ESJF NEWSLETTER 21

Last updated: 1st February 2014

Fall in Love with Queen’s Crescent Garden on Valentine’s weekend

Any moment now a banner will go up in the garden and a leaflet will arrive through the letterboxes of St James ward - to publicise the public event taking place on Sat 15th Feb. 

Please join us and have your say on the future of this green space. There will be information and refreshments available from some friends of QCG in the Garden from12 noon till 1.30 and then an Ideas Workshop will be held in St Sidwell’s School from 2 – 4.30pm.

Calling all St James Bakers!
Are you able to bring a cake for the Afternoon Tea stall?
A garden theme would be great… but any contribution will go down a treat. We’ll then sell a slice and a cuppa at £2.50 to help raise funds.

All cakes will be labelled with your name and thanks from ESJF !

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 Wash and brush up for St James Park station - clear up day 15th March

The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Great Western and University volunteers will undertake a clear up day to cut back brambles, nettles, buddleia etc and install planters on the allotment side of the station so that it will be possible for a volunteer group to ‘adopt’ the station and keep it looking good. Allotment holders might find it a useful day to be working on their plots.

Blooming Lovely - RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme

Last year four areas in St James joined the It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme and received certificates – Bury Meadow, Devonshire Place Orchard, Queen’s Crescent Garden and St James allotments – and this year they will be joined by Powderham Crescent garden. The scheme acknowledges community parks and gardens and if you have a green space you would like to enter into this scheme we are co-ordinating the St James entries. See
www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Community-gardening/It-s-Your-Neighbourhoo
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Rethinking Parks and Open Spaces - Community Event 26 Feb

Exeter City Council is holding an initial meeting to discuss opportunities for future local management or ownership of key areas of public open space in Exeter.
The invitation has gone out to all groups in the city who have an interest in a park or green space – the Forum and St James Residents’ Associations have been invited to attend on Wednesday 26 February 6-9pm at the Corn Exchange.

Sign of the times -To Let Signs

Exeter St James Forum fully supports Exeter City Council in its endeavour to secure agreement with Exeter Estate Agents for a Code of Practice regarding the use of “To Let” signboards.
The high proportion of student homes in St James gives rise to a proliferation of these boards which is detrimental to the visual amenity of our streets. We and our St James Residents’ Associations believe their use, for prolonged periods and in great number, detracts from the character of the area, which includes the Longbrook Conservation Area.

The Forum would like to urge local landlords and letting agents to endorse Exeter City Council’s proposed Letting Board Code. Should agreement not be reached we would support the Council in seeking to enforce introduction by designating St James as part of an Area of Regulation 7 Control.

Can you help us? - Volunteer Opportunities
As the Forum expands its activities in line with the policies and projects identified in the Neighbourhood Plan, our need for volunteers also expands.
In particular we are looking for help from people who could offer the following skills:
Facebook skills – someone to look after the Forum page and create and run a page for Queen’s Crescent Garden
Accountancy skills – to support our Treasurer and file appropriate returns when we set up a community business to run QCG
Datebase skills – to take over the role of Membership Secretary
Committee skills – to take minutes, be Secretary to the Steering group and help the Chair with agendas and arranging meetings
Administrative skills – support for the St James Business Group
Organisational skills – to establish and run a Friends of Queen’s Crescent Garden
Interest in recycling
– we need to do more in this area

Residents’ Associations in St James
There are Residents’ Associations in the ward for Bury Meadow, Devonshire Place,Oxford Road, Powderham Crescent, Prospect Park and Thornton West – our experience is that a RA enhances and improves local life – if you would like to start one in your street/s we are happy to help. For help or further information contact
info@exeterstjamesforum.org


Contact Us
If you would like to refer any matter to one of our Panels (Design, Transport, University, Business Group) please do so via info@exeterstjamesforum.org
If you would like to get more involved in anything we do, or to tell us about something you think we should be doing, again contact info@exeterstjamesforum.org

 

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