Town’s com­mu­nity groups set to merge

Res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion and so­ci­ety come to­gether to be ‘more ef­fec­tive’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

TWO com­mu­nity groups are set to merge af­ter agree­ing that they would be more ef­fec­tive as one or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Bea­cons­field Old Town Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion is set to join with the Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety, with the Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion planned to be dis­con­tin­ued within a year of the merge.

Mem­bers of Bea­cons­field Old Town Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BOTRA) are set to agree to the move at their an­nual meet­ing on May 6, with Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety mem­bers set to agree it at their meet­ing in June.

BOTRA is a group of vol­un­teers which was set to up to protect and en­hance the Old Town, while the Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety con­cen­trates on the whole town, but has a sim­i­lar re­mit.

BOTRA al­most closed down in 2014 af­ter strug­gling to at­tract enough peo­ple to help run the ser­vice, but was saved when new chair­man Sandy Saun­ders stepped in.

By com­bin­ing the groups, the or­gan­i­sa­tions will have a com­bined mem­ber­ship of hun­dreds of peo­ple, and it is hoped that they will be able to pro­vide a more com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice to the town. So­ci­ety chair­man: Mike El­liott

BOTRA says that prepa­ra­tions for the move are well un­der way and tweeted on Tues­day April 19: “We ap­proved the word­ing for the pro­posed merger with the Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety at last night’s committee meet­ing. Full speed ahead to the AGM.”

Do­minic Grieve, who was last year ap­pointed president of BOTRA, is set to re­main in the role for the time be­ing. Af­ter the merge takes place, BOTRA’s as­sets will be handed over to the Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety, and it is in­tended that the group’s cash will then be spent on the Old Town.

Chair­man of the Bea­cons­field So­ci­ety is cur­rently Mike El­liott, but it has not yet been de­cided who will chair the group once the merger takes place.

It is ex­pected that there will be a nom­i­na­tion and a vote by mem­bers to de­cide who is ap­pointed to the po­si­tion.

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