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The 2002 AGM of the Association will be on Monday 16th September at 7.30pm in the Hardmoor Early Years Centre, Leaside Way. This is a month earlier than previously to take advantage of the lighter evenings.
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On previous occasions the Committee has drawn attention to damage caused by putting swings and ropes in trees which rub off the bark and so kill the branches. A tree surgeon has advised us that branches must be protected by wrapping plastic foam around them.
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To complement the Southampton Partnership described in the last Newsletter, the City Council is setting up five ‘Neighbourhoods Partnerships’. The aim is to bring together a range of agencies and community groups to influence strategic developments which affect the neighbourhood. The Southampton North Neighbourhoods Partnership, covering the wards of Bassett, Highfield and Swaythling was launched at  meetings on July 4th and 18th.

The Swaythling and District Community Action Forum is being disbanded.

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On June 22, I attended the annual Community Conference at the Southampton Institute organised by the Southampton Environment Centre. There was a choice of 12 workshops. After solving the City’s transport problems at the ‘Getting around Southampton’ workshop, I went to one called ‘Graffiti Fix’ where the City’s Cleansing Officer, John Martin introduced us to the Sparkling Southampton Community Cleanup Kit. The graffiti damage in Southampton is at least £300,000 per year and is getting worse. We practised removing some graffiti on a bottle bank in the grounds of the Institute and were then presented with our own cleanup kits. If you would like to use the kit to remove some graffiti near you, give me a ring on 023 8055 6056.

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by John Fennick, Leaside Way

The residents of Leaside Way have a problem with some of the boys attending St George’s School. As well as overturning bins, they have decided it is great fun to jump into and push each other through the privet hedges.

On the day of Mrs Knight’s letter, at 3.30pm, I photographed a boy who deliberately took a run and jump into the hedge of No. 13. On Feb 27th at 9.20am, I photographed a group of boys take another and throw him into the hedge of No. 5.

The Deputy Headmaster, Mr Maloy and the Head of Year 11, Mr Oldham were very pleased to help. They were having  problems with these boys within the school. The boys in the photographs are now going through the exclusion procedure.

On March 15th, three younger boys were pushing each other into the privet and ended up in the garden of No. 9. The following Monday I identified the boys from school photos. Mr Maloy called them to his office, told them he would write to their parents and if it happened again they would go to the exclusion procedure. After apologising they were sent out on community service picking up litter in Leaside Way.

If you are at home between the hours of 8.30 -9.30am and 3.15-3.30pm and have a camera or camcorder or can identify these boys, give the evidence to Mr Maloy. With your help, he will stop this vandalism.

The school phone number is 8032 2603.

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The following letter was sent by the headteacher of St George

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This walk takes us to North Stoneham Church, through Home Wood to Bracken Hall (formerly Fred Woolley House). The walk takes less than two hours.

Go north along Stoneham Lane. To avoid the traffic you can walk in the playing fields as far as the M27 underpass. After the underpass comes the Wellington Sports Ground and beyond that, North Stoneham Church.

Immediately after the church, turn left onto the farm road. This goes round the Park Farm farmhouse. After the breaker’s yard comes a high brick wall of an old kitchen garden. A little beyond the end of this wall, round a bend, you will see a white five-barred iron gate on the right. A few yards before the gate, on the same side of the road, is the start of a footpath. This will take you all the way to Bracken Hall after about half a mile. Near the beginning, the path has woodland on the left and a meadow with cows on the other side. Later, it runs through attractive mature woodland. After skirting Bracken Hall, go down the road and cross the bridge over the M27. At the Chilworth Roundabout return home along Bassett Green Road.

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“Making it happen !” was the optimistic title of a conference at the Holiday Inn on 16th March.

“The Southampton Partnership” and “The Southampton Community and Voluntary Sector Network” (SCVSN) were terms new to me. They have their origin in the Government’s belief that better cooperation between the various sectors of the community such as local government, police, health service, commerce, voluntary sector etc. will improve the quality of life. This is to be achieved by the formation of a “Local Strategic Partnership”. In practical terms this means a committee on which these sectors are represented. The community and voluntary sector has 5 members. Our residents association comes into this category.

To supply these 5 members to the Partnership a further body called the SCVSN has been set up. Currently a ballot is being held for the 15 members of the SCVSN Coordinating Group. Our association has one vote and the HCERA Committee will decide for whom to vote.

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Time to get your racquet re-strung and your tennis shoes whitened!
After their winter maintenance, our two grass courts in Ethelburt Avenue, (you will find the entrance between numbers 15 and 17), will be opening for the season on Saturday, 4th May at 2pm – weather permitting!
Last year’s Open Day, combined with our annual Plant and Cake Sale, was a big success and introduced several new members to the club. Make a note in your diary now to visit us on Saturday, 11th May from 12 noon to view our courts, spend some money and perhaps enjoy a game of tennis.

We are a small but active club, drawing most, but not all, our members from the immediate area. Everyone is welcome and we try to provide a friendly game of tennis for all ages and levels of ability. Coaching can be arranged if demand is sufficient and we arrange tournaments and friendly matches against other clubs. And what better way to spend a summer Saturday afternoon than tennis with friends, followed by tea and a chat!
Details and membership forms can be obtained from Claire Buckley (8055 3448).
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Please mark in your diary Saturday 22 June as the day of our Grand Midsummer Party which we are planning to hold on the Large Green in Ethelburt Avenue. Further details will be sent out nearer the time. Derek Clarke will be running a barbecue and needs some helpers. So volunteer by ringing him on 8055 5691.
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