Forest Residents Association AGM and 10th birthday celebration got off to a great start with an excellent meal provided by the Star of India.
Corporation of London Epping Forest Constables Ian Greer and Martin Whitfield gave a fantastic talk on managing the forest. They shared their many years experience and knowledge of the special nature of the forest land and the management plans in place to safeguard its future. They took time to answer the many questions local residents had for them while explaining recent developments and plans.
John Stewart and Robert Barnstone from HACAN East talking to Leytonstone residents who are living under City Airport’s flight paths about campaigning to stop city airport. John and Rob explained the current consultation and the airport’s plans to grow further. Their talk was followed by a lively discussion of how to gain support for residents and HACAN from politicians and decision makers.
FORA is 10 years old this year. The occasion was celebrated by an overview of FORA’s achievements by Chair Vaseem Gill who also highlighted the 10 events FORA ran last year and forthcoming events planned for this year. New and long serving FORA members shared drinks and cake to celebrate our first 10 years.
We would like to thank all those who attended with special thanks to Cllr Shabana Dhedhi, Cllr Gerry Lyons, Writer John Rogers, Epping Forest Constables Ian Greer and Martin Whitfield, HACAN East campaigners John Stewart and Robert Barnstone for contributing to the event. A big thank you also to FORA committee members June, Alan, Frances, Najma, Tony, Martin, Heather, Trevor and Vaseem for planning, organising and delivering this excellent event.
FORA volunteers with their haul of 35 sacks of rubbish collected from the woods between Forest Glade and James Lane. Video clip Assessing the haul.
Folks tend to find it a useful way to meet fellow residents whilst participating in a modest local community self help effort,for WHATEVER length of time they can devote.
So many have forged fast friendships now and it’s worth looking back and noting how we were once strangers , but met at just such an event or similar
If you can’t make this one , there are others that happen UK wide and year round .You can find your nearest groups here.
By Tony FERNANDES