About 25 members attended the AGM.
We had updates from the various sports teams, and a long discussion about Wellow Recreations remit and plans for Wellow Valley Tennis and the Village Hall to join (or not) Wellow Recreation.
Read the Chair’s report : Chair’s report
Full minutes are here: WR AGM 2017 draftminutes
Please come along to the AGM of Wellow Recreation at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd March in the Village Hall. This is a very important meeting.
Wellow Recreation was set up as a charity at the request of the Parish Council to provide one organisation, with limited liability, to manage the facilities on the playing field on behalf of the Parish Council and all villagers. However, Wellow Recreation can only do this once a lease has been agreed, which gives the charity the authority to do this. After several months of discussions, this has not happened, as it first requires Wellow Valley Tennis to surrender their lease over the tennis courts, which has also not happened. As a result, the charity still cannot do what it was set up to do.
The Wellow Recreation Trustees believe that there is no point in the organisation existing unless it is doing what it was set up to do i.e. provide one, village owned organisation to look after all the facilities. The AGM will therefore discuss what it should do in response to not having a lease that enables Wellow Recreation to do its work. A motion about this that will be discussed is on the Wellow Recreation website.
Please come along and have your say on the 2nd. There will also be a report on the work done and successes to date, presentation of the accounts and some wine and nibbles. There will also be elections for the Wellow Recreation Trustees. Irrespective of the decision about the future, Trustees are needed to help run things over the next few months. New Trustees are really welcomed. You can nominate yourself (or someone else) at the AGM or in advance by emailing Rob.Greig2@btinternet.com
You can find the agenda and associated documents for the meeting here .
You can find the motion for discussion at the meeting here. Amendments to the motion will be taken from the floor at the meeting.
Les Wellow Boules players, et leurs familles et les amies had un jolly good temps at the Tournament au Playing Field on New Year’s Day, 1e Janvier.
Il y avait un barbecue with saucisses et vin chaud – tres populaire because il was pleuting!
Michel LeClerc a gagner le prix pour les best vêtements français. Chic, son beret et moustache non?
Here are the October minutes of the Trustee meeting.
The minutes of the September meeting of the Trustees are now available at the link below.
Reflections on Life’s a Dream
For several years we’d had few opportunities to see a play in Wellow – a memorable Mystery Play in the church but little else – so it was a very special occasion when the Miracle Theatre from Cornwall came to give us “Life’s a Dream”. What a treat it was! A sparkling, fast-moving, witty production of this 17th century Spanish play, brilliantly adapted by a member of the company, and performed by gifted actors who slipped smoothly from role to role and from the comic to the serious. They immediately formed a great rapport with the audience and coped with airy ease with little problems like passing aircraft and a freezing wind. Come again, please!
One reason for the previous dearth of drama in the village may have been the shortage of suitable space since the Village Hall had sadly to get rid of its hard-won stage. Now we know that the western end of the recreation ground can make a lovely venue – once some imaginative people have put a lot of thought and hard work into creating it, of course. Many thanks to them. The audience made its way past a row of decorative silvery “trees” to reach an amphitheatre bounded by hay bales, backed by floodlights and facing an amazingly versatile stage. There was comfortable space for the audience of about two hundred people with their chairs and picnics, and the Hall provided a place for interval refreshments (and the chance to warm up). The youngest person there was, I believe, five, the oldest – I won’t go into that, but we were all enraptured. A play captivates everyone. I hope there’ll be many more evenings like this one.
If you scrunch up some newspaper tightly and tie some string around it you can make a football and start playing. Other than perhaps running, there is no lower barrier to entry for any sport. This is surely the reason football has evolved into a sport that dominates our back pages, our TV screens, our pub banter, our hearts and minds, hopes and dreams and the world stage.
With this in mind, Wellow Sports has worked extremely hard to ensure that the barriers to joining in are low and the opportunities high. Our aim is to make our facilities accessible to everyone.
The cricket nets are no exception. We offer an ECB approved net facility, with ECB qualified coaches, all the balls, stumps, pads, gloves, bats etc that you’ll need to start playing cricket. Just turn up. We have two nets, a big field and a lot of adult supervision so we can cater for all abilities. Our aim is primarily to introduce people to the sport, to develop the passion and enjoyment that kids can carry through the rest of their lives. Although in the future we will have to find a way of generating enough money to cover the costs, for now we offer these services for free.
Wayne Gretzky famously said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. He was presumably talking about ice hockey but there can be few better metaphors for our lives today.
So whether it’s tennis, football, cricket, rugby, boules; whether it’s at Wellow Sports or not; whether it goes somewhere or not; take that shot…….but I hope it’s cricket 🙂
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For several years we’d had few opportunities to see a play in Wellow – a memorable
The Minutes from the April and May Trustee meetings have now been approved and are available on the Trustee minutes page of the website.
The first outdoor Theatre production on the fields was a great success with 200 people turning out with picnics to enjoy a great performance by the Miracle Theatre Company. For more details, click here
We had some really good discussions about the future of Wellow Recreation and the different sporting activities at the scheduled AGM in June. There was just one small problem – we ourselves such a high number of people for the quorum of the meeting that we didn’t quite make it! This meant that, although we covered lots of issues, the discussions have no formal status.
In some ways this is no problem as we held our first AGM 12 months before we needed to – and so the work will continue even though the formal business did not take place that evening and the Trustees will take note of all he good suggestions made that evening.
The July Trustees meeting will review Trustee roles, explore co-option of new Trustees, and kick start the next 12 months of our work. Plans will be made for the AGM later in the year – probably with some alcohol involved to entice people to attend!