and doing it exceedingly well. She thanked our councillors for their unstinting support and commitment to the village, ie Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins and Mike Crosby. She thanked PG for his outstanding website. She also went on to say how proud she was to being a part of the village residents’ association. She was sorry that more people don’t come to the meetings but presumes that the villagers feel that CVRA is doing a wonderful job in making Crooke a better place to live for all.

Standing Down of Present Officers and Election of New Officers
Graham Foster thanked the members who were standing down.
JH was nominated to be chair but he refused to stand again as he had forewarned us at the last AGM that he would not continue. GF proposed that MTh be nominated as chair, DK seconded this and all agreed. Mike Smith asked if JH could be there for advice, maybe as coordinating officer, but JH declined. He would be there to impart knowledge etc. if needed. MTh said that he did not want the fact that he did not live in the village have a detrimental effect on his being chair. The meeting agreed that it would not.
The meeting was then asked for the nominations for vice chair. DK was mentioned, as was Howard Cain who had previous experience at being chair and vice chair in his line of work. Howard was subsequently proposed by KB, seconded by DK and agreed by all. DK was asked to continue to do his project officer job, as he did it so well, and he agreed. MT was proposed as secretary by MTh and seconded by GF, and all agreed.
AT proposed GF as treasurer, seconded by PG and all agreed. MTh asked if PG was going to continue doing the website and PG said yes.

AOB
MTh asked if there needed to be changes to the constitution. Discussion followed about the change of the name of the Crooke Village Residents’ Association to Crooke Village Community Association but that would mean changing all the letter heads, chequebooks, the awards, the plaque, etc. This issue would be addressed at another meeting.

PG asked the meeting to choose 4 favourites for the 2013 Christmas cards so he could go ahead and organise their printing. MTh said he had a few photos which could be chosen from and the meeting agreed that that could happen. After the meeting PG said could MT minute that he wanted to thank Paul Elsie for his funding of the Crooke Village website.This is duly done.

ST proposed a vote of thanks to JH for all his hard work fund raising, getting work done and his own hard toil. The village owes a great deal to Jim Haynes. All agreed unreservedly. Thank you Jim from us all.

The meeting closed at 7.50 and was followed by a buffet provided by Greg and Jen Liptrot, thanks to them. Also a slide show of Crooke, slides and a video of the unveiling of the Jubilee Stone, Brass Band etc, and slides and video of the Beer Festival. Thank you PG.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 12th November 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for the AGM, October 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for September 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th September 2013

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Steve Tebbit, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas, Morag Tebbit, Mike Crosby, Damian Edwardson, Graham Foster, Greg Liptrot, Alex Cornish.

Apologies from
Mike Smith, Norman Hart, Doreen Haynes, Jan and Paul Green.

Minutes of June meeting.
The secretary pointed out that she was not on holiday when she missed the last meeting and so the amended minutes were then proposed by Derek Keen, seconded by Steve Tebbit and accepted by all.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer Report
Cash in bank - £1887.38.

Petty cash - £257.68

Total - £2145.06

Provisions - £803.75

Net cash - £1341.31

Vice Chair’s Report
Apologies for not attending the last 2 Parish Council meetings.

Secretary’s Report.
None

Project’s Officer
The main part of the erection of the storage for equipment had been done. The roof had still to be put on. Wednesday 11th September at 9am was agreed for this to be done. The Canal and Rivers Trust had been and done a litter pick and railings had been painted. A village litter pick was needed to be arranged before winter. Lawn’s Wood was still not good to walk through but JH said that the worse Lawn’s Wood is the more Wigan Metro would have to do it.

Website
PG not here. But there were 250 hits on the excellent website.

Ward Councillors
Mike Crosby said that the Brighter Borough funding link was on the internet. If you required funding it would be easier to register first. He also said that the library which had been closed on Saturdays in the last few months was now open between 10am and 12 noon, due to the finding of volunteers. The councillor’s surgeries are in the library every Saturday between 11 am and 12 noon. MC also said that he had received a report from Krystina Pilkington re words on signs on Vicarage Lane. MTh said that the farmer John Horton, had dealt with the problem.

Shevington Parish Council
Nothing from MTh.

S and D Community Association
MC has told us about the library. Applications for small grants had been made -Standish Lower Ground had applied for a grant of £200. The Youth Club had applied for a grant for £120 and Shevington Sharks had asked for funding for £250. S and D C A were fund raising by having a Lancashire Day on the 29th November. There would be an evening presentation on that night where community achievements would be awarded. There would be a quiz night on the 29th January 2014. Tickets for this would go on sale soon, venue Gathurst Golf Club. Discussion followed about the number of hits the Shevington Facebook page had had. Were the hits one time visitors or visitors who returned. Clare Griffiths and Vicky Callaghan were doing the Facebook page. Shevington had wanted a huge climbing frame but Wigan said it could not be maintained.

Christmas Cards
These were discussed but Mth proposed he talk with Paul and Graham, re new format, or notelets.

A.O.B.
JH said that Tony Robinson had been commissioned to do a walk along the L and L towpath featuring Crooke in his Channel 4 programme. JH said that musket balls had been found and that there was a lot of history. Meetings were to be had discussing this. A flyer was to be produced and circulated after the AGM next month.

MTh asked about a post which had been placed on the main road. DE and MC to investigate.

A bench was to be moved.

Alex Cornish mentioned dog fouling. There are powers in place to appoint dog wardens through the Parish Council. DE said that said he would raise the subject with Wigan Metro. JH said that Joanne Brewder or Joanne Makin were the people to contact.

Alex Cornish also mentioned Elm Trees, the cutting down of diseased trees and replaced by oaks. DE to investigate this. JH to talk to Simon Calderbank, with the councillors to see what could be done about this contentious issue.

The meeting closed at 8.10pm and a buffet, thank you Greg. A raffle was organised by Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 8th October 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn. (The AGM)

This concludes the minutes for September 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for August 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th August 2013

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Janette Green, Paul Green, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Steve Tebbit, Doreen Haynes, Sheila Milnes, Mike Thomas, Greg Liptrot, Alex Cornish.

Apologies from
Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Ira Whiteley, John Whiteley, Damian Edwardson, Mike Smith, Norman Hart, Alison Thomas, Carole Miles, Marlaine Whitham, John Hilton, Paul Liptrot, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby.

Minutes of June meeting.
The minutes were then proposed by Christine Keen, seconded by Paul Green.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer Report
Treasurer on holiday.

Vice Chair’s Report
Shevington Parish Council on a summer break, nothing to report.

Secretary’s Report.
Secretary on holiday.

Project’s Officer
All went well on the judging day for North West in Bloom. The judges were impressed by what had been done in the village and also what we were planning to do in the future.

It has been agreed that a garage be erected for CVRA storage use, this will be built at the side of the existing garages.

The bridge needs repainting so we are going to ask for some paint from the Canal and River Trust.

A litter pick is needs to be organized and the path to Lawns Wood needs tidying up.

Provision of a compost area has been requested at the other end of the village near to the school. It was said that it would be a good idea but it would need enclosing to stop animals entering. It was suggested that we call a meeting regarding this matter or add it to the next meeting’s agenda.

Website
Paul Green says that we have had nearly 300 visitors to the website in the last month. The History page has been updated. The fete will get a mention on there even though it was held in Shevington. It was asked if a comments page would be worth adding.

Ward Councillors
There were no ward councillors in attendance.

Shevington Parish Council
Derek and Jim attended the last Parish Council meeting as Mike was on holiday. There were a number of heated discussions. One attendee wanted notices wherever rat poison was put down. Angie Bland walked out of the meeting.

There was discussion about the use of the land that was purchased by the council. A leaflet is to be distributed to all residents asking for proposals as to how the land should be used. Jim felt that Shevington Parish Council served Crooke Village well as we receive services in excess value to the precept. The Parish Council allows us to have more of a voice in local matters.

Shevington Parish Council
Shevington Parish Council is on their summer break

Shevington and District Fete
There will be a meeting on Tuesday 20/8/13 at 7pm at the Shevington Methodist Hall to discuss the plusses and minuses of the event.

S and D Community Association
The Association want the completed forms for nominations for the Annual Achievement Awards to be returned by the 20th October 2013. Jim has copies of the forms for anyone who needs them.

North West in Bloom
We have received a letter from the judges stating that the presentations are taking place in Southport on the 23rd October 2013. It was proposed by Mike Thomas and seconded by Steve Tebbit that Brian Musgrove and Paul Green attend on our behalf. It was suggested that a Crooke Residents Association badge could possibly be worn. The approximate cost of the badges are 88 pence each.

Damian Jenkinson is going to be approached to see if he is still offering hanging baskets. These would have to be planted and maintained by ourselves. Adactus have no objections to them as long as they don’t damage the houses.

A.O.B.
We are still awaiting developments regarding work on Lawns Wood.

A bench needs repainting at the bottom side of the green but it is situated in the shade so it was suggested that it be moved. When Jim does a flyer he will ask people where the best place to put the bench is. Wigan Metro will then be asked to move it.

Four new dog fouling officers are being appointed and we are going to ask them to visit Crooke. It might be possible to appoint our own Dog Warden through the Shevington Parish Council, Mike is going to mention this at the next meeting.

It was suggested that CCTV be erected to catch the owners responsible for allowing their dogs to foul the area but there are too many laws governing this to make it possible to do so.

A flyer was read out regarding recruitment of volunteers for work at Gathurst station.

Christine Keen congratulated Paul and Janette Green for winning prizes in the Photographic competition at Shevington Fete.

The meeting closed at 8.05pm with a film, thank you Paul.

And a buffet, thank you Greg. A raffle was organised by Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 10th September 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for August 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 9th July 2013

The May meeting did not happen due to unseen circumstances.

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Jan Green, Paul Green, John Whiteley, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Steve Tebbit, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Paul Campbell (canal boat), A.N. Other

Apologies from
Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Ira Whiteley,, Damian Edwardson, Mike Thomas, Mike Smith.

Minutes of June meeting.
The minutes were then proposed by Christine Keen, seconded by Paul Green.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer Report
Little change in the finance since June meeting.

Vice Chair’s Report
Vice chair on holiday.

Secretary’s Report.
Secretary on holiday.

Project’s Officer
Derek Keen said that we are approaching the judging day for NW in Bloom and we need more volunteers. Work is still taking place in the village every Saturday morning until judging takes place. Jim Haynes said that NW in Bloom is all about the community pulling together.

Derek also mentioned that he went to the Summer Fair but found that several people were against having their picture taken.

Website
Paul Green will be adjusting the history page soon and adding some pictures of the plants that were donated by Moss Bank Nurseries, the Summer Fair and Walking Day.

Ward Councillors
Paul Collins discussed Shevington Library. He said that they are trying to recruit volunteers to work there on Saturday mornings so that it can be kept open for the usual library business and Councillors surgeries etc. He said that he would work with the Shevington Community Association to get more people involved.

Mike Crosby said that the Beat It team would be coming the first week in August if we need them to do some work. Paul Collins said that he will get in touch with Arthur to oversee the work done. We need an area tidying up near the “Red Bridge.”

Congratulations were said to Mike Crosby on the birth of his new daughter Rachael.

Shevington Parish Council
Derek and Jim attended the last Parish Council meeting as Mike was on holiday. There were a number of heated discussions. One attendee wanted notices wherever rat poison was put down. Angie Bland walked out of the meeting.

There was discussion about the use of the land that was purchased by the council. A leaflet is to be distributed to all residents asking for proposals as to how the land should be used. Jim felt that Shevington Parish Council served Crooke Village well as we receive services in excess value to the precept. The Parish Council allows us to have more of a voice in local matters.

Shevington and District Fete
The Fete will take place on the 3rd August 2013 11am – 4pm.

A film/films of village events will be screened.. A selection of historical photographs will be also be displayed. There will be a meeting on the 27th July to select the photographs.

S and D Community Association
They are looking to distribute money for small grants, £5000 per year will be given away for the next three years. Applications must be in writing and Crooke can request some of this money.

A branch of the Credit Union will start up on the 10th August 2013 but not sure where it will be based yet.

A.O.B.
Paul Green asked if he should put a copy of the Police newsletter on the website.

Judging for North West in Bloom will take place on 25th July 2013. Jim asked for volunteers to do some work towards it on the 11th July and 12th July 2013.

Derek said that the kerbstones need to be put into place and we needed some more so Paul Collins said he would see what he could do for us. John Maiden has offered to dig the channel.

The compost area is now enclosed and will be advertised for use in the Parish newsletter.

Wigan Metro are looking at the possibility of changing the footpath between Crooke Village and Shevington to a bridle path. This will have to be agreed by the land owner. Jim and Derek think it could encourage more motorbikes to use it. Alex Cornish said that as this path was the only link to Shevington other than the S bends then it was essential that it be made save. It was suggested that all motor bikes using the path be reported to the Police using the 101 number. The more reports recieved will lead to the problem being identified by the Police.

Greg and Jenny, the owners of the pub were praised for improving the clientele and the village green is much improved.

The Crooke Village constitution was discussed about people outside the village making decisions about the village.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm with a film, thank you Paul.

And a buffet, thank you Greg. A raffle was organised by Brian.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 13th August 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for July 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th June 2013

The May meeting did not happen due to unseen circumstances.

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Stephen Tebbit, Greg Liptrot, Damian Edwardson, Paul Liptrot, Paul Green, Jan Green, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove.

Apologies from
Mike Crosby, Paul Collins, Margaret Carlton, D Haynes, Alison Thomas, Mike Smith, Jon and Ira Whitely.

Minutes of April meeting.
The minutes were then proposed by Paul Green, seconded by Stephen Tebbit, and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer Report

Cash on deposit £2313.29
Petty Cash £301.70
Cash Total £2674.99
Provisions £1573.90
Net Cash £1101.09

Vice Chair’s Report
MTh talked about what happened at the Parish Council. See under Shevington Parish Council.

Secretary’s Report.
MT said she had talked to several locals who wondered about window boxes last year but none had been offered to the village via CVRA. She also talked about painting the village in pastel colours like Beaumaris. JH said that Adactus had painted their houses with a long lasting paint so would probably not agree to it. MT may quietly ask in the village for reactions to this idea.

Website
Paul Green is still rebuilding history page. There is not much local news. PG was to put photos of a charity ride which went through the village and MTh had photos of snow in Lawn’s Wood which he said he would get to PG.

Ward Councillors
See Shevington and District Community Association comments. MC was working and PC was attending another meeting. DE said that Brighter Borough was going online and if funding was needed go on the system. Payments would be made much quicker. The Beat –it team were to back in the area 5th-9th of August. MC was dealing with the last visit but if anything was needed let him know. Wigan Youth Zone was now open. Local groups need to be able to use it .In Appley Bridge a child had had an accident on a bank near the new housing estate near the canal. Metal rods were protruding where they had been buried years ago. Environmental Services dealt with this promptly. If you see anything report it. DE also said that a footpath had been put over the bridge at Gathurst.

Lawn's Wood.
Graham Workman, Bio-Diversity Manager of WLTC advised on resurfacing the footpaths. Joint funding may be necessary. Bird boxes, walkways and focal points are to be addressed. Reed Warblers have been seen in local gardens and are probably in Lawn’s Wood alongside many other species.

Projects Officer.
Derek Keen said that herbs had been planted around the notice board. They had started spraying the sides of pathways round the park. But more help was needed. Because of the weather the drum was still in the stream. MTh and DK to sort soonest. See more comments under NW in Bloom. JH said that planters need to be replanted but the old plants could be reused. DK said that the pub needs window boxes. GL to provide.

Shevington Parish Council
A set of deer’s legs had been found near Shevington. A 4 by 4 Discovery had been seen in the area. MTh said again for people from Crooke to attend the Parish Council meetings as there is a lot of talk about the fields and woods and the uses that might be taken up, sports wise, money making ventures. These might affect Crooke.

S and D Fete
CVRA will be attending, display boards will be put up and a DVD will be available.

S and D Community Association
DE said there had been talk about a £200 printer but no resolution had been found. There was to be a quiz on Friday the 4th July at St Anne’s Parish Hall, £5 a ticket. MC, PC and DE were entering as a team.

North West in Bloom
GF said that planning permission for container was to cost £175. There were 6 Saturdays between now and judging day, 25th July, pm. Work parties were to regularly take place, tidying, weeding planting etc. GF suggested every Saturday between 8 and 10 am. ST to put notice up in notice board.

Smartwater.
Signs had been put up in the village, 1 next to marina, 1 on GF’s fence at the Douglas River Bridge, 1 on left hand side of gate at Shevington Lane on MTh land and 1 at top end of park. JH said he had 1 set left out of 20 bought, but he could purchase more in multiples of 10.

AOB
DK said that an accident had occurred on the loose gravel at number 47, on the recently resurfaced road, where a girl had fallen.

GL said that some unsavoury items had been found on the green next to the pub. JH said that we should log everything and report to our local police. DE said to ring 101.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a film, thank you Paul.

And a buffet – thank you Greg. A raffle was organised, thank you BM

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 9th July 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for June 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for April 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 9th April 2013

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Stephen Tebbit, Greg Liptrot, Damian Edwardson, Paul Green, Jan Green, Brian Musgrove.

Apologies from
Mike Crosby, Carole Miles, Sheila Milnes, Sandra Musgrove, Norman Hart, Michelle Foster, Alison Thomas, Mike Smith.

Minutes of February meeting.
The amended minutes were then proposed by Brian Musgrove, seconded by Christine Keen, and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer Report
The Adactus grant of £433.25 (thanks JH) is in bank. The balance is £2963.29.

Petty cash is £215.41, provisions are £1502.36, and net cash is £1691.35.

Vice Chair’s Report
None

Secretary’s Report.
None.

Website
Paul Green is still rebuilding history page. There is not much local news.

Ward Councillors
DE said he was busy buying lots of things. He mentioned the Travellers who had taken up residence on Gathurst Golf Course. The filling of the potholes was ongoing. The residents of Appley Bridge were against the proposed development at Heron’s Wharf. There was an open meeting to be held at the Water’s Edge at 7pm on Monday the 15th April.

Projects Officer.
Derek Keen said that the brook had not been done due to the inclement weather. The overgrown bushes were to be pruned. The mud had been cleared from the pathway running diagonally across the grass next to the pub. The compost area was to be finished using the Adactus grant. MTh was to investigate costs of materials and do the job ASAP. A metal drum in the brook was to be investigated. There would be planting round the notice board.

Shevington Parish Council
MTh attended, as did DE. There was not much of interest to Crooke. There was an open meeting scheduled for Thursday April 11th at 7.30pm in the library to which anyone could attend.

S and D Fete
This was going ahead on the 3rd August. CVRA were to have a stall. GL’s offer of a marquee had been declined as they are able to source it from elsewhere.

S and D Community Association
At their AGM on 26th March a sub committee was formed to discuss finance, specifically the £26000 of historic monies at present in bank account. They recommended to the meeting that it should be put in to a Unity Credit Union. £4000 was to be set aside for running costs with £6000 as a reserve. The balance of £16000 was to be used to finance projects and criteria was to be set for the application of funding. JH suggested it should be used for part funding various projects with a cap set on each one. This way the money would be spread further and assist more projects. DE agreed.

North West in Bloom
The weather has been holding this project up. Herbs were going to be planted and plaques re-sighted. ST asked if there was a colour theme and was told not really. He said he could put herbs in the gravel bed beside the church.

Smartwater.
People have received their materials to use in their houses. JH said a little goes a long way. Would people give back their forms and £20 to JH asap. 5 signs were to be put up at all the entrances to the village. GF has a sign passed by Smartwater. Wigan Metro would not allow the signs to be put on lamp posts. One sign was to be put up on Yvonne Vernon’s property as you come in to the village by road. GF said he would put one up on his land near the Douglas River. One would be put on the 2ton sign on the canal bridge. One would be put on the footpath as you come over the footbridge from the main road into the park. MTh would put one up on his fence as you come into Crooke on the footpath from Shevington. The cost of these signs would be less than £20 from a source known to GF. JH and DK have already put up laminated signs on their properties. Krystina Pilkington said that Shevington is interested.

AOB
MTh asked if a dog poo bin could be placed near the end of the village on the footpath to Shevington. He would take responsibility for its maintenance. There was one available. ST said the gap between the nursery and the church could be a site for a bin, but JH said that costs a lot of money to have it emptied. GL said Jen had taken a call for the arrival of the 40 tons of stones for the towpath to be put in the pub car park. The stones would arrive in the week and the work force would then put it on the tow path. The dates were Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a film, thank you Paul.

And a buffet – thank you Greg. A raffle was organised, thank you BM

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for April 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 12th March 2013

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Mike Thomas, Paul Collins, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Stephen Tebbit, Doreen Haynes, Mike Smith, Greg Liptrot, Alex Cornish, Brian Musgrove.

Apologies from
Mike Crosby, Carole Miles, Sheila Milnes, Jan and Paul Green, Sandra Musgrove, Norman Hart, Graham Foster.

Minutes of February meeting.
The amended minutes were then proposed by Brian Musgrove, seconded by Doreen Haynes, and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None

Treasurer Report
None

Vice Chair’s Report
None

Secretary’s Report.
None.

Website
Paul Green was unwell but the website was in the process of being upgraded.

Ward Councillors
PC said that: 1) The topic of the potholes at the entrance to Crooke village was ongoing. As was the potholes in Elnup Road and Princess Road. 2) An application had been placed to plant 450 trees at Stokley Park in Appley Bridge and they were still waiting for notification.

MTh mentioned maybe there may be a clash of interests re funding if more people asked for funding but PC said that anyone applying for funding was worth pursuing.

Projects Officer.
Derek Keen said that the pathway had been cleaned up (going from road beside pub diagonally up to un-adopted road) but the drainage needs to be looked at again. Discussion followed about getting in touch with the owners of the land and the different possibilities which were available. He also said another litter pick needed to be done, along the canal and in the village. MTh warned us that drug users had been in the area by the Royal Oak and to be aware of the possibility of needles. DK said that duck tape had been used on the outside of the notice board and had to be cleaned up. Krystyna Pilkington had noticed it.

Shevington Parish Council
MTh was on holiday and therefore did not attend.

S and D Fete
CVRA agreed to attend and paid £15 for our stall. Their next meeting was 26th March at the Methodist Church in Shevington.

S and D Community Association
Their meeting was to be at 7pm on 26th February in cellar bar at Crooke Hall Inn.

North West in Bloom
JH attended a meeting in Hindley a couple of weeks ago. Shevington is entered as a town, whereas Crooke is entered as a neighbourhood. Discussion followed about the fact that council were tidying various bits of the area and therefore the locals were not contributing to the tidying of their area. PC said that the school might be doing something and Damian Jenkinson and Margaret Carter were taking the initiative. Discussion followed about the tidying of the alley behind Barnet Fayre and Bewleys.

Smartwater.
An open meeting had taken place. They put forward a cost of £20 as a one-off fee. GF has done work on the signs to go up in the village, to be submitted to Smartwater. JH was to speak to the highways department re the erection of said signs.

AOB
ST asked about the composting area. JH had applied to Adactus for a green grant which had been granted, hazel hurdles, post and concrete and to build a wildlife stack. £433 had been awarded. Thanks to Adactus. Discussion followed about Lawn’s Wood. A meeting between DK, PG and JH with Graham Workman was arranged for 21st March at 2pm. Simon Calderbank was going to be approached and Fran Godfrey was to give a price. £20000 was needed and JH did not think this was a problem. JH circulated pictures of stacks which could be used.

