Successful public meeting at the Green Man 29/03/11

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The Old Barn Action Group had a really good turn out at the public meeting that we held at the Green Man on Tuesday night (29/03/11), 18 members turned up to discuss how we are going to move the campaign forward.

Will Hudson fed back about our successful Open Day outside the Old Barn (13/03/11), revealing that over 100 people attended and most of them have signed up to support the group. Will talked about the next stage which is to submit a mass membership application to join the Old Barn, and the possible outcomes that could follow.

It is hoped that current occupiers of the Old Barn will come to their senses and work with the Old Barn Action Group and local residents to resolve what is going on. The main aim of the Old Barn Action Group is to get the Old Barn back for the benefit of local people. In the meantime we need to document everything that is happening, and present our findings to the Charity Commission, Barnet Council, the Police and other local authorities. Hopefully Barnet Council will act soon. If that fails then direct action and a legal challenge may be the final way forward.

Will went through the questionnaire results which reveal that residents want to see a diverse range of events and activities taking place at the Old Barn.

Mark Healey (Centre Manager of the Green Man Community Centre) talked about the longer term plan, to prepare and develop the Old Barn Action Group so that it is ready to take over the building once the situation at the Old Barn is resolved. It is planned that the Old Barn Action Group will evolve into the new “Old Barn Community Trust”. It was agreed that the new organisation needs to learn from the mistakes of the old organisation and ensure that the right people are selected to take it forward. What we need to do now is work out a business plan and strategy for the management and development of the Old Barn – and have some clear policy and procedures ready to put in place.

The meeting then divided into two working groups; the first looking at the governance of the group and the second looking at setting up an events working group. Both groups then fed back.

The eight aims of the group were formally and unanimously agreed, and it was agreed to go ahead with the mass membership application. The meeting also confirmed that Will Hudson, Maureen Clemetson and Mr Ahmed have their support to continue acting as trustees for the group (a fourth trustee was also nominated and agreed)

To help raise funds for the group it was proposed that each member contributes £5, and £70 in subs and donations was raised. A bank account will be opened by the Trustees. The meeting closed at 9.30 with an expression of thanks to the Green Man Community Centre for hosting the meeting.

Next meeting Tuesday 10th May 2011 7.30pm Green Man.

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