Annual Neighbourhood Watch Meeting 2016
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON TUESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER AT
RAINHAM SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Members of the Board of Trustees
Erin Scott, Volunteer and watch liason officer
1. CHAIRMANíS WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS:
The chairman opened the meeting at 7.00 and thanked everyone for attending.
2. APOLOOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
29 apologies were received
. 3. MINUTES OF AGM 2015:
Copies of the minutes were distributed. The minutes were accepted as a true reflection of that meeting, and were proposed by Derek Tovey and seconded by Christine King
4. MATTERS ARISING:
There were no matters arising from the minutes..
5. CHAIRMANS REPORT:
Chairman David Duncombe welcomed our new Volunteer and Watch Liaison Officer Erin Scott who has taken over from John Haddaway following his retirement in July this year.
He announced the forthcoming Quiz Night to be held this Friday. He said that there were tickets still available for this popular fundraising event. He regretted the cancellation of the musical evening, which was going to be held in June, but this will be rearranged when possible. The Conference will be going ahead next year; details of this will follow in due course. He hoped that coordinators were able to sell the Grand Draw tickets as profit from sales helps to run the Association and hold the various events. Lastly, he reported that the updated roundels are now available from the stand tonight.
He finished by thanking the Medway Committee, the volunteers and the coordinators for their continued commitment to Medway Neighbourhood Watch.
David Duncombe, Acting Treasurer presented the Associationís financial report for the year ending 30th June 2016, a copy of which is filed with these minutes. Overall the accounts were in a very healthy position considering that there are no outside funding contributions. The report was proposed by Bernard Hope and seconded by Derek Povey.
7. GUEST SPEAKER:
Our first Guest Speaker was Superintendent Nicola Faulconbridge, Deputy Divisional Commander, North Division, Kent Police.
Supt. Faulconbridge spoke enthusiastically about how vital volunteers were to the policing family, in their efforts to reassure, to prevent crime and to catch criminals and she sees NhWatch as a source of support in distributing information and as a conduit for information coming back about crime and criminal activity.
She then spoke about priorities. The annual strategic assessment identifies long-term key issues in Kent. From this work, the new Kent Control Strategy has been created. The strategy guides the force in prioritisation and use of resources.
Thus the police effort is focussed on 5 main areas.
Child abuse and sexual exploitation
Human trafficking and modern slavery
Domestic Violence, serious violence and sexual offences
Organised acquisitive crime
Counter terrorism and domestic extremism
She explained in detail what these categories entail and spoke of numerous examples over the past year where members of the public have provided information, which has led to successful safeguarding of some very vulnerable people.
She also reminded us to be aware of Cyber crime for example in the form of online bullying and fraud and of the need to educate children and grandchildren about potential dangers.
She asserted that Kent is a safe place to live and work and that we can all work together to keep it that way. She thanked everyone for their commitment to NhWatch.
8. REFRESHMENT BREAK:
We stopped for a 30min break, during which raffle tickets were purchased and the promotional stand visited.
9. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS OF TRUSTEES 2015/2016
The following Trustees stood for re-election and were voted in en-bloc:
David Duncombe, Maria Jarvis, Mark Botting, Gloria Faram, Tony Faram, Adrianne Kinloch, George McCarthy, Rosemary Roberts, Ian Sears and Frank Watton.
10. WATCH LIASON OFFICER'S REPORT
Erin Scott introduced herself as the new Volunteer and Watch Liaison Officer. Erin was aware that she has Ďbig shoes to fillí in taking over from someone as committed and popular as John Haddaway, but stated that she is looking forward to the challenge and relying on the help and support of the coordinators as John did before her. She is hoping to use experience gained in her previous job in the Force Control Room.
As Volunteer coordinator, she is trying to use this opportunity to promote NhWatch to try to get new watches started up. She thanked everyone for attending this evening and looked forward to speaking to coordinators personally and to carry forward the good work being done.
11. GUEST SPEAKERS..... OVER THE YEARS
This was an opportunity for people who had worked with John Haddaway in the past to talk about their positive and amusing memories of him as a person and as a policeman.
Those who contributed were:
Supt Nicola Faulconbridge who on behalf on Adrian Futers, Chief Supt, presented John with framed citation of his achievements over his career of 46 years with Kent Police.
Glen Craddock who was a sergeant who worked with John in crime prevention during his time as a police officer.
Shirley Roper who worked with John during his early days in Nhwatch
Wendy Knight who worked as a sergeant with the special constables and worked with him in 1991 at Hoo Police Office.
Three people were unable to attend but sent their best wishes they were
Chief Constable Giles York of Sussex Police gave John his job in 1998 when he was neighbourhood inspector.
And Mick Wrigh
12. RAFFLE DRAW
The Chairman thanked everyone for supporting the raffle. Erin Scott drew the tickets and prizes were distributed
There was none.
14. CHAIRMANíS PRESENTATION OF THE JOHN REED MEMORIAL AWARD
This year as a parting gift from the Association, to mark his retirement John was presented with binoculars. It is known that he has an enduring interest in the conservation of wild birds and this was felt to be a fitting gift. Many coordinators also contributed to his retirement and this money was presented to him as a cheque. A list of those who contributed will be given to John.
The John Reed Award is presented each year to someone who shows exceptional commitment and enthusiasm to Medway NhWatch. Under the circumstances who else could it be, but someone whose contribution over the years has been immeasurable, John Haddaway. One member of the Medway committee nominated John and this was immediately unanimously endorsed by all the other members. A truly deserving winner.
15. CLOSE OF MEETING:
David Duncombe thanked everyone for attending and for those who helped the meeting run smoothly. The meeting closed at 20.40.
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