E-newsletter Volume 2: No 8 – September 2015
The future of the GPRA
A big thank you to all those residents who were able to come to the AGM last month. It gave committee members an opportunity to speak about the things we have been involved in over the past year and also to hear from other residents about their experience of living at Graylingwell. It was particularly good to see so many new faces.
We were also able to present awards to three people who do not live here but have made a positive contribution by going the extra mile for us. They are Jane Haskins of the CCDT, Trudie Hudson of Grange Management and Tim Lawrance-Owen of the Community Garden. A fourth award was presented earlier to Alan Wyper of Graylingwell Energy, who was on holiday at the time of the AGM.
With Richard Shord retiring as Chairman, we have a big gap to fill on the committee, but we are very pleased that two new residents are going to come to our next committee meeting to check us out and hopefully join us.
One of the questions asked at the AGM was “What does being on the committee involve?” The answer to that is “It depends”. Firstly, we have regular meetings, which last at most a couple of hours, where we discuss a range of issues and plan the way forward. Additional contributions could range from providing occasional support at the Saturday Café to working on a task group to address a particular issue of concern to a number of residents. A valuable start would be simply to attend the committee meetings and share ideas.
The demands of work and family often mean that many people have very little time to spare and don’t want a regular commitment. However, we would very much like to add to our list of residents prepared to help out on a one off basis, from the occasional litter pick in the park to manning the barbecue at a social event.
If you’d like to know more about what we’ve been up to this past year, you might like to look at the minutes of the AGM on the web site.
If you’re interested in becoming a committee member or would like to add your name to our list of volunteers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graylingwell Energy Open House
Residents are invited to see the workings of the power plant, which supplies our heating and hot water, on Saturday September 19th. This coincides with our next Saturday Café with the GPRA, so why not combine the two? Relax over a cup of coffee and piece of cake at The Lodge and then take a short stroll for a tour of the plant, which will be open from 10.00am until 1.00pm. Please note that an adult must accompany children under 14 years of age.
We have recently contacted CPM on behalf of a resident who, on a number of occasions, has returned home from work only to find another car (without a permit of any description) parked in her numbered space. Whilst CPM are now making a point of regularly checking this particular space, we have also produced some cards which can be placed under the windscreen wipers of such vehicles by any resident affected in this way. These cards carry the GPRA logo, are non-confrontational and explain the rules. If you find yourself in a similar position, contact the committee and we’ll provide you with a couple. CPM have agreed that their use could be helpful but have assured us that they will continue to penalise owners of incorrectly parked vehicles.
There continue to be thefts of bicycles from the stores, which Linden maintain are not designed to be totally secure. The police recommend that bikes be attached to the stands with a D lock rather than the flexible type, which are easily severed with bolt cutters. The picture below was included in an earlier newsletter but may be helpful for new residents.
Titon HRV Units
We have had a response from Affinity Sutton regarding access to and servicing of the heat recovery units in both their tenanted and shared ownership properties.
HRV units in all shared ownership properties are the residents’ responsibility. In those cases where access to loft areas has been restricted, this is now being corrected and a one-off service visit will be completed for all affected residents. They will then be responsible for their own maintenance going forward and will need to use an appropriate engineer to service the units.
The manuals that explain the elements of user maintenance – hoovering filters etc. – are available on-line
For all tenants, Affinity Sutton will set up a service programme.
Saturday Café with the GPRA and the Macmillan coffee morning
As mentioned earlier in the newsletter, the next opportunity to come along and discuss issues with committee members, as well as socialising whilst enjoying coffee and cake, is on 19th September from 10.00am-12.00noon. The following Saturday Café on 26th September is part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Donations on the day are made to Macmillan.
To find out more about what is happening at Graylingwell, go to the Upcoming Events page on the website.
Making good use of the website
As the number of people living at Graylingwell increases, it is becomes more important that residents use the website to find out how to sort out problems themselves, turning to the GPRA only after all avenues have been explored. It’s not that we don’t want to help, but we are just volunteers and have limited time ourselves. If you keep a record of your efforts, and then contact us if things have not been resolved, we will leap into action on your behalf.
The Useful Contact Numbers page on the website is the one to go for. If you bookmark it, it’s always to hand.
Could you please remind friends and neighbours who do not have access to the Internet, that hard copies of this page are available at the Saturday Café with the GPRA, (third Saturday of each month).