JH said Adactus produced a magazine quarterly, and there would an article about Crooke in it. There was also a magazine called Local Life and an article would be in that. And also Shevington Parish Council was to produce a magazine. Thank you JH for articles.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a film –Pits and Railways. Thank you Paul And a buffet – thank you Greg.

JH was to ring council and ask for more salt. MTh was to get rid of plastic bags on his ground so as not to invite more rubbish being left there. JH said we have been given a licence from Wigan Metro to tidy up, plant flowers, herbs etc on Metro land and this licence was in the process of being renewed.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a film – The history of Rugby League in Wigan. Thank you Alex.

And a buffet – thank you Greg.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for March 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for February 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 12th February 2013

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Mike Thomas, Margaret Carter, John Whitely, Jim Maloney, Paul Collins, Alison Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Stephen Tebbit, Paul Green, Janette Green, Mike Crosby, Paul Liptrot, Marlaine Whitham, Sheila Milnes.

Apologies from
Mike Smith, Ira Whitely, Carole Miles, Damian Edwardson, Doreen Haynes, Brian and Sandra Musgrove, Jen Liptrot, Rev J Hilton, Norman Hart.

Minutes of January meeting.
The amended minutes were then proposed by Christine Keen, seconded by Paul Green, and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Paul Collins talked about the entrance to the village but the subject will be talked about later in the meeting.

Treasurer Report
None

Vice Chair’s Report
None

Secretary’s Report.
None.

Website
Paul Green said that he was in conversation with John Rigby re chronology of photographs and Peter Goodwin was to be approached to do a commentary. Last month there were 273 visitors to the site and this month 243.

Ward Councillors
MC said a resident had phoned him re high Adactus rent increases.

PC said that 1) the entrance to Crooke village was on the list for repairs and resurfacing (JH asked PC to check the wording of what was going to be done)
2) An application had been placed to plant 450 trees at Stokley Park in Appley Bridge.
3) Goal posts have been put in behind St Anne’s and the council was working with Shevington Sharks to bring the field up to standard.
4) The work on the Rec at Shevington was on going.
5) The footpath from Crooke to Shevington was still being talked about.
6) Funding was approved to do “earth quaking” to make drainage better. This will be done in various parts of the ward.

ST asked about whose responsibility was the road down by the pub. PC was to investigate.

Projects Officer.
Derek Keen talked of the following projects.

1) clear brook flowing into marina,
2) cut back overgrown bushes around park,
3) clear mud from pathway near canal bridge and try to drain it,
4) litter pick to be arranged,
5) planting around Interpretation Board and behind the bench. This year it will be herbs which everyone can use.

Jim Haynes said this was appropriate as this year North West in Bloom was to be “Edible Britain.” JH said that an impromptu meeting had been held with Matt Taylor of Canal and River Trust who had said that there may be twenty soldiers with twenty tons of stone to go on to the tow path, as yet no date set for this to happen. ST said there was a tree over the tow path near the Royal Oak Bridge. GL said that the car park was to be used for access for the stone for the tow path.

Shevington Parish Council
MTh said that “Friends of Memorial Park “were looking into funding for play equipment and asked whether all parks in the borough could apply for funding. PC reminded the meeting of Match Funding which was available to all voluntary groups. He also said that funding for the development of Lawn’s Wood would be available from April. He also said that there could be a Disability Grant. As a member of “Friends of Lawn’s Wood” committee, JH would work with the councillors. There were dykes throughout the area not doing what they were supposed t due to lack of maintenance, this would add to the likelihood of flooding. Krystina Pilkington had raised this issue, at the SPC meeting. PC was to investigate. MTh mentioned Orica and the sale of various pieces of land around Shevington, but there was still no decision available to the public.

S and D Fete
DK and JH had attended the preliminary meeting for this event. JH asked if Crooke wanted to be involved again. Everyone agreed that this would be a good idea. No date has been arranged. CVRA would pay £15 for a stall. Greg Liptrot offered his Marquee for Shevington to use free of charge. Thank you Greg. MTh will put it up. The next meeting re the fete was 19th February.

S and D Community Association
The AGM was held last week and Marlaine Whitham was the new chair and Jon Whitely was vice chair. Congratulations to both. Their next meeting was to be at 7pm on 26th February in cellar bar at Crooke Hall Inn. MW gave out a warm invite to anyone who was interested to come to the meeting in the Cellar Bar or at Shevington Methodist Hall for the next meeting.

North West in Bloom
QRs are in process. They will be put in 10 locations around Crooke.

Lawn’s Wood will be tackled, with funding being finalised etc, with regards to disabled access. Bird boxes and Bat boxes were to be erected. GF will liaise with local schools. Graham Workman was to be approached in Wigan Metro re the Bat boxes. JH was going to ask Adactus re funding for screening the compost bins using hazel hurdles and posts set in concrete. A wild life stack ( home for hedgehogs, insects etc) was to be erected and local schools would be asked to be involved. In our last Northwest in Bloom report we had scored 89/100 with the above areas being highlighted. (QRs, wheelchair access, and wildlife stacks)

Smartwater.
There will be an open meeting to which the whole village would be invited on the 19th February, to a presentation by Smartwater for crime prevention. JH said this would be an excellent opportunity for the village to show it could be united in standing up against criminals. The results in the news of catching criminals using Smartwater facilities had been good. Some insurance companies gave discount to people who had Smartwater facilities in use.

AOB
JH showed the meeting a copy of Local Life in which there was an article about Crooke. This magazine would come out 4 times a year and there would be an article about Crooke in each issue. This was a free magazine.

DK asked if the format of our Christmas cards could be discussed at the next meeting.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a film –Pits and Railways. Thank you Paul And a buffet – thank you Greg.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 12th March 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for February 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for January 2013

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th January 2013

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Margaret Carter, John Whitely, Veronica Maloney, Jim Maloney, Paul Collins, Brian Musgrove, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Barry King, Cliff Jarvis, Stephen Tebbit, Paul Green, Janette Green, Mike Crosby, Peter Goodwin.

Apologies from
Mike Smith, Sandra Musgrove, Sheila Milnes, Damian Edwardson, Paul Liptrot, Greg and Jen Liptrot, Rev J Hilton, Norman Hart.

Minutes of November meeting.
The amended minutes –the changing of £192.50 to £930 revenue from selling Christmas cards by Paul Green, and the changing of the word September to November in the Minutes to be agreed, were then proposed by Derek Keen, seconded by Brian Musgrove, and agreed by all.

Matters arising
Barry King had information regarding monies from Orica. See attached report.


PC said that the 3 councillors were working hard to use monies from various sources, including Orica, 106 agreements, fairly. People must ask for monies and bid for the money. Organisations must bid for monies. Priority would be given to matched funding. JH said that the footpath through Lawn’s Wood, footpath from the Royal Oak bridge and along tow path, and the footpath from Crooke to Shevington were priorities. JH, DK and GF and the councillors were to meet and discuss. Discussion followed about Smart Water – a system used to protect property. PC proposed a pilot project, costing it, and then see what funding was available.

Treasurer Report
The Christmas card sales produced a profit of £428 and we also raised £108 from the Christmas Fayre.

We have set the following provisions for the coming year-

£519.20 for a shed/container (Adactus grant).

£83.16 (balance of Brighter Borough grant).

£500 for 2013 Christmas cards.

£150 for tool maintenance and fuel/weed killer etc.

£75 for Public Liability insurance.

£175 for planning fees to site a container behind the pub.

Considering the above, we have a bank balance of £2,506.04, plus petty cash of £199.41 which, after provisions, leave a net cash position of £1,257.09.

This concluded the Treasurers Report.

Vice Chair’s Report
MTh was not at the meeting.

Secretary’s Report.
None.

Website
Paul Green said that December had been a quiet month. JH said that any information from the Chapel must be verified by eg Rev Hilton before they are put on the website. The last minutes were to be put on.

Ward Councillors
MC said not a lot has changed over the Christmas period. He said working together had been good and hoped next year would be as good. Congratulations were given to him on another Crosby arriving in July. PC was dealing with routine problems like bins in Appley Bridge. He also talked about how to spend Orica money. As governor at Shevington Vale P School and Mill Brook, he had already started discussions with the children as to what they would like as regards play equipment. This approach could be widened to other schools. He talked about thefts in the area and the need for any thefts to be reported. He himself had thieves in his garage, and despite the police arriving within 10 minutes PC had a lot of stuff stolen. He is putting an email together about tackling the possibilities of thieves, including Smart Water, taking an inventory. DK suggested taking photographs. CK suggested wind chimes, lights coming on. Cliff said there had been an incident at Joe Shovelton’s property at which he had surprised the people involved.

Project Officer.
As it was winter there had not been a lot going on. But another litter pick was needed. 19th January at 10am was agreed and ST was to put a notice up on the notice board advertising this event.

AOB
At the Shevington and District Association meeting PC put to the meeting information about Unify. JH circulated that information to the Crooke meeting. It was regarding loans at good rates.

DK mentioned the entrance to the village being full of pot holes. A temporary repair had been made by Roy from the Marina. PG said that he had told the council about pot holes on the main road and someone from the council had come out to investigate.

Brian Musgrove raffled two bottles of wine for association funds, thank you Brian.

The meeting closed at 8.10 with a buffet and an excellent dvd. Thanks to Peter Goodwin who was present at the meeting who provided the dvd. He was from Tradition Films who had made the dvd, Our Story, Shevington with Lower Ground. John O’Neil had provided the script and Wigan Archives the stills. Peter was selling copies for £5.

Thanks to Crooke Hall Inn for the hot-pot.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 12th Febuary 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn..

This concludes the minutes for January 2013.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for December 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th December 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Mike Thomas, Morag Tebbit, Mike and Sam Pope, Carole Miles, Ira Whitely, John Whitely, D Edwardson, Veronica Maloney, Jim Maloney, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Derek Keen, Stephen Tebbit, Paul Green, Janette Green, Mike Crosby,

Apologies from
Graham Foster, Mike Smith, Doreen Haynes, Christine Keen, Margaret Carter, Sheila Milnes, Paul Collins, Alex Cornish, Rev J Hilton, Alison Thomas, Norman Hart.

Minutes of November meeting.
The minutes were then proposed by Paul Green, seconded by Stephen Tebbit, and agreed by all.

Matters arising
None.

Treasurer Report
None. GF sent his apologies.

Vice Chair’s Report
There was no feedback from the Shevington Parish Council re Crooke.

Secretary’s Report.
None.

Website
Paul Green is waiting to update information onto the website. He mentioned he wanted to put on monies to the website but MTh said that sums mentioned at meetings should only be given by the treasurer.

Ward Councillors
Damian Edwardson said he and the other councillors had been getting lots of calls about parking. They also were trying to claim fair share of monies meant for open spaces and parks, to be used for equipment for Shevington Park and Recreational parks incl Crooke. Ira Whitely said that our councillors have done an excellent job for us but Wigan must show good will too. Wigan does not provide any parking or money for repairing and should be taking some of the burden off the Parish Council. JH and IW both said that our councillors work very hard for us and thanked them for their attendance of our meetings.

DE said that they enjoyed coming to our meetings but that it was frustrating working within constraints. He was continuing to learn how to approach things. He thanked the meeting for making him so welcome. JH said that Adactus has been very good in the past giving the association money. They also have given the Association 150 words in their magazine. But have not been attending meetings. MTh said that Orica had mentioned £20000 was available for play equipment for Shevington. Ira and DE were to liaise in bringing this to the Parish Council.

Christmas Cards.
Paul Green has done a wonderful personal job in selling 182 packs. - £930. (incl a donation of £5.50) Thanks Paul. There were a few packs left including a few from previous years.

AOB
ST mentioned the compost bin up the lane needed a front. DK said this was in hand. ST mentioned the electric box at the tree was visible but was told that that was the way it had to be.

IW, CM and MTh would take the change of fencing round it to Parish Council for next year.

MTh has said he has put similar fencing round his land (on the path to Shevington) for the protection of people.

The litter pick on the 24th November was successful – along the canal and round the village.

Brian asked if we had seen adverts put up by Orica promoting scenic walks along the tow path. This was a little bit silly as the tow path was so messy.

There were going to be fewer drain clearings in the coming year.

DE told the meeting that John O’Neil was premiering the film Shevington and District – In One Year at Shevington Methodist Church at 7pm on Thursday 13th December.

Ira thanked the CVRA for their Christmas email.

Brian Musgrove raffled three bottles of wine for association funds, thank you Brian.

The meeting closed at 9.00 with a buffet and film. Thanks to PG for the film, Pits and Railways, a history of our local area. Thanks to Greg and Jen for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 8th January 2013 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn..

This concludes the minutes for December 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for November 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th November 2012

The meeting started with a talk given by Alex Miller, Archivist of WLCT. This was very interesting. A big thank you to Alex.

Then we had a minute silence remembering Margaret Hammond who sadly died on Monday.

Attendees
Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Mike Thomas, Christine Keen, Alex Cornish, Brian Musgrove, Stephen Tebbit, Paul Green, Janette Green, Paul Collins, Mike Crosby, Greg Liptrot, Alex Miller, Rev John Hilton.

Apologies from
Graham Foster, Damian Edwardson, Jim Haynes, Derek Keen, Sandra Musgrove, Mike Smith.

Minutes of September meeting.
The minutes were then proposed by Brian Musgrove, seconded by Stephen Tebbit, and agreed by all.

Treasurer Report
None. GF sent his apologies.

Vice Chair’s Report
There was no feedback from the Shevington Parish Council re Crooke.

Secretary’s Report.
None.

Website
Paul Green is to put the minutes on to the website. He was asked by Alex Cornish about the number of hits. PG said that there was an automatic update on the website.

Ward Councillors
PC said that 20,000 bulbs had been planted, 10000 in Standish Lower Ground and 10000 in Shevington. 5 a-side posts had been erected in Appley Bridge. Posts were going to be put up behind St Anne’s School in Standish Lower Ground. There was still a problem with drainage on the recreation ground. Parking was going to be a problem near the field behind St Anne’s School. PC wants Shevington Sharks to play there. Shevington FC were to mark out a pitch. £50000 was to be found for developing the site. The Core Strategy – councillors voted unanimously to put it through and are now awaiting the Inspector’s Response. Wigan Council has said that there was no need to build on Green Belt land in Wigan.

Northwest in Bloom
Derek Keen and Jim Haynes were attending the presentation of awards tonight. Crooke got Outstanding in their category. We missed out on involving local businesses, e.g. the nursery, but that will be addressed for next year. NWIB were impressed with the marina and the field. Greg said that the pub would be improved for next year. PC said that we should be very proud of ourselves as we only have been entering NWIB in the last 18 months and other areas had been competing for many years. Shevington got a Silver Gilt.

Christmas Cards.
Paul Green has done a wonderful personal job in selling 97 packs of the 189 in total. MTh took 10 for the Hairdressing Shop. Discussion followed about the production of calendars, notelets and postcards. Each was to be investigated price wise.

AOB
Greg Liptrot (landlord of the Crooke Hall Inn) asked CVRA if they would like a stall at their Christmas Market event on the first 2 weekends of December.

MT asked about the posters of Trick or Treat distributed around the village with the CVRA name on them and said that it had not come up in any meetings. This was a point of order. MTh said that a group within CVRA could take decisions on something not passed on at meetings.

PG asked on DK’s behalf that a litter pick should take place. Date decided was Saturday 24th November at 10 am. ST to put up a notice on the notice board.

Greg said that the firework night was successful, no idiots had come. The only thing he forgot to do was do a letter drop in the village about the event.

Brian Musgrove raffled two bottles of wine for association funds, thank you Brian.

The meeting closed at 9.00 with a buffet and film. Thanks to Greg and Jen for the buffet.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 11th December 2012 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes for November 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for the AGM, October 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 9th October 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Greg Liptrot, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, Mike Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Paul Collins (councillor), Mike Crosby (councillor), Margaret Carter, Trisha Poole.

Apologies from
Paul Liptrot, Mike Smith, Rev John Hilton, Damian Edwardson, Alex Cornish, Norman Hart, Alison Thomas.

Welcome from the Chairman.

Chairman’s Report.
Welcome to the third AGM of the Crooke Village Residents Association and a look at what are the achievements of the last 12 months.

In October 2011, Crooke Village was awarded Thriving in the North West in Bloom competition; this being next to the highest award in the category. Later in October at a ceremony in Wigan Town Hall, two more awards were received for the Best developing Community Project. Not bad considering that the Crooke Village Residents Association is just three years old and only entered the competition that year.

The sale of Christmas cards was exceptional.

Bulbs were planted, in the area of the Interpretation Board and new flowerbeds created, using flowers donated by Moss Bank Nurseries.

Adactus funded petrol strimmers, brush woodcutters, edgers, hedgers, a chain saw, a cultivator and a blower. All of which proved to be invaluable in widening the footpath around the park, keeping the footpath clear in Lawns Wood and clearing The entrance and around the village.

The canal towpath was litter picked, as was the path at the both ends of Lawns Wood.

A projector and screen were purchased so that a film can be shown after the monthly meeting.

A compost bin has been built so that grass cuttings etc. can be re-cycled. The canal bridge was repainted.

The biggest project of the year has to be the erection of the stone to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr. Jim Maloney, deputy Lieutenant, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, dedicated the stone and unveiled the Interpretation Board whilst the Pemberton Old Wigan DW Brass Band played followed by a concert at the Crooke Hall Inn. Superb weather and a low-level fly over by a Lancaster bomber were the making of the day.

Thank you to the following.
Adactus for funding the gardening equipment and allowing the earlier allotment funding be used for other purposes.

Councillors Paul Collins, Mike Crosby and former councillor Paul Liptrot for their part in funding the commemorative stone.

Shevington Parish Council providing the balance to buy the stone.

Councillors Paul Collins, Mike Crosby & Damian Edmondson for funding the hire of the brass band.

The three councillors for attending meetings and being on hand, to assist and advise when required.

Members of the Shevington Parish Council and the Shevington and district Community Association for attending meetings.

B&Q for supplying paint for the bridge.

John Maiden for the use of his time and machinery.

Greg & Jenny Liptrot, for providing the venue and buffet at our monthly meetings.

The Methodist Church for the use of the chairs for the band cat the unveiling ceremony.

Thank you to members of the Crook Village Residents Association.

Mike Thomas, vice chairman, for the use of his vehicles and equipment including the loan of a sit on lawn mower, and being on hand, to advise and assist at the projects. Mike attends the Shevington Parish Council on our behalf.

Graham Foster, Treasurer, for looking after our finances and grant applications plus helping on projects.

Morag Tebbit, Secretary, for taking and circulating the minutes of meetings.

Derek Keen, Projects Officer. Derek has put a great deal of effort into getting things done throughout the village and a lot of what has happened this year, especially in the North West in Bloom entry and the Commemorative Stone is down to him.

Paul Green for his continued work on the website, and a new DVD/slide show of the stone dedication plus the outstanding sale of Christmas cards was due to Pauls’ efforts. Paul received an award from the Shevington & district Community Association for Service to the Local Community. He is also involved with the projects throughout the year and even though he & Jan no longer live in the village they still devote a great deal of time to the Residents Association.

Steve Tebbit, for his involvement preparing the base for the stone and cobbling around the notice board and other projects.

Mike Smith, for working on the base for the stone the notice board and other projects.

Brian Musgrove for work on the stone and the notice board as well as litter picking and running the raffle at meetings.

Ann Rodgers for providing paint & roller’s at the bridge painting and helping with painting.

Doreen, Chris, Jan & Alison for their support throughout the year.

The Future.
A lot has been achieved over the last 3 years so thought has to be giver to maintaining that which has been created. It has been suggested that more publicity be given to tasks that ore being undertaken and a suggestion is to devote one or two Saturdays each month 1’o carry out maintenance and projects. The dates could be planned for the year and the work decided at the monthly meeting, these dates and projects to be posted on the notice board.

Another suggestion is the holding of meetings later in the evening as this may be more suitable for working people. A trial period of 6 months of an eight o’clock start may be worth considering.

The constitution of the Association states that the aims are:

• To enable residents to become more involved in village life. Monthly meetings enable people to become    involved, should they wish.

• To raise funds for projects that will benefit the village.

   Funds are raised for projects, tools, projector & screen, display boards, Village Stone etc.

• To improve the quality of life of residents of the village.

   The quality of life of residents has been improved with the work done around the village, erection of the    commemorative stone, widening the path around the park, clearing village entrance, keeping the culvert clear,    keeping the path in Lawns wood clear, regular grass cuffing around the border of the park and around the    Interpretation Board, weed spraying etc.

• To encourage a greater sense of community spirit.

Thought needs to be given as to how we communicate with our residents. Social events and a better and more regular newsletter are only two suggestions, other ideas need to be looked at.

Thanks to the kind offer of Greg, Jenny & Allgates it is planned to site a container behind Crooke Hall Inn to store equipment; this is subject to obtaining planning permission.

We hope that the long awaited funding to resurface the path in Lawns Wood will be forthcoming in 2013.

The footpath to Shevington is in need of draining and resurfacing, it must be remembered that this is the only safe way to get to Shevington on foot and is well used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The towpath to Gathurst is also in need of repair and discussions have already taken place with the Canal & Rivers Trust but to date have not got very far.

Thank you all for listening I am sure that the CVRA will go from strength to strength in 2013.

Treasurer Report 2011-12
We have had a good year in terms of securing grants and support from other bodies. Adactus provided a grant of £790 for the purchase of landscaping equipment and also agreed to the release of the £1000 provision for the allotment. From the £1000, we used £396 toward the Jubilee Stone event and the rest is to be put towards other projects around the village.

We have also had fantastic support from our Local Councillors and Shevington Parish Council - together they have helped to finance the Jubilee Stone and also contributed towards the Jubilee Stone event.

The Christmas cards once again proved popular and the sales from last Christmas brought in just over £500 of profit and a huge thank you to Paul Green for walking the streets and selling them door to door.

A mention should also go to Steve Tebbit and Brian Musgrove. Steve has organised two village quizzes and these have raise £76 and Brian has organised the monthly raffle and these have raised £167, thank you to both Steve and Brian.

Now to the accounts.
The income for 2011-12 was £3,928.00 plus the balance from the previous year of £2,312.01 gave a total for the year of £6,240.01

The outgoings for 2011-12 were £4,377.13 with the main contributors being:
Christmas Cards -              £477
Tools/Projector etc. -          £1,311
Jubilee Stone -                   £1,000
Jubilee Stone event -          £696

With regard to Provisions, we are currently holding £1,402.36 and this is for:

2012 Christmas Cards -      £500
Container for storage -       £519.20 (balance of previous Adactus grant)
Tool maintenance etc -       £300
Balance of grant -              £83.16 (Brighter Borough Grant)

Therefore at the end of this financial year the funds we have on deposit are £1,817.72, plus Petty Cash of £45.16, less the provisions leaves us with a Net Cash position of £460.52.

Thank you.

Vice Chair’s Response
Mike apologised for his not being around in the last few weeks, then thanked Jim for his tireless work for the village. He thanked people for their support, especially in tidying the village.

Secretary’s Report.
Morag thanked Jim for his work he is doing for the village and Derek Keen, Graham Foster and Paul Green, and of course their wives. She thanked our councillors for their unstinting support, ie Damian Edwardson, Paul Collins and Mike Crosby.

