Spring Park Residents’ Association
88th Annual General Meeting
Held online via Zoom Conferencing
7.30pm Wednesday 9 June 2021
Attendance by invitation only
1. Welcome by SPRA President Trevor Ashby
2. Apologies for absence.
3. Minutes of the last AGM held Weds 8 May 2019.
4. (Acting) Chair’s report (published in May SPAN).
5a. Financial Accounts 2019/2020
5b. Financial Accounts 2020/2021
5c. Treasurer’s Report 2020/2021
6. Nominees for Life Membership 2020
Lori Noeth, Wendy Nash, Mark Ellis, Brenda Miller, Lynn Waller, Andy Black
6a. Nominees for Life Membership 2021
Daniel Roberts, Janice Green, Janet Bown, Vilma Hanscomb, Moira McDonnell
7. The Executive Committee of SPRA proposes the following changes to the Constitution:
Use the link below to see the Current Constitution
8. Elections and Re-election of SPRA Officers, Trustees, Committee Members and Auditors
See Appendix Below- Candidates Biographies
Re-election of Officers (annual)
Trevor Ashby (President)
Allan Booth (Treasurer)
Mandy Hopkins (Zone and Road Stewards)
Election of Officers
Geoff Flook (Chair)
Mike Roberts (Vice-Chair)
Milton Moore (Secretary)
Election of Committee Member
Chris Kirwan (Community Safety)
Re-election (those having served 2 years since last election)
Re-election of Trustee
Election of Trustee
Re-election of Auditors
9. Written Questions submitted by Members and Written Answers
10. Meeting Close
Appendix – Candidates Biographies
PRESIDENT – TREVOR ASHBY
Co-opted onto SPRA Executive Committee in February 2009
Elected Chairman of Community Projects Sub-committee in April 2009
Elected Vice Chairman of SPRA in May 2010
Elected Chairman of SPRA in May 2011 – until May 2017
Elected President of SPRA in May 2017
I have lived in Shirley for over 42 years with my family and am a member of the local Baptist Church. I am Chairman of the Shirley Planning Forum, an amalgamation of eight Residents’ Associations in Shirley, which is set up to work with Croydon Council Planning Department to agree the future development plans for Shirley for the next 15 years. I am also Chairman of the Shrublands Trust, which was set up to alleviate poverty on the Shrublands Estate and the surrounding area.
Having taken early retirement 16 years ago from being a Building Surveyor, I spend my time playing tennis, gardening, walking in the country and serving on various local committees and sub-committees including the ones mentioned above
I believe in communicating and working with other people to maintain and improve the aims and objectives of our local community.
TREASURER –ALLAN BOOTH
Co-opted onto SPRA Executive Committee in September 2018
Elected Treasurer in May 2019
I have lived in Spring Park for over 35 years and I have worked in various aspects of finance for over forty years. My last employment was with an interior and graphic design company in Bermondsey as a Financial Administrator.
Prior to that I worked for various companies, mainly within construction, manufacturing and private finance initiative, as accountant and company secretary. Although I am qualified by experience I feel that this doesn’t preclude me from the role as treasurer.
In my spare time, I play badminton, swim, walk in the countryside and enjoy visiting National Trust sites. I have been a volunteer for the Friends of Spring Park Wood since it was founded in 2003 and have continued with this work to maintain the aspect and biodiversity of this small oasis and encourage others to learn new woodland crafts in the fresh air.
I feel that we should all try to contribute to the community to maintain the objectives of our local environment.
ZONE & ROAD STEWARD SECRETARY – MANDY HOPKINS
Co-opted onto SPRA’s Executive Committee in October 2018
Elected Zone and Road Stewards’ Secretary in May 2019
I have lived in Shirley for most of my life, having moved here at an early age from Portsmouth.
