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Our Annual General Meeting is to be held this Monday from 8pm to 9pm in the Mechanics Hall meeting room.  We are looking for new committee members for 2015, especially a new secretary.  The MCA is a very relaxed group focussed on improving Marsden for the benefit of all.

Agenda

  • Minutes of the 2014 AGM
  • Treasurers Report
  • Chairmans Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Plans for 2016

Our AGM is to be held at the Marsden Mechanics Institute on Thursday November the 13th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Agenda

  • The minutes of the 2013 AGM
  • Overview of 2014
  • Treasurers Report
  • Community suggestions for projects for 2015
  • Election of Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary)

The meeting is quite informal and all are welcome, there will most likely be some form of refreshments. We hope to see you there.

Find here the minutes from the 2013 AGM 2013AGMMinutes

 

 

Meet at 8pm at the Liberal club. The meeting will last 1 to 2 hours.  All are welcome.

Agenda

  • Autumn Cuckoos’s nest grant application.
  • Repair of Christmas lights and delivery to Kirklees for testing.
  • Ideas for 2014 Christmas lights.
  • Recruitment of committee members (secretary role)
  • Progress on the new MCA noticeboards on Platform 3 and at Standedge tunnel and the Park.
  • Progress on the replacement of the MCA storage compound.

Minutes from meeting attached – MCA-Minutes-September14

Meet at 8pm at the Liberal club. The meeting will last 1 to 2 hours.  All are welcome.

Agenda

  • Erection of notice boards now we have partial funding from the Cuckoo’s Nest.
  • Moving the Christmas Lights to Kirklees for annual testing.
  • Taking down the Christmas lights on the lampposts on Peel street.
  • Securing the broken panels on the storage garage
  • Progress  on the replacement garage
  • Insurance Renewal
  • Ownership of the MCA Office in the Mechanics
  • Mechanics Hall asset transfer

 

 

 

Meet at 8pm at the Liberal club. The meeting will last 1 to 2 hours.  All are welcome.

Agenda

  • Constructing a community storage facility in Marsden this Summer, from where community groups/individuals can borrow each others assets (Gazebos, Trestle Tables, Giant Cuckoos, PA systems)
  • Erection of community notice boards at platform 3 in Marsden station, at Standedge Tunnel visitor centre and in Marsden park.
  • Evaluation of Christmas Lights
  • Mechanics Hall Asset Transfer- review of draft building enlargement drawings.
  • AOB

 

 

 

The following committee meetings are open to all residents of Marsden. They will be held at 8pm at the Liberal Club. They are roughly every two months on the second Monday of the Month.

  • Monday the 10th of February
  • Monday the 7th of April (first Monday of the month)
  • Monday the 9th of June
  • Monday the 8th of September
  • Monday the 13th of October – CANCELLED
  • November (AGM) date to be decided.

You are more an welcome to attend, we usually discuss what we have done since the last meeting, what we are doing in the next two months and any other matters arising.

For the February meeting on the Agenda currently is  –

  • Evaluation of the Christmas lights
  • Constructing a storage facility for all community group’s assets (building a large shed in Marsden)
  • The Mechanics asset transfer
  • Support for the community wind project

Asset Transfer of the Marsden Mechanics Building in the Village Centre.

“There is a once in a generation opportunity for the village to take full possession of what public subscription created 150 years ago. Kirkless Council say they can no longer afford to keep the Mechanics on as a public service but have offered to assist the Marsden community in taking over full ownership of the building. A grant has been sought to commission a pre-feasibility study to explore the implications: THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS!

The Current Situation
Marsden Mechanics is a Grade II listed building, which was saved from dereliction and demolition by the people of Marsden after a long campaign. The renovated building was reopened in 1992.
The Mechanics is owned by Kirklees Council, but managed by the voluntary Marsden Mechanics Management Association on behalf of the community. The main hall, meeting room and foyer are used for all kinds of events, performances, classes and
meetings. The Mechanics is a licensed wedding venue and a popular place to hold a party. It also houses Marsden’s library and the office of the Marsden based Mikron Theatre Company.

The Threat
Kirklees Council is disposing of large parts of its property portfolio, which it can no longer afford to run and maintain. Kirklees has told the Management Association that unless the community can take over the Mechanics, it will be closed and mothballed or sold. The Council would prefer that the community takes over ownership of the building by a process known as Asset Transfer. If we don’t take ownership, the village risks losing its only community meeting place that is free from religious or political alignment, its library and the building itself, Marsden’s iconic architectural landmark.

The Opportunity
The community of Marsden, which built the Mechanics by subscription 150 years ago, has the opportunity to own the building once again. It needs modernising and, if we take ownership, there is the possibility of altering and extending the building, using adjacent land, to purpose-build more useable and flexible spaces that can generate extra income and help secure the Mechanics’ future.

Next Steps
First, we need to decide whether, as a community, we want to take on the Mechanics with its associated risks and responsibilities. If we do, we need to create a new, incorporated, body which can own, manage and sustain the Mechanics. We need to decide what the Mechanics should look like in the twenty-first century. How could we remodel its spaces to fulfil our needs? Who might occupy it? What services might be run from the building? How can we secure its financial future? Asset Transfer will be a lot of work. We will need a team of enthusiastic, creative and committed people to see the process through. Can you help us? If you can, please come along to our AGM at 7.30pm on 17 December or contact us at info@marsdenmechanics.co.uk”

Information as .PDF –  Asset Transfer Leaflet (both sides)

Our AGM will be held on November the 8th at 8pm in the Mechanics hall meeting room. The minutes from last years meeting can be found here. All Marsden residents are welcome to attend the meeting. We are looking for new active members, who want to get involved making Marsden even better.

2012 AGM Poster

Hi, If you are a resident of Marsden then this is for you. It doesn’t take long,
( Quickest A.G.M. in the Valley ), and you could be on your way to help make the changes you want in Marsden. See you there.

A4Agm2011

Clicking on, A4Agm2011, above coloured blue will download a copy to your computer.

What do you think about Marsden Mechanics Hall?

What changes are needed to make sure that everyone can use and enjoy the facilities?

Please take part in their online survey. It will only take 5 minutes. Click the button for ‘Review and Renew’.  The survey is open until Sunday 14th November and the results will be presented at an open meeting in the Mechanics Hall on Tuesday 30th November at 7.00pm.

All welcome.