FVRA Trustees’ Annual Statement for the calendar year 2022

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Findon Valley Residents’ Association

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Trustees’ Annual Statement for the calendar year 2022

2022 was a busy and successful year for FVRA. We have an enthusiastic committee team supported by ‘Friends of FVRA’ volunteers. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event in May jointly with the Free Church was very popular, as was our Christmas Extravaganza on King’s Parade, which saw a good turnout despite the freezing weather! Both these events were a ‘first’ for the current FVRA team. The monthly Artisan and Farmers’ Markets in Lime Tree Surgery car park are well established, on the last Sunday of each month (earlier in December). We also had an enjoyable concert by the Brighton Big Band at the Free Church Hall. Our new website www.fvra.org.uk is up and running, with a wealth of local information, photo galleries and interesting quizzes. Please take a look if you have not already done so.

During 2022 we have continued to work closely with Worthing Borough Council regarding the re-naturing plans for Cissbury Fields, helping to ensure residents’ awareness, and a display is available at today’s meeting – with feedback forms for residents to complete if they wish.

In March 2022 we raised a Traffic Survey, delivered to all home in the Valley for views on parking, speeding etc. Some 200 (10%) responded. We have been in dialogue with the Police and WSCC Highways and continue to explore what measures can realistically be achieved. The new cycle route up to Findon Village is very welcome. The signed section along Lime Tree and May Tree Avenues uses the roadway, not the pavements, and the Highway Code applies as usual.

Looking to 2023 we are busily planning a Coronation ‘Big Lunch’ street party on Sunday 7th May, with Lime Tree Avenue closed to traffic around the Library and Free Church. This promises to be a delightful free-entry day, following King Charles III’s coronation the day before. We don’t think he’ll be able to join us though!

Residents will have noticed the scaffolding around the library. This has delayed our completing the Jubilee Memorial Garden (by the bench seats) in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We hope to have this finalised soon.

For Christmas this year we will again hold our Extravaganza on King’s Parade. Make a note in your diary for Thursday 7th December, it should be an enjoyable family event.

One disappointment for FVRA is that membership numbers have continued to fall despite our successful recent events. We have only approx 350 members at present, being just one Valley home in six. The committee is considering how to boost membership numbers or possibly change the membership structure. Our updated Constitution, to be agreed at this AGM, permits the committee to make such changes subject to members’ agreement in General Meeting.

Changes within the updated Constitution are highlighted for ease, including a new section on complaints handling, and separately on abusive behaviour which is thankfully rare but we do need to protect our volunteers.

FVRA uses various communication channels to reach out to residents including:
• Valley noticeboards
• Email
• Vale School Parentmail
• Facebook
• Instagram
• Our new website www.fvra.org.uk
• Sussex Local and Inside Cissbury free magazines

We are still not convinced however that we are reaching everyone in the Valley. Do please let us have your email address, to membership@fvra.org.uk for relevant communications. We will not share your details with any other organisations (see website for our privacy policy).

The committee is pleased to have a really positive working relationship with a wide range of people and organisations, almost too many to thank, including our Councillors, Member of Parliament, Friends of Findon Valley, Police Community Support Officer, Park Rangers, the Valley churches, Vale School, the Library, Lime Tree Surgery, local shops and businesses, and Borough & County councils, all of whom are supportive of FVRA and our community. And last but not least, our enthusiastic residents.

FVRA does not hold or manage any funds as custodian trustee and holds no restricted or designated funds (see 2022 accounts regarding restricted grant funding £612.36).

FVRA has not held any specific fundraising campaigns during 2022. The committee notes the requirements of the Fundraising Regulator.

FVRA has policies on Equality and Diversity and on Privacy, published on our website. Information on individuals is limited to essential data only, and is administered by the Membership Secretary and never made available to any external organisations. There has been no data breach or complaint during 2022.

This statement is produced as required by the Charity Commission for small charities with annual income below £25,000.

Signed by the Trustees:Lance Allen (Chair)
Lorraine Taylor (Vice Chair)
Terri Binstead (Secretary)
Clive Sanders (Treasurer)
Neil Worsfold (Membership Secretary)

March 2023