AGM January 2020
FRIENDS OF ROMILEY PARK
Minutes of the Eleventh Annual General Meeting held on 7th January 2020 @7.00pm at The Life Centre, Romiley.
Present: - Tracey Adams, Alan & Beryl Smith, Pam Reed, P Birchenhough, Philippa Bonorino, Terry Holmes, Jean Bartlett, Glenys Backhouse, John Ackers & Debbie Barraclough *All Residents.
1. The Chair (Tracey Adams) welcomed all present and read out the Notice of the Meeting.
Apologies – Jill Lince.
2. Minutes of the Meeting held on 8th January 2019 were approved.
3. Treasurers Report: - Pam Reed presented the accounts for the year ending 31 December 2019. Income totalled £3063.70; expenditure £2552.28 leaving a balance of £3580.38. The income was almost totally from the Community Fun Day plus £200 donation from Romiley Board Mills. The items of expenditure were for the website & hosting renewal £94.19, tree/shrubs/compost £325.16, clothing £275 and the remainder the costs of the Fun Day. Inaddition donations totalling £400 have been made to local voluntary groups and charities. DB welcomed the donation from RBM and hoped they may become sponsors.
4Chairperson Annual Report
2019 has once again seen month on month of commitment and enthusiasm, from the Friends of Romiley Park members. With their dedication, to providing the community with a park to be proud of, through on-going improvements and gardening to the annual fun day. Year on year, the park seems to have an increase number of users and compliments from many are received throughout the months.
As in previous times, the gardeners of the
Group developed a plan for the year of works, which included:
Community Fun Day
The Friends Fun Day sub-committee worked diligently to provide yet another superb event. Hundreds of the community and visitors enjoyed a variety of entertainment, from music, drama, animals, sports, inflatables and infamous dog show. The Romiley Life Centre held an extremely successful Bake Off competition. Stalls provided food, drink, gifts. Once more, appreciation and praise were received.
New members. We were extremely lucky to recruit some new gardeners this year, Abdulnaser, Glynis and Donna - Welcome and thanks for your support.
It is no surprise that all the things mentioned, could not have been done without the endless passion of the Friends of Romiley Park. As one of Stockport Boroughs most successful and dedicated groups, many, many hours are given freely by the few, to provide the many with an outstanding green space to use, enjoy and appreciate. Thank-you!
Thanks to SMBC Parks and outdoor spaces for their help and support.
A special thank-you to Anthony Crook, for his outstanding help, advice and work with the trees.
Katie Wade and Lesley Cranwell at Romiley Life Centre, for their support in providing a room and refreshments for our meetings.
Pam Reid for her hard work as treasurer.
Jean Bartlett for her first rate social secretary skills.
Alan Smith for publishing minutes of meetings, completing grant applications and the many, many unseen jobs you do.
As a founder member of the Friends Group, Alan Smith has been secretary for over 14 years and He has decided that now it is time to let someone else have this stupendous job. During his reign, He has gone over and above the job description. As a gifted communicator and diplomat, Alan has been successful in gaining and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of people and organisationsthroughout his time, ensuring that the Group has access to help and monies. Without his commitment, it is unlikely that the Group would have survived, let alone have become the accomplished success it is. On behalf of the Friends of Romiley Park, Thanks Alan, for providing Big Boots to Fill for the next secretary and we look forward to your continued gardening prowess for many years to come.
Finally, it is with great sadness that the Group recently learned of the passing of one of our original members. Cllr Hazel Lees was for many years a regular gardener with the Friends Group. Her support to the Friends was much appreciated.
We send condolences to her family and friends.
5. Election of Officers
Chair – Tracey Adams was proposed, seconded and elected unanimously.
Treasurer – Pan Reed was proposed, seconded and elected unanimously.
Secretary – Philippa Bonorino was proposed, seconded and elected unanimously.
7. There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 19.40.
Alan Smith 10/01/2020.