Last updated on February 28th, 2018 at 09:51 am
The Lease of land in Townhouse Road from Old Town Trust to the Parish Council as Tenants was signed in 1986 for a period of 28 years and has since been renewed. The Parish Council hold the land known as the Play Park, upon trust for the Play Council which is a registered charity (293364).
From April 1st this year, the Parish Council take over the direct financial responsibility for day to day running costs and maintenance in place of an annual grant to the Play Council for these costs.
At the next AGM on 23rd May 2018 at 7.30pm in The Priory Room, it is hoped that a full Executive Committee will be appointed from interested village residents. The newly constituted Play Council will then focus on its objectives, agreed as providing play facilities, maintaining appointments to the Executive Committee, proposing ideas for development and identifying and pursuing sources of funding and putting these forward in order to engage the Community with the Play Area.
The incumbent Chair, Quentin Cass, has offered to stay on as Chair until the next AGM. For the moment an ‘interim’ Committee has been appointed, along with Quentin, pending the next AGM on 23rd May 2018.
The good news is that at a recent Extraordinary General Meeting two new appointments were made from interested village residents, Liam Nichol as Vice Chair and Emma Wade as an Executive Committee member. On an interim basis, one Parish Councillor and the Parish Clerk were appointed as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Another Parish Councillor was appointed as the Parish Council’s representative on the Play Council.
Emma and Liam have made a great start and are already hopeful that there will be new members of the Play Council who may be willing to take up appointments to the Executive Committee at May AGM.
There have been clear expressions of interest in a development of the facilities to include more for children of a younger age group to compliment the existing facilities which it is acknowledged are a slightly different play experience to those found at more traditional facilities.
If you are interested in getting involved to help secure the long term future of the Play Council and the Play Area, then please get in touch with one of the contacts below. The commitment is to four meetings per annum plus the AGM and of course, fundraising activities as agreed amongst the Committee.
The improved Play Area was opened over the two days of the Open Gardens Weekend August 30 & 31st 2009 by the Play Council Committee.
The extremely enthusiastic and dedicated committee expended a lot of effort over few months prior to the re-opening.
The Play Council emerged from the original Youth Forum which did such great work putting the Millenium Village Appraisal into action. Local children were asked what they wanted in Walsham and then following successful grant applications, including a £50,000 Playbuilder grant, the Skatepark and MUGA were built.
As with all community committees, a constant flow of new members to take over the hard work and keep things rolling is needed especially when the focus is for children, who’s families grow and move on. If you would like to get involved please send a message for Quentin Cass using the main contact form.
Play Council Executive CommitteeThe structure as documented in the Lease between The Official Custodian for Charities (Charity Commission) and The Trustees of The Walsham Old Town Trust to Walsham le Willows Parish Council who hold the land as Tenant upon trust for the Walsham le Willows Play Council.
|Executive Committee Post||Position as at 19th February 2018||From 20th February 2018|
|Chair||Quentin Cass||Quentin Cass|
|Vice Chair||Vacant||Liam Nichol|
|Treasurer||Vacant||Brian Kinnair (interim)|
|Secretary||Vacant||Kevin Boardley (interim)|
|Executive Committee Member 1||Vacant||Emma Wade|
|Executive Committee Member 2||Vacant||Trevor Roberts (Parish Council Representative)|
|Executive Committee Member 3||Vacant||Vacant|
|Executive Committee Member 4||Vacant||Vacant|
|Executive Committee Member 5||Vacant||Vacant|
Trustees Registered with Charity Commission
Nicki Eley (remains registered with Charity Commission until a full Executive Committee is constituted at the next AGM in accordance with the Lease and Play Council Constitution – Trustees will then be registered from the new Executive Committee)