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Public Meeting and AGM, May 2012: report
Written by Michael Rundell   
Monday, 18 June 2012 14:49

We held a public meeting in the Jubilee Hall on 25th May 2012. This included the Society's 2012 AGM, but the highlight was a talk by Paula Spencer, who runs the Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre. We are especially grateful to all the local businesses who generously donated prizes for the raffle - they are listed at the end.

A short report of the event follows.


1. Apologies for absence

Anne Foster, Eddie Peake, Frances Spillet, Nick Eden-Green, Clair & Eric Marsh

2. Chair’s report on previous year

Winsoc Chair John Osborne gave a quick review of the Society’s activities and campaigns over the previous year (since the very successful talk by Paul Bennett last May), which included:

§ playing a supporting role in the Wincheap Action Group’s (WAGs) campaign against several applications to establish a nightclub in the Printing House building in Simmonds Road. The most recent application is still pending, and our website has up-to-date information on its progress

§ responding (favourably or otherwise) to all planning applications affecting the neighbourhood, in terms both of letters to the Planning Department and to the press

§ continuing our campaign to prevent the Hollow Lane oast house from being demolished (we favour an earlier application to restore and extend this historic building). So far, so good

§ continuing our apparently endless campaign to have something positive done about Wincheap’s biggest eyesore, the former Roger Britton carpet warehouse (which is ultimately owned by Esso’s property division). The current situation is that the building is for sale, so we are monitoring events

§ setting up the website (www.winsoc.org.uk) which is a great way of keeping members up to date with our activities and encouraging them to write letters and emails in support of our various campaigns

§ attempting to address the problem of graffiti, especially in the case of absentee landlords

§ pressing for a replacement for the old beech tree in St Mildred’s Place. We have heard from the owners of the land, who have assured us they plan to do this as soon as possible, probably in the autumn of 2012 (the delay is down to the Council not to the landowner)

§ continuing to put pressure on Network Rail to improve the environment at the Wincheap railway bridge. Slow work, but we are making progress

§ litter in Maiden Lane: we successfully made contact with Morrison’s, who have helpfully installed 4 litter bins in the lane, and also do a daily litter pick. So the area is much-improved

John thanked everyone who came to the meeting, and especially our speaker Paula Spencer, and committee members who had contributed to the meeting, notably: Sarah Walter and Joe Passey for providing excellent refreshments, Anne Foster and Morag Kemp for organizing the raffle and collecting prizes, Maggy Hendry who dealt with membership and subscriptions, and Ena Blake who organized the hire of the hall

3. Membership

a. General members

We acquired three new members at the meeting

b. Committee

Two committee members are stepping down at the end of May 2012: Maggy Hendry and Michael Rundell (but Michael will stay on for 3 months and continue to run the website for a while longer).

We are delighted to welcome Paula Spencer as a new committee member

4. Financial statement

John circulated this. We had one major item of expenditure in the previous year, namely setting up the website (£175, plus £25 for domain registration and site hosting). However, the set-up costs are a one-off expense, and from now on we only have to pay the annual hosting and domain charge of £25. Our balance at the time of the meeting was very low (£40.34) but - with membership renewals and raffle income – it is now much improved (full details will follow in the Minutes of the next committee meeting)

5. Talk by Paula Spencer

Paula Spencer, who has been the Manager of the Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre for over 10 years, gave an inspiring and informative talk about the work of the Centre which – as local people will know – has done a great deal to transform the area. Paula and her team provide a welcoming and supportive venue, especially for young people (some of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds) and the Centre has contributed to a major reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour. Paula also talked about the continuing battle to maintain funding for the Centre, and explained that they were now marketing it as a good venue for meetings, conferences and training events. Paula encouraged everyone to come to the Centre and have a look. There is also plenty of information on their website at www.thaningtonnrc.co.uk

6. Raffle

The raffle raised £50 for Winsoc funds. We would like to thank all those who generously donated gifts for the raffle:
















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