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MapRA AGM 2019. Wednesday 15 May from 7pm St Gabrielís Church.
Attended by 99 members of MapRA plus 33 visitors (Council Officials, representatives of the church, local charities and other visitors)
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, presented Brentís plan for the medium term future and then responded to questions. Cllr Butt remained at the meeting throughout and contributed at times throughout the evening as appropriate.
MapRA Chair, David Freedman, thanked Sarah Broadbent the church manager and her team for the use once again of the church and wished Rev Jane Morris well in her retirement. He also paid tribute to the many people who keep MapRA and clubs running:
David invited new people to join the MapRA main committee; envisaged that try it out for couple of meetings. Pleased to see there were 3 new members nominated for committee.
Jacob Sam presented the Treasurer's report. Income was 38% higher due largely to increased film donations. Costs increased by £300 because of the expenditure on the environment meeting. Grants were made to sponsor a Cricklewood sheep, to Mapesbury Dell for permanent lighting and to the Gardens group to defray speaker expeses The deficit was £102 for the year and net assets now £101 lower at £5,792.
A question was raised about why did MapRA keep such a large balance; it should be used for community project. In answer David Freedman stated that we were keen to spend money of projects that benefitted the community but we had to exercise proper care as this was membersí money. David welcomes suggestions from members.
Election of Officers. The chair, Treasurer and Organising secretary were elected unopposed.
Election of Committee. The existing committee were re-elected with the addition of Peter Chambers, Steve Iliffe and Jan Knight See link to full committee
In the unavoidable absence of speaker from local police, the meeting was thrown open to anyone with issues to raise. Several suggestions were made to contribute to the Brent Borough of Culture 2020; celebrating local notables in some way; music and dance involving especially young people. Several people raised the issue of 110 Walm lane
Before and after the AGM and discussion, members and guest visited stalls staffed by Brent Council; MapRA and other organisations: Link to Stalls
Brent will be the 2020 Borough of Culture and we welcome suggestions from members as to how Mapesbury can contribute to this event.
Gardening Club table with plants at AGM
Membership of MapRA costs £5.00 per calendar year (£2 concession). Members are however encouraged to pay for five years membership.
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