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The Trunk August 2019



1 October 2019, 10am to 3pm
Liverpool Central Library meeting rooms
William Brown Street
L3 8EW


Jane Kennedy

Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Representative from Catch 22
(child exploitation team)

Jon Collins
Chief Executive Officer, The Magistrates Association

Coffee, tea and croissants will be served from 10am and a buffet lunch will be served at 1pm

£15 for MA members
£20 for non-members and guests
Please respond to this e mail if you would like to attend.
Payable to the Merseyside branch of the Magistrates Association
a/c 30599107 - sort code 20-51-01
Or by cheque - to be sent to Brenda Lane, 40 Bailey Drive, Bootle, L20 6HA



We cannot quite believe it but we are half way through our 2019 programme. ‘How time flies when you are enjoying yourself’ is a commonly used phrase and golfers agree when they are playing well!

The Magistrates Golfing Society has enjoyed good weather at most venues, which always helps. We have visited many parts of the country so our luck held in Chester and Altrincham, as well as Hertfordshire and Essex, although Shropshire was a bit mixed.

What has been most encouraging is the number of members and their guests who have taken part. Over 40 took part at Sheringham and Royal Cromer, where many decided to turn the two-day event into a mini break by the sea; and over 30 at both Saffron Walden in Essex and the weekend ‘Sunday Driver’ at  Whitchurch in Shropshire. What is more important, even when lower numbers attended, all venues have produced a very happy group enjoying their sport and the good social buzz which now seems the norm.

We have three matches during the year but we haven’t seen success so far in 2019, being beaten by both the Yorkshire Police and the Law Society. Sadly the latter ending our three year run of success in this thirty year old fixture. Hopefully we shall do better against the Essex Police in September, where we shall hope to win the brand new piece of silverware being given by our opponents.

We now move on to Yorkshire and Newark for golf days and another weekend two-day stay in Daventry. Being a truly national society, we have had members from as far apart as Poole in Dorset, Bamburgh in Northumberland, Lancashire and Kent all playing on the same golf day, so we can give out the message that in our 81st year the society is alive and flourishing.

Would you like to join us? If so take a look at our website,    



MA Centenary Fund

As the MA Centenary in 2020 approaches, national office is planning a range of exciting activities, on which we will be updating you over the coming months.
On a local level, Branches are invited to apply for funding of activities or events promoting or celebrating the MA centenary. This will come from an earmarked fund, with a cap of £200 per branch (or multiples of £200 if a number of branches wish to collaborate on an activity) . Please click here to download the relevant form to fill out and return to .

The fund opened on 1 August and will remain open until the end of June 2020.

AGM, Conference and Dinner

We are happy to announce that we have been able to increase capacity for the conference to accommodate demand but now have only 25 places left.


We now have our full line up of speakers confirmed. These include Lady Justice Macur, Senior Presiding Judge; Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division; Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HMCTS; Natasha Broomfield-Reid, Founder of Diverse Matters; Paul Twocock, Interim Chief Executive of Stonewall; Karen Quinn, Chair of Triple A (All About Autism); Carolyn Housman, CEO of Children and Families across Borders; Katrina Ffrench, Chief Executive of Stopwatch; Dr Paul Dawson, Head of Research at the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC); Polly Harrar, Founder of The Sharan Project; and many more! Please click here for the full event programme.

YMSIG meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Young Magistrates Special Interest Group (YMSIG) will take place during the MA Annual Conference on Saturday 19 October 2019 at Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR.

The meeting will run from 3.15 - 4.30pm and attendance is free. All members of the YMSIG are very welcome. Please click here for any queries, or to confirm attendance.



Welsh MA branches share ideas and activities to celebrate the MA centenary

Welsh MA branches share ideas and activities to celebrate the MA centenary 

With the MA centenary coming up in 2020, several South Wales branches held a special executive meeting culminating in a fine meal at a local hotel.

Mid and South Glamorgan MA hosted representatives from the Gwent Branch, and some very good ideas were suggested as to how Wales might acknowledge and celebrate this occasion. One important idea is already being arranged, an all Wales Service at Brecon Cathedral, on 3 May 2020. One for the diary for Welsh magistrates!

It is hoped that over the next few months another meeting where all Welsh MA branches may enjoy each other’s company and prepare some activities to mark the centenary. Other ideas included a Victorian Court day, social events and more. Of special note and by happy coincidence, the Commonwealth Magistrates & Judges Association (CMJA) have their fiftieth anniversary in Cardiff during September 2020. A meeting has been held to see if local Welsh magistrates could help out with the program and events for visitors coming from all over the Commonwealth. 

