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On Tuesday, May 18th, the Paxcroft Mead Community Centre Management Committee held its Annual General Meeting.
Our Chairman, John Marples introduced the meeting and dealt with the usual AGM business. John's report detailed all the major events over the last year and he highlighted some of the frustrations, such as the Community Centre boundary issue.
John Marples and Secretary, Pauline Marples had decided to step down from the committee in preparation for their move away from Paxcroft Mead. There having been no further nominations received, the rest of the Management Committee was re-elected en-bloc. Karen Pugh who had been a co-opted member was welcomed as a full member of the Committee.
The officers will be decided at the next full committee meeting.
To end the meeting, Chris Hicks gave a short vote of thanks to John and Pauline, thanking them for all their very hard work in putting the Community Centre on an even keel in every way. Chris presented each of them with a token of our appreciation, as well as a framed photograph of them standing together in front of a snowy Community Centre, taken back in January.
The Paxcroft Mead Community Allotments initiative was launched at the Community Forum AGM. The forum committee's new allotment representative, Warren Lee, has been taking the lead. He had a very positive meeting with both Steve Oldrieve (Wiltshire County Council) and Peter Fuller (Trowbridge Town Council).
The plan is to identify an appropriate part of the green space running along either side of the brook, and develop a site for Paxcroft Mead residents. This is more tricky than it may at first appear - the land is owned by the County Council, and the allotments would be provided by either Trowbridge Town or Hilperton Parish Council. To make matter even more complex, responsibility for allotments passed from West Wilts District Council to the County Council, but is expected to transfer to Trowbridge Town Council soon. Hilperton Parish Council recently provided an allotment site in the village.
The allotments will be primarily for Paxcroft Mead residents, from both Hilperton and Trowbridge areas. It will be managed by an allotment committee which will report to the Community Forum, with the Chairman of the Allotment Committee having a seat on the Community Forum Committee.
If you would like to apply for a plot, click here to follow the link to the new allotments web page, where you will find more detail about the planned allotments and an application form.
As usual, our local Neighbourhood Police Teams are holding a series of surgeries where members of the public can have an informal chat with a member of the NPT team.
The scheduled dates are as follows:
|09/06/2010 - 08:30||Bellefield Sure Start Centre: A member of the NPT will be in the Sure Start Centre to discuss local issues.|
|28/06/2010 - 15:00||A member of the NPT will be available outside the Paxcroft Mead Community Centre, Hackett Place from 6pm to discuss local issues.|
Paxcroft has been a high priority for all Neighbourhood Police Teams and continues to be patrolled regularly throughout the 24hr period. There have not been any further reports of criminal damage in the area but there have been reports of car crime and burglaries. Preventative patrols are to continue.
Annual General Meeting Report
The Mead Club bar was pleasantly full last Tuesday evening for the Forum AGM and it was very encouraging to see so many people come to the meeting. Local Wiltshire Councillors, Ernie Clark (who is also Chair of Hilperton Parish Councillor) and Steve Oldrieve, were in attendance, as was local Trowbridge Town Councillor Peter Fuller; also there was PC Mark Hough, manager of one of our local Neighbourhood Police Teams.
Once the usual AGM business of minutes, Chairman's Report (available to read on the website) and finances had been dealt with, Wilshire Councillor Steve Oldrieve took over the meeting in order to conduct the election of the new committee. He began by giving a vote of thanks for all the hard work done by the forum in its first six months. The election was followed by two presentations concerning the Large Scale Projects in hand, which are currently in their early stages.
New committee member Warren Lee gave an outline of his initiative to have allotments on Paxcroft Mead. Warren's own experience in trying to rent an allotment locally was echoed by some of the members on the floor, so there is clearly a demonstrable need for this facility. Anyone who is interested in having an allotment should contact Warren by visiting the allotments page on the forum website - http://www.paxcroftmead.org.uk/forum/allotment.shtml. Once enough residents have recorded an interest for Warren to approach the council and the authorities have agreed in principle, then we can begin to address the issue of where they might be sited.
The other long term project which the forum committee has been working on is the initiative to build a BMX track to provide a focus for young people on the estate. Committee member Adrian Ingham, who has experience in this area, has been project-managing the venture. Adrian explained that a likely site has been identified on the field behind the community centre, through meetings with council officers and councillors. Consultations with interested parties around this site are well underway and have gone well thus far. The presentation gave rise to a lively discussion on the floor of the meeting and the forum committee gave an undertaking to develop a BMX track page on the website, so that members could see the proposals clearly and put forward their concerns.
Starting on Thursday, 17th June, St John Ambulance adult volunteers will be meeting at the Centre for first aid training and are keen to welcome the new and curious! The group provides first aid cover to numerous public events in the surrounding area such as concerts, fêtes and sports meetings. Many of the volunteers have found membership an excellent stepping stone into a healthcare career; however volunteers of all backgrounds and ages are most welcome. In return for a regular commitment, training is offered from basic first aid up to crewing an ambulance. There are also opportunities to support the charity's fundraising and youth work. Come and make a difference to your community, learning life-saving skills in a fun and sociable environment.
Please contact County HQ for further details: (01380) 728362 or email Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org
John and I came from the Derbyshire/Staffordshire borders to live in Paxcroft Mead just over four years ago.
Having no family or friends living in or near to the county, we decided to join the Paxcroft Mead Social Club to meet people. We also went along to the Coffee Club, and for a short time, John went to the Short Mat Bowls.
