Old Hamlet of Llanmartin Residents’ Association

Annual General Meeting

14th March 2018, St Martin’s Church Hall


Chairman’s Report

a) Past Events

  • A sum of £365 was raised for an Alzheimers charity, and for Africamp by the progressive supper last year.

  • Janet and Carl’s coffee mornings are also raising funds for charities.

  • The Summer Fayre was very successful, with a number of events taking place during the day. The welly throwing was particularly popular.

  • A Silver Gilt award in Wales in Bloom was received by the Hamlet.  Scouts, the vicar, and members of the Association have worked tirelessly to maintain our shared spaces, and Halses have contributed plants towards hanging baskets and planters.

  • A trip to Gardeners’ World was arranged by the Association, and a similar event will be held in 2018. Many thanks to Carol Joynson for arranging this.

  • Bonfire night was a success, with a large area of the field cleared to create room for the bonfire. The fireworks were excellent, and the Guy particularly talked about. Many new families attended the event this year.

  • All enjoyed Carols in the Barn. Thanks to Nick for acting as Father Christmas


b) Communications

Special thanks to Janet who maintains the website, and publishes the newsletter. This is a very valuable contribution to our community.


c) Councillors

Ray Mogford, Will Routley and Jaron Lloyd have recently joined the community and have already helped the Association in many respects.


d) David Atwell

The Association was very sad to hear the news of David’s death this year, and we reflect upon his many contributions to our community over the years.



Treasurer’s Report

  • The cash book stands at £1,234 which is over £400 more than this time last year.

  • The main source of income remains the annual subscriptions.

  • A number of other sources of income to the Association include Langstone Community Council and Hamlet events.


Secretary’s Report

  • Thanks to all members for their sterling work this year.

  • The new Councillors have been assisting in a number of Hamlet issues, including street cleaning and tree felling.

  • Defibrillators are now available at five locations around Langstone, and training is available for residents.

  • We have been informed that Tony Hurley is now seriously ill, and our thoughts are with him and his family.


Vice-Chairman’s Report

  • We will be organizing a ‘Lark in the Park’ in connection to the opening of the bridleway.

  • We will also hold the summer event as a tea party on the field behind Jacqui’s house.

  • A fish and chip supper will be arranged later in the year, and we will consider another progressive supper.


Election of Officers

  • There is space on the Committee for additional members, and those interested are asked to speak with a member of the Committee. Any time commitment is welcome, and you would not need to attend all meetings.

  • Carl was re-elected as Vice-Chairman.

  • Helen was elected as Secretary.

  • Jacqui will continue as Treasurer.



Any other business

  • Richard raised the issue of dog mess on the green and the patch.

  • Richard raised the issue of the building of the bonfire. Residents are asked to deposit materials on the bonfire area, rather than next to it.

  • The green is mowed using Richard’s mower, which is now reaching the end of its life. We are applying for a grant to fund a replacement for this, which would then be owned by the Association.

  • Carl proposed that we create an annual award and trophy for the Hamlet, in David Atwell’s name. A small cash prize could be attached, and residents could be asked to nominate people in the community who contribute to wildlife conservation in the area.

  • Many residents have asked for another Hamlet calendar. Janet is happy to begin production of another for 2019. Residents are asked to submit photos by September, both of the Hamlet and the surrounding area. Pictures will also be displayed in a gallery on the website.

  • Sue suggested that we agree a date for another progressive supper at the next committee meeting. We can also consider which charity the proceeds could be donated to.

  • Carl raised the issue of speeding in Pencoed Lane and Magor Road. The Community Speedwatch scheme is now up and running in the area, though not on these roads as they have not been approved by the Police on health and safety risk assessment grounds.



Richard Frame gave a talk: ‘Journey’s End – Newport Remembers WW1’.