Mid and South Glamorgan MA: Commonwealth magistrates and judges visit 

Whilst the Magistrates Association excitedly plans our own 100th anniversary celebrations, another special event is taking place bringing magistrates and judges from all over the Commonwealth to Cardiff in 2020.

It is the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Magistrates & Judges Association CCMJA) and they have chosen Cardiff as the venue for their semi-centennial celebrations. 

Although not directly linked, Mid and South Glamorgan MA has offered to support the CMJA, be part of any programme and help at events that they are arranging. Judiciary from all over the Commonwealth will be visiting Cardiff and local magistrates will rise to the occasion and show hospitality.  The branch also hopes to hold a special training or evening event that will include speakers of note also attending the CMJA.

The dates are 13-17 September 2020. More information to follow but this is a 'heads up.' 

Please click here to contact John Viney with any queries.

Mid and South Glamorgan MA: AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Mid and South Glamorgan MA will take place on 25 September at 6.30pm at the Castle Hotel, Merthyr Tydfil. CF47 8BG.
The guest speaker will be Geoff Hughes, former Governor of HMP Bellmarsh High security prison and other secure establishments. Geoff is an interesting and entertaining speaker who is a frequent speaker on cruise lines. He is also a lay member of the South Wales Advisory Committee and Master of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales.
The meeting is open to members and non-members but voting rights are reserved for members of the Magistrates Association.
Free parking is available in the Castle Car Park from 6pm.
Refreshments are not being served at the meeting but meals and drinks are available for purchase subsequent to the meeting. Advanced notice from those who require dinner would be useful.

Please click here to contact Jeff Edwards with any queries.

Coventry and Warwickshire MA: autumn activities

Coventry and Warwickshire MA is gearing up for a busy autumn.  The branch is currently seeking nominations for vacant posts on its Executive Committee, looks forward to welcoming members from all over the country to wonderful Stratford on Avon for the MA conference in October and has various training and MIC events planned.

The branch’s autumn training events take place at Warwickshire Justice Centre on 5 October and Coventry University on 30 November. Both events begin at 9.30am and are likely to cover policing priorities and challenges, the role of High Sherriff, an update from the Family court and hopefully a talk from a local prison governor. 

The branch has appointed its first retired members officer in the shape of Sue Jeffs who has penned an article for the Coventry and Warwickshire MA newsletter and has plans for a Christmas tea party on 4 December.  

Coventry and Warwickshire MA MIC Coordinator, John Taylor, is also on the lookout for new MIC presenters as he seeks to widen the branch’s MIC activities throughout Coventry and Warwickshire. To kickstart the new MIC programme, MA members are invited to two open meetings to find out more and discuss future work.  Travel expenses can be claimed.  The meetings take place on 6 September from 10am to noon, at Coventry Magistrates Court and 11 September from 10am to noon at Leamington Magistrates Court.  

For more information please click here to contact Stephen Westwood.

Lancashire County MA: mental health awareness event

Lancashire County MA will be holding a mental health awareness event on 2 October from 4-9pm at Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Lightfoot Green Ln, Preston PR4 0AP. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

The event is designed to provide insight into the range and complexity of mental health conditions encountered by services working with defendants and how these are identified and addressed from the police station to sentence and beyond. Speakers will include the Lancashire Constabulary Mental Health and Dementia Coordinator together with practitioners from the Probation Service and Lancashire Care. There will be a break for a meal.

The event is open to all magistrates in Lancashire and Cumbria. There is a charge of just £7.45 (the branch will need advance payment of this) which includes a choice of Lancashire Hotpot or Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne. However please note that attendees can claim travel and subsistence in the usual way from HMCTS.

Please click here for further information and booking arrangements.

Merseyside MA: AGM and conference

Merseyside MA will be holding its AGM and conference on 21 September, from 9:30am till 3pm, at the Community Rooms, 1st floor, (lift Available) Kirkdale Community Fire Station, Derby Rd, Liverpool L20 8EQ. The event will be titled 'Crime and Resolution 2020'. Speakers are:

• Louise O’Rourke, Sefton Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) Coordinator: Domestic Abuse Focus and Future
 John Bache, National Chair of the Magistrates Association: Magistrates’ Update, Future Planning
• Speaker TBC: Crime on Merseyside

Finger food lunch will be provided. Ample free parking is available on adjacent roads and Sandhills Station 6 minute walk.
The event is free to MA members and there is a £5 charge for non-members.

Please click here to contact Glenys Potsig to register attendance and receive executive nomination forms.

