Monday, April 8th, 2013
The association’s Annual General Meeting for this year will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 7th May 2013 in the hall at Prae Wood School.
1. Tribute to Bob Hooper
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of AGM 28th April 2012
4. Matters arising from those minutes
5. Presentation by Waitrose St. Albans
‘An insight to behind the scenes at Waitrose St. Albans and possible future developments’ presented by Waitrose Partners David Ross, Manager Fresh and Matt Johnson, Department Manager Retail
6. Localism and the VRA
Council Officer Carl Cheevers will explain the new Localism initiative and how we could become involved in managing local features such as St. Stephens Avenue Park
7. Chairman’s Report
8. Constitutional amendment
(1) That paragraph 7 of the Constitution of the Association be amended to provide for the quorum at meetings of the Committee to be reduced from six to four.
(2) That previous meetings of the Committee at which a quorum of members was not present nevertheless be regarded as constitutionally quorate and decisions and resolutions taken and passed at such meetings be accepted and the same hereby are retrospectively validated.
9. Treasurer’s Report
10. Election of Officers
11. Any other business
Do join us for a complimentary drink at 7.00pm.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The association’s Annual General Meeting for this year will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 7th May 2013 in the hall at Prae Wood School. Details of the agenda, including guest speakers, will be circulated nearer the date.
We are sad to report the sudden death of Bob Hooper in January. Bob worked so hard as Ward Coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch and as a member of our VRA Committee; we really miss him and the contribution he made to our community.
The committee is low in numbers; we now have only six members so if only one is absent we do not have a quorum. We must appoint three officers – Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer – at the AGM. We need at least four other members, one of whom may fill the role of Membership Secretary. With the advent of Localism (see next paragraph) this is more important than ever. Volunteer by telephoning a current committee member or in person at the AGM.
The committee, especially Jack Wheatley, has been keeping up with the evolution of Localism in the St Albans District Council. It is clear that Residents’ Associations such as ours are going to play a key role as part of the new City Neighbourhoods Committee (CNC) . We anticipate that the Verulam Residents’ Association will be upgraded to a Neighbourhood Forum and we will be a full member of the CNC. This will surely require a proportional increase in time and commitment. The Neighbourhood Forum will be very much more influential than the Residents Association, so members can look forward to a much more exciting role in Local Government than was offered by the VRA in recent years.
A small Walnut tree has been planted in Westfields, opposite Pauline Mort’s home. We will erect a plaque with Barrie’s name on, once the tree has become established.
More help wanted
We would still like some volunteers to help distribute our newsletters and optionally to collect subscriptions each spring. You’d only be asked to cover one or two roads. Many hands make light work.
We are told that the bus shelter scheduled for Mayne Avenue opposite Ermine Close last April, has now been ordered and the council officer is awaiting a build date! The association has meanwhile been storing a bench for the bus stop opposite Augustus Close.
King Harry Lane footpath
The “Chairman’s Petition” to widen the footpath along King Harry Lane was formally received by the council in May 2012 and we received notice that the chairman will be invited to present the case to the Highways Joint Panel. No date has yet been given.
The Strategic Rail Freight Interchange for Radlett Aerodrome just won’t die, will it? Be sure to make your views known at every stage; keep a bookmark (add to favourites) on the Herts Direct petitions page https://consult.hertsdirect.org/petitions/ and remember that every adult in your household can sign.
Please also remember that we still have a Mobile Library service from HCC; it isn’t publicised on the SADC web site. You’ll find it in the road outside Prae Wood School on alternate Wednesdays between 13:45-16:00. It may be a case of “use it or lose it”?
St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme
The scheme is always seeking new volunteers. You choose the days you want to help and how often.
Duty Officers work from home, typically one day a month, answering our Helpline to match up clients with volunteers. Telephone expenses are paid and training provided. A friendly manner, legible handwriting and a desire to help others are all you need.
Drivers accompany local residents to medical and other appointments. Mileage allowance paid.
Our volunteers also do shopping, collect prescriptions, do odd jobs round the home and visit lonely people on a regular basis.
SAGNS has been helping the local community for 32 years and would appreciate your assistance in order to continue making a difference to the lives of our local residents. Please call 830713, or visit our website, www.sagns.org, for more details and an application form.
Get online this spring
Spring Online is a campaign by Digital Unite, a registered charity which helps people learn about and use computers, the internet and other modern technology. More than 2,000 free digital taster events are held across the UK each year for Spring Online. This year the campaign runs from 22nd to 26th April. The events take place in a wide variety of venues and are run by volunteers: individuals and organisations that are passionate about digital technology and keen to make a difference in their communities. Help a friend or relative to get started at http://digitalunite.com/spring-online and read about events in and around St Albans.
The Marlborough Science Academy
The Academy is looking to recruit volunteers for the Governing Body.
If there are any residents who feel they could give up a few hours of their time per month, usually Thursday evenings during the school year, to support the local academy and would like further information please contact Les Hull on 01727 839887 or, if you prefer, contact the academy directly on 01727 856874.
If you are male, over 50 and looking for regular exercise then go to Greenwood Park every Tuesday morning from 8.30am – 9.30am. Under the guidance of a fully qualified fitness instructor, the fellas undertake a variety of exercises to improve health and well being. Each session is only £3.50, Enquiries to Joe Capon at Herts Sports Partnership on 01707 281004.
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at 7.30 pm on Friday 28th April 2012 in the hall at Prae Wood School are stored as a PDF here
The Association’s Annual General Meeting for this year will be held on Friday 27th April 2012 in the hall at Prae Wood School. The meeting will commence at 7.30 pm and the committee invite members to join them for refreshments from 7.00 pm.
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the AGM held on Friday 8 April 2011.
3. Matters arising from the minutes
4. Guest Speakers
5. Chairman’s Report
6. Treasurer’s Report
7. Membership Secretary’s Report
8. Neighbourhood Watch Report
9. Election of Officers
10. Any Other Business