A brief report of matters discussed at the most recent committee meeting. Feedback on Society matters is welcomed on our online ‘Forum’.
1. The formal notice of the Society’s AGM reported that there would be six vacancies for Trustee Directors – this should have read five vacancies.
2. Gary Masters agreed to lead the initiative for a village event (including closure of the High Street) in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne and The Knowle Society’s 50th. He will be approaching as many village organisations as possible to inform and to encourage involvement.
3. Youth Committee: Initial ideas, names and useful local connections continue to be considered as the Society seeks to set up this new committee.
4. A report was received of a meeting between representatives of the Society and Arden (the new name for Arden School) represented by its head teacher and governors. The Society was assured that the school intends to remain a ‘village school’. The meeting was constructive and although the Society’s concerns on the change to academy status were not accepted by Arden, those views were recognised and respected. It was agreed to give Arden space in the next newsletter to comment on its change of status.
5. Heritage Weekend: It was agreed that the Society’s activities had not been successful this year and that planning and publicity needed to be advanced much earlier than was the case this year.
6. It was agreed that the new Civic Voice organisation, of which the Society is a member, would be given some prominence in next year’s Festival in the Park event.
7. Village Plan: Nothing new to report, the ad hoc committee would report on this new proposal in the Spring.
8. Big Society – Knowle Library: The Society had received 11 expressions of interest in helping in this area of volunteering.
9. The Society’s planning committee was due to meet Gary Palmer of SMBC the next day – this periodic meeting was considered to be of great value and the new Local Development Framework (LDF) would be a major topic on the agenda.
10 Reports were received from each committee, informing the Directors of their activities. It was noted particularly that the popular Boxing Day walk was in need of one or two more offers of help with stewarding this year. It was also suggested that the quarterly newsletter could usefully make a regular report on the changes in retail (and other) premises in Knowle; this would be a service to members and also provide an historical record. It would also be a way of supporting the life of the village and its new enterprises.