History of the Friends of Shrewsbury Park
- The group was formed on 13th March 2006 at a meeting held in Shrewsbury House.
- The Management Committee were elected at that meeting, and we have met regularly to discuss the issues concerning the Park.
The Management Committee consists of:
- Kathy Smith (Chair)
- Sonja O'Sullivan (Treasurer)
- Simon Heywood (Secretary)
- Kris Inglis, Tina Muddle, Rosana Scott, Ron Senkus
Our first meeting
The first meeting of the Friends of Shrewsbury Park (fsp) took place on 13th March 2006, when the Management Committee were elected, and the following issues were identified:
- Security (stopping vehicle access)
- Rubbish (need for more bins)
The Committee drew up an Action Plan to deal with these issues, and discussed ways of improving the Park. The Committee meet at each other’s houses during the year and keep people informed at Public meetings.
- We obtained funding from Veolia Trust to improve security to Dothill (we installed a kissing gate to stop motorcycles access)
- We put up 6 bat boxes
- We put up 13 bird boxes
- With the help of Interfaith, we reinstated the path through the former Nature Reserve (thank you to all who helped)
- We met with the Council Parks Department and local Councillors and got six new benches
- We got four new rubbish bins
- We got aggregate laid on Dothill to make the path easier
- we organised an annual Summer Festival from 2008 - 2011.
- We organise regular clean-up days
- We organise public meetings
- We have actively recruited 220 members (have stalls at other events)
- We produce regular newsletters
- We dug a soakaway in Dothill to stop the large puddle that was causing access problems.
We now have over 200 members. The geographical spread of our members indicates local interest and support as well as the bond felt by past residents, especially those who loved the park as children. The majority give postal addresses in SE18, coming from Shooters Hill and Plumstead.
Not all members live in the local area, however, or even in London. Our membership’s geographical range has an impressive span from Australia to New York City. (See June Clark’s article “More than a Park” in newsletter no 3.) Modern technology has helped make this possible: over 180 members have given their email addresses, saving us much expense and time. If you have an email address and haven’t told Kathy, please let her know (email@example.com).
We want our membership to grow, and we invite you to join us. Subscriptions are now free and is open to everyone who appreciates and wants to preserve the wonderful treasure and beauty and peace that is Shrewsbury Park.
- You can download a membership form from this link (pdf, 108kb).
Friends of Shrewsbury Park Constitution
You can download a copy of the Friends' Constitution (Word document, 35kb)