Our new year round up

FOP's SOCIAL EVENING AND AGM

Saturday, 26th January. More than 30 members attended our Social Evening and AGM.

Prior to the formal AGM our guests enjoyed an excellent variety of cold delicacies and copious glasses of wine, not to mention soft drinks. Our treasurer advised members that £2,438 had been spent during the year on new equipment: the Flymobile (£3,337) and a woodland bench (£314). These were financed by income from the fête; Fleet Town Council had paid for installation of both. Other expenditure included a new gazebo and high visibility vests for volunteers. He added that the AGM was largely self-funding, and that the cost of other events such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Children’s Fun Run are now, in the main, met by donations on the day.

Our Chairman summarised, with the help of a slide show, the many activities and events of 2018 including:- a work party to burn the holly from the November tree surgery; an Easter Egg Hunt, where over 200 chocolate eggs were given to children; Spring working party to tidy the park prior to judging for two categories in S&SE in Bloom (The park was awarded Silver Gilt in both Conservation and Small Park categories.); Children’s Fun Run and mini-sprints, in which 129 children under 12 years participated; Summer Fête with numerous events and stalls (new for 2018 – a BBQ from the Rotary Club of Rushmoor and a dog competition supported by Ark Vets.); Bush craft, with thanks to Miles Cooper for running this event; Autumn work party, which included hauling logs out of the pond (Subsequent to this, FTC dredged the pond and it is now clear of leaf litter and weed.); installation of a woodland bench, enjoyed in particular by youths in the park and finally our second Christmas carol event, with stockings for all the children taking part.

Looking to the future, we are looking at providing trim trail equipment for older children and adults. A survey undertaken at the fête has indicated the most popular equipment and the committee is now looking at suppliers and prices.

After recharging their glasses the members were entertained by an excellent presentation from Kevin Griffiths, the Watch Manager at Fleet Fire Station, who was our guest Speaker for the evening. It is always amazing what responsibilities are accepted by volunteers within our community who freely give their time and energy to take care of us when we are at our most vulnerable. The evening closed with a resounding round of applause.