Dear Friends and “volunteers”,
Another year gone by and I’m pleased to say that the “Friends of Ingrebourne Valley & Hornchurch Country Park” is still going strong.
Again, I must refer to the committee for their support throughout the year and pay tribute to them so, Ray, Liz, Brian, Dave, Sheila, Jackie and Stephanie, thank you for being there and making it all worthwhile. Thanks also to Richard, our Council representative and Mick the Ranger and his team for putting your trust in us in our attempts to promote the Valley & Park.
I will put on record now, the great debt we owe to Brian who has been the long-suffering Secretary to the committee since its inception. He is standing down at this AGM and will be sorely missed and difficult to replace.
We continue to bid for funding from various sources throughout the year and following the successful “heritage trail” that we sourced funding for and installed (the numbered posts throughout the park, each with a small plaque at the top denoting what used to be in that location), we are now pursuing a “nature & wildlife” trail. There will soon be leaflets available telling visitors what they are likely to come across whilst they are walking about.
A recent successful addition to the Park has been the creation of an “extension” to the car park. It has made a difference but some days, you would need a car park about the size of a couple of football pitches to accommodate the growing number of visitors. Just one of the dangers of the growing popularity of Hornchurch Country Park and the Ingrebourne Valley.
Work is well underway on the old St. Georges Hospital site which flows along the western side of the Park so no doubt, in the not too distant future; the numbers of people using the facility on their doorstep will continue to grow. Hopefully they will not feel the need to come by car!!
I will end as usual with a request for more committee members to join us. You only have to give up a couple of hours once a month (the 1st Thursday at 7 pm) as we do need to be organised and ready with new ideas to benefit the cause. If you are interested, please email admin@ingrebourneValleyfriends.org with your contact details.
All the best,
Chair, Friends of Ingrebourne Valley & Hornchurch Country Park
30th May 2019