2011 December Newsletter


Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Anti Social Behaviour ASB, Event, General Information, Nature Trail Improvements, Nature Watch | Posted on 15-12-2011

As 2011 draws to a close, this is a summary of the events and highlights of the year.

Easter Fete 23 April – This year’s fete was held on one of the hottest Easter Saturday seen for many years. We had a wonderful turnout of residents, families and dog owners. There were more stalls, inflatable slides and competitions. £418 was raised for the Guide Dogs and St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. Our sincere thanks to the volunteers, stall holders, sponsor and visitors for making this another success fete.

Nature Trail (NT) – the mile long nature trail has been repaired and overhanging branches cut back by kind, dedicated volunteers several times this year.

  • Sat 19 Feb – Four UoH MBA students – Dominic, Luke, Mo & Peter braved the rain to kick off the first repair along Stirling Way and Leysdown.
  • Sun 12 June – The May family (Mark, Linda, Erin), Lyn and Zulfigar Ahmed relaid half of the Birchall Farm section.
  • Fri 12 Aug – Nick, Janet, Sarah and Colin spread 2 tons of wood chips along the Birchall Farm stretch.
  • Sun 21 Aug – Mark, Linda, Erin and Ray completed the Birchall Farm path and started the Henry Woods section.
  • Fri 14 Oct – Ray & Margot continued the work along Henry Woods.
  • Sat 15 Oct – Keith, Valerie, Linda, Erin & Mark completed Henry Woods and half of the Wyton to Leydown stretch. Over 4 tons were spread.

We like to thank all the volunteers who re-laid the wood chips along the Nature Trail. Our gratitude also goes to Mark May, a local tree surgeon (07725 415209),who kindly donated all the wood chips. We shall start again in the New Year to continue the work by these wonderful volunteers. Please email us if you can spare an hour or two to maintain this all season  footpath around Moneyhole.

Nature Watch – A pair of red kites nesting by the Lafarge estate were spotted throughout summer. They were last seen on Monday 02 Dec.

  • Bird Survey – jays, wrens, robins, collared doves, wood pidgeons, blue tits, great tits, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds, magpies, woodpeckers, red kites, seagulls were seen.
  • Foxes – Many fox sightings were reported this year. More fox droppings were seen this year on the fields pointing to a likely rise in numbers.
  • Rabbit – my first sighting of a rabbit this year in Henry Woods on 20 Dec.
  • Fungi Walks – Tree Wardens organise two woodland fungi walks in Sherrardwoods each Autumn. They will consider a similar walk in Moneyhole if there is sufficent demand. A small charge is levied to raise funds for trees conservation. Please email to express your interest.

Picnic in the Park Sat 02 July – This was our 6th annual picnic for all park users and residents.

Park Angels – Moneyhole and the surrounding woods are much cleaner year on year thanks to the constant efforts of the park angels. These kind residents and park users pick litter on the quiet. Once again big thank you from the community.

Finesse carry out litter pick by the carpark and playareas.

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) – the number of ASB reported have fallen this year. This is positive news and a step in the right direction.

  • Replacement fence – After many years, a broken fence was finally re-erected between Moneyhole Park and Russett House in Spring thanks to Steven Seager’s months of persistence. This should help to deter ASB trespassers plaguing nearby residents.
  • Trail and Quad bikers – Unlicenced bikers are still causing a nuisance riding along footpaths, woods and the park. Do call the police on 101 for immediate action to prevent accidents to walkers, dogs and children. A trail biker was apprehended in last month after being reported.
  • Unprovoked Attack – a couple’s night out ends in violent attack near Moneyhole entrance made WHTimes’ front page news on 14 Sep.  The attack happened on 10 Sep shortly after the local street lights are switched off at midnight. Please pass any information of the attackers to the police.

Dog & Litter Bins -

  • A dog bin was added in the middle of the park courtesy of the local Community Fund.
  • The offer of another dog bin was swapped for two litter bins along Bericot Way and by the Bericot Way/Lincoln Way footpath junction.
  • Overflowing bins – email E.Nicholls@finesseleisure.com or Contact-WHC@welhat.gov.uk,

Health & Safety

  • Tunnel slide (Multi Activity Area) – the exposed concrete blocks at the slide base were reported to Finesse and WHBC in early Spring by Mrs Smith and Mrs Rose. This issue was finally resolved and fresh wood chips relaid by 22 August.
  • Dead trees – the dead trees in a cluster and few along the Nature Trail were removed by Finesse.
  • Please contact Finesse or WHBC if you spot any H&S issues.

Other Neighbourhood Issues

  • Litter & Pot Holes – In February, Cllr Sara Johnston came on the FoM’s inspection tour of nearby streets. WHBC was galvanised to remove the worse of the flytipping and accumulated litter in the tree belts along Sylvan Way, Moors Walk and Panshanger Drive.
  • Bericot Way & Sylvan Way -  The frost damaged pot holes along these roads previously reported by FoM were also temporarily patched up after Cllr Johnston kindly chased these up. Our grateful thanks go to Cllr Johnson. New pot holes have since reappeared and now require attention. If more residents do report these, then Hertfordshire Highway may be more inclined to act. See contact website below.
  • Black Fan Road - The various pot holes reported were eventually patched.
  • Panshanger Drive – Numerous dangerous sections of footpath were repaired this year when reported to Mid Herts Highways. Fallen Autumn leaves,which tend to become mushy and slipperry underfoot, were also cleared recently along this stretch.

Next Year

  • Queen Diamond Jubilee fete 04 June 12 – A possible event when we find a sponsor and partner. Participants  and stall holders please contact us to express your interest . Help us to make this a truly memorable day. Email us on moneyholepark@gmail.com
  • Nature Trail (NT) repairs – We will resume when we get another donation of wood chips.

Useful numbers and website

  • New Police non emergency number – 101. This is a flat rate charge of 15p. Remember to ask for a unique reference number (URN).
  • WHBC Contact Centre – email Contact-WHC@welhat.gov.uk litter issues, bin requests;  tel: 01707 357000
  • Finesse Leisure – email E.Nicholls@finesseleisure.com for all park related issues .
  • Fixmystreet.com – an excellent site to reporting local faults, litter and issues to WHBC and Herts CC. Moneyhole Park post code is AL7 2RT. Highlight the spot on the map. Broken glass on pavement, flytipping and litter have been resolved previously.
  • Hertsdirect.org – for Highway related faults like pot holes and damaged pavements - http://www.hertsdirect.org/actweb/hfr/default.cfm

The authorities are fairly prompt in dealing with reported issues but only if you report them. With some, perseverance pays.

Lastly we like to thank everyone who supported the Moneyhole Park community throughout the year.

Wishing everyone A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Friends of Moneyhole
www.welwynhatfield.co.uk/moneyhole – striving for a cleaner, safer & inclusive park

Email : moneyholepark@gmail.com

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