NETHER EDGE NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP

Company limited by guarantee no. 741080, charity no. 1139239

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

To be held on Thursday 9th May at the

Nether Edge Bowling Club

Nether Edge Road at 7.00 pm

AGENDA

7.00 pm Arrivals and welcome

7.30 pm Business including:

Minutes of the last AGM held on 26th April 2018

Chairman's Report

Treasurer's Report

Group Reports

*Elec????on of officers, trustees and commi???? ee members

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8.30 pm Formal business concludes
followed by a presenta????on by Eileen Jones-Hill from the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and informal gathering at the bar.

*Nomina????ons for officers (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) should be sent to Howard Fry, NENG Secretary at nengsec@gmail.com.
All nomina????ons must include the names of a proposer and seconder and be accompanied by the nominee's declara????on of their willingness to serve.
Please do come to our AGM. It will be a relaxed and friendly affair, subject to the minimum of formality.

We want to hear your opinions about our work and sufficient a???? endance is essen????al to give NENG the authority to con????nue its successful ac????vi????es.

Chairman's Report

Looking back at my report for last year's AGM I am struck by its partly dismal tone. The ba???? le (not too strong a word in view of the events through that freezing winter) was con????nuing and our special environment remained under threat. Echoing the good news about NENG however, there was a chink of light, a hesitant op????mism that things were about to change. Now, it has been twelve months since a tree was unnecessarily felled in Nether Edge and by contrast, following the discussions between both sides, many of the previously condemned trees are being saved by applying simple solu????ons to kerb lines and removing tonnes of excessive tarmac. This is excellent news to start the new NENG year.

NENG itself is in very good condi????on as we reach the end of what in some ways has been a difficult period. The loss of our treasurer caused us difficul????es which have been overcome by the willingness of David O'Connell to assume the role for the ????me being. Our secretary and our former treasurer Elaine have done prodigious amounts of work to ensure an effec????ve transi????on. The recent appointment of Magdi Adam as our new bookkeeper will ease the burden in the coming year.

Those looking at NENG and its ac????vi????es from outside the organisa????on should be very impressed. The reports of our groups in this copy of EDGE clearly demonstrate the extent and value to the community of what is being done. All those responsible for the work deserve support and congratula????ons. On the other hand it has been suggested that there are many outside NENG who are not aware of the extent of our work or that the variety of successful ac????vi????es, from the market to the history group, from the Friends of Brincliffe Woods to the fes????val and more, are all a part of NENG. Perhaps we need to blow our own trumpet more. And this is the kind of ques????on being discussed by our recently set up 'vision group'. They were set the task of considering and making recommenda????ons about whether NENG needs to change and if so in what ways. What is good and bad about what we do and the ways we do it? What should a neighbourhood group be doing? What is possible, what is not?

There are many ques????ons to add to that list and we hope to find the answers to some of them in the year ahead.

David Pierce