Summer Barbecue Success

Many thanks to all who attended the widcombewest community barbecue on Sunday, and special thanks to volunteers who worked hard to make the potential washout a great success. In spite of the weather, over 30 people attended and we raised £58 on the raffle. Uncertain to begin with: Annette, Helen, Gordon, and David standing under the gazebo in the pouring rain, trying to keep warm from the BBQ flames!

Then gradually they all came as the weather improved, including Mayor Ian Gilchrist and our new MP Wera Hobhouse who not only brought wine and a raffle prize donation but also helped out and luckily won a prize too. Another successful event!

Community Barbecue

Sunday July 23rd from 5pm

Once again this year widcombewest residents are organising a summer social event in the garden of St Mark’s Community Centre. Everyone is welcome and entrance is free!
Please bring some food for the barbecue and whatever you like to drink. Any extras for sharing eg salads, nibbles, will always much appreciated.
Some live music will be provided, and a raffle will be held for charity. Above all, this will be a great opportunity to relax, socialise and meet your neighbours.
Donations for the raffle will be welcome! Please bring on the day or contact Helen at 28 St Mark’s Road hpeterwidcombe@gmail.com.
Any other queries regarding this event please contact Gordon gordon@penbryn.com at 4 St Mark’s Road or Annette vanmaurik54@gmail.com at 4 Lyncombe Hill.

See you there….!

Summer Barbecue 2015

Open Garden Event 2017

This year’s Open Garden Event was a huge success. Eight local residents within widcombewest kindly allowed us to see how small town gardens can be made attractive, colourful and a pleasure to be in.

Many thanks to you all for kindly inviting widcombewest supporters and local residents to view your gardens, take some refreshment and have a thoroughly enjoyable evening in such lovely weather. Your participation is much appreciated by all the visitors, who numbered over 40 this year. If the trend continues we shall need larger gardens next time!

Special thanks to Ruth for hosting everyone at the end of the tour and into the late evening, despite her crack of dawn start the next day.

 

Cycle Shelter Build

Cycle Shelter Build – Day 1

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for Day 1 in March to help kick start the cycle shelter project. We had a really successful weekend of clearing and making the site ready for a secure community bike store at St Marks Community Centre. Day 2 of the bike store build is this weekend 8/9th April. The main build will be on Saturday with Sunday currently penciled in should we overrun.

We need willing volunteers that can help for a couple of hours, especially any with electric screwdrivers. There will be some lifting, possibly more ground clearing and the decking to construct so there’s plenty of work for all abilities! We are also planning a BBQ, refreshments for all and guaranteed sunshine!

Look forward to seeing you all on the day – we will be starting around 10:00 am.

Christmas Wine Tasting

winetasteFollowing the huge success of previous years we’ve organised another specially commissioned Christmas Wine Tasting at the Chandos Deli in George Street, starting at 7.30p.m on Thursday 8 December.

A dozen or more premium wines to taste under expert guidance, all of which are brand new to the Chandos tastings. PLUS:  delicious snacks to accompany each wine prepared by the Chandos team which they promise will be at least as good as anything we’ve had before!

And if that’s not enough to entice you there’s a 20% discount off bottles of wines purchased on the night!

These evenings are a really informal and fun way of communing and we’d stress that you definitely do NOT need to be a wine buff to have a great time!

Capacity is limited and in previous years the event has been heavily over-subscribed. So please email Keith Palmer palmerkeith9@hotmail.com as soon as possible if you’d like tickets which are £25 per person.

143 Calton Road Update

Here is an update on the planning application made in September last year for erection of four flats following demolition of existing two one bedroom flats at 143 Calton Road.

The applicant is currently putting together revised proposals following withdrawal of the previous application in the light of overwhelming objections from local residents. Those immediately affected were recently invited to view new outline proposals which had lowered the scheme by a storey height.

Despite this the residents felt that the draft proposals did not yet do enough to respond to their concerns, particularly of an overbearing development with consequential loss of daylight for the homes below on St Mark’s Road. We await the results of this initial consultation and are hoping that we will see revised proposals prior to any new submission for planning consent which respond to these concerns as well as to the other objections raised against the original application. Watch this space…”

Details of the original application can be viewed here.

Community Centre Update

centre2The Trustees of St Marks Community Centre have now been in place for eighteen months; in this time, they have addressed some key issues, such as formalising required policy documents, undertaking a quinquennial fabric survey and publishing Terms and Conditions of Hire. The trustees have also been considering the future of the centre, seeking to ensure its long term sustainability, identifying opportunities for increasing usage, whilst aiming to enhance the environment for existing loyal user groups.

Two open days are planned at the Centre; the first, on Sunday 13th November from 4pm – 6pm will be a low-key event, where any locals or interested users can drop in to the centre and talk to some of the trustees, have a cup of tea, share any concerns as well as look at potential opportunities; the second, scheduled for May 2017 is expected to be a more lively affair, with presentations from the trustees and input from the long-term users to illustrate some of the challenges facing the centre in an age of decreasing community involvement.  Date and time for this will be confirmed in due course.

Click here for more information on the St Mark’s Community Centre.