Minutes of WHRF committee meeting held at The Club 7.30pm 10th March 2022

Minutes of WHRF committee meeting held at The Club 7.30pm 10th March 2022

Present, Julia Scarth-Chair, Sarah Chambers-Treasurer, Charlie Chambers, Doug Robinson, Joanna Davey

Apologies for absence. Chloe Parrish, Sarah Mardle

Minutes of last meeting were agreed and signed and will be posted on the Wookey Hole website.
Julia reads letter of resignation from Roger Hancock, SC suggested a thank you card for Roger that Julia will write and send.
Julia discusses minutes from the last AGM, they will be sent out as a matter of principal to the Village, even though only three people attended

Treasurers report – Sarah C reported that the current balance is £1418.39 (£520 is being held for Parish council grant and £540.73 for LWST) Closing balance £357.66
Julia will connect with Ivor re the £540.73 LWST money to see if this is to stay with the Forum, or not

Road working group
Sarah informs of meeting with Mile Pullen and Paul Cannon, Paul has written a brief report for SCC, when there is a response from this a full report will be written for SCC but will be circulated to the Village first

Local Planning Applications
Planning for The Billiard Room application were discussed, there has been an increase in the size of the application which the Parish Council have recommended for refusal.  Julia has asked Doug to send the details of the application to Mike Pullen.  SC to email Mike Pullen for more information.  It was discussed whether the Forum should alert the Village to this planning as the planning notice was displayed very briefly – Julia will draft email
Julia proposed, for the next AGM, to remove Elm Close and Haybridge from the constitution

Village Obituaries
Julia proposes that all Villagers should be included in a list of obituaries, and proposed that we should ask family and loved ones first

Future Events
Bring and Share 7th May
Picnic for Jubilee – it was discussed to have a picnic and tree planting plan for the Autumn, possible date 5th June, possible location is cricket grounds at Glencot
No Summer fete this year as Sandy cannot commit to organising this event
Can we generate more interest in the Forum by holding these events.  Joanna to create a flyer for the dates of the events.

AOB – Sarah Mardle’s position of Secretary and Julia’s position of Chair – both have expressed they would like to step down from these roles and the positions are therefore available if anyone would like to take them

Next meeting  
Planning meeting for Bring and Share Thursday 21st April at 7.30
Next Cttee meeting 9th June

 

Minutes of WHRF committee meeting held at The Club 7.30pm 6th January 2022

 

Minutes of WHRF meeting held via Zoom 6th January 2022


Present Julia Scarth-Chair, Sarah Mardle-Secretary, Doug Robinson, Roger Hancock, Sarah Chambers, Charlie Chambers Chloe Parish

1: Apologies for absence.    Joanna Davey

2. Minutes of last meeting 26th August 2021 were agreed and signed & will be posted on Wookey Hole Website

3: Feedback on AGM held 18/11/21 3 residents attended plus Cllrs Paul Cannon & Mike Pullen
It was agreed to hold the next AGM in the Spring of 2023 to hopefully get more attendees.

4. Treasurers Report - Sarah C
Sarah C reported one expense for the room hire for the AGM of £7
The current bank balance is £1418.39 (£520 being held for Parish council grant) and we are holding £540.73 for LWTST leaving WHRF's balance of £357.66

5. Traffic in the village (Sarah C)
Sarah reported that Paul Cannon has offered to compile a report of the traffic survey findings.
The traffic team have requested a meeting with Mike Pullen to take advice on submitting the report.
 
The village will be asked to review the report before it is submitted to the Parish Council & then SCC.

6. Future events - Bring and Share supper
It was agreed that due to continued Covid infections, the annual bring & share supper due to be held on 22/01/22 should be cancelled. A new date will be discussed at the WHRF meeting on 10th March 2022.

7. Local planning applications updates

Sarah noted that the Coombe Brook/Homestead Park application is still on hold pending the outcome of the phosphate issue. No new planning applications have been made in the area.


