|Minutes of a Committee meeting|
held on 20 August 2020
Present: Dick Baxter (Chair), Steve Cheek (Secretary), Peter Gotham (Treasurer), Rosica Bates, Jeremy Francis, Charles Hattersley.
Venue: Zoom video conference hosted by Jeremy Francis.
1. Minutes of previous meeting on 18 May and matters arising
2. Future events on Midsummer Common
There was a general discussion about events on the Common and a pending decision about bonfire night. If Councillors decide to go ahead with fireworks and a fair, the Committee thought a bonfire would be unwelcome on health (coronavirus) and environmental grounds (long lasting damage to the grassland), Actions: Steve to add a sentence to the Newsletter inviting views from members. Dick to make the case to the Council.
3. State of the Midsummer Common
There was a discussion about the growing spread of unwelcome weeds (thistles, nettles, brambles, etc) on the Common which were preventing the safe use of the space by people and animals (particularly dogs). Action: Jeremy to contact Guy Belcher and arrange a meeting to discuss Council nanagement of the Common's environment (especially mowing).
4. First Newsletter
Steve presented his draft which was much appreciated. Action: Steve to have 200 copies printed and members to be directed to it on the website.
5. Financial report
Peter presented his summary and called for allocated items to be implemented. Actions: Dick would liaise with the Council and Sue about a sign for the Orchard. Dick to liaise with Peter about buying and storing protective garments for volunteers. Dick said that the installation of a drinking fountain in the Orchard was no longer planned. Kate (and the Conservators) to be asked about repairs to the cattle ramp in the river.
6. Email communications and courtesy
Charles expressed his anger at the chair's correspondence with the Council.
7. Any other business
The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday 29 October.
Steve Cheek (Secretary)