Committee meeting dates 2014

The committee have scheduled the following dates for meetings this year. If you would like to attend as an observer, or with a view to getting more involved, you will be made very welcome! Please contact the secretary for more information on times and venues.

Committee meeting dates 2014:

Tuesday February 11
Tues April 22
Tues June 17
Tues August 26
Tues October 28
Tues December 9

Fireworks Party 9th November

Members and their families are invited to our annual Fireworks Party, to be held at Horniman School, Horniman Drive on Saturday 9th November.

Doors open at 6.30pm, from when food and drink will be available, including home made mulled wine, all of which is included in the price of your ticket.

This event is for members of the association only, but if you would like to join the association and have yet to, membership can be paid at the gate (£5).

Entrance fee this year is once again just £5 Adults, £2.50 accompanied children.

Can you get involved?

From September, several positions on the committee, both as officers and ‘ordinary’ members (who are far from ordinary and are a vital part of the committee!) will be vacant.

In order that the association represents residents appropriately, it is vital that the committee comprises a good cross-section of the community. If you are new to the area and feel that you would like to become more involved in the association, please feel free to get in touch, for an initial chat.

Or if you’ve lived in the area for years, have always thought about getting more involved, but haven’t as yet, there’s no time like the present! We’d love to have you as part of the team, so please get in touch via this website, or email for more information.

AGM and an evening of local history and mystery with Steve Grindlay

All members are invited to the association AGM, to be held at Horniman School on Thursday 12th September, from 7pm. Doors will open from 6.30pm.

Do come along to hear a review of the year by David Lowe, and following the official part of the AGM, we are delighted to announce that renowned local historian, Steve Grindlay will present an illustrated talk on the history of Tewkesbury Lodge, the house that originally stood on the estate, and the families that lived in it before it was demolished in 1930 to make way for the Estate more as we know it today.

The talk promises to be fascinating to local residents, and of course, refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you all there.

June’s committee meeting

The latest committee meeting was held on 20th June. Here’s a summary of what we discussed.

The next edition of our newsletter, Views from the Hill, will be delivered to all households shortly, together with the subscription envelope for the current membership year.  We discussed moving towards an online payment system for our membership subscriptions.  We would love to hear your views on this, so please do get in touch and let us know if you think this a good idea.

We also discussed arrangements for the Association’s annual Summer Picnic on Sunday 14th July.  We want to encourage as many people as possible to attend – it’s a great way to meet the committee members and your neighbours.  The date coincides with the Coronation festival weekend, so we are planning a host of activities and games for the children, and will ask the Council if we can close off the sections of the road around the Triangle at the junction of Horniman Drive and Liphook Crescent.  Do let us know if you have any ideas for making it a really enjoyable occasion.

Succession planning is also one of our ongoing considerations  As much as we all enjoy our work with the Association, we all feel that we would all benefit from new faces on the committee, and would welcome new people who would like to be more involved in the Association’s activities. If you would like to find out more about what this would involve, please drop us a line.

One last item concerned a clothing bank wrongly installed by the Council on Langton Rise.  Thanks to a resident’s quick reaction in notifying the Association, our Chair emailed the Council’s Environmental Services department, and the clothing bank was removed within a few days. See more information in our Success Stories section.

Our next committee meeting is in August, so do let us know if there are any issues you would like to bring to our attention.

Rowena Lowe
Association Secretary

Please sign the 20mph petition

The Association have organised a petition calling for the 20 mph zone along Honor Oak Road to be extended.

Valerie and Rowena from the Association have worked with councillors Philip Peake and Alex Feakes to call on over 400 houses in the area. So far we have 271 signatures supporting the petition.

Since presenting the petition, Cllr Peake has met with senior council officers to discuss the problems with traffic and parking along the stretch of Honor Oak Road from the junction with Horniman Drive to that with Forest Hill Road. A fuller account of this meeting and the work on this issue can be found here:

It is always helpful to gather more support for these proposals and we didn’t find everyone in when we called, so we have also set up an online petition:

If you have yet to sign the petition and would like to, please do so today.

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