An Exciting AGM?
There was an excellent turn out for the Community Centre A.G.M. on Tuesday evening (May 10th) when some loyal supporters and some new faces came along to hear what had been happening during the preceding year.
While the formal minutes will be on display in the Community Centre foyer and published on our website, www.tarvincommunitycentre.org, here is a flavour or what was said.
Though the audience was delighted to hear that the redevelopment plans are very likely to go ahead, there are still a couple of bits of work to be done before the final, definitive announcement can be made. Secretary Jane Lush has worked tirelessly with her usual precision to make sure that all the documentation has been at the right place at the right time. Committee member Roy Brereton has also given a great deal of time working on the potential contract with the professionals to ensure that the best possible deal is obtained. The last lap is often the hardest but do watch this space!
The Current Committee were re-elected and they were delighted to accept three new members who put themselves forward. Rumour has it that not all have bus passes.
The average age of the Committee is often joked about, but there are serious issues. Years do not define the contribution that people can make – enthusiasm, dedication, skills and attitude have nothing to do with biological age. But the Committee has to look towards the future. This was quietly underlined at the meeting when Alan Wilkinson, voted Chairman once again unopposed, stated quite categorically that, should he be re-elected again in 2017, it will be his last year on post. There is time for a new group to come together and be ready to take up the challenge, but that group needs to be forming sooner rather than later.
The Financial Report was presented by the Treasurer Ted Lush. The Community Centre is in an excellent financial state and is confident that it can meet the challenges ahead. Though the forthcoming redevelopment has meant the careful husbanding of funds, precise allocation of money, plus the uses of grants and volunteer effort, has seen the gradual improvement of the facilities. The kitchen is the most visible sign of these improvements. The annual charge to CW&C is adequately covered by the regular lettings to the 40 organisations that now use the Centre, with the events income providing the means to extend and improve.
The Committee is negotiating with CW&C for the possible inclusion of the three former Children's Centre rooms (Small Room, Reception and Storeroom) within the area fully controlled by the Centre. This space, together with the new lounge area, when approval is given, will create a more flexible, attractive and welcoming space for all the community.
The Committee thanked all who support the Centre and look forward to a fabulous year.
Ed:"Congratulations should go to everyone who makes the Community Centre such a great success, I'm sure they still need volunteers, please contact the Community Centre, details on their website."