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We Need Your Help Too

Please accept our apologies for the lack of updates, it’s been a busy time for everyone and the days just disappeared. We haven’t gone anywhere, and the Galley Hill Residents Association are still working to get things improved in Galley Hill. Following a recent discussion on the Friends Of Galley Hill Facebook group someone asked what is the point of the GHRA if nothing gets cleaned up?

And that is where we will start, we need more of the community to get involved to help us to achieve the changes we all want to see. At our last committee meeting it was suggested we do a monthly litter pick, like the one they have at Fullers Slade which is organised by a local church group who have offered to help GHRA to organise the litter pick. We need volunteers to come forward to help on a weekend for an hour or two once a month.
Could you help?

On the subject of volunteers needed we are currently looking for Court Reps for Stanbridge and Manshead Courts. Being a Court Rep doesn’t have to take a lot of your time, all it entails is the delivery of the Noose newsletter once a month and the odd leaflet drop. Of course if you want to do more then you can attend the committee meetings and bring in the concerns of your neighbours too!

We would also like to remind everyone to be vigilant once again as there have been yet more break-ins in Galley Hill as well as the mugging and an attempted mugging in the area. One involved the theft of car keys, and then the car was stolen, and in a separate incident a garage was broken into, both in Redbourne Court and within a week of each other.
We do have a Neighbourhood Watch in place to help co-ordinate a concerted effort into keeping us all safe, and an idea was raised at a recent meeting to see if we can get help to fund camera doorbells in a few houses around GH. Any other ideas to help prevent the thefts?

Finally a little update on things which are happening. The GHRA have been making a lot of connections over the past year, including working closely with our local Councillors, Mick Allsopp and Paul Bartlett to get our area noticed. Additionally we have been pushing to get the Stony Stratford Town Councillors and various important people from MK Council to our meetings and to listen to the concerns of GH residents. These efforts are starting to yield results, as we recently had Cllr Liz Gifford attend a meeting and take questions from those attending. As a result of this Cllr Gifford raised concerns about missing street signs and as a result the Clailey Court sign was replaced within a few days of her getting involved and following it up (although Redbourne Court still remains anonymous to outsiders despite the sign having gone missing a long time before Clailey Courts).
The tree carving project is getting closer to completion as Roy has been in contact with the St. Mary St. Giles school again to get the final designs from the children to complete the bench.

We have also had Kate Nicholls and Sue Titchmarsh step up to the events team. They are already planning an Easter Egg Hunt in Galley Hill so keep coming back for more information.

To sum it up, to some it may seem that it is all pointless, but in the grand scheme of things GHRA is still taking baby steps, but starting to get noticed by the various bodies who make the decisions. Work is always going on behind the scenes, a lot of hard work by the volunteers behind the GHRA committee and court reps, and if more people come forward to offer any help they can then we will be able to do more for our community, together!

Thanks to all those who volunteer their time, turn up to meetings and help to make our little but important part of Milton Keynes better.

The GHRA Committee

Help Needed to Find Former Residents

The GHRA recently received the following from a TV producer looking for help. If you can help please contact us and we will pass on any information.

I work for a television company called Transparent TV. We are currently making a documentary about the history of social housing for Channel 5 presented by Michael Portillo.
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> I would be incredibly grateful if you could help please. I am trying to track down former residents of Willey Court on the Galley Hill Estate. They were called the King family, they were photographed with Margaret Thatcher as they were some of the first people to go for the Right to Buy scheme. I am attaching a picture.
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> Apparently they have moved on from Willey Court. But to track them down it would be really helpful to know their first names. Might you be able to help with this please? Is there an old register? Or a long- time resident who has been living at Willey Court since 1979?
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> Here is an article that refers to the family:
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https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104142
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> Thank you so much for your time,
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> Best wishes,
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> Anna
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> Producer
> Transparent TV
> 1-3 St Peter’s Street
> Islington
> London
> N1 8JD

Thanks, the GHRA committee.

Beware Criminals Again!

As the new year gets going, we wish all the residents of Galley Hill and everywhere else a great 2018.

Unfortunately we have to report that some terrible people have found their way to our area again. We are letting you know so you can be aware and take precautions to remain safe.

The first and possibly most terrible thing we have to report is that an elderly lady was mugged on the Red Routes around Galley Hill. A cyclist rode past her, then came back from behind and took her bag. Fortunately the lady concerned is, despite being small in stature, a tough cookie and while the incident upset her she is physically unharmed and won’t let this stop her being out and about. Another plus in this case is that the police quickly found and caught the mugger.

