Agenda and minutes

Newcastle-under-Lyme Almshouse Charity - Wednesday, 21st November, 2012 2.00 pm

Venue: Reception Room 4 - Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2AG. View directions

Contact: Louise Stevenson ext. 2250 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Mr Nick Butler and Mrs Sylvia Butler.


Appointment of Chair


RESOLVED:                        That Councillor Mrs Williams be appointed as Chair for the ensuing year.


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest received.


Minutes of a Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 31 KB

To agree as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2011.


RESOLVED:                        That the minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2011 be agreed as a correct record.


Update from the Chair of the Committee

To receive a verbal update on developments at the Almshouses in the last twelve months.


The Chair reported that there were currently no problems with the Almshouses. There was a vacancy at 21 Mayer Avenue, but unfortunately a suitable tenant had not yet been found. The vacant property was of a good standard and would be a comfortable home for the right tenant.


The tenants were visited regularly by the Trustees and had been informed to call the Chair or Trustees should they encounter any problems.


The Trustees wished to provide planters for the gardens and it was confirmed they would be able to apply to the Community Chest for funding. There was also the possibility that a ramp would need to be provided for one of the end almshouses.


Report of the Treasurer pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Additional documents:


The report of the Treasurer was received by the Trustees. Members raised a query regarding the expenditure on electricity. This was the electricity bill for the vacant almshouse which the Charity were obliged to pay.


Finance officers advised that the finances were in a good position and there was the funds available to purchase planters and a ramp should the Trustees wish to.


The Trustees requested that the contributions to external bodies be clarified. Depending upon the nature of the payments they may wish to stop them.


There was also discussion regarding the weekly maintenance contribution and it was agreed that this would be increased to £55.00 from £50.50.


RESOLVED:                        (a) That the weekly maintenance contribution be increased to £55.00.


(b) That the nature of the contributions to external bodies be clarified.


Any other Business


It was agreed that cheques for £20 would be sent to the residents as Christmas gifts. It was suggested that Aspire be approached with regard to a representative sitting on the Committee as they would have expertise in housing and a broader knowledge base.


RESOLVED:                        That £20 cheques be sent to the residents as a Christmas gift.