Shropshire MA Training Event

Shropshire MA is holding a training event on 27 September 2019. The topic of this event is ‘Drugs - understanding the impact on taking, the offences that are committed and the help and support available in the community’.

There will be speakers from the police, probation and Addiction Support.

The event will run from 9.30am to 1pm and will be held at The Wildlife Trust on Abbey Foregate in Shrewsbury.

There will be lunch provided after the speakers. The event is open to all magistrates. It is free for members of the MA and £8.50 for non-members

For further information, please click here to contact Nicola Hughes.

Bedfordshire MA: mini-conference

Bedfordshire MA would like to invite all MA members to its mini conference. The event will be held at the Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1T on 28 September, from 9.15am to 12.30pm.
9.00 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. Welcome

 9.15am to 10.15am      Richard Miller - Head of Legal Aid at The Law Society

The Law Society believes that due to many years of underinvestment our criminal justice system is crumbling and they have set up a Legal Justice campaign to fix it.

10.15am to 11.15am           Duncan Webster – National Leadership Magistrate

Duncan is a J,P. from North Yorkshire where he has been Bench Chair. Last year he was elected to the post of National Leadership Magistrate.

11.15am to 11.30am Break – Coffee and biscuits

11.30am to 12.30pm            Kathryn Holloway – Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire

Kathryn Holloway was elected to the post on May 5 2016. She will speak about her role as PCC and the particular issues that she faces in carrying it through.

12.30pm to 1pm  - Event closure.

Please contact Pauline Stewart or Roddy Carberry via ejudiciary to reserve your place.

Greater Manchester MA: contextual visits

Greater Manchester MA has visits to the following establishments available for this summer/autumn

• Manchester Airport Group - Community Relations at Olympic House: (including an ‘air side tour’) - not available to members of the public
• HMP Manchester
• HMP Forest Bank
• St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
• British Transport Police ‘Experience’
• GMP based at Manchester Airport
• LGBT Foundation – “Village Angels” - Manchester
• Fort Alice Refuge – Counselling Service – Bolton

Space limits full visit details, please click here to contact Peter Faulkner for available dates.

Greater Manchester MA: AGM 

The Greater Manchester MA executive committee have agreed that the GM AGM will be held on 16 October 2019 at 6pm.

The venue will be The Friend’s Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester. Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm.

Mr Warren J Smith, HM Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester will be in attendance and make a brief address to the meeting.

A confirmed speaker is Damian Dallimore, Partnership Lead for Programme Challenger at the GM Combined Authority

Please click here to contact Paul Brearley with any queries.

Chair & Deputy Chair Branch Visits

John Bache, Chair

Upcoming visits

4 September 2019     Kent MA
18 September 2019   Essex MA
12 October 2019        Cheshire MA
29 October 2019        Clwyd MA
2 November 2019      Staffordshire MA
7 November 2019      Berkshire MA
9 November 2019      Dyfed MA

Beverley Higgs, Deputy Chair

Upcoming visits
29 October 2019  Dorset MA

Alison Spurgeon-Dickson, Deputy Chair

Upcoming visits

7 September 2019  Birmingham MA


1st Prize – Sarah Wilson (North & East Devon)
2nd Prize – Rachel Lummis (Surrey)
3rd Prize – Robert Jackson (Wolds & South Yorkshire)

Essex MA AGM

On 18 September at 19:00, Essex MA AGM will be held at the Reid Rooms in Billericay. This year's guest speaker will be John Bache JP FRCS who is the current MA National Chair.

Towards the middle of June the reminder to self-nominate to positions on the Essex MA Executive Committee will be published with positions being effective from the AGM. Ian Finch, current Branch Secretary, steps down this year after six years in the post and a replacement will be required. If anyone would consider taking on the role then Ian would be only to pleased to hear from you and talk you through what is involved.
For more information, please click here to contact Ian Finch.

Dorset MA AGM

Dorset MA will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th October 2019 at Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0PX

3pm Arrival, sign in and coffee or tea
4pm AGM
4.30pm Presentation from a senior executive of HMCTS
5.15pm Presentation from the Chairman of Narcotics Anonymous, Dorset
6pm Legal Update
7pm Buffet supper

For more information, please click here to contact Louise Dutton.

Oxfordshire MA social

A social get together for the Oxfordshire MA will be being held at a local restaurant in or close to Oxford on 18 October.
For more information, please click here to contact Tania Cherry.

Cheshire MA: conference and AGM

Cheshire MA will be holding their annual conference and AGM on Saturday 12 October 2019 in Hartford, Cheshire. They have some exciting speakers arranged so watch this space for further details.
For further information, please click here to contact Alan Eyres.

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