Projects Officers Report
1)      Since becoming the projects officer we have cleared back the overhanging trees to the village          entrance and also strimmed the weeds and sprayed.

2)      We have cut back all pathways around the village with the new tools. They have been a great help and          made the job much better than using half-moon cutters which would have taken a week or more to do. The          grass around the footpath edgings was cut the width of the sit on mower all around the park and elsewhere.

3)      The entrance and all through Lawns Wood has been cut back and sprayed but there is still a lot more work          to be done in there.

4)      North West in Bloom, I hope, was a success. There was quite a bit of work done around the village like          repainting the planters and making up of hanging and wall baskets for the Pub also a communal composting          area was made part way up where the wagon lines use to run. It is on the right hand side walking towards          the park. The plants around the Interpretation Board were also replaced and the mound were the Tippler          use to be was strimmed back.

5)      One of the main projects was the Jubilee Stone, which was a success with all the help of everyone involved.          It would have been a lot more difficult to do the job without the help of John Maiden who levelled the land          and dug out the footings for the stone. I would like to thank Joe Shovelton for making tea and coffee for us          all.

6)      The bridge over the canal was repainted; the white paint was donated by B&Q the black paint was donated          by Anne Rodgers. Thanks to all concerned.

7)      The project, where the laying of cobbles around the notice board took place, was accomplished with the          help of Mike Thomas who part cut the cobbles. Thanks again to all concerned.

8)      Again with the help Mike Thomas who provided a shredder, the tree cuttings down the side of the old rail          track were shredded and disposed of. They were put on the entrance to Lawns Wood.

Standing Down of Present Officers and Election of New Officers.
Graham Foster thanked the members who were standing down. Paul Green proposed the election of Jim Haynes as chair, seconded by MTh, all agreed. JH accepted but said that this was his 4th year and new blood was needed. Christine Keen proposed Michael Thomas as vice chair, JH seconded it, all agreed. MT was proposed as secretary by Christine Keen and seconded by Brian Musgrove. Graham Foster was proposed as treasurer by JH and seconded by BM, all agreed.

AOB
Paul Collins and Mike Crosby had had a meeting about the cutting of the field and the number of cuts per year would be increased. The weather has been particularly bad this year making the cutting of the grass with present machinery difficult. If weather does not improve, new equipment might have to be bought when the lease expires for the present equipment.
Paul Green praised the committee. He also said that the CVRA would not be so successful without JH and his very hard work and knowledge. The website was up to date. Thanks to PG for an excellent website. He passed round a pack of photographs of Crooke in Winter, for people to indicate their preferences for our new Christmas card pack to be put together. Trisha suggested sepia be used and DK suggested black and white. This was to be considered. PG had copies of the 4 seasons of Crooke DVD which he distributed to all who wanted a copy. Thank you Paul. PG is putting together a history of Crooke in words and pictures, as yet to be chronicled.
MTh said that Margaret Hammond was wheelchair bound, and that he was going to move Joe’s plaque to another bench on the field (post meeting note, this has been done).
Discussion followed about the ownership of the footpath from Crooke to Shevington. PC to investigate further.
CK said that the path alongside her house was very muddy. This would be dealt with.
ST asked about the weed killing effect on the grass. A different use of equipment was going to be used to stop the problem.
GF said that Alex Cornish had taken the accounts to an independent accountant and they had been ratified.
The change of starting time for meetings was discussed but as Alex Miller was to be speaking at our next meeting it was agreed that we leave the start in November at 7pm and Alex Miller would come at 8 to talk about the archives etc.
PC mentioned an email he had circulated, regarding cold callers – similar to PPI and we were to ignore them.

The meeting closed at 8.30 and was followed by a buffet provided by Greg and Jen Liptrot, thanks to them. Also we watched the original slide show of Crooke, slides and a video of the unveiling of the Jubilee Stone, Brass Band etc, and slides and video of the Beer Festival. Thank you PG.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 13th November 2012 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the AGM for October 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for September 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th September 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Alex Cornish, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Paul Liptrot, Stephen Tebbit, Mike Smith, Mike Pope, Margaret Carter, NK, Paul Green, Janette Green, Barry King (SPC and SDCA), Mark Tate, Dawn Bootle.

Apologies from
Norman Hart, Graham Foster, Mike Crosby, Paul Collins, Damian Edwardson.

Minutes of last Meeting.
Mike Smith there was no mention of the changing of the times of the meeting in the minutes of the August meeting. The issue had been aired then. These will be discussed later at the AGM in October.

The minutes were then proposed by Christine Keen, seconded by Brian Musgrove, and agreed by all.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
None. GF sent his apologies.

Shevington Parish Council
Barry King said there had been 3 matters talked about at SPC. 1) Re green belt options in Standish. The date for objections to said proposals was 11.09.2012. 2) Shevington United Charities. This was a charity set up in the early 1900s. There had been no activity for many years and there appeared to be little knowledge about this charity nor any details of land it may have owned. Investigations were being made. 3) SP Diamond Jubilee Walk details of which would be added to Crooke website.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Mike Warden and David Kiersley had talked about the Core Plan, talking about 15000 projected houses being built – a short fall of 2500. PC said that in November a revised plan was being discussed. Discussion at our meeting continued about the Core Strategy. PL knew of a private planning consultant who could be approached regarding objections. The local Authority Plan is being challenged but the inspectorate has the final say.

BK told the meeting that the village fete had raised twice as much as last year. The response had been encouraging despite the heavy downfall of rain. The doors to the Youth Club were in the wrong place when rain came down as people could not come in to where a few stalls were, including the SPC stall and the Crooke Village stall. The grant for the marquee was not available for next year which would highlight funding issues in the future.

Projects Officer/Jubilee Stone
DK said that the dedication of the Jubilee Stone, by Mr Jim Maloney, Deputy Lieutenant of the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, which took place on Saturday 8th September at 2pm with Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band performing, was an outstanding success. The weather was excellent, the number of people attending was excellent, the buffet was excellent, and the flypast by a WW2 bomber aircraft was stunning. JH thanked DK. The council had cut the grass in the field, and a road sweeper had had tidied the village. Everyone had helped. But thanks especially to the Keenes and the Haynes for making it such a memorable day.

Website
Paul Green is busy updating this excellent website. Thank you Paul. The attendance medal which a gent at the Shevington Fete gave to the people at the stall, was going to be investigated by the archivist, Alex Miller and then displayed, where was yet to be decided. Also the mining medal found by ST. DK asked if anyone had photos to give them to Paul. There might be a spread in Lancashire Life.

Ward Councillors.
PC said the invasion of the Himalayan Balsam was to be tackled soon. There was a written submission by all 3 councillors re Core Strategy, which has been circulated and this meeting has a copy. Discussion followed about the erection of houses on Giants Hall Road. PC said this was highly unlikely.

Lawn’s Wood update.
Kath Godfrey from the Trust for Conservation was chasing up Simon Calderbank. Sarah Sadler has taken voluntary redundancy.

Northwest in Bloom
The presentation will be on 24th October for Crooke (DK and JH are going) and 25th October for Shevington.

Storage
In hand.

Newsletter
No further development.

AGM
The AGM will be on Tuesday 9th October when all current officers will stand down and new officers will be elected. There are nomination forms for prospective candidates.

AOB
Greg Liptrot (landlord of the Crooke Hall Inn) mentioned having a beer festival in September. At the event there will be no parking in the village, the music will finish at 10pm and he hoped that nobody would be upset. He had issued a temporary event notice.

MT at the meeting, mentioned the fact that the working party usually consisted of the same small group, to which we are all extremely grateful but quite often we did not know about this work being done. Afterwards M Tate commented about the marvellous work done by this group but it should not be exclusive. Perhaps dates should be set and everyone made to feel welcome, at any time, to do work around the village. Mike Smith said we should encourage children and families and make it fun. AC said that the Nursery could be involved. Communication was discussed again but no conclusion reached.

Margaret mentioned that hanging baskets were to be erected on 6th October. Margaret to email JH, who will pass on the email.

Brian Musgrove raffled two bottles of wine for association funds, thank you Brian.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a buffet and film. Thanks to Greg and Jen for the buffet and PG for the film.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 9th September 2012 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for September 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for August 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 7th August 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Damian Edwardson councillor, Paul Collins councillor, Mike Crosby councillor, Alex Cornish, Brian Musgrove, Stephen Tebbit, Mike Booth, Nick Pope, Margaret Carter, Greg Liptrot, Mike Smith., Mike Thomas.

Apologies from
Norman Hart, Graham Foster.

Minutes of last Meeting.
The minutes were proposed by Derek Keen, seconded by Doreen Haynes, and agreed by all.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
None as GF on holiday.

Lawn’s Wood update.
JH has cut down a quantity of Himalayan Balsam alongside the footpath through Lawns Wood, to make it passable; however, there is still a lot of balsam, which cannot be reached.

Shevington Parish Council
No report as council on summer recess.

Shevington and District Community Association.
No report as association is on summer recess.

Projects Officer
DK said that the dedication of the Jubilee Stone, by Mr Jim Maloney, Deputy Lieutenant of the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, will take place on Saturday 8th September at 2pm. Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band will be performing. They will march through village to the Information Board, which Mr Maloney DL will also dedicate. The band will hold a concert for about one hour and a buffet will be provided in the Cellar Bar of the Crooke Hall Inn. As there is an Olympian swimmer from the Sydney Olympics playing in the brass band, and Grace Jeffers who is Wigan’s young musician of the year 2011/2012, it was thought that the media, TV and newspapers would take an interest when invited to cover the story.

DK said he had spoken to Granada and that the fact that the swimmer and the musician would be playing was of interest to Granada. Funding was talked about and councillors MC. PC & DE. offered £300 from their Brighter Borough fund. The oldest/longest serving member of Crooke village is to be invited to take part in the dedications. JH was to investigate the possibility of Country File following up there 1970 programme when they reported the formation of the Crooke Village Co-operative. JH also advised that Peter Goodwin of Tradition Films will attend to film the event.

DK also said that the plaques remembering Joe Hammond and Joyce Hart have been erected. The green had been mowed, but the field was now very long and still had not been cut.

Website
Paul Green was not at the meeting.

Ward Councillors.
JH thanked all three councillors for their attendance and assistance. MC talked of the “hole” which had appeared. Graham Dickman, of Wigan Metro, was querying responsibility. JH said that the hole had been inspected and had been cordoned off.

Olympic Games/Fete
JH said that our stand had been a great success and a lot of interest was shown. MTh said a gent from Shevington had given the village a medal –Shevington/Crooke School, dated 1897. This will be put on display in the awards cabinet.

Queen's Jubilee Stone.
See under Project Officer.

Northwest in Bloom
The visit happened. We await the results.

Storage
Greg and Jen said we could site a container in the car park of Crooke Hall Inn. On 13th August, Rebecca Bartollini (Wigan Metro planning officer) met up with PC, JH and DK. A very good case will have to be put to the planners as the village fall within the Green Belt. It will take a minimum of eight weeks as long as no resident objects. The application will cost £170.00.

Newsletter
Has been talked about before.

Report from Rivers and Canals Trust meeting.
Matt Taylor, volunteer organiser, will supply black and white paint for the bridge and stone to repair the towpath, especially towards Gathurst.

AGM
The A.G.M will be on Tuesday 9th. October when current officers all will stand down and new officers elected.

AOB
DK said that the area in front of the notice board needs cobbling and Saturday 18th August at 10.00am is set for this to take place. Mike Smith suggested that dates should be made, as quite often he has seen work being done in the village but he did not know anything about it. Margaret Carter advised that small funding could be obtained from the Cooperative Community Fund. Tony Blair, an Asda employee is approaching his manager with the view of obtaining funding. PC broached the subject of the Wigan Original Strategy. Discussion followed about meetings for consultations re housing in particular the recent developments around Standish Lower Ground.

Brian Musgrove raffled two bottles of wine for association funds, thank you Brian.

The meeting closed at 8.30 with a buffet and film. Thanks to Greg and Jen for the buffet and PG for the film.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 11th September 2012 at 7 pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for August 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th July 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Derek Keene, Damian Edwardson councillor, Paul Collins councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Alex Cornish, Brian Musgrove, Stephen Tebbit, Mike Booth, Sheila Milnes, Nick Pope, Margaret Carter, Greg and Jenny, Derek Bent.

Apologies from
Winnie and Mike Smith, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas, Norman Hart, Mike Crosby, Carol Miles.

Minutes of last Meeting.
The minutes were proposed by Derek Keane and seconded by Steve Tebbit and agreed by all.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
Adactus has given us green light to use the £1000 Green Grant previously allocated for the allotment project to be used on other projects in the village. A balance of c£900 has been set aside for Public Liability insurance and insurance for equipment, purchase of Christmas card packs, fuel/maintenance etc for power tools. This leaves a net balance of £1054 of which just under £100 is petty cash.

Lawn’s Wood update.
Kath Godfrey said that Biffa has to be approached now for funding. JH is to investigate.

Shevington Parish Council
No report as M.Thomas is on holiday.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Sheila Miles said there had been two talks. One talk was by Jeremy Bell on the replacement of Township, now it comprised Standish, Aspull, Shevington, Ince and Wigan North. The other was by Penny McGinty on 106 monies which generated from the sale of land for engineering projects. PC asked for ideas to put to PC for how to use this money as it was stopping within the next 18 months. Talk followed about the unadopted roads in Crooke. JH is to liaise with PC.

Projects Officer
DK said a small party had cut round the park, cut grass, sprayed etc. Thank you JH, DK, MTh and PG. The jubilee stone had been replaced. It looked good. The area round the stone was to be cobbled and grass seed sown. A working party (inc. the people already mentioned plus Brian Musgrove and ST) to do this work on Sat 14th July at 10.00am. ST asked about planters and salt bin. PC said the issue of the salt bin was still in progress at council level.

Website
Nothing has been done this month but information is to be put on. Thank you Paul.

Ward Councillors.
DE said that the kerbstones were to be replaced, a date was to be arranged. PC informed the meeting that the Beat It team were to be in the area. They actually had been in the village on Monday 9th July and had done a poor job. Sheila Milnes said as the team was going to Shevington on Wednesday 11th July, they would be closely monitored. PC gave us an update of the work planned for the Rec in Shevington and a wildflower area with Faith Compton in charge of that. There were issues with the actual wagons which collect our bins, and also issues with the dates of collection. These had been sorted. The issue of the grass cutting of the field was discussed as it is very long. PC was going to investigate. Thank you, MC, PC, and DE.

Olympic Games/Fete
The date for this is 4th August. JH, DK, MT and ST to attend representing CVRA.

Queen's Jubilee Stone.
See under Project Officer.

Northwest in Bloom
On the day of the visit, 26th July, possibly at 11.00 am, the group would meet at the Marina, then go to the Chapel, then to the nursery, round the park to Lawn’s Wood, to the interpretation board then to the pub. Presentation written by JH will be shown. Before the visit a working party will be organised to do a general tidy up.

Storage
!We have monies to buy a container in which to store the equipment we have, £1000 worth. This container needs to be secure. It also needs planning permission as Crooke is in a green belt area. The idea was that this container would be placed in the pub’s car park with Greg and Jen’s approval, and the brewery’s. Greg and Jen were going to fence off whatever containers which were already there. JH, PC and DE were to have a meeting to put together the argument to put to planning department.

Newsletter
This was done annually up until now. DE has a template for a better format. Adactus has not responded re funding for the newsletter but there is other money available from the £1000.

AOB
Expenses for activities done by members of the CVRA was discussed and GF and JH were to discuss policy. Also an independent auditor was needed. AC was going to ask a credited auditor.

Margaret Hammond had sent a lovely letter thanking us for the plaque to be put on his favourite bench in the park, in memory of her husband Joe who died earlier in the year. There was also a plaque to be placed near the interpretation board in memory of Joyce Hart who also died earlier this year. She was a founder member of the cooperative which saved the village from demolition. Discussion followed about the unveiling of the Jubilee Stone. This would be a grand affair. JH to arrange.

PG proposed a vote of thanks to JH, DK and MTh for all their hard work. This was agreed by all the meeting. ST proposed that the wives be applauded too.

JH thanked Greg and Jen, the new landlords of the Crooke Hall Inn for their cooperation and accommodation and wished them all the best for the future.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm with a buffet and film.

Thanks to Greg and Jen for the buffet and PG for the film.

Date of Next Meeting
Next meeting Tuesday 14th August 2012 at 7 pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for July 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 12th June 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Derek Keene, Christine Keen, Damian Edwardson councillor, Paul Collins councillor, Mike Crosby councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Alex Cornish, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove , Stephen Tebbit, Ira Whitely, Codey Wade, Mike Booth, Sheila Milnes, Carol Miles, Marlaine Whitham, Sarah Sadler Wigan Councillor, Kath Godfrey BTCV.

Apologies from
Winnie and Mike Smith, Joan Byrne, Margaret Carter, Alison Thomas, Margaret Carter, Norman Hart, Graham Foster.

Minutes of last Meeting.
The minutes were proposed by Steve Tebbit and seconded by Paul Green and agreed by all.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
As GF was not present, no report was given.

Lawn’s Wood update.
Jim Haynes introduced Sarah Sadler from Wigan Metro, and Kath Godfrey from BTCV to give an up date about what was happening. KG said that 300 – 400 metres of the footpath was to be upgraded and a loop for wheelchair access was to be addressed at a cost of £8,600. The footsteps at the other end of the path at the main road end would also be improved and a gate put in to stop people going on to the main road. There were different sources of funding available, including from DEFRA, BIFA. Etc. If part of the funding came from BIFA the village would have to fund 10% of that money. PC told the meeting about Match Funding. Kath is to investigate all the funding. The work should be completed by March 2013. JH proposed, and MTh 2nded the proposal that funding was to be found. Everyone agreed. Thank you Kath for all the work she has done in the village. JH thanked KG and SS for their time and for coming to our meeting.

Shevington Parish Council
Nothing to report regarding Crooke. Carol Miles said that the winning shop in the Shop Front Competition in Shevington was won by Nail and Beauty, the Hospice Shop was 2nd and Barnet Fayre was 3rd. However discussion followed about the changes to the Benefit System which would ultimately affect Crooke. PC informed the meeting there would be a number of changes to Housing Benefit, and other benefits. The changes would have to be accessed by computer, which was seen to be present loads of problems. SM said that 53% had already coped by themselves, and 47% had had help ( by whom it had not been established). A Bedroom Tax was also mentioned. Wigan is 1 of only 3 pilot schemes, Warrington and Thameside being the other 2. The Core Strategy was also discussed..

Shevington and District Community Association.
Everyone was able to attend these meetings, which were held on the last Tuesday of every month at the Methodist Church in Shevington at 7pm.

Website
This has been down for a few days along with other sites on the same server. But the problem had been rectified and a new server found. The minutes of the last meeting were due to be archived, and new photos put on the site. Thank you Paul.

Ward Councillors.
MC said that the grass cutting service was to be reduced to 10 cuts a year. Discussion followed. IW asked if it was better cut a few years ago, at which everyone agreed. IW and CM would take back complaints to Parish Council. MC, PC and DE were to approach WLCT. PC talked of the salt bins – he had requested that Highways do something about them. Permission had been granted that there would be more of them. On the issue of fly tipping near Heinz, brought up by ST at the last meeting, PC had investigated and another bollard was to be put in a particular place to stop cars from entering the area. PC went on to talk about the massive project at the Rec in Shevington, to which all our councillors are committed. He said that flooding was issue, which really could not be addressed as it was massive, and no single source could be found. ST said that soakaways would not work as it was clay on rock. DK mentioned the fact that there were no women’s teams accommodated in Wigan, DE said that issue was being addressed. PC also said he had accepted a position as Director of Wigan and Leigh Housing Association. Congratulations Paul. He also mentioned a Nationwide man going around the area fraudulently so be aware. DE said he had investigated the fact that lorries were going across kerbstones to get to the nursery. He was told that white paint had been painted as a warning, but this did not seem to be having any effect. He would investigate further. DK mentioned the branches overhanging the main road at the other side of the park causing a hazard to pedestrians. JH at this point thanked all our councillors for their efforts for our area, and the fact that they all come to our meeting. Thank you, MC, PC, and DE.

Olympic Games/Fete
Ira Whitely had information and posters about this event and excitedly told the meeting about this event. She gave a pack to CVRA and a pack to MT to give to the church.

Queen's Jubilee Stone.
DK said this was finished and would arrive shortly. Volunteers were needed to prepare the base. PG, ST, BM, JH and MTh volunteered and were to meet at 10 am Wednesday. DK also showed the meeting photos of memorial plaques to Joyce Hart, and Joe Hammond which would be placed on their favourite seats in the village. Saturday 16th June at 10am was set for volunteers to cut the grass round the park and shred the sawn trees. PG, JH, DL and MTh volunteered.DK had sourced a weed killer at £72 for 20 l. MTh had donated a sit down mower. Thank you both.

Northwest in Bloom/Lawn’s Wood
3 issues have to be addressed.

!) The Nursery - AC is to meet with them. 2) The pub – the new landlords were to be approached when they take over on the 16th June.3) The Chapel – MT and ST were to talk to the chapel about hanging baskets.4) The Marina – JH to approach Yvonne.

OR

These new aids for information were to be put on hold for the time being.

Newsletter
DE had produced a new format, which was 4 A5 sides folded on 1 A4. JH to approach Adactus for funding so as to be able to produce the newsletter 4 times a year using Douglas Valley Printers. Thank you AC for producing this up till now..

AOB
ST mentioned the Church Fair on Saturday 7th July at 1.30

MC said that the Beat it Team were to be in the village on the 6th July. PC asked the meeting to write a list of things to do and he would pass it on to the team. Discussion followed about planters. Suffice to say the Damian Jenkinson will be providing plants soon for the planters. The meeting closed at 9pm with a buffet and film.

SM asked if she could show a CD before the film.

The meeting closed at 9pm with the pictures from SM, followed by a buffet and film.

Date of Next Meeting
Next meeting Tuesday 10th July 2012 at 7 pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for June 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th May 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Derek Keene, Christine Keen, Damian Edwardson councillor, Paul Collins councillor, Mike Crosby councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Alex Cornish, Norman Hart, Graham Foster, Brian Musgrove , Stephen Tebbit.

Apologies from
Winnie and Mike Smith, Joan Byrne, Margaret Carter, Alison Thomas and Sandra Musgrove.

Minutes of last Meeting.
The minutes were proposed by Paul Green and seconded by Steve Tebbit and agreed by all.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
There was just over £3000 in the kitty, carrying liabilities of £1700 (for shed etc from the allotment fund. As we were unable to rent an allotment it was agreed that GF write to Adactus asking if this liability could be changed. Discussion followed about to what use we could use this money. The balance of £1300 was earmarked for the cost of the newsletter, purchasing Christmas cards, fuel for the strimmer, plaque for Joe and Joan, weed killer and sprayer back pack. MTh said he would donate a ride on mower.

Shevington Parish Council
Nothing. No news about the sealed bids for sites up for sale.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Shevington Fete will be on the 4th August, at which Crooke will have a stall/dvd running of Crooke, thanks PG. There would be some sort of Olympic flavour.

Website
JG and PG had gone to see the Wigan Archivist, Alex Miller, whose archives in Leigh had photos of Crooke which subsequently PG H has put on the Crooke website. PG also said that AM will be invited to the November meeting. He is prepared to lead a party of up to 10 in a guided tour of the archives. PG said that he had a translation of a copy of the 1317/1322 Deeds of Crooke. He also had photos of the Southport riders on the website. Thank you Paul.

