Billingshurst Community Partnership

Company No 5573204

A company limited by guarantee

Registered in England and Wales

Registered Office: 1st Floor, Atlantic House, Jengers Mead, Billingshurst, RH14 9PB


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“Managing a Changing Environment” The work of the Community Partnership

It is often asked “Who are the Billingshurst Community Partnership and how do they relate to the Parish Council” along with “What is the “Action Plan” and “Community Led Plan (CLP)” they refer to? This article sets out to answer these questions.

Community Partnerships were formed under central government guidance in 2003 and the Billingshurst Community Partnership was formally established in that year. Central Government makes available to the Community Partnership’s funds that would otherwise not be accessible by local authorities. There are now over 5000 community Partnerships working in England handling some £4 Billion of grant finance. The work to create the first Billingshurst Community Action plan commenced in 2002 when the Parish Council, in conjunction with a number of community groups, commenced a Health Check process under the guidance of the Countryside Agency. This process resulted in 7 key projects, all of which have now been addressed and completed.

The Billingshurst Community Partnership is a group of volunteers dedicated to delivering projects to enhance the well-being of the town and its surroundings. Our members are representative of the various local organisations and we undertake many of our projects in conjunction with those organisations and the local authorities. Because of the size and value of some of the projects we are a Company Limited by Guarantee managed by a board of directors.

In 20012 it received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, an MBE for volunteer groups. In 2014 our founder and past chairman for ten years was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to the community of Billingshurst.

The Partnership’s managing team consists of six Directors and 12 members who are elected at an AGM and who have been nominated by the participating organisations or who are volunteering to stand as an individual. Hence any parishioner is eligible to stand for election as long as he or she agrees to the objectives and aims of the Partnership. This election process is adjudicated by an independent person often a senior member of Airs (Action in Rural Sussex).

In addition to the Managing Team there are Ordinary Members and Associates. These are people who support the work of the Partnership, and often engage in its projects, but for whatever reason do not wish to be part of the Managing Team. All our meetings are open to the community and we have no political or religious affiliations.

The Partnership works with the Parish Council, the Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council governed by a Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) that set out the responsibility of each party. The Partnership will bring to the respective authority any new initiative for their agreement and these may be refused funding or the Authority refrains from supporting that particular project or initiative. The Parish Council may request project details to be amended if there is a financial liability of the Council regarding any project. The Partnership reports from time to time to the Council at their monthly meeting and can also be asked to report in detail to the appropriate committee depending on the subject (Property or Finance and General Purposes). This relationship is seen as “working at arm’s length” but able to create constructive comments”. The Partnership’s ability to access funds that would not otherwise be available to the Parish Council helps the community to undertake projects that would otherwise cause a burden on precept. So far over £750,000 has been raised to finance those projects that have been undertaken by the Partnership and we continue to ensure that the projects are both viable and sustainable.

For example, the Partnership identified the need for a Child Care Centre, and raised some £120,000 toward it, we then worked with WSCC and SEEDA on the final stages of the development of a £700,000 Centre for Children located on the Station Road site of the old soccer pitch.

Following those projects addressed in the First Action Plan (2002) such as “Care of the Young, Elderly and those who are Disadvantaged and a “Youth Club” and “Luncheon Club” for the older generation we continued with a follow up action plan taking us to 2015 when along with the Chamber of Commerce and the Parish Council the Community Plan (CLP) was developed thus starting new projects whilst continuing those that merited on going work. (Refer to the CLP on the home page)

The Partnership continues to have representation on various community organisations such as the “Community Transport” and the “Sports and Recreation organisation”. The Partnership was the lead on various community projects such as Burnt Row Woodland and the Fishing Lake and once these were completed these projects were handed over to the Parish Council and the Angling Society for posterity.

Finance for our projects comes from various sources but in the main from direct grants to the Partnership that we can then use to fund joint projects for the community. Horsham District Council and Billingshurst Parish Council are able to access 106 funds (Monies that are gained from the Developers and held by the District Council), as is the Partnership, but we are also able to raise finance from, amongst others, Landfill Tax Credits – the Heritage Fund – the Arts Council – Viridor Community Fund – the Lottery – The Sports Council and many other independent grant providers including the South East Economic Development Agency and other local funds such as “Sussex Giving”. Much of this funding is not available to any authority.

