Minutes

400th Anniversary of New River - Celebrations, Tourism and Town Twinning Working Party
Friday, 7th October, 2011 5.30 pm

Proposed venue: Conference Room, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

Contact: Elaine Huckell 

Items
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1.

400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEW RIVER CELEBRATIONS

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Also Attending to discuss the 400th Anniversary of the New River Celebrations:

Jackie Kingdom (Chairman of EA Bowles of Myddleton House Society, Myddleton House)

Andrew Turvey (Head Gardener, Myddleton House Gardens)

Bryan Hewitt (Senior Gardener, Myddleton House Gardens)

Geoff Nash (Forty Hill & Bulls Cross Study Group)

Colin Pointer (The Enfield Society)

J Robinson (Artist consultant)

Rachael MacDonald (New River Action Group)

John Clark (LBE, Thomas Hardy House),

Zoe Prosser (LBE – Forty Hall)

Hatice Abdullah (LBE – Forty Hall)

Hakema Anderson (LBE – Parks & Open Spaces)

Steve Wicker (LBE – Parks & Open Spaces)

Laura Berryman (LBE – Council Press Office)

 

The Chairman welcomed everyone and explained that the purpose of this brief meeting (which preceded the main Tourism and Town Twinning Working Party) was to discuss ideas for celebrating the 400th anniversary of the New River. 

 

The following matters were highlighted:

 

·         That 2012 marks the 400th year that the Enfield section of the New River was completed. The main celebrations, however, would be in 2013 which is the anniversary for completion of the whole stretch of the waterway.

·         A small sum of money had been set aside in previous years for the annual ‘New River’ festival and it was anticipated that there would be greater local community involvement for the 400th celebration. It was hoped that sponsorship may also be forthcoming from other sources such as Thames Water, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.

·         A steering group would be set up to involve interested parties and to pursue linkages with other Boroughs involved in the celebration arrangements.  The steering group would be able to pursue funding possibilities. 

·         Suggestions to mark the 400th centenary included historical walks along the New River, an exhibition showing the historical importance of bringing the supply of fresh water to London in the 17th Century and possible story telling on the riverbank.

·         Schools would be informed of proposals, especially primary schools, as they may wish to be involved in arrangements and take part in the celebrations. Parks would also be involved in the arrangements and would be consulted.

·         Cleaning should be undertaken of the river in Enfield Town which is unsightly at present due to algae and weeds. It was pointed out that the parks team had tried to resolve this issue but they had been unable to eradicate the problem. The surrounding walkways should also be kept clear and tidied for the occasion.

·         It was understood that Thames Water were supportive of the proposal for a celebratory event, they wished to be kept informed of progress and would hope to attend a future meeting to discuss proposals.

·         Consideration could be given to inviting representatives of the borough’s twin towns to take part in the festivities.

·         Support was given for the event to be named the ‘New River Festival and the Jubilee Party’ in recognition of the Queens Diamond jubilee celebrations next year or it may  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

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Apologies were received from Councillor Bearryman, Simon Gardner (Head of Leisure & Culture) Litsa Worrall (CEO of the GGCCE, Greek and Greek Cypriot Community of Enfield), Tony Watts (Secretary of the Over 50’s Forum), Theresa Duhy (Business Relationship Manager), and Clara Seery (Intervention Manager)

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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 26 KB

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There were no declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda

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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE 21 JUNE 2011 pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2011 were confirmed as a correct record.

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MATTERS ARISING

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The Dugdale Centre

A ‘Spook Night’ would be held at the Dugdale Centre on the 29 October when two Boris Karloff films would be shown. Boris Karloff had been brought up in Enfield and had attended the Enfield Grammar School. An entry fee of £5 would be charged for both films. Praise was given for the adverts prepared.  There would also be a press release.

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REGENERATION OF THE BOROUGH

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CouncillorDel Goddard, Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration attended the meeting to discuss how Tourism and Town Twinning fits in with Regeneration proposals for the Borough. 

 

Councillor Goddard highlighted the following points

·         That there were multi level linkages that could be pursued through town twinning of an economic, social, cultural and educational nature.

·         There may be economic benefits for local business by pursuing international links with other towns and hopefully improving trading opportunities 

·         Educational and other youth issues were broad ranging and could benefit from increasing links with other towns. Existing school links could also be strengthened to tie in with other themes such as social or economic areas. This may involve our international links with schools including China or India

 

Discussion took place with Members and the following issues were highlighted

·         There was general support for Councillor Goddard’s views and the Chairman agreed that there was much wider opportunities to be gained by strengthening our town twinning ties and bringing people together. She also referred to the ‘virtual twinning’ initiative which would involve further twinning with other countries by means of email or other IT methods to help keep costs to a minimum

·         Whilst it was agreed that investment in Town Twinning could be very fruitful, it would be difficult for the authority to provide funding for this at the present time. It was suggested that the initiative could be taken forward by the Council and that businesses may wish to contribute towards funding.

·         It may be possible to twin similar businesses from twin towns with those from Enfield for mutual gain/support

·         That intangible, cultural links were important and were ongoing.  This may include children for whose mother tongue was not English, and who could benefit from our twinning links.

·         That a clear framework was needed on the future approach we should take on Town Twinning. This should link in with the Global Borough- Vision statement that was due to be considered by Cabinet Sub Committee.

·         It was asked that delegation visits to twin towns should include the same people each time as it was thought this would help to provide a more professional and serious approach.

 

AGREED

1. That the terms of reference for this working party be reviewed to reflect the panels thoughts on the wider opportunities that may be possible (from an educational, social, economic, environmental and cultural level) by developing and building on our Town Twinning links.

 

2. That the Chairman and Councillor Goddard discuss this issue with the Leader of the Council.

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VIRTUAL TWINNING - (TWINNING IN THE MODERN AGE)

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Lorraine Cox gave a verbal update on proposals to take forward virtual twinning (Twinning in the Modern Age) which involves the use of emails and other IT methods.

A ‘facebook’ page would be set up and our web pages would be improved to include a link to our twin towns.  It was agreed that work would begin with our existing twin towns.

 

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LINKS UPDATE pdf icon PDF 21 KB

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An update report had been prepared by Clara Seery (Intervention Manager) which gave a list of schools involved in International work.  This report was noted.  It was also noted that the School Improvement Service is in the process of setting up a new Comenius project with the Education Department in Ankara, Turkey.

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TOURISM AND TOWN TWINNING UPDATE REPORT

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Loraine Cox gave a brief update which highlighted the Enfield Festival. She mentioned the good feedback that had been received on the North London Arts Guide and said that there had been good cross- borough working on this project with LB Haringey.

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ANY OTHER BUSINESS

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There was no other business.

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DATE OF FUTURE MEETING

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The future meeting for this municipal year is:

 

Tuesday 17 January 2012