Northwood Community Partnership

Posted by NCP Admin on Tuesday, 4th May 2010, 00:00

Northwood Community Partnership.
Annual General Meeting. Tuesday 23rd March 2010

Chairman’s Report.

2009 proved be another mixed year of varying levels of success.

The two most important achievements were probably the publication of the Northwood ‘Welcome Pack’. Within which is shown the ‘Village Trail’. The former was printed and distributed through funding from Northwood Parish Council, The Rural Community Council and the South East Economic Development Agency. The Village Trail is included in the 2010 Isle of Wight Walking Festival. This takes place on 14th May 2010 from 10.00 a.m. under the leadership of Paul Fuller. The many hours of background work, to bring these Projects to fruition, cannot be underestimated.

Partnership members were invited to choose whether to remain as an independently constituted organisation or become an am of the Parish Council. The former option was unanimously agreed, as it maximises the range of funding streams. It is fair to note that the Parish Council has become a possible source of funding for Partnership Projects.

Although the Ward Councillor resigned during the year, the Partnership recruited two other villagers as members. Furthermore, the ‘Adopt a Trough’ request also gave the Partnership some very much appreciated help from local residents.

The Venner Avenue Play Park equipment Project was completed and has been enjoyed by local young people.

The Calor Village of the Year Event was well supported by many local agencies. The judges found it extremely difficult to reach a decision but eventually chose Northwood as runner up. In acknowledgement to the narrowest of margins, the village was awarded £100.

The Million Blooms Project was completed and has been maintained by the ‘Northwood Gnomes’.

No funding was available for ‘Northwood in Bloom’ but the Partnership used some of its meagre funds to run the competition. Whether there will be any Grant funding for 2010, remains to be seen.

The’ Wight in Bloom’ scheme was very successful and resulted in a Grant from the County Council. It is not yet known if this funding stream will be available in 2010.

The troughs adjacent to the Horseshoe P.H. were found to have rotted and were in urgent need of replacement. As the Partnership had insufficient funds, the Parish Council agreed to fund and maintain replacement troughs. They subsequently have ownership and are responsible for upkeep.

The final village gateway sign was purchased and installed, with a Grant from the Parish Council.

The Partnership sold its gazebo for £40.

By their attendance at meetings, throughout the year, both the local ENO and representatives from the police continued to support the work of the Partnership. This was very much appreciated by members.

There are future Projects planned for the forthcoming year but these can only come to fruition with financial support from funders, the support of villagers and the undoubted willingness of the Partnership members.

Very many thanks to everyone!

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