West Sussex County Council, Horsham District Council and the Parish Council support us in our endeavours and applications for funding and will often agree to sponsor us by injecting a percentage of funding where that application requires an upfront financial donation. They will also give a direct cash donation to a project where the Partnership is unable to raise sufficient funds to cover the entire requirement or where, in the lifetime of the project, unforeseen issues arise. The Partnership has developed, and continues to develop, its modus operandi with the local authorities in order to address, consult and maximise opportunities for gaining funding for the projects identified and agreed as beneficial to the Community. The joint work to produce the CLP is an example of this close working relationship.

Our projects, current and ongoing as well as any new initiative, are identified from questionnaires and public consultation and from 2008 to 2014 we addressed such projects as Youth, the Environment, and Local Economy, the new Centre for Children (C4C) and Arts and Culture. For example:

Youth. We have promoted and organised many youth and community projects and are currently working on a major project to provide a much needed dedicated young people’s facility adjacent to the Weald School campus as well as getting them involved in community work (Youth Enterprise Scheme “YES”). This later scheme is be overseen by the Partnership but encourages participation from other groups and parents. We will continue to seek funding and focus on making our youth schemes sustainable both financially and logistically and to seek out volunteers to work with us on these youth projects.

Environment (Including Sports and Recreation). We continue to work with the “Station Road Garden Project” and to support its environmental initiatives.

Local economy. Working with the business community and local traders, we helped formalize a strong coherent voice through the establishment of a robust Chamber of Commerce and continue to support the Chamber in its endeavours.

Arts & Culture. We encourage the Arts in all its forms and in particular to bring performing art and cultural events to Billingshurst by building a calendar of activities throughout the year. These events can be traditional or classical theatre; innovative and ‘risky’ productions; exhibitions and experimental performances, often subsidised or even under written by funding from the Arts Council and Horsham District Council.

The Community Led Plan (CLP) now replaces the Parish Plan and Partnership Action Plans. The CLP was produced after many rounds of consultation with the community and worked on by a core team representing the Community Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce and the Parish Council and addresses certain Key Projects, actions and areas of concern that have been identified via these consultations with all interested parties. The CLP is now agreed and forms the “way forward” for the next five years. Hence the CLP addresses those projects where as a group we can actively work with others and fund and promote those projects that are agreed as the responsibility of the Community Partnership.

Our projects are those of “Youth”, “Community Safety” and “Senior Citizens” (with the exception of “Social & Recreational Facilities”). Those projects falling under “Economy” and Transport” are the responsibility of the Chamber of Commerce whilst the Parish Council is responsible for “Open Spaces & the Environment” and “Health & Wellbeing”. Although in the latter case we as the Partnership will take the responsibility for “Support Education and Guidance”.

“Together we can and have made it happen”.

The Managing Team
Billingshurst Community Partnership

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The Companies Acts 1985 & 1989
Memorandum of Association of
BILLINGSHURST COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP LIMITED

together with

The Companies Acts 1985 & 1989
Articles of Association of
BILLINGSHURST COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP LIMITED

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Information: Articles of Association

Memorandum of understanding

Founding Members

We would like to thank the founding members who worked as the steering group to formulate the Partnership and its first Projects and the Constitution that was subsequently replaced by the Articles of Association once the Partnership became a limited company by guarantee.

  • Helen Abbott
  • David Bosworth
  • Trevor Chittenden
  • Gavin Collins
  • Owen Davies
  • Peter Hooper
  • Ken Johnson
  • Geoff Lawes
  • Patrick Perks BEM
  • Gillian Yarham

Billingshurst Community Partnership Ltd. - Management Committee 2016/17
Name
Organisation
Representing
Action Plan Project / General Management

