We Need To Talk Urgently

posted 21 May 2009, 15:30 by Unknown user   [ updated 21 May 2009, 17:10 ]
We need to talk !
At first I was not too sure how to kick off my most recent update but then it became quite clear. Since October last year, the Committee have been flat out getting to grips with every part of Association life. Only John (Treasurer) had previous experience on Committees and we're terribly pleased and honoured that he offered to join us. Constitution in the bag, regular meetings set up, relationships established, companies and organisations approached and off we went.
Speedwatch. Visible and an instant impact on speeding traffic it provided immediately a part solution to one of the biggest problems voiced by residents. We have to get the speeds down. Please think about your speed and talk to other residents about it. Speedwatch is there to educate and not persecute.
We're also looking at the '20splenty' campaign together with keeping an eye on the changing legislation regarding the reduction of speed limits in residential areas, especially near to schools, from 30mph to 20mph.
Fiona is developing planting schedules which manifested will bring some colour and form to the verges along Pixham Lane. This coupled with the proposed signage, for which funding has already been received and installation promised by the Highways Department, will fully complement the Speedwatch and in time a limit reduction. We have to get the speed down first before new limits can be applied is what we are being told.
The Pixham Post and website have been a fantastic success with so many residents remarking on how professional it all appears. Post II is on its way out, the website is going through some changes as a natural part of its development so a large part of our communication capabilities are in place.
Neighbourhood Watch is co-ordinated and we now have regular updates on reported police incidents, there have been 15 reportable incidents in the last 6 months. Most notably, in consideration of what we have been told in the past regarding planning applications, there have been 3 reported road traffic collisions in Leslie Road / Pixham Lane with vehicle damage only thankfully.
Tracy is doing a grand job on maintaining our records, minutes are being kept and signed off, insurance is underway to cover our acitivties.
Membership is up and we've just gone through the 100 barrier and now we are after more and at the end of the year we can justify increasing the membership subscription which will be great for the funds.
We've been joined by Sharon who is now organising our social diary. We've enjoyed rounders and a quiz. There's another quiz on the way, a boot sale, Autumn Social Event at Friends Prov, a ramble and lectures coming.
Then there is Funday. The first of hopefully many, delivered as promised within the first year of business and its going to be a lot fun and needs to be well supported.
All of this will be completely superfluous within the year if we as residents don't start talking about the Association with each other and don't start using the website and don't start emailing / phoning / notifying each other even if its just to tell us that its your birthday this week.
The majority of the activity is carried out by a small number of residents and this has to be readdressed now. The framework is there. We just want residents to get involved and have some fun within the community and really bring the village spirit back into Pixham. We desperately need it.
Some of us will be coming to your door shortly to undertake a very very quick survey. Why ? Because the St. Martin's Pixham School, funded and donated to Pixham by a wealthy Pixham benefactor Mary Mayo, is under the very real threat of closure. Many of you came to the school meeting at the end of April and now we need you all to help support a campaign to keep it open at the heart of Pixham.
We'll be promoting the Funday, Easy Fundraising, Quiz Night and the Boot Sale and most of all, we'll be talking to you. You can talk to us. We can talk together. It is what the Association needs now more than anything else.
All the best and Happy Bank Holiday,
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