Three Annual Meetings .... in just 2 weeks?
Castle Bromwich Parish Council explains why ....
There have been busy times at Arden Hall with three annual meetings for the Parish Council in May. This happens every year but people sometimes ask why are there 3 of them? If you didn't manage to attend any of these events, then please read on and find out more.
On Tuesday 7th May at 5 pm the Youth Parish Council held their AGM. The retiring Chairman, Youth Councillor Natasha Browne congratulated the new Chairman, who happened to be her younger sister, on her election to this position. Members voted Youth Councillor Miss Jessica Browne to be their Chairman for the next Civic Year. She duly completed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office form and took the Chair. The meeting was also filmed by students of Park Hall Academy who are helping the Youth Council with part of their latest project - a DVD guide on "How To Set Up A Youth Council". There are vacancies for the Youth Council at the moment so if you either live or go to school in the parish of Castle Bromwich have a look at their webpage to find out more. Or just come to their next meeting on Tuesday 2nd July at 5.00 pm.
Later that same evening the Parish Council held the 119th Annual Parish Meeting, which is called by the Chairman and held for all electors in the Castle Bromwich parish to hear reports on the past 12 months activities that take place on your behalf. Everyone was also interested to hear ideas for the future of Castle Bromwich as Councillor John Whelan presented the draft findings of the Parish Plan Steering Group. This meeting was preceded by the Community Showcase - an opportunity for local groups to promote their activities which 13 organisations responded to by booking space for their displays. It was a free opportunity where groups could meet each other and perhaps get new members too. There are already exciting ideas feeding back from the Showcase with potential new opportunities that can help Castle Bromwich be a better place for everyone.
Finally at the AGM of the Parish Council on the Wednesday 15th May 2013 the retiring Chairman, Councillor Mark Hayes presented the chain of office to the newly elected Chairman, Councillor John Whelan and congratulated him on his new position. Councillor Whelan thanked fellow members for the privilege of being elected as their Chairman, undertaking to fulfil the office to the best of his ability and move the Council forward. He was warmly applauded by members as he duly made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office. The retiring Chairman, Cllr Hayes was then presented with his Past Chairman's Badge.
Coming up: The Parish Council will hold it's Annual Civic Service on the evening of Sunday 9th June - please contact the Council Office if you would like details (0121 747 6503). The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th June at 7.30 p.m. in the Spencer Lounge at the rear of Arden Hall. Dates of all future meetings are on display on the council's noticeboard (next to the entrance gates at Arden Hall) and on this website.
CHAIRMAN PRESENTS CHARITY CHEQUES TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS
Following another successful year of well-supported and different fundraising events, the Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Mark Hayes, awarded cheques to 13 different local organisations.
The proceeds of the Chairman's Charity Fund are distributed annually in May according to the preferences of the retiring Chairman. This took place before the Annual Meeting of Parishioners on Tuesday, 7th May 2013 at 7.00 pm in the Spencer Suite at Arden Hall. The organisations receiving a donation from the Chairman's Charity Fund this year were:-
- 5th Castle Bromwich Brownies
- Air Training Corps
- Army Cadets
- Castle Bromwich Boys Brigade
- Castle Bromwich Cub Scouts
- Castle Bromwich Girl Guides Association
- Castle Bromwich Girls Brigade
- Castle Bromwich Infants School
- Castle Bromwich Junior School
- Castle Bromwich Scouts
- Park Hall Academy
- St Mary and St Margaret's School
- St John Ambulance Brigade
After the cheques were presented a group photograph was taken. The total amount presented was £1,300.00
Castle Bromwich Business Briefing - Parish Councillors take the initiative to boost local businesses
This will take place on Tuesday 11th June - 8.30 am - 9.30 am at Arden Hall. Come and join other local business people to find out more information to help you in these difficult times. Please email to book your place.
This annual evening service takes place at the Parish Church of St. Mary & St. Margaret, by kind permission of the Rector. On Sunday 9th June the newly elected Chairman of the Council looks forward to greeting parishioners and representatives of local organisations at a reception at Arden Hall.
Castle Bromwich firmly on the map!!
Parish Councillor is elected as Chairman of the Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils ...
On Monday 4th February in Warwick, Councillor Eric Knibb from Castle Bromwich Parish Council was elected as the new Chairman of the Warwickshire & West Midlands Association of Local Councils (W.A.L.C.) at its AGM. Cllr Knibb will represent the 184 local councils of W.A.L.C. as a voting member on the National Association of Local Councils which negotiates with central government on behalf of 9,000 local councils & their 80,000 councillors.
Cllr Knibb said "It is an honour to be empowered by the association's membership to carry forward the essential work already being undertaken by W.A.L.C. at this crucial time for Parish & Town Councils. The government has made it very clear within the Localism Act & the Open Public Services white paper that they consider Town & Parish Councils to be the tier of government closest to local communities and to serving their needs. It is imperative that we forge deeper levels of partnership, working with both local voluntary groups and organisations in providing for local communities needs, whilst also establishing new, strong, collaborative working arrangements with our principle local authorities."
The Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Mark Hayes, congratulated Cllr Knibb on this prestigious appointment and hoped to help him in his endeavours to forge partnerships in the interest of our community. Cllr Eric Knibb joined the parish council in November 2006 and,on behalf of his fellow councillors, Cllr Hayes hoped that as Chairman of WALC it would give Cllr Knibb an opportunity to promote all of the good work done by local people in Castle Bromwich within the wider county. Indeed, it may even put the parish on the national map.