Ward Councillors.
MC said that the potholes at the entrance of the village were being addressed . ST mentioned there had been fly tipping on the path up to Heinz. Paul Collins said he would report it as it was not in this ward.

Projects.
DK asked for more bodies to help in tidying the village. A date was asked for, but not set, and would be about 10 weeks before the judging of North West in Bloom on the 26th/27th July. The footpaths need trimming and the village generally tidied. Despite a whole village leaflet drop 4 people came to the village meeting about the positioning of the Jubilee Stone. Alex Cornish suggested a face to face ask for help on the doorstep. as it worked for PG selling Christmas cards.

Olympic Games/Fete
See note about this under S and D C A.

Queen's Jubilee Stone.
See under projects.

Northwest in Bloom/Lawn’s Wood
On Saturday 12th May Groundwork were coming to tidy up field and the Community Payback Team. Damian Jenkinson was providing plants. The 5 planters need replanting.
JH said that NWIB judges were happy to see work in progress and the 3 points were being addressed. 1 – working with local businesses, 2 – have little areas of features, 3 - recycling initiatives and 4 – standards of maintenance.

OR

JH showed what a QR (Quick Response) could do if you had an Ipad/phone. Discussion followed about the potential good use these things could do around the village at £26 each. They would be 1and half inches high and placed at various site around the village. AC to ask ST for appropriate wording.

Newsletter
This has been produced annually by AC . Thank you Alex. GF will approach Douglas Valley Printers for a quote for producing a quarterly one. A QR would be placed on the letter AOB.

A letter would be sent to Paul Liptrot thanking him for all the work he has done for the village and the support for the village he has shown over the last 3 years. Paul L is invited to our meetings whenever he wants. AC suggested something concrete to give him in appreciation. JH was going to see to that.

JH had produced a new agenda format, the heading and bottom of which would be used on any correspondence and newsletter. Thank you Jim.

AOB
GF said that the money raised of £150 in July 2011, had been split 3 ways and we had received a letter of thanks from Derian House one of the recipients. We also had received a letter from Adactus re garden. Both letters will be put on the notice board.

A questionnaire about the timing and venue of our meetings, which is an issue with one of the village residents, might be put together.

The meeting closed at 9pm with a buffet and film.

Date of Next Meeting
Next meeting Tuesday 12th June 2012 at 7 pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for May 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for April 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th April 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Derek Keene, Christine Keen, Paul Liptrot councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Carole Miles CA and PC, Mike Crosby, councillor, Sheila Milnes CA, Margaret Carter, Michael Thomas, Alison Thomas, Alex Cornish.

Apologies from
Winnie and Mike Smith, Norman Hart, Steve Tebbit, Graham Foster, Sandra and Brian Musgrove, Tricia and Duncan Poole, Paul Collins.

Minutes of last Meeting.
The amended minutes were read out by JH, proposed by Paul Green and seconded by Christine Keen and agreed by the meeting. JH would email these minutes to all, after the meeting.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
GF on holiday.

Shevington Parish Council
Carol Miles said that SPC went for land and wood with sealed bids. There was to be an extraordinary meeting of the SPC to discuss this on Tuesday 17th April. MTh said that the footballers and rugby players of Shevington had wanted to put bids in to purchase the land, but were too late.

The commemorative stone was financed by our three councillors and SPC to the value of £960.

Dog bins are emptied by the people employed by the SPC. Dog owners can use ordinary bins to dispose of poo bags.

John Ball, Roy Bridge and Carole Miles are our SPC councillors.

Shevington and District Community Association.
PL submitted his election papers (for 3rd May).

They looked at CA facebook page.

There was a Farmer’s Market in Appley Bridge on 21st April.

The Wigan in Bloom Appley Bridge group was set up.

Barry King said in his report that there were flaws in Wigan’s 10/15 Core Strategy. This could mean use of brown belt and green field land, and maybe brown field behind Almond Brook.

Website
This was up to date. JG and PG were going to see an archivist in Leigh about the Duncan Arms. PG was going to research Rev Wickham who has taken many photos of Wigan. The interpretation board and booklet was compiled by Alex Miller. PG has produced a DVD of Crooke. Alex Cornish asked about how many hits the website had. 200 plus said the counter. Discussion about the relevance of Face book and Crooke website followed. It was concluded that we should leave Crooke website as it was.

Fund Raising/Grants
£35 was raised by quiz number 3. Thank you ST.

Projects.
AC has done a picture of what the stone should look like. There will be an open meeting at the chapel regarding the positioning of the stone at 2.30 on Saturday 21st April. A flyer would be distributed regarding this meeting.

Olympic Games/Fete
There is to be a meeting on Tuesday 17th April to finalise Olympic events.

At the Fete on 4th August CVRA will have a stall, costing £15, on which we will have a display, a video running, and DVDs to sell. PG has done a marvellous job on the DVDs and the photographs.

Northwest in Bloom/Lawn's Wood
DK said this will be an ongoing tidy up. There is the possibility of boardwalk upgrading and improving footpaths. Also the possibility of providing wheelchair access was to be pursued. JH said wild flowers could be planted at the entrance to Lawn’s Wood. MTh said we must cut back footpath. Grass cutting maybe 10 times a year (MC). A Th said that the gate from the field to the main road was left open. A working party would be needed before the judges visit to get all the work done. Discussion followed on how we advertise this working party. No conclusion was reached. Hanging baskets were again discussed but water shortage and planning issues were big reasons against having them. AC talked about the Nursery’s increasing interest in the project and the need to get the children involved.AC to the manager at the Nursery.

On Saturday 14th April Wigan is launching its bid for Britain in Bloom at the Market Place between 12 and 3. CVRA will have a stall at this event with display boards showing photographs of Crooke throughout the seasons, thanks to PG. The awards won in 2011 will be on display.

AOB
AC, now the weather is improving, a trip to see the River Douglas flood defences could be arranged, also a trip on the Manchester Ship Canal. AC would investigate further.

We all thanked Paul Liptrot on his support for this meeting and the amount of work he does for us as councillor. We wish him well in the coming election on 3rd May. We also thanked Mike Crosby and Paul Collins (in his absence) for their support and help.

The meeting closed at 9pm with a buffet and film.

Date of Next Meeting
Next meeting Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 7 pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for April 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th March 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Derek Keene, Christine Keen, Paul Liptrot councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Barry King, treasurer of Sh and D Fete Committee, Graham Foster, Joan Byrne.

Apologies from
Revd John Hilton, Sheila Milnes, Margaret Carter, Winnie and Mike Smith, Mike and Alison Thomas, Mike Crosby, Norman Hart.

Minutes of last Meeting.
It was proposed to be a true and accurate record, by GF and seconded by PG.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
There is just over £1000 in bank and £145.60 petty cash. GF spoke to Wigan and we qualify for a Brighter Borough grant.

Shevington Parish Council
Orica was the big topic, the selling of some land. The Parish Council has bid for some land for use as allotments. Area 4 was Ancient Woodland. Bids were open last week. Orica did not let PC know of the selling of this land and Area 4 could have been gifted as it has no value. Area 2 is wrong and has to be reissued. The Annual Parish Meeting is to be held in Crooke Methodist Church at 7pm on Thursday 15th March. The agenda is on the Notice Board.

Shevington and District Community Association.
The AGM was on the 28th February where there was an election of officers. Andrew Mokes Chairman, Jim Maloney Treasurer, Sheila Milnes, Secretary, Jim Haynes Vice Chairman. There will be a meeting to discuss the 3 year plan for Shevington and District. PL said there was money available from Wigan, and there are monies still available from the Township Forum. There will be a newsletter link between PC, Community Association and Crooke Village.

Website
This is ongoing. Barry King suggested a link to Wigan Website.

Fund Raising/Grants
The commemorative stone to mark the Queens Silver Jubilee will cost £960.00. Paul Liptrot, Mike Crosby & Paul Collins each are giving £200 from their Brighter Borough Funds and a grant of £360 from SPC has been applied for to make up the difference. The foundation for the stone we would do by ourselves.

Projects.
JH will organise a meeting for the villagers to discuss the positioning of the stone. Saturday 21st April, 2.30 in the church.

Discussion followed about the Olympic Games. Nothing was decided. There is a meeting in Shevington on 20th March to discuss the Fete and the Games. At the Fete CVRA would have a stall, with a DVD running and possibly for sale.

Northwest in Bloom
On Saturday 14th April Wigan is launching its bid for Britain in Bloom at the Market Place between 12 and 3. CVRA will have a stall at this event with display boards showing photographs of Lawn’s Wood and the village. Thanks to PG for organising.

AOB
Litter Pick – 20 bin bags collected about a month ago, but another one needed. Footpaths and the entrance to Lawn’s Wood need to be tidied up .PG suggested Groundwork be approached to do this work. Paul Gaskell has said that the Pay Back Team would do it. Kath Godfrey has been approached. PL to ring Simon Calderbank to get in touch with JH. DK mentioned a problem with a 4 by 4 coming through the gate at the top of the village, but MTh has put on a sleeve to the gate.DK said that Barry our PCSO would have liked to have been at the meeting but could not as he was moving house. Nicola Williams is another PCSO. Please notify DK and the PCSO if anything untoward is noticed. JH said DK was doing a great job in liaising with the PCSO and tidying up. Discussion followed about a Beer Festival Lianne/Crooke Hall Inn hoped to be putting on. Parking was a major discussion point. Date and arrangements are yet to be decided.

Welcome Pack
PG has copies.but they are not quite finished.

The meeting concluded at 9.10 with a light buffet and a movie.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 10th April 2012 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for March 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for February 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th February 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Derek Keene, Christine Keen, Michael Thomas, Paul Liptrot councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Dawn Bootle, Mike and Winnie Smith, Alex Cornish, Trisha Poole, Duncan Poole, Alison Thomas.

Apologies from
Revd John Hilton, Sheila Milnes, Doreen Haynes, Mike Crosby, Norman Hart.

Minutes of last Meeting.
It was proposed to be a true and accurate record, by Brian Musgrove and seconded by Mike Smith.

Matter Arising
None.

New Member
Jim Haynes proposed that Derek Keene become a member of the committee as Project Officer and GF seconded and the proposal was agreed by all.

Reports

Treasurer
All grants received and spent. There are no debts. The Chapel has been paid for road surfacing. A big thanks to PG for the sale of Christmas cards. £542.44 received from their sale. £41 received from sale of quiz. Thanks to Steve Tebbit. There is £1349 net in bank and £1322 assets (for projects). Screen and speakers to be bought

Shevington Parish Council
A very amicable meeting was held after an acrimonious one last time. Mike Thomas represented us well.

Shevington and District Community Association.
The fete to be held on 4th August will have links with the Olympic games. CVRA will have a stall with a table for information and a dvd running. Alex Cornish said David Grindlay could be approached for his input. He is a 400m Olympian. JH said PG was working on a new slide show.

Website
PG is putting more slides on it. At future indoor events PG will ask permission from people attending for their photograph to be used on website. A hit button would be added to find out how many people had viewed the website.

Fund Raising/Grants
ST launched his 3rd quiz.

Grants and other fund raising issues have been covered in the treasurer’s report.

Projects.
For the Queen’s Jubilee DK will oversee the procuring and placement of a commemoration stone for Crooke. Richard Taylor had been approached re planning consent. GF will check with Annette or Jane at Wigan Metro re grant. PL said he would donate £200 from Brighter Borough money before the end of April. The stone will cost about £1000 and the base the same. JH will research further grant options. An event would be held for the erection of the stone. A flyer would be circulated round the village about the stone.

Northwest in Bloom
By next meeting JH will know what is happening. On Saturday 14th April Wigan is launching its bid for Britain in Bloom at the Market Place between 12 and 3. Damien Jenkinson is the person to be approached. CVRA will have a stall at this event with display boards of photographs of Lawn’s Wood and the village.

AOB
Mike Thomas had been asked why he was digging at the top end of the village. He is digging his own allotment. Christine Keene mentioned there was an alarming amount of dog muck around the field and village in general. Posters were going to be procured and erected. PL was going to organise this. Derek Keene said that a general litter pick should be arranged before Spring started and vegetation grew. Motorbikes were talked about as they continue to come along the tow path and go through the village. If there was a notice put up at the entrance to the village or on the tow path this would act as a warning. The next time motor bikes came along the tow path their bike could be impounded. JH said we all must write or telephone complaints to the police as they respond to the amount of complaints. DK said that the new PCSO will come to our next meeting. PL has his email address. There was a street light out in the village. GF will inform the appropriate person.

The meeting concluded at 8.15 with a light buffet and film – Wigan Dialect Film. This was very interesting.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 13th March 2012 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for February 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for January 2012

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th January 2012

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Derek Keene, Christine Keen, Michael Thomas, Paul Liptrot councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Mark Tate, Dawn Bootle, Margaret Carter organiser of fete and North West in Bloom, Sheila Milnes secretary of S and DCA, Derek Bent, Anne Rogers, Mike and Winnie Smith.

Apologies from
Revd John Hilton, Chris Robinson Adactus, Alison Thomas, Doreen Haynes, Carol Miles, Christine Rotherham, Mike Crosby, Graham Foster, Alex Cornish.

Minutes of last Meeting.
It was proposed to be a true and accurate record, by Brian Musgrove and seconded by Sandra Musgrove.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
GF stuck on M6

Shevington Parish Council
There has been no meeting since our last meeting. There will be one on 12th January.

Shevington and District Community Association.
There has not been a meeting since our last one.

Website
This is continually being updated. The dvd has still to be edited.

Fund Raising/Grants
This is tied up with later items.

Projects.
Queen’s Jubilee. If we have a street party PL said Highways have to be informed. There was a meeting about this in Shevington but Crooke was not represented.

After discussion about a commemoration stone, JH said that a flyer would be circulated to the village asking the villagers’ opinion about said stone, and if anyone would like a street party. If anyone was interested in having a street party please let MTebbit know. She was to ask the church if they wanted to do anything regarding the Jubilee. The positioning of the stone would have to be investigated, as the owner of the land needed to be contacted and planning permission gained. PL to ask Richard Taylor.

Olympics. Jim said this was a non starter as no-one was prepared to commit. Mike Thomas said he had a document from Alex Cornish listing loads of ideas, including the Nursery maybe staging a mini Olympics and maybe the village to join with. MTh was to liaise with AC, especially as the deadline was 30th January for grants. At the Shevington meeting a Tug of War was suggested and various teams were suggested, mainly from the public houses in the area. Welly Throwing was also mentioned. This event really needs to take place as the reigning champion (MTh) needs to defend his title set in 1992. Shevington will be doing something for the Olympics on fete day. The Olympic Torch will go through Wigan on the 31st May. Names were needed as to who will line the route. JH will put this in the flyer.

AOB
General meetings about the events will take place as follows.

Tuesday 24th January at 7pm at the Shevington Methodist Church Hall – re the Fete.

Friday 27th January at 7pm at Shevington Methodist Church Hall - re the Jubilee.

Tuesday 31st January at 7pm Shevington and District Community Association will meet at the Shevington Methodist Church Hall.

North West in Bloom was discussed. JH would like more volunteers to help tidy up the village. This appeal would be put in the flyer. Last year we got awards at level 4, so this year we need to get a level 5. Mike Smith volunteered his expertise.

Discussion followed about the path to Shevington from Crooke, who was responsible and if it was a bridle path or a footpath. PL to investigate.

On the 2nd January someone cut the padlock to the gate to the path to Shevington and a 4x4 was observed parked near the gate. It has been seen at other times. Police had been informed.

PL informed the meeting that the Beat It Team was in the area from 9th January to the 13th January and had been allocated jobs to do. There were 2 members of the team. They could not tidy the z bends as this would be too dangerous.

JH was to ask Paul Gaskill of the Pay Back Team to get his members to help tidy the towpath.

The meeting concluded at 8.15 with a light buffet and film – North West In Bloom.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 14th February 2012 at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for January 2012.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for December 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th December 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Doreen Haynes, Alison Thomas, Derek Keene, Michael Thomas, Paul Liptrot councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Joe Shovelton, Derek Bent, Brian Musgrove, Dawn Bootle, Duncan Poole, Trisha Poole, Andrew Moakes chair of S and DCA, Margaret Carter organiser of fete and North West in Bloom, Sheila Milnes secretary of S and DCA, D Bent, E Heeton, Alex Cornish, Carole Miles Shevington Parish Councillor, John Whitely, Chris Rotherham, Norman Hart, Ira Whitely and Joe Shovelton.

Apologies from
Revd John Hilton, Chris Robinson Adactus, Mike and Winnie Smith, Mike Crosby, Graham Foster, Sandra Musgrove.

Minutes of last Meeting.
It was proposed to be a true and accurate record, by Brian Musgrove and seconded by ST.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
This was read out by JH as Graham could not attend the meeting.

The small grant fund of £240 has been received - we did apply for £420 for the running of the Association and the monthly meetings but we failed to secure the full amount due to carrying some reserves in the bank.

Tools have now been purchased with the Adactus grant - a huge thank you again to Adactus for their support.

The Brighter Borough grant we applied for has been approved - this was for the projection equipment - we have not as yet received payment from Wigan Council.

The Christmas card sales have gone extremely well and there are only a handful of packs remaining; we are currently showing a profit of just over £500 - a huge thank you to Paul Green for his efforts in selling the cards door to door.

This concluded the 'Treasurer's Report'.

Shevington Parish Council
Mike Thomas related there was not much happening at the SPC.

Shevington and District Community Association.
JH said 2012 was going to be a busy year. He talked about proposals for events in the village. See later on in minutes. Two meetings were mentioned - 27th January S and DCA meeting re Queen’s Jubilee, and 24th January - meeting re fete.

Website
S & D C A gave an award to Paul Green for the CVRA Website, on Lancashire Day, 25th November at the Methodist Chapel in Shevington . Thanks to PG for his absolutely wonderful website. Two notices had been put on the notice board –the quiz answers and winners, also the new library times from January. PG has put 10 new photos of Crooke on the website. PG added a link to SPC and S & DCA. The dvd has still to be edited.

Fund Raising/Grants
JH told us we have a grant from Wigan Metro which covers the payment of the room we meet in at the pub. Brighter Borough money was still to come for the projector. ST said he has collected £41 for the quiz. Thanks to him for all his effort.

Proposals for 2012.
JH talked about an exciting year ahead in 2012 in Crooke and in the country. We must do something for the Queen’s Jubilee, The Olympic Games and North West in Bloom. Much discussion followed, but the meeting concluded that the next meeting in January would specifically attend to these issues. JH and DK would look into a £2000 grant from Wigan Metro for a stone for Crooke. PL would look into finding funding from outside (Ventor was named). A letter was to be circulated to the villagers of Crooke re Queen’s Jubilee, The Olympics and North West in Bloom. JH and GF to write this letter.

AOB
Discussion followed about who owned the land at the entrance to the village as it was a mess. PL will send JH a plan from the Ordnance Survey Office, and look at Land Registry. PL suggested we get in touch with John O’Neil re a Heritage grant. JH said we will have to do something about Lawn’s Wood. MTh JH and GF had cleared some of the entrance to Lawn’s Wood and Wigan Metro had put mesh on the board walks and will resurface foot paths. Paul Collins mentioned Transition – a green venture in Totnes. James Noakes is person on Wigan Metro dealing with this issue. Crooke could be a part of this green initiative. Joe Shovelton mentioned, someone had mentioned to him, about the electricity box next to the Christmas tree. This was the responsibility of Shevington Parish but JH would speak to Krystina Pilkington about the removal of it. The ugly fencing was discussed and the meeting concluded that better fencing would be erected next year. Derek Bent from Ambush , the Heritage boat, would like somewhere to moor in Crooke. A meeting was arranged to discuss the matter.

The meeting concluded at 8.15 with a light buffet and film -750 years history of Wigan.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 10th January 2012 at 7 pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for December 2011.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for November 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th November 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Doreen Haynes, Alison Thomas, Derek Keene, Graham Foster, Michael Thomas, Paul Collins councillor, Paul Liptrot councillor, Mike Crosby councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Joe Shovelton, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Dawn and Mark Tate, Ben and Katie Foster.

Apologies from
Norman Hart, Revd John Hilton, Chris Robinson Adactus, Christine Keene.

Minutes of last Meeting.
It was proposed to be a true and accurate record, by Paul Green and seconded by Brian Musgrove.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
Grant from Adactus for tools of £790.

Brighter Borough Fund - grant pending.

Small Grants application - pending.

Net Cash £480.

JH thanked GF for all he has done in the financial side of CVRA.

Shevington Parish Council
Person from Orica discussed planning. Power driving was discussed – very noisy. More trees were to come down, grenades had been found. PL told the CVRA meeting that the next planning meeting would be in the Town Hall at 2pm on Tuesday 15th November.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Wigan in Bloom. This was the main topic of the meeting. Mike and Alison Thomas went to Southport to collect our certificate. The village had received the certificate for level 4. We had to aspire to level 5 next year. MT then asked the meeting for people to put forward ideas of work needed in the village. Wigan Metro invited members of CVRA to the Town Hall to receive a certificate, but we also received a trophy for best developing community project in Wigan and Leigh, and from a firm in Wigan, another trophy. Lianne was to display the trophies in a display cabinet in Crooke Hall pub. Thanks to all who were involved in Wigan in Bloom especially JH.

Website
S & D C A is giving an award to Paul Green for the CVRA Website, on Lancashire Day, 25th November at the Methodist Chapel in Shevington . Thanks to PG for his absolutely wonderful website. JH is to put a flyer of CVRA achievement to all the villagers. Payment for adverts to the website is due.

Christmas Cards
Paul Green has sold 76 sets out of 168 sets. There are still between 30 and 40 of last year’s set. AT will put some in her hairdressing salon.

Fund Raising
Christmas cards see above. ST has quiz number 2 ready to use. Grants – see under Treasurer’s report.

Northwest in Bloom Result and proposals for 2012.
See above for results – certificate and trophies. There is a meeting in Hindley on the 15th November. JH to attend. Discussion followed about hanging baskets and flower beds. Letters will be sent to villagers and Adactus about the hanging baskets. PL asked the meeting to check with local authority about public liability. JH to talk to Damien Jenkinson from Wigan Metro. JS asked about damage to the render of the houses which may be caused by hanging baskets.

JH said the next big thing for the village is Lawn’s Wood. Andy Smallshaw and Ross Smallshaw are liaising with JH. PL to follow up too. The entrance to the village was untidy. This will be addressed asap. MTh to talk to Daniel at The Owd Barn. Signs at the entrance to be tidied .Another litter picking session in the field is due. Mike Smith suggested spring bulbs, and ST suggested wild primroses could be planted to brighten the entrance to the village.

It was agreed by the meeting that the placement of the Christmas tree outside the church was the best position. But better security for the tree should be investigated.

PG suggested we get someone to give a talk on gardening etc.

MS offered to give his gardening advice to JH.

Railway Line
This has been put aside until next year, after kerbstones and drainage problems have been addressed. JH is getting a quote for the unadopted road past his house. There are 4 Adactus houses and 5 private houses on the untarmaced road.

AOB
Ben Foster told the meeting about a missing Jack Russell. Signs were going to be put up in the village and in the notice board.

