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5th December 2012. Last night at the Annual meeting TWIG was officially dissolved, read about in 'News hoots' All funds to be donated to the Green Light Trust.

 

The dates of meetings of supporters every year, the Annual Meeting, will be published here, as will reports from previous meetings.

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4.12.12 TWIG dissolved. There will be no further meetings.

 

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Annual Meeting date Tuesday 4th December 2012.

8pm Congregational Hall, South Street, Tillingham.

 members signed up for at least a year have a vote, use it.

provisional agenda,  as follows,

1.    Apologies and adoption of minutes of last year

2. Update on possible tree planting sites..

3. Dissolution of TWIG

4. Transfer of TWIG funds to GLT.

5. Accounts

6.     Website

7.     Election of Steering Group, or dissolution of TWIG

8. Any other business. 

 

If you wish to volunteer or nominate anyone for a post please contact us 7 days prior to the meeting.

 

 contact us on  778859

John Williams.  Chair of  TWIG

 

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Annual Meeting date Tuesday 6th December 2011.

Please contact the Chair of Twig for location and amendments to agenda.

 

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5th Annual Meeting date Tuesday 30th November 2010.

Please contact the Chair of Twig for location and amendments to agenda.

provisional agenda,  as follows,

1.    Apologies and adoption of minutes of last year

2. Update on the Woodland Project.

3. Events during year.

4. Future Events

5. Accounts

6.     Website

7.     Election of Steering Group

8. Any other business. 

 

If you wish to volunteer or nominate anyone for a post please contact us 7 days prior to the meeting.

 

For more contact us on either 778859 or 778479.

John Williams.  Chair of  TWIG

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Notice of 4th Annual Meeting.

Tuesday 1st December at 8pm.

Congregational Church Hall , South Street.

TWIG Supporters are invited to attend.

The agenda, is as follows,

1.    Apologies and adoption of minutes of last year

2. Update on the Woodland Project.

3. Events during year.

4. Future Events

5. Accounts

6.     Website

7.     Election of Steering Group

8. Any other business. 

 

If you wish to volunteer or nominate anyone for a post please contact us 7 days prior to the meeting.

 

For more contact us on either 778859 or 778479.

John Williams.  Chair of  TWIG

www.twigs.org.uk

 

 

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Notice of 3rd Annual Meeting.

Thursday 20th November at 8pm.

Congregational Church Hall , South Street.

TWIG Supporters are invited to attend.

The agenda, is as follows,

1.    Apologies and adoption of minutes

2. Update on the Woodland Project.

3. Events during year.

4. Future Events

5. Accounts

6. Election of Steering Group

7. Any other business. 

 

If you wish to volunteer or nominate anyone for a post please contact us 7 days prior to the meeting.

 

For more contact us on either 778859 or 778479.

John Williams.  Chair of  TWIG

www.twigs.org.uk

 

 

 

Report, on the 3rd Annual Meeting

of

Tillingham Woodland Interest Group.

8.pm. 20th November 2008

In attendance eight members of TWIG , apologies from two members of TWIG and several supporters, (TWIGS.)

 

The meeting was opened by John Williams at 8.10pm. An update of the general situation to date was given by Peter Garrett of Maldon District Council. Peter explained that St. Paul’s had now proposed a new, larger plot, of some 3 acres, a few yards further down the St. Peters Way. The plot has been surveyed and is ideal, though it is 100 yards further away from the West Field. Members voiced disquiet about the further delay, and wondered if we were being ‘fobbed off’ because of ‘interference’, but it was pointed out the St. Paul’s were fully committed to this project and at every outside intervention, had come back to increase the size of the plot or make the terms even better.

(Initially we had been arranging to rent a small 3/4 acre plot, but in a surprising show of support St. Paul’s have not only offered to sell to us but also increase to the plot size four fold.)

MDC were now to pursue it and we hoped for an early resolution. Indeed John was now in contact with some MDC councillors who have been appraised of the project. Further contact will be made.

The events of the past year were discussed. The Spring Bluebell Walk, at Hazeleigh, turned out to be a bumper day, with the best displays of Bluebells in memory.

