Donnington Tenants and Residents Association

We meet at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except August) at the Community Centre

Why not come along and get involved in your local community?

Contact Alex

DTRA projects

We encourage and support community projects that bring people together

Annual Donnington Music Festival

Donnington Community Music group

* New project * Community garden * New project *

Donnington Day! - Summer Festival

Friends of Meadow Lane Nature Park

*10th anniversary year!* Over 50s group * 10th anniversary year!*

Recreation Ground improvements - with Donnington FC and City Council

Silver Surfer computer club

To find out more email Alex

Getting involved

Have you a few hours to spare?

We are currently looking for:

newsletter contributors

A social media volunteer

enthusiasts for a new community garden project

new committee members

Let us know at or come to our meetings

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

1. Introductions

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.

Action points:

· 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.

3. Accounts

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.

9. AOB

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