1) Apologies for absence.
2) Declarations of interest (parish councillors).
3) Minutes of meeting held on October 2 2008.
4) Matters arising
5) Finance and fundraising
6) Communications and notifications
· Group visit to Thistley Place Nature Reserve, 3.10.08
· Wildlife Forum meeting 4.11.08
· Make A Difference Day 28.10.08
· Dare to Wear Pink Day, 31.10.08
8) Arrangements for ‘Tree for All’ 1.12.08
9) Publicity event for bridleway improvement work
10) Public rights of way reports & stile replacement programme.
11) Group newsletter
12) Project planning
· Cardales Meadow
· Information board,
Cardales Meadow · Path laying, Cardales Meadow,
Cote Close and Stanhope Hole.
13) Wildlife bank
14) Christmas meal
15) Next meeting tba appointment of Chair.
Present: Joan Tidy (Chairman), Andre Laxton, Wendy Hithersay, Neville Froggatt, Frances Prockter, Heather Hall, Liz Lenton, Seymour Bell, Mary Ross MBE, Mike Orme, Jan Ashford.
In attendance: Peter J Shackleton (Clerk)
Liz Froggatt, Sheila Hughes, Cllr. Ann Hood, Ann Evans
2 Declarations of Interest
3.Minutes of Last Meeting – 4th September 2008
Minutes reviewed - amendments. Dave Tidy did not go on the walk – he went the week before. Some other minor amendments - with these amendments the minutes were agreed to be an accurate record
4. Matters Arising
· Canal Watch –if anyone wants to take a pack. · Living with Nature - Findern 4th February 7.30. £50 + 40p a mile travelling. After some discussion it was agreed on a charge of £2 including refreshments. Maximum numbers – 40. To be on next agenda. Heather to co-ordinate.
5. Finance and Fundraising
Clerk had not received a cheque for £385 from SDDC but it had not been claimed and needed to be.
£29.37 had been spent on the post for Trees for all; £6.99 had been spent on biscuits for Mr Hinklin (see minute 14 of meeting 02/10/08) – these not yet in the accounts.
· A Christmas Card has been produced. This was passed around the meeting.
· Peter Black’s 80th birthday Tree Planting on the Green – group to go in red clothes - all invited to the Parish Rooms for cake and champagne after the event Saturday 29th November. Peter Black was a founder member of the Footpaths Group.
· It was decided that the Footpaths Group would send a birthday card to Peter Black his 80th birthday is on the day.
· Derby City Council – Lets Go Wild in Derby a problem had arisen due to the collapse of the bridge as to whether it was possible to do canal walk because British Waterways doubt if bridge will be repaired before next September. It was decided to do the pre walk as arranged and decide on the exact route nearer to the event.
· A letter had gone from the group to Ian Stevenson at SDDC with regard to the access across the slip roads on to the A50.
· Re Breathing Places - Wendy had a sheet of ideas for “Do One Thing Day this was passed around. Andrew talked of linking the Findern event with that of other groups/places. (Alvaston Castle, Shipley Country Park & others). This was agreed and it was decided that Findern’s effort should be for the children based on the Green/Parish Rooms, during October half term.
· Thistley Place –Nev reported that this had been an excellent day and all concerned had been grateful for the excellent turn out of those in the red coats.
· Wildlife Forum – Nev again reported that this had been a very good turn out and although there was some scepticism as to whether the group would gain any benefit Nev felt that it was a good thing because may be possible for Findern Footpaths to help other groups and thus build up a self help network. He also felt the group could lead the way in making such days have rather more of a practical element to them. He also suggested the group could get involved in helping other groups to set up by actually going and helping them with practical projects. He also felt that with all the council representatives there the group with its high profile would be in a good position with regard to grants. Andrew supported the idea that this was very much a networking forum into which people could dip in and dip out as they felt fit. This was the first meeting and Andrew felt that nothing was set in stone and it could evolve.
· Make a difference day – Elizabeth reported on another successful day
· Dare to Wear Pink – Joan reported that so far £101.58 had been raised for breast cancer and that it was a very enjoyable day with lots of support including those sailing on the canal.
8. Arrangements for Tree for All
1st December. Posters to go on the notice boards Seymour made a request that notices should be as small and practical as it was becoming impossible to accommodate the notices on the boards, A5 therefore is preferable to A4.
Tree planting – meet at Lower Green at 10.00 for the tree planting in Stanhope Wood this will continue until Ann Hood arrives at 11.00 to plant the Rowan to celebrate her year of office.
Wendy stated that the Woodland Trust had given £100
9. Publicity event for bridleway improvement work
This is now on hold because of the collapse of the bridge
10. Public Right of Way /Stile Replacement Programme
Heather spoke about the finger posts, a new stile is needed. Heather agreed to speak to Mr Hicklin
The planned activities for 14 November re the Marina and the 21st May have to be rethought because of the bridge situation
The meeting of the National Forest Walking Festival steering group will be on 11th December
11. Group Newsletter
The Clerk had obtained some figures for various types of colour printers/copiers. There was some discussion as to the best way forward but as the Parish Council itself had to look at printers/copiers the matter was referred to the finance committee.
12. Project Planning
· Cardales Meadows – had been harrowed and sowed, plugs were in so now it was a question of “wait and see”
· Information Board – Cardales Meadow – after some discussion it was agreed that Wendy and Liz would take charge of this matter.
· Path laying, Cardales Meadow, Cote Close and Stanhope Hole. A quote had been obtained from Martin Woodgrow of £366.00 but it was felt that this was only for Cote Close and Stanhope Hole. £350 was available from the County Council and it was resolved that the balance could come from the footpaths account.
It was possible that there may be another source of funds to do with access for disabled people which could be used with regard to the work required for Cardales Meadows. Seymour would investigate.
13. Wildlife Bank
A Dunlin had been seen in Stanhope Wood
2 Siskins had also been seen in Stanhope Wood
A Greenfinch had been seen on Commonpiece Lane
A Kingfisher had been seen on the footpath at Willington
14. Christmas Meal
Will take place at Littleover Lodge on 16th December. Menu choices to go to Joan
15. Next Meeting
This will take place on November 6th at 7.00 pm – Frances to Chair.
The meeting closed at 8.45 pm.