PL asked Andy Smallshaw(Wigan Metro) to do something about the trees hanging over Wigan Lower Road . PL to chase Simon?

PL mentioned the top of Vicarage Lane being flooded and stuff being dumped there. PL to investigate. Liz Parry has got an officer to investigate the improvement of the path from Crooke to Shevington.

PG said that the DVD with Angela Burn was ongoing.

The meeting concluded with supper and a DVD of Bygone Times – Wigan and Leigh District.

Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday, 13th December 2011 at the Crooke Hall Inn at 7pm.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for November 2011.

The minutes for the Annual General Meeting 2011, have as yet, not been approved but are hereby posted keeping the village records up to date.

Crooke Village Residents Association Annual General Meeting Minutes for October 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 11th October 2011

Attendees
Rev John Hilton, Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas , Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Brian Musgrave, Sandra Musgrave, Joe Shovelton, Winnie Smith, Mike Smith, Elsie Heaton, Irene Wilson, Hilda Snowdon, Sheila Milne (Shevington and District Community Association), Paul Liptrot (councillor) Paul Collins (councillor), Carole Miles, Maurice Hilton, Alex Cornish, Duncan Poole.

Apologies from
Mike Crosby

Welcome from the Chairman

The Chairman's Report.

I would like to welcome all of you to this the 2nd AGM of The Crooke Village Residents Association.
When I sat down to prepare this report I really didn’t think that there would be a great deal to report but when I looked at it I realised that we have in fact done quite a bit.
Towards the end of 2010 we produced a set of Christmas cards of scenes of Crooke Village in winter. These were so well received that we intend to produce a new set for this year.
The Christmas tree was moved to its new home on the green in front of the church and this along with the new notice board, a new tree, the daffodils repositioned and a knee high fence have improved that area.
Over 2,000 daffodil bulbs were planted around the village and we hope that in the spring of 2012 we will be able to enjoy the results.
The Newsletter was produced in February and it is hoped that this will continue at least on an annual basis if not more regular if we can find enough news to fill it.
Because of the clean up work that we had been doing we decided to speak to Wigan Metro which resulted in being awarded a licence to “clear & maintain including replanting to the areas of open space at Crooke Village, including Lawns Wood”.
We then successfully applied to Adactus for a grant to buy hand tools to help carry out this work.
More recently we were awarded a further grant from Adactus to buy power tools to further help with this work.
We have already started by clearing back the footpath in Lawns Wood and hope to be prepared for more work early in 2012.
In conjunction with the Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust an Interpretation Board was produced and this is positioned near to the site of the Coal Tippler. It is encouraging to see how many people stop to read it as they visit the village be it in cars, cycles, on foot or by water.
For many years the footpath at the far end of the park turned into a bog in wet weather so we applied to the Township Forum for funding and were able to get the area drained, the footpath repaired and a gate fitted to the footbridge to stop children running out onto the road.
We were asked by Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust if we would hold a “Heritage Day” in May. Funding came from our three ward Councillors and the Duchy of Lancaster. This allowed us to buy display boards, a projector and pay for photographs to be printed. The Day was well attended with about 100 visitors.
This equipment will be used in future to create other displays of interest.
In July we had stalls at the Crooke Hall Inn Beer Festival and were able to raise money for a number of charities.
The 26th July saw the judges for North West in Bloom visit the village and we have heard that we have won an award under the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” section which will be presented to us in October.
The Shevington & District Fete was held in August and we took the heritage display which proved to be of great interest. The Fete is planned to be an annual event and I hope that we can be involved in it in the future.
The Reverend John Hilton achieved what seemed to be impossible by getting all the parties together to get the roads around the Church and the Village Nursery resurfaced. The village owes John a big thank you for getting this work done.
We are represented on the Policies Committee of the Shevington Parish Council, who have sanctioned more litter bins, provided another planter, provided a new notice board and moved the Christmas tree.
We also attend the Shevington and District Community Association who provided money for the short fall in work on around the Church green.
Being represented on these bodies gives us a voice into what happens in our area.
We also attend various meetings organised by Wigan Metro.
Paul Green is in the middle of producing a new DVD about the village and I look forward to its release.

I would now like to thank people who have helped us over the last year.

Our thanks go to John O’Neil who since his involvement with the Association has proved to be a font of information, someone who can unlock what seem to be barred doors and is unstinting in his efforts to get things done.
A big thank you to Councillors Paul Liptrot, Mike Crosby and Paul Collins for their involvement with the village, especially their assistance in part funding the resurfacing of the roads around the Church and their help in funding the equipment for the Heritage Day..
All of these Councillors have attended our meetings when possible and I feel that we owe them a big thank you.

I would thank all members of the Committee for their sterling work over the last year.

Morag Tebbit, our secretary, for trying to keep up with taking minutes at meeting and organising us.
Graham Foster, our treasurer, who has spent a lot of his valuable time in handling our finances, dealing with grant applications and being involved in every project.
Paul Green, for the work in running and developing our web site, “crookevillage.co.uk”. A great deal of effort has gone into creating it adding to it and keeping it updated. Paul is currently working on the new DVD.
Mike Thomas, our Vice Chair person, who has taken over as our representative on the Policy Committee of the Shevington Parish Council. Mike is heavily involved in everything that we do and his expertise is invaluable. Derek & Christine Keene, who have been involved in everything that we have done this year, Sandra & Brian for their fund raising efforts and to everyone else who have worked to getting us to the position that we are in now.

Now for the future.

The work around the park and in Lawns Wood are major tasks for 2012 as is the ongoing work of litter picking the canal towpath and other areas around the village.
Derek Keene would like to identify the area where the Coal Tippler was by putting down railway lines.
Having a DVD show or a speaker at our monthly meetings perhaps with a bite to eat.
Whilst we do need more people in the village to become involved I appreciate that after working all day it is hard to drag oneself out to a meeting.
I would however ask that you support the Crooke Village Residents Association as best you can. It is your village and all that we want to do is to improve the community spirit and the quality of life in the Village. Please don’t leave it to someone else because there may not be anyone willing to do it and then what will happen?
Thank you all for listening and I truly hope that the new Committee carry out what has been started and look forward to seeing the rewards in future years.

This concluded The Chairmans Report.

Treasurer's Report.
The income for 2011 was £2,542 and this was generated as follows:

Grants - £1,330
SPC/CA - £ 383
£ 829 from the sale of Christmas cards, the Heritage Day, Beer Festival and other donations.

The expenditure for 2011 was £1,630 and this was made up from the following:

Moving the Christmas tree
Room hire for meetings
The cost of running the Heritage day, includes refreshments, room hire, display boards and pictures.
The Beer Festival stalls and the prizes
The purchase of tools, this includes strimmers, spades, wheel barrow and other landscaping equipment.

We have also made charitable donations of £150.

£50 to Friends of Chernobyl Children
£50 to Wigan and Leigh Hospice
£50 to Derian House

Taking into account the provisions against the un-used funds from the Aductus grant we are left with a net cash position of £742.81.

In addition to the cash fund, we are also holding assets with a net book value of £648.90 – FTR the assets are being written down on a straight line basis over a four year period.

This concluded the Treasurers Roport.

Vice Chair's Responce.
Mike thanked Jim for his tireless work for the village. He thanked people for their support, especially in tidying the village. He asked people to tell the committee if anything was needed and for people to get involved.

Secretary’s Report.
Morag thanked Jim for his work he is doing for the village. She thanked our councillors for their unstinting support, ie Paul Liptrot, Paul Collins and Mike Crosby. She thanked Sheila Milnes for her support too.

Standing Down of Present Officers and Election of New Officers.
Derek Keen proposed that all members of the present committee stay on. This was seconded by Paul Green, all present agreed.

Amendment to the constitution.
No amendments

AOB
Joe Shovelton said that someone had dumped trees/grass near playground. JH will contact Paul Calderbank at Wigan Metro. AC said there were leaflets available to tell you what to to do with grass cuttings. JS suggested we put up a sign saying, “No Fly Tipping”. DK asked who was responsibile for the trees over footpath. PL suggested we get in touch with Gillian Harrison.
M Th said that if anything is needed to be done get in touch with CVRA. And for everyone to get involved.
ST reintroduced the idea of a village directory. He will pursue the possibility.
JH mentioned that new dates for the tidying up of the village were to be arranged.
Paul Green and Mike Smith to initate a greeting pack for newcomers to the village.
ST launched his village quiz number 2.
PL said that Barry Jones our PCSO has moved on, a lady has been appointed, name unknown.
Carole Miles , Sheila Milne and Maurice Hilton told the meeting about promoting people who deserved accolades, ie OBE.
The members of the meeting looked at photographs of Crooke in Winter and voted for up to 4, with a view to publish them as Christmas cards.
Then pies and mushy peas were consumed.

Date of Next Meeting.
Tuesday, 13th December 2011 at the Crooke Hall Inn at 7pm.

This concludes the minutes of The Anual General Meeting for October 2011.

The posting of the minutes for our September meeting have been delayed until now because of the Annual General Meeting. The Minutes acceptance for September were not accepted and agreed until the November meeting, hence, the delay.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for September 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 13th September 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Christine Keen, Derek Keene, Graham Foster, Michael Thomas, Paul Collins councillor, Paul Green, Jan Green, Sheila Milnes S and D CA, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove.

Apologies from
Norman Hart, Alison Thomas, Mike Crosby, Paul Liptrot, Mike and Winnie Smith, Doreen Haynes, Revd John Hilton.

Minutes of last Meeting.
It was proposed to be a true and accurate record, by Derek Keen and seconded by Jim Haynes.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
GF had obtained liability cover costing £75 for 5 million pounds cover. There is £1790 in the deposit account and £277 in petty cash. (However £1000 is the unused allotment grant and £519 green grant will purchase a shed). So the true cash position is £548.81.

Shevington Parish Council
New members have been appointed.

Shevington and District Community Association.
There is an open meeting to discuss ideas for improving our area in the Methodist Church in Shevington on Wednesday 28th September at 7.30 to which anyone is invited. Discussion followed about Township Forums and allocation of monies. JH said that now, organisations with a project for which they wanted funding, went to the local council association who would put it to Wigan Council. We have had funding from the Township Forum which was used for fencing etc.

Website
Paul Green is meeting Angela Byrne this weekend. She has already videoed the Beer Festival and Crooke Methodist Church Summer Fair. Paul Elsie has paid in advance 2 years subscription for the Website. This is a gift. Thank you Paul Elsey.

Un-adopted Roads
There are drainage problems up past 99 but Wigan Metro know about the problem and are dealing with it.

Fund Raising
ST has quiz number 2 ready to use.

Discussion followed about a social event. Michael Thomas was going to investigate.

Postcards of the village to sell was discussed but it was concluded that there would not be a market.

Christmas cards were discussed too. PG will take photos to the Annual General Meeting for people to choose the ones to publish.

North West In Bloom -Neighbourhood category.
We have received an award. Michael and Alison Thomas are going to Stockport on the 19th October to collect it.

Railway Line
Derek has already talked with Neil Hickson, and Steve Mooney. He has to approach Lyn Knowles at property in Wigan Metro. Everyone present thought this was a good idea. JH was going to a meeting at the Coalfield Regeneration Trust next week and would inquire about funding. Once we get some idea of the cost of putting tracks and a small wagon near where the tippler was, we would leaflet the village for their ideas of the proposed venture.

AOB
MT said she has sent Chris Robinson at Adactus minutes etc but has not heard from him.

PG and JH went to Wigan to see a video about Wigan. This was 1 and half hours long but was excellent. PG has a copy and will arrange for people to see it. DK said that the bridge out of the park to the main road was very dangerous and slippery. Paul Collins said he would let people in Wigan know as it was their responsibility. Discussion followed about the proposed pharmacy to be placed at the surgery on Houghton Lane. A meeting was to be held at the library in Shevington on Saturday but PC had no times. He said he would email the time to SM and JH. SM said we could go to the Wigan website and look at the Planning issues.

JH said that there were grants available from Wigan Metro for small projects like stationery etc.

There was some discussion about Designated Public Place Order to become law in the 1st September to control drinking outside premises.

Date of Next Meeting - the AGM
Tuesday, 11th October 2011 at the Crooke Hall Inn at 7pm.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for September 2011.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for August 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Methodist Church
7:00pm. 9th August 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Christine Keen, Derek Keene, Alona Shovelton, Paula Richmond, Sandra Makin, Sam Clark, Mike Smith, Winnie Smith, Paul Collins, councillor, Revd John Hilton, Alex Cornish, Paul Green, Jan Green.

Apologies from
Norman and Joyce Hart, Mike and Alison Thomas, Graham Foster, Mike Crosby, Paul Liptrot.

Minutes of last Meeting.
There were three amendments to the minutes of the 12th July 2011 meeting.

Paul Liptrot said, under the heading Northwest in Bloom, it should say that the Beat It team came to the ward 3/4 times a year and can be asked to do things in the village if he was advised early enough.

Sandra Makin said, under the heading Unadopted Roads, it should say the “group” needed to get in touch with Land Registry and not “she”.

Sandra Makin said, under the heading Beer Festival, it should say that “people“ meet with Allgates and not “she”.

With the amendments, it was proposed to be a true and accurate record, by Christine Keen and seconded by Doreen Haynes.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
As Graham was not present a report would be given at the next meeting.

Shevington Parish Council
People from the SPC visited Shevington Moor, Shevington Vale and Crooke under the Wigan in Bloom umbrella.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Information about the Fete will be covered later.

Website
Paul Green is still waiting for video from Angela.

Un-adopted Roads
Nothing has happened about the other un-adopted roads in the village. The road outside the church and the nursery were a great success. Revd John said he had got in touch with Dave Hibbert from Wigan Metro regarding Metro adopting it but it was not done up to main road standard. Kath Godfrey who was to tidy up the grass area in front of the church, has the funds to put railings up etc. Rev John, Paula Richmond and Steve Tebbit to liaise re the location of railings etc.

Fund Raising
Paula has sent Jim Haynes information about grants. JH said that the money was available but specific projects have to be in place to access these specific monies. ST said he had a new village quiz. It was suggested to leave this until the Autumn. MT mentioned postcards and/or notelets. This will be discussed at the next meeting. Mike Smith reminded the meeting that getting the right publisher and terms, regarding the printing of postcards was very important.

Shevington Fete
Jim Haynes said that only Joe and Alona Shovelton and Chris Keen from the village were in attendance. The fete itself was well attended and some good interest was shown at Crooke’s history stall. A lot of ex Crookers who were living in Shevington were very interested. A header actually saying History of the Village of Crooke would have been useful. People said in the vegetable/flower show they would exhibit again.

North West In Bloom -Neighbourhood category.
A small group of people tidied the village prior to this day, a great big thank you to them for their care and hard work. The people who came to visit the village were indeed impressed. The planters at the far end of the village were painted by Doreen Haynes and Christine Keen, thank you. JH said there was paint to paint the remaining planters. Our thanks to JH for organising it. The village would get a certificate for entering.

Railway Line
Derek suggested a full size rail track could be laid to go towards the spot where the tippler would have been. British Rail could donate this. Discussion followed and Paul Collins said he was interested in the project. He suggested maybe a working model of the tippler. Discussion followed and it was suggested that interested parties could go and investigate the project and come to the next meeting with their findings, where the project would be discussed further.

AOB
Alex Cornish had approached John Rigby College before the holidays re the survey of people and bikes etc in and out of the village before the holidays but would get in touch with the school when the new term begins in September.

Drugs were an issue in the village, Paul Collins said he was aware of it and so was Barry our PCSO.

Sheila Milne has produced a flier advertising “Share your ideas about improving your area” on behalf of Shevington and District Community Association. This was to be held at the Methodist Church in Shevington, at 7.30pm on 28th September. This was shown to the meeting and hopefully people will attend.

Unlicensed motorbikes have become a nuisance in the village and Barry our PCSO has delivered a letter describing the problem, what the villagers should do and the consequences which may happen. Hopefully the motif at the bottom of the letter will be made into a sign which can be put up at all the entrances to the village to act as a deterrent. People need to log events and phone the number at the bottom of the letter if unlicensed motorbikes are seen in the village.

The canal towpath through the village was noted as being of an inferior standard to other sections of towpath in the area. But the meeting concluded that BW probably were aware of the problem but there was insufficient funds for improvements.

Date of Next Meeting.
Tuesday, 13th September 2011 at the Crooke Hall Inn at 7pm.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for August 2011.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Methodist Church
7:00pm. 14th June 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Doreen Haynes, Michael Thomas, Alison Thomas, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Christine Keen, Derek Keene, Cllr. Mike Crosby, Cllr. Paul Liptrot, Sheila Milnes (Shevington & District Community Association), Alona Shovelton, Brenda Tyrer, Paula Richmond, Sandra Makin, Peter Makin, J Clark, S Clark, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Dawn Bootle.

Apologies from
Norman and Joyce Hart, Alex Cornish, Mike and Winnie Smith, Jan and Paul Green, Councillor Paul Collins.

Minutes of last Meeting.
Proposed as a true and accurate record by Graham Foster and seconded by Steve Tebbit.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer
We raised £286.44 at the Beer Festival. Given an expenditure of £141.44 the profit was £145. It had been agreed that we would give 20% to charities agreed with Lianne McPhelin from the pub but after some discussion the meeting agreed that the 2 charities and another charity Derrien House would get all our profit divided equally between them.

GF said he had investigated Public Liability with 1 quote forthcoming of £189 per year. He was to ask Krystina Pilkington at Shevington Parish Council with whom they were insured.

Shevington Parish Council
Nothing new.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Sheila Milne told us that printing was complete of notices and fliers re fete on 6th August. North West in Bloom. Ongoing working groups were tidying around Shevington in preparation for the judging on 26th July. Dates mentioned were Sunday 17th July – the Recreation Ground Tidy-up, and 21st July –the Big Tidy-up. All help appreciated.

Website
Paul Green is continually updating this excellent website.

Unadopted Roads
JH reminded the meeting how Revd John Hilton pulled everything together to make the tarring of the un-adopted the road outside the nursery and church happen. He got the church, our councillors, Adactus, The Village Nursery and the local residents to work together and raise enough money in order to achieve something that had been talked about for years. Thanks to Revd John, PL, MC and PC The Village Nursery and Adactus.

There was discussion about the road to the Marina. Sandra Makin told the meeting that this road was privately owned by Mr & Mrs Vernon at the marina but access to it was open to all. PL mentioned about the legality of the “un-adopted” road. Sandra Makin said she would check with Land Registry. The other un-adopted roads in the village, up past 103, and up past 81, would have to be discussed by residents and Adactus. This would be done at a later date.

Fund Raising
JH said that everyone in the village had had what is now the 3rd newsletter delivered. In this leaflet was information about what has happened in the village. Sandra Makin said any fund raising ventures must be negotiated with the villagers. JH said anyone who can help with fundraising would be welcome. Peter Makin wanted to know why we were donating all our profits from the Beer Festival to charities. GF said that the small sum involved would be more appreciated by the charities. It could not go to the un-adopted road as that was paid for already.

The Village Quiz raised £27, with more to come from the pub. Dawn Bootle won first prize, Sandra Musgrove won second prize, which she immediately gave back, and Dave Pickup won the 3rd prize. Well done to all of them. Paula Richmond said they had great fun doing the quiz but had not finished it. ST said there was another quiz in the offing.

Interpretation Board
This had been put in place, thanks to JH, GF, PG and MTh. JH was still trying to approach Paul Lees chairman of Adactus to unveil the board, as he had been instrumental in Adactus acquiring the village cooperative. This board, which is similar to the one in Shevington, was funded by the Township Forum, Shevington and District Community Association, and the information put together by John O’Neil. Thanks go to John O Neil for his hard work, and the organisations which funded it. Thanks should specifically go to JH whose hard work in talking with these and other organisations in order to ask for grants etc has been outstanding.

Beer Festival
This proved to be a huge talking point. Paula said that “everyone” in the village thought that CVRA ran the Beer Festival in conjunction with the pub. This was not true.

The CVRA had asked the pub initially if it could have a couple of stalls at this event. It turned out that there was no-one to run the stalls the pub provided. Two of CVRA ran 5 stalls. Car parking was a problem, but this is nothing new. CVRA people were allocated to help with the parking. Discussion followed about issues involving parking. PL said that if you know an event was about to take place, get in touch with the licensing authority to see if they need an extra licence.PL suggested that a liaising committee should be arranged between all concerned parties, including the pub, re parking. JH said he would do that. The charity event arranged for this Sunday, 17th July was then discussed. Sandra Makin suggested she meet with Allgates, re events. The use of the field was discussed, and only Wigan Metro have the key to the gate. Wigan Metro had said in the past that the village could possibly use the field for parking but this would have to be discussed with them when an actual event was being planned.

Troublemakers and anti social behaviour in the village was discussed again. PL reminded us to phone the police, or the local community support officers, every time an incident happens and not just one person but as many as possible.

Shevington Fete
See comment from Sheila under Shevington and District Community Association. The fete is at the Methodist Church on Sat 6th August from 10am to 4pm.CVRA will have 1 stall there with the history boards and possibly the DVD playing.

North West In Bloom -Neighbourhood category.
There will be a working party, everyone welcome, to clear the path in Lawn’s Wood (Wigan Metro have responsibility of this area.) of the very invasive Himalayan Balsam. There will be a working party to tidy the village also. Brenda asked about hanging baskets. Peter asked about planters. PL said that the people who were employed by Wigan were responsible for the planters etc.

Discussion followed about the state of the entrance to the village nettles etc. PL also said that the Beat It team came at his request to clear up the village 3 or 4 times a year.

ST said he would spray the nettles. JH said he would strim the nettles.

AOB
Alex Cornish had 2 suggestions put forward by JH.

1), for CVRA to produce a welcome pack for new villagers, including the current DVD.

2) That we approach a local secondary school, Shevington High School or John Rigby, to do a survey of traffic in and out of Crooke at all exit points, so we can have statistical information to approach either BW or Wigan Metro for solutions for any problems.

GF asked our councillors about planters. MC PL and PC will discuss planters from Brighter Borough money. Thanks to all our councillors who regularly attend our CVRA meetings and have provided a great deal of money for the road and other projects.

Discussion followed about communication between everyone being important.

Date of Next Meeting.
Tuesday, the 9th of July at 7pm, Venue to be decided.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for June 2011.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 14th June 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Doreen Haynes, Michael Thomas, Paul Green, Jan Green, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Christine Keen, Derek Keene, Cllr. Mike Crosby, Cllr. Paul Liptrot, Cllr Paul Collins, Sheila Milnes Community Association, Winnie Smith and Mike Smith, Alex Cornish, Lianne.

Apologies from
Norman and Joyce Hart, Brian and Sandra Musgrove, Mark and Dawn Tate, Alison Thomas.

Minutes of last Meeting.
Proposed as a true and accurate record by Christine Keen and seconded by Graham Foster.

Matter Arising
None.

Reports

Treasurer

We raised £90 on Heritage Day, from donations. There is £340 in disposable cash.

Shevington Parish Council

There was an open meeting hosted by Orica. See attached report from Graham Foster. Mike Crosby has requested another site visit with PL Paul Collins had requested an inspection by inspection officers. That took place on the 14th June. There will be a replanting of saplings to replace the trees removed. Sheila Milnes said that there would be no further building after the stipulated number of houses which fills the “footprint” now. CVRA were asked to provide a representative to sit on the General Purposes Committee. Jane Young had been elected but has resigned. Jim Haynes attended for a while. Mike Thomas was proposed by JH to be our representative on that committee, Derek Keen seconded it and the motion was carried unanimously.

