Amble’s Community Forum now meets quarterly. Any resident who has views on Amble and the area and ideas for the future is very welcome to join. If you wish to be included on the emailing list, please send your email address to Anna[at]ambledevelopmenttrust[dot]org[dot]uk
Amble Area Community Forum
6pm, Monday 26th September 2011
Fourways 2, Amble
Notes of the meeting
Les Bilboe – Amble Town Council (Chair), Julia Aston – Amble Development Trust
Andy Sim – Social History Group, Velda Nicholson – Amble Town Council, Helen Lewis – Amble Town Council, Craig Weir – Amble Town Council, Linda Coulthard – Trinity Methodist Church, Simon Crossthwaite – Homes For Northumberland, Sara Jenson-Boon – Take Action Positive Steps, Angela Manktelow, Alicia, Gina and Rhiannon – Coquet Youth Team,
1a. Welcome and Introductions
Les Bilboe welcomed everyone to the meeting.
1b. Apologies received
Paul Allen – Warkworth Harbour Commissioners
2. Minutes and Matters Arising
Previous Minutes accepted.
Sara: in the end, there had been no involvement by her in the Emerge festival, hence no update. Apologies from Angela, who had had email issues.
3. Report on Emerge festivalThe festival had been enjoyed by all and had raised £536 for Cancer Research. It had brought the community together. It had been a challenge to get everything sorted and assistance had been very welcome from the Rotary Club who had helped with ‘marshalling’. Used equipment from school and volunteers had manned the BBQ and stalls. It was felt that next year things should be easier, but some changes will be made. Angela praised the team effort.
4. Homes For Northumberland
Simon Crosthwaite talked about this organisation which manage housing stock for Alnwick and Blyth valley. He told the meeting that HFN were organsing a ’Breath of Fresh Air’ – health and awareness day event on 25th October at the Boys’ Club. The event was specifically intended for all 720 tenants in Amble, but open to everyone who was interested. He described the activities which would be available and the professionals taking part. There would also be lantern workshops. Health walks will leave from Kennedy Road.
5. Local Partnerships – Community Safety projectsSara Jenson-Boon said a bid needed to be made by 1st Dec. She said there is £50m within the Community Against Crime Innovation Fund over the next 5 years. It was questioned whether Alnwick LMAPs was going to bid because we could possibly work together. Northumbria Police’s priorities are to tackle underage drinking and drug & alcohol misuse. Any ideas from this group would have to be endorsed by the Local Community Partnership.
It was agreed that a further meeting would be arranged (Les Bilboe, SaraJenson-Boon, Angela Manktelow, young people, Maureen Middlemiss)
6. Queen’s Jubilee celebrationsIt was suggested to involve as many people as possible and that any celebration would require a co-ordinated programme. Craig Weir said there would be a meeting on 7th October at Amble Town Council to ‘throw ideas around’. Organising needs to start asap, or we might miss out as things will start to be booked up. Possible dates are June 2, 3 or 4 (Sat, Sun, Mon) – bank holiday weekend.
The beacon will be lit at 10.30pm. Funding available from the Woodland Trust. Elaine will be contacting everyone to organise a meeting on 7th October.
For next agenda: Parish meeting held in May/June, usually hosted by the Town Council, but really should be a community host. Should it be the Community forum?
Monday 7th November at 6pm Fourways2