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Notes of the Following Ward Alliances with Feedback from each Ward Alliance Chair (Neac.20.7.23/7)

Cudworth – held on 17 April 2023 and 22 May 2023

Monk Bretton – held on 19 May 2023

North East – held on 1 February 2023, 18 May 2023 and 20 June 2023

Royston – held on 22 May 2023


The meeting received notes from the Cudworth, Monk Bretton and Royston Ward Alliances: Cudworth – 17 April 2023 and 22 May 2023, Monk Bretton – 19 May 2023, North East - 1 February 2023, 18 May 2023, 20 June 2023, Royston – 22 May 2023.


The following updates were noted:-


Cudworth – Carlton Marsh Nature Reserve had been awarded its first-ever Green Flag Award.  Councillor Hayward paid tribute to the fantastic work undertaken by the volunteers of Carlton Marsh Wildlife Group.


A meeting would be held on the evening of 20 July 2023 to determine if Tea in the Park scheduled for 22 July 2023 would go-ahead due to thunderstorms forecast for 22 July.


The Ward Alliance had not entered this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition but were currently preparing to enter next year’s competition.


It was acknowledged that there had been problems with this year’s hanging baskets, which had now been rectified ready for next year.


The Ward Alliance had hosted its monthly Coffee Morning on Saturday 15 July 2023 at the Exodus Centre in Cudworth.


The Ward Alliance was currently making plans to hold a Sloppy Slippers event and an Autumn fair.


Monk Bretton – The Ward Alliance had not entered this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition but were making plans to enter next year’s competition.


The Ward Alliance would be supporting the Friends of Monk Bretton Park’s ‘Brass on the Grass’ event taking place on Sunday 13 August 2023.


North East – Four new Members had now joined the North East Ward Alliance.  During in October, the Ward Alliance would be hosting a meeting at Shafton Outwood Academy and would be inviting its pupils to observe the meeting.  At this meeting, a place would be offered for a young person to become a member of the Ward Alliance.


A number of events were scheduled towards the end of Summer 2023, including an outdoor cinema event.  Historically, the Ward Alliance had not organised a large number of events. However, this year, it would be the largest number the Ward Alliance had supported.  All events were free of charge and accessible to all children.


On 12 August 2023, the first-ever Pride event would be hosted at the Welfare Hall in Great Houghton.  Work had taken place with the organisers of Barnsley Pride to ensure that the Great Houghton Pride event would be a great success.


RampUp and Reds in the Community Sports Van would be travelling around the local parks and open spaces to deliver free bike and scooter sessions and multi-sports activities for children and young people during the summer school holidays.


Royston – The Royston Gala had been held on Saturday 1 July 2023.  The Gala had been well-attended, with almost £500 raised from the Ward Alliance’s tombola stall and from other fees.  The funds would now be used by the Green Spaces Group at Royston Park.


Councillor Makinson expressed her thanks to the Royston Ward Alliance volunteers, Christie McFarlane and to Green Team Barnsley for all their help and assistance at the Gala.


The Ward Alliance had entered this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition in two categories – ‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ (for the blooms and planters in the village) and ‘Open Green Spaces’ (for Royston Canal).  The Yorkshire in Bloom Judge had visited Royston village on 18 July.


The Ward Alliance was currently planning the next Green Spaces meeting and were grateful to Royston Co-op for the receipt of funds.


The Friends of Royston Group had arranged activities at Manor Court Community Centre including Ta Chi sessions and Age UK’s Men in Sheds project.  Work was taking place with Berneslai Homes to install a disabled toilet and to improve access around Manor Court Community Centre for mobility scooters.


In partnership with Barnsley Premier Leisure, the Ward Alliance had part funded three sessions (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) of free-swimming places per week at Royston Leisure Centre throughout the summer holidays for the first nine children who attend. 


A RampUp session would be held at Royston Park during the summer holidays. 


Free fishing permits for use at Royston Canal would be available during the summer holidays with volunteers available to help children learn how to fish.


The Ward Alliance would be focusing its attention on Royston Park in the near future, with planning currently taking place around a day of action to address areas requiring attention in the park.


The Ward Alliance had received an update at its last meeting on the Stop Smoking initiative.


The Area Council highlighted that smoking and alcohol misuse was higher in the North East area than in any other area of Barnsley.  Members asked what support was available for young people to encourage them to stop vaping.  Lisa Phelan agreed to investigate.


The Area Council Manager reported that work was taking place to develop a training programme for all Ward Alliances.  The aim was to train multiple people on food hygiene, first aid, health and safety and safeguarding.  Discussions were also taking place with Northern College to offer a volunteer passport.


RESOLVED that the notes from the Ward Alliances be received.

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