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Hello from the Forest Residents Association
Dear Member
Another FORA year has come and gone and the FORA AGM passed off smoothly in June with a reasonable turnout of members. We have also gained some new members on the Committee. We are sorry to have lost Colin Gourley and Mike Killourhy who have had to retire from the Committee this year. Colin has been a tower of strength in the first three years of FORA’s life organising many of our social events and meetings and giving great support in all areas. We are however, delighted to welcome two new members to the Committee: Chris Dick and Paul Nightingale who will be a welcome addition to the team. Paul has agreed to help with the Planning Sub Committee which has been fairly inactive since Barbara’s non availability over the last year. Paul is very enthusiastic on planning issues & we are looking forward to his input. We shall be organising further meetings in the autumn and we would be interested to hear from members the topics in which you might be interested and suggestions of possible speakers. Finally we are still looking for more members both to participate in and to help organise events for our members. An organisation is only as strong as its membership and we are looking to our members to put in a big effort this year to enable us to expand FORA activities. We also ask all members to renew their subscriptions for the coming year if they have not already done so. In the meantime have a good summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you soon.

FORA Newsletter Issue 7: Jul 2009
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In This Issue...
Chairman’s Welcome Cafe Refresh opening FORA in Bloom Glade Cleanup Big (picnic) Lunch Autumn Litter Pick 1 1 1 2 2 2

Peter Leighton, Chair

Sorry: We’re a bit late this time. We’ve all been really busy organising the events programme for the members.

Café Refresh Opened on 20th June Café Refresh has been launched to serve as a meeting place and ‘haven’ for our community. Local chef, Elliot Joseph, is running the café. Elliot is passionate about healthy food and bringing the community together. He’s on a mission to bring healthy, tasty food to our community. Café Refresh offers teas, coffees, hot chocolate and light snacks and lunches, fresh snoothies, and delicious cakes. The Cafe was formally opened by Harry Cohen MP for Leyton & Wanstead. Note that the café is taking a short summer break and will be reopening on Sept 1st

FORA in Bloom 2009 results The judges were impressed with the standard of garden design & planting & were particularly encouraged by the efforts of several competitors to encourage widlife & bio diversity within their gardens. The finalists were: Front Garden: Winner: Laura, 10 Preston Rd. Runner Up: Karen Durham Diggins, 8 Fladgate Rd. Container Planting: Winner: Nicola Hallas & John O'Donnell, 11 Forest Drive East. Runner Up: Chris Dick, 183 Forest Road. Best Environmental Garden: Joint winners: Ruth Goundry, 31 Lytton Road and Ruth Kaufman 38 Forest Drive East. Judges & Organisers: Mina Patel, Carmela Crute Jones, Frances Symmonds & Simon Richards

Some members have not yet renewed their subscription for the 2009-2010 year. This issue of the newsletter will be the last to be distributed to lapsed members, so if you want to continue receiving it, be sure to renew!
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Forest Glade cleanup FORA members in cooperation with the Corporation of London and enthusiastic volunteers from the Marian Mission in Leyton, spent an industrious afternoon improving the path area to the side of St. Andrews (around the Café Refresh entrance). As you can see from these before & after views, they’ve made quite an improvement! Special recognition is due to the volunteer youth of Leyton based Marian Mission Educational and Family Support Centre, who under the stewardship of City of London Forest Keeper Ian Greer played a leading part in the cleanup project. Volunteering is the lifeblood of any grass roots community association. If you would like to help for whatever length of time you can spare, we constantly have events and projects on the go, often in partnership with other community organizations.

The Big Picnic Lunch Sat. 15th August 2009 FORA’s Annual Community Picnic in Forest Glade was blessed once again by balmy weather and an even better turnout over last year, with some 70 members and friends attending. Picnickers and their pets basked in the sunshine, new friends were made and old ones ‘refreshed’ Up & coming chef Elliot Joseph, of Café and Creative Centre REFRESH situated in St Andrew’s Community Hall, cooked up a delicious spread which was sponsored by FORA. Potluck offerings from picnickers added to the groaning buffet tables, replete with a diversity of cuisines. Local councillors Farooq Quereshi and Samina Safdar attended as also the ever-popular Snakey Sue, who had children and adults alike, mesmerised with her travelling collection of tame snakes. ( The FORA Events Team would like to thank all who chose to spend part of their day with us and contributed so much to what turned out to be a gloriously fun day. A massive THANK YOU to all our FORA Volunteers, who worked ever so hard to drive the event, as also to spruce up the area around the Café Refresh entrance and adjacent access to Forest Glade, prior to the picnic and on the day. Report by Tony Fernandes Autumn Litter Pick 2009 Please join us on Saturday 19th September (10-12pm) for our Autumn Community Litter Pick - this time on a slightly wider scale. We are branding it as part of the The Big Tidy Up - an initiative of the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign in which community groups throughout the UK spruce up their neighbourhoods. Please see: for further information or the FORA group link At our last event some 30+ bags of litter were collected. This time we are hoping for an even bigger turn out and bag count. FORA and community members and friends are most welcome, as are children accompanied by a responsible adult. Pickers and latex gloves etc. will be supplied courtesy of’ Open Spaces ‘City of London who also own and manage the 6,000 acres of varied habitats, recreational spaces, and trails etc that make up Epping Forest.
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