AKA: the last ‘core’ team meeting as the group dissolves and moves to different group elements
Core team meeting minutes: Transition Montpelier
AKA: ‘The last core team meeting’
21 April 2010
Radford mill farm shop
- Claire Milne (guest)
- CM get in touch with Simon Lewis and Steve Meek and Chris Chalkley about streets
- ClaireM send short update on Tesco campaign action to EM and Ralph
- EM: pubish Tesco update on site
- Ralph: print Tesco update on A3 for Art Trail
- CM and JL: finished work on constitution and print for specific ‘constitution-signing’ meeting
- CM and JL: co-ordinate ‘constituion-signing’ meeting
- CM: introduce Caroline to Jane Berrys (?) Bristol Credit Union manager
- Caroline: investigate bank accounts for CIC
- EM: write up a TT Mont organisation design with words and a picture
- DW: email SJ about using marquee for Art Trail
- EM: contact bert for projector, transition bristol for film, CM for peak oil display
1. Political question time on friday
CM part of Transition Bristol, FoE and other groups organising a political Q time in Watershed, 19:30, Friday. All invited.
2. Streets as safe spaces
- CM and Mark Simmons discussing a group for using streets as social spaces.
- Suggested they speak to Simon Lewis and Steve Meek who are both very into this too.
- Also to discuss with Chris Chalkley and the Stokes Croft Action Plan.
3. Heart and Soul?
Some discussion before, possibility of H&S group in Montpelier. Now one for Bristol from Transition Bristol. Also Claire Milne said YogaSara (Chris) is interested in working together on this in some way.
4. Tescos – campaign update and proposed alternatives announcement (Claire Milne)
- Claire outlined the campaign’s excellent work (including Miss Bristol getting involved and Barbara Janke to send a letter to Tesco)
- Last chance to fight it comes this week as Tesco apply for planning permission for the shop front
- Campaign also about finding new alternatives to the Tesco – local, co-operative, bottom-up food model
- Dan suggested putting and update on the board at the art trail as it’s hard to hear what’s been going on
- Dan also proposed using the Banksy artwork kids session at Art Trail to use a tesco-esque picture
- Direct relationship with the Growing group – so here’s a brief growing group upate:
5. Growing group update (informal)
- a. group mapped montpelier and identified 3 key ‘growing hotspots’ (Picton Square, Rainbow Bridge, Station Road area)
- b. group now negotiating with land owners
- c. group seeking discussions and collaborations between producers and sellers of food (Claire’s Tesco work is a good overlap)
6. Constitution, CIC and membership
- Following last month’s meeting and request for a ‘membership’ model, everyone has been thinking about it
- Good discussion about a change in the transition montpelier group model (currently – core and groups) to something with a lighter, facilitation, open access, hub-style approach, rather than installing a membership model with voting, AGMs, etc. etc.
- membership model offers the appearance of inclusivity, but imposes extra layers of bureaucracy and another layer of hierachy (which Transition is trying to avoid) which isn’t really neccesary
- membership does provide a sense of control though and reduces people’s anxieties about shadowy cabals, so need to ensure that all comms are open with clear outline of what is going on, a policy on changing directors, regular open meetings, etc. (which we’re pretty good at already)
- purpose of consitution is to get a bank account to raise funds for projects – not to have a committee who ‘decide’ things
- most of the key decision-making is at group level, not ‘core’ level, so ‘membership’ is best rooted in there
- move away from the idea of a ‘core’ team to an ‘admin’ group who keep an eye on the bank account, website, comms etc. and an ‘ideas’ group to facilitate intra-group sharing (e.g. growing – energy updating eachother)
- set up a ‘Community Interest Company’ (CIC) to handle a bank account with a few voluntary directors (5 agreed at meeting)
- bank account to be set with ‘zero overdraft’
- arrange a specific ‘constiution-signing’ meeting for the directors to sign the constitution
- preferred bank option: Bristol Credit Union – local and collaborating on the Bristol Pound
7. Art trail
- All looking good
- Everyone volunteered to man the TT Mont stand
- Important to remember that it is not a party, we’re not a disco, so behave accordingly!
- Date agreed: 03/06
- Film tbc
- Bert to be contacted
- Suggested donation £2
- Could use Peak Oil display from Create Centre- then maybe have it in the Radford Mill Shop (?)