Friends of Town Quay Park AGM 2011

May 16, 2011

It was heartening to see a good turnout for this year’s AGM, and to hear the level of participation, suggestions and comments from all the members present.

Following introductions and apologies, the minutes of the inaugural meeting in 2010 were accepted by all present. We then heard reports from Chair Ros Cassy on the latest position with the plans for development on the park site and the current status of the Town Green application. Ros then gave a brief summary of the committee’s activities over the last year.

Richard Gray then gave a brief rundown of the last year’s events, and Irene MacWilliam summarised the changes and improvements in the park, before inviting comments and suggestion for events in the coming year.

Retiring Treasurer Dorothy Alderson gave a brief rundown of the group’s financial situation, then Ros led a discussion about developments and plans around the community, including the council’s plans for the Tudor House Museum, the Wool House, and God’s House Tower as well as longer term development plans for the waterfront. It was generally agreed that with all the potential changes, the retention of Town Quay Park as a green oasis in the heart of the Old Town was even more critical.

Turning to committee business, the resignation of committee members Doroty Alderson, Kay Labon and Tina Lucas was accepted with regret and with thanks for all their efforts. After a vote, John Pheasant was elected as the new Treasurer, and new committee members Antonella Ianni and Jo Clough were welcomed. We still have a vacancy for one additional committee member – volunteers welcome!

Our guest speaker Cheryl Butler from the University of Winchester then gave a fascinating insight into the life in Southampton Old Town in the Tudor Period, which both fascinated and captivated the members present. Cheryl also gave a brief outline of the plans for the Tudor Revels series of events in the city in 2011 and 2012. We are most grateful to Cheryl for her time and for providing such an interesting input.

Ros then led a discussion on the options for placing sign at the entrance to the park, to increase its prominence and raise awareness among locals and visitors, and the possibility of incorporating a noticeboard for disseminating community information. Anna from the Mount Plesant Workshop, who have been involved in the production of signage on number of prominent projects around the city, showed examples of a number of options, and it was generally agreed that a metal sign would be the preferred option. A sub-committee will pursure ideas for design and funding options.

Finally, Irene led a brainstorming discussion on ideas for new activities for the group, and ideas for things to do in the park. A shortlist of ideas was produced on flipcharts, and all members invited to vote on their favourites as the meeting ended and more informal discussions took place. The results will be collated and will help to shape the planning for future events.

Thanks to all who participated so enthusiastically. Don’t forget, if you haven’t yet renewed your annual membership, please contact the committee!