Town’s community groups set to merge
Residents’ association and society come together to be ‘more effective’
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.