Emeral to enjoy ice creams, the rain now falling forcefully from an overcast so thick it was tricky to read a menu.
a concert in the evening of singing from the choir of Ano Korakiana’s fellow village, Kinopiastes Κυνοπιάστες, and after bowls of chicken soup and toast, we walked down to the lower road and joined a busy chatty audience in the spacious upper room of the Co-op Συνεταιρισμός, greeting people we knew, being edged, by a welcoming Dr Savannis, from a preferred place at the back to seats in front next to Pappa Kostas. Among such people in such a setting my natural rancour utterly dissolves and I feel relaxed and content amid community chatter, sheltered in the flock.
|(Photo: Thanassis Spingos)|
In the night we woke to a prolonged storm – constant rain drumming about the house, spattering off the large leaves of the neighbour’s fig tree, pouring over the edges of gutters, splashing on the concrete alley, a constant rumble of thunder far and near, lightning flickering through the louvres, lighting the darkened house.
Scutigera coleoptrata) which has 15 pairs of legs that are longer than most centipedes. It's a predator of household pests e.g. cockroaches etc so generally considered a useful critter to have around.'
I have been tidying up the minutes of the last meeting of Handsworth Helping Hands, asking Lin to fill in blanks in my notes from memory. Getting ready for our next meeting later in the month.
“It’s going to be an effort to get my head round all this. I can’t remember anything”
16 August’12, 1900 at 34 Beaudesert Road
Present: Simon Baddeley, Linda Baddeley, John Rose, Denise Forsyth, Charles Bate, Mike Tye (Chair) and (guest) Nic Reid - Principal Operations Manager Perry Barr Depot
2. Consultation with Nick Reid (This item taken first so NR could get away): The Chair welcomed Nic Reid (Principal Operations Manager Perry Barr Depot, Fleet and Waste Management, Environment & Culture Directorate 0121 303 1975, 07920 750 213). LB’s summary of the discussion with Nic, with action points for review at our next meeting, is attached to these minutes...
3. Approve minutes for 12 Jul 2012: Read and approved.
4. Finance: LB reported that HHH have opened a new account at Unity Bank; that they will provide pre-loaded £200 cash cards. £1000 has been deposited in Handsworth Helping Hand’s (HHH) account at Unity Bank. Public liability insurance has been renewed with a company recommended by the Bank who specialise in social enterprise, providing cover on tools and vehicle, giving us five times greater public liability cover. Our vehicle insurance has been changed to HHH (instead of CHPCP) using the Beaudesert Road address. As agreed at our last meeting we have spent £12 to provide a package of tea/coffee/biscuits for staff at the Park compound. SB has been paid £20.51 for printing ink. We have not yet cancelled CHPCP’s account at Barclays, on the assumption that some cheques may yet be paid in that name.
We are looking for a good place to invest the cash we hold, other than HHH’s working capital.
5. Community Chest grant: SB went over the conditions of the CCG awarded us for 2012-13, including insurance, and guarantees of our compliance with employee legislation, statement of account for 2011-12 and transparency. SB has answered all questions when completing our ‘Condition of Grant Aid’ form. As helping vulnerable people with securing their properties, window, door and gate locks, etc, is one of our aims, it was agreed to meet with local police in late October to get more information regarding security in 'at risk' areas.
6. Policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: In connection with the conditions of grant, a draft policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults has been circulated to all HHH committee and submitted to Yvonne Wager. On approval this was attached, as required, to our Community Chest Condition of Grant Aid form submitted to Ken Brown, District Ward Officer.
7. Jobs: On 18 July there was the first of several hours' work over three days to clear and tidy the back and front garden of CMAT in Grosvenor Road and take green waste away for disposal. On 19 July the van was used to carry a gazebo and a table as part of the Cultivation to Consumption event at the Victoria Jubilee Allotments run by Aftab Rahman of Legacy WM and SB (add to this when approving minutes)
8. Training: It was agreed to decide on this at our next meeting.
9. AOB: Member of the community was criticized on local radio by a Cabinet member of BCC for ‘advancing’ his recycling box, having been informed by the council service it would be emptied over the weekend. The citizen would like a public apology from the relevant Cabinet member. This is relevant because the person concerned is a member of HHH which is publicly committed to tidying streets and encouraging responsible recycling.
10. Next meeting: 1900, Thu 25 Oct 2012 at 34 Beaudesert Rd.