Agenda and minutes

Sarah Cowley Committee - Thursday, 21st February, 2013 5.30 pm

Venue: Room 9 - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Kelley Dunne 

No. Item


Appointment of Chairman


*           Resolved that Councillor Bowden be appointed as Chairman for this meeting of the Committee.


Councillor Bowden here took the Chair.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Dyer and Haw.


Councillor Anderton here entered the meeting


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*           Resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 8 November 2012, be approved and signed.


Advertisement of the Sarah Cowley Fund


Members raised concerns regarding the low number of applications for assistance which had been received and discussed the advertising of the fund. The Finance Manager advised the Committee that the Sixth Forms and Colleges in the borough and the Service Manager in the Children and Young Peoples Department had been contacted and informed of the opportunity for students and application process.


Members discussed ways to raise awareness of the Committee.


*           Resolved that:


(1)        all Committee Members be provided with the application form sent to applicants; and


(2)        the Chairman be included in the next cycle of circulation reminders to Sixth Forms and Colleges.


Declarations of Interest from Members


No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.


Exclusion of the Public

Recommended that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item for the reason stated:


Item                 Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)


6                   Exempt information relating to applicants for financial assistance (Para. 3 of Schedule 12A)


*           Resolved that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items for the reason stated:


            Minute            s          Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)


             12-14              Information relating to an individual (Para 1 of Schedule 12A)


Applications for Financial Assistance


Members considered applications for financial assistance for the academic year 2012 / 2013.


*           Resolved that the report be noted and applications be dealt with as set out below:


Advanced Courses



Application Ref. No.

Course Description




Leeds Metropolitan University, MSC Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg): £750.00


Nottingham Trent University, LLB – Law with Criminology: £600


The following items had not been notified five clear days in advance of the meeting. However, the Chairman had agreed to the matter being considered as items of urgent business in order to enable the matters to be progressed.


Disposal of Land


A verbal report was made to the Committee by the Finance Manager which informed Members that an application had been made to the Charity Commission to dispose of a small piece of land which belonged to the Sarah Cowley Trust for which the Trust received an annual ground rent.


Members were informed that on 31 December 2012, the Council had received permission from the Charity Commission to sell the land and following successful sale of the land the monies raised would be added to the Sarah Cowley Trust Fund.


*           Resolved that the verbal report be noted.



Councillors Bowden, Jackson and Lynch declared a personal non-pecuniary personal interest in the following item and in accordance with the Code of Conduct remained in the meeting.


Sarah Cowley 300 Year Anniversary


The Finance Manager informed Members of a request that had been made to the Committee to help fund the republication of a book charting the history of Sarah Cowley and publication of a simplified version of Sarah Cowley’s history for the pupils of Cowley Language College to celebrate her 300 year anniversary in 2014.


Members discussed the request.


  • Resolved that although sympathetic to the request it did not fall within the Trusts specified remit and as a result funding could not be allocated.