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 🙂
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!
At the Trustees meeting at the end of April, the following were discussed:
- Progress with the lease to the land, the pavilion development and the drainage. These are all being taken forward by the Parish Council with our support.
- The tender documents for ground maintenance were reviewed and it was agreed that more information is needed before reaching a final decision.
- The concerns over parking on the playing fields were discussed. It was agreed that this should be taken up through the Parish Council with a view to getting to a clear position that the parking spaces are a resource for the village, not any single facility.
- A draft child protection policy was discussed agreed – as required by law.
- Two fund raising activities were agreed – a wine tasting in May and a safari supper in June. It was agreed we need to find/recruit a new Trustee to take responsibility for co-ordinating fund raising activity.
- It was noted that agreement has been reached with the village school for their use of the facilities on the playing field in return for a financial contribution from next term. Their usage will be free during the current term. Discussions are still needed with Magic Box.
- The first AGM will be held of June 30th. All Trustees will stand down as required by the constitution – some have indicated a willingness to continue if elected. All Trustees agreed to ask around to encourage new people to put themselves forward.
Full minutes will be published on the website once they have been agreed at the May meeting.
As a charitable organisation that runs activities for under 18s, Wellow Recreation is required to have a child protection policy. The Trustees have agreed an initial policy. Details of this can be found here.
We ask all parents and guardians of children and young people who will join in activities hosted by Wellow Recreation to go to this page and read the attached documents.