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A hall for the Oakalls

Posted on February 29 2016 at 3:01:14

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Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

The Oakalls estate was originally intended to offer residents a village community environment in which to live.

The definition of a village (Oxford Dictionary) is “a group of houses and associated buildings, larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town, situated in a rural area”.

While The Oakalls fulfils the housing criteria, it does lack the “associated buildings”. A typical village usually has at least one building where locals can gather – a pub, a local shop or a community centre.

Many residents still feel that the estate needs a central meeting place to bring people together socially and fulfil the needs of certain community-related recreational activities.

The Finstall Village Hall Management Committee is keen to develop relations with The Oakalls and Parklands, and since the hall is only a short distance from the estate it seems it could provide that community resource which has been lacking for such a long time.

The hall, originally built in 1904, underwent a programme of internal and external refurbishment in 2015. The attractive Edwardian character has been restored and there is a new energy-efficient heating system.

Thanks to the management committee there is a varied programme of activities and events at the hall, but many of these are not widely publicised across The Oakalls and Parklands due to cost.

The annual village vegetable and flower show, last September, was a very successful day and raised £800 – to be used for the upkeep of the building.

On October 31 the hall hosted a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses. In view of the date it had a Halloween theme and villagers were served tea, coffee and cake by a variety of witches!

Why not pop down to the Village Hall for its next coffee morning on April 2, 10am to 12 noon? There will be homemade refreshments, a variety of stalls and a raffle.

It is hoped that more Oakalls and Parklands residents will support the various events held at the hall. Details can be found on the website: http://www.finstallvillagehall.org

FIT FOR A QUEEN
Finstall Village Hall is considered a great local venue for hosting future Oakalls and Parklands events.

One idea is to hold a tea party in June, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Consideration is also being given to a regular social event, perhaps once every three months – such as a quiz night or bingo.

Coun Caroline Spencer would appreciate feedback from residents regarding both of these suggestions. Please leave your comments on the Oakalls Facebook page or contact Caroline by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

SPEEDING MATTERS
Speeding remains an issue on Regents Park Road. Additionally, cars exiting Green Park Road on to Regents Park Road are experiencing increasing problems due to the number of vehicles parking on the approach to the junction.

This restricts the ability to clearly see vehicles driving along Regents Park Road towards the Slideslow roundabout.

Coun Spencer is arranging a meeting with a representative from the Highways Department to discuss both matters.

Please contact me with your views and concerns about any aspect of life on the estate.
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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