Shevington and District Community Association.

It was noted with regret that Mary Burgess had died. JH asked this committee for monies for the un- adopted roads. See attached letter. If the budget achieved by Revd John Hilton was not quite sufficient, then CVRA had a small amount to give to him.

Website
Paul Green is continually updating this excellent website. The Interpretation Board was to be put on.

Unadopted Roads
JH proposed that the other un-adopted roads in the village needed to be seen to – the one to the marina, the road at the side of the Hammonds house and the road up to 113. A gulley down the side the road would greatly alleviate the problem of rain water flowing down the road. GF, MTh, ST and JH to acquire quotes. Timescale for this project? Adactus’ next financial year. At this point Samantha Hornby from Adactus was mentioned. She is Adactus’ representative. I have not sent her the minutes up to this meeting but I will send her these minutes and ask if she could come to the next meeting.

Interpretation Board

JH said that it was completed and he was in possession of it. It had a brief resume of the history of Crooke on it. The location of the board ,would be where the tippler board was going to be put. Wigan Metro had agreed to its positioning. JH suggested he would approach Paul Lees chairman of Adactus to unveil the board, as he had been instrumental in Adactus acquiring the village

Heritage Day
This day was very successful. JH said that it was held in conjunction with Wigan Borough Environment and Heritage Network. John O’Neil who is chairman of that organisation sent CVRA a congratulatory letter. (see attached letter) Thanks to our councillors for proposing to give us funds to cover hiring a projector, boards, another interpretation board and producing a dvd of Paul Green’s excellent slide show. Mike Crosby said we should hear by the end of the month. The dvd was pctures only with appropriate music. It was suggested that a commentary would be useful. Alex Cornish said he could approach a film maker in the village to suggest an actor to do a commentary. Paul Liptrot said he would approach the Wigan Little Theatre. The dvd could be offered to schools. Mike Smith suggested that Lawn’s Wood and other walks be added to the dvd. He said that everyone who has come into the village has said what a lovely village we have. We all agreed that we had immense pride in our village.

Shevington Fete
This would take place on 6th August.

The Community Association is holding an event on Friday 17th June at 7pm at which we are having our display boards, 4 tables and the DVD running.

North West In Bloom
26th July, 9.15 am. JH had spoken to Damian Jenkinson re Crooke entering under the Neighbourhood banner. This would have nature as a prominent feature, meaning it would be a tidying of the village brief rather than a planting one. Pictures would be shown to the inspection people – JH and PG to liaise. Mike Smith said it would be a good idea to make a wild life meadow across the road from the church. JH said that the idea was to extend the area from Lawn’s Wood and Meadows to the “park” We are friends and Volunteers of Wigan Metro and have a letter saying we have a licence to allow us to tidy places in the village including Lawn’s Wood. GF has forms to request from Adactus monies to buy strimmers, hedge cutters and a petrol blower.

Beer Festival 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July
It was noted that the beer festival coincided on one day with the Church Summer Fair. It was concluded that this could be a good thing for both events, but that parking would be a problem but would have to be addressed. Discussion followed about what stalls were to be run, by the pub and the association, the prizes to be given etc. Mike Smith gave £20 as a donation for a prize. Derek Keen offered 2500 glass warmer/coolers as prizes. The minutiae was to be discussed after the meeting

AOB
Paul Liptrot mentioned that planters would be placed at The Royal Oak and the fence post in the park had been fixed.

Date of Next Meeting.
Tuesday, the 12th July at 7pm, at Crooke Methodist Church.

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This concludes the minutes of the meeting for June 2011.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 10th May 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Doreen Haynes, Michael Thomas, Paul Green, Jan Green, Morag Tebbit, Stephen Tebbit, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Revd John Hilton, Christine Keen, Derek Keene, Dawn Tate, Mark Tate, Cllr. Mike Crosby, Cllr. Paul Liptrot.

Apologies from
Mike Smith, Winnie Smith, Norman Hart. Joyce Hart.

Minutes of last Meeting.
Proposed as a true and accurate record by Paul Green and seconded by Paul Liptrot.

Matter Arising
Do we request another bin? Discussion followed and JH was to get in touch with Paulette Dean about location and responsibility.

Reports

Treasurer

£450 will be spent on Heritage Day, on 2 display boards, £30 for use of church hall. The balance would be £200.

Shevington Parish Council

The Notice Board has been erected and looks very good.

The electricity box –Krystina Pilkington is working with Chris Pennington deciding on its position, leaving a plate on the floor, and reconnecting every year.

The Parish Council Elections –in the South Ward, John Ball, Carole Miles and Roy Bridge were elected (commiserations to Mike Thomas). For results in other wards see full list on Parish Council Website. Our district Councillor is Paul Collins.

Shevington and District Community Association.

There is an event in the Memorial Park in Shevington this Saturday.

Website
Paul Green is continually updating this excellent website. There is a link to Ginn Pit Village and Shevington Parish Council. GF was going to investigate if CVRA domain, or Crooke Village.co.uk were available as an address to reply to.

Unadopted Roads
Rev. John Hilton has told us that the estimated start date for work on the roads around the Church & Village Nursery is 16th May. White lines were to be painted on the new road and parking bays. Letters have been delivered to the whole village informing them of this work. It should be completed in 4 days, 2 days to prepare, and 2 days to complete. At the edge of the field between the church and the nursery there would be a kerb, this to be financed by the church. There would be a stronger compound used at the junction of the new road and Crooke road because of the cars turning in. Kath Godfrey will arrange the finishing of the tidying of that area after the road is finished. Discussion about the Spec followed, and it was concluded that the authority might adopt the road in the future. Revd John would get in touch with Dave Hibbert, highway engineer to be present at part of the road building and inspect the Spec. JH said that after the resurfacing of the roads in question, we should look at the other un-adopted roads. Thanks to the 2 councillors who donated monies to the project, and Adactus and the Nursery. Thanks to Revd John for getting this project to near completion, after many years. He is contacting the newspaper to publicise this event. Discussion followed as to the need to publicise village events. JH proposed Derek Keen to be press officer and Mike Thomas seconded the proposition. The motion was carried unanimously.

Fund Raising
PL suggested a raffle at every meeting of CVRA but that would be just us contributing.

Mark Tate suggested a tombola at the Beer Festival, 1st weekend in July. The charities which were being given to are, Wigan Hospice, and Chernobyl children. The village would be given a share too. Discussion followed about permission to be granted for raising money for charity. Lianne from Crooke Hall Inn and Graham Foster were going to investigate whose responsibility it was. PL gave GF the name Peter Hibbert to ask about a licence for fund raising.

Heritage Day
JH asked if there was any possibility of more Brighter Borough monies being available for the purchase of display boards. Paul Collins to be approached by MC , MC and PL had said yes to £150 each. MC suggested money from Brighter Borough Fund to be available for the lamination of photographs. PG, GF and JH to liaise about content of display. (Monday 16th evening). Steve Tebbit is going to produce a Village Quiz to be sold at the Heritage Day. Three prizes were offered –1,Derek and Christine Keen to donate a porcelain doll, 2, - Barnet Fayre to donate a cut and blow/shampoo and 3 -the CVRA association (PG) to donate a dvd of the village.

Leaflet and flyer to be written and distributed to advertise this date. JH and GF to organise.

There was to be a notice about the Heritage Day at the entrance to the village, and advertised in the newspaper. Our new press officer, DK to organise. PG to put it on the website. Notices to be out up in Shevington Library and Barnet Fayre and other places.

Shevington Fete
Revd John said that it was fine for CVRA to have a stall at this and use the display from the Heritage Day.

North West In Bloom
Mike Thomas to circulate comments.

AOB
Mark Tate to ask permission from Alex Cornish, the Hammonds and the Keens to put a stall on the triangle opposite their houses on the first weekend in July for the Beer Festival.

On the 11th June the Interpretation Board will be erected. John O’Neil will produce leaflets about the board which will be available on the Heritage Day and will be distributed throughout the village.

Discussion followed about the prompt responses from the police concerning issues like JH’s break-in, the motorbikes and one weekend when there was a girl screaming. Thanks to Barry and Helen our community support officers.

Discussion followed about the speed cars came into and out of the village, primarily to the nursery. The new road being made the week beginning the 16th May, would have speed bumps, so would stop speeding in the close environs of the nursery and church. The problem at the exit/entrance on to the main road could not be resolved.

Date of Next Meeting.
Tuesday 14th May at 7pm at Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for May 2011.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for April 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 12th April 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Michael Thomas, Paul Green, Jan Green, Norman Hart, Brian Musgrove, Alex Cornish, Derek Keene, Cllr. Mike Crosby, Cllr. Paul Liptrot.

Apologies from
Graham Foster, Morag Tebbit, Steve Tebbit, Rev. John Hilton, Alison Thomas, Christine Keene, Sandra Musgrove.

Minutes of last Meeting.
Proposed as a true and accurate record by Brian Musgrove and seconded by Paul Green.

Matter Arising
Ref. towpath being used to exercise horses, British Waterways have been approached but to date have not replied, Paul Liptrot suggested that we contact Liz Parry, Footpath Officer at Wigan Metro, as she may know.

Shevington Parish Council
The Notice Board should be erected on Wednesday 20th. April. We are still awaiting details of when & how the electric box will be moved.

Shevington and District Community Association.
The S & D C A has agreed to financially assist the CVRA in North West in Bloom. Paul Liptrot said that he did not think that the CA paid enough attention to the outlying areas.

Township Forum.
The Township Forum has now ceased and we are awaiting future developments.

Entrance to Lawns Wood & Green in front of the Church
The Township Forum funded work to the entrance to Lawns Wood. Draining alongside & under the footpath, clearing saplings & undergrowth at the entrance to the wood & fitting a pedestrian gate at the exit to the main road. This work has been carried out by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

The Township Forum funded work to reposition the daffodils & fit a knee high fence on the green in front of the church. The daffodils have been moved but the fence is not being fitted until the roads have been resurfaced.

Website.
More praises have been received for the site, one person said that is the best village website that they have seen.

Unadopted Roads
Rev. John Hilton has told us that the estimated start date for work on the roads around the Church & Village Nursery is 16th. May.

Fund Raising
Because of the number of absentees this item was not discussed.

Heritage Day
In conjunction with John O’Neil this is planned for the 21st. May to coincide with the unveiling of the Interpretation Board. It was decided that the presentation would take the form of ‘photos and narrative displayed on boards and the village DVD would run all the time. Paul Green, Mike Thomas, Graham Foster & Jim Haynes to select the ‘photos and narrative from Paul Green library of information. Jim Haynes has applied to the Duchy of Lancaster fund for monies for the production of the display.

Shevington Fete
This will be held on the 9th August in and around the Methodist Church in Shevington. It is planned for CVRA to have a stall and it was suggested that we use the display from the Heritage Day.

North West In Bloom
Damian Jenkinson of Wigan Metro suggested that we canvas the village re hanging baskets, again through lack of numbers it was decided to hold this over until the next meeting.

AOB
Paul Liptrot suggested we get press coverage for Heritage Day.

Alex Cornish suggested we invite all businesses in the village to also be involved.

Alex also suggested approaching all villagers for any artefacts which could be displayed on the day.

Lianne requested more litter bins, Paul Liptrot to see if anything can be done.

There was a discussion in respect of the recent increase in people on the green making noise and leaving litter.

Michael Thomas proposed that the next meeting be held in Crooke Hall Inn, this was seconded by Brian Musgrove and was carried unanimously.

The meeting was closed at 8.30pm

Date of Next Meeting.
7pm at the Crooke Hall Inn on Tuesday the 10th May 2011.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for April 2011.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Hall Inn
7:00pm. 8th March 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Michael Thomas, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Chris Keen, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, John McDonald, Elsie Heaton, Irene Wilson, Paul Catterall, Irene Catterall (54), Alison Thomas, Trevor Holehouse, Mike Smith,Winnie Smith.

Apologies from
Norman and Joyce Hart, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Paul Liptrot, Mike Crosby, John Hilton

Minutes of last Meeting.
Proposed by BM and seconded by ST. ( The minute regarding Graham Foster stating that the canal towpath is regarded as a bridlepath by British Waterways is to be checked with Graham, This matter was raised by John MacDonald )

Matter Arising
Since the last meeting few motorbikes have gone through the village.

Shevington Parish Council
Notice Board – still waiting. Electric box –the removal of this to a more appropriate place ( near nursery) will be done any day now.
There will be meeting of this committee on 10th March, 6.45 in the Library in Shevington. JH asked people to attend this meeting as there is going to be the election of members in May . All members will have to stand down at this meeting and be re-elected at the May meeting.

Shevington and District Community Association.
The report from the AGM was given.

Township Forum.
See below.

Lawn’s Wood and Meadows.
The BTCV is to submit a price for work on the entrance to Lawns Wood including drainage to and the repair of the path just outside the wood , this will also include a gate on the bridge over Mill Brook .This will be put to the Township Forum on the 16th March for posssible funding.

Notice Board.
Still waiting.

Green in front of church.
The Christmas tree electric box will be relocated soonest. The daffodil bulbs are going to be relocated so as not to form an arrow but be planted on the extremities of the green to allow mowing. BTCV to submit a price for this and also to include a knee high fence in front of the church, to match the existing fence, with access to the green opposite the church entrance. Bulb planting at the entrance to the village plus a stone with “Crooke Village” on it will also be included. The prices of these will be submitted to the Township Forum for possible funding. John O’Neil has promissed a new tree for the Church Green.Once funding is in place there will be a meeting for all residents to have an input.

Village Interpretaion Board.
John O’Neil suggested a History day in the village when the Interpretation Board would be unveiled on the green adjacent to 99a..A date in May was to be arranged with the church. MT to find out free dates in May. JH to produce a flyer.

Website.
Paul Green keeps it up to date. Thank you .PG to put pictures of the clean up, bulb planting and litter pick.

Unadopted Roads
Revd John Hilton was progressing with this and has earmarked funding.

Fund Raising
Steve Tebbit reminded the meeting of a quiz he had written, this could possibly tie in with the history day. BBQ and gazebos were discussed.
The Rotary Club Dragon’s Den have £500 for projects (from a £4000 pot) .JH MTh and GF to put forward a wish list, to be in before 31st March. The final is on 19th May where there will be 3 minute presentations.
JH has a meeting with Damian Jenkinson of Wigan in Bloom on Tuesday 15th March at 2pm to discuss what we want to do and how they can help.

AOB
No trial bikes have been seen in the village since the last meeting. PG was meeting with JO to discuss other boards. There will be a board at the entrance to Lawn’s Wood. The procurement of beehives was on the back boiler as Wigan Metro will not allow livestock of any kind on their land, including allotments.
3500 bulbs were planted last week after the litter pick.

The minutes are to be,
a) distributed to every villager,
b) put up on the village notice board,
c) put up on the notice board outside the pub (thanks to Liane from the pub for doing this)
d) put up in the Methodist Church.

Date of Next Meeting.
7pm at the Church on Tuesday the 12th April 2011.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for March 2011.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for Febuary 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Marina
7:00pm. 8th Febuary 2011

Attendees
Michael Thomas (in chair), Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, Derek Keen, Rev John Hilton, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Paul Liptrot (councillor), Mike Crosby(councillor), John McDonald, Yvonne Vernon.

Apologies from
Norman and Joyce Hart, Doreen Haynes, Alison Thomas, Debbie Fairhurst, Mark Tate, Chris Keen.

Minutes of last Meeting.
Proposed by GF and seconded by JH

Matter Arrising
None.

Shevington Parish Council
JH awaiting date from Krystina Pilkington for taking down of Christmas Tree box, which will be taken down and erected annually.Chris Pennington to arrange.
Precept was discussed. £70000 was the budget, down from last year.JH has a copy of a £74000 precept which has a similar breakdown. The precept is on the SPC website.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Nothing to report, although it does have money which could be accessed.

Township Forum.
The meeting is on the 9th February at the Methodist Church in Standish. PL said they are being rationalised, probably the last meeting. PL has projects needing funding, including resurfacing of unmade roads, planters in Shevington Village, Shevington Moor and The Royal Oak, and gates in Shevington Moor.

Notice Board.
JH to speak to KP.

Christmas Tree.
The box will be relocated, Chris Pennington, Wigan Metro to organise and KP to agree. PL to follow up.

Village Information Board.
John O’Neil has it in hand. JO has 3 projects on the go, Shevington Moor, Shevington Vale and Lawn’s .The location of the Crooke board has to be decided by the village as soon as possible. A possible site is on the green where the temporary shed from Adactus stood.

Website.
Paul Green keeps it up to date. Thank you .Dates from Methodist Chapel for this year will be sent to PG by MT asap.

Canal Towpath Clean Up.
14 people came, 157 bags were collected.PG and MT took the bags away. Thank you ladies for the superb refreshments. Matt Taylor from BW attended, all the way from Burnley, thank you very much. He has also said that BW will supply tools.

Unadopted Roads.
Revd John Hilton had received a quote from Darlingtons which was very good.£11000 plus vat. This could be extended to the other unadopted roads, not just the road outside the church. The nursery were now eager to be part of this project. The church would probably put the major share. Adactus was going to be approached by the Rev J Hilton. The residents who live opposite the nursery were to be approached personally by the Rev. PL said there needs to be written permission from any interested parties.PL and JH to liaise regarding planning permission. PL has money earmarked for the project even if the resurfacing did not start until after March. There was a shortfall of £2000. MC said he would make a donation. PL believes there needs to be a clerk of works. Steve Tebbit was asked to do that job.Andy Richmond who lives next door to the church, said he was happy about the resurfacing and mentioned having sleeping policemen to slow vehicles down.

Fund Raising.
Sandra and Brian raised £45.10 from raffle of Teacher’s whisky at the folk club. Thank you very much.

Green Grant Application
£980 has been accessed for tools and a shed and needs to be spent in 6 months. £480 for tools and £500 for a shed, site still under negotiation (JH leading that.PL reminded the meeting of the need for planning permission.

AOB
Trial bikes were beginning to be a problem, Everyone should complain to Non Urgent Police at 01618725050 individually. The larger the number who complain the more the department will take notice.
Horses on the towpath was mentioned by JM. Since the horse driven boat was taken to Liverpool a few years ago the gates were all opened. GF said they were never shut as it transpired that the tow paths may be bridle paths. The Douglas River Bridge maybe widened because of that fact.
The newsletter was being printed by Adactus and would be distributed by our members, to the village as soon as they were received. Thank you Charlotte and Adactus for the work they do.
The next clear up would be 26th February, meet at 9.30 at Crooke Hall Inn.
Brian Seed thanked CVRA for their rent for the use of the church hall. Yvonne thanked CVRA for their cheque for the rent of the facilities at the Marina, this would be given to the Wigan Hospice.

The minutes are to be,
a) distributed to every villager,
b) put up on the village notice board,
c) put up on the notice board outside the pub (thanks to Liane from the pub for doing this)
d) put up in the Methodist Church.

Date of Next Meeting.
7pm at the Crkke Hall Inn on Tuesday 8th March 2011.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for Febuary 2011.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for January 2011

Crooke Village Residents Association
Methodist Church
7:00pm. 11th January 2011

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Brian Musgrove, Alison Thomas, Michael Thomas, John McDonald, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Paul Green, Jan Green, and Councillor Paul Liptrot.

Apologies from
Councillor Mike Crosby, Councillor Debbie Fairhurst, Mike and Win Smith and Norman and Joyce Hart.

Minutes of last Meeting.
Proposed by GF and seconded by ST

Matter Arrising
None.

Shevington Parish Council
MTh, DK, JH and PL attended this meeting. Nothing concerning Crooke, partcicularly, to report.

Shevington and District Community Association.
Nothing to report, although it does have money which could be accessed.

Township Forum.
There might be no further meetings of this forum, after the next meeting on the 25th January at the Methodist Hall in Shevington this year, as there is to be a re-jigging of neighbourhoods.

Lawn’s Wood and Meadows.
Wigan Metro are currently dealing with this topic.

Notice Board.
JH to speak to KP on Thursday 13th January.

Christmas Tree.
The box will be relocated, Chris Pennington, Wigan Metro to organise and KP to agree. PL to follow up.

Village Information Board.
John O’Neil has it in hand. JH will speak to him at the next S & DCA meeting.

Website.
Paul Green keeps it up to date. Thank you .Dates from Methodist Chapel for this year will be sent to PG by MT asap.

Burns Night.
Due to refurbishment at the pub, this event will have to wait til next year. St George’s Day was discussed but no decision made.

Canal Towpath Clean Up.
This will now be a village wide clean up .PG acquiring pick up tools, he has 2. PL is going to ask council for more.BW to be approached by JH regarding a barge to help. It was agreed that a flyer would be delivered to the village and the clean up would be a village affair. Date agreed Saturday 5th February, starting 9.30 am.

Unadopted Roads.
MT ans ST mentioned that the Revd John Hilton had received a quote from Darlingtons which was very good. This could be extended to the other unadopted roads, not just the road outside the church. JH to liaise with JH(Revd John Hilton). PL reminded the meeting to involve everyone who had an interest in this issue. PL said he would consider giving a donation from his Brighter Borough money.

Christmas Cards.
GF said that 170 sets and envelopes had been sold and 10 sets without envelopes. 32 sets remain unsold. 1 set was wastage.
A net profit of £289.03 was made.

Treasurer's Report    Donations from MTh     £26.34.
Sale of Christmas Cards £289.03
PG and JG bike ride £25.00
Green Fund Grant £1000.00
TOTAL £1,749.37

A provision of £1,000 is being held aganst the Adactus Green Grant.
Thanks to GF treasurer for the report.

The meeting agreed to pay the Methodist Church £10 a meeting, 3 times £10 to be paid for use already.
£10 per meeting at the Marina to be offered to Yvonne.
It was agreed to pay Alex Cornish £70 for the removal of a hazardous wall.

AOB
PL told us of the Electrification of Liverpool/Manchester Link Railway is going ahead.
He gave us a leaflet about a private firm - Home Instead (senior care)
He asked about the village newsletter. JH will produce one for distribution.

The minutes are to be,
a) distributed to every villager,
b) put up on the village notice board,
c) put up on the notice board outside the pub (thanks to Liane from the pub for doing this)
d) put up in the Methodist Church.

Date of Next Meeting.
7pm at the Marina on Tuesday 8th February 2011.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for January 2011.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for December 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Marina
7 pm. 14th December 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, , Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Musgrove, Paul Liptrot (councillor) Alison Thomas, Michael Thomas, John McDonald, Mike Crosby (councillor)

Apologies from
Councillor Mike Crosby, Councillor Debbie Fairhurst, Charlotte Sweeny (Adactus) and Norman Hart.

Shevington Parish Council
JH did not attend due to ill health. At the meeting however both Jim and Veronica resigned as Chair and councillor due to their commitment as carers to their parents who are both ill. PL said that John Ball,vice chair, took the meeting. There was talk at the meeting about Orica. Footpaths in the area had been cleaned. MC said that someone needed to be on the council. DK and MT to attend (Mike Thomas).GF and JH to write a letter to Jim and Veronica. MT, JH, and DK to attend meeting on 16th December.

