There was a break in at our store in the Parish Depot between the Friday evening and Monday evening (16th–19th September) where all our new battery electrical equipment – made by EGO was taken, this consisted of:
- Leaf Blower
• Power Head unit
• Hedge trimmer attachment
• Brush Cutter attachment
• Strimmer Attachment
• 5AH and 2.5AH battery
• 1 Off Rapid Charger
• 1 Off standard charger
If you have any information that can help us recover the equipment please contact the police asap.
We are extremely saddened by this. A lot of hard work went into negotiating and applying for funding and our plans for using the tools in future work have been negated.
Our September working morning saw a mega litter pick. Fifteen volunteers turned up and collected a Co-Op trolley full of beer bottles (which were recycled) and much assorted litter. Surprisingly over six bags of hydroponic pellets had been dumped in the park. These were cleared away, the police being informed as these pellets are usually used for growing cannabis. Some general maintenance was carried out to ensure the pathways were clear. Everyone enjoyed their morning. One task that is being tackled urgently is the renewal of the log circle for the Forest School children. The current logs are now quite rotted and need replacing.
We have had a generous donation of £600 from the Happy Crocodile, a Community Interest Company which is being wound-up, with Anne Brammall handing the cheque to Andy Denker our Treasurer. Their remaining funds were donated to us and we can do a lot with this generous sum (more information at a later date).The Happy Crocodile’s aim was to increase the number of children who walked to school and thereby cut down on emissions and encourage sustainable travel. Their efforts were well received and some very kind people volunteered to help set up a “walking school bus”. However, they couldn’t quite reach the critical number needed from locations across the village to run a viable, safe operation. Similar logistical difficulties were met by partners in other locations. Ultimately the CIC was wound up due to resource and staffing issues. However, the Happy Crocodile did make parents think of a healthy walk to school and the importance of limiting of cars near school gates where children breathe in engine fumes with cars around. They have a FB page “The Happy Crocodile” to explore ways of encouraging sustainable travel which you may like to visit. Whilst the project is now closed, they have lots of information on how to set up green travel to school schemes and would be very happy to share this with anyone in the village that might be interested in setting something up.
Our AGM will take place on place Wednesday 9th November in the Parish Office, starting at 7.30pm. Short reports will be given on the general management of the park, birds, wildlife and insects activity.
If you want to find out more about the Friends of Meadow Park visit the village website or our Facebook page. You can pick up a membership form from the library, Parish Office or Mel’s greengrocery. Membership per year costs £3 for an individual or £5 for a household. Becoming a Friend of Meadow Park does not require you to take part in the work groups. The membership fees are used to purchase tools and equipment to enable the work groups to maintain the park.