I don't think any of us really wanted to start the year in another lockdown, but here it is. We are lucky to have the park to enjoy, and hopefully things will improve this year.
This year should see the start of some of the works in the park funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant and Ashford Borough Council. The trees which were recently removed are due to be replaced with new trees. We are also expecting the coppicing works to be carried out in the woodland area - this will look harsh to begin with, but will improve the quality of the woodland, and create a much richer environment for the wildlife.
We will be holding our next meeting on
on 25th January
Please contact us to request joining details
If you would prefer to phone into the meeting please contact us and we will send the details to you, there may be a charge from your phone provider for this.
Join us for our AGM to hear about our exciting plans for the future
- at 7:30 pm
- on 9th October 2020
- via Zoom
- Chairman’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Election of Management Committee
- Review of constitution
- Updates from ABC
- Future plans
- Any other Business
Maybe you have recently moved into the area and discovered Victoria Park for the first time.
Why not get involved?
We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our committee to help us expand the group, help to plan and organise events, support our social media and help us connect with more of the local community.
If you would be interested in joining our committee please contact us.
Please note, this is a voluntary unpaid role.
- at 7.oo pm.
- on 22nd July 2020
- via zoom
If you would like to join us then please contact us and we will send details on how to log in to the meeting.
- Election of Chair person
Simon Howard-Smith has offered to return to the role of Chair. Any member unable to attend the meeting may email firstname.lastname@example.org to cast a vote either for or against.
- Project Update from ABC
- Group Update
- Hosting of monthly stakeholder/interested party meetings.
- Any Other Business
Well, this isn’t quite the summer we had planned. All our planned events this summer, including our Summer Series, Family Fun Run, Big Butterfly Count and British Spring Clean Litter Pick have had to be cancelled. It has been a big disappointment for us, especially after our successful quiz evening in February. However, these unfortunate events have given many people the opportunity to spend much more time than usual in the park and shown the importance of local open spaces in our community.
Ashford Borough Council has now appointed the project team for the project in the park, and whilst not much is able to happen in the park at the current time, they are working hard to bring plans up to date and plan future events. One of the biggest events in the park each year is Create, and this year would have been the 25th anniversary of Create. Due to the restrictions on mass events in the park, Create is unable to happen in its normal format this year. However, the team from ABC are currently working with Animate Arts to put together a Create Festival at Home offering, with exciting playlist from local bands, and a youth takeover of the Council’s Victoria Park Social media pages. Watch out for links from our Facebook page.
We are also starting to plan for the future and looking at what we can do either as online or socially distanced events. We will be sharing links to the Big Butterfly Count website, so that you can join in with the national event whilst social distancing, and will provide opportunities to share your photographs of the amazing butterflies in the park on our facebook page.
We are looking to increase our core team, so that we can create more diverse and resilient events in the future. If you would be interested in joining the committee, or helping with planning events, please contact us.
We will be holding our next general meeting via zoom on 22nd July. Please see the separate announcement for details.
The Friends of Victoria Park will meet
on Wednesday, 26 February 2020
at The Riverside Centre
Come along and find out the latest updates on what is happening in the park, and how you can be involved.
Wednesday 19th February 2020 10:00 – 11:00 Halfords 11:30 – 12:30 Victoria Park (Playground) also: 13:00 – 14:00 Sk8side 14:30 – 15:30 Stanhope (Ball Court) 16:00 – 17:00 Bockhanger (next to old library)
Security marking your pushbike could help to deter thieves as well asmaking it easier for Kent Police to reunite you with your bike should it be lost or stolen.
Simply bring along your bike and Kent Police will mark it for FREE.
This ls done by placing a unique code onto the frame and use of a tamper proof sticker. The bike wll also he registered onto a national database allowlng it to be identified even if it gets recovered in a different County.