Sunday, 16 October 2016

The next meeting of the Friends of St James Park will be taking place on 

Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 7:30pm

Please email us at friendsofstjamespark@gmail.com to RSVP.

We welcome anyone who'd like to contribute to the group, either as part of the committee or the wider group, helping at events etc. 

In the past we've done bulb planting, a Big Lunch community event, and run 'Forest School' nature trail style events in Low Hall Nature Reserve which is behind the park and allotments, towards Low Hall Sports Ground.  We've also kept the council informed about issues such as repairs needed to playground equipment, and damage to trees.

Suggestions for future events have included:

- keep fit classes such as Our Parks
- cycling training
- bulb planting
- events in conjunction with the local Friends of the Earth group
- liaise with St James Big Local and local businesses about funding opportunities 
- working with the Mill to deliver events like a light parade http://www.biglunchextras.com/resources/start-a-local-lantern-parade
- a Christmas Fair
- a Summer Fair
- another Big Lunch picnic
- fundraising for permanent equipment as in Lloyd Park and Leyton Jubilee Park
- fundraising for a cafe/toilets on site (although both of these last two would be very big projects!)

We get regular updates from the council on funding opportunities and initiatives - for example at the moment there are trees available which could be planted, subject to agreeing a suitable site with the council. If there's a particular event that really interests you, it could work well to set up a mini 'working group' as part of the wider Friends Of group to make it happen. 

We are really in need of...

1. people to come forward to join the committee, as most of the original committee members have moved away from the area. The roles of chair, treasurer, secretary and comms need be filled in order to keep the group constituted and eligible for council assistance and funding, and the roles can be shared as we've successfully done that in the past. Unfortunately, unless we can get the committee roles filled, the group will be wound down by the end of 2016.

2. Expertise in communications, fundraising, events, writing risk assessments, and generally being cheerful and helpful at events is always welcome! This can be in conjunction with a committee role, or ad hoc.

3. Volunteers to undertake vital training courses which enable us to put on events, such as First Aid, Food Safety etc via the free courses run by the council, and then attend events.

We hope to see you next week, we really hope that we're going to be able to keep FOSJP alive and kicking!


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