MINUTES OF CHADWELL ST. MARY COMMUNITY FORUM LTD ANNUAL
HELD 10TH MAY 2012 AT HERRINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL AT 7.30PM
IN ATTENDANCE P Saunders Chair (PS)<>Richard Price Treasurer(RP) C Saunders Secretary
(CS)<>Committee Members <> R Goldsmith (RG)<>)Maurice Packer(MP)<>Brenda Packer
(BP)<>Malcolm White<>Yogesh Taylor (YT)<>Jim McConnell(JM)<>Sandra Palmer(SP)
GUEST SPEAKERS: Kevin Sadler Chief Executive Officer of the Gateway Leaning Community
Neil Speight Editor of the Enquirer
ORGANISATIONS Gateway Academy, Citizens Advice Bureau, Ngage Thurrock, Montana
Developments (relating to the new Tilbury F.C. ground and related housing proposal.)
Apologies: Norman Cooper, David Aiton, Sgt Mandy Copplestone, PCSO’s Kelly Roberts &
Nicola Warham, Bill Sargent & Sidney Heath
AGENDA MINUTES Required
ITEM action to be
6.1 Welcome & 6.1.1.Welcome
Apologies The Chairman welcomed everyone to the 2012 Annual General Meeting.
He also introduced the guest speakers and the organizations in attendance.
The above apologies were received for the meeting.
6.1.3 A request for anyone wishing to stand as a committee member.
6.2.Minutes 6.2.1. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting 14th April 2012
The Chair asked the residents to read and agree the above minutes as a true
copy of the last meeting.
The minutes were then agreed and signed by the Chair. Proposer Richard Price
Seconded Jim McConnell; carried nem con.
6.2.2. Matters arising from the minutes that are not on the Agenda.
6.3. Reports 6.3.1. The chairman went over the main issues in his report which everyone
had received a copy of. Report as follows.
“Only £532 of admin-support money was received from Thurrock Council
during 2011-12, in line with all other community forums – incorporated or not.
We have raised outside funding by grant-applications and by organizing
specific events (see below).
Trips were organized to Duxford Air Museum in May 2011 and to Clacton on
p.s. Waverly in October; both were fully supported. We co-hosted a fun-day
with the Friends of Herringham School on July 3rd and paid for much of the
entertainment provided. This brought together two organizations whose aims
were fundamentally different: the Forum, to provide entertainment free at
delivery; and Friends of Herringham, whose primary goal was fund-raising. In
the event, both targets were achieved. The money that the Forum spent on the
fun-day had been set aside for this purpose in 2010-11’s financial year.
Jackie Doyle-Price, M.P. for Thurrock, addressed an open-meeting hosted by
this Forum on September 8th, to discuss the various proposals for the Thames
Crossing(s). Members of Bulphan Community Forum also participated in this
Jointly with Tilbury Community Forum we sponsor “Pupil of the Year”
awards for 8 students at the Gateway Academy, and last year these were
presented by Maurice Packer and I, Trevor Martin (Chairman of Tilbury CF)
having recently suffered bereavement. We have enough restricted funds to
continue with this scheme for another 3 years. The four metal flower-tubs
that were formerly placed in Riverview and Defoe Parade have now been re-
sited – one to each of the OAP Complexes, the job being undertaken by a C St.
This Forum was instrumental in setting up a Community First panel for C St.
M. This scheme is run by the Dept. for Communities & Local Government and
this ward has been targeted (with 3 more in Thurrock) to receive £33,910
between now and March 31st 2015, subject to applications being vetted and
submitted by the local panel. Not all members of the local panel are drawn
from this Forum; however it was important to take the initiative rather than lose
an important funding- opportunity for this community. I’m happy to go into
this in more detail about this scheme later.
The Forum was approached by the local police to consider improving play-
facilities for the youngsters in and around Defoe Parade, and Wickham Field
has been highlighted – by the youngsters themselves! as a place where they
would like to see more for their age-groups. £25,000 has been secured from
Veolia Environmental Trust subject to match-funding and provision of a ball-
court (a local trust-fund that has been accumulating rental-income since about
1907 will fund the latter). The remainder will be found as to £9983 from the
agreed Awards for All grant mentioned above (thank you to Yogesh Taylor for
his work in helping to obtain sanction for this); £2,500 from this Forum’s funds
specifically voted for the purpose; and I have approached Capital & Counties
Properties, owners of Lakeside Shopping Centre, who – I understand - have
funds to donate by way of grant. I have not had a formal response yet.
Any grants we obtain are restricted to the purpose for which we applied to the
funder. But monies we raise locally are normally unrestricted and can be spent
on the initiative of the committee subject to confirmation by the Forum. We
have raised £313 from two quiz-nights, organized by Mr and Mrs Andy
Reynolds, and I am grateful to them for all their help and continuing support.