9: Next meetings
10/03/22, 09/06/22, 08/09/22, 08/12/22





Minutes of WHRF meeting held at Wookey Hole Club 26th August 2021

Minutes of WHRF meeting held at Wookey Hole Club 26th August 2021


Present Julia Scarth-Chair, Sarah Mardle-Secretary, Doug Robinson, Roger Hancock, Sarah Chambers, Charlie Chambers

1: Apologies for absence.    Chloe Parish

2. Minutes of last meeting 16th June 2021 were agreed and signed & will be posted on Wookey Hole Website

3: Treasurers Report - Sarah C
Sarah C reported one expense for Public Liability Insurance £96
The current bank balance is £1588.50 (£520 being held for Parish council grant) and we are holding £540.73 for LWTST leaving WHRF's balance of £527.77 minus £96 = £431.77

4. Traffic in the village (Sarah C)
Sarah reported that the village traffic count will be taking place this week. Tony Hathaway from the Parish Council has requested as full a picture of the situation as possible, including pedestrians, horses & cyclists so manual count is very important.
Chloe P has agreed to liase with Ed Danson & gather all the information together & create a report of the findings. Individual surveys, photo's, examination of signs, bends etc. have already been completed, just need the traffic count to complete the findings. The village will be asked to review the report before it is submitted to the Parish Council & then SCC.
6 automatic counters are being installed by SCC & they will share their findings.


5. Future events - Bring and Share supper and date for AGM (Roger H)
It was agreed that the annual bring & share supper will be held on 22nd January 2022 in the community hall. Ticket price £3. Roger H said he would sell tickets to his group & Sarah M would sell the rest of the tickets, log names & dishes to be brought along.
Julia to find a volunteer to do the quiz. Sue Lee has said that she will help with the raffle again.

It was agreed to hold the annual WHRF AGM in the community centre on 18th November 2021 cheese & wine will be served & Sam Mills from Wookey Ales has kindly agreed to provide some Ale.
A pre meeting will be held the week before on 11/11/21 to make final arrangements.

Julia to check what is needed re voting procedures and such like

Charlie has agreed to create some posters & leaflets for the AGM.

Roger to check dates are ok for the Community Hall with Jenny Lewis.

Julia to ask Sandy Witters if the WH Fair is to go ahead next year.
Julia reported that the Film Club are meeting 31/08/21 & aim to start showing films again in October.


6. Local planning applications updates

Sarah noted that the Coombe Brook/Homestead Park application is still on hold pending the outcome of the phosphate issue.

Trout Bend – Melitta has spoken to SCC about the footpath and also had quite a lot of responses from people in the village.  Partly as a result of pressure of work she has however decided to step down from pursuing the goal of getting the footpath reinstated.  She would be happy to share her findings with anyone else who might want to take it on.
Julia will do a notice asking for a new volunteer.
Julia to ask Ed Danson if WH Caves gained or needed planning permission for the fenced off rubbish dump.

Pyrocore- Pyrolysis site at Haybridge - Because of the time lost during Covid, SCC have granted Pyrocore another 1 year temporary license until July 2022. Pyrocore will continue to use the site to display the equipment to potential customers. Pyrocore have reported that they have bought a plant at Avonmouth to manufacture pyrolysis equipment to sell.  

Land at back of LA Moore site - Haybridge   Residents have been voicing their concerns about the large area that has been cleared recently & asking what was being planned for the area.
Julia to speak to Mike Pullen.


7. Parish Council (Julia)
Julia reported that Ed Danson has confirmed the Parish Council has approved plans to restore the old bus shelter at the bottom of School Hill. Notice boards & benches are to be built & the history of the village & an information hub will be displayed here.
 

8. AOB
The Parish Council have informed us that Take Art Funding is available again, to get comedy & music performers into the village, we have forwarded on the email to the mailing list. Sarah C to contact Dave Hudsmith to see if interested.

A report is still awaited from Mendip District Council explaining how the concrete paths on Holeground are permissible.

John Grange has renewed the website licenses for another year, it was agreed that Sarah M would put on each agenda the number of hits the web site receives.


