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February 2020 ....

Annual General Meeting:

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Thirteen people attended the FoEP Public Talk preceding the AGM. The talk, What has Eastfield Park ever done for us? A brief review of the Ecosystem Services provided by Eastfield Park, was given by FoEP Chair, Vic Smith.

The meeting was attended by only nine members with apologies received from another four.  It is a pity that the meeting was so poorly attended, especially as it followed a public talk, but the quorum for the meeting was only five (10% of the current membership) so we were able to conduct business and elect the new management committee (see last item).

Vic drew attention to the Tesco 'Bags of Help' vote taking place in Tesco stores until the end of March. He asked those present to consider voting for the FoEP. Vic then paid a brief tribute to the late Bernard Kelly, a founder member of the FoEP and its Vice-Chair for many years.

Spring Cleans:

Public Talk:

After apologies and acceptance of the minutes of last year's AGM, John Baxter, FoEP Treasurer, presented his Financial Report for 2019, followed by Vic Smith, FoEP Chair, presenting the Chair's Report for 2019. Both reports had been circulated to members ahead of the meeting and can be downloaded by clicking the following links:

The following eleven  members were elected at the AGM to serve on the FoEP Management Committee for up to three years without the need to seek re-election:

  • Mr Mark Boyce

  • Mr Colin Bricher

  • Mr Christopher Freeman

  • Borough Cllr Paul Joyce (Eastfield Ward)

  • Borough Cllr Anna King (Phippsville Ward)

  • Mr Tony Mallard

  • Ms Vikkie Maloney

  • Ms Linda Martin

  • Ms Carole Morrison

  • Mr Martin Sawyer

  • Dr Vic Smith

Vic went on to thank John Baxter for his many years of service for the Friends. John is a founder member of the FoEP and has been its Treasurer for many years. Despite moving from the area several years ago, John has continued to support the FoEP in many ways.  He informed members at the AGM in February 2019 that he would not seek election for the new committee in 2020. Vic presented John with a book about trees in recognition of his faithful service.

The FoEP will again be entering 'Northampton in Bloom' and the Royal Horticultural Society's 'It's Your Neighbourhood'.  Northampton's theme this year is 'Bee in Bloom' and we hope to put up some bee-related information on the fence between Eleonore House and the Park. We also hope to display some of James McInerney's poetry in the same area.

Ecosystem Services Financial report for 2019 Chair's report for 2019 John's Presentation

Photo by Serena Parker

The Friends of Eastfield Park's Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Tuesday 25th February at 8.45pm in Broadmead Community Church.

At the AGM we agreed to hold two 'Spring Cleans' this year: one in the morning and one in the afternoon on DIFFERENT days. The morning litterpick will be on Saturday 21st March and the afternoon clean-up will be on Saturday 4th April. These will again form part of the 'Great British Spring Clean' promoted by 'Keep Britain Tidy'. Click on the poster for more information.

Poster 2020 Spring Clean

Bee in Bloom:

The insect-friendly herbaceous border along the fence between the Park and Eleonore House will again be cared for by children from St. Gregory's Catholic School in Grange Road. We hope that we will be able to do some other insect-friendly projects with them.

Children at work comp

New Committee:

Vic pointed out the important difference between environmental services, provided by people, and ecosystem services, provided by the environment itself.  He went on to consider different kinds of ecosystem service, emphasising the cultural and regulating services provided by Eastfield Park and other open spaces. He stressed the huge contribution made by parks to human wellbeing.