The Flower Show stand organised by Belinda Allen, proved to be a very good way of meeting many residents and allaying the fears and misinformation that some had received. We were heartened by the response. Many more TWIGS were signed up. We were praised by some for the stands information, free handouts and ‘Wish Tree’.

The Maldon District Council Tree Wardens and members of TWIG had also been out again with the Beaver Scouts, the Pre School children and all the children of St. Nicholas Primary, seed gathering and planting. Over a hundred pots of tree seeds have been planted to add to the hundreds of young saplings growing in our nursery beds and around the village.

The Seed gathering event at Hazeleigh, attracted numbers of visitors and supporters. Sadly there were few seeds to find, but all the children took a pot with a seed of some sort away!

John went on to reveal some of the plans the group had for the coming year.

TWIG thought another event might be organised in the spring of 2009 at Hazeleigh Woods, the proprietors of which were supporters of TWIG and the St. Paul’s Wood project.

TWIG resolved to have another stand at the next Flower Show and would now make an effort to recruit full supporters and more donations, not just their opinions. We may have to raise match funding for the land.

There would be more visits to the school and youth groups in 2009 by members of TWIG, culminating in seed gathering again in the autumn. It was hoped to involve all sections of the community, especially the youth.

We have got our own website. www.twigs.org.uk We will use the website in future to publish all our news. We have links to the websites of the Woodland Trust, the Green Light Trust, the local area website, as well as Villages UK.

John presented the financial report in Phil’s absence. There had been donations of over £1700, less the cost of the website, www.twigs.org.uk and plus a few donations making a grand total of £1695. John suggested that it was time we actually sought donations, instead of simply supplying information.

The steering group, otherwise known as TWIG were all willing to stand again and were re-elected. The positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer Etc, to be agreed at the next committee meeting, to be held as soon as possible after the Annual Meeting.

The meeting closed at 8.45pm.

Refreshments were served and informal discussions went on for another hour!

We look forward to seeing many more ‘TWIGS’ at next years meeting!

John Williams,

Chair of TWIG

 

Minutes of 3rd A.M. when approved in Nov 2009.

 

 

Minutes of the 2nd Annual Meeting,

November 26th 2008, 8pm.

As agreed at 3rd A.M.

 

Attending:-

Peter Garrett, Barry and Jo Whitley, Katie Whitley, Bridget Thomas, Warren Allen, Carla Davis, chaired by John Williams

1, Apologies, received from Darian, Belinda, Jackie.

2. Adopt minutes of 1st A.M. Proposed Barrie seconded Carla all agreed.

3. Peter Garrett gave us an update where MDC having agreed the woodland were in discussion with St. Pauls legal team with the expectation of resolution this year and planting this Autumn.

4 Where do we go now? We now have to wait for the land purchase to be completed before we can go ahead on the offers of funding from the Forestry commission, ECC and the other funders.

5. Recent events. The flower show stand was a success again, bringing in more positive comments, donations and supporters.

The Seed gathering event and with the local children was well attended and we were blessed with good weather, it rained heavily at the wood 30 minutes after we finished.

6. Twig website. The Website was our window to the community and as such was kept up to date and John thanked contributors. The Steering group would discuss the renewal at their next meeting.

7. Events for 2007/8. John suggested a Christmas meet for the next steering group meeting and it was suggested the Cap and Feathers might oblige.

Next year we have the spring Bluebell walk and the flowershow again, plus assisting Mayland with their planting. It was hoped we may be asked to replant the trees felled on the Bradwell road, but ECC had failed to come back on this.

8. Steering group posts. All agreed to stand again and officers would be chosen at the next steering group meeting.

9. AOB. There was none.

!0. Date of next meeting fixed for 17.12.07 at the Cap.

Meeting closed at 9pm.

 

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Report, based on the minutes of the 1st Annual Meeting

Tillingham Woodland Interest Group.

8.pm. 26th October 2006

The Congregational Chapel meeting room.

South Street, Tillingham.

