Big Local


Minutes for Closed Meeting held Monday
16th November 2015 at 20:00 until 22:00 – at Brookside Central in the Training


Present for
Closed Meeting: Tina Rogers, John Edwards, Sarah Durnall,
Fiona Moore, Helen Fairweather, Steve Thayne, Sam
Smith, Rebecca Molloy and Nicola Anderson.


Apologies for
Closed Meeting: Gillian Bailey, John Trubshaw, John
Maguire, Arnold England and David Ottley.




The group talked
about the excellent turnout for the Open Meeting. Rebecca Molloy is now an
official member of the Brookside Big Local Partnership.




Apologies noted
above are the members who emailed me.




The minutes from
19th October were approved with the following amendment:


  • Procedures for Partnership Members
    to be added to each agenda as attendance etc
    needs to be discussed on an individual basis.


Big Get


Held on the 30th
October from 09:30 until 11:30 at Brookside Central. There were many service
providers in attendance. The video of volunteers talking about their
experiences was well received and is available on the BBL Website and You Tube.


The general
consensus is that these service providers are interested and keen to get
involved in Brookside Big Local’s Plan for Brookside, especially Children’s


Brookside Big
Local is now perceived as really good for Brookside, there seems to be a better
understanding of the groups plan.




Held on 2nd
November from 16:00 until 19:30ish at Brookside Central.


Thanks are minuted for Nikki Lane, Roxy Forbes and John Trubshaw for the Cre-Active
activities for the children and Sam Smith for her help with the refreshments.


The BBL aims to
continue with it’s present plan, tweeking
a few aims for the better of the community. Great progress has been made and
it’s continuous.


The Enviroment and Health and Well Being aims are in full
swing. The Dog Fouling Campaign and the Spinal Path initiative have made a
difference for residents and the community as a whole.


The Community
Garden and growing our own food has been successful with thanks to Kevan Hicks et al.


The Open Meeting
held last night shows how the aim of Health and Wellbeing is progressing.


Ideas to assist
residents with issues concerning Domestic and Sexual Abuse hasn’t commenced
yet, though steps are being made to achieve this.


Residents have
shown appreciation for the Events that have been held over the past few months,
new relationships and a sense of community spirit has been forged. Though as a
group communication is something that needs to improve.


There are many
high points to the work done so far:


  • Take 5 cafe
  • Telford Bikes
  • Cre-Active


The above are pivital in creating a sense of togetherness within the


Central is seen as a hub for the community and Sarah and Fiona’s tireless work
is paying off.


A Youth
Brookside Big Local needs to be created for 16 to 24 year olds. Working with
the Youth Group could help with this. This will give the young people a chance
to shine, learn new skills and have a sense of belonging.


The Ethnic and
Minority groups are slowly coming on board with the help of Barbara and
Janette. Once the trust and rappore has been gained
then relationships will flurish.




Only 6 members
have filled out the paperwork required. Sam will be emailing the procedures,
terms and conditions etc out this week to members who
haven’t had the opportunity to attend the meetings.


Big Bang


A summary table
has been added to the Minutes, showing brief notes and turnouts for events that
are held in the community. I have just added the hallow’een
disco and Big bang event, I aim to add more.


The Big bang was
a huge success and the group would like to thank and show appreciation to the


  • The Stewards who assisted with the
    event: Nikki Lane, Roxy Forbes, Steve Thayne, Tina Rogers, Sarah Durnall and Fiona Moore, forgive me if I haven’t
    mentioned your name but you were very appreciated.
  • The Police and PCSO’s who gratefully
    organised at short notice a mobile van etc
  • Tina Rogers and John Trubshaw for cleaning up the aftermath
  • Sam Smith for collecting the art
    supplies for the Cre-Active activity session
  • The Cre-Active
    team for their activities and ofcourse the
    wonderful musicians


The feedback on
Social Media has been excellent. Next year Jubilee should set up the fireworks
in the field as there was one complaint from Blossomfield.


Next year,
planning in advance, we could organise a collection pot for the event to make
it bigger and better. The carboot £5.00 a spot raised
£90.00 which went back into BBL. More carboots to be
organised next year.


Big Local – Co-Ordiantor Role


for role to go out on Social Media, Workshop Group (Mandy Jenkins?) at
Brookside Central and all the relevant websites.


