Shevington and District Community Association

Registered Charity No. 513784


Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 29th March 2016


Welcome and introductions

Marlaine welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced Guide Leader Evelyn Mulvaney who had come to talk about guiding in the district.


Gerald Arstall; Howard Cain; Margaret Carter; Mike Crosby; Damian Edwardson; Elaine Ellams; Lorna Ellis; Paul Liptrot; Jim Maloney; Veronica Maloney; Carole Miles; Sheila Milnes; Andrew Moakes; Carol Moakes; Alan Mohring; Evelyn Mulvaney; Marlaine Whitham; Jane Lawrence Wood


Tony Bostock; Paul Collins; Chris Horridge; Barry King; Eileen Longmore; Izzy Morris; John O’Neill; Louise Wade; Ira Whiteley; John Whiteley

Talk by Guide Leader Evelyn Mulvaney

Evelyn spoke about guiding in Shevington and district. Guides meet at the Scout Hut at Forest Fold. There are five brownie packs, meeting at Millbrook, St Bernadette’s, Shevington Vale, St Anne’s  and Standish Lower Ground school and three rainbow groups. Senior’s, aged 14-26 meet fortnightly in Standish.There is a need for more leaders, age criteria; over 18 and under 65. Find the link from Shevington Parish Council website….community pages….youth activities…..brownies, guides and rainbows to register your interest in volunteering, or ‘phone 0800 1695901, or e mail

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Minutes of February meeting and AGM

Proposed by Margaret Carter, seconded by Paul Liptrot, the minutes were signed as a true record.

Matters arising

Trustees all agreed that names put forward at the February meeting; Lorna Ellis,Paul Liptrot, Alan Mohring and Pam Powell, will be added to existing trustees; Mike Crosby, Sally Vidler and John Whiteley. Jim will complete the process via the charity commission website.

Jim will add new names on the Charity Commission website.

Finances:- including any bids for small grants received

Funding of £350 had been granted from Wigan Council’s WW1 fund and will be put towards the planting of the third tree at Shevington Moor in November.


Accounts have now been independently inspected and approved.

Still no receipt from Cancer Research for £500 donated in January.Jim will query;again. The CA had received from Shevington Sharks and Shevington FC an application for two small grants of £250. This would support the production of tea towels printed with local scenes which would be sold to raise some funds towards the Vicarage Lane Playing Fields project. the meeting agreed to the award of these small grants. [Marlaine to notify the two clubs and Jim to action payment.]

CA officers suggested that a larger grant of £5000 (five thousand) be considered. Marlaine referred to a decision in 2013 that £10,000 be earmarked that year to be made available via two grants of £5,000 to appropriate community projects. Only one application had been received in 2013 so funding remained available and officers suggested that the CA now consider allocating this to the Vicarage Lane Development.

The following considerations were discussed.

The CA would like to support an aspect of the project that benefits all the organisations involved and if possible the wider community too.

If there was no suitable joint aspect we might split the amount between the playing fields project and the allotments project.

We would be pleased if such a grant could be useful as 'matched funding' to help draw in other funding.

Another suggestion made was that it might be beneficial to hold this money until a later date.

CA officers agreed to consult with the organisations involved and report back to a CA meeting before any such grant be formally proposed.



District Councillors’ update

The 635 bus route is now running as normal again between 7-11pm

Re changes by Northern Rail in December 2017; Go on OPSTA website and complain.

Anti social behaviour Posters and leaflets have been distributed and people spoken to re calling 101 to report incidents and ask for a log number.

A list of Brighter Borough spending is available.

Funding for free exercise classes to be held on the rec’ starting in early April.

Heart of Wigan update Two external cabinets for defibs going up soon at Appley Bridge and Shevington Moor. Cabinet for Crooke being handled by CVRA.

CPR sessions in the Library, usually Monday 6-7pm. Schedule to be circulated in May.

Investment in Vicarage Lane project

£50K of funding secured for off street car park to enable playing fields/allotments project to move on to next phase.

The full report will be circulated with the minutes.

Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friends Awareness sessions have continued and Jane and Bella have liaised with Shevington High School who would like these sessions delivered to all pupils. Bella has already delivered a session with 120 pupils.

A session is arranged  for Appley Bridge WI at 10.30am on 4th May. 

We would be able to respond to other requests.

15th -21st May will be National Dementia Awareness Week.

In Bloom updates

An event in Wigan town centre on Saturday 16th. April to launch Britain in Bloom.

The reparation team (one person) has done work on the recreation ground and will help at Gathurst Station at a later date.

Forthcoming events

Quiz Night on Friday 8th July Please keep items for raffle and bring food for the buffet on the night.

Lancashire Day on Sunday 27th November

Awards Night  on Friday 25th.

Tree planting at Shevington Moor in November

Saturday 6th August Fete Day

Additional updates from those present

Howard said the Britain in Bloom judges will visit the community allotment in Crooke. QR codes will go live soon.

Pam thanked Damian for organising the 101 leaflets

There has been local concern about parking on grass verges on Miles Lane and Church Lane. Margaret will pursue some suggestions with our Councillors

Andrew said the tree and bench in memory of Dorothy Nightingale have been installed.

The bench was dedicated on Easter Sunday, March 27th.

Alan said more information about the yellow lines painted on the private road to the surgery would be available after the PPG meeting on Wednesday.

Gerry said the Over Sixties group are having a coach trip to Bowness and Windermere on 10th May. All are welcome

Carole and Ira had attended the event on Easter Sunday to welcome the football team from Angiers.

Tickets are available for the Queen’s Birthday Celebration Concert at the Methodist Church with Tony and Duke’s Road on Friday 6th May. Tickets are £5 

Appley Bridge Girls Brigade are holding a  coffee morning and an afternoon tea for the elderly on  23rd April. Funds are for The Vale Methodists.

Elaine gave details of events at St Anne’s ; Tony is holding a 60’s night in the Parish Rooms  on  Friday June 24th Proceeds will be split equally between The Brick and St Anne’s Fabric fund.

Choir Bingo is on Friday 8th April.

Coffee morning on Wednesday 30th March from 10.30am.


The meeting closed at 9pm.


Date and time of next meeting

Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 7pm.


Contact details

Chair  Marlaine Whitham  01257 253055

Deputy Chair  Elaine Ellams  01257 253826

Secretary  Sheila Milnes  01257 253735

Treasurer  Jim Maloney  01257 253239