Minutes of Meeting September 2011

FRIENDS OF MARYON AND MARYON WILSON PARKS

Minutes of meeting, September 2011

Venue: St Thomas Church

Date: Thursday September 15th 2011

Present (16): Tim (chair), Steve (secretary), Gulle (Treasurer), Edna Roger and Elen , Mickey, Pat, Liz and Steve, Sheila, Ashleigh, Evelyn, Hazel and John, Catherine

Apologies: Paul and Sarah, whom the meeting congratulated on their recent wedding; Andrew, Sarah, Carol, Claire.

Minutes of previous meeting: Accepted.

Matters arising: The BMX area at Hornfair Park was now up and running.

Animal Care Centre Update:

At a recent meeting Cllr John Fahy had again stated that it was not the Council’s intention to close the ACC, only to find alternative ways of funding it. We understand the preferred way of doing this is by creating new revenue streams and through a trust, with voluntary members, who would be able to apply for grants that are not available to the Council. Plans have been drawn for the proposed cafe opposite the old toilet block (which will be pulled down).

The Council require the STAMP petition to be in by October 1st so it can be formally presented at their meeting on October 26th – watch the website for details of this meeting. The original covenant transferring the park to the people of London via the LCC had been found by Dr Iris Dove. It said that the park should remain rural (and there should be toilets in the park).

Clear Up Days:

These had taken place on the first Saturdays of August and September; our thanks to those who attended. It had been noted during the September clear-up that work had begun on refurbishing the tennis courts, which we first asked for in May 2007; also on the steps up to Cox’s Mount. Good work was also done on the site of our food-growing project in Maryon Park and it was suggested that we do the same as part of the October clear-up. Meet at the Flamsteed Road entrance to MWP at 10am on Oct 1st.

Community Food Growing Project:

Mickey reported that the park keepers were extremely keen on the project and very supportive. Japanese knotweed had been injected, which should kill 50 per cent of it, and this would be repeated next year. We should be able to apply for a grant from “Transform” of up to £3-4,000, the next round of bidding being in February. Woolwich Poly School had offered volunteers, which we would take up at a later date.

Big Lottery Tree Walk Project:

Nigel had done more hard work on this and produced two possible routes. Catherine said some of the route had a lot of brambles, which should be brought to Jeremy’s attention on our next walkabout.

Charlton Parks Reminiscence Project:

A first public event had been arranged at Charlton House on Saturday October 1st (1pm-4pm).

Bat news:

Catherine said there was a bat walk on Thursday September 22nd to which all were warmly invited. Bring a torch and stout footwear and meet at the Flamsteed Road entrance to MWP at 6.45pm. Bat detectors will be provided.

Treasurer’s report:

The sums were as at previous meeting: a balance of £3,547 incl. £2,650 grant for the tree walk project.

Website news:

Regular updates on the ACC campaign are being posted at www.friendsofmaryonparks.org

Tenth anniversary, calendar, Christmas cards:

It was agreed that the AGM in November marking our 10th birthday would start at 7pm, with celebratory cake afterwards. Previous officers and the current mayor to be invited.

As we have not yet broken even on the Christmas cards printed last year, there needs to be a sales push, starting at the AGM, where they will be on sale at £4 for 10.

It was too late to consider a calendar for 2012 but the meeting was in favour for 2013; please email any photographs of the parks at various times of year to andersontc@gmail.com

Ashleigh agreed to investigate updating the main Friends’ leaflet.

Correspondence received:

1. We have been asked to support the campaign against the big equestrian centre planned for Shooters Hill.

2. Greenwich Wildlife Advisory Group is meeting on October 20th.

3. World Parks Day was on September 17th.

4. Gulle had attended the Greenwich Parks’ Forum where the arborist Joe Woodcock gave a talk. He said there was quite a lot of disease affecting the borough’s trees. Gulle mentioned a number of items affecting our group especially the food growing and reminiscence project and our suggestion about barbecue areas which was well received. The Council will be asked to consider the pros and cons.

Any other business:

1. Ashleigh said Maryon Park was still being considered as a site for a skateboard park, although she preferred somewhere on the Greenwich peninsular.

2. Mickey reported that football coaching in Maryon Park had stopped for financial reasons and moved to the YMCA, which seemed a shame.

AGM:

Will take place in the Nellie Raven room at St Thomas, with refreshments afterwards in the church hall, Thursday November 10th at 7pm. Please note earlier time and make every effort to attend. Nominations welcome for the positions of chair, secretary and treasurer.

The first meeting of the new year will take place at the same venue on Thursday January 19th at 7.30pm.

Steve, Secretary