A second incident involved theft of tools from a van. The vehicle was broken into overnight and a number of tools taken.

A third incident involved an attempt to gain entry to a house on Galley Hill. The potential burglary involved using a flat blade, possibly a screwdriver, to attempt to force open a doir to the property, luckily in this case the attempt was unsuccessful.

Finally we have been made aware of a scam by our neighbours over at Fullers Slade. Helen from Fullers sent me the following after somebody tried this recently.

“Hi all just to remind you all to please ask for ID from anyone that knocks on your door as it came to our ATTENTION that there has been someone going around saying they are working on behalf of the council. If you are not sure about them then close the door, ask them to wait while you phone the company they claim to be from. If this person is GENUINE they will wait, if they go then please report it to the company they say they’re from
PLEASE ALL BE SAFE”

While these incidents seem to be on the rise there is no need to worry unnecessarily, just be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police. As always, lock all doors and windows if you are away from your house for any length of time, make it as difficult as possible for these people to gain access to your property. Keep an eye out for each other and stay safe.

Thanks for your support, the Galley Hill Residents Association Committee.

Galley Hill Residents Carol Singing

The Galley Hill Residents Carol Singing evening was successfully delivered on Tueday 19th December by the Residents Association and some volunteers. Headed by Roy and Joy from the Galley Hill Residents Association, assisted by Mr. Salter the St. Mary St. Giles School headmaster, and supported by Sue Titchmarsh, Phoebe Titchmarsh, Bianca Titchmarsh and others along the way. Thanks to Dave, our Vice Chair for the pictures and video.

Carol Singing

 

 


A big thank you to all who attended and all who supported them around the courts. A special thanks to Sue Fitch who helped organise the event but had to work and missed the actual singing.

Merry Christmas from all at Galley Hill Residents Association and we hope to see more of you getting involved in 2018.

Carol Singing Postponed

The GHRA Carol Singing planned for Tuesday 12th December has unfortunately had to be postponed due to the treacherous conditions of the icy pathways.

The Carol Service will be going ahead on Tuesday 19th December with the same route as originally planned.

Apologies for any inconvenience but the safety of all is our first concern.

The Committee of the Galley Hill Residents Association.

GHRA Coffee Morning Christmas Opening

The usual crew will be opening the Small Meeting Place for the Coffee Mornings as usual (10:00 till 12:00 noon)on Tuesday December 12th, and December 19th but they will be taking a rest over the Xmas week. The 2nd of January will see the first Coffee Morning of 2018.

The GHRA Coffee Mornings are still growing, as you can see from the pictures below.

It would be great to see more of those who are usually working attend if you can on any of these Tuesdays.

Thanks for your support

The Galley Hill Residents Association Committee

GHRA November Updates

Well here we are at the end of November, and one year since the Galley Hill Residents Association was formed. From an idea Councillor Mick Allsopp had to improve the community we have come a long way in a year, and we will continue to campaign to make Galley Hill the best place it can be.

One of the GHRA projects which is coming to fruition is the bench carving, turning a fallen tree near the park into a bench for the community. An idea which started with Councillor Mick Allsopp (yes him again) who wanted to see the historic old tree remain a part of Galley Hill after it fell. With our treasurer Roy helping to get the funding from the local council, the project is well on the way to completion as you can see below.

Mick Allsopp, Nyomie Flecknell, the carver and Roy Adams with the bench
Mick Allsopp, Nyomie Flecknell, the carver and Roy Adams with the bench

The bench is awaiting some designs from the local school children to finish it off. In addition to the bench there will be a slice of the tree marking historic moments in history coinciding with the rings of the trees growth.

The GHRA are also keen to get the residents involved in creating a community, and are planning events for the future. One of those events is a Christmas carol singing evening being arranged by our secretary Joy Sumner along with two of our Court Reps, Sue Fitch and Kate Nicholls. They are also being supported by the St. Mary St. Giles school choir on the night. There will be posters and fliers around but here is a preview with the details.

It would be great to see some more people out there singing along with them.

Thanks for all the support from everyone over the last 12 months, and we look forward to helping improve our local area and build our community into the future.

The GHRA Committee.

