The next meeting of the Council will be held on Thursday 4th August 2016 at Gresford Trust Memorial Hall at 7.15pm
New Village Feature!
Thanks to a Grant from the Community Council, Keep Wales Tidy and IMAGE's fundraising in aid of the Village Improvement Plan, IMAGE has established some new planters and bench by the C.C. notice board in Gresford.
As the trees and bedding plants become established, we hope that this will develop into an attractive feature for the village. We have already seen people resting on the bench on several occasions , and a Mum and her child were having a picnic there on a Sunday morning!
Special thanks must go to Elton Watson, Senior Tree Officer of WCBC who advised us and helped us considerably in realising this project.
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DANGEROUS PARKING OUTSIDE THE SHOPS IN GRESFORD
This problem is of increasing concern to pedestrians and drivers and has been a challenge for the Community Council for many years.
The village has a plan that will make it safer but it will not increase parking spaces and is very costly. The area in front of the shops up to the footpath is owned by businesses not the local authority. We welcome any suggestions that you may have. Please join in the discussion thread on our FORUM.
GRESFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL congratulates all those people dedicated to the success of Gresford Trust, a jewel in our community! GREAT NEWS!!!
Gresford and District War Memorial Community Centre Trust
serving the community of Gresford, Marford and surrounding district is awarded
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, for 2016
Gresford Trust, a voluntary group in Gresford which works to manage extensive social and recreational facilities for the benefit of the local community, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognize outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Gresford Trust provides a centre for social activities in Gresford. Committed volunteer Trustees successfully manage four community buildings, 18 acres of recreation land including tennis courts, bowling greens, cricket and football pitches, and independent of Local Authority funding.
The Trust’s mission statement is ‘Run by the village for the village’.
The Memorial Hall is used by local groups for a variety of activities including the village playgroup, local craft, art and chess groups, W.I. indoor bowls, the retirement club and for Gresford Community Council Meetings. A second building houses the snooker club. A new bowling pavilion is home to Gresford village bowling club who play on two adjacent crown greens. The Memorial hall is also hired out for private functions, and by a number of small local enterprises including Pilates, yoga, baby massage, martial arts and modern dance. The Trust’s land is open for use by the local community and is home to the village cricket, soccer and tennis clubs, run by volunteers, catering for a wide range of age groups.
Janet Holmes and Richard Williams represented Gresford Trust at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24th May, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. Gresford Trust will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd later this summer.
Gresford Trust is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”
Lord Thomas of Gresford made the following statement about the Trust as part of the Active Citizenship debate in the House of Lords in 2010:
“The message from Gresford is that it can be done. There is an abundance of talent and drive in our communities which, if it comes together, will achieve great things.”
The secretary for the Trust, Janet Holmes said:
“The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 has been awarded in recognition of the excellence in voluntary activities carried out by Gresford Trust, which represents a tremendous achievement for our organization. Everyone involved in the smooth running of the Trust both past and present, which includes Trustees who represent the villages and those representing our affiliated organizations and groups, our facilities’ supervisor, cleaners and groundsmen, all have reason to feel immensely proud of the recognition that this prestigious award represents. Gresford Trust is delighted that the work done by its volunteers is acknowledged in such a public and positive manner as to be awarded
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; the MBE for volunteer groups.
We will always welcome new people, who feel they have the drive and energy to be a part of our wonderful organization. Please come and be part of this success story.”
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Telephone: 01978 856650
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Janet Holmes 01978 856196 (home) 01978 727671 (work) Jennifer Dutton 01978 853689 (home)
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