December News was mainly concerned with looking back on 2013. Now, in January, we look forward and report some of the events and activities that the FoEP have planned for 2014.

Our AGM will be held at Broadmead Baptist Church on the evening of Monday 17th February and, as usual, will be preceded by a public talk (see adjacent poster for more information). Vic Smith, current Chair of the FoEP, will be reviewing progress made by our group during its first seven years. The Church allows us to use the building free of charge and they have excellent projection facilities so expect Vic to include plenty of pictures and possibly even video.

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2014 AGM Poster
2014 E@E Poster

'Easter@Eastfield', our annual Easter Sunday family event on the Parks, looks like being the best ever (see poster for further information). This year the 'eggstravaganza' is being organised by Anna King and she has already arranged for other local councillors to support the event. Vic Smith will again be organising an 'Easter Trail' for older children and an 'Egg Hunt' (really an egg count) for younger children assisted by parents. We also expect Play Rangers to be organising children's games and we hope to have the usual craft work and face painting for children. This year, any donations received will be given to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Our Annual Park 'Spring Clean' is on Saturday 12th April between 10.00am and 4.00pm. This is a community event and we hope that as many people as possible will join together to help tidy up the Park ready for summer. The adjacent poster is still in its draft form as we haven't yet agree all the detail. We still need to get permission from NBC for some of our intended activities but we have some great ideas for improving the Park for both people and wildlife.

A4 Poster 2014 Spring Clean

Although we do a lot during our community clean-ups we only have two of these each year and this limits what can be achieved. In the past we have had volunteers from businesses and organisations helping out on other occasions and we hope we can persuade more such groups to come along in the future. We also plan to go ahead with a greater number of short activities lasting just an hour or two. We need more volunteers to join such activities but we are pleased that, in the last month, two new volunteers have come forward. We now need to find times and dates convenient for those who want to do extra work. Apart from when he is on holiday, Vic Smith intends to spend two hours on Friday mornings, roughly every other week, working in the Park and requests other volunteers to work with him. He will post the dates and times for this on our Facebook page.

Later in the year we again hope to join with the Headlands Children's Centre in organising a Family Picnic on Eastfield Park. We also hope that the Northampton Leisure Trust will be able to obtain funds for Play Rangers to organise children's activities on the Park. The FoEP have already been discussing ways in which we might be involved in such activities. This could, for example, include children planting wild flowers. We are still considering the possibility of holding a 'wildlife appreciation day' in the Park towards the end of summer. We do, however, need lots more volunteers, not only to carry out practical work in the Park but also to organise publicity, fund-raising, communications, etc., etc. Please consider helping if you can.

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