Members meetings are held monthly either at Ellesmere Port or Chester on the third Tuesday of every month.

Ours is a member led organisation and the course the charity takes is determined by the members.

Meetings also give members the opportunity to voice their concerns about local services and to share information

2018 AGM

The AGM will be held on Friday 10th August at 6pm. A supper and entertainment will be provided. Please contact Sue if you would like to attend or/and if you need transport.

Minutes Members Meeting – 17th July 2018

Present: Jan Hobday, Linda Butt, Doreen Timmins, Joan Hurst, Margaret Booth, Sue Hearfield, Joyce Jones, Frank Byrne, Doris Fairbrother, Ena Wright, Jill Whitmore, Audrey Sykes, Howell Lloyd, Glenys Salmon, Gordon Jones, Dave Walters, Janet Jones.

Apologies: Mum Bhakoo, Mohan Bhakoo.

Minutes of the last meeting: Approved.

Matters Arising: The accessible toilets have now been completed.

Finances: We should be left with around £60,000 when the final building costs are met.

Building: There is a little bit of snagging left to do then the building is complete.

Events: Wednesday trips and Thursday trips are continuing throughout the summer.There will be a day long canal boat trip on Oct 4th.

The AGM is scheduled for Friday 10th August at 6pm. A supper and entertainment will be provided.

There was a discussion regarding the payment of trips and members decided unanimously that trips should be paid for in advance and that payment should not be refundable.

Howell suggested a reserve list for trips where tickets could be sold on if necessary.

Glenys pointed out that if a trip was cancelled money should be returned.

AOB: Janet and Gordon suggested we sell Christmas cards to raise funds. Sue will contact the printers to find out the cost and potential profit.

Keep fit begins on Friday at a cost of £3 per session including refreshments.

Joyce asked about a crossing and Sue will contact the Access Officer again.

Meeting at the Centre

The next Members Meeting will be held at the Unit at 2pm on Tuesday 17th July. Transport and refreshments will be provided.

Ellesmere Port on March 20th

The next Member’s Meeting will be held at the unit in Ellesmere Port on March 20th at 2pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Minutes of the Members Meeting 24th October 2017 2pm


This is our most testing time. This month we have paid out £3,500 for moving the gas meter, £9,000 on materials, £8,000 to builders, and we’ll be paying out £5,000 on insurance for our four vehicles.

However, the shops are doing well, the amount of money raised through fundraising has reached around £64,000 so far this year and we have just been granted £10,000 from Awards for All.

On top of this, we are to receive a legacy, which will probably be between £30,000 and £50,000. At this moment in time we still have £20,000 more in the bank than we did at the end of 2016.


The building has moved on in leaps and bounds though this isn’t always apparent. One of the biggest jobs in the charity side of the unit was laying the drains. These are now hidden and no one would guess the amount of work, which went into them. Without the drains we would have no toilets, no kitchen sinks and no washbasins.

Walls have been built and some ceilings are in place. In some areas we have finished the electrics and in others the first fix is complete.

It is now possible to get a feel of what the unit will become as the layout is complete. We are still on track to open at Christmas though the main hall and new entrance lobby may not (probably won’t) be finished.

The first windows/French doors have been ordered and should arrive within the next two weeks. If we are happy with these the remaining six sets will be ordered.

There was a tour of the building.


Everyone enjoyed the holiday in Blackpool. The cinema is booked for the 6th November, Glenys will be in touch next week with details

Trustee Meeting:

The next trustee meeting is due the first week of November.


It was agreed unanimously to move the Members Meetings to the Unit at the new time of 2pm. Transport and refreshments will be provided. Everyone agreed that the building was ‘brilliant’.

Minutes of Members Meeting held on 16th September 2017

Present : Gordon Jones Jan Hobday Ena Wright Glenys Berry Joyce Jones Sue Wellesbury, Glenys Salmon Linda Butt

Apologies: Bill Berry, Audrey Sykes, Sue Hearfield, Mohan Bhakoo, Jill Whitmore

Last Meeting: There were no minutes taken at the last meeting which was informal due to lack of numbers.

Matters arising: None

Finances: Finances remain good despite the work on the building.

Building: Progress is fantastic; floors due to go down (we have secured bonded vinyl floor tiles at a fraction of the normal cost), the toilets are in place and working, the electrics are complete in part of the building.

The ceiling in the main hall is almost complete and ceilings are being structured in other parts of the building.

The trading side is complete, with its own toilet facilities and small kitchen area, all that needs to be arranged is an official opening.

We are still hoping to open the Charity side by Christmas or New Year.

Events: A holiday has been planned in Blackpool from 16th to 20th October.

Wednesday trips are now finished, for the winter, these proved popular and more trips will be arranged throughout the year.

Trustee Meeting: `One was held on the 6th September, three new trustees are to be co-opted on to the board. Two are full members and the third is an ophthalmologist.

Fund Raising: To date £ 55,000 has been raised.

AOB Raffle was held and proceeds went towards taxi fares.

Thanks were given to Joyce for her hospitality in allowing the meeting to be held in her home.

Date and time of next meeting will be 2pm 24th October 2017 at the unit, where members will have the opportunity to see progress. Refreshments and transport will be provided.

