We are going to try and hold this years AGM on line via zoom. Many of you will have had experience with this app during lockdown, some of you won’t have. Hopefully it will prove to be easy although possibly not very interactive.
Please click on the link below to register and you will be sent log in and password details.
The Council have put out an open call to users of the park to find out how residents and visitors use the parks, what they want from their parks going into the future. To aid them in their plans they have put out an open call for evidence to inform the Independent Parks Commission’s findings and recommendations to the Council.
The Hammersmith & Fulham Parks Commission is a resident-led commission which is trying to develop a new vision for the parks, open spaces and cemeteries in the borough.
The Leader of the Council has asked the H&F Parks Commission to draw up a new strategy to help residents and visitors benefit more from our local parks.
We would like you to tell us how you think we can improve our open spaces.
Which parks and open spaces do you use regularly?
How do you use these spaces (for instance, to walk, to bring your children to the playground, to play sport, to sit and think, for picnics)?
How do you think we could improve the parks and open spaces you use?
What is the best way to involve local people in the decisions made about our parks?
How do you think the Council can ensure that a diverse group of people make decisions about our parks?
Please submit your thoughts, views and proposals to us by Monday 7th June at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (or by return to this email).
Statement from Cllr Stephen Cowan on Hammersmith & Fulham
It really is understandable how the surreal nature a pandemic
means many people are still coming to terms with the huge changes we all need
to make to our lives. Last weekend, despite the parks police best attempts to
warn people, the COVID-19 contagion was inadvertently passed onto thousands of
others by people socialising in Hammersmith & Fulham’s parks during that
beautiful weather. For that reason, our parks were closed on Sunday night for
public health reasons.
Yesterday, the government’s new emergency laws came into force
which introduce a series of restrictions on people’s movement and gatherings and
give the police new powers to enforce the new laws. People are now obliged to stay in their homes and only leave for exceptional
reasons which you can read about
here. One of the exceptions is: “to
take exercise either alone or with other members of their household”. Because
of these new laws, our parks can now re-open and will do so at 2pm today.
We are two weeks away from a surge
in cases and roughly a month away from the expected super-surge. As you might imagine, the NHS implore us to do everything
we can to encourage people to stay in their homes and not add to their already
The disease is easily spread in a number of ways when people come
into contact with others from outside their immediate household. It transmits
by touching, from coughs or sneezes, and even from the tiny mist everyone
generates when they speak. A big problem is many fit and healthy people show
few symptoms but if just one fit, but COVID-19 infected, person returns home
and passes it onto one or more vulnerable relatives there’s a possibility they
could accidentally kill them.
We can protect ourselves and those we love by following the
government’s new laws. Staying a car length away from people outside our
immediate household will help keep coronavirus at bay.
I appreciate how tough this period
is. Worry about our friends and family and anxiety about how we will all cope
stuck at home. Our team at Hammersmith & Fulham is working all waking hours
and seven days a week to get us ready. I am extremely grateful to our partners
in the NHS, police and emergency services, charities, residents’ groups, our
two MPs, and all the volunteers across our borough.
We’re determined to do everything
we can to keep people safe and that all of us get through this together. Please
take care and very best wishes to all.
There are a number of local initiatives being set up on Nextdoor.co.uk, through the local churches and other groups . Fr Ross Guntherson has been in touch regarding one such community group which is shown below.
If anyone knows of any other initiative and would like it highlighted on here please email: email@example.com
St Etheldreda – Community Care Fulham
St Etheldreda’s (Fr Ross Gunderson & wife, Meredith on
Doneraile Street) have helped launch a project to meet the needs of members of
our community affected by Covid-19, most importantly to get essentials to
individuals and families in isolation.
We have a team of organisers who are looking after gathering
names of willing volunteers as well as those who need support and a robust
response plan has been implemented. Primarily volunteers will be doorstep
dropping essentials with little to no interaction with the isolated to ensure
safety. Some volunteers may be paired up with individuals who would
appreciate friendly check-in phone calls. Volunteers will be briefed and
those in need or support simply call the church on 0207 736 3809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and
we will respond within 24 hours.
There is a Crowdfunder page to raise funds for essentials to
families or individuals who can’t afford it or can’t manage a PayPal transition
(this is a cashless programme for safety reasons). Any excess from
Crowdfunder will be donated to a charity. The entire project is run by
volunteers and donations.
Fulham Football Club works are proceeding with the new stand on the river front. There has been an application to add a landing stage to the walk way for use when the tide is high. FoBP have been to the meeting and will report back.
The Rose Garden by the Spanish Memorial – the works to the beds has been carried out. All beds now have metal edging and the grass paths between have been reseeded. Fingers crossed the pigeons don’t eat all the seed.
Due to storm Ciara, work to cut back and repair some of the damaged limbs on the trees has been carried out.
We are pleased to announce that we have raised the funds (and more) we needed for the rejuvenation of the Rose Garden. Funds are now being collected through Spacehive and will soon be in our account. The Friends will then liaise with the council officers and gardeners as to how the work will be accomplished. Thank you all for your support – watch this space for the next initiative!