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An unusual Trust Annual General Meeting

         he 50th Annual General     Raymond felt another benefit                                                 should be a more reactive and   interesting  questions  about
      TMeeting of the Hampstead   of lockdown was the opportunity                                                productive strategy in place.  areas where the Trust’s remit is
      Garden Trust was a very    to be better able to appreciate                                                 Simon Henderson, the new   limited by its Articles of
      different affair from previous   our Suburb, and how lucky we                                              CEO of the Trust, said the Trust   Association and the Scheme of
      years. It was the first AGM for   are to live in it. He reflected on                                       recognises the problem and has   Management. On crime the Trust
      the new Chairman of the Trust,  the shared objective of the Trust                                          guidance in place, which is   has worked with the police on
      Raymond Taylor, who found   and residents to preserve it. He                                               interpreted and explained on a   guidance on roads, hedges, alarms
      himself speaking to  camera   went on to thank his fellow                                                  case-by-case basis. The Trust   and  boundaries.  All matters
      using the now ubiquitous Zoom   trustees and committee volunteers                                          welcomes information on hedges   concerning  roads  are  the
      platform instead of to the usual   for their work and the time they                                        from residents but does not enforce   responsibility of Barnet council.
      real life audience in the hall of   give. He also thanked the Trust                                        cases of historic lost hedges or   Changes  for  environmental
      the Henrietta Barnett School.  staff for their work in maintaining                                         disputes between neighbours.  reasons such as solar roof panels
         Trust members had to forgo   the smooth operation of the                                                   Emma Howard put a question   are subject to the usual controls.
      their convivial half an hour of   Trust in lockdown.                                                       about the impact of electric cars   The final question concerning
      chat and drinks, and this might   Before the meeting approved                                              and their charging. Some residents   allotments  came from Emma
      explain the relatively low   the report and accounts, Ira                                                  apply for consent for chargers   Howard who, given the lack of
      attendance of around 60 members   Gaberman asked about the                                                 and others do not, but the Trust   available plots, wanted to know
      compared to the at least double   proportions of spending on   himself with a short statement.   The proposals talk of stream-  would like everyone to speak to   if plots are being fully used and
      that  number  who  attend  the   overheads, including staff, and   He told us he had been living in   lining, growth, renewal and   them first. There are problems   communal work is being done.
      usual meetings.            projects and improvements. We   the Suburb for 30 years.   protection. The expectation in   for residents with no driveway   Many plot holders are shielding
         Raymond started the meeting   were given a breakdown of the   As in previous years, questions   Proposal 11 is for design guidance   and Barnet has no rules or   or self-isolating at the moment
      by saying it had been an eventful   costs and it was explained how   were then welcomed from   and codes to be prepared with   guidance; the Trust is looking at   and site secretaries usually know
      year – at his first meeting with   the nature of the Trust’s work   members under AOB, which   community involvement, which   the issue.  There have been no   where this is the case and should
      the Trust manager, Nick Packard,  affected this.      began with Peter McCluskie   is welcome. Proposal 17 concerns   applications  for  solar  charging   be contacted with any queries.
      Nick announced he would be    The meeting then moved   asking about any concerns   conserving  and  enhancing  installations, but, as roofs are   The Chairman then closed
      resigning!  Then  of  course  the   on to the election of trustees.  regarding the recent government   historic buildings and areas.  protected, there is a general   the meeting, hoping it had
      arrival of coronavirus meant a   This year there was only one   white paper on planning reform.  Energy  efficiency is  dealt  with   presumption against roof panels.  been a worthwhile experience
      complete overhaul of how the   candidate for the position being   Alison Blom-Cooper, the trustee   in Proposal 18, which looks for   Ira Gaberman apologised   for all of us, and that, hopefully
      Trust ran its day-to-day operations.  vacated by David White, who   appointed by the Royal Town   ambitious  improvements  and   for asking multiple questions   in time, we would be able to
      Like many organisations, the   was thanked for his contribution   Planning  Institute,  remarked   means the Trust will be looking   but wanted to know more about   meet in person. It will be very
      Trust has had to adapt to remote   after completing his two three   that it is more of a green paper   at sustainability guidelines.  the Trust’s scope for action on   welcome if we are able to revert
      working but this should bring   year terms. The candidate, Trevor   and that, as always, the devil is   Martin Fleishman then asked   issues concerning crime, roads   to an AGM in real life next time.
      long term benefits by reducing   Price, was therefore elected   in the detail, and in this case   about damaged and missing   and the environment. Simon   Only time will tell.
      costs and increasing efficiency.  unopposed and he introduced   there is no detail.  hedges and felt that there   Henderson said these were         TERRY BROOKS

             Central Film School photo-shoot                                                   Free Church Harvest Festival
                              at the Orchard                                                             foodbank collection

                                                                                         he Free Church has been   Thanksgiving – we collect for   of foodstuffs, toiletries and other
                                                                                      Tsupporting the Trussell Trust   Homeless Action in Barnet.   useful items. Thanks everyone,
                                                                                      backed Foodbank operating out   This year, thanks to generous   but remember, food poverty is
                                                                                      of Colindale for nearly 10 years   donations from church members   always with us, so please continue
                                                                                      with weekly collections. But for   and the wider community we   to support your local foodbanks.
                                                                                      one week in the year – Harvest   had the largest ever collection     IAN TUTTON  SHELLEY-ANNE SALISBURY

         fter carrying out robust   Society’s gardens as  a location   so  much  that  he brings  home
      A  basic and Covid-19 related   for their film Goodbye Grandma.  an elderly lady from a care
      risk assessments The Central Film   A heart-warming story about a   home and presents her to his
      School were granted permission   man  who  has  just  lost  his   family as the ‘new grandmother’.
      to use the Orchard Housing   elderly mother and misses her   The story is about grief, loneliness
                                                            and the love we all need to share.
                                                            Tenants were offered a chance
                                                            to be extras in the film. It was a
                                                            thoroughly enjoyable experience.
                                                                       BEATRICE BOUSSARD

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                                                            A Shout out for… Dennis, HGS’s Town Keeper
                                                            Dennis has been keeping Market Place spick and span for almost a year now since
                                                            Emma Howard, RA Chair, persuaded Barnet Council to provide someone to look after
                                                            the area. I spotted him recently in his yellow high vis jacket outside Sherrards whilst
                                                            he was taking a quick tea break and persuaded him to pose for a photo for Suburb
                                                            News. Thank you Dennis for all your hard work!            11495
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