Leigh on Mendip Recreation Field Management Committee

Minutes of meeting held on 16 March 2015


Present: Vicky Higgins, Julian Back, Alan Dagger, David Pattison

Apologies: Vanessa Barnes, Anthea Brooks, Trevor Wells,

1.    The minutes of the meetings held on 9 Feb were agreed and signed.

2.    VB and  MB have been removed from the register, and from the Charity Commission website, and they have been informed.


3.    Adrian Smith has asked a colleague for quote for the drawings for the application (including the new shed), and the estimate is is £175-£225, which should cover all work required; the larger amount would cover an amendment to the drawing if required. DP and VH had asked them to proceed on that basis.  This was agreed.

4.    We will need details of the shed.  The Cricket Club had agreed that it should be rendered blockwork, with a pitched steel roof, steel(?) door, guttering, soak away, concrete pad.   DP had contacted the cricket club, who had nominated Steve Willis to agree details as necessary.

5.    AS had spoken to a tree specialist, who had agreed to do the work at cost (approx £200) including discussion with the MDC tree officer. 

6.    We still need another estimate.  DP would try.                                                         Action DP

7.    Awards for All and grant application – on hold 

8.    Ralph & Irma Sperring application still to be tackled.

9.    Materials.

a.    VH had an offer from Whatley – 40t 803 aggregate free 40t tarmac (2 varieties) for about £2k, all including delivery.

b.    VH had spoken to Hans Johnson re Wainwrights and the 800t of “dirt”.  Hans reported that it is a bad time to ask. 

c.    DP to check on the discrepancy in quantity of dirt required.                           Action DP

10. Crimebeat had asked for their grant back as it had not been spent in the FY  Action VH/VB


11. Playground

a.    Tiles around both swings cleaned again.  Sealant when dry                        Action ALL

12. Guttering at rear of clubhouse is broken.  VH to identify the make/type.             Action VH

13. Rear of clubhouse needs ivy/bramble removal.                                                       Action DP

14.  Wooden Engine repairs.  Davis Sparkes has offered a telegraph pole, due to be removed when his house is rebuilt.                                                                                                             Action AD

15. N Playground gate fixed.

16. Changing room corridor needs painting.  Emulsion done.  Gloss to do.             Action VH

17.  Area by closed off door has been cleared out, but the doorway needs sealing/rebuilding. Tables & chairs in disabled toilet to be relocated asap.  Agreed to ask CC to do in parallel with shed build.                                                                                                                                     

18. The ramp is not held in place when down, and can fall off the door step.  It was agreed to investigate locating pins/other methods.                                                                                       Action DP

19. Boiler fixed

20. The main goals posts are approaching the end of their life.  New ones cost £100 to buy.  Grant awards are only available for new projects, not replacing existing ones.  VH proposed to ask Duo (ex LJH) if they could help.  If not, Derek Robinson is in the steelwork business.  Vicky Taylor will speak to Duo again this week.                                                                                                Action VH

21. Hedge cutting done.                                                                                                      Action JB

22. Gravel had been applied to the slope inside the small gate, but there had been a further incident.  No affordable and effective solution was apparent.  It was agreed that vulnerable people should be encouraged to use the main gate, especially at night.

23. Post meeting note: oil front door hinges                                                                    Action DP

24. Post meeting note: Get new filter for hoover                                                             Action ??


25.  Season now over.  Pitch had been available in good condition for every game – thanks to Frank!                                                                                                                                    


26. Standing Order is £36 per month.  Meter was read :























Usage KWhr











Should cost £ (16p/KWhr + 25p/day)












27. It was agreed to buy a safe for the treasurer to keep petty cash and valuable documents.                                                                                                                                        Action VB

28. Cricket warning signs by the playground are in place. VH has sent the invoice to the PC.

Cricket Club  Nil

Fund Raising 

29. Bonus Club.  Feb winners were Chris & Anna Higgins (paid) and  Tom & Lucia Kemp.                                                                                                                                           Action DP






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30. Print scorecards if necessary (DP).  Raffle prizes required. Set up 7.00 start 7.30.


31. Current plans are: No dog show.  Disco rather than  barn dance.  Rec planning to do parking, gates, bars again. Awaiting quarry decision on marquee.

Health & Safety.

32. DP had twice contacted Chubb re fire extinguisher maintenance, will chase again.                                                                                                                                                 Action DP

Regular Items

33. Weekly safety inspection:    VH did in Feb.                                                               Action: VH

34. Emergency lighting, smoke alarms, CO detector and accident book checked.  All OK.                                                                                                                                              Action DP

35. Report for Parish Magazine-  Bonus Club, Whist, AGM, football.                        Action DP

36. Check Monthly list of jobs:.   AGM April.  Check First Aid Box (done, needs a few plasters)                                                                                                                                      Action DP

Any Other Business

37. Charity Commission - update done

38. Rec had been offered an oak tree – it was agreed to accept.                                Action DP

39. It may be possible to make a small goal from scaffolding poles owned by John Davis.  Agreed to go ahead.                                                                                                                              Action DP

40. Somerset Wildlife Trust Wild Flower Meadow project.  There is a presentation on 24 February at 6pm to 7.30pm with buffet about the project in Stoke and Leigh at the Earth Science Centre in Stoke.  AB will be attending as Parish Clerk, VH, JB and DP also volunteered.  DP to find out what time.  Possibly to get Jake Chant to come to the Rec Field and have a look.               Action AB

41. 2 Non return valves are required for the gas cylinders.  VH was authorised to buy them, at around £20ea.                                                                                                                              Action VH

42. Gambling act registration done. Receipt passed to VB via VH.                             Action DP


AGM Mon 13 April at 7.30 at the rec, normal meeting to follow