Shevington and District Community Assocaition
JH did not attend due to ill health. PL said a number of topics were discussed, none concerning Crooke. John O’Neil had a number of topics he wants to take to the next meeting of the Township Forum.

Township Forum
Next meeting is on Wednesday 15th December JH and MT to attend.

Notice Board
Shevington should have money from Adactus. JH to mention this at SPC on the 16th December.

Christmas Tree
It was agreed that the Christmas tree looked great. The fence around it, had to be there for health and safety reasons. The box would be moved to the perimeter of the grass after the Christmas tree is taken away in January.

Village Information Board
John O’Neil has it in hand.

Website
Paul Green keeps it up to date. Thank you.

Probation Service
A meeting will be held on Monday 20th December to discuss cleaning the canal tow path. The Probation Srvice will be organising insurance and people etc. JH and GF to attend and anyone else with Geoff Oliver from said service.

Unadopted Roads
Postponed until it thaws. A discussion followed about cobbles .... Nothing decided.

Christmas Cards
The sale of Christmas cards had proved very successful. 180 sets had been produced and £200 profit had been made. Discussion followed about calendars, but this would not be profitable. Notelets were to be investigated.
Burns night at the pub was to be investigated by ST.

AOB
Grants. JH told us about £1000 avalable for tools and a shed. GF and JH to complete application form by Thursday 16th December. Discussion followed about placement of shed, including at Crooke Cruising Club. JM to follow this up. PG told us about a building that Paul Elsie has. PL said there were planning issues to be investigated, as well as health and safety issues and neighbours views to be taken.
Salt. People who are not from the village, have been seen taking salt from the Crooke boxes. Authority have topped up bins. Car number plates of people seen taking the salt should be given to the Shevington Council.
Discussion followed about circulation of minutes of this meeting. At present, the agendas are put up on the noticeboard on the green outside the church and put on the website. Subsequent minutes are likewise displayed. The secretary emails the minutes to all who have given her an email address. She also makes hard copies to give to attendees of the meeting. Adactus have offered to fund the production of the minutes so that everyone in the village gets a copy delivered. The agenda and minutes will be put up in the Chapel (if the members agree) and the pub notice Board if landlady of Crooke Hall Inn agrees.
JH was to produce the next newsletter.
It was agreed as a group, we would set 12 months of meeting dates and venues in advance.
Door to Door Santa was back. Money raised would go to “living with stroke” a Lord Mayor project.
Tel 886452 on weekdays and 894262 at weekends. £5 per child and a minimum of 4.
PL said that Beat it Team would not clean the canal. March would be the next time a general tidy of footpaths, undergrowth etc would take place. BM suggested that October would be a good time for a clean up too , before everything was dumped in the canal before Winter.
PL said that the future of the library service was being looked into, and circulated forms for people to fill in and return to the library.
Discussion about a nativity around tree(JM) Lighting and funding were issues against this good idea.
Discussion about 40 ton trucks using “The Bends” road followed and Reality Logistics starting up a base nearby.
Minutes specifically to be sent to Charlotte Sweeney, to be made into 60 copies for distribution around village.

Date of next meeting
7pm at the Methodist Chapel on Tuesday 11th January.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for December 2010.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for November 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Marina
7 pm. 9th November 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Paul Green, Jan Green, and Councillor Paul Liptrot.

Apologies from
Councillor Mike Crosby, Councillor Debbie Fairhurst, Charlotte Sweeny (Adactus) and Norman Hart.

The following topics are on the attached sheets.

(That information will be posted after this minutes entry.)

Shevington Parish Council Meeting, Shevington and District Community Association Meeting, Standish, Aspull and Shevington Township Forum Meeting, Contact names, Unadopted Roads, Canal Bank, Bulb Planting and Lawn’s Woods and Meadows.

Details from the attached sheet are as follows.

Chairs report to the Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting of 9th
November 2010.

Shevington Parish Council meeting of 21st October.
Agreed that the CVRA would dig the pit for the Christmas Tree because of difficulty getting quotes. (Pit is now dug & concreted, surplus concrete used to fill some holes in road to Nursery/Chapel.) We will be paid for material on presentation of receipts. P. C. plan to have electricity to pit by w/e 13th Nov.
No date for the notice board
Orica development was discussed with concern shown over the decontamination of the site.

Shevington & District Community Association meeting of 26th October.
The meeting was told that one of our biggest priorities is the unadopted roads.

Standish Aspull & Shevington Township Forum meeting of 27th October.
Inspector Glen Jones discussed the role of neighbourhood policing.
Various topics were discussed and it will be beneficial to the CVRA to be involved.

Contact names.
A meeting with Jeremy Bell of Wigan Metro was useful & produced contact names. (Wildlife Trust, Probation Service & various Funders)

Unadopted Roads
Graeme Condron of the Highways Dept visited to advise on the resurfacing of the roads. He told us little more than we already knew.

Canal Bank
Cath Simm of the Youth Offending Team & British Waterways have agreed to a litter pick on the canal bank. Perhaps best in the early New Year when there is no vegetation.

Bulb Planting
John O'Neil has arranged a bulb planting with Cath Simm of the Youth Offending Team. Graham Foster has also obtained bulbs.

Lawns Wood & Meadows.
We have had a message from Ros Smallwood, the ecologist at Wigan Metro & they will be putting a programme together.

This is the end of the attached sheet information.

Village Information Board
John O’Neil has it in hand.

Website
Paul Green keeps it up to date, liaising with the chapel for events. The additions page is great. Thank you Paul.

Tippler Board
PG to create this and other boards when John O’Neil has produced the village board. PG to liaise with JO. Funding is in place for the Village Board. Getting written evidence of planning permission for the erection of boards is in hand(thanks to PL for raising subject).

Unadopted Roads
Some work has been done on the road near the chapel. JH to follow up quotation from Brighter Borough. PL to investigate further. A sub committee was to be set up to put proposals together. PL said to be cautious as Groundwork got into difficulties because of having no specialist. We have ST who is a specialist.
ST,GF,DK,PG,JH and BM (PL maybe) to meet on Tuesday 16th Novenber at 2pm at chapel.

Fund Raising
Burn’s Night. New landlady at pub to be approached.

Christmas Cards
GF produced them . £4.99 for 12. Excellent value. Beautiful cards. Thank you to GF, MF and PG.

AOB
BM offered a bottle of whisky for raffle on Burn’s night.
DK was concerned about a motorcyclist who regularly rode through the village.(no tax etc) 01618725050 was the number to ring to inform the Police.
0161 856 7124 is the number for Neighbourhood Watch.
Email e.wigan.apt@gmp.police.uk
Mike Thomas was to be thanked for putting in 2 litter bins. JH to ask MT to remove the old bins.

Date of next meeting
14th December, at 7pm in the Crooke Hall Inn.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for November 2010.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for The Anual General Meeting for 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Annual General Meeting
Crooke Methodist Chapel
7 pm. 12th October 2010

Attendees
Norman Hart, Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Jan Green, Paul Green, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas , Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Brian Musgrave, Sandra Musgrave, John MacDonald, Joe Shovelton, Winnie Smith, Mike Smith, Kath Bradley , Elsie Heaton, Irene Wilson, C Jarvis, Sheila Milne(Shevington and District Community Association), Paul Liptrot (councillor) and Mike Crosby (councellor)

Apologies from
Joyce Hart, Jim and Veronica Maloney (chair of Shevingon Parish Council, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and his wife).

Welcome from the Chairman The Chairman welcomed everyone for attending the meeting and then proceeded to deliver his report.

Chairman’s Report.

It’s hard to believe that 12 months have gone by since the Crooke Village Residents Association was formed, this only seems a short while ago yet it was on the 24th August 2009 that we became involved in the Calor Village of the year competition and that seems to have been ages ago.

The Residents Association was formed out of the committee members of the Calor competition and have worked relentlessly over the last year to try to improve the community spirit and quality of life in the village.

The first job that we did was to continue clearing the path around the park and litter picking.

The October, November & December meetings were devoted to setting up the Association, producing our Constitution and establishing a bank account.

At the same time we were looking at things that could be done for the Village and the suggestion of a Community Garden / Allotment was discussed. There was an overgrown allotment in the Village which had not been used for some 3 years which we applied for. We also applied to Adactus for a grant to create the Community Garden / Allotment and were successful receiving £1,000. Wigan Metro then told us that we were number 16 on the waiting list for the land and at this stage we started to look at other possible areas to build the Garden. One was the field behind the Village Nursery, but the plan put together by Kath Godfrey of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers proved to be too ambitious. It created a degree of objection within the Village and the land owner seemed `to be reluctant to offer the long term lease that would be needed to get the grant aid.

Whilst another area of land behind the Chapel was suggested by Wigan Metro the Committee felt that the location was not suitable as it was exposed to vandalism.

A project which is near to the heart of Graham Foster, our Treasurer, has always been the repair to the footpath in Lawns Wood along with the possibility of extending it to create a circular path in the wood and linking up with other paths in the area.

In the early stages we met with little response from Wigan Metro and it was only when John O’Neil became involved that things started to happen.

It is now being looked at to make Lawns Wood into a Local Nature Reserve and with this in mind the Residents Association created a sub group, “The Friends of Lawns Wood & Meadows”. This was done on the advice of John O’Neil and Graham Workman of the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust as this should give us access to funding.

An annual event is planned and it is hoped that in 2011 it can be linked with the possible developments in Lawns Wood.

We also got a new planter from Shevington Parish Council.

In August a working party, in conjunction with British Waterways, started to paint the canal bridge. We are now recognised by British Waterways as a volunteer group who are authorised and insured by them to carry out works on the canal. This will allow us to look at cleaning up the towpath in the area and paint the bridge at the Wigan end of the Village.

We are represented on the Policies Committee of the Shevington Parish Council, the Shevington and District Community Association and soon we will also be represented on the Standish Aspull & Shevington Township Forum. These bodies give us a voice into what happens in our area.

To date we have arranged for the moving of the Christmas tree to a more suitable site on the green in front of the Chapel.

The notice board is to be replaced with monies from the earlier rounds of the Calor Village of the Year competition plus an equivalent amount from Adactus and a contribution from Shevington Parish Council.

Probably the biggest problem that the Village has is the four unadopted roads. The cost of bringing these up to the standard of normal roads is about £37,000. At this stage this is an amount of money beyond our means. The Committee is trying to get this work done and is investigating all avenues, the one thing that is certain is that Wigan Metro, along with all other local authorities, are not spending money on unadopted roads. We are looking at other solutions that may be affordable and are in discussions with the businesses, property owners and other parties.

We are looking at Beekeeping as a project and it is hoped that this will be developed over the winter months.

About 2,000 bulbs will be planted in the village this autumn, some of these have been organised by John O’Neil through the Brighter Borough Fund, the rest by the Residents Association.

I would now like to thank people who have helped us over the last year

A very special thank you must go to Yvonne Vernon who allowed us to use the facilities at the Crooke Village Marina during the lead up to the Calor Village of the year competition. We have held a number of functions there and Yvonne has been ever generous providing food & drink at these events.

Our thanks go to John O’Neil who since his involvement with the Association has proved to be a font of information, someone who can unlock what seem to be barred doors and is unstinting in his efforts to get things done.

Thanks to Councillor Paul Liptrot and past Councillor Angela Bland for their prompt action to stop the footpath leading from Crooke Village to Shevington from being completely ruined when the farmer was moving manure in very bad weather. Since that time the path has been resurfaced and apart from a piece near to Crooke Village is in a much better state.

Councillor Liptrot has attended many of our meetings and has been helpful in getting works done in the Village.

Councillor Mike Crosby was elected earlier this year also has helped the Village. Mike was instrumental in getting us permission to paint the canal bridge. He has offered financial assistance from his Brighter Borough Fund to aid in the re surfacing of the unadopted roads in the Village.

Thanks must go to the Methodist Chapel for letting us use their meeting room also Steve Derricott of Crooke Hall Inn for the use of the Cellar Bar.

A very special thank you to Paul Heaton of Adactus, who was the catalyst in the Calor competition presentation and the forming of the Crooke Village Residents Association. Unfortunately Paul has moved on but we do owe him a very big vote of thanks.

Ruth Mycock was our Neighbourhood Officer and was also involved with us in the early days.

Charlotte Sweeney has replaced Ruth and is proving to be willing to get involved and very helpful.

I would thank all members of the Committee for their sterling work over the last year.

Morag Tebbit, our secretary, for trying to keep up with taking minutes at meeting and organising us.

Graham Foster, our treasurer, who has spent a lot of his valuable time in dealing with grant applications and being involved in every project. Apart from looking after our money Graham has also boosted our coffers by raising money on bike rides.

Paul Green for the work in running and developing our web site “www.crookevillage.co.uk”. A great deal of effort has gone into creating it adding to it and keeping it updated.

Mike Thomas, our Vice Chairperson, only joined in the middle of the year but already has shown his eagerness to develop the Association. Mike has obtained a number of litter bins which will be sited to try to encourage people to keep the village tidier, especially dog owners.

Steve Tebbit, John Mac Donald, Brian & Sandra Musgrove, Jan Green, Doreen Haynes, Norman Hart, Alison Thomas and newcomers Derek & Christine Keen have all proved to be more than willing in getting involved in the activities.

Now for the future.

I would welcome Mike & Winnie Smith who moved into the village in July and joined us at the September meeting.

Whilst we do need more people in the Village to become involved I appreciate that after working all day it is hard to drag yourself out to a meeting, especially when it’s dark and raining. If it coincides with Emmerdale & Coronation Street then it’s a no hoper.

I would however ask that you support the Crooke Village Residents Association as best you can. It is your village and all that we want to do is to improve the community spirit and the quality of life in the Village. Please don’t leave it to someone else because there may not be anyone willing to do it and then what will happen?

Thank you all for listening and I truly hope that the new Committee carry out what has been started and I look forward to seeing the rewards in future years.

This concludes the Chairman's Report.

Treasure’s Report.

The trearure's report was made up of a spread sheet highlighting monies in the account totalling £1,409.00. the amount was made up by a donation from Adactus toward a Green Grant of £1,000.00, £20.00 from two advertisments posted on the link page of the web site, £220.00 donated from sponcered events and £144.00 from the Adactus Residents Grant. A further £25.00 was donated by a resident resulting in the grand total. There is however, a provision that if the £1,000.00 donated by Adactus towards the Green Grant was not used by its allotted run out date, that money will have to be returned. If that were to happen, the Residents Association will be left with £409.00 in the bank account.

This concludes the Treasur's Report.

Secretary’s Report

We have come a long way from being named Calor County village of the year. It has been quite a year. I would like to thank all the people involved in making Crooke a better place to live.
First of all thanks to Jim Haynes our chair. He has worked tirelessly, and contacted loads of people in various councils, Wigan Metro, Shevington Parish Council, Shevington and District Community Association, specialists, Adactus, British Waterways and chased funding. He has made such a difference to the village. Graeme Foster has worked tirelessly too, regarding funding and meetings. Paul Green has developed the Crooke Village website. It is well worth a visit. He has researched the input for the Tippler Interpretation Board and is working on other boards for around the village.
Areas we have covered have been wide and various, some have been successful and others regrettably not.
We are still waiting for a notice board to be put up in the village, but that will happen.
Investigation into having an allotment for the village to use, was unsuccessful, as was the setting up of a Village Directory.
Lawn’s Wood Project has been a great success. It has gone from being a “tidy up project” helped by Wigan Metro, to perhaps being made into a Nature Reserve.
Our relationship with British Waterways has developed and we put together working parties to paint the bridge and tidy the tow path.
Working together with Adactus has been a positive, not just for tenants but for members of the whole village.
Discussions have been made about holding an annual event, probably a social in the pub. When Lawn’s Wood is up and running as a nature reserve there will be a celebration of that.
A fund raising venture for Christmas will be the putting together of a pack of Christmas cards of photos of Crooke in winter. Thanks to Graham, Michelle,(Graham’s wife) and Paul.
Being a part of this association has meant a great deal to me. Even though Steve and I have not been around the village in the last couple of months, we have helped in the village tidy up and the field tidy up. We did not helping painting of the canal bridge and fencing, but it looks really good, thanks to CVRA and BW.
As I said being a part of this association is important to me (and Steve), as I am proud of living in Crooke.

This concludes the Secretary's Report.

Standing Down of Present Officers and Election of New Officers
Derek Keen proposed that all members of the present committee stay on. This was seconded by Christine Keen, all present agreed.

Amendment to the constitution
One was put forward to the meeting by the treasurer and was agreed by the meeting.

AOB
Mike Thomas suggested that if anything needed done , a verbal request or written request shoud be submitted to the committee.
The members of the meeting looked at photographs of Crooke in Winter and voted for up to 8, with a view to publish them as Christmas cards.

Date of next meeting
9th November, venue to be arranged.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for The Anual General Meeting for 2010.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for September 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 15th September 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Paul Green, Jan Green, Norman Hart, Joyce Hart, Alderman John O'Neil, Councillor Paul Liptrit, John MacDonald, Joe Shovelton, Winnie Smith, Mike Smith

Apologies from
Mike Crosby (Councillor), Debbie Fairhurst (Councillor), Charlotte Sweeny (Adactus)

Minutes of last meeting
An apology for the absence from Councillor Liptrot was added.
The minutes were proposed by GF and seconded by DK as a true & accurate record, agreed by all and signed by the chair and secretary.

Matters Arising
None

We welcomed Mike and Winnie Smith as members, proposed by GF and seconded by ST. Mike and Winnie have just moved into the village.

Report from Shevington Parish Council Meeting.
Information about Christman Tree and Notice Board, items which are on the agenda.

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
JH did not attend as he was in hospital and GF was unavailable.
Councillor Liptrot advised of the leaflet on Crooke Village which is being produced by the Community Association.

Township Forum Representation
We are still waiting for confirmation of our group’s acceptance as members, this will be after their October meeting.

Lawn's Wood
GF,JH, Alderman J O'Neil had a meeting with Wigan Metro to discuss possible classification of Lawn's Wood as a Local Nature Reserve.
There will be a site to visit on 11th October. After that meeting an intensive survey will be done as to what is actually in Lawn's Wood.
Councillor Paul Liptrot said that Wigan Metro had said they would tidy Lawn's Wood some time ago. (JH said that only 1 step had been replaced following that)

Notice Board.
This is in hand by Shevington Parish Council.

Christmas Tree
This is in hand by Shevington Parish Council.

Website
PG has added some history and also mentioned the meeting we were attending.

Village Interpretation Board
Alderman John O’Neil circulated photocopies of his proposed Interpretation Board based upon the Board that was produced for Shevington. He said that he is producing a leaflet about Crooke Village, containing about a thousand words. This would be condensed into 525 words for the actual board. The board would have a mixture of words, pictures and maps. He will be helped by Lisa Keys and an archivist from Leigh. Shelley Signs could produce the board, having produced the Shevington Board, at the cost of £1000 - £1100. The concrete base could possibly be erected by Laurel Ltd costing £50. Planning permission may not be needed but Wigan Metro needs to be approached, Councillor Paul Liptrot is to investigate this.
Individual boards about the tippler, the church, etc would be produced later.
Discussion of the positioning of the Intepretation Board followed but no decision was reached. Aldeman O’Neil said schools in the area would receive copies of the leaflet. Mike Smith said that schools should be involved in the surveys etc.

Annual Event.
Lawn’s Wood opening in 2011 should be targeted.

Fund Raising
GF had raised money on his bike ride.
GF suggested again a social evening. ST ,GF and MTh to organise.
MS suggested putting together pictures of the village under snow, and producing Christmas cards. GF volunteered his wife to research publishers of said cards. GF, MF and PG to liaise.

AOB
3 litter bins had been obtained by MTh.
1 to replace the dog bin near playground, (positioned at a higher level because of flooding in the area).
2nd to be near bridge going out of the village at top corner of the Park.
3rd
Joe Shovelton suggested the involvement of the dog warden. Councillor Liptrot to investigate. Councilor Liptrot also said that he would try to get dog bins installed by Wigan Metro.
The plans for a Communal Garden/Allotment is to be scrapped because the original allotment is not available and the alternative proposed site is unsuitable.
JH said the painting of the bridge would be finished, when the weather is more clement. British Waterways have put up the rail and have been supportive in the CVRA painting the woodwork.
GF said there was still £5000 available as a grant from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust. He has applied for this grant to be used for the development of beekeeping in the Village. He had investigated the purchasing of beehives.
The meeting agreed this was a good idea. The positioning of the hives was discussed and the conclusion was that they needed to be in a secure area. AT knew a lady who keeps bees who could come and talk to the meeting. JH & DK had met with a member of the Ormskirk & Croston Beekeeping Association who would be willing to give a talk on beekeeping.

The surfacing of the unadopted roads was discussed. Councillor Liptrot said that Wigan Metro took the view that planings were “diseased “as they had been used before and it could also be classed as fly tipping, this conflicted with the information supplied by Councillor Crosby who has offered up to £200 from his Brighter Borough Fund towards using Rroad planings for road repair.
The Village Nursery have been approached and they said that they would contribute to road improvement. Once a final figure for the repair of the roads in and around the Village Nursery and Chapel has been obtained then all parties will be approached. The view of the meeting was to tarmac the roads but that could prove to be too costly. A short term solution may be more feasible.
PL ,MTh and ST to investigate wet-mix Macadam as an alternative.

Date of next meeting
12th October, at 7pm at Crooke Methodist Chapel.
This would be the AGM, with reports from the chair, the treasurer and the secretary.
There would be an election of all members.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for September 2010.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for August 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 3rd August 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Doreen Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas, Derek Keen, Christine Keen, Paul Green, Jan Green, Joan Byrne.

Apologies from
Mike Crosby and Paul Liptrot

Review of last minutes
Proposed by PG and seconded by DH as a true & accurate record , agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

Matters Arising
None

We welcomed Christine Keen who had just arrived in the village and ST proposed her to be elected to the CVRA committee, seconded by DLI, agreed by all.

Report from Shevington Parish Council Meeting.
No meeting in July

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
No meeting in July

Website
PG said he has updated it quite considerably and now needs to create links with other websites. GF said that the site is looking good and the meeting agreed. Thanks to PG.

Township Forum Representation
We are still waiting for confirmation of our group’s acceptance as members.

Lawn's Wood
JH and GE met John O’Neil and Graham Workman from Leisure and Culture Trust, to talk about footpaths, circular walks to Shevington and bat boxes. GW can tap into available funding. We would have to form a local nature reserve. Leisure and Culture Trust will take liability. ‘Friends of Lawn’s Wood and Meadows’ was suggested as name of this group. All present except DH and Joan Byrne wanted to be on it. JH to arrange a meeting with GW.

Mike Crosby would like to be a part of this new initiative.

Krystyna Pilkington, Paul Liptrot and John O’Neil are to be approached to be involved.

Notice Board.
No Adactus representative was present at the meeting.
KP had said it would cost £1300. There was £575 in kitty, Adactus had said it would match that figure, and Shevington would make up the difference.

Christmas Tree
This will be placed on the green in front of the Chapel in line with the front door. Neon Lights will be put on the tree, electricity to be accessed from the lamp post.

Website
PG’s update is quite considerable. Still a lot to do. GF echoed views of the members by saying brilliant work. PG will now create links with other websites.

Tippler Interpretation Board
John O’Neil was working on a general information board for Crooke, funded by Wigan Metro. He had already done the Shevington board. PG would concentrate on the Tippler board. Other smaller boards would be considered for other parts of the village.

