The retiring secretary of the Friends of St Andrews Park is making the following appeal:
For your information, following discussion and agreement at the FoSAP meeting on 16th January, 2018, I have sent the following email to our 'friends and supporters' list of nearly 60 individuals [excluding Councillors on this occasion] :-
" Dear Friends and Supporters:
The Friends of St. Andrews Park [FoSAP] have been working on the issues surrounding this beautiful public open space for nearly 10 years. We have lobbied and worked with our Council to protect and develop services and facilities and have raised money for essential improvements such as the signposts, the flowering meadows and the tree scupltures. We also organise events including concerts, the annual ceilidh and the summer play in the park. This obviously requires the dedication and energy of an active committee with key individuals taking a lead to maintain the momentum of the group.
The dramatic reductions in Council spending on parks and open spaces will place even more demands on groups such as FoSAP and on its members and other volunteers.
Our current Chair John Mayne has decided to step down after 8 years involvement and our Secretary, Paul Bullivant, who also organises events, is retiring after nearly five years in post. Both John and Paul will remain actively involved in FoSAP after they step down at the AGM on April 10th 2018.
The FoSAP committee is obviously keen to replace these two key members but also wishes to take this opportunity to review how it works and how it involves a wider public. We want to hear from anyone who enjoys our wonderful park and who wishes to bring new energy to our committee and who might wish to stand as Chair or Secretary. Without new members and the energy that they can bring, FoSAP may not be able to meet the challenges that the next few years will bring.
The roles are informal and are not too demanding as tasks are shared between a committee of active and enthusiastic individuals who meet every 6 weeks or so. Your involvement will certainly bring much pleasure and a real sense of community.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Good wishes - Paul Bullivant for FoSAP