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CHANGE OF DATE  The General Meeting has had to be re-arranged for Monday, 24th February 2014 in St Andrews Church Hall, starting at 7pm and NOT Wednesday, 26th.  We have invited local Councilors to be present.  Please make a note of this date in your diaries - we look forward to seeing you there.

Just a reminder that 2014 Membership is now due for those of you that wish to continue your support of the Friends of Princes Park Eastbourne.  If you would like to join the Friends please download the Membership form on our front page.  The cost per Adult is £3.00 and Junior members will be £1.00 - please make cheques payable to "Friends of Princes Park Eastbourne".  Thank you.

Earlier in the year the Friends put in a bid to the Woodland Trust to see if we could secure 420 trees and shrubs for Princes Park.  I am very pleased to let you know that we were very lucky and have been given the 420 trees and shrubs asked for.  They are going to be planted around the Oval and spaces have been cleared by the Holm Oak and across from there to make 'woodland corridoors' for the wildlife.  We have been in touch with the Council and arranged a date and time to start planting out the trees and shrubs.  The date is: Tuesday, 4th December and the time is: 09:30 in the Oval.  If you feel you can help us please just turn up with your spade - don't forget to wear decent clothing and footwear.  Hope to see some of you on the 4th December..!!

The Friends have arranged for our Annual Carol Service to be held indoors this year.  The venue will be Pistachios Cafe in the Park and the date is Friday, 13th December at 4.30pm.  We have also arranged for the District General Hospital Choir to attend to help us sing our little hearts out. So please come along and show your support - thank you.

At our recent AGM a motion was submitted and read to the meeting.  It was proposed that the Annual General Meeting be moved from November to a date in May to take advantage of the lighter evenings.  After discussion it was agreed that this would take effect from 2014, with the 2013 AGM being delayed until May 2014.  The 2013 Friends Financial Year would also be extended to coincide with the later AGM.  This motion was seconded and carried unanimously by a show of hands.

The cafe in Princes Park is now open and has been re-named 'Pistachios in the Park'.  It has been fully modernised with up to date catering equipment and with a sensibly priced menu it is sure to be a hit with users of the Park.  I went along to have a look round and a cuppa and it is looking good, there are still one or two things to do but it is clean and bright.  There is plenty of seating for adults and special little tables and chairs for children - a nice touch.  They are aiming to stay open all year round so if you are out having a walk remember to pop in and have a well earned rest and a nice cup of tea/coffee and maybe something to eat to support your local 'Pistachios in the Park'.

Princes Park has been awarded the coveted Green Flag again for this year - 2013.  Well done to our gardener Ian for keeping the Park in such good order.  We also now have The Queen Elizabeth Fields Award, this means our Park has protection under the scheme and is safe for future generations to enjoy.  Well done to all concerned.

Eastbourne United Football Club have now completed the fencing around the football pitch, the stands and seating are also complete.  This means that we are just waiting for the shrubs to be planted around the outside of the fence to soften the view.  The wire fence that was between the lake and the Oval has been removed and the area is being landscaped - this really has opened the area up.   All other fences will stay in place as they are a boundary for the Park.

The entrance road on the corner of Channel View Road and Royal Parade has now been repaired.  Also paths marked for refurbishment within the Park are included in the Development Plan and will be actioned in due course.

The subject of irresponsible dog owners was again raised at the AGM.  A member of the public said he visited the Park every day and was appalled at the amount of dog mess he comes across.  Mr Williams stated that he would report back to the Environmental Department for action.

Do any members of the public have any old photographs of the original main entrance to Princes Park?  It has been suggested that the gaps either side of the large entrance had wrought iron panels but no evidence can be found in the archives, to date, of what they looked like.  If there is anyone out there who could help can they please email, in the first instance, any information by clicking the email button at the top right of any page on the site to contact the Committee.

The 'Dogs on Leads' notices are being replaced around the lake again as some very irresponsible dog owners keep removing them.  Just a reminder to all dog owners about the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environmental Act of 2005 - Dog Contol Orders (this replaces existing dog bye-laws).  'Any person who commits an offence is liable to prosecution or a fixed penalty fine of £75' and failing to keep your dog on its lead around the lake is an offence.  Dogs are also banned, for Health and Safety reasons, from Children's Playgrounds in Parks and Recreation Grounds.  It is also an offence not to pick up after your dog.  There are now extra dog bins around the Park so there really is no excuse to leave your dog's mess in the Park.  One of the problem areas for dog mess is on the Putting Green and as the green is now open to the public this really needs to be addressed.  Please visit http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/dogs/ or ring 01323 415 380 if you have any questions or information on irresponsible dog owners.  Please help keep our Park Clean!

General Meetings / Annual General Meeting (AGM) - We hold 3 General Meetings a year during February, August and November.  Members, Friends and Members of the Public are invited and welcome to attend General Meetings.  These meetings are for general discussion of any known or new issues within the Park, feedback and reports of progress by the Committee.  Our AGM is held during May (2014 - see above) and is open to Friends of Princes Park members and visitors.

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