NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2015
With all the good weather we’ve had there’s been much going on in Earles Meadow since the Winter Newsletter.
More than 70 adults and excited children enjoyed a day of fantastic weather for the BBQ on Saturday 11th July. The delicious food was locally sourced and expertly cooked by our resident chefs, Bob and Patrick. Many thanks to them, and to all the cake-makers who provided us with lots of mouth-watering goodies.
This year we had a new “£50 Note” competition which, together with the usual Raffle and the Children’s Lucky Dip, raised a total of £202. Well done to Louis Sikora who won the £50 note and many thanks to the numerous residents who generously gave prizes for the Raffle.
There was also a popular new Nature Trail this year for children and adults. In addition there was a ‘Question & Answer competition’ with the prize for the highest score being a ‘Cream Tea for Two’ voucher from Strawberry Fields Tea Rooms. This was won by Anne Smith.
The hot weather meant the event went on well into the evening. A profit of £66 was made for EMRA funds and we plan to have next year’s BBQ on the same second Saturday in July, i.e. 9th July 2016.
For the first time in several years we held a residents’ dinner. The evening out on 27th February was enjoyed by 24 residents at Mr Li’s restaurant in town. This was an adults-only event which enabled everyone to relax and enjoy themselves – which they did! We plan to make this an annual event, so keep an eye out for details.
Conservation Group Snippets
PLEASE join in with the FUN ‘SCARECROW’ EVENT on 19th September and make this even bigger and better than last year. Even if you cannot come on the day, then still make your scarecrow and deliver it to No.90, and encourage others to do the same.
We do need volunteers to help set up gazebos and stalls, and of course to erect the Scarecrows on the day between 9.30 and 11.00am. Full details at the end of this newsletter.
Photographic Competition 2015
Have a go at the Photographic Competition. The more you look, the more you see, and when you do find your subject, take a little bit of time to turn a snap into a picture. There is a lot to capture in the woodland and around the meadows. Full details attached.
EMCG's work over the past year has been entered for RHS/South & South-east in Bloom Awards 2015 in two categories, "It's Your Neighbourhood" and "Conservation Area of the Year". The Awards Ceremony will be at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 11th September, so fingers crossed. If you would like to come along, tickets may still be available - give me a ring.
Fancy having a go at hay-raking with our own home-made hay-rakes? We will be doing it during the evenings of the week commencing 24th August - give me a ring.
And finally, we need more and more volunteers for our work in your woodland and meadows. Why not give it a try - meet your neighbours, it’s good exercise and makes a great contribution to your attractive natural environment. Give me a ring.
Contact details: Robert (No.90) 01403 217805 or email@example.com
P.S. How are your Pumpkins and Sunflowers doing? The Tallest Sunflower will be announced at the Fun Scarecrow Event.
Thanks for all your help so far in raising additional funds for the Residents Association. We’re edging ever closer to the end of the second round in which we’ve been involved, which finishes on 31st August. In Round 1 we won £180 and at the time of writing we are currently on £400 in Round 2, so please keep those receipts coming.
Local Puzzle works by encouraging households to spend at local businesses. A local business is any business in the UK (retail or online) that has 5 or less outlets. We submit receipts (within 7 days of the purchase) and are awarded points on the value of the money spent. Think of it like a loyalty card, except we don’t have a card and the rewards are far greater! So far, 22 out of our 90 households are submitting receipts to Patrick at No.60 who is administering the account on behalf of EMRA. If you can help by passing on any receipts then please do so. They can be dropped off at No.60 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some examples of local businesses that earn us points - New House Farmshop, Strawberry Fields Tea Rooms, R and H Pet Supplies, The Olive Branch, Darchini, SanMae Restaurant, Holmbush Paintball, Cottesmore, 1898 café, The Beer Essentials, to name just a few. The full list can be viewed at www.localpuzzle.com - scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on ‘List of Businesses’. But remember we can also earn points from any local business in the UK, and we recently got points from a resident’s trip to Guernsey!
For more information please contact Patrick who will be happy to give you the guided tour. Regular updates are posted on the EMRA Members’ Facebook page as well as the flyers that you will have received through your door.
A Plea from Pedestrians
While all our gardens will hopefully have flourished this year, please spare some time to keep pavements completely clear, so that pedestrians don’t have to step out into the road. This is particularly a problem for people with pushchairs and small children on scooters and bicycles.
The Oak Tree
The Parish Council has just been given approval for their Planning Application to have work carried out on the iconic Oak Tree in the parkland, in order to protect and preserve what has been described as “one of the most important trees in Horsham”. We have been in close communication with the Parish Council and the HDC Planning Department to try to ensure that any work carried out is appropriate, both for the tree itself and for the safety of users of the Public Open Space. We will keep Members updated on the Facebook page.
Membership for 2015 currently stands at 46 households, being a slight decrease on last year. We would like more people to join, especially with the annual subscription being reduced to £10 per household and including access to the Members’ closed Facebook page. This can be extremely useful for news items, lost pets, and a great source of personally recommended tradespeople such as Painters and Decorators, Kitchen and Bathroom fitters, etc.
Your subscription subsidises events such as the BBQ and we give contributions to the Conservation Group, as well as covering fixed costs such as Personal Liability Insurance and website fees. Our website www.earlesmeadowhorsham.org.uk contains lots of information as well as photos. It’s not too late to join! Just give your £10 annual household subscription to Bob MacLean, at No.89 (email@example.com). The more members we have, the more we can do for the benefit of the community, as well as maintaining the desirability of the area.
Are you still getting your regular email updates? If not (maybe you’ve changed your email address), or if you have not yet joined, please contact Ray Harris our Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.