Above: New Chairman Carol Eastwood hands Tony a card and gift (photo credit: Arun Agarwal)

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Henfield Community Partnership and a change in leadership, as Tony Jackson who has chaired the partnership since it was formed stepped down to be succeeded by Carol Eastwood.

The Henfield Community Partnership (HCP) held its AGM on 17th September 2015.  Tony Jackson, in presenting the Directors' report, said that the year ending 31 March 2015 was the busiest and most significant he had known since the HCP was formed in July 2005.

He said "the major achievement was the agreement from WSCC to a community asset transfer of its Day Centre in Hewitts under a long term lease. After 15 months of hard work, we celebrated this ground breaking agreement on 6 August with senior WSCC officials." Although there is still much to do, the re-launch of the Centre, to be called Henfield Haven, is planned for late November. Tony added "we want to create a sustainable, lively and active centre which is widely used by local groups and individuals and the community has a sense of ownership. It will be a place where people feel valued and able to contribute, feel welcome and safe, and enjoy spending their time."

Left: Tony at the press event for the Henfield Haven held in August (photo credit: BN5 Magazine)

The Chairman referred to joint work between the HCP and Henfield Parish Council to produce a community action plan for the period 2015-19 which would be issued shortly. He said that "this joint co-operation is, I believe, a fundamental reason why we have been able to achieve so much as a community. The relationship we have in Henfield between the two bodies is rightly seen as the exemplar for others to follow. The achievements in Henfield speak for themselves."

Following the completion of a visitor strategy last year, the HCP has used funding from Awards for All to print six itineraries which will be distributed to places in the near vicinity used by visitors. The itineraries include Henfield's historical highlights, fun for all the family, and things to do within a 1O mile radius.

After 10 years as Chairman, Tony Jackson said "this is a good time to take a back seat and let someone else take the Partnership forward to further successes. It is a real privilege to have led the HCP over that period and Ifeel honoured to have worked with many talented and willing people during that time because without them, the HCP would not have achieved what it has today."

Finally, he paid tribute to two members who were standing down after 10 years; Alison Vine who had chaired the Partnership's Action for Older People's Group, and Arun Agarwal, Company Secretary & Treasurer.
Carol Eastwood was voted in as the new HCP Chairman. She said "I feel privileged to have been elected as Chairman and hope the HCP continues to make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of our village. Tony has set a very high standard to follow and I will endeavour to live up to this".

Several tributes were paid to Tony's outstanding leadership over the last decade. Although stepping down from HCP, he intends to comtinue his involvement with Henfield Social Enterprise which has been created to oversee the new Henfield Haven.

View the HCP Director's Report 2015