The Petuaria Community Forum (PCF) held its first Annual General Meeting on 21st March 2015. The group has been formed for just over a year and Chairman Tony Galbraith submitted his Chairman’s Report which outlined the PCF’s progress and achievements of the last twelve months.
The group was formed with assistance from the Elloughton-cum-Brough Town Council, adopting a slogan that summarises its aim – “Bringing People and Business Together”. Peter Melling put forward a suggestion for the group}s logo which was also adopted by the membership.
In the summer the PCF received significant funding from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) High Street Fund to the tune of around £6000. Members agreed to allocate the money to a number of projects that would support the goals of the Petuaria Community Forum and meet the stipulated by the ERYC’s funding requirements. The group also received funding support from Elloughton-cum-Brough Town Council and the East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership.
The year’s projects included the Elloughton-cum-Brough Hallowe’en Scarecrow Festival which, after a lot of hard work and preparation, was agreed to be a success. However lessons were learned along the way and the PCF plans to repeat the event in 2016, this time without the benefit of a funding subsidy.
Grant funding has also been used to support the development and first year’s maintenance of this website. HU15 Online will provide a focal point for local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations to promote themselves and local events. The Petuaria Community Forum is to hold an official launch event on Thurday 19th May. The event at Brantingham Park, Elloughton, is open to all and the PCF hopes to raise awareness of the website and encourage more groups to register.
The PCF also has a commitment to improving the local environment. Over the past year it has worked with partner organisations to support their projects that have a positive impact on our villages. As part of its centenary celebrations the WI decorated local bus stops where the PCF provided funding towards improvements to seating and noticeboards. The PCF also funded a number planters which have been installed along the railings on Welton Road. These have been planted and maintained by Elloughton-cum-Brough In Bloom with plants kindly provided by Morrisons.
PCF members attending the AGM re-elected the group’s officers for the next year. Councillor Tony Galbraith of Elloughton-cum-Brough Town Council and ERYC was voted Chairman, Peter Melling of Black Cat Services remains is Secretary, Lesley Dorsett of MRD Garages stays on as Treasurer and Duncan McMillan of Art & Soul and the Petuaria Press is Press Officer.
The Petuaria Community Forum would also like to thank its members and the many local businesses and organisations who have provided support and assistance throughout its first year.
A PDF copy of the the Chairman’s Report is available to download.