We have also made a donation to the Prostate Cancer Society from the gross
receipts. A barn-dance, brain-child of Peter and Lynn Gregory, was held on
October 28th and successfully netted £378. Dancing was to the music of “Wet
Paint” (the bass-player is a Chadwell man), and a.b.w the next one will be held
on Friday October 5th 2012.
Our annual return has been filed at Companies House in due time and can be
viewed on their website. Our accounts have been finalised and will be
submitted for auditing and then – subject to the approval of the Forum – filed at
Companies House. We are not yet a registered charity so no filing with the
Charity Commission is necessary.
Thanks are due to all committee-members that have served during the last
twelve months. Thank you to Richard Price who has been looking after the
books for more years than I have been involved with this Forum, but who will
be offering himself for re-election as Vice-Chairman. Thank to Vicki Reid,
headteacher of this school and her team for allowing us to use the facilities here;
to Pat Lambert for use of the common-room at Vigerons Way OAP Complex;
to Norman Cooper for use of Emmanuel Church [Hall], and to David Veitch for
the use of the Scout-hut. To Charlotte and Alan Smith for their help in
delivering our notices; to Ruth White for donating items for a tombola; to
Nicola, Kelly and Dave of the local policing-team for their on-going efforts in
the face of cost-cutting and new rosters; to Bill Sargent, for all his help and
assistance in the face of an ever-increasing workload; to the ward’s Councillors
– Tony Fish, Barbara & Gerard Rice - for their continuing efforts. And to the
Hon. Secretary – Carol, my wife – for all the work she has put in since taking
over from Jean Collis, and for being persuaded to stand for re-election!
And to all of you who are willing to give of your free time to come along to
meetings, quizzes and trips and who help to build up a community spirit here in
Chadwell St. Mary;
The chairman asked Richard to give his last Treasurers report as he will be
standing down as treasurer but staying on as Vice Chairman. He thanked
Richard for the many years he has been treasurer which goes back before he
became Chairman. Unfortunately Richard now finds it difficult to get about
and has relinquished this role.
Everyone was issued with a draft balance sheet.(attached)
Richard started by explaining the difference between the restricted and
unrestricted balances held on the accounts of the Forum.
The restricted amounts have been allocated and agreed by Forum meetings to
specific projects and cannot be used for any other purpose unless agreed by the
Forum and the funders who gave the monies.
The unrestricted monies are monies that have been raised by the Forum but not
allocated to a specific project.
He was pleased to announce that the Forum was awarded a grant of £9983.00
from the Awards for All Lottery scheme which will be used for the play
equipment on Wickham Field.
The Treasurer confirmed that the balance of the draft accounts agrees with the
The Chairman thanked Richard for his report. He then asked the meeting to
vote on employing Lewin Accountants and sending the draft report to them for
drawing up in a format to Companies House requirements.
Vote proposed Maurice Packer Seconded by Reg Goldsmith
6.4 Election of The following were either re-elected or newly elected onto the Forum
Officers Committee unopposed
Name Position Proposed Seconded
Peter Saunders Chair Sandra Palmer Malcolm White
Richard Price Vice Chair Carol Saunders Barry Taylor
Yogesh Taylor Treasurer Richard Price Sandra Palmer
Carol Saunders Secretary Brenda Packer Malcolm White
David Aiton Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Norman Cooper Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Reg Goldsmith Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Jim McConnell Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Brenda Packer Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Maurice Packer Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Sandra Palmer Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Malcolm White Committee Member Peter Saunders Charlotte Smith
Jeff Wakefield New Committee Peter Saunders Reg Goldsmith
6.5. 6.5.1.Mr Kevin Sadler Chief Executive Officer of the Gateway Learning
Guest speakers Community.
Kevin Sadler started by saying that his vision for the Academy is to provide a
safe and pleasant environment and to motivate pupils in achieving the best
possible educational standards. Kevin gave a background to the Academy as
to how it is sponsored by the Ormiston Trust and primarily made up from
two failing schools, St Chad’s and Torrells. The Academy now receives it
funding direct from the Government and not via Thurrock Council which
means they get the full allowance for every student without any deduction.
They could then if they wish buy services back from the Council but the
Academy has full control of how money is spent and services bought. The
Academy is now an integral part of the Gateway Learning Community, and
this comprises in addition the Tilbury Lansdowne Primary School and the
Herringham Primary School and also the Gateway Free School which will be
based in the Gateway Academy’s grounds.