For many years, I worked at Wellcome in Beckenham and was employed as an HR administrator for much of that time. Sadly, I had to leave when the company merged with Glaxo and the site was closed. After that, I joined the NHS and my first role was with Bromley Health Authority. My last position was as PA to the Acting Chief Executive and Chair of Bromley Primary Care Trust. I currently volunteer in the Cancer Research Shop in West Wickham.
I have taken on the role of the Zone & Road Stewards Secretary as I would like to make a contribution to the residents’ association
COMMUNITY SAFETY – CHRIS KIRWAN
Co-opted onto SPRA Executive Committee in August 2020
Elected Community Safety 2020
I have lived in Shirley for over 40 years, during which time I have been actively involved with the Spring Park Neighbourhood Watch, Chair of the local Ward Panel and have previously served on the SPRA Executive Committee.
My main career was with British Telecomm as a Project Manager. After retiring early, I have worked in a number of local schools, including Langley Park School for Boys in IT Support and ICT Strategy Manager at Langley Park School for Girls.
I then joined Bromley Youth Offenders Team (YOT) dealing with “Final Warnings”, in an attempt to prevent youths from entering the criminal justice system. Following this, I became a “Behaviour Mentor” at the Oasis Academy, mentoring pupils to help improve their behaviour.
I later applied to become a Magistrate (JP) and was appointed to sit in the Adult Court and later as a judge in the Family Court.
I am keen on collecting and researching information from local police and Neighbourhood Watch reports and crime reporting sites and publish this to residents via SPAN and various social media channels.
To foster and maintain relationships with the SNT, local Trading Standards Team, and other local and national crime reduction groups.
CHAIR – GEOFF FLOOK
Elected as SPAN Liaison in 2019
Co-opted as Chair 2020
I am a relative newcomer to the Spring Park area, having moved here four years ago. Prior to that, I lived in West Wickham for 28 years, so I know the locality well.
Until retirement in September 2017, I worked in education administration as a School Bursar for nearly twenty years, managing all the non-educational aspects of several local schools in both the state and private sectors. My early career was in marketing and general management roles within publishing and at the BBC.
I served for ten years as a School Governor at Oak Lodge Primary School (which my children attended). Since September 2017, I have done volunteering work with the Witness Service, as well as the recent roles with SPRA and SPAN. I am hoping to continue to use my wide-ranging skills and experience to serve the Spring Park community.
VICE-CHAIR – MIKE ROBERTS
Planning from 2011 to 2013
Co-opted onto SPRA’s Executive Committee in 2019
Co-opted as Vice-Chair 2020
I have lived in Shirley for 42 years. I have two sons both educated in Shirley at Bensons and Trinity
Until retirement in 2007, I worked in IT for 42 years where my final role was managing a team of 100 multinational technical staff supporting 6,000 computer users across 40 locations in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
My interests are Golf, Bowling, Racquetball, reading and providing computer help to family and friends
I have served as Secretary, Treasurer, Project Manager and Chair on the committee of three sports clubs
I want to make a Difference – Challenge the Status Quo
HONONARY SECRETARY– MILTON MOORE
Co-opted onto SPRA Executive Committee in 2020
I have lived in Croydon for 41 years. I am married and have two children who attended St Andrews High and Ashburton High school.
My background and interest have touched on several areas of public services. Initially I worked in children’s services, the history of this service is first Seebohm report which became the subsequent creation of local authority social services departments. Hence the development of specialist and generic social work within the UK.
I was fortunate to work in the prison service because of my role as Probation officer in (ILPS) Inner London Probation Service. Currently I remain working part time in much less challenging roles.
I played Sports at a fairly high level. I also taught as a teacher of PE and Special needs in Ingram High school, Ashburton, and Edenham High (now Orchard Park High)
Largely involved in setting up Status Employment in Shirley creating opportunities in employment, training, education projects for individuals with M/H, Disabilities per say, and Neurodiversity in the workplace.