The role will be
for 3 years with a 6 month probationary period.


Closing date is
the 4th December 2015 followed by shortlisting panel with Interviews being held
on 18th December.


Interview Panel
will have:

  • Gillian Bailey – Parish Council
  • Nicola Anderson – BBL/Resident
  • John Edwards – BBL/Resident/CIC
  • Rebecca Molloy – BBL/Resident/Cre-Active


All members in
attendance agreed.




Further to the
additional quotes acquired by Gillian and Sam, the group decided to go ahead
with Access Insurance at a cost of £1,047 per annum.




The group agreed
the cost of £12.00 per person. This will be offered to all volunteers who
assist with Events and Activities.




An additional
email will be sent out tomorrow showing budgets, additional information on the Community
Chest Funds, where letters have been sent out to recipiants
of the fund. We currently have around £49,000 available to spend. This will be
detailed later this week.




The members were
in agreement for John and Sam to maintain the website and the £20.00 per annum
new fee was agreed.


The Co-Ordiantor Role to be uploaded to website and
Facebook/Twitter pages. The October Minutes can be added to the website.

Any Other


  • Cre-Active – Provisionally agreed
    £1,000 for PA system and microphones, Steve to email cost report.
  • Rebecca Blount (Reharmonize)
    has received £1,166 from the Police and Crime Commissioners for the
    Prevention Innovation Fund for a 12 week
    initiative for Stirchley and Brooksides
    ASB, criminal Damage and public order offences. The Parish Council has
    agreed a contribution to the £3,500 needed for the 3 phased 12 week program:


  1. 1st Phase – Attend areas where youth
    congregate and to start engaging them with outside cooking e.g. pancakes,
    noodles to offer warm food for 2 nights per week for 3 weeks.
  2. 2nd Phase – Taking a maximum of 12
    youths on a weekend residential e.g. Arthog/Big Mose to enable getting to know the individuals on
    neutral environment so that their issues are identified and additional
    appropriate support is offered.
  3. 3rd Phase – Social Action
    identifying a project that the youths can put back into the community –
    Youth Brookside Big Local, repainting grafittied
    benches, re-planting torn up plants – apart from a Youth Brookside Big
    Local this would take place over an 8 week


Brookside Big
Local has provisionally agreed to £1,166, though we need to knoww
how much the Parish Council are contributing.


  • John Edwards had something to add, I
    will add it to the next Agenda.



Events –
Please see
Dates/Events for your diary listed below.



Brookside Big
Local Next “Suggested” Meeting –
– Monday 14th December– Open Meeting 19:00 until 20:00, Closed Meeting – 20:00
until 21:30ish at Brookside Central. Members can forward their ideas for dates
to Nicola.




  •  Procedures to be a constant addition to
    future BBL Agenda’s – Nicola
  • Spinal Path to be added to next BBL
    Agenda – Nicola
  • Pictures of Before/After to be
    forwarded for website/social media – David Ottley/John
  • Sub-Groups Update to be added to
    next BBL Agenda – Nicola
  • Membership Paperwork/Email to be
    sent out this week – Sam
  • Updated Contact List for Tina, Sam
    and Helen to be emailed – Nicola
  • Co-Ordiantor
    Role/October Minutes to be uploaded to website – John/Sam
  • Costing exercise for PA System etc – Steve
  • Tool Hire (Rachel Phillips) template
    documents to be forwarded to Nicola and Steve – Sarah/Fiona
  • Information for next meeting – John




  • 01/12/2015 – Christmas Gathering –
    Brookside Central – 15:30 – 17:30
  • 03/12/2015 – Winter Wonderland –
    Brookside Central – 15:30 until 17:30
  • 10/12/2015 – Christmas Fair –
    Brookside Central – 15:30 until 17:30







Events Group – Hallow’een Disco 30/10/15 at
Brookside Central

130 people attended, DJ, Games and Activities were
thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Big Local – Firework Display with Cre-Active
Arts/Music and Creative Writing Session 14/11/15 at Brookside Central then
The Windmill Primary School

800 plus people attended the fireworks, there was a
large, steady stream of people joining in with the Cre-Active
activities of Art display of glitter representing the fireworks, a community
poem created and decorated by the community and an excellent music session
showing off the talents of our budding musical youth.