Doxey Community Association

Minutes of the meeting held on 08/07/09 at 7.30pm at the William Sutton Centre


G. Smith, J. Smith, D. Hughes, D. Peel, E. Last, J. Harvey.


A. Sumner-Smith, J. Peel, K. Walker

Matters Arising:

Public Liability Insurance Policy is now secured for the D.C.A.

It was agreed a risk assessment procedure should be put in place, safety checks be carried out before any event and an appropriate tick sheet completed.

Denise will go to the H.S.E. Website for further information, she will also speak to Anne Winnington at the church play group about a Child Protection Policy, C.R.B. checks and also risk assessment. It was agreed that Trustees should meet to compile a check list.


The min                Minutes for the meeting held on 08/04/09 were accepted as a true record, proposed D. Hughes, seconded by J. Smith.


Emily                    Emily Last has agreed to be a trustee and Sally Hems will be approached for the final vacancy.

Feedback June AGM.

It was agreed that this was a success and reasonably well attended.

Forthcoming Events

An Introduction to Felt Making.

Anita would like to start this later in the year, proposed dates, either 26th/27th September or 3rd/4th October. Possible venue, William Sutton Centre. There is a possibility that other craft ideas could spring from this.

If the groups are small it was suggested that they could take place around willing members' kitchen/dining room tables.

Senior Citizens' Christmas Lunch.

Saturday 12th December. Gill will check the date with Ruth Ball to ensure that it is in the church diary.

Alterations to DCA

It was agreed that the Association meetings would, in future, take place bi-monthly. A list of dates will be printed in The Doxey Times along with the changes for the 'new look' DCA. Gill suggested that an agenda should be displayed in the local shops and the DCA notice-board. Joan Harvey now has the key to the notice-board.

Skill Based Funding for Training

The SDVS is running two half day courses in September and October of this year which enable groups to negotiate the likely pitfalls when applying for funding. John Smith proposed that the DCA become a member of the SDVS at a cost of twenty pounds. Gill Smith seconded this. It was agreed that Emily Last and Kim Walker should be nominated for this training.

Heritage Lottery Funding

Denise suggested that a grant should be applied for to enable the work of local historian, Eileen Skelton, to be professionally scanned. John suggested that this could also be combined with photographs and stories from the next Doxey Reunited Evening. Denise will brooch this idea with Mrs Skelton before any application is made.

John suggested that anyone who had an idea for activities in Doxey could put their request to the DCA and funding could be sought under the DCA umbrella as long as a risk assessment had been carried out.

The Micron Theatre Group will be back in Doxey 16th August. Gill said she would be looking for volunteers to make cakes for the occasion.

Parish Council Report

David Hughes said that negotiations were still ongoing with regard to the play area behind the school. The football field is presently being extended. A junior football pitch is also being considered for 8-16yrs. David told us that the police are willing to fund this with Community Project money. He is also finalizing the posters for the Doxey Day event on 18th July.

Doxey Times

David Hughes generously offered to extend the number of his present deliveries of the Doxey Times. John said that it had come to his attention that some residents were not receiving their Doxey Times.


South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust

Introducing a free Health Trainer Service to anyone over 18 to help motivate lifestyle changes. Denise suggested that this was worth looking into more thoroughly.

Information received on Green Awards 2009.

It was decided that the ECO Day was a worthy contender for this award Denise will apply.

SDVS ICT awareness course - Rodbaston

SCC leaflet - awareness of fraudulent callers, garden safety,

Derrington village gained Stafford Borough's first 'Low Carbon Community' award.


Next meeting September 9th 2009

Meeting closed 9.00pm