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Hazlemere Memorial Hall

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by admin

The Clerk

Hazlemere Parish Council

Cedar Barn

Barn Lane

Hazlemere

HIGH WYCOMBE

HP15 7BQ

30th January 2016

 

Dear Ali,

Concerns re governance of the Hazlemere Memorial Hall CIO by the present Trustees

At a recent meeting of representatives from 5 of our member clubs, it was unanimously agreed that we would write an open letter to express our serious concerns about the current governance of the above community asset by the present Trustees of the CIO.

Our understanding is that the primary object of the Trust, as set out in Clause 3.1 of the CIO constitution, obliges the Trustees to perform an important duty, namely:

“the provision and maintenance of a community centre for the use of the inhabitants of Hazlemere and the surrounding areas, including use for meetings, lectures, classes and other forms of recreation and leisure-time occupation, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants”

We see hardly any evidence that the present Trustees are fulfilling this important responsibility. The 1st floor area is now dominated by a commercial day-care nursery business (Little Cherubs), who has now taken over the former function room completely and parts of the kitchen. These facilities were previously enjoyed by the inhabitants of Hazlemere, under our supervision, up until December 2014, i.e. the primary object was being fulfilled in the period 2010-2014.

The removal of the bar in this room, with the floor area now filled up with Little Cherubs play equipment and furniture, means that it is totally impractical for the inhabitants of Hazlemere to benefit from this wonderful community facility any more. The Trustees may seek to justify that it’s still possible to hire out rooms, but a huge amount of Council money has been spent on accommodating Little Cherubs, thereby ruining this facility for the community with serious consequences for several of our sports clubs (see summary overleaf).

How can the present parish council justify that a community building, built and paid for by the people of Hazlemere (to quote your former Chairman, Brian Mapletoft), is now being monopolised by a commercial business that probably benefits no more than 20 parents who live in Hazlemere?

 We call on the Parish Council to take whatever steps it can to remove the present Trustees for their failure to fulfil their duties towards the intended beneficiaries, as defined in the Trust document.

We also consider that a clear conflict of interest has arisen whereby the present Trustees are failing to act in an independent manner, as they are required to do by the Charities Commission. They are just continuing to pursue the unpopular and thoroughly discredited policies of our former parish council on which all three of them served; policies which have no genuine regard for the primary object of the trust.

In closing this letter, we would like to draw councillors’ attention to some of the serious consequences that these policies have created for the sporting community of Hazlemere:

  • Our Bowls Club has suffered a significant decline in numbers. Over the past 12 months, individuals have defected to other local clubs, mainly because the club is now seriously constrained when playing home matches against other clubs. The reason for this is that they no longer have a suitable or practical facility to entertain opponents afterwards. There is a very real danger that our Bowls Club could be forced to close in 2016.
  • Our adult Football Club has also lost players to other local teams such as Holmer Green and Penn & Tylers Green, all of whom have the benefit of a sports pavilion and a bar. Our football club has been waiting for a response from the Trustees since June 2015 to outline the terms they propose to allow them to run a bar at weekends during the football season. This unnecessary delay suggests to us that the present Trustees have no real desire to let this happen.
  • Our junior Football Club cannot afford to hire the kitchen in the building to provide tea, coffee and hot food on Saturday mornings. Holy Trinity Church no longer benefits from an annual donation of around £400 from the income this used to generate. Club meetings and Christmas party events are no longer held as the venue has lost its ‘social feel’.
  • Our Tennis Club can no longer hold club functions, committee meetings or enjoy post-match teas as they used to do when the building was operated primarily as a sports pavilion, as was intended when the building first opened in 2010.
  • Our Croquet Club has been forced to apply for planning permission to build their own club house facility on Wycombe District Council Land at their own expense.
  • Our fledgling Cricket Club did not play any home matches in the Summer of 2015 since again they did not have a bar facility to use after games.
  • The High Wycombe Columbarian Society has been forced to find another home at Holmer Green Sports Association.

It’s abundantly clear that the only beneficiaries of this important asset are Little Cherubs and that the correct beneficiaries, i.e. the inhabitants of Hazlemere, have been left with just a few crumbs under the Little Cherubs table.

We urge the present council to take the necessary action to recover our Community Asset and seek to replace the present Trustees with individuals willing to fulfil their CIO responsibilities with full and proper regard for their primary object. Should you feel it necessary, we have no objection to this letter being passed onto the present 3 Trustees.

Please note that we will consider writing to the Charities Commission and other relevant bodies if we do not get a satisfactory response from the parish council to the concerns of our 600 plus members.

Yours sincerely,

Russell Thomas

HSA Trustee

Tennis

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Tennis Courts

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Tennis Courts

Hazlemere Fete 2017

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by admin

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For further information about the history of the annual fete, please click here.

Summer Charity Concert in Hazlemere

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 by admin

Charity ConcertClick on the image to enlarge.

Croquet Club – Grand Opening of New lawns

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by admin

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Games Night

Posted on: January 5th, 2014 by admin

Friday night is Games Night, with a chance to win a cash prize for those who like playing poker. Darts and table tennis are on offer too. Our next event is Friday 7 March 2014 from 8pm onwards in our Lounge Bar. Guests are always welcome (entry to the club is free, but there is a £5 fee if you want to play poker).

Contact Mo Zouine on 07810 361583 for more details, or simply turn up on the night.

Smiffys Football Fun Day

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by admin

A charity event worthy of plenty of support is taking place on Saturday 4th July at Hazlemere Recreation Ground.

Organised by several of our HSA members, there will be a 12-hour football match taking place between 8am and 8pm and you can either play in this or just come along to support the event. All proceeds are going to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity in memory of the late Steve Smith.

Smiffy's FFD 2015

Many of you will have known Steve, many of you will not have.  Steve was part of the first ever HT Juniors sides when just a handful of children played at the C of E school.  At the age of 15 he was then part of the first Hazlemere Sports FC adult side.  He played for the club every season.  He became an integral part of the team and could be seen regularly behind the bar (see picture below) as well as being club treasurer.

Following being diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, Steve sadly passed away in June 2013.  He had begun to arrange a 12 hour football match to raise money for beating bowel cancer.

With the help of his friends and family an annual Smiffy’s Football Fun Day is held at the rec.  This year’s event will take place on the 4th July.

For more information or to book a slot, please click on the flyer above or email Sean Day  at seanday1982@gmail.com

Please lend your support and be part of this special day.

RIP Steve Smith A truly great guy.

RIP Steve Smith
A truly great guy

Race Night

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 by admin

Fancy a Flutter to help raise money for a great cause?

Then join us at our next HSA race night which is now on Saturday 26th October, starting at 7pm. There will be a minimum of 6 races for you to have a bet on, which will be shown on our big screen. We are also offering you the chance in advance  for you to own your own horse and give it a humorous name in one of the races for only £5. There will be a cash prize for the winning owner after each race and your name will appear in the race night programme. Contact us now if you want to buy/own a horse.

Entry is free, so please email us at info@hsal.co.uk to reserve your place at this fun event and/or purchase a horse to ‘own’. This event is also open to non-members. All profits from this event will be donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity in memory of our great friend and colleague Steve Smith.

HTJ Golf Day

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by admin

The 2017 Holy Trinity Golf Day will be held on Friday  14 July at Hazlemere Golf Club.

Once again players will compete for the Ted Rayner Memorial Cup. We welcome players of any standard whether you’re a single figure or a 28 handicapper.

We start around midday and you can reserve your place by sending an email to alancecil54@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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