Monthly committee minutes

Minutes of Committee Meeting – 12th September, 2019

Present: Ken J (Chair), Peter M, Mike P, Carol R, Joyce B, Kathryn B, Christopher E

Apologies: Steve H, Maggie B

1. Minutes of 11th July were read and approved.

2. Matters arising

Honley Remembers was a successful weekend, with Peter giving a talk on the Saturday and a rota of helpers assisting with the Civic Society stall. The book to commemorate Peace Celebrations has sold well (only 15 remain) and the display board in Old People’s Park is a lasting memorial along with a new bench. There is to be a Thank You meeting on 4th October.
The Cricket Club visit took place on a revised date; sixteen members enjoyed a talk by David Hutchinson and viewed the renovated upstairs room and the cricket memorabilia.
A small number of responses were made to the Friends of Honley appeal for tools – no reaction has been received from FoH

3. Finance – April 13th to April 30th 2018

Opening Total May 9th £5118.68
Total in hand September 5th £4729.37

Of which
Petty Cash £ 64.76
Bank account  £ 461.39
Bank account  £ 185.27
In YBS £4017.95

The bulk of the income was from the book sales of Honley Remembers which sold very well at the Peace Day in Honley.
There was a bill from Enterprise of £938.00 for the printing of this book. We paid the rent of £270 for the use of St. Mary’s Parish rooms and gave a donation of £250 towards the organ restoration Fund. We also paid £25 for a table at the Family History Fair.

4. Administration

A card was received from Jenny Lockwood thanking the Civic Society for the donation. She wonders if it is possible to produce a book/booklet about the Organ based on material she has gathered together. It was noted that approx. 70 St. Mary’s Honley books are still in stock, so little point in re-writing. Peter agreed to look at the material. Action PM
Jenny also requested a Letter of Support to supplement an application for a further grant, which the committee agreed. Action KJ
Discussion held on whether or not to make a donation to Friends of Honley for the purchase of tools. It was suggested that FoH could approach the Council. Ken to speak to Sylvia. Action KJ
It is understood that Trinity Church will require lights on the trees at the Christmas Tree festival to be battery operated (yet to be confirmed). Ken to see if there are spare sets in his loft along with baubles to supplement/replace the existing set. Action KJ
Ann/Joyce are producing images of the books and/or those from Portrait of Honley book to hang on the tree in order to make it more Civic society oriented Action JB/AJ
Kathryn updated the committee on the fish and chip van which had been suggested for the Christmas Social – they use beef dripping and there are difficulties in accessing the van so this idea was voted down. Kathryn and Joyce to meet to discuss further options. Action KB/JB
Bert Neary had suggested using a ramp to give disabled access to the Parish Rooms. The guidance given on Health and safety is that this would be too steep so not practical.
Following Christopher’s meeting with Ahmadiyya Muslims in Honley, Ken had met with their Outreach Secretary Mr. Thahir and the Imam, Kharim at the mosque in Huddersfield. They would welcome a visit to the mosque at some time, and would also be prepared to visit us and talk about their beliefs and work in the community. Mike to consider for a future meeting. Action MP
Ken spoke at the meeting of the Honley Business Association and gave a brief introduction to the Civic Society and an update of the Neighbourhood Plan
Peter and Ken had both been asked for help in resolving disputes over land ownership in Crown Street and Doctor Fold respectively. Both advised contacting Land Registry and/or solicitor.

5. History

1. The Honley Remembers book has sold well, only 15 copies left. Expect to sell out over the winter events
2. Honley Remembers weekend in July was most successful for the Civic Society as well as the village in general. Banks will be the book for next year.
3. Proposed book for Christmas How Honley Celebrated. All illustrations of events in the village from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897 to Honley Remembers 2019.Planned price £5.00. Full details at the October meeting.
4. The owner of a house in Lower Fold has shared some of his deed plans, revealing for the first time the ownership of an outside barn.
5. Three books are now digitized on line at Huddersfield exposed. When the King Came to Honley, Honley in the Great War and 200 Years of Honley Schools.
6. All ready for HODs on Saturday 14th. Rota, Hi-viz?

6. Planning

Comments submitted re. Clitheroe Farm application.
Carol has received a “round robin” from Charles Greaves re. The application for development of 15 houses off Gynn Lane

7. Activities

A rota has been agreed for the stall on Family History day.
Trevor Moody expects to be unable to give his talk in November. Peter Burton will now give a talk on “The Holme Valley in the Middle Ages”. Mike to re-book Trevor for next year. Action MP
Mike questioned the value of booking a speaker for September of each following year simply to avoid putting TBA in the printed programme. It was agreed that this caused too many problems and we should revert to TBA.

8. Any Other Business

Pansies have been bought by Brendan for the Market Square flower beds.

9. Next Meeting

The October meeting will be held in the St. Mary’s Church at 7:30pm on Thursday 10th October when the speaker will be Christine Booth giving a talk about Ann Lister.