Ceremony to mark the national Moment of Reflection.
As we are all aware, our ruling monarch of 70 years, Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ has sadly passed away. As a nation we are currently in a period of national mourning and the Queens funeral will be held on Monday 19th September.
On Sunday the 18th September at 8.00pm the nation will unite in ‘A Moment of Reflection. on the eve of the funeral of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth
It is our intention to hold a brief vigil on the Village Green on Sunday evening for those who want to attend and show their respects and involve themselves in this nationwide event.
By 19.55 pm members of our community will gather on the village Green, I will say a few words and then at 8.00 pm we shall hold a minute’s silence.
During the Minute we will have an opportunity, in silence, to reflect on the lifetime of service which Her late Majesty devoted to the United Kingdom, the Realms and Territories and to the Commonwealth.
This is an open invitation to all the community, visiting families and friends.
It only seems a short while ago since we were all on the Village Green celebrating Her Majesty’s Jubilee, here again we have the opportunity to show our respects and be part of history.
Constable Burton Reading Room Committee
Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen
The Reading Room will be open from 10am to 5pm tomorrow until Sunday 18th September for you to see our small but deeply felt tribute to Her Majesty.
Flowers are from a well-wisher in the USA, Mark Ernest, who visited Constable Burton a few years ago
Major (Retd) George F Tomlin MBE
Project Manager, The Reading Room,
Telephone: 01677 450194
Constable Burton Reading Room
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday 10th August 2022 19:00pm
Present: Barry Snarr – Chairman
Hilly Dobson – Vice Chairman
Attendees: Simon Lemm
Apologies: Charles Wyvill
1 ) The Chairman asked if the Minutes of the last meeting were a true reflection of the meeting
– Proposed by Hilly Dobson
– seconded by Niesha Snarr
2) Matters Arising
a. The Committee expressed their condolences to the family of Keith Loadman and how saddened they are of his passing on 4th July 2022. He will be forever missed.
The Wake for Keith was held at the Reading Room on the 5th August. The Reading Room committee were very proud to host the event for Keiths family and close friends. Judi Loadman thanked those who providing the catering and hosted the event and said that it was very much appreciated by the family.
Following a discussion with Judi it was agreed that a memorial bench to be situated on the village green of Constable Burton as a tribute to Keith. The committee are currently exploring all possible options and costings. Once the bench is purchased it will be installed in a suitable position.
The Chairman stated due to Annual leave and Family commitments some previous actions have been delayed.
Outstanding Actions :
a. Car park entrance – Barry Snarr still to obtain quotes and costings for the work.
b. Wifi – Barry Snarr to meet with landlord to discuss
c. Field Entrance – Barry Snarr to discuss with the landlord
d. Health Safety Audit of the Reading Room to be completed by Barry Snarr by end of the year
e. First Aiders, Dawn has now collated the names for the first aid positions to support the village if any event arises and the names will be situated in the notice board by the car park and a meeting is to be held with the first aiders so important information can be discussed regarding the first aid equipment and access to the defibrillator
Action – Niesha to plan a meeting for the resident First Aiders.
IMPORTANT : Access Code – for the defibrillator is situated by the side of the daily paper box outside the reading room. this is only to be used once you have call 999 first.
f. Hilly Dobson is currently in the process of formally handing over the Treasurer role to Niesha Snarr and it is expected that the transition period will complete the 4th September 2022
g. With reference to the letter of complaint received from a local resident, it was agreed by the committee that this should be dealt with privately by the Chairman and the resident. Due to holiday commitments the meeting has been delayed.
Action – Barry Snarr to arrange meeting.
Report by Hilly Dobson ( Acting treasurer )
Informed us that the current Community bank balance is £13799.12 inclusive of Petty cash £171.92.
4) Ukraine Appeal
- Currently £321 in raised funds to support Ukrainian families
- Ukraine support – this will be continued and the focus will be to support local Ukraine families in the village.
- Hilly Dobson & George Tomlin visited the local community centre in the nearby village to obtain a better understanding of the needs required of the Ukrainian families and offered our support where possible in the future.
5) PROJECT UPDATE
a.The Chairman made the committee aware that unfortunately the Grant application for the redecoration of the reading room internally has been rejected by Richmond County Council. George Tomlin has made a further application through ACRE.
George Tomlin has also written to Tom Jones ( our local councillor ) requesting assistance with funding.
b. Going Green Project, The proposal to site an Electric vehicle charging point. Awaiting the meeting with D’Arcy Wyvill
Action – Barry to arrange meeting with D’Arcy.
c. The new Play Equipment is now finally in situ with continued persistence from the Chairman & Vice Chair.
The Committee want to say a big Thankyou to both Mr Charles Wyvill & Mrs Maggie Wyvill for officially opening the play area.
The Committee want to also say a big THANK YOU to everyone who organised the party in the park event.
Special Thanks goes to Kylie Ford & Emma Mills for planning the event and making it a resounding success for the children.
6) Social Media Update
a. Primary focus to build a social media platform for the village.
PHASE 1 – Honey Bee’s Whats App group has been very successful and will continue to be used to communicate with the ladies of the village. We have recently had some new participants join. Thankyou to every one who has joined and hope you are finding it useful.
PHASE 2 – Creation of a Facebook page, Niesha & Dawn to address in the near future.
PHASE 3 – A letter to be sent to all residents informing them about the different ways to keep in touch and communicate. The aim is to encourage residents to feel less isolated & engage with developments and activities within the village
Action – Barry Snarr to complete letter and distribute
b. The Afternoon Tea on the 30th July was successful and well advertised however low numbers attended. On reflection this clashed with the final of the Lady’s ENGLAND football match. Future planning of these will factor in other events so as to not coincide wherever possible.
7) Any Other Business
a. Due to the Reading Room being unsuccessful in obtaining a Grant for the internal decoration it was agreed by all in attendance that the funds held currently in the reading room fund are to be used for the redecoration and updating of the internal decor.
8 ) Summer Gala /Fayre 28th August
Starts at 1pm
Prize giving at 4pm
Hilly Dobson (The Master of Ceremonies)
Informed us of the planned event and everyones roles for the day who has kindly volunteered to support on the day.
The Committee felt very excited about the plans as it sounds like it is going to be a very special event hope it will be well attended by residents including family and friends.
Next Meeting – scheduled week commencing 19th September 2022 date to be confirmed
Memorial Bench In Memory Of Keith Loadman
Many of you will know that Keith passed away at the beginning of July this year. Born at Unthank Farm where he lived and worked all of his life. He attended school here in Constable Burton at Village School walking along the beck and back on every school day.
Keith was a leading member of our community. Parish Councillor, member of the Reading Room Committee and, in years gone by, a leading member of Constable Burton Cricket Team. He, quite simply, and supported by his wife Judi, loved Constable Burton, the Parish and the community within it.
Led by the Reading Room Committee it is our intention to purchase a memorial bench in memory of Keith. It will be positioned on the Village Green with a plaque with the following proposed wording:
In Memory of Keith William Loadman
1941 – 2022
You brought about so much kindness to the folk around..
The quotation is from a poem written by Judi in memory of Keith.
If you would like to contribute to this memorial please give your donation to Barry Snarr, George Tomlin or Hilly Dobson. Cheques should be made payable to Constable Burton Reading Room. For BACs use Sorting Code 20-25-29 Account Number: 20279471 and use the reference ‘Memorial’.
Chair to the Reading Room Committee