Donnington Tenants and Residents Association
We encourage and support community projects that bring people together
Annual Donnington Music Festival
* New project * Community garden * New project *
*10th anniversary year!* Over 50s group * 10th anniversary year!*
Recreation Ground improvements - with Donnington FC and City Council
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A social media volunteer
enthusiasts for a new community garden project
new committee members
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DTRA Minutes 13 November 2019
Attendees – Alex Lipinski (chair), Jeremy Hughes (vice chair), Karen Chahal (secretary), Cecily Kirtland, Gloria Badcock, John Corble, Cllr Richard Tarver, Cllr Steve Curran
Apologies – Bernie Sordillo (treasurer), Cllr Damian Haywood
Everyone was welcomed.
2. Minutes from previous meeting.
Alex read the minutes from the previous meeting which were adopted. The Donnington Music Festival was a great success and well attended. The day raised £317 from donations and merchandise. The proceeds will go towards Donnington Doorstep family centre and DTRA's projects. Jeremy thanked everyone who helped out.
· Cecily to follow up on Neighbourhood Watch signs. ACTION: Cecily
· Council will host the proposed Tenants’ Craft Day at Rose Hill as there were only two takers in Donnington. Cecily felt that a Craft Day for local people should be held in Donnington. ACTION: Alex to request Council to hold a Donnington Tenants’ Craft Day early next year.
· Cecily hopes to liaise with Donnington Doorstep for the Over 50’s group to do a grandparents’ support activity. ACTION: Cecily to follow up.
Accounts to be discussed at next meeting as Bernie was unable to come. He will be leaving Donnington next year so DTRA will need a new treasurer. ACTION: DTRA officer roles to be discussed at next meeting.
4. Date for next Donnington Day
Alex suggested Saturday 27 June 2020 for next year’s Donnington Day. Meeting agreed. The date was the Saturday between Flofest and Cowley Road Carnival. Meeting also agreed there should be one venue at the field, not split between venues. Alex will look at the possibly of booking the Community Centre hall should we need a backup. ACTION: Alex to ask Phil about hall booking.
5. Community Christmas party
The community Christmas party will be held on Sunday 2 December from 5-9pm. Jeremy has arranged the music line up. Riverside Voices, as they do every year, will be singing Christmas carols. Jeremy asked for volunteers. Alex offered to help out. ACTION: All to let people know.
6. Rec. Ground
Alex presented a report by Tim, DFC chair. Alex and Tim had met with Council on how to move forward with a toilet facility at the rec. ground. Council accept the social argument for the toilets, but felt the costings for the facility as proposed was too low. Council are supportive of a facility but only if the community can fundraise for the project. It was recommended that DFC look at a container-style pavilion with changing room instead of just a kitchen and toilet. For comparison, Council suggested that DFC investigate a similar facility at Cutterslow. Alex said that DFC will apply to FFC Communities Foundation for a grant. DFC also to do a new business plan so that Council can see how DFC will be able to pay for the upkeep and costs. ACTION: Alex to liaise with DFC on the new business plan. DFC to be asked to come to DTRA meeting to let everyone know the plans.
7. IT project update
Cecily mentioned that they still need more volunteers before delivering the IT Outreach project.
8. Green Space Project
Tom is still waiting to hear back from the Green Spaces Dept regarding the trees.
A discussion was held on difficulties faced by the Over 50s Group in accessing the Community Centre on Tuesday mornings. Cecily said that a lot of the Over 50’s have problems getting into the Centre as the doors are heavy and not easy to open. Also it would be better if the Community Centre opened earlier, as members often have to wait outside in the cold waiting for the doors to open. ACTION: Cecily to see if anything can be done to make doors easier to access.
10. Next meeting
The next DTRA meeting will be 7pm Wednesday 11th December, at Donnington community centre. ALL WELCOME.
DTRA Committee: Alex Lipinski (chair and newsletter), Jeremy Hughes (vice-chair), Berni Sordillo (treasurer), Karen Chahal (Secretary), Cecily Kirtland, Chris Madden, David Newman, David Williams