9: Next meeting
AGM pre meeting - Thursday 11 November 2021, 19.30. WH Club

A Couple of Important Things - Low Carbon Competition & Food Bank


Thank you to those who ventured out on a wet windy night last Thursday to attend the WHRF AGM. The minutes of the meeting will follow in due course but a couple of things that we wanted to flag up now are:-

 

Wookey Hole Residents’ Forum Low Carbon Competition

At the WHRF AGM Joanna Davey suggested an idea for a competition to encourage villagers to reduce their carbon footprint.

At an early stage the broad idea is to run a competition seeking ideas for reducing our use of carbon either individually, or collectively, in our local area. There would be a cash prize to put the winning idea into action.

We are all aware of the damage human activity is having on our world; reducing bio diversity, increasing environmental degradation, and adverse climate change. All leading to a world that is more hostile to life; plant, animal and human.

We each have a part to play in finding solutions so we can live in greater harmony with our world. Many positive things are already happening; increasing use of renewable energy, (some generated by individuals and community groups) more bio-degradable packaging, more recycling, shifting to electric vehicles. There is much more we can do and the purpose of this competition would be to encourage us to do a little more by raising awareness, sharing ideas, and supporting everyone to play their part.

To put this idea into action WHRF is setting up a working group and we are seeking volunteers to help make it happen. We think this is a positive response to the challenges we face and expect broad support from our villagers. To find out more or volunteer to work on putting this into action, please contact Joanna Davey - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01749 670425.

 

Items needed for Wells Food Bank

We continue to collect items for Wells Foodbank. The need is still great and all that is donated is very gratefully received. See list below of things most needed currently. There is a box in the porch at church so you can put things in there at any time. Sandy and David then take these gifts to the Food Bank on the last Wednesday of the month.

 

Wookey Hole Residents Forum AGM Thur 18th November

 

This year we will be holding our AGM at the Community Hall 7.30pm this coming Thursday, 18th of November.

In recognition of the fact that Covid numbers are still pretty high in our area we plan to conduct the meeting cautiously.

We will be keeping some windows open so do wrap up warm. If it is appropriate for you to wear a mask we would ask you to do so.

It would also be most helpful if you are planning to come to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know.

 

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Dates for your diary

 

Tuesday 2nd November 2.30-4pm

Ladies Club - We will be making decorations under the guidance of our lovely Sue Williams. She sells her own cards in Wells and is great with getting us non-artists making amazing decorations. 

 

Thursday 18th November

Wookey Hole Residents’ Forum (WHRF) AGM

 

Saturday 22nd January

WHRF Bring and Share Supper

 

 

Grant available for Environmental Improvement to our village

 

St Cuthbert (Out) Parish Council are offering Environmental Grants of up to £500 to each of 4 villages, 1 per ward.

Tree planting, rewilding, renewable energy projects, repair workshops and improving footpath and cycle links are all examples of what could attract parish council funding.

Easton, Wookey Hole, Coxley, Polsham, Dulcote, Dinder and The Horringtons all lie within St. Cuthbert (Out) and the Council would like to award a £500 grant in each of its four wards. The closing date for applications is 30th November 2021.

For further information visit St Cuthbert (Out) Parish Council - contact us

 

Trouts Bend Footpath

Melitta has decided to step down from the role of looking into the possibility of reinstating the Trout’s Bend footpath. If anyone else thinks they might be interested do let us know. Melitta has gathered quite a lot of information that she would be happy to pass on to anyone else who might like to take this on.

 

Food Bank Donations

A year ago, following last years Harvest Festival, we started monthly collections to donate to Wells Food Bank.  Thanks to everyone who has supported this over the last year.  Our donations are still needed.  There is a box in the church porch and donations can be left at any time throughout the month and will be taken to the Food Bank on the last Wednesday of the month.  All gifts are welcome but things that are always needed are tinned meat, tinned meals, Fray Bentos pies , tinned fruit, coffee, cereals. laundry pods, toothpaste, shampoo and shower gel. Undamaged egg boxes are also very useful.

 

 

 

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