SHOWCASE DAY – 29th March 2014
The day was organised by the Village Plan Steering Group (a sub group of the Community Council) to demonstrate how many groups and organisations there are in the village and what a thriving community exists in Northop Hall. Thanks to everyone – groups, organisations and residents – who made the event so successful
Thanks also to David Hanson, MP for supporting the event and promoting it on via his Twitter Account.
David Hanson MP with Waggy Tails (waggytailsdogclub.co.uk).
Val Hall, member of the Art Club shows some of her work – the Art Club meet on a Monday at the Methodist Church between 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm – new members are very welcome – please just come along.
Steve Kennedy, Tai Chi Instructor puts his group through a work out then gave us a demonstration of sword play – residents were encouraged to join in and you can spot them (the ones NOT dressed in black!) – if anyone wants to join the Tai Chi Group – they meet on a Tuesday from 10 am – 12 Noon at Methodist Church in Northop Hall. Steve’s contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07511093295.
The Exhibition of Northop Hall in old photographs proved to be very popular – the exhibition will be displayed in the foyer at Flintshire’s Record Office, The Old Rectory, Hawarden (01244 532364), from Monday 14th April 2014.
Liz Scott & Pat Challoner from the Over 50s Club who very kindly provided tea, coffee & cake on the day, the proceeds of which went towards the cost of hiring the hall for the day.
Myra Isterling from the Northop Hall Cricket & Hockey Club Social Committee has a look at how the village has changed over the years. (If you want to know the upcoming events at the Cricket & Hockey Club please click on the ‘Village Diary’ tab above).
David Hanson, MP & Katrina Day, who is The Walking & Nordic Walking Development Officer for Flintshire & Denbighshire with Troedio Clwyd Walks who demonstrated nordic walking on the day. If you want to join a walk to get fit and healthy, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.walkaboutflintshire.com.
David Hanson, MP chatting to Laird Sinclair from the Friends of Northop Hall Group who are currently involved in preserving the Gorsey as a village green for future generations in the village. If you click on the ‘Minutes, Agendas and other Documents’ tab above you will see an explanatory leaflet about the process for registering the Gorsey as a Village Green.
Flintshire’s Record Office kindly put together an exhibition of of items relating to Northop Hall . These included photographs and maps and can be viewed at Flintshire’s Record Office at the Rectory in Hawarden from 14th April for 2 weeks.
Evelyn Rowlinson at the very colourful and popular Playgroup stall.
David Hanson, MP making a purchase from the stall run by Doreen Hamilton Green.
David Hanson, MP chatting to Ken Hughes, Barrie Buxton and Martin Richardson from Northop Hall’s Bowling Club.
David & Lorraine Roberts, residents of Northop Hall who were delighted to recognise David’s grandfather in one of the photographs on the exhibition.
Barrie Buxton & Ken Hughes from Northop Hall Bowling Club.
Ann Thomas & Angela Massey from the Presbyterian Church who were promoting the work the church does, including regular coffee mornings, lunches, ladies circle and the very popular Spring & Christmas Fairs.
Betty Kerr showing her son Andrew a point of interest on one of the maps on the exhibition.
FIRST VILLAGE PLAN NEWSLETTER & QUESTIONNAIRE
Dear Resident, the first Village Plan Newsletter will be dropping through your letter box mid March – it will have details of the Steering Group, its purpose , details of the Showcase Event on 29th March and the first in a series of questionnaires. The Steering Group hope you like the newsletter and welcome feedback but, above all, would welcome any resident who would like to join the Steering Group (meetings are held every third Tuesday at 6 pm in Llys Ben Pavilion, Northop Hall) – please come along and join us.
You can download the newsletter & questionnaire here – you can drop your questionnaire off at the Boar’s Head Public House, Village Stores, 24 Daytona Drive, 2 Church Close or drop off at the Showcase Event on 29th March 2014. Alternatively, if you would like to send it electronically you can e.mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS A VILLAGE PLAN/PLACE PLAN
Information leaflet – https://www.dropbox.com/s/064gzdstu73liux/WHAT%20IS%20A%20PLACE%20PLAN.pdf
Steering Group Meeting Minutes – 24th September 2013 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/htgeo5n9mgwbz8g/Minutes%20-%2024th%20September%202013.pdf
Steering Group Meeting Minutes – 15th October 2013 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/key1i2douby5n4e/Minutes%20-%2015th%20October%202013.pdf
Steering Group Meeting 17th February 2014 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/7s27lcz48lb6ek2/Minutes%20%26%20Action%20Plan%20-%2017th%20February%202014.pdf
Steering Group Meeting 15th April 20114 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/3nkyuh3oocrhnl0/Minutes%20%26%20Action%20Plan%20-%2015th%20April%202014.pdf
Steering Group Minutes – 15th July 2014 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/27ds7hyv93rmsix/Minutes%20%26%20Action%20Plan%20-%2015th%20July%202014.pdf?dl=0
OPEN MEETING – 20th May 2013
Suggestions from Open Meeting on 20th May 2013 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/gdyt2yjms9zdhy9/Open%20Meeting%20-%2020th%20May%20-%20Suggestions%20%26%20Analysis.pdf
A big thank you to everyone who attended the Open Meeting on 20th May – over 50 people came to listen to representatives of Gwernymynydd Community Council give an account of their experience of the process of compiling a Village Plan.
Chris Bradshaw and Elwyn Owens are no longer Community Councillors at Gwernymynydd but were instrumental in the formation of the Plan which was completed in 2010.
Chris explained that the germ of the idea came to him as a direct response of a question he asked himself – ‘what power does the Community Council have’ and the answer he realised was ‘very little’. Community Councils are the lowest tier of government and, although they can raise tax in the form of a precept and are a major consultee in planning and highway matters, their actual power to implement policies at a local level is minimal. The Village Plan was the answer to this – it was a partnership between the Community Council and the Community and the items in the Plan and their order of priority was as a direct response to the feedback of the Community. In other words, the community drove the Plan from start to finish.
Following the presentation by Chris and Elwyn, residents of Northop Hall put forward their views and concerns and at the end of a lively meeting which lasted over an hour, residents were asked to put their suggestions on sticky notes which were collected at the end of the meeting. These, together with suggestions made at the meeting, will form the first step in the process of finding out what the residents of Northop Hall want to prioritise.
the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 gave the power of wellbeing to community councils enabling a council to ‘do anything which it considers likely to achieve the promotion or improvement of the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of their area’ – this provides the community council with considerable scope for action and that is why the proposed Village Plan can, in effect, contain anything and everything which residents feel is important to their village.
You can download or view a copy of Gwernymynydd’s Village Plan from clicking on the following link: http://www.community-council.org.uk/Gwernymynydd/villageplan.asp