ACT MINUTES -
9th October 2014
Present: Tessa Sayers, Jacqueline Barras,
George Walton, Violet Currie, Alison Sharpe,
William Rowntree, Lorna Budge.
Apologies: Chris Sayers
Matters arising from previous minutes:
Candle lit evening at Vicarage went well. ACT
still to decide whether they will hold a similar
event in the Village Hall Garden.
Tessa has had an article published in the
Pelican publicizing the events ACT has held in
the Village. It is hoped this might bring along
new members to ACT, and encourage more people to
come along to events. It was agreed to repeat
this in larger format in a few months time and
produce a poster at the same time.
Violet explained that when the Guyzance room was
built modern insulation was installed which
results in some sound being bounced back.
However, the only solution to this is to install
a suspended ceiling or baffles which would prove
very costly. Sloping walls are not suitable for
hanging things on as suggested in last ACT
meeting. It was agreed that the acoustics in the
room was not a problem when there were a large
number of people present.
Treasurers Report: Violet expressed
thanks to Sharon Thorpe for compiling the
treasurers report. Copy of report held with
these minutes. The only matter outstanding is
the rent for Monday tea/coffee afternoon. Violet
mentioned the need to appoint new signatories in
respect of the ACT Bank Account as the existing
signatories John Armitage, Barbara King and
Sharon Thorpe are no longer members of the ACT
committee. It has been agreed that the new
signatories will be Tessa Sayers [Chairperson]
Violet Currie [Treasurer] and Lorna Budge
Sports Club: Recommenced on Friday 5th
September. Numbers attending varies week to week
between 10 and 20.
Tea/Coffee afternoon: There has been a
mixed response to the club, there has been up to
eight people attending and as few as two. People
seem to enjoy dipping in and out but are not
able to attend every week. Tessa said that
although ACT can help fund the group whilst it
gets off the ground this is not sustainable on a
long term basis. Violet reported that the
Village Hall Committee had agreed to help ACT
meet the cost of the rent for the club on a
short term basis. ACT expressed their thanks for
this. The whole Committee agreed that these
afternoons were a good idea and it would be a
shame if they could not continue due to lack of
funds it was agreed that ACT would review the
costs involved at next meeting. In the meantime
several suggestions were made:
• Hold less frequently perhaps once a month,
however agreed to remain weekly for time being
• Posters and flyers everyone welcome might
encourage school parents to pop in
• Bring and Buy table to raise extra funds
• Cut down to one hour for time being 2-3pm
• Encourage people to bring knitting or other
• Encourage people who attend to take ownership
of the Club and bring along their ideas.
• Book Stall
• Make a weekly charge £1.50
• ACT could hold a fund raising event to
specifically boost funds for club.
Collectors Fair: 23rd November 2014.
Alison reported that people had started to book
• Event has been advertised in the Pelican
• Open between 12-4
• Displays to be set up earlier
• Free entrance
• Charge for refreshments
• Posters to be put up
World War one Exhibition 9th November 2014:
Alison was approached by June Watson to ask if
she could bring an exhibition previously shown
in Warkworth to Acklington Village Hall. It has
been agreed that ACT will provide refreshments
and a donation of part of the profits will be
passed to the Royal British Legion. As ACT
Committee members will be attending Remembrance
services earlier in the day refreshments will
not commence until 1:30pm.
Ceilidh: Tessa has been in touch with 2
bands Reel to Reel however they are not
available in December.
Whistling Sheep are a group of young people
based in Ponteland and have a caller. They
charge £250-£300. Tessa will contact them and
arrange a booking for February or March 2015.
Burns Supper: 24 January 2015
Bill suggested booking Sister Act who recently
played in the Village Hall at a party, for an
To be put on agenda early 2015 book
entertainment for Hogmany 2015.
Date next meeting: 20th November 2014