Company No 5573204
A company limited by guarantee
Registered in England and Wales
Registered Office: 1st Floor, Atlantic House, Jengers Mead, Billingshurst, RH14 9PB
What Does the Community Partnership Do?
We are a group of individuals, some of us representing local clubs and organisations, that develop and deliver agreed projects that have a direct impact on the lives and wellbeing of all Billingshurst residents; young and old, abled and disabled, and from all religions and political viewpoints.
We differ from Parish and District Councils because we have access to funds they don’t. This means we can apply for funding that can fill the gaps in the social, economic and recreational provision within our community that Local Authority organisations can’t.
The projects we work on could be identified by you, or any member of our community. Do you have a good idea or think something is missing from our community life? If so, Please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
“Managing a Changing Environment” The work of the Community Partnership
It is often asked “Who are the Billingshurst Community Partnership and how do they relate to the Parish Council” along with “What is the “Action Plan” and “Community Led Plan (CLP)” they refer to? This article sets out to answer these questions.
Community Partnerships were formed under central government guidance in 2003 and the Billingshurst Community Partnership was formally established in that year. Central Government makes available to the Community Partnership’s funds that would otherwise not be accessible by local authorities. There are now over 5000 community Partnerships working in England handling some £4 Billion of grant finance. The work to create the first Billingshurst Community Action plan commenced in 2002 when the Parish Council, in conjunction with a number of community groups, commenced a Health Check process under the guidance of the Countryside Agency. This process resulted in 7 key projects, all of which have now been addressed and completed.
The Billingshurst Community Partnership is a group of volunteers dedicated to delivering projects to enhance the well-being of the town and its surroundings. Our members are representative of the various local organisations and we undertake many of our projects in conjunction with those organisations and the local authorities. Because of the size and value of some of the projects we are a Company Limited by Guarantee managed by a board of directors.
In 20012 it received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, an MBE for volunteer groups. In 2014 our founder and past chairman for ten years was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to the community of Billingshurst.
The Partnership’s managing team consists of six Directors and 12 members who are elected at an AGM and who have been nominated by the participating organisations or who are volunteering to stand as an individual. Hence any parishioner is eligible to stand for election as long as he or she agrees to the objectives and aims of the Partnership. This election process is adjudicated by an independent person often a senior member of Airs (Action in Rural Sussex).
In addition to the Managing Team there are Ordinary Members and Associates. These are people who support the work of the Partnership, and often engage in its projects, but for whatever reason do not wish to be part of the Managing Team. All our meetings are open to the community and we have no political or religious affiliations.
The Partnership works with the Parish Council, the Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council governed by a Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) that set out the responsibility of each party. The Partnership will bring to the respective authority any new initiative for their agreement and these may be refused funding or the Authority refrains from supporting that particular project or initiative. The Parish Council may request project details to be amended if there is a financial liability of the Council regarding any project. The Partnership reports from time to time to the Council at their monthly meeting and can also be asked to report in detail to the appropriate committee depending on the subject (Property or Finance and General Purposes). This relationship is seen as “working at arm’s length” but able to create constructive comments”. The Partnership’s ability to access funds that would not otherwise be available to the Parish Council helps the community to undertake projects that would otherwise cause a burden on precept. So far over £750,000 has been raised to finance those projects that have been undertaken by the Partnership and we continue to ensure that the projects are both viable and sustainable.
For example, the Partnership identified the need for a Child Care Centre, and raised some £120,000 toward it, we then worked with WSCC and SEEDA on the final stages of the development of a £700,000 Centre for Children located on the Station Road site of the old soccer pitch.
Following those projects addressed in the First Action Plan (2002) such as “Care of the Young, Elderly and those who are Disadvantaged and a “Youth Club” and “Luncheon Club” for the older generation we continued with a follow up action plan taking us to 2015 when along with the Chamber of Commerce and the Parish Council the Community Plan (CLP) was developed thus starting new projects whilst continuing those that merited on going work. (Refer to the CLP on the home page)
The Partnership continues to have representation on various community organisations such as the “Community Transport” and the “Sports and Recreation organisation”. The Partnership was the lead on various community projects such as Burnt Row Woodland and the Fishing Lake and once these were completed these projects were handed over to the Parish Council and the Angling Society for posterity.
Finance for our projects comes from various sources but in the main from direct grants to the Partnership that we can then use to fund joint projects for the community. Horsham District Council and Billingshurst Parish Council are able to access 106 funds (Monies that are gained from the Developers and held by the District Council), as is the Partnership, but we are also able to raise finance from, amongst others, Landfill Tax Credits – the Heritage Fund – the Arts Council – Viridor Community Fund – the Lottery – The Sports Council and many other independent grant providers including the South East Economic Development Agency and other local funds such as “Sussex Giving”. Much of this funding is not available to any authority.
West Sussex County Council, Horsham District Council and the Parish Council support us in our endeavours and applications for funding and will often agree to sponsor us by injecting a percentage of funding where that application requires an upfront financial donation. They will also give a direct cash donation to a project where the Partnership is unable to raise sufficient funds to cover the entire requirement or where, in the lifetime of the project, unforeseen issues arise. The Partnership has developed, and continues to develop, its modus operandi with the local authorities in order to address, consult and maximise opportunities for gaining funding for the projects identified and agreed as beneficial to the Community. The joint work to produce the CLP is an example of this close working relationship.
