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Reminder that the next 21st Century Thame meeting is on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 12 noon at Racquets Fitness Centre.

We will be discussing, amongst other things, the Thame Trees Project and The Volunteer Fair on Saturday 15th February 12 noon - 4pm at Racquets.

We hope to see you at the meeting and / or the fair. Thank you.
21st Century Thame: Minutes from meeting on Thursday 12th December 2019 - 12pm at Racquets
  1. Attendees: Sue Martin-Downhill (Chair), Sharon Smits (Secretary), Becky Reid, James Ebney (Youth Worker for Thame Youth Projects), Laura Fellows (Marketing), Helena Fickling.
  2. Apologies:  Lin Wylie, Linda Emery (Volunteer), David Laver
  3. Website: New vision, values and aims format as detailed in the attachment. Becky is loading them onto the website, with links through to the relevant pages. Any comments must be made in a timely manner.
  4. Cows: Laura has spoken to James Ort who is going to restructure the broken parts of the cows. Spring time for the painting, Laura and James to organise a date to do it, publicly to raise the awareness. Montesson Square seems like an ideal place to do this. Laura has agreed with James at the Phoenix Studio to fix the damaged cows in early December. 
  5. Constitution: Sharon and Sue are looking at whether the constitution should be changed and whether there are benefits to being a different type of 'company'/ 'organisation'. E.g CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) or CIC (Community Interest Company). We should ask OCVA and John Savell (john@savell.uk.com) for their advice. A new one needs to be written, use the new visions for it. Becky to find contact at OCVA.
  6. Green Living Plan : Three sections (Principles, **** & Activation) (Thame Green Living website) the first two are complete, the third is about actioning the issues around the plan raised from the first two sections. The Green Living Plan is very supportive about this. 
  7. Thame Trees: 500 trees to be planted in Thame by 2020. Including nurturing a tree. Trying to get the website onto Google. Still getting all the details together. Meeting notes follow on from this one. 
  8. Thame Tidy : Sue gave Rosie our thank you gift. Thame Tidy signs and litter pickers are in the Thame Equipment Bank.
  9. Oxfordshire Towns Meeting : Becky to inform Melanie Smams at SODC that 21st Century Thame still exists. Done. They need to decide how they can still support us. 
  10. Thame Equipment Bank : Chairs on their way.
  11. Thame Carnival: Fly-past application has been submitted by Peter Harris. Still need a project manager - Sharon to meet with 3 new people. Work in progress. 
  12. Taste of Thame : Website under construction. 
  13. 21st Century Thame Twitter and other social media : 21st Century facebook page created but actually we wanted to rename the old - still working on this.
  14. 21st Century Thame Recruitment of new members: 
    • Website is very important at this stage
    • A volunteers fair may be the way forward - Sue to discuss with Racquets etc.
    • Need a leaflet to distribute in the new houses - awaiting website.
    • Job Description for Advertising Sales Person - needs website
    • Mayors Charity Fair: We have decided not to have a stall at Mayors Charity fair.
    • Thame Market : We should promote ourselves at the market - when it's warmer, when a cow is ready and when the website is up and running.
    • Presentation Evening : Discuss at next meeting.
  15.  Thame Wedding Fair: All of the business' have venues, like the Art Crawl, numbered flags generic. Would 21st Century Thame contribute towards this. A smaller flag higher up the wall, fixings to be looks at by Becky.

Date of next meeting – Thursday 13th February 12noon - Racquets bar
CURRENT
21st Century Thame’s vision is:
“To enhance the historic market town of Thame by protecting its past and promoting its future as a vibrant and flourishing centre serving the whole community”
Our Values:
Nothing
Our Aims
To increase the economic, social and cultural vitality of the town
  1. To conserve and promote the towns heritage
  2. To improve communications in and around Thame
  3. To enhance the towns buildings and approaches
  4. To improve social, cultural and recreational facilities for all ages
  5. To protect and enhance the towns natural environment
  6. To provide suitable living accommodation and environment for the whole community
  7. To promote an efficient and sustainable transport system
 
How do we achieve our vision?
21st Century Thame works to attract and invest resources; delivering against an action plan; providing a platform for partnerships and initiatives; and lobbying for change when we’re unable to effect change. In the early days, the partnership identified key areas to concentrate on, focusing on things that had already received a great deal of public consultation and so reflected the needs and desires of Thame’s residents, businesses and visitors. Over the years these have developed into 4 main themes that focus the work of 21st Century Thame.
  • Working with the Community
  • Working with Businesses
  • Celebrating Thame’s Heritage
  • Working for the Environment
 
 PROPOSED
21st Century Thame’s vision is:
“To enhance the historic market town of Thame by protecting its past and promoting its future as a vibrant and flourishing centre serving the whole community”
Our Values:
In all of our work we seek to uphold the following values:
Openness & sharing: sharing best practice, learning and experience with individuals/groups taking action towards our vision – even if outside the direct work of 21st Century Thame.
Creativity & Initiative: being willing to explore new ideas and take the initiative to solve a problem, not wait for someone else to do it.  
Community involvement: to openly welcome any members of the community who are keen to play a role in helping us meet our vision.
Partnership & Collaboration: Being willing to work in partnership with other organisations, and take a back seat in situations where another group is more suited to lead.
Stewardship: A commitment to a prudent use of the human and financial resources entrusted to us by our community.
Sustainability: To ensure that any action taken by 21stCT supports the sustainability of the natural environment
Our Aims
  1. To increase the social vibrancy of our town
  2. To support the economic vitality of the town
  3. To conserve and promote the towns heritage
  4. To protect and enhance the towns natural environment
  5. Providing infrastructure needed (e.g. access to a bank account, insurance, equipment, good practice guidelines) to support new initiatives brought to the attention of 21st Century Thame. 
How do we achieve our vision?
21st Century Thame works to attract and invest resources; provides a platform for partnerships and initiatives; and lobbying for change when we’re unable to effect change. To meet our aims, our work falls into 4 main themes:
  • Working with the Community
  • Working with Businesses
  • Celebrating Thame’s Heritage
  • Working for the Environment
 
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