FORP August Newsletter
Here is the newsletter for August 2020 from the FORP committee
Dear members, August 2020
As lockdown continues, we are still unable to hold any meetings until the Pavilion has been checked out under the Council’s Covid Health and Safety regulations. We understand that this could take some time, as every council building that has been closed will have to be inspected prior to opening.
As the Parks and Countryside teams are still working with less than their normal manpower, they are not able to deal with their normal workload, but the playground is now Covid-safe and the gym equipment should be deep cleaned and checked by the weekend. . We can confirm that the new toddler climbing frame has arrrived. This and at least some of the 5 new benches and picnic table are scheduled to be fitted in September, depending on staff availability. The new grass-cutting plan is now taking shape, as many of you who use the park will have seen.
Covid Snake: Made of painted pebbles by local children has had to be moved from the edge of the path as some of the amazing artworks have been moved or accidently damaged by park traffic – tractors, lorries etc. The main snake survivors are in the pavilion outdoor area so everyone can still see them. We have had well over 200 pieces of art in the snake that went past the end of the path and we would like to thank everyone who contributed. We have shared pictures on our website and Facebook page and on the S13 Facebook page. We will get pictures printed for a permanent display when we are able to use the pavilion again.
The trustees have now managed to meet a couple of times and we are making arrangements for our next Annual General Meeting where you will be able to vote for your New Committee. This will probably take place in St Catherine’s church where we have space for social distancing.
Litter Picks/Gardening. We have 4/5 people trying to keep on top of weeding around the flower beds in park. If you have half an hour to spare for a bit of socially distanced weeding please contact us via FB or web site. We are unable to organise formal litter picks but would appreciate any help anyone can manage whilst in the park. Leave waste in or near a bin please. Thank you.
Trail Bikes: This still seems to be a problem in the park.
We understand from South Yorkshire Police, that the bike team have doubled in size, but they do have to cover the whole of South Yorkshire. Resources have to be targeted where there is most need. If you see any bikers please inform the Police on 101, alternatively you can complete a form online. Thank you.
MacMillan Coffee Morning: The event usually takes place in September. Sadly, we may not be able to hold it this year.
Pop up Police Station: Our local police visited the park for 2 hours on Thursday 30th July discussing issues with park users. They report they had a good response from the public.
We will contact you further regarding the AGM in the near future.
Friends of Richmond Park Committee.