There will be no members meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in October as this coincides with the holiday.

19th Sept 2017

This meeting will be held in Ellesmere Port.

Joyce Jones has volunteered to host the meeting and provide refreshments.

I know this should have been the Chester meeting and if this causes any problem we can hold October's meeting in Chester.

If you would like to attend the meeting and require transport please let me know.

August 2017

This month's Member’s Meeting will be held tomorrow evening (Tuesday 15th August 2017) at Ellesmere Port Labour Club. If you would like to attend and need transport please let me know.

Please find the Agenda and the Minutes of the Last Meeting below.

  • Agenda
  • Present
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of previous meeting (attached)
  • Matters arising:
  • New Building
  • Clubs
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Trustee Meeting
  • Outings and holidays
  • AOB
  • Date and Venue of next meeting

AGM 2017

The AGM is on Friday July 7th at 7pm at Upton British Legion. Transport, refreshments and entertainment are provided. Please let me know if you can make it.

2017 AGM Minutes (download as word).

2017 AGM Minutes (download as pdf).

"What the charity has achieved financially is quite remarkable. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and volunteers. CDFB is in a very healthy position with respect to finances. Having grown from almost nothing at its registration in 2009, the charity now has a very healthy cushion of reserves, a building we own outright and four vehicles we own and run. Just as we have grown financially so have our services expanded."

Next Meeting: 7pm at Upton British Legion 7th July

Tuesday 20th June at the Labour Club

Minutes of Members Meeting 20th June 2017

Ellesmere Port Labour Club

Present: Sue Hearfield, Jill Whitmore, Linda Butt, David Walters, Glenys Salmon, Bill Berry, Glenys Berry, Joyce Jones, Janet Hobday, Audrey Sykes

Apologies: Ena Wright, Gordon Jones

Minutes of the last meeting: Approved

Matters Arising: None

Finances: Both Trading and Fundraising are going well.

Building: The Trading side is virtually finished and there will be an opening party at the end of August. Walls have gone up in the charity side, electrics moved and drainage laid.

Events: A trip to the Anderton Boat lift is arranged for the 6th July and the AGM is on Friday 7th at Upton British Legion.

Trustee Meeting: The next Trustee Meeting will be held prior to the AGM to discuss the accounts.

AOB: Audrey asked us to contact the Storyhouse in Chester to discuss a possible tour.

Sadly Rhonda Wray, member and volunteer passed away this month. Rhonda was a lovely lady and we are all going to miss her. Rhonda was a member and a volunteer who helped out both in the charity shop and on collections.

Minutes of members meeting 18th April 2017

Ellesmere Port Labour Club

Present: Glenys Salmon, Jill Whitmore, Sue Hearfield, Mohan Bhakoo, Linda Butt, Neil Jarvis, Norman Hughes, Joyce Jones, John Andrew, David Walters and David Yardley.

Apologies: Bill and Glenys Berry, Ena Wright, Jan Hobday, Howell Lloyd and Gordon Jones.

Minutes of the last meeting: Approved

Matters Arising: None

Finances: Finances are good. Fundraising is up on last year so far and shops are performing well. We have had three grants totaling £35,000 in the past few months.

Building: Work is progressing nicely. The trading side is almost complete. Work has begun on the charity side of the building and the new firewall is being erected at the moment. We have had a report from a structural engineer, which confirms that we can replace the windows and insert five French doors.

Events: Cinema Club, is delayed as VUE have purchased new audio equipment and as yet have only six of the new headsets. We have been assured that there will be more headsets in the near future and we shall make contact again tomorrow.

It was agreed that weekly trips should begin in June and the following ideas put forward:

  • Towyn
  • New Brighton
  • Jodrell Bank
  • Andreson Boat Lift
  • Parkgate
  • River trip on Mersey
  • The next Ten Pin Bowling club will be held on Wednesday 26th April.

Holiday – it was suggested that this year’s holiday could be to the Isle of Man.

Trustee Meeting: Trustee meeting was taken mainly with discussions re the unit. It was decided that there would be a Trustee’s Away Day this year.

AOB: Neil Jarvis pointed out that we have the wrong address is in the constitution. We are looking at holding the AGM in a hotel in Chester late in May.

Date and venue of next meeting: It was agreed that we would not hold a member’s meeting in May as there will be an AGM (date to be arranged).

Date and venue of next meeting: 21st March 2017 at The Little Owl at 7pm - MEETING CANCELLED

Members Meeting Minutes 21st Feb at Ellesmere Port Labour Club

Present: Gordon, Jan, Ena, Sue, Bill B, Glenys B, Jill and Glenys S

Apologies: Joyce, Audrey, Sue and Anne

Minutes of last meeting: Approved

Finances: Fundraising so far this year has reached £6,800 - Thanks to everybody who were involved.

Building: Progressing as planned. The mezzanine floor is due to arrive on Monday and when this is up all stock can be moved from charity side then work can progress on hall, kitchen and toilets.

Events: Nothing planned at the moment. Bill suggested an outing to the Zoo, entry is expensive but one person can go in free as a carer. Another suggestion was Bangor on Dee races.

Trustee Meeting: A meeting is due in March.

AOB: No.