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Friends of Oakley Park seek a secretary

Irene, our secretary since 2009, has decided to step down from the role (although she intends to remain a committee member) so we are looking for someone to take on this role from January 2018. Duties mainly relate to supporting the Chairman in preparing Agendas for monthly committee meetings and the AGM, recording what was agreed and actions to be taken, plus maintaining straightforward records and files.

We would envisage that the secretary would shadow the role for a month or two this year so as to get to know our committee members and what Friends of Oakley Park do to help keep the park a welcoming and safe place. If you have an interest in supporting FOP as secretary please contact Mike Bye via our email or to discuss the post in more detail by telephoning Irene directly.

Flymobile appeal

We have raised the required funding thanks to our entry into Fleet Lions' Dragons Den which raised £1,800, FOP has contributed £1,537 which we raised thanks to our last two Summer Fêtes plus some from reserves and FTC contributed the remaining £851 giving a total of £4,188.

Fleet Town Council (FTC) will be responsible for code compliance, VAT, site supervision of installation, ongoing maintenance and inspection requirements.

We have an anticipated installation date of 11th December 2017. Well done to everyone that contributed and helped in raising the funds for the Flymobile.

Thank you

Our thanks to Signs Express of Farnborough for their very generous donation of £600 to sponsor the purchase of an additional wooden bench and to Fleet Fire Brigade who have kindly provided us with a new, large public notice board for the pavilion

Membership fees and collections

Collecting subscriptions has become much more difficult over time, as work hours get longer, our members have other commitments and the amount of personal time our volunteers can give, has impacted heavily on our ability to visit you personally to collect the subscription. The volunteers often have to make two or three visits to find someone in and then there is the age old problem of finding the right change in the house.

As we all move ever closer towards using our debit/credit cards and bank transfers rather than money, it makes good sense to make it easier for everyone by changing the way we collect your valued subscription. The annual subscription can now be paid using a standing order, bank transfer or if you prefer, you can post a cheque, drop round and say hello or ask us to visit. We realise some of our disabled members may find it hard to use online banking, all we ask is you ring to make an appointment for us to visit.

On our Membership page you can download a 'Standing Order' form. Please contact us for our banking details to make a bank transfer.

A Defibrillator is now available in the park

A defibrillator has now been fitted to the Oakley Park pavilion. To ensure it is accessible the access code is provided on the box. The defibrillator will talk you through what you need to do and will not shock a patient who does not need a shock. Every minute counts and quick access saves lives.

Many thanks to Fleet and Church Crookham Community Responders, Friends of Oakley Park, Fleet Town Council, W.C Baker & son, Fleet Hospital and Community Friends for their support and contributions.

SINC report

A new report has been undertaken by Joel Miller of the Hampshire Bio-diversity Information Centre in connection with the woodland's SINC status. He makes some interesting obversations and recommendations on how to improve the SINC. Download your copy here


Events round up


Teddy Bears Picnic

It was a lovely event, the sun shone, the children brought along their teddies and other soft toys. There was a "bear hunt", some craft activities, the parachute game, and a prize for the best dressed teddy, which was Teddy Potter (owner Hettie). To round off the afternoon old nursery favourites such as The wheels on the bus, Old MacDonald had a farm, and Incy Wincy Spider were sung with much enjoyment.

Tea, coffee, cold drinks and cakes were provided by Friends of Oakley Park. Thank you to everyone who came along, and a special thank you for all donations.



Summer Fete

What a very successful summer Fete. Everyone who came along, took advantage of the bright and breezy weather to take part in the many activities on offer which included , a bouncy castle with soft play area, parental stocks, a coconut shy, wang the welly, nerf gun shoot out, pick a lolly, and play your cards right. Face, nail painting and henna art.


Other activities included goal challenges with hockey (Fleet and Ewshot Hockey Club) and football (Soccer at Six), and free yoga plus traditional sports day activities for children such as sack races, egg and spoon races and a tug of war. On offer, too, were toys, books and plants as well as home-made cake. The fire service, ambulance service and police service were also on hand with information and fun action to delight children and their parents.

Friends of Oakley Park would like to thank everyone who came along to enjoy the fun and the many volunteers who contributed to the success of the event, with a special mention of members of Fleet Baptist Church who provided marquees and expertise in erecting them at very short notice. Proceeds from the event will help Friends of Oakley Park in their campaign to raise funds for play equipment for youngsters over the age of eight.

Childrens Fun Run

Children’s Fun Run Ninety-seven children, many accompanied by parents or grandparents, took part in the Children’s 2k Fun Run organised by Friends of Oakley Park. This was another event planned with a view to promoting the park and encouraging children and young people to enjoy this lovely open space. After the race, finishers were offered refreshments and certificates of completion.

First across the line was Jake Reed with a time of 8 minutes 30. The 2k run was followed by mini sprints to ensure every child had an opportunity to participate in some way in the sport of running. Antony Bridges, organiser of the event, thanked the volunteers who gave up time to ensure the run went smoothly and all the runners and supporters who made it such a success.

Easter Egg Hunt

The event started at 2pm on Saturday 15th April and was, as always, very well attended. More than 150 chocolate Easter eggs were located around the park and 149 found by the children. Unfortunately, they could not find the last of the fifteen golden boiled eggs hidden within the woodland area. A good time was had by all and we enjoyed finishing the last egg ourselfs.

Spring Photographic Competition

Difficult to judge this year due to the high standard of photos we received. The Friends are happy to announce the winners of the 2017 competion were, Hattie Knights, under 6 category; Sam Oxlade; under 16; Michael Carrington for the over 16 category.

Hattie Mike Sam The presentation

Many thanks to our judge Kevin Whibley of Captured Moment for his generous support. The winners