Working to improve Coxhoe.
Coxhoe Community Partnership agree to dissolve.
Coxhoe Community Partnership has met for the last time. At it’s meeting on 31st January 2018 it considered its future. Due to a lack of membership numbers and in view of four of the current management team preparing to retire it was felt that the Partnership was no longer sustainable. A resolution had been put forward by Management Committee members that the Partnership be dissolved. This was unanimously agreed by those present at the meeting. It was agreed to transfer its remaining limited assets to Coxhoe Village Hall for community use
Insufficient community volunteers have come forward to sustain the Partnerships future. While the last round of publicity did get some interest, the level of such interest was not sufficient to secure a sustainable future for the Partnership and no new volunteers actually attended the final meeting.
Retiring Chairman, Ian Forster said, ‘While we feel it is important that the non-elected residents village retain a voice through regular meetings with elected members of the County and Parish Council we just did not have enough people who are prepared to give up their time to do things. We have tried without success to encourage people to join us but we have failed and we have no choice but to dissolve the charity. All good things come to an end’.
The Partnership has been very important to the village over the last 20 years, securing well over £1.5 million investment in projects such as the Play areas, Skid Zone, the Village Green and the Limestone Linx as well as being engaged in village planning, community communications and other improvement work. Its loss would mean that funding only available to community groups could be lost to other villages.
On behalf of the Partnership, Ian said, ‘Coxhoe Community Partnership would like to thank everyone who have been Members of the Partnership and come along to meetings and have achieved so much for the village and its residents. Thanks also go to funding organisations as without their understanding and generosity the Partnership could not have achieved so much, I do not wish to single anyone out because those who have given their time up have acted in true partnership and it has been people working together with the same aims that has been the most important thing in making Coxhoe better’.
The dissolution of the Partnership does not mean that volunteering on community projects will disappear. it is still planned to undertake volunteer litter picks, volunteers will continue to deliver the Chronicle and the Parish Council’s website and social media is still to be administered by a volunteer. Volunteers still run the Village Hall and the Active Life Centre.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities please contact the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Partnership published what was its Annual Report last year following its adoption at the AGM:
What the Partnership was About
Coxhoe Community Partnership is a voluntary group working to make Coxhoe an even better place to live, learn, work, develop, play and visit. We achieve this by helping to identify what is important and what can actually be done to make things better. In determining what is important we have played a key role in the development of consecutive Parish Plans and now use Parish Plan 2 2012-2017 to help set out priorities and focus our activities. The Partnership is a registered charity and our limited funding comes from grant submissions we make, which is maximised by the financial benefits Charity status allows.The Partnership was formed in March 1998 specficly to address the playpark but have driven other improvements in the village. The Partnership work with other partners who support its aims including:
- Durham CVS
- Durham In Action
- Funding bodies such as the National LotteryAggregates Levy and Landfill Tax
- Durham County Council and Unitary Council Councillors
- Coxhoe Parish Council
- Groundwork UK
- East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership
What projects has the Partnership been involved in?
Coxhoe Community Partnership have delivered a massive range of St Mary’s Heritage Trail projects. The Partnership was formed in March 1998 to develop plans and raise funds to improve outdoor play facilities for children and young people. At the time there was a problem with solvent and drug abuse and the current play area was not a safe place. Addressing this was an initial priority. The Partnership secured grants and donations to the value of some £230,000 and completed the project, engaging young people in the process. Since then they have carried out a range of scheme such as:
- Developing the Coxhoe ‘Skidzone’ skate park ‘Cylone’ road safety area and the ‘Trax’ cycling areas (£312,000)
- Willow-wisp-Conservation Area
- Peace Haven Sensory Gardens, an inter-generational project (£70,000
- Coxhoe Youth rooms and activities (£25,000)
- Played a leading role in the development of two Parish Plans,Coxhoe Community Appraisal and Action Planning
- Helped implemented the Parish Plan including implementing road traffic calming and environmental improvements in the village
- Helped develop plans for the village green
- Helped develop the St Mary’s Churchyard Heritage Centre and Trail (£100,000)
- Coxhoe War Memorial Transformation Project
- Refurbishment of the Village Hall entrance to improve access
- Limestone LinX cycle and walkways
- Assisting in the saving of Coxhoe Leisure Centre both in terms of financial help and volunteer time
- Assisting in developing a sustainable future for Coxhoe Village Hall including financial assistance amounting to nearly £5,000, while supporting their own funding bids
- Community communications such as the Coxhoe Chronicle, Coxhoe Community Calendar and notice boards
- Administering the Coxhoe Parish Council community website and Coxhoe Village Hall website and associated Twitter and Facebook pages
- Undertaking a programme of litter picks in connection with the Keep Coxhoe Clean Campaign
- Supporting the Children and Young People’s Strategy
- Securing funding for new exhibition boards for use by community groups
- Making representations in respect of major planning applications
- Developed computer courses for beginners
The Sensory Gardens, the St Mary’s Heritage Centre and Trail and the Limestone LinX have achieved prestigious Durham County Environment Awards.
Registered Charity Number: 1077277
Keeping You Up to Date With What We Did
You can find out what we have done by accessing minutes from our recent meetings from the following links:
Minute Book 2016-17
Coxhoe Community Partnership Meeting Minutes 29th June 2016
Coxhoe Community Partnership Meeting Minutes 30th November 2016
Coxhoe Community Partnership Meeting Minutes 25th January 2017
Coxhoe Community Partnership Meeting Minutes 22nd November 2017
Coxhoe Community Partnership Annual General Meeting Minutes 26th April 2017
Please note that the September 2016 meeting was cancelled due to lack of available members.
Minute Book 2015-16
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 17th June 2015
Coxhoe Community Partnership Minutes of Meeting 30th September 2015
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 25th November 2015
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 27th January 2016
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 30th March 2016
Coxhoe Community Partnership Annual General Meeting Minutes 27th April 2016
Minute Book 2014-15
Coxhoe Community Partnership Annual General Meeting and Monthly Meeting Minutes 29 April 2014
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 28 May 2014
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 30 July 2014
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 27 August 2014
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 24 September 2014
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 29 October 2014
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 26 November 2014
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 28 January 2015
Coxhoe Community Partnership Monthly Meeting Minutes 25 February 2015
Coxhoe Community Partnership AGM and Monthly Meeting Minutes 29 April 2015
Annual Report 2016-17
You can access a copy of the Partnerships latest Annual Report here:
Previous Annual Reports
You can access a copy of previous Partnership’s Annual Reports here:
The Partnership now only produces reports on an annual basis with an Annual Report which is considered at its Annual General Meeting. These reports and the minutes of our meetings are made available for consideration at meetings of Coxhoe Parish Council. we do however publish minutes of meetings and provide these to the Parish Council on a regular basis.
Previous Monthly Reports
Check out some of our previous monthly reports here:
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