In attendance eight members of TWIG and 2 supporters, apologies from two members of TWIG and several supporters, (TWIGS.)

 

The meeting was opened by John Williams at 8pm. An update of the general situation to date was given. Peter Garrett of Maldon District Council was unable to attend, but sent a report. Our partners, Maldon District Council are in discussion on behalf of the group for the purchase of a plot of land, larger than we originally asked for, now some 2 acres, as a result of the repositioning of the boundaries, following the objections by two people living near the formerly proposed site. St. Paul’s have instructed us to proceed with this plot, the size of which corresponds to the Forestry Commission minimum, as suggested by St. Paul’s. A plan has been drawn up with this in mind, a strip some 30 metres wide alongside the St. Peter’s Way, from the Bowls Club westward. Access issues have been resolved, and we are now in the hands of the legal fraternity. (Initially we had been arranging to rent a plot, but in a surprising show of support, St. Paul’s have offered to sell to us.)

There have been various public notices and consultations, in the local paper and the parish paper, with just one person still objecting. The vast majority of residents are in favour of the project, as the signatures collected at the Flower show underlined. The Flower Show stand organised by Belinda Allen, proved to be a very good way of meeting many residents and allaying the fears and misinformation that some had received. We were heartened by the response.

The Maldon District Council Tree Wardens and members of TWIG had also been active recently with the Beaver Scouts, the Pre School children and all the children of St. Nicholas Primary, seed gathering and planting, with the further planting of hedgerow plants around the school, (in all over 700 plants have been planted there by the children and TWIG). Over a hundred pots of tree seeds have been planted to add to the hundreds of young saplings growing in our nursery beds and around the village.

Warren Allen presented the financial report to date. There have been donations totalling £820 and interest of £1.00. Income from charcoal sold at the Flower Show, and the money collected for the competition netted a further £21.00, making the Total £842.00.

Warren explained that all grant applications were on hold until the land was arranged.

John went on to reveal some of the plans the group had for the coming year. The following Sunday TWIG together with Essex Arb, had taken it upon themselves to organise a local ‘Seed Gathering Event’. (John was subsequently interviewed by BBC Essex for 10 minutes and the Sunday gardening team gave the event their resounding backing. About 75 people attended the event, some as a result of hearing it on the BBC, some as a result of the flyers TWIG volunteers posted to local houses!) Many hundreds of seeds gathered on the day have now all been planted!

TWIG thought another event might be organised in the spring of 2007 at Hazeleigh Woods, the proprietors of which were supporters of TWIG and the St. Paul’s Wood project.

TWIG resolved to have another stand at the next Flower Show and would now make an effort to recruit full supporters, not just their opinions. (The numbers of ‘TWIGS’ is growing rapidly, those pledging to help in some way, come the day, or donating money, or promising to provide a tree.)

There would be more visits to the school and youth groups in 2007 by members of TWIG, culminating in seed gathering again in the autumn. By then we might have already planted the first section of the new community wood. It was hoped to involve all sections of the community, especially the youth.

We have been offered our own web space on the Woodland Trusts site; we have also considered having our own independent site. We will consider these issues at our next meeting. We will hope to use a website in future to publish all our news. At present we use the websites of the Woodland Trust, the Green Light Trust, the local area website as well as Villages UK.

TWIG then voted to slightly amend our original rules, as set out in our constitution, and in future a supporter of ‘TWIG’ may only vote at an Annual Meeting after they have been a member for a year.

The steering group, otherwise known as TWIG were all willing to stand again and were re-elected. The positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer Etc, to be agreed at the next committee meeting, to be held as soon as possible after the Annual Meeting.

In ‘Any Other Business’, two subjects were raised, for further discussion in committee.

1. The active recruiting of supporters, ‘TWIGS’ as this has not been previously attempted.

2. The redrawing of the TWIG logo, of the twig or branch with leaves and hands depicted. (As apposed to the St. Paul’s Wood logo we already have).

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Refreshments were served and informal discussions went on for another hour!

We look forward to inviting many more ‘TWIGS’ to next years meeting!

John Williams,

Chair of TWIG

 

 

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