Helen Abbott

Management

Individual

Individual

Billifest

Les Ampstead

Affiliate

Individual

Mentor

Mentor

Hazel Barnes Management

Wednesday Group

Wednesday Group

Elderly

Gordon Braun

Member

Station Road LAT

Station Road LAT

Economy

Keith Brown Management

Station Road LAT

Individual

Youth

Tony Burke Treasurer/Director

Billingshurst Community Partnership

BCP Director

Finance

Denise Campbell Chair/Mgt

Chair

BCP Director

Youth

Jane Cross

Management

Think Family Project Interest

Individual

Children & Families Special Needs

Owen Davies Director/Mgtt

Billingshurst Community Partnership

Individual

General Management

Sandy Duck Management

Billingshurst Community Partnership

Individual

Elderly and Disadvantaged

Tino Da Silva Member

IT Fraud Prevention Broadcasting

Individual

PR/Media

Tara Edgar

Member

Independent WSPCF

WSPCF

Families & Youth

Emma Fogg

Affiliate

Street Pastors

Street Pastors

Street Pastors

Jane Cullum

Member

Village Agent

Village Agent

Elderly

Carolyn Gibbs

Member

Arts and Culture/Environment

Individual

Individual

John Griffin

Vice Chairman/Mgt

Billingshurst Community Partnership

Individual

EYE project

Alan Grant

Affiliate

Individual

Individual

Economy

Ken Johnson Mgt Company Secretary

Billingshurst Lions

Lions

Economy

John Jones

Management

Royal British Legion

RBL

Ex Servicemen

Families Welfare

Amanda Jupp

Affiliate

West Sussex County Council

WSCC

Economy

Gillian Knight Mgt

Director

Billingshurst Local History Society

BLHS

Arts & Culture

Gordon Lindsay

Affiliate

Horsham District Council

HDC

Economy

Gareth Miller

Individual

Individual

Youth

Patrick Perks

Management

Billingshurst Community Partnership

Individual

General Management

June Perks

PA/Secretary

BCP

BCP

Secretariat

Caroline Phillips

Member

Caroline Phillips Coaching

(CPC)

CPC

All

Tony Priestley Management

Billingshurst Rotary

Scouts/Guides

Youth

Kate Rowbottom

Affiliate

District Councilor

District Council

Gen

Lynda Spain

Horsham Economic Development

HDC

Rural Development

Martin Spurrier Affiliate

Billingshurst Chamber of Commerce

BC of C

Economy

Carol Terry

Management

Choral Society

Choral Society

Gen

John Underwood Management

Billingshurst Community Partnership

Individual

General Management/Elderly

Peter Woodman

Affiliate


The Weald School

Weald School

Centralised Youth Facility


Billingshurst Community Partnership - Members and Projects.






























Community Partnership Members 2016 - 2017





Key/Project leaders















in Bold




Directors
Management Committee
Members
Affiliates
























Chairman
Denise Campbell
Helen Abbott
Carolyn Gibbs
Amanda Jupp







Vice Chairman
John Griffin
Carol Terry
Caraline Phillips
Alan Grant







Company Secretary
Ken Johnson
Gareth Miller
Gordan Braun
Andrew Colwell







Treasurer
Tony Burke
Hazel Barnes
Jackie Bench
Ben Sheldon








Gillian Knight
Jane Cross
Jane Cullum
Emma Fogg









Owen Davies
John Jones
Kim Bryant
Gordon Lindsay











John Underwood
Tara Edgar
Kate Rowbottom









Admin Secretary
Keith Brown
Tino Da Silver
Les Ampstead









June Perks
Patrick Perks


Lynda Spain











Sandy Duck


Martin Spurrier











Tony Priestley


Nigel Jupp















Peter Woodman















Peter Woodman





































Projects
EU / Youth Projects
Senior Luncheon Club
Village Re-generation/Economy
Arts/Creative Community
BRSA Rep
EYE
Community Plan 15-20
Christmas Billifest


Denise Campbell
Sandy Duck
Ken Johnson
Denise Campbell
Tony Priestley
John Griffin
Denise Campbell
Ken Johnson


Ben Sheldon
Carol Terry
Alan Grant
Carol Terry


Denise Campbell
Ken Johnson
Carol Terry


Caroline Phillips
Hazel Barnes
Amanda Jupp
Carolyn Gibbs


Patrick Perks
John Griffin
Gordon Braun


Ginny May
John Underwood
Gordon Braun
Gillian Knight


Tony Priestley
Martin Spurrier
Helen Abbott


Patrick Perks
Kate Rowbottom
Gordon Lindsey
Ken Jphnson




Owen Davies
John Griffin






John Griffin
Tony Burke




Patrick Perks
June Perks


Yes


John Underwood






Tony Burke
Martin Spurrier


Keith Brown


Kate Rowbottom








Patrick Perks


Jane Cross


Lynda Spain








Sandy Duck


Denise Campbell


Martin Spurrier








Tony Priestley


Education/Employment


Owen Davies











Denise Campbell


Patrick Perks











Caroline Phillips















Ken Johnson















Martin Spurrier















Jane Cross















Patrick Perks



















Village Agent/Help the Aged
Neighbourhood Plan
SPD Working Group
Community Safety / BAIT









Ken Johnston
Patriick Perks
Denise Campbell
Patrick Perks









Caroline Phillips
Ken Johnston
John Griffin
Carrol Terry









Jane Cullum
Martin Spurrier
Ken Johnson
Denise Campbell









John Underwood


Patrick Perks
Emma Fogg









Patrick Perks




Helen Abbott









Tony Burke




June Perks















Keith Brown