Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Friends of Preston Park

Last night's AGM was in some ways a make or break meeting for FoPP.  Having developed from a protest movement into a more mainstream organisation people had to come to terms with the fact that this means fewer members and fewer activities instigated by the group.  So what exactly is its role and where is it going?  And perhaps more importantly, who is willing to take it there?
Nick Smith and Reuben Kench of Stockton Council were guest speakers and gave an inspiring vision of the future not only for the park but for the Friends if they want to be involved.  There were many questions from the floor and most of them were able to be answered.
Then came the crunch - who was willing to be part of the committee, developing that vision into something useful and meaningful?  After much debate, some of it hearking back to what began to sound like the good old days of protest, a good number of volunteers came forward and the committee has now some new blood on it, a new chairperson and a  new event to plan for.
No time to waste - the first event is the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon on June 4th.  The first committee meeting is arranged and the new chairperson has the job of welding the committee together.  It won't be easy but if she can pull it off the Friends of Preston Park will take on a new lease of life.

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