For three years we became involved with working on the Management Committee at the Community Centre, and found our days very busy indeed.
Not knowing anyone, we have been really pleased with the welcome given to us, and we have made many new friends along the way.
Missing the family, we decided to move back north to be near to them, and have just sold our house.
Although our time here has been only short, we have visited quite a lot of the county and have found it to be a very scenic area. We would like to say a very big “thankyou” to everyone who has made us feel so welcome, and we will remember our time in Wiltshire for many years to come.
The Mead Club is planning a series of extra bar openings so members can enjoy the World Cup football on the Big Screen.
Full listing will be published shortly. This newsletter and the Mead Club web page will be updated in due course
|Celebrations will be held on|
|Saturday 26 June 2010 and Sunday 27 June 2010|
|in Trowbridge Park|
|Saturday 26th June|
|10.00 ACF Bugles|
|10.05 Trowbridge Youth Band|
|11.00 Official Opening by High Sheriff|
|11.10 Trowbridge Youth Band|
|11.40 Cadets Field Gun Competition|
|12.40 25 Bomb Disposal Re-enactment|
|13.00 Stagecoach Entertainment|
|13.10 Battle of Britain Flypast|
|13.15 Wessex Military Band|
|13.30 Skinner’s Horse|
|13.40 ATC Swindon Band Display|
|14.00 SCC Drill & Club/VCutlass Display|
|14.20 ACF Bugles|
|14.30 Wessex Military Band|
|15.20 ACF Mock Battle|
|15.30 25 Bomb Disposal Re-enactment|
|15.40 Stagecoach Entertainment|
|15.45 Skinner’s Horse|
|16.10 ACF Mock Battle|
|18.30 The Manhattan Dolls|
|19.45 Company B Show|
|Sunday 27th June|
|10.00 ACF Bugles|
|10.15 Skinner’s Horse|
|10.45 Fort Cumberland Guard|
|11.15 ‘Arry the Spiv|
|11.45 Great War Society Display|
|12.00 ‘Arry the Spiv|
|12.20 Winston Churchill|
|13.00 Parade Assembly|
|14.00 Parade Marches Off|
|15.10 Royal Marines Band|
|15.30 Drumhead Service|
|16.10 Shrewton Band|
|16.00 Winston Churchill|
|BLACK = Upper Park|
|RED = Lower Park|
|GREEN = Roundstone Street|
The next Bluz 'n' Zuz in Trowbridge event will take place at the Silhouette Club in Trowbridge on Friday, 18th June from 19:00 until 21:00.
‘Trowbridge a wider view…’ by John Sansom LRPS is Trowbridge Museum's latest exhibition. It opened on Saturday 1st May to coincide with Cloth Road and will run until the 31st July.
John set out to look at Trowbridge from new angles challenging viewers to see the County town in a different light. He sought inspiration from a wealth of photographs in the Museum's archives (over 5,000 images at the last count) which maps out the life of the town since the invention of photography 170 years ago.
John says that ‘The mixture of old and new buildings is something that other towns will find hard to beat and further more it is surrounded by countryside which makes it a photographer's dream’.
The Trowbridge Walking Forum walks are designed to provide gentle and sociable exercise and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Wednesday walks are approximately 2 to 3 miles and there is usually a choice of an easy, level walk and one that may include fields and stiles. On Mondays, walks alternate between a longer route of 4 to 5 miles with stiles and some hills, and shorter walks of less that 1½ miles that are mostly on paved paths.
The programme for June 2010 is shown below:
|Day||Date||Type||Route Options||Starting Point||Grade|
|Wed||2-June||Moderate walk||Beckington and Orchardleigh||Park on street near The Woolpack, Beckington||S M
|Mon||7-June||Short walk||Southwick Country Park||Southwick Country Park CP||E
|Wed||9-June||Moderate walk||White Row Farm, Beckington||Park in road outside White Row Farm. Road leads off of A36 Beckington Roundabout||E S
|Mon||14-June||Longer walk||Poulshot towards Potterne||Park off the edge of the track on the left just past "the Raven"||P S M
|Wed||16-June||Moderate walk||Rode and Tellisford||Vaggs Hill, off the Wingfield to Rode road||E
|Mon||21-Jun||Short walk||White Horse Business Park||B & Q car park, Bradley Road, Trowbridge||E
|Wed||23-June||Moderate walk||Seend canal walk||Three Magpies, Sells Green||P M S
|Mon||28-Jun||Longer walk||Keevil to Bulkington||Keevil, by the church||S M
|Wed||30-Jun||Moderate walk||Westwood to Farleigh Hungerford||Westwood Manor NT Car park||S M H
|Walks start at 10:30AM|
Bus timetables are at www.traveline.org.uk
|Short Walks: approx 45 mins, no stiles, mostly paved paths.|
Moderate Walks: approx 60 to 75 mins, mostly field paths, usually stiles.
Longer Walks: up to 2 hours, stiles, some hills.
|Key: E: Easy walking. H: Moderate hills. S: Stiles. M: Can be muddy. P: Pub lunch possible. s/c: shorter route possible.|
For more information visit www.whi.org.uk/trowbridge or contact Alan & Anne on 01225 760492, David on 01225 755639, Mike on 01225 766668 or Pat & Charles on 01225 753735.