Lansdowne has already become the first primary school academy with
Herringham to follow shortly. This idea started about three years ago with
discussions about improving standards in all Tilbury and Chadwell St. Mary
The Gateway Academy has recently had an outstanding OFSTED report with
the Herringham achieving a good OFSTED and Lansdowne a satisfactory.
The Gateway Free School which is another first for Thurrock starts taking
pupils in September 2012 with a new building on the Gateway Academy site
being started in July 2012 and ready for September 2013. The Free School
will be for year 6 pupils who need extra tuition before starting in year 7 at the
Kevin gave a slide show showing how the Gateway Learning Community is
made up and also showing the benefits of having a learning community.
Kevin then took questions from the floor.
Q. What is the attendance rate like?
A. The rate is average but needs to get better
Q. How do you discipline pupils?
A. Every effort is made to correct disruptive or under achieving pupils with a
team of Learning Assistants, Advocacy Team and Learning mentors. Only as
a last resort will pupils be excluded and they have only had two since the
beginning of the calendar year.
Q. Brenda Packer mentioned that she and her husband were invited to a
recent prize giving event and was impressed by the standard of education and
the involvement from the pupils.
The Chair thanked Kevin Sadler for coming to talk to the Forum meeting and
showing his enthusiasm for a high achieving Leaning Community. He
wished him every success for the future
6.5.2.Mr. Neil Speight editor of the Enquirer
Neil started by saying when he first came to Thurrock he worked for the
Thurrock Gazette and was editor for 6 years and it was an honour and a
privilege to be able to work there. There will always be a place for the
Gazette as it is a paper where hatching ,matching and dispatching is
announced, and it will always be at the heart of the community.
When he first came to Thurrock into 2004 he was invited to St. Chad’s
school and was shocked at the standard of the premises. He says the
Academy is now a fantastic building giving pupils a great chance for a good
Neil went on to say he was previously editor of the Thurrock Gazette but got
disillusioned with it and went onto edit the Enquirer in 2008. He said that
there will always be good and bad news but they tried to get an even amount
of stories in the Enquirer.
Neil said that the Forums were good news stories and that local people got
Ours is the third Forum he has been invited to with Stanford-le-Hope and
East Tilbury being the first two. He asked that everyone send in information,
news and pictures as the reporters cannot go everywhere. If everyone sends
in information to the editor of the Enquirer it will assist him to present a
newspaper that represents you.
Distribution of the Enquirer is quite wide with many shops and places
pleased to display the paper on a weekly basis. Unfortunately there has
previously been a breakdown in communication with Martin Newsagents
who will not have the Enquirer but hopefully this will be resolved shortly.
Shops and building that display the enquirer get paid a fee. Lakeside
Shopping-Centre has recently approached the Enquirer asking if they could
have the opportunity to display the paper.
The Enquirer has about 50/50 adverts and news which pays for the
distribution of the paper. Unlike the Gazette it is a standalone paper where as
the Gazette is owned by a Company in Virginia, USA! When he left the
Gazette it was making a profit of £1.4 million which was a 44% profit return.
However the owners wanted more profit and he was asked to make staff
redundant and cut distribution - which he felt was not the way ahead and
therefore decided to leave.
The Enquirer will always apologize for any errors they make and in fact there
is one in this week’s paper and he asked the residents to see if they could spot
Neil Speight’s enthusiasm for reporting and especially being the editor of the
Enquirer came over in his talk to the Forum, and the Chair thanked Neil for
coming to talk to the Forum.
6.6. Notices 6.6.1. Coach Trip
The chair announced that there would be a trip to the Whitstable Regatta on
August 18th with the fair being approximately £5.00. Anyone wishing to go -
please put your name down after the meeting.
6.6.2. Chadwell St. Mary in Bloom
The two schools and three of the four complexes will be taking part and the
judging will take place the week commencing 16th July 2012. The proprietor
of Orchard Garden Centre will be the principal judge.
6.6.3. Barn Dance
Another Barn dance will take place on the 5th October 2012 to be held in the
large community hall in Waterson Road. More information will be
6.7. Community The Community First Panel has been set up and accepted by the Government.
First Although this is not run directly by the Forum some members are involved
Programme and will be giving updates on the programme and how the monies are to be
spent. At present a Bid has gone into the Community Development Funders
for assistance with converting a toilet in Emmanuel Church to be compliant
with the disability act. They have applied for the maximum grant of
£2500.00. The Scout movements have asked for £780.00 for a fire proof tent
and the Forum will be applying for approximately £2300 towards the
Wickham Fields play equipment.
6.8. Closing of The Chairman closed the formal part of the meeting at 8.45pm and asked
formalities residents to stay and have a look at the guest stands and have refreshments.
Forum meeting will be in July the date to be advised
Committee meeting will be Wednesday 13th June at Vigerons Way