Old Town Residents Association [OTRA] is to hold an Annual Meeting on Zoom on Monday 15 March. This is the first time the organisation which covers an area of more than ten thousand residents across the Old Town hill has gone online live for the official public business.
Co-Chair, Colin Doubleday said “we have been holding monthly meetings Zoom platform since the start of the pandemic, however time has moved on and we need to reach out to the wider public. We hold a meeting each year to elect committee members and update the residents, normally we try to do this in an enjoyable way with a glass of wine at a venue like the Art Gallery, but this year we will have to meet in our own homes and provide our own beverages.”
The meeting which is scheduled to last an hour will include addresses from Robert Buckland MP, local councillors from both Eastcott and Old Town Wards and also from South Swindon Parish Council. The link to the meeting will be shared on Facebook nearer the date https://www.facebook.com/groups/oldtownresidents The meeting is open to any resident who lives on the ‘hill of Old Town’, although there are only 100 places online. At the meeting a new committee will be elected to serve for the next 12 months.
“We are optimistic that many residents will attend. Over the past five years we have built up quite a following on Facebook with more than 1500 people involved in a lively and informative group.” Colin added “Personally I have never run a big meeting online, so I am a little nervous, however we know that we have a lot of support from the community and I hope they will ignore any technical challenges or confused silences”
OTRA has been running since the start of the 1970s and now combines 5 original associations covering Eascott, Kingshill, Croft Hill, Pipers Area and Okus. The committee meet with councillors every month to consider local issues, a group maintain 6 local public gardens and they are looking to focus on more local activities such as litter picks and activities for young people. OTRA very much welcomes support and involvement through their Facebook group.