My interest now rests with Diversity and inclusion as I spent the last year and the lockdown learning and reflecting on several issues that affect us in our daily lives. Understanding the meaning of diversity, what make the UK diverse, are we all open to diversity & inclusivity, hence working alongside each other to achieve some of the objectives to bring about better inclusion in our society.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER – SUZY STOYEL
Executive Committee since 2017
I moved to Shirley in 2011 following almost a lifetime in Addiscombe, although my school years were based in Shirley as I attended Coloma. I have maintained strong links with the school, as until very recently, I was Chair of the Alumnae Association
I retired from a career in the media at the same time as my house move to Shirley – I worked in PR & marketing with organisations like the BBC and ITV.
In September 2017, I started working part time as Co-ordinator for our local charity Shirley Neighbourhood Care, which provides a range of services to help Shirley’s elderly live independently. I’m also a member of a local branch of the Townswomen’s Guild.
My full-on working years did not allow me time to take part in community projects, but my retirement years have given me the chance to contribute to local life.
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY – LAWRIE RENDLE
Co-opted onto Executive Committee in November 2018
Elected Membership Secretary April 2020
I was born in 1951. I have had roots in Shirley since 1972 when my parents moved up here when I was at college
I taught in Zambia on leaving college and moved back to Shirley in 1981 when our children were ready to start school. We have been in our current house since 1983. I taught in Croydon for 15 years.
I have two sons, both live in Shirley. They went to school in Shirley, at Benson and Edenham. Their children all attend school in Shirley.
I retired in 2016. My wife and I both enjoy bowls, outdoor at Bethlem and short mat, in the parish hall in Shirley. We also spend time gardening and walking.
I believe that we can all benefit our community by working with SPRA.
SPECIAL PROJECTS – WINSOME THOMAS
Co-opted onto SPRA’s Executive Committee in February 2016.
Elected Honorary Secretary May 2016
Elected Special Projects
I have lived in Spring Park, Shirley for over 23 years and worship at the local Church of England church.
I was formerly a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages working in secondary and adult education and tutored in Research Studies and Business Management at post graduate level. I am a volunteer at my local church.
I am passionate about social justice issues and the environment.
Some of my interests are singing, reading, quizzing, Yoga and Pilates.
I believe we can all learn from each other and that we should share our gifts, skills and talents to help in the development and improvement of our local community.
TRUSTEE – ANDY BEBINGTON
19 years until the mid-1990’s as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chair.
Co-opted as Trustee in November 2010.
Elected Trustee in May 2011
I have been living in Shirley Way for 45 years and retired from NatWest in 2002.
As Trustee I am committed to protecting SPRA in many ways, not least the financial element of countersigning cheques, (which involves knowing what expenditure the Executive Committee has approved).
As a 45-plus years active resident of the area, and having served on several community and charitable bodies in that time, I bring a wealth of relevant experience to SPRA’s work
My motto is ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’…
TRUSTEE – BEV TANNER
For Election 2021
I have lived in Spring Park since 1983 with my wife Lyn and previously our two sons.
I am a retired accountant after a career in local government finance including a spell with Croydon.
I am very involved as hands on treasurer with a charity supporting older people in Southwark, but I felt I’d like to make a contribution more locally.
I believe I would find the trustee role interesting, after discussing this with Andy and Trevor, and that it would fit in well with the amount of time I can spend on this.
AUDITOR – JONATHAN BAXTER
Elected SPRA Auditor 2015
I am a retired bank manager with a background in financial matters and accounts.
Married with three adult children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, I have lived in Shirley for 30 years.
I am Chairman of Shirley Neighbourhood Care, Company Secretary for Croydon Churches Floating Shelter and a Rotarian as well as being a member of Shirley Methodist Church.
AUDITOR – BRIAN CANTRELL
Elected SPRA Auditor 2015
Articled and Qualified with (what is now) KPMG – Chartered Accountant in the sixties. Specialised in the audit of banks and complex financial institutions. Latterly worked for three banks, finishing in the nineties with a major American bank as Vice President and auditor in London.
I have lived in Shirley for 40+ years. I am now retired but continue to apply my auditing experience with local charities and music societies.