Cafe in Florence Park on Saturday 8th August at 3 pm.
Covid 19 has taught us how vital it is to have vibrant, strong communities to help out at times of crisis.
The South and East of Chichester is one area where there are gaps in the coverage of local residents' associations. So the call has gone out to set up a new one to cover the area around Florence Park especially Arundel Park Estate. Leaflets have gone through doors and residents who are interested are invited to attend a physically distanced get together at the Cafe in Florence Park on Saturday 8th August at 3 pm.
Sarah Sharp, City and District Councillor for the area said, "During the lockdown I worked with the Whyke Residents' Association to coordinate shopping and picking up prescriptions etc. I know that there are strong networks with lots of little whatapp groups covering different streets and communities and we did support residents in Arundel Park. I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and creativity of my neighbours with beautiful rainbows popping everywhere. A Residents' Association just adds a little bit more over and above these independent activities. I do hope that a new Residents' Association can be set up - not only does this help respond to contentious planning applications but it can offer support to residents and help put on community activities. At the end of the day however it's not in my hands and I just want to help if residents feel that an Association would be a "good thing". I'll be bringing some chairs for people to sit on to add to the bench outside the cafe.
C.A.R.E (Charles Avenue Residents' Engagement) covers the Charles Avenue area and residents from the wider area are very welcome to attend on Saturday.
"Especially if there is another lockdown it will be lovely to see if there are any takers for this. We are meeting in the open air so as to better keep 2m distance. The cafe is very popular with local residents especially as Apuldram Centre supplies the delicious food offer!"
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Sharp on 01243 790077 or 07789 843556 or email@example.com.
The leaflet also included a link to the gofundme fundraising site to call for funds to plant more trees on Florence Park next year:https://www.gofundme.com/manage/mind-the-tree-gap
This rolls on from the most successful call to residents for funds to plant trees on the highways in Whyke. A total of 20 trees have already been most generously fundraised by this means.
The "Eco Meet-Ups" will be meeting regularly on Monday mornings.
Outside if good weather on grass, under trees, next to Mary Iden's wildflower bank next to New Park Centre on Priory Road. Or on Zoom if bad weather:
Meeting ID: 895 4744 1587 Password: 513960
The aim is to plan some environmental actions we can take jointly on following Mondays or at other times more convenient to more supporters and volunteers. For example a number of us joined the march to support a Climate Emergency motion put to West Sussex County Council on Friday April 5th.
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
All welcome to come along.