Report to the Annual General Meeting, 2019
In this report as Chair of the Trust I’m pleased to be able to reflect on another largely positive year.
The village fete and fell race was another success in 2019.
We again benefitted from a good selection of raffle prizes, thanks to Parish Councillor Joyce Harrop and the generosity of an anonymous benefactor. Thanks again to the hard work of the ticket sellers, the raffle made a positive contribution to the surplus generated by the fete, which will make a much-needed contribution to the upkeep of the Green.
In 2018/19 the Trust has operated with two Trustee vacancies and previous retirements from the Fete Committee have not been filled. In my opinion we urgently need to identify additional volunteers and I note there will be some discussion about that this evening. I am also delighted to note that a member of the Fete Committee has expressed interest in joining the Trust.
It is with some sadness that Richard Berry is stepping down. Richard has done a remarkable job as the voice of the Fete and on behalf of us all I would like to thank him for his contributions and wish him well for the future.
This year we have made some progress with land ownership issues and Northern Powergrid. The triangular parcel of land at the top end of the Green has been under uncertain ownership and Trustees have had some concerns about residents accessing the Green via the small grate near to Muffin Corner. It will be good to see that issue finally resolved. Many thanks to the tenacious enquiries and ongoing input made by our Secretary.
To wrap up, I would like once again to thank Trustees, members of the Fete Committee and volunteers, for freely giving their time to ensure that Oxenhope continues to benefit from a village Green.
Thanks also to all those who support and attend the fete and those who use and care for the Green.
Chair, Oxenhope Millennium Green Trust
Ken Eastwood (Chair)
Chris Coupland (Secretary)
Andrew Collinson (Treasurer)
Vacancies x 2
- Bob Beattie
- C & L Herd Butchers
- Co-operative Food
- Creative Hearts
- Digital Nomads
- Ellisons Butchers
- George Emmott (Pawsons)
- Green Thumb
- J A Bailey
- New Coley Nurseries
- Old Oxenhope Farm
- SMJ Falconry & Crafts
- Timothy Taylor & Co.
- Unique Unisex Hair Studio
- Upwood Holiday Park
- Whitakers Animal Feeds
The Millennium Green Trust maintains the Green for the enjoyment of all living in or visiting Oxenhope.
Sponsorship income and proceeds from other donations and raffle ticket sales at the fete on the Green create an operating surplus that is used to offset routine maintenance costs.
The surplus is put towards the costs of routine grounds maintenance including grass cutting, tree and path works, miscellaneous repairs and also offsets other costs including insurance.
The Trust does not receive routine funding from Bradford Council, although it has benefitted from small grants from time to time to assist with essential repairs and improvements.
If you would like to make a donation you can do so by making a BACS payment using sort code 30-91-12 and account number 03290973.
If doing so please contact our Treasurer by email to confirm the donation made.
Many thanks for your support.