Annual Event.
DK said that Bewleys would provide a Fairground free of charge, but charging customers. Steve at the pub did not yet know if there would be a beer festival in August as last year’s was such a wash out. However if there was a festival any stall from CVRA would be welcome. MTh suggested something to do with Lawn’s Wood. MTe suggested a social event. JH suggested it be held in the Cellar Bar.

Fund Raising
AT said that she had investigated the cinema venture but the cine equipment would cost £1500. and the PRS licence would be too expensive.

AOB
JH, GE and MTh met up with Mike Crosby and Matthew Taylor from BW to discuss painting the canal bridge. The date arranged was Saturday 21st August, a notice to be put up on the notice board, and a flyer to be circulated in the village inviting anyone in the village to come and help.
PG had found another bench and would approach his employer for the procurement of it. JH is meeting Paula Dean from Wigan Metro on the 4th August to discuss dead trees, the path around park, gates, dog bins etc.
There was a discussion about road planings, - the cost and quantity needed, to put on the unadopted roads.

Date of next meeting
14th September, at the Marina.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for August 2010.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for July 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 13th July 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Sandra Musgrove,Brian Musgrove, Mike Thomas, Alison Thomas , Derek Keen.

Apologies from
John MacDonald, Jan and Paul Green, Doreen Haynes, Yvonne Vernon

Review of last minutes
Proposed by GF and seconded by BM as a true & accurate record , agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

Matters Arising
None

We welcomed Derek Keen who had just arrived in the village and JH proposed him to be elected to the CVRA committee, seconded by GF, agreed by all.

Election of Vice Chair
JH proposed MT as Vice Chair, seconded by GF, unanimously voted on. MT accepted the position.

Report from Shevington Parish Council Meeting.
From JH. SPC were in discussion with Wigan Metro in repect of the allotments, Jim Maloney advised that they should fall under the duristriction of the Parish Council. Orica has been sent back planning from Wigan Metro, for Orica to produce more details about the proposed removal of contamination on site.

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
Paul Liptrot is still chasing 4 planters ( at a school in Lowton). If available it was suggested that 1 will go opposite Norman Hart’s home, 2 will go near the canal bridge, and the other 1 will go on the triangle beside the Marina.

Website
GF said that the site is looking good and the meeting agreed. Thanks to PG.

Township Forum Representation
There are 10 in Wigan and their objective is to work with Wigan Metro and councils to improve the quality of life within the Borough.
Crooke is in Standish, Aspull and Shevington Township Forum. CVRA has been invited to apply for representation on this Forum.
MT proposed that JH represented Crooke Village on the Township Forum GF seconded, all agreed. GF agreed to replace JH on the Shevington & District Community Association from October.
Among many other things the Township Forum propose that all villages have Notice Boards, a Flag Pole and seating.

Tippler Interpretation Board
PL had said that there may be funding from the Township Forum Fund.
John O’Neil seems to be the best option for getting the Board.

Annual Event.
Wigan Metro advised that there should be no objection to useing the field for an annual event in the summer months. Planning permission would not be required for this.
Permission would probable not be given for useing the field for parking in November for bonfire function because of the damage that might be caused from the quantity of vehicles.

Fund Raising
Steve at Crooke Hall Inn would be approached in respect of a stall at the Beer Festival in August.
Participation of Lancashire Day in November? Have a trip boat from Crooke to Dean Lock? Archery, Welly Throwing and golf were mentioned.
DK suggested that a cinema similar to the ones operating in Parbold & Standish be considered. AT to get information from her contacts in Standish. It was suggested that the Church Hall would be the best venue. ST to find out if this would be agreable with the Church Committee.
DK suggested that Mr Bewley of Shevington may be interested in allowing his fairground equipment to be used at events.

AOB
The History of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. A talk by Mike Clarke, will be given in the Methodist Chapel at 8pm on the 6th August.. John Mac Donald to be asked about cost.. JH to give information to PG, and to be put on Notice Board.

On Monday 19th at 11am JH and GF to meet with Mike Crosby, labour councillor, re 1) dead trees, 2) path around field, 3) gates across outlets, 4) dog poo bins.

On Tuesday 20th JH and GF to meet with John O’Neil and Graham Workman from Wigan Metro to look at Lawn’s Wood. Perhaps continue the walk to the left of the main road up to the houses at the beginning of a path taking you to Shevington. It is intended to discuss the Interpretation Board with John at that meeting.

Charlotte Sweeney, from Adactus, was welcomed to the meeting. She replaces Ruth Mycock. Green Grant from Adactus has been delayed. We have £1000 in our bank account for the allotment, but as we have made no progress on that, the group asked if we could have an extension .CS said she would find out. There was no money for a computer for the organisation, there was a possibility we could apply to the Neighbourhood Fund. Charlie Barlow will be our Resident Involvement Officer, not William Roberts as stated in a letter to CVRA.

Krystina Pilkington, Clerk to the Shevington Parish Council arrived with a picture of the proposed Notice Board. The cost is £1350, There is £575 from our prize money, but there was doubt about Adactus’ matching contribution. CS to find out. JH to approach Mike Crosby & Paul Liptrot to see if they will contribute from the Brighter Borough Fund.

Date of next meeting
Tuesdat 3rd August 2010 at the Crooke Methodist Church.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for July 2010.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for June 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 8th June 2010

Attendees
Paul Liptrot Dist Collr, Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, John MacDonald, Paul Green, Jan Green, Doreen Haynes, Sandra Musgrove,Brian Musgrove,

Apologies from
Mike and Alison Thomas, Ruth Mycock, Debbie Fairhurst Dist Cllr.

Review of last minutes
Proposed by BM and seconded by GF. Agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

Matters Arising
None.

Election of Vice Chair
Because of Mike Thomas not being at the meeting, this was postponed til next meeting.

Report from Shevington Parish Council Meeting.
Noticeboard -this was in front of Wigsn Metro Planning Committee for approval.
Resiting of Christmas Tree – Electrics have to be shifted , SPC have £1600 in fund for that.
2 planters given, 1 to be opposite Norman Hart’s house, and 1 on green belonging to Sandra and Brian. JH to ask permission from SPC to paint planters and maintain the painting. SPC will plant them. These have not arrived yet.
The Parish Council AGM is on the 10th June.

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
1) The SDCA has produced a draft leaflet giving information and contact details about Shevington Moor, Shevington Vale, Crooke Village and Standish Lower Ground. Paul Liptrot will liaise with John O’Neil. Meetings of this association will be moved round the area, 1 to be held in Crooke.
2) There is a leaflet also about Elnup Wood . Groundwork is based here.
Next meeting will be on Tuesday 29th June.

Website
PG thanked MT for church dates and photographs of village for the website.JH said the site looked good. PG to take photographs of cyclists on Sunday 13th on their charity ride on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath.

Tippler Interpretation Board
PG still waiting for information.. Discussion followed regarding the expansion of the contents of this board to include businesses, chapel, nursery, church history, etc.
GF will go with PG to see Rachel. PL asked about cost, JH said £2500. PL told the meeting about monies which are available from the Township Forum, Brighter Borough and S&DCA which he will approach.

Annual Event.
If we use the field we have to get planning permission from the owner Wigan Metro.
People to approach regarding this are,
1) Lynn Knowles, Estates Officer,Property Division, Wigan Inestment Centre, Waterside Drive, WN3 5BA. Tel 01942 705573.
2) Simon Calderbank, Environment, Civic Buildings, New Market Street, Wigan.
3) Mike Jones, Civic Buildings, New Market Street, Wigan. Tel 01942 404278.
Planning permission would normally take 8 weeks.
Emergency planning permission would need to be asked for re November parking, for bonfire function.

Fund Raising
JH said we need to generate funds. GF mentioned sponsored bike ride. PL suggested a raffle. ST mentioned a quiz. And Crooke Independence Day.
There would be a stall at the Beer Festival in August.
Participation of Lancashire Day in November? Have a trip boat from Crooke to Dean Lock? Archery, Welly Throwing and golf were mentioned.

AOB
PL suggested we should have a sub committee for fund raising. After a little discussion, GF, JG and PG offered their services. They were proposed by MT and seconded by BM. All agreed.
JH read out a letter from Jim Maloney, SPC Chairman, which he had sent to Sarah Wilcox at Wigan Metro, asking for people to work together to develop the Community Garden we want to build using the 2 allotments.The 2 allotments are still untouched. Discussion followed about the latest dumping of manure at the top of the footpath to Shevington. The farmer has relaid the path, and it is a great job. PL to write to thank him. Angie Bland and PL have approached the Legal and Highway authorities to see if the farmer can be stopped from dumping this waste. Legal should repond by 10th June. Environmental Health said it was not pure faeces, but treated biologically.
Lawn’s Wood- This needs to be tidied up.1 sleeper has been put down.YOT (Youth Offending Team) might be approached to do community service in the woods.Perhaps also to paint canal bridge.GF was to approach the local scout group to see if they might help. Kath Godfrey from BT for Conservation Volunteers said it was a site of Biological interest, (formerly known as a site of special scientific interest).

Date of next meeting
Tuesday 13th July 2010. at the Marina.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for June 2010.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for May 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 11th May 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, John MacDonald, Paul Green, Jan Green, Doreen Haynes, Michael Thomas, Alison C Thomas, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Yvonne Vernon.

Apologies from
Ruth Mycock(Adactus)

Review of last minutes
Proposed by GF and seconded by ST. Agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

Matters Arising
None

Report from Shevington Parish Council Meeting
Resiting of Christmas Tree in hand
2 planters given. 1 to be opposite Norman Hart's house and 1 on the green belonging to Sandra and Brian. JH to ask permission from SPC to paint planters and maintain the planters. SPC will plant them.
Brown Bins will be arriving in Crooke by the end of May PG told the meeting.

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
No report. JH was ill.

Website
PG in touch with the council, who are deciding if they have right to pictures, then permission would be given to publish them.
There will be a Beer Festival in August to be held by the pub. PG to gain more information about it and put it on the website.
Chapel events will be given to PG by Morag to be put on the website.

Tippler Interpretation Board
PG had sent a letter to Rachel Orme and sent a completed questionnaire to her on the 20th April. By 30th there was no response from her. But she eventually. she gave an indication that it would be 2 weeks before Paul heard anything. Mr. Miller archivist was approached by PG re pictures for it.

Community Garden
No news from Dubai, so plans in obeyance.
JH to pursue reinstating the pond.
If we can't get on with the Community Garden we will have to refund £1000 to Adactus.
Alternatives to the Community Garden were discussed. No conclusion reached.

Annual Event.
If the Beer Festival at the pub goes ahead it was discussed that CVRA could have a few stalls.

Election of Vice Chair
Steve Tebbit said he was interested in the post. Michael Thomas said he would think about it. Graham Foster was going to think about it too, so that would mean a treasurer would have to be found. Decision would be made at the next meeting.

AOB
PG still no contact from Paul Hesketh.
PG and JH's picture taken at the recycling unit is to be put in Wigan Life.
The notices on the field were reinstated by Wigan Metro.
Notice board from SPC still not up.
GF told the meeting about a sponsored bike ride from Burnley to Crooke.(40 miles) in aid of British Heart Foundation. He invited to join in. He was starting from Leeds and going to Burnley, then Crooke.

Date of next meeting
Tuesday 8th June 2010. at the Chapel.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for May 2010.

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Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for April 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 13th April 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, John MacDonald, Paul Green, Jan Green, Doreen Haynes, Michael Thomas, Alison C Thomas, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove, Sandra Makin, Alona Shovelton.

Apologies from
Irene Wilson
Sam Hornsby Adactus (instead of Andrew Edwards)

Review of last minutes
Proposed by PG and seconded by GF. Agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

One correction, Jane Young had been co-opted on the policy committee of Shevington Parish Council and so Jim Haynes has been co-opted on to that committee following Jane's resignation.

Matters Arising
None

Report from Shevington Parish Council Meeting
None.

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
SDC had written to the parish council to express concern about the building of houses by Orica. But there will be 15 built on the Gathurst Road end and 87 built at Vicarage Road end.

Website
There are more pictures on the site. There was the first Advert. Paul Green had not been able to get in touch with Paul Hesketh.
Paul Green to put up the minutesof the CVRA meetings and archive them on the website. Ruth said she would put a link from Adactus to Crooke. PG said this link would be reciprocal.
GF and JH said Paul was doing a great job on the website. The meeting agreed. Thank you Paul.

Tippler Plaque Update
Interpretation Board. The approach to John O'Neil, archivist, was still being followed. Then the grant to be applied for by Graham Foster. This would be done by the end of April.

Allotment
There was discussion about the plans for this allotment. Sandra Makin and Alona Shovelton were opposed to this venture as it would bring undesirables into Crooke. Micheal Thomas said if there are objections to the allotment in conjunction with the nursery, then we should shelve the idea.
The 2 allotments behind the houses would be reinvestigated by JH. Ruth said that Groundwork would put in raised beds for nothing on these two allotments.

Paint for Projects
Jim said that he had resourced free white paint from Wigan Metro for projects in the village including painting the canal bridge.

Village Directory
It was felt by the meeting this innitiative should be put on hold, as the interest in it was very poor.

Adactus Green Grant and other Grant Applications
They were still there to be assessed but as yet there were no projects, except the interpretation board, with which GF was progressing.

Annual Event.
Steve Tebbit mentioned a village quiz.
GF mentioned a Barn Dance. Sandra Makin said we had 2 events in the village already, The Summer Fair and the Christmas Fair.
The pub is having a big event on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of May.
Nothing was decided for 2010 but definately an event to be arranged for 2011.

Homewatch
Sandr said she was thinking of standing down as representitive. She said she was repeatedly asked for help from the Police to tackle disruptive behaviour but was dissatisfied by the lack of response. Angie Bland and Paul Liptrot were to be approached by JH to get in touch with Police to have a greater presence in the village.

Election of Vice Chair
Steve Tebbit said he was interested in the post. Michael Thomas said he would think about it. Graham Foster was going to think about it too, so that would mean a treasurer would have to be found. Decision would be made at the next meeting.

AOB
Michael to give email address to Paul Green re advertising on the website.

Date of next meeting
7pm Tuesday 11th May 2010. at the Marina.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for April 2010.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for March 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 9th March 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Graham Foster, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, John MacDonald, Paul Green Jan Green, Yvonne Vernon, Michael Thomas, Alison C Thomas, Sandra Musgrove, Brian Musgrove,Barrie Jones ( Community Support Officer).

Apologies from
Andrew Edwards, Doreen Haynes, Ruth Mycock, Jane Young.

Review of last minutes
Agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

Matters Arising
None

Report from Shevington Parish Council Meeting
Jane not there . No report. Jim Haynes to attend meetings.

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
Jim Haynes, Paul Green and Doreen Haynes went to the meeting. Jim was elected to that council. Nothing of relevance to Crooke was discussed.

Website
Paul Green pursuing presentation of website. Newsletter, minutes, general, archive material , business links to be included. Paul Hesketh to talk to Paul Green about his connection to Cotton Traders and how it could impact on the Crooke Village site.
Advertising was discussed and prices . Jim Haynes to investigate.( eg Owd Barn Alison's hairdressing business, etc.
The Registration of the Crooke Village site is a priority

Tippler Plaque Update
Interpretation Board. The money is available for this -£2000. John O'Neil, archivist in Leigh to be approached to design it, get facts and figures correct, cost it, than the grant to be applied for by Graham Foster. Ivestigation must be done by end of April.

Allotment
£1000 avaliable

Adactus
Adactus has provided £500 for a computer to be used by the secretary. Thank you Adactus.

British Trust Conservation Volunteers
£5000 available.

Allotment
There are 2 available in the village, but we are 16th on the list.
Other alternatives were discussed but the most promising one is the possibility of using Nursery land. The Nursery are supportive of this idea but have to make enquiries over legal issues.
Other options for sites of allotment were discussed but the nursery option was found to be the best option. Jim Haynes and Graham Foster to continue to pursue this line.

Village Directory
Steve Tebbit to put up a reminder on the noticeboard.

Annual Event.
Talked about Viking Day at Gin Pit Village.
Victorian Day discussed, duck race, lanterns, but nothing decided.

Orica
Plans are with Wigan Council to build 15 houses at Gathurst Lane end, and 85 houses at Vicarage Road end . Discussion followed and action will be done as and when necessary.

Meeting Venues
It was agreed that meetings should be held at the Methodist Chapel and the Marina alternatively.

Neighbourhood Watch - Homewatch
Policeman Barry Jones, Community Support Officer, has just taken this role on, so the Neighbourhood Watch is in the process of being organised.
Any issues to go to Barry via Jim Haynes.
At the moment they-can issue ultra violet pens to mark equipment, - have a website to register equipment.

Lawn's Wood
This is overgrown. It is owned by Wigan Metro. Paul Liptrot has arranged for repairs of steps and footpaths.

Footpath to Shevington
The farmer had left this footpath in a terrible state by deposting waste products on it and the fields next to it.
Paul Liptrot immediately got the farmer to clean up this mess, being in possession of pictures and facts provided by Jim Haynes and Paul Green.

Litter Pick
Paul Liptrot organised this for last weekend.

Christmas Tree
The repositioning of this tree to outside the Methodist Chapel will be paid for by Shevington Council.

Resignation
Jane Young has resigned from her position on Crooke Village Residents Association and on Shevington Council.
This has been sadly accepted.

AOB
Michael and Alison, who live outside the village, were warmly welcomed and accepted , proposed by Jim Haynes and seconded by Graham Foster, as members of the association.

Date of next meeting
13th April 2010 at 7pm in the Methodist Chapel.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for March 2010.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for February 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 9th February 2010

Attendees
Jim Haynes, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Ruth Mycock (Adactus), John MacDonald, Paul Green, Jan Green, Doreen Haynes, Norman Hart.

Apologies from
Andrew Edwards, Yvonne Vernon.

Review of last minutes
Agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

Matters Arising
Tippler Plaque still being investigated.

Jane Young re Shevington Parish Council Meeting
Jim Haynes and Graham Foster attended.
Attendance at PC meetings from a member of this group essential.

Report from Shevington and District Community Association
Jim Haynes, Paul Green and Doreen Haynes went to the meeting. Jim was elected to that council. Nothing of relevance to Crooke was discussed.

Website
Paul Green recreating the presentation as it is too long(at present it is 20 minutes, should be 10 minutes)

Adactus Green Grant
The decision as to who the recipients will be be made by the 25th/26th February. Ruth to keep JH updated.
Different pots of money were discussed, from,
1 British Trust for Conservation Volunteers,
2 Adactus Starting Grant of £150.
3 Standish, Aspull and Shevington Trust. There is £350 shelved. Could Crooke access it?
Ruth to investigate.

Coalfield Regeneration Trust
£1000 has been allocated but there is £5000 sitting there. JH to pursue possibility of receiving this grant.

Allotment
Wigan Metro had been approached who said that there were 16 applicants for an allotment and we were at the bottom of the pile. The Metro were to be approached again, as the allotment has been derelict for 3 years.

Bank Account
This up up and running. Morag to sign her forms and get them back to GF.

Village Directory
There have been 8 replies. Steve to put another notice up on the notice board reminding people of this facility and to sign up.

Visit to Gin Pit Village
GF and JH and DH attended and were impressed with the organisation.We are to keep in touch.

Shevington and District Community Association and Township Forum
It was felt that attendance to both meetings by Crooke Residents Group was desirable, members to to chosen later.

Annual Event.
An Halloween event was discussed, to be decided later.
John MacDonald has asked the boating community if we could join up with them to present a joint function. He is awaiting their decision.
The ownership of a Catering Van by Gin Pit, was discussed. Was it a possibility for the Crooke Residents Group?

AOB
Working party to meet, to discuss the alley between 62 and 66, on the 10th Feb at 1.30.
Working party to tidy up the field again. To be arranged.
Approach the Nursery re using some of their land to use as an allotment.The children could be responsible for their own part. BTCV could be approached to work on the pond.
Different competitions were discussed. Wigan in Bloom, North-West in Bloom. If you entered these competitions, you got recognition for the village, but no money.
The cleaning of the towpath from Crooke to Gathurst, -Shevington council have got that in hand, getting money from the Lottery Fund.

Meeting Venues
Meeting at the church was discussed, the cost of hiring the church, in contrast with getting the facilities of the Marina for free. (Thank you Yvonne.) Steve to bring up the matter at Church Council on the 15th February. It was felt that to have more than 1 venue might attract more people to the meetings.

Date of next meeting
9th March 2010 at 7pm in the Marina.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for February 2010.

Crooke Village Residents Association Meeting Minutes for January 2010

Crooke Village Residents Association
Crooke Methodist Church
7 pm. 12th January 2010

Attendees
Graham Foster, Jim Haynes, Steve Tebbit, Morag Tebbit, Ruth Mycock (Adactus), Andrew Edwards (Adactus), John MacDonald, Anne Platt (Connaught).

Apologies from
Paul Heaton, Doreen Haynes, Yvonne Vernon, Paul Green, Jan Green, Jane Young.

Review of last minutes
Agreed by all and signed by chair and secretary.

Review of minutes held on 27th December 2009 at Keeper's Cottage
Agreed by GH.

Matters Arising
Christmas Tree - this is in the budget for relocation to other end of village.
Notice Board - no update.
Allotment - to be talked about at next council meeting to which Jane Young, Jim Haynes, Graham Foster are attending, on Thursday 14th January 2010.
Grit - there is a countrywide lack of it due to extreme weather conditions, but our bins have been filled up three times this week.
Rubbish - bin bags to be collected on Thursday, not wheelie bins. Notice to be put up on the notice board, and on the pub notice board.

Website
Paul Green is fully trained. Graham Foster will help to update text on website. Graham and Morag, as secretary, to be trained too.

Village Directory
The group went through this document and decided the contents. Jim Haynes will produce it.

Bacon Butties for fishermen
Steve from Crooke Hall Inn supplies these.

Allotment
A detailed plan of the proposed use of the allotment was shown. It included walkways, raised beds, disabled access, pergolas, benches and planting. It was agreed that we send the completed application form to Ruth from Adactus to access the Green Grant, for £1000. Ruth said that Adactus could match this figure. There was also a grant we could get from the council for £500 . GF to investigate this. Andrew said that Band Q were happy about giving a grant to worthwhile causes. GF to investigate this.

Tippler Plaque
- no progress. GF to ask Wigan Council if there is a common format for such plaques around Wigan, and if so, who produces them.

Neighbourhood Watch in Crooke
This is run by Sandra Machin. Information about crime should be circulated to members. Ruth to talk to the Crime Prevention Team.

Bank Account
Date to open the Crooke Residents Bank Account to be arranged ASAP.

Flyer
A flyer was to be distributed to all villagers and marina residents, informing everyone, that in future notices about what was happening with our residents group, would be placed in the village notice board, and the marina notice board.

AOB
Ruth invited members of our group to meet up with Gin Pit Village folk before their next meeting on Thursday 21st January, at 6.30. JH and GF to go.
Anne Platt, liaison officer from Connaught, spoke of their involvement with Adactus in the upkeep of local houses, and as an organisation they would love to help local innitiatives.
John MacDonald said that Crooke Boating Club had not met yet, but at their next meeting, he would suggest that we could join up with them to hold a village event in the Summer.

Date of next meeting
9th February 2010 at 7pm in the Marina.

This concludes the minutes of the meeting for January 2010.

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