Our next open meeting will be next week on the Monday the 14th of September at 8pm in the Liberal club. We will be throwing around ideas for the 2015 Christmas lights (my children are demanding some Minecraft based designs). There are also updates on our other projects and news on any new projects starting up.

The meetings are open to all Marsden residents and we warmly greet new volunteers, the meetings last 1.5 hours.

AGENDA

  • Ideas and planning for the 2015 Christmas lights
  • Progress on the Community storage shed
  • Autumn application to the Cuckoos Nest
  • Location of the remaining MCA notice board
  • Any other business
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Two more noticeboards have gone up in Marsden, and the final one will up shortly. This will bring the total to four. Their locations are –

1) Marsden Railway Station – Platform 1
2) Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre
3) Marsden Park
4) TBC

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To place a notice in the noticeboards drop off up to 4 copies at Marsden Library. We will collect them on a Saturday and place them in the noticeboards – normally they will be kept up for a month.

Thanks to grants from Cuckoos nest and One Community and Freinds of Marsden Park for part funding this project.

Here are this years committee meetings. They 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 9th of February
  • Monday the 13th of April
  • Monday the 8th of June
  • Monday the 14th of September
  • November (AGM) date to be decided.

You are more than 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 2014’s Christmas lights we are going to make up a gallery of beetles, wood lice, flies, spiders, butterflies, wasps, bees, caterpillars, mites, centipedes, earwigs, snails, slugs or any undiscovered species you can think up.

Print off an entry form Here. Or just use a scrap of paper. The easiest designs for us to copy use coloured lines so try and avoid colouring in sections. Your design will be made up on giant steel frames. If you prefer you can turn the frame around to lay on its side. Our favourite 10 designs will be put up on Peel Street for the switch-on on Saturday December the 6th

Entries can be dropped off at the Junior school or at Marsden Library. Entries must be in by Saturday the 22nd of November, though the sooner your entry is received the more likely it is to be made up.

 

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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

 

 

Due to our long time secretary John leaving for Northumberland we urgently require a secretary on the committee.

The duties of the role are –

  1. Collect and respond to emails and  letters sent to our to our office in the Mechanics.
  2. Take minutes at our quarterly meeting and upload digital versions to our archive and website.
  3. Vote on ideas and actions to be carried out by the MCA

This is about 1 to 2 hours work per fornight. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about ideas to improve Marsden and wants to get involved in carrying them out.

If you are interested and would like to meet the committee then please email marsden.community.association@gmail.com or come to one of our quarterly open meetings.

 

 

In the last year we acquired a small dilapidated shed. We have obtained permission from the owners to demolish it and erect a much larger structure. The new shed will be 10m x 4m. Our plan is allow all volunteer groups in Marsden to store and share their assets from it. Access is to be via a keypad.

Kirklees have now given planning permission for the larger shed –

http://www2.kirklees.gov.uk/business/planning/application_search/detail.aspx?id=2014/92037

We hope to raise the £4000 to £6000 required to build the new shed in the next year.

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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

This weekend we ran a small project to brighten up the meeting room in the Mechanics institute.  Volunteers dug out some archive material regarding the saving of the building in the 1980s. We found a set of A3 prints which we framed and put up on a blank wall.

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The government is holding a public consutlation regarding the Northern and TransPennine rail franchises –

Manchester Piccadilly railway station on 3 July 2014 at 4pm.

Leeds railway station on 9 July 2014 at 4pm.

“The North of England has a population of 15 million and accounts for around 25% of the national economy. Rail has a major role to play in helping the North of England meet its economic potential. By connecting the North of England’s major centres, supporting commuters and businesses, and reflecting the needs of social and leisure markets, the railway supports the wider economic prosperity of the region. It also provides an important link to Scotland.

More and more passengers are using the railways in the North of England, and the recent increases in journey numbers are forecast to continue. Combined with the major investment in railway infrastructure undertaken by Network Rail, the forthcoming re-letting of the Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises represents a significant opportunity to transform rail travel for the increasing number of passengers in the North of England. 

The two franchises need to be affordable to the taxpayer, as well as offer value for money to the fare paying passenger. So the challenge is to best match the available resources to the journeys passenger want to make, whilst identifying opportunities to make services more attractive. Innovation and partnership working will also be vital in making the improvements to service levels and facilities that passengers want to see.

This consultation document is therefore seeking views on how best to balance our aspiration for a railway that supports the expected growth and delivers the economic benefits it is capable of, whilst at the same time being an affordable proposition with focused and targeted use of resources. We welcome your views.”

Consultation document –

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/320806/northern-transpennine-consultation.pdf

Full Details of the consultation –

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises