Langton Green Village Society

 

 

Summary of Committee meeting - 27 July

 

 

- Chaired by new Chairman, Dave Whittaker

- main current task of Committee will be defining and agreeing the direction, strategy and communications plan for bringing the village more closely together. Will include more integration of current village communication portals, especially  Website and Facebook/Instagram. Josie is working on a pop-up picnic, hopefully for 6 September (watch LGVS f/b page and website)

- There has been a request from a past Fete Committee member to borrow 2 marquees and some tables/chairs - it has been agreed in principle and the precise requirement will now be verified and a hire charge agreed

- there has been some speedwatch activity on the Speldhurst Road (by the recreation ground) - a few cases of speeding were recorded

- Since the last meeting £6,000 has been donated to the school and £300 to the Guides

- The main miscellaneous issues discussed included:

  • Maintenance of village stiles - ownership will be checked

  • Valerie Sterling will hold a Bring and Buy event for The Hospice on Friday 21 August from 10.30 to 13.00 at Brooklands, Stonewall Park Road (fuller details on f/b Village Chat page)

  • Proposed Village Greenleaf tree planting ideas were raised

  • Pam will arrange a Litter-pick around end August (details will go on website and LGVS f/b page)

  • Bulbs - Lyn will buy and plant more daffs and others

  • Hanging baskets - Lyn has made and hung 4 along Langton Road. Residents in The Grange area have taken the initiative of hanging their own on their houses and they look very nice.

- Next meeting - Monday 28 September

30 July 2020

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Summary of Committee meeting - 30 June

 

- first meeting of the LGVS Committee since COVID-19 lockdown was held on 30 June. Very good to get back together and re energise the committee’s initiatives for the village

- Ed Langridge steps down as Chairman and Dave Whittaker has taken on the role. Ed has been asked to act as LGVS President (and has accepted)

- Peter Brown has resigned from the Committee, Pam Morris and David Brimlow have served notice that this is their final year with the Committee. As a result we are looking for new joiners 

- Nick Trainor welcomed as a new committee member to replace Ed 

- Revisited previously approved £8000 donation to the village school in light of Fete cancellation and reduced income for 2020. Agreed to reduce to £6000 enabling the school to still proceed with important classroom addition

- £150 donation confirmed to local PPE production effort for COVID-19 

- New principle agreed that any funding of local organisations with their own fundraising ability should be on a ‘matched funding’ basis 

- Communication & engagement drive to be established, to better help the village understand the purpose of the village society and generate more interest and purpose. Dave, Lynn, James and Nicci to discuss further on 20 July 

- considering a small event in September, environment permitting, to bring the village together 

- Lyn to organise hanging baskets 

- litter picks to resume at an appropriate time - Neil organising 

- Ed to continue to run speed watch 

- Next meeting 27 July 7pm

14 July 2020

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Announcement of new Chairman

 

Ed Langridge, having served on the Committee of the Village Society for fourteen years, four of which as Chairman, is stepping down and fellow committee member David Whittaker will be taking over the chair. Ed still may be involved in an advisory capacity but not on the day-to-day running of the Society as he is still active with Langton Life/Rusthall Life magazine, the Langton Green Classic Car Club and Deputy Chair of the charity, 3H.

 

David is a family man with children at the local school and will be a great asset in moving the Society forward. Thank you all for your continued support.

 

On behalf of all members of the Society the Committee would like to thank Ed for his leadership and friendship over many years and wish him all the best for the future. We look forward to working together with David in his new role.

 

The LGVS Committee

7 June 2020

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Postponed 2020 AGM

 

Another consequence of the Covid-19 lockdown - the key documents from the postponed 2020 Village Society AGM can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

An Introduction to The Langton Green Village Society

 

The Village Society was founded in 1959 originally as the Rural Society with the specific aim of keeping a watchful eye on anything which would affect the appearance and character of the village. This is still true today, except that the Society is more involved with village affairs than in those early years. The main issues of concern over which the Society keep a watching eye are contentious planning applications and making sure that listed buildings, footpaths and bridleways, as well important trees in the village, get the protection they rightly deserve. We feel keeping a village identity for Langton Green is most important along with preserving our wonderful countryside in and around the village.

 

The Village Society has no powers other than that of persuasion and, if necessary, the mobilisation of public opinion on all matters that might adversely affect the village. Therefore the more members we have, the more we will be listened to. If your household is currently not a member then please see the section below or if you prefer you may contact Helen Fuller (862268), our membership secretary, directly. 

 

In 1996 we organised the Village Fete for the first time and this annual event, held on the first Saturday in July, has become hugely popular and has generated a tremendous community spirit, one of the Society's main priorities. Any profits made from holding the Fete get ploughed in to good causes in the Village over time.

 

The strength of the Village Society is in its members. The larger and more active the Society is, the more our opinions will be respected. When controversial issues arise, the Society can mobilise suitable opposition to any threat to our environment. Like any society, the management of the work has to be organised and is usually done by the committee whose number averages around twelve to fourteen.

 

In 2014 your Society adopted the Village Sign for its logo. The Society commissioned and paid for the sign, which stands close to the Green, several years beforehand. The Society's Constitution was also updated at the AGM in 2018 and can be viewed below. 

 

In recent years the Village Society has given grants to local schoolchildren towards educational trips. We have put together guidelines and an application form which can be accessed by clicking on the document links at the bottom of this page. We have also given several donations to the local primary school to help with their projects, such as the outside library in 2017/2018. More recently, we have helped arrange and also fund the start up of tennis for year 5 puplis from the School to play on a local tennis court in the village. 

 

Lastly, we purchase and put up the hanging baskets you see along the main road in summer every year; organise, erect and decorate the Christmas tree every December which stands just across from the Hare pub near to the Green and continue to plant new bulbs for Spring which now regularly flower along the grass verges close to the village sign. 

 

 

BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE VILLAGE SOCIETY

We hope as many households in the Village as possible will become members of the Society. The subscription rate is just £5 a year, per household.

There are two forms below for your use: 

1. A membership form which enables us to record your membership details and to contact you with any general LGVS communications (these are always via email).
2. A standing order form. Ideally you can set this up yourself via online banking - our account details are on the SO form below (please note your reference will be your postcode plus your house name or number). 


The details on the membership form can be emailed to - lgvs.membership@gmail.com  or posted to: 
The LGVS Membership Secretary, c/o 9 Newlands, Langton Green, Kent TN3 0DA.

 

LGVS Membership Form
LGVS MembershipForm.docx
Microsoft Word document [11.3 KB]
LGVS Standing Order Form
LGVS StandingOrder.docx
Microsoft Word document [11.3 KB]
LGVS Award Guidelines
Guidelines for Awarding Grants.docx
Microsoft Word document [11.9 KB]
LGVS Sponsor Application Form
LGVS Sponsorship Form (1).docx
Microsoft Word document [13.5 KB]
LGVS Constitution
LGVS New Constitution 2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [206.3 KB]
LGVS AGM 2020 - Agenda
2020 AGM agenda.docx
Microsoft Word document [12.4 KB]
LGVS AGM 2020 - Accounts for 2019
LGVS accounts 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [38.4 KB]
LGVS AGM 2020 - Chairman's Report
CHAIRMAN'S REPORT AGM 2020.docx
Microsoft Word document [15.9 KB]

 

 

 

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