Minutes Of GHRA Meeting Thursday, 16th November, 2017

Minutes:  General Open Meeting #7

Thursday, 16th November, 2017 (6:45pm)

Small Meeting Place Galley Hill

 

  1. Welcome and H&S – Done

 

  1. Apologies – From Nyomie F, Paul Bartlett

 

  1. Formal approval of previous minutes (available online at GHRA.uk) – Done

 

  1. Items for discussion

 

    1. Report from SSTC meeting – N/A

 

    1. Local activities
      • Tree carving – bench is taking shape but still waiting for the children’s drawings for incorporation into it for completion.  Plus making a timeline plank for the school from the tree (over 200 years old)
      • Coffee mornings – still running on Tuesday mornings
      • Discos & picnics – We have funding to arrange 2 events
      • Open Garden & Counts Competition
      • Interest in setting up a club for helping out (if you need help getting to hospital, gardening, etc)
      • Christmas Events (singing/Santa)
        • We’re proposing to hold the carols on Tue, 12th December, starting ~6pm.
        • We would also like to hold a general rehearsal on Thurs, 23rd November, 7pm, SMP.

 

    1. Funding
      • £400 from MKC (to run 2 events
      • Coffee morning donations (upto £280 ish in total)
      • Money for tree carving has been received (and not paid out)
      • 2x £48 paid for Noose (due to lack of sponsorship currently)

 

    1. Communication
      • “Noose” newsletter
        • Running regularly
        • In the new year we are looking for more sponsorship
      • Website – GHRA.uk
        • Contact details are available on this
      • Raising GHRA awareness
        • E.g. of bookmarks for children to go with Noose to raise awareness of GHRA

 

    1. Problems
      • Trees/leaves/landscaping/pathway/road problems/potholes
        • Letter to Peter Marland:
          • Has been sent in reply to his (about maintenance of the estate).  However we have not had a reply to this.
          • Mick has invited Peter Marland to the next GHRA meeting.
          • Councillor Charlie Wilson is interested in this.
        • There is interest in running a tree-survey (using GHRA funds) to backup requests to the council.
          • Mick says that MKC is about to start a tree survey.
      • Litter picking
        • If you would like to be involved in Litter Picking, please contact David
      • Missing street signs (e.g. Redbourne, Clailey)
        • Sign has been taken away and will not be replaced.
        • Issues raised re lost taxis not being able to collect vulnerable people and so this needs fixing.
        • Cost of doing our own signs for ~£30 each, but there may be problems with putting our own signs up.
        • Mick will raise on the 22nd Nov at the MKC meeting.
      • Other – N/A

 

    1. Cost of refurbishment
      • Draft of letter on concerns regarding the cost.

 

    1. Fullers Slade Regeneration
  • Up to 6 stores high and higher housing density
  • This will have an impact on local resources (e.g. doctors…)
  • At MKC meeting a motion will put forward to have a referendum on the final plan
  • Such a referendum would have the same set up as a local election (but only in Fullers Slade).
  • Turnout figure may need consideration.

 

    1. Visitors
  • Terrie Howey/Red Phoenix
    • Runs a drama club for under 16 year old children at York House, Act Out (Thursday; 6-10 years 4:30-5:30) and Act Up (Thursdays, 11-16 years 5:40-6:40)
    • This includes making a panto.  The children write this.
    • Terrie is keen to encourage additional people from Galey Hill and Fullers Slade.
    • The cost is the same as an afterschool club (£100/year?).  Terrie is also looking to set up a scholarship place.
    • If there are concerns with transport to and from for children Terrie is looking to set something up.  Maybe a walking train.
    • In Feb half-term there will be 2 free half-day workshops to try things out (one in Galley Hill and one in Fullers Slade).
  • Colin Harmsworth (JCAC)
    • Apologises but cannot make the meeting.

 

    1. GHRA is one year old!!!
  • Thank you for your involvement!

 

  1. Any other business

 

Local events:  17th Dec School concert, free to all

Local event:  Quiz on the 18th November

 

  1. Dates of next meetings:

 

General Meeting Committee Meeting
16th November 14th December
18th January 15th February
15th March 19th April
17th May 21st June
19th July 16th August
20th September 18th October

SMSG Christmas Concert

The head teacher of St Mary and St Giles School has asked the GHRA to help spread the word about an event that’s open to all to attend.  A Christmas concert will be held at the school on Sunday 17th December at 3pm.  Free to attend. 

It would be great to see the residents of Galley Hill support the school, and even better if we could all spread the word verbally too.