Friday 16 May 2014
The AGM was well attended again this year - about 10% of members (60). There were no surprises, apart from the resignation of 3 long-serving committee members - Tony Bradley, the Chair for the last 10 years, Stan Mortimer and Barrie Newman.
Tony has quickly passed on problems to the Council and ensured they were quickly rectified. He was instrumental in increasing the members group – from 40, when he took over, to over 600 today. He oversaw improvements and repairs and applications to the Lottery for grants. His chairmanship has greatly improved the running of the committee.
Barrie has been a member of the committee for over 30 years. To mark the millennium, he organised the new clock outside the Centre and has diligently altered it for summertime annually. He has painted and decorated the Centre many times over the years.
Stan has been involved with the Society committee since 1982 – he has a talent for making and repairing things and designed the village sign on the green.
The meeting only lasted just over an hour, finishing with some questions from the floor about parking, the recent grass cutting problems (left too long and not cleared away) and concern about what is happening about the public conveniences (change of use application is taking a long time to be decided). Councillor Julian Grainger (Conservative now standing for UKIP) and retiring Councillor Russell Jackson provided some feedback. The three Conservative candidates who attended the meeting (Councillors Samaris Huntington-Thresher and Lydia Buttinger and Keith Onslow, who lives in Petts Wood) were not prepared to speak in public, to avoid any party political issues in the pre-election period.
The full minutes can be downloaded here.
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