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FH Assembly boost for youngsters, traders and nature reserve 4 January 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Community, Environment, Local assembly, Uncategorized, Young people.
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This article appears in the December 2013 / January 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Local residents who attended October’s meeting of the Forest Hill Assembly decided the allocation of the £12,500 Assembly Fund for the year ahead. Seven of the ten organisations that put in a bid were awarded funding.

The successful projects are:

Garden Power Supply – Friends of Devonshire Road Nature Reserve

£1,600 was awarded to lay a fixed electricity supply from the existing visitor centre to the two volunteer built green oak buildings in the garden

Planting in Forest Hill Town Centre – Forest Hill Society

£280 for replacement of plants at Forest Hill station (forecourt and platform planters) and beneath the trees at the Job Centre

Re-Connect @ Platform 1

£3,000 for a youth project including drama and music workshops targeted at 8-13 year olds

Garden project – Rockbourne Youth Club

£1,987.75 to build a garden space accessible to schools, nurseries and community groups, and to buy tools to maintain it

Forest Hill’s map of hidden treasure – Forest Hill Traders Association

£2,500 for a ‘graffiti’ style map of London Road, Dartmouth Road and Perry Vale to be located by Welsh Smiths’

Kelvin Grove Activities – Kelvin Grove Primary School

£2,250 for a project to help raise aspirations and change behaviour among a targeted group of 10-11 year olds

The remaining £882 is being offered to the next placed project which was SFH (Sydenham Forest Hill) Performing Arts Academy, involving dance, drama, music and sport workshops for 9-12 year olds at Sydenham School.

Councillor Alex Feakes, chair of the Forest Hill Assembly, commented: “I am delighted that local people have once again voted to support some really worthwhile projects, which will make our area greener, more attractive to shoppers and other visitors, and will help local youngsters.”

Community benefits from the Forest Hill Ward Assembly 15 August 2011

Posted by Alex Feakes in Community, Forest Hill, Local assembly.
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Residents of Forest Hill attending the Forest Hill Ward Assembly on Sunday 14th August cast their votes to see which local projects and organisations would receive a share of the £45k available from the Forest Hill Ward Assembly Fund.

The winning projects included plans to bring swings and sports equipment back to the Horniman Triangle play park, a new shelter and teaching space at the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, work on an outdoor theatre in Albion Millennium Green and a scheme to reduce isolation of older residents of the ward through a theatre and lunch club.
Those attending the Assembly, held in the main hall of Sydenham School on Dartmouth Road in the ward, got a chance to speak to the organisations promoting the 17 bids for funds in a marketplace-style event where the public went from table to table.
Whilst the votes were being counted, Assembly attendees were entertained by an impromptu comedy performance by Forest Hill & Sydenham Youth Forum co-ordinator Melissa Knight.
17 organisations submitted eligible bids to the £45,000 fund; 13 were successful:
1 Safety Rulez – Part II: A Community Cohesion Project working with 12 girls aged 13-15 currently facing difficulties at school – Platform One
2 Wildlife Hedgerow, Fencing and 8 New Fruit Trees for Community Orchard – Friends of Albion Millennium Green
3 Open Air Theatre Millennium Green – Friends of Albion Millennium Green
4 Horniman Theme for Empty Shops – Forest Hill Society
5 Arts Befriending Group and Theatre project-to help isolated older people– Ageing Well in Lewisham
6 Town Centre Planting Scheme – Forest Hill Society
7 Healthy Living Workshops, teaching and encouraging cooking, nutrition and gardening – Centrepoint
8 Youth forum workshops, training young people to fundraise for our organisation– Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum
9 Weatherproof Games in the Park – Forest Hill Society
10 New Green Oak Shelter for the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve – Friends of Devonshire Road Nature Reserve
11 Kirkdale Village Beautification – Kirkdale Village Traders Association
12 Busy Bees – Sessions for under fives and parents, at the Horniman Museum – Horniman Museum
13 Swings for Horniman Triangle – Forest Hill Society