Our projects, current and ongoing as well as any new initiative, are identified from questionnaires and public consultation and from 2008 to 2014 we addressed such projects as Youth, the Environment, and Local Economy, the new Centre for Children (C4C) and Arts and Culture. For example:
Youth. We have promoted and organised many youth and community projects and are currently working on a major project to provide a much needed dedicated young people’s facility adjacent to the Weald School campus as well as getting them involved in community work (Youth Enterprise Scheme “YES”). This later scheme is be overseen by the Partnership but encourages participation from other groups and parents. We will continue to seek funding and focus on making our youth schemes sustainable both financially and logistically and to seek out volunteers to work with us on these youth projects.
Environment (Including Sports and Recreation). We continue to work with the “Station Road Garden Project” and to support its environmental initiatives.
Local economy. Working with the business community and local traders, we helped formalize a strong coherent voice through the establishment of a robust Chamber of Commerce and continue to support the Chamber in its endeavours.
Arts & Culture. We encourage the Arts in all its forms and in particular to bring performing art and cultural events to Billingshurst by building a calendar of activities throughout the year. These events can be traditional or classical theatre; innovative and ‘risky’ productions; exhibitions and experimental performances, often subsidised or even under written by funding from the Arts Council and Horsham District Council.
The Community Led Plan (CLP) now replaces the Parish Plan and Partnership Action Plans. The CLP was produced after many rounds of consultation with the community and worked on by a core team representing the Community Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce and the Parish Council and addresses certain Key Projects, actions and areas of concern that have been identified via these consultations with all interested parties. The CLP is now agreed and forms the “way forward” for the next five years. Hence the CLP addresses those projects where as a group we can actively work with others and fund and promote those projects that are agreed as the responsibility of the Community Partnership.
Our projects are those of “Youth”, “Community Safety” and “Senior Citizens” (with the exception of “Social & Recreational Facilities”). Those projects falling under “Economy” and Transport” are the responsibility of the Chamber of Commerce whilst the Parish Council is responsible for “Open Spaces & the Environment” and “Health & Wellbeing”. Although in the latter case we as the Partnership will take the responsibility for “Support Education and Guidance”.
“Together we can and have made it happen”.
The Managing Team
Billingshurst Community Partnership
The Companies Acts 1985 &
Memorandum of Association of
BILLINGSHURST COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP LIMITED
The Companies Acts 1985 &
Articles of Association of
BILLINGSHURST COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP LIMITED
We would like to thank the founding members who worked as the steering group to formulate the Partnership and its first Projects and the Constitution that was subsequently replaced by the Articles of Association once the Partnership became a limited company by guarantee.
|Billingshurst Community Partnership - Members and Projects.|
|Community Partnership Members 2017 - 2018|
|Chairman||Denise Campbell||Helen Abbott||Carol Boniface||Amanda Jupp|
|Vice Chairman||Gillian Knight||Carol Terry||Caroline Phillips||Alan Grant|
|Company Secretary||Ken Johnson||Hazel Barnes||Carolyn Gibbs||Andrew Colwell|
|Treasurer||Tony Burke||Jane Cross||Gordan Braun||Ben Sheldon|
|John Griffin||John Underwood||Jackie Bench||Brian Spicer|
|Keith Brown||Jane Cullum||Emma Fogg|
|Admin Secretary||Owen Davies||John Jones||Gordon Lindsay|
|June Perks||Patrick Perks||Linda Nicholl||Kate Rowbottom|
|Sandy Duck||Philip Jordan||Les Ampstead|
|Tony Priestley||Rob Nicholl||Lynda Spain|
|Tara Edgar||Nigel Jupp|
|Tino Da Silver||Peter Woodman|
|Vick Coper Johnstone|
|Projects/ As per the CLP||Environment||Youth Projects||Senior Citizens||Economy||Health & Wellbeing||Community Safety|
|Sub Projects||Footpaths||Gen Youth Projects||Luncheon Club||Overall Project||Overall Project||BAIT|
|Lead / Initiative Taker||Carol Terry||Denise Campbell||Sandy Duck||Ken Johnson||Denise Campbell||Alan Grant|
|in Bold||Patrick Perks||Ben Sheldon||Carol Terry||Alan Grant||Carol Terry||Carol Terry|
|Emma Fogg||Jane Cross||Hazel Barnes||Amanda Jupp||Carolyn Gibbs||Denise Campbell|
|Keith Brown||John Underwood||Gordon Braun||Gillian Knight||Emma Fogg|
|Patrick Perks||Kate Rowbottom||Gordon Lindsey||Helen Abbott|
|Denise Campbell||June Perks|
|Yes||Dementia||John Underwood||Keith Brown|
|Keith Brown||John Underwood||Kate Rowbottom||Christmas Billifest||Patrick Perks|
|Denise Campbell||Carol Boniface||Lynda Spain||Ken Johnson|
|Jane Cross||Denise Campbell||Martin Spurrier||Carol Terry||Road Safety|
|Owen Davies||Gordon Braun||Carol Terry|
|EYE||Village Agent/Help the Aged||Patrick Perks||Helen Abbott||Emma Fogg|
|John Griffin||Ken Johnston||John Griffin|
|Denise Campbell||Carol Boniface||Neighbourhood Plan||June Perks||Scams & Internet|
|Patrick Perks||John Underwood||Martin Spurrier||Linda Nicholl||Patrick Perks|
|Tony Priestley||Patrick Perks||Denise Campbell||Martin Spurrier|
|Tony Burke||Ken Johnston||Patrick Perks|
|Patrick Perks||Philip Jordan|
|SPD Working Group||Tony Priestley|
|Denise Campbell||Summer Show|
|Ken Johnson||Patrick Perks|
|Patrick Perks||Denise Campbell|
|Food & Drink Festival|