Transition BH Hub AGM May 2013

Transition BH Hub – AGM Minutes. Held Thursday 16 May 2013, 7.30pm

Present: Harriet, Andy, Cherry, Michael, Gwyn, Theresa, Elliot, Jamie
Apologies: Gary, Kim
Guest: Sam (representing Green Unity Fairs)

Minutes from previous AGM are available on the archive on the TBH website.

Group Updates

TTC successfully applied for funding to buy table tennis equipment from the Ping! project supported by Lottery funds. Money (£480) was awarded in November. Since the table was installed in Druitt Hall over 130 people have attended the Monday sessions. The project has been a great success. Excellent for building community – young and old, all abilities. Sociable, good fun and inclusive. More funding has now been awarded for more tables. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up sessions and organising other events. It was suggested that a request for help could be circulated via Bournemouth CVS. Monthly meetings with speakers and/or films have continued.

Flagship project for TTB is the Slades Farm Community Garden. It’s doing well with working parties 4–5 times a month. Wildlife surveys have been conducted with Bournemouth Naturally. Funding for tools received. It is hoped to get hold of an arson-proof metal storage container. Monthly meetings continue. Currently held at Monty’s Lounge in Pokesdown. A programme of outreach is planned, with a series of film nights. Links with Will’s foraging walks have been successful. The schools education programme has been completed. Stalls were held at Moors Valley Green Festival and Castlepoint.

Monthly meetings held alternately at no. 34 café and Friends Meeting House. Stalls were held at Lush Fest and Poole Park Green Community Arts Fair. The Apple Press has been purchased (stored at Gary’s) – available to lend out to schools and community groups. Relations with BoP council are good. Main projects are Turner’s Nursery Community Orchard and Poole Tidal Energy Project (PTEP). The first trees have been planted at Turner’s. A separate constituted body is to be set up to be responsible for the licence for Turner’s. Andy reported that PTEP is set up as a community interest company. DECC funding was received and PTEP are helping the Council by advising on potential for renewables at Upton.

Treasurer’s Report
Currently £4157.88 in the bank, £2960.86 of which is ringfenced for existing projects or groups, including Wimborne.

Summer Picnic
Last year’s picnic at Ashley Cross was a success. Numbers have doubled every year! It was decided to hold this year’s picnic at Slades Farm on the first dry day of 20th/21st, 27th July.

Green Community Fairs
Sam from Green Community Fairs spoke about her plans for this year’s events. Three dates proposed:
• 12th-14th July – Green areas at the Music, Sport And Community Event on Slades Farm
• 25th July – Green area at Bournemouth Family Festival, Meyrick Park
• 30th–31st August – Green Fair at Shelley Park (during the AirShow),
Sam’s main challenges are volunteers and fundraising. She has £1500 from Green Goals and Coop grants but is finding it difficult to raise from commercial sponsors. She made a request for financial help from TBH for the solar stage at Shelley Park but no agreement was reached on this. A formal proposal to the group would be needed. The group is keen to support Sam, perhaps by lending funds to help with returnable deposits. But nothing agreed as yet.

General summer events
Theresa offered to send round a Doodle with event dates, asking for volunteers to help set up and run stalls.

Transition BH Survey
Harriet and Gwyn have been looking at compiling a survey to generate interest and engage people from the wider network. We discussed the use of incentives to encourage survey returns.

Gwyn reminded the group that the newsletter can be used to send news to the membership. Cherry suggested that we could include links to relevant articles as well. There are about 430 subscribers. Items for inclusions should be sent to Gwyn.

TBH pays for Public Liability Insurance (about £212 p.a.) which is used to provide cover for all the groups. One of the elderly ping pong participants at Christchurch sustained a broken wrist. It was thought it would be wise for the TTC group to make sure the insurance cover and notices are adequate by asking other table tennis clubs what they do.

Jamie and Cherry have been looking at the idea of TBH holding a stock of core books for display at events and to lend out. It was thought that perhaps a recommended reading list, especially if attractively produced with cover illustrations might be more practical and adaptable.

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