Well here we are at the end of November, and one year since the Galley Hill Residents Association was formed. From an idea Councillor Mick Allsopp had to improve the community we have come a long way in a year, and we will continue to campaign to make Galley Hill the best place it can be.
One of the GHRA projects which is coming to fruition is the bench carving, turning a fallen tree near the park into a bench for the community. An idea which started with Councillor Mick Allsopp (yes him again) who wanted to see the historic old tree remain a part of Galley Hill after it fell. With our treasurer Roy helping to get the funding from the local council, the project is well on the way to completion as you can see below.
The bench is awaiting some designs from the local school children to finish it off. In addition to the bench there will be a slice of the tree marking historic moments in history coinciding with the rings of the trees growth.
The GHRA are also keen to get the residents involved in creating a community, and are planning events for the future. One of those events is a Christmas carol singing evening being arranged by our secretary Joy Sumner along with two of our Court Reps, Sue Fitch and Kate Nicholls. They are also being supported by the St. Mary St. Giles school choir on the night. There will be posters and fliers around but here is a preview with the details.
It would be great to see some more people out there singing along with them.
Thanks for all the support from everyone over the last 12 months, and we look forward to helping improve our local area and build our community into the future.
Formal approval of previous minutes (available online at GHRA.uk) – Done
Items for discussion
Report from SSTC meeting – N/A
Tree carving – bench is taking shape but still waiting for the children’s drawings for incorporation into it for completion. Plus making a timeline plank for the school from the tree (over 200 years old)
Coffee mornings – still running on Tuesday mornings
Discos & picnics – We have funding to arrange 2 events
Open Garden & Counts Competition
Interest in setting up a club for helping out (if you need help getting to hospital, gardening, etc)
Christmas Events (singing/Santa)
We’re proposing to hold the carols on Tue, 12th December, starting ~6pm.
We would also like to hold a general rehearsal on Thurs, 23rd November, 7pm, SMP.
£400 from MKC (to run 2 events
Coffee morning donations (upto £280 ish in total)
Money for tree carving has been received (and not paid out)
2x £48 paid for Noose (due to lack of sponsorship currently)
In the new year we are looking for more sponsorship
Website – GHRA.uk
Contact details are available on this
Raising GHRA awareness
E.g. of bookmarks for children to go with Noose to raise awareness of GHRA
The head teacher of St Mary and St Giles School has asked the GHRA to help spread the word about an event that’s open to all to attend. A Christmas concert will be held at the school on Sunday 17th December at 3pm. Free to attend.
It would be great to see the residents of Galley Hill support the school, and even better if we could all spread the word verbally too.
Minutes: Committee meeting #7Thursday, 19th October (18:45) Small Meeting Place
We built this city….!
Welcome and H&S – Done
Apologies – Paul Bartlett, Debbie X, Paul F and Peter Barry
Formal approval of previous minutes
Minor Changes (New Vice Chair elected not selected)
Items for Discussion
Tree carving (£1,500 grant received)
Events (£400 grant received)
£80 will go to insurance for events from this (100 people in SMP)
What will be the first event we run?
GHRA 1 year anniversary (November)
Summer event (but next year)
Coffee morning (£30)
Possible donation via Liz Gifford (£300)
Suggestions for use include: (1) newsletter sponsorship; (2) mural for Galley Hill’s History around the Large Meeting Place; (3) official stamp for GHRA; (4) other suggestions welcome
In the pipeline: £400 (outcome unknown currently)
Carving has not yet happened; Sally will talk to School about finalising a plan; tree-carver has shown images of similar work
Likely to be started in half-term
An offcut will be donated as a timeline plaque for the school
Publicity around this (newspaper, newsletter, Town Crier, Look East, photos)
Response to emails: Complaint
We are not replying to email apparently
Please response quickly.
Copying everyone on the committee in helps avoid problems if one person misses it.
Hasn’t been printed this month due to lack of sponsor
Committee agrees that if no comments on a draft are received in 7 days, the newsletter will go to print.
Court reps will now also be added to the editorial circulation list for checking the newsletter.
This month the noose will be paid for by GHRA as there is no sponsor. (Approval was also granted to pay for a second unsponsored newsletter)
Incidents have been reported.
Paul Bartlett has been looking into this. Suggestion made that all parties involved work together to promptly resolve rather than passing problem from one to the other.
Milton Keynes Neighbourhood Watch invited scheme co-ordinators to their AGM in the Civic Offices on Saturday the 14th of October.
DPT attended and saw presentations from Chief Inspector Neil Kentish TVP and MKCouncil Safer MK http://www.safermk.com/ Colin Wilderspin
MKNHW want to expand within communities and SaferMK want to incorporate Community resilience.
Colin Harmsworth of JCAC (who also attending the meeting) has asked GHRA if he can attend our next public meeting to introduce this charity and its aims as they intend to provide community training that will help community resilience.
DPT also attended meeting in Wolverton on Tuesday evening to see a new Community Forum being introduced by TVP. The purpose of the Community Forum is to bring together, at a local level, the right organisations and members of the public to tackle the top community safety priorities identified through consultation.
MK NW AGM attended by David – There was a discussion of crime in MK
There is interest in having a community disaster planning
Training may be available for First Responders – there will be a presentation about this at GHRA’s next (November) GHRA.
GHRA Official Response
To Peter Marland – MK Council says that the parish council must do the work instead. It was agreed that a reply needs to be drafted. GHRA and Mick and Paul should be obviously copied in on our reply. GHRA would like to express their displeasure with this disengagement.
To SSTC Town Hall (Council Offices) Refurbishments – it is understood that the £290k cost is to be covered by the parish council; there is concern that this cost will be passed onto local residents via an increase in local tax rates. A vote was carried for GHRA to send a letter to the parish council stating that there is ‘concern about possible impact on increasing local tax rates’.
Inspiring involvement of more GH residents
Give gifts to children at Christmas with GHRA info on to raise awareness. 200 children at South Site School. Ideas include pens, pencils, book marks,
Christmas carol event may raise profile of GH and our residents association.
Possible future NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) may be set up.
Do we want to run a survey?
GHRA and Pastor K to look into talking to the council on having maintenance.
Event: 1st Anniversary Party at Conservative Club – Mick to organise. Some level of ticketing (can be free) to confirm numbers will be needed.
Event: Carol Singing (check doesn’t clash with SS Church). Look into police permission.
Notice board (Thursday 8:30 a.m.) will actually be moved.
Although updates have been slow here, behind the scenes it’s a different story as the Galley Hill Residents Association is continuing apace and things are happening in Galley Hill.
Firstly, the noticeboard by the school has finally been moved to its new position. Cllr Mick Allsopp and our Chairperson Nyomie were there to see the result of months of badgering the council to get the first of the GHRA projects completed.
We have also seen the bench carving project funded and the carving begun. The local St. Mary St. Giles school in Galley Hill has been asked to involve the children in designing a theme for the carver to decorate the bench with.
There has also been a very welcome closer relationship between GHRA and both of our Councillors for the area, with all 3 working together to put pressure on the various Councils to get the necessary repairs done in Galley Hill. We are now getting a better response when issues are raised, such as when the park trampoline needed to be repaired. MK Council were contacted by several residents, the case was highlighted to both Councillors by the GHRA, and Mick Allsopp and Paul Bartlett both put additional pressure on the council to get a speedy response. The same thing happened when the park surfacing material was vandalised, again we had the backing of the councillors and again a prompt response.
Some things however still get short shrift from MK Council such as missing street name signage at Clailey Court and Redbourne Court, potholes, and tree damage to redway paths, despite the concerted efforts by residents, GHRA and our councillors. We continue trying to motivate the Council to stop passing the buck and to carry out much needed repairs around the estate anyway.
Finally we are looking for thesingers among you to volunteer to sing in the carol services being organised by our secretary Joy, and court reps Sue and Kate. They are proposing to hold the carols on Tue, 12th December, starting ~6pm and would also like to hold a general rehearsal on Thurs, 23rd November. Please volunteer if you have the time, contact them by email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thanks for your support from all at GHRA
Website for the Galley Hill Residents Association, Milton Keynes