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The TRUNK May 2021

28 May 2021

Gwent MA: training and development webinars

Gwent MA has organised a series of seven Zoom webinars, including talks about RSPCA prosecutions and local Trading Standards. The webinars are intended to provide sitting JP’s with some development training and raise awareness of the investigation and prosecution process of other agencies.

These webinars were not only a form of CPD but also used as a means of recruiting new members to the MA.

The webinar presenters from RSPCA Prosecutions discussed animal cruelty and local Trading Standards and Environmental Health Officers, touched on subjects, including Anti-Counterfeiting work, Noise Nuisance, use of Technology and the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The initial webinars planned were open to the whole Bench and the remaining five sessions are only accessible to MA members. To date eight JP’s have joined the MA in order to access the remaining five sessions. 

For more information, please contact Nick Haynes

Lancashire County MA: AGM

Lancashire County MA will be holding its AGM on 24 June 2021 starting at 7.30pm and the event will be held over Zoom. The meeting will incorporate a presentation by the specialist Lancashire Constabulary Rural, Wildlife and Heritage Crime Team, which should be very interesting and informative.

Lancashire County MA’s most recent event took place on 14 May and was a virtual cheese tasting evening hosted by the Courtyard Dairy based in Settle North Yorkshire. A selection of farmhouse British cheeses were delivered in advance to participants and an experienced cheesemonger explained the origins of the cheeses and gave an insight into the rural cheesemaking industry. 

For more information, please contact Fiona Duggan

Central & North London MA: talk on The Timpson Foundation

On 26 May, Central & North London MA hosted an uplifting talk by Darren Burns, Head of the Timpson Foundation.

The Timpson Foundation was set up in 2002 by James Timpson after visiting HMP Thorn Cross Open Men’s Prison. Former offenders are recruited through Release on Temporary Licence (from open prisons), Prison Training Academies, interviews post-release and referrals from other agencies. With an estimated 11 million people having non-driving criminal records, Timpson and Burns, who is also Timpson’s National Recruitment Ambassador, believe those who are work-ready can make up an important part of the workforce. Interviews and risk assessments are essential and Darren, a former police officer, will interview candidates to make sure they are going to be able to deal effectively with customers and is up front about their past. They learnt that prison leavers are often more honest and that the retention rate for ex-offenders is twice as high as the employee average, suggesting that the scheme benefits the workers (some of whom will rise to management positions) and the company, as well as society by reducing reoffending. 

For more information, please contact Janet Lear

Leicestershire & Rutland MA: meet the team event

The Leicestershire & Rutland MA Branch Executive Committee hosted an informal online event on Saturday 8 May.

The event was attended by Branch Executive members and the Branch President, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. Three new joiners to the Branch Executive were introduced to the President and there was great emphasis on planning the resumption of Magistrates in the Community Engagement events following the pandemic months.  The Branch Chair recited the ‘Tribute to the Justice System’ Poem that had featured in the April Trunk. That brought a smile to everyone’s faces on a very wet and windy Saturday!

For more information, please contact Elaine Swanson

Oxfordshire MA: social events for summer

Two social events have been organised for this summer, for members of the Oxfordshire MA and partners. These events are to be led by Stephen Barker, an experienced Heritage Advisor, working with many museums and universities.

On 6 July at 2pm there will be an escorted walk around the Battlefields of Cropredy, followed by light refreshments. The royalists were led at this battle by King Charles 1st, at one point the parliamentary forces were in range of killing the King which could have brought the war to an early end. Many land features can still be seen and there are head stones in the churchyard from the causalities of the battle.

On 3 August at 4pm, Stephen will lead a walk around Oxford, stopping at points of interest to explain how important the holding of Oxford was to both sides, and the history of the three sieges of Oxford during the Civil War. This will be followed by meal in a restaurant in Oxford. 

All costs of tours will be meet by Oxfordshire MA apart from the meal in Oxford. Each tour has a maximum of twenty people.

Please email Tania Johnson to book a place or for more information

Coventry & Warwickshire MA: centenary celebration

Coventry & Warwickshire MA Branch is proud to announce a very special event to celebrate 100 years of the Magistrate Association and 100 years of women magistrates.

The event is scheduled to take place in the magnificent medieval Guildhall of Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, on Saturday 18 September 2021. The keynote speaker wil be the Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales, the Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Thirlwall DBE. Other speakers lined up include a High Court Family Judge and the MA National Chair.  A celebratory lunch will be prepared by Nic Doughty of NICuisine.

Subject to Covid guidance at the time, tickets will go on sale in July and we anticipate demand will exceed supply - priority will be given to local MA branch members.

Coventry & Warwickshire MA: AGM

Coventry & Warwickshire MA members are invited to come together virtually for its upcoming AGM and members’ meeting. The meeting will take place via MS Teams on 22 June at 6.30pm.

To see the AGM agenda, please click here

For more information, please contact Alexander Cosic 

Black Country MA: virtual events

Black Country MA’s executive is creating a programme of virtual events with various organisations and hopes you will be able to attend some of the interesting sessions they have lined up.

Next Event:

  • 19 June at 10:30: Cranstoun and West Midlands Police drug arrest referral service, followed by the AGM.

All events will be held digitally via Teams and more events are being planned. Invites will be emailed to all Black Country MA members prior to each event.

If you have any queries, please email Gemma Staite.

Surrey MA: presentation on domestic violence protection

Following the two successful presentations on Children in the UK Care System and Understanding the Role of Trauma in Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Surrey MA is hosting a third presentation which is planned for 9 June. There will be three presenters.

DCI Matt Barcraft Barnes, the lead for Domestic Abuse for Surrey Police will talk about DVPN/DVPOs and the impacts.

Michelle Blunsom MBE is CEO of East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service. She will address the different elements of domestic abuse, impact on the victims and the multi-agency approach.

Fiamma Pather is CEO of Your Sanctuary. This organisation offers support to male victims of abuse across Surrey. Fiamma will speak about the DVPO and the impact on victims, and how the time allocated in the order is used by outreach workers to offer support and advice.

This has been given JTAAAC approval and can be logged as a training session.

For more information, please contact Karon Goodfellow

Shropshire MA: information sharing events

Shropshire MA will be hosting its next information sharing event. This will begin at 7pm and will be via Microsoft Teams.

9th June 2021 Sarah Treadaway from Citizens Advice Witness Service will be giving a talk about their role in the court.

Please email Nicola Huges if you would like to attend

Cheshire MA: AGM and members’ meeting

Cheshire MA members are invited to come together virtually for its upcoming AGM and members’ meeting. The meeting will take place over Zoom on 6 November.

All Cheshire and Merseyside magistrates are invited to attend. There will be an interesting mix of speakers including presentations on County Lines Drug Dealing and Domestic Violence. 

For more information, please contact Alan Eyres.

CMJA virtual conference

MA Members are invited to the CMJA Virtual Conference 12-15 September 2021 - "Post-Pandemic Innovations" 

Registration is now open and for more information on the conference and registration form, please click here.


500 Club - MAY WINNERS

1st Prize – Karl Landeg (Mid & South Glamorgan)
2nd Prize – Gail Goodman (Lancashire County)
3rd Prize –  Nigel Morgan (Oxfordshire)


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