North Camp Newsletter November 03 MURAL MOVES FORWARD Children at South Farnborough Infant School have been working with artist Sue Ryland on a set of murals for North Camp. The theme is "wildlife" and the children had the opportunity during the school's arts week in June to design and cut out wildlife stencils as well as use them FACELIFT FOR to paint a series of mural panels. LYNCHFORD ROAD More panels were painted using the children's stencils Work will soon begin on new lighting, paving, landscaping at the North Camp "Rodeo" and other environmental improvements to Lynchford Road. on 12 July and a final set of panels was produced at the The scheme, which aims to improve the shopping environment Wavell-Cody Community for visitors and business, is the second stage of an overall facelift Campus playscheme for the area and builds on the improvements made to Camp bringing the total number Road. The project, funded through Hampshire County Council’s produced to 20. The murals, Regeneration of Older Urban Areas initiative, will also include funded by North Camp improvements to the footpath between Camp Road and Peabody Matters using a grant from Road car park and the pedestrian area between Camp Road and the Lottery's Awards for All the new Lynchford Road. scheme, will soon be displayed in the North Camp Plans to start work before Christmas have been postponed to area ensure that works do not interfere with Christmas trading in the area. The scheme will now be implemented early in the new year. Details of the scheme are displayed on the North Camp Village notice board in Camp Road. For more information please call John Trusler on (01252 398265) Queens Road Rodeo proves scorching success Intense heat, cowboys, Indians, gold panning, bull riding, a saloon and line dancing all helped set the scene for the Queens Road Rodeo held in North Camp this summer. The day was organised by North Camp Matters with support from Rushmoor Borough Council, Pippins Pre- School, South Farnborough Infants School and St Marks Primary School. Sponsored by The News, Sherborne Windows and North Camp Fish Bar, the event provided a day of family entertainment for local people in the heart of their community. Twenty community groups also took part in the event to promote their services. Visitors were shown how to resuscitate a patient by members of the St John Ambulance, who were also keen to promote their campaign to raise funds for a new ambulance. The Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service gave demonstrations throughout the day on the dangers of chip pan fires and local children helped to paint a mural as part of the North Camp Matters Art Project (see previous article). Sherborne Windows provided free face painting and goodie bags, with other freebies available at many of the community stalls. Arena events included line dancing with lots of audience participation and a display from The Rushmoor Gymnastic Academy. The final arena event of the day was the Rodeo Bull ride-off. The winner stayed on for an impressive 11.94 seconds and took the Rodeo Cup and one month's family membership of Farnborough Recreation Centre. Nigel Baines of North Camp Matters said: 'The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to the event, particularly local businesses for donating a fantastic range of prizes and those who gave their time throughout the year and on the day. The day aims to bring the community together and to highlight the clubs and activities that are available in the neighbourhood. We had a lot of interest from local groups and I hope that visitors and stallholders found the day mutually beneficial'. North Camp Matters promotes issues relating to North Camp throughout the year and is active in developing actions to regenerate the area. If you would like to become involved with this group, either as a business or a resident, please contact Nigel Baines on 01252 542262. QUEENS ROAD RECREATION GROUND Following our extensive consultation with residents and businesses in 2002, we have now started a programme of improvements for Queens Road Recreation Ground. The roof of the changing rooms has been replaced with a new vandal resistant surface and the corrugated fence has been replaced with close board fencing. We have now secured funding for play equipment for children and young people and we aim to install this by Spring 2004 following further consultation with potential users. We are also now ready to form a "Friends of Queens Road Recreation Ground" to help with improvements and influence the development of the area. If you are interested in becoming a Friend please contact Richard Mann at Rushmoor Borough Council on (01252) 398743 or e-mail email@example.com Queens Road WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING? Recreation Promoting North Camp land at Closeworth Road. These initiatives have created Ground Earlier in 2003 a number of businesses launched the first 24 homes for rent to people on the Housing Register. Demonstration phase of a promotional campaign for North Camp. The former Peabody Road Wildlife Garden Now the second part of the Social Club will soon be developed to create 11 two Every garden has the campaign is under way with bedroom flats. The Council potential to provide habitats support from the Council. is working in partnership with for urban wildlife and the This time, the focus will be on Pavilion Housing Association Rushmoor Urban Wildlife the unique strengths of North and the properties will be Group is keen to spread the Camp Village (eating out/ available for shared ownership word. specialist shopping/the area to people on Rushmoor's itself /leisure and education). Housing Register. This site will The group has worked with Point of sale leaflets will be be the first shared ownership local people to design and produced to promote the wider scheme in North Camp, plant a wildlife garden in the opportunities of the area to broadening the mix of tenure recreation ground. The first visitors and neighbouring of affordable homes in the phase has seen the planting areas. North Camp is a vibrant area. of a wildflower meadow, and developing area and grasses and a mixed this campaign reflects the Good Response to continued need to make hedgerow. Previously an area people aware of the benefits of Consultation of mown grassland, the garden will act as a hub for urban living, working and shopping in Proposed improvements to the wildlife providing food and North Camp Village. shopping area of North Camp shelter for a wide variety of were the focus of a public species. New Housing exhibition on May 9th. More New housing has been created than 500 people visited the An information board giving at three sites in the area and exhibition throughout the day, details of the project has a further site will soon be which also asked for people's been erected and seating will developed. The Council has 'thoughts for the future' in soon be added to create a worked in partnership with relation to issues affecting the classroom area for local school Thames Valley Housing wider residential area. children. It is hoped that local Association to develop sites The design has now been people will take the ideas back at 207 and 109 Lynchford finalised to take feedback to their own gardens to create Road and with Pavilion from the exhibition into account further habitats for urban Housing Association to develop and work will begin on site wildlife. in January 2004 (see larger article). Peabody Road Car Park Work to resurface Peabody Road Car Park was completed in March. Contract parking has been removed to increase the number of spaces available for shoppers. The recycling facilities have also been made more accessible to users. BUSINESS FOCUS 5th Farnborough A number of new businesses have opened in North Camp since the regeneration programme began in March 2001. Scout Group Fizzy Kids opened its doors in June 2001 to provide an indoor is part of the worldwide Scout play space and café area in Camp Road. Owner Chris Scott movement which aims to help says: "Our plan to open Fizzy Kids started a number of years young people aged between ago, but the greatest task was finding the best site for our 6 to 25 years old to reach their playspace. We looked at every possibility within a 10-mile potential as individuals and radius but as residents of North Camp, we were very keen responsible citizens by to support the local area. providing fun and challenging "We struck on the idea of being different from all our competitors activities. by placing ourselves on a high street. We hoped that not only would it be a facility for the local community but also we would We are part of a uniformed bring in customers from the surrounding areas, which in turn organisation which meets at would boost other businesses and promote the area. We feel that our own HQ in North Camp we have achieved this, as we know we have had visitors from and caters for boys aged from Hindhead, Alton, Farnham, Wokingham and then everywhere 6 to 14. in-between! We are linked to an Explorer "This decision involved a great deal more capital as we had more Scout Unit which also meets planning constraints to deal with but we believe that the at our HQ and caters for male investment has been well worthwhile. The regeneration of the and female members aged area is definitely in full swing with new and exciting businesses between 14 and 18. appearing all the time and we have noticed a positive feeling amongst the local community, residents and fellow traders alike. All of our sections meet "We have a number of events coming up over the next few weekly during term time. months including our Halloween and Christmas parties, which were all very successful last year. Lastly, you don't have to have Scouting has recently children to come in and enjoy our café. No doubt our infamous undergone a major change hot chocolate indulgence and handmade cakes will keep you with new modern uniform and going during the winter months! up to date programme. If you wish to find out more about "We are now looking forward to further improvements as part of how to join 5th Farnborough the regeneration programme as this would benefit everybody." as a young person or an adult For further information contact Chris Scott on 01252 669977. leader or helper, please contact Group Scout Leader, Jonathan Coppock on Contacts for further information 01252 673586 North Camp Regeneration Project email: Debbie Whitcombe, Tel. (01252) 398793 or firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail email@example.com We hold a very successful Queens Road Recreation Ground annual Group Camp and our Brian Stephens, Tel. (01252) 398770 or Christmas Fair is always a e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or successful fundraiser. However, our Group cannot Richard Mann, Tel. (01252) 398743 or function without adult support e-mail email@example.com to provide the activities for young people and maintain our HQ so we are always grateful for any offers of adult help.