Minutes of the Meeting 15th August 2022

Present:- Simon Middlecote (Chair) , Ruth Kerry, Sue Andrew, Lesley Morris, Chris Holmes, Caroline Stone, Catherine Bailey, Councillor Penny Gowland,
Also in attendance:- Jo Whittingham, Jo Mansfield, Helen Hetherington, Liz Smith, Jane Proctor (Trees for Climate),
MINUTES
The minutes of the last meeting held on 10th May 2022 were noted.
Matters Arising
The defibrillator outside Warrens Barbers had now been installed.
PARK AND GREEN SPACE IMPROVEMENTS
It was reported that Rushcliffe had funds for 2 benches for the field and had asked for suggested locations. It was stated Rushcliffe have a blanket policy of not having any memorial benches. There was a discussion about the siting of the benches, and near the top orchard and by the notice board were suggested.
Concern was raised about a lack of bins on the field. It was suggested that one should be placed at the top of the field as well as another by the benches. Temporary bins could be placed during the summer.
Reference was made to proposed gym equipment on the field which was still being considered by Rushcliffe and could be part funded from the section 106 agreement on the housing development on the former Depot site.
It was agreed that after the meeting a site visit be made to come to a view on the placing of the benches.
TREES
Jane Proctor from Trees for Climate indicated that she was seeking local people’s views on proposed low density tree planting. They were working in conjunction with Rushcliffe and would grant fund the trees and provide 15years maintenance. It was suggested that a survey of

existing trees be undertaken first so that a view could be formed on further planting.
Rushcliffe are happy for the horse chestnut tree grown by Catherine Bailey to be planted on the field.
It was agreed that a Sub-group of Simon Middlecote, Lesley Morris, Sue Andrew, Catherine Bailey and Jane Proctor carry out a survey of existing trees and look at options for further planting.
PROPOSED COMMUNITY ASSET LAND ON ESTATE
It was noted that Simon Middlecote and Councillor Penny Gowland would meet to discuss taking this matter forward.
SUMMER GATHERING, ABBEY PARK FIELD , SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2PM – 4PM
The plans for the Summer Gathering were discussed and the following arrangements agreed:-
Need to pick up dog poo from area to be used (Lesley) Litter pick 12noon and after event (Ruth/Chris)
A gazebo (Ruth’s) to be positioned in the play area / tree swings area
teddy bears picnic
Face painting / henna (Jo and Ruth)
Competition / hunt clues on field around trees ( Jo)
Bookstall / teddies soft toys for sale 20p donation
Exercise class for older people (Pip)
Memories of Abbey Park stall (Lesley)
Donation box for contributions towards cost
4 or 5 tables needed (Catherine and Jo)
Chairs needed
Rounders bat (Chris)
Advertise with laminated notices on lamp posts and bus stops, Co-op Shop / notice board/ community centre


To be explored:-
1. Ice cream van 2. Bouncy castle
The event would be cancelled if wet.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was agreed that the next meeting would be at the Willow Tree on Monday 5th September 2022 at 7pm to finalise arrangements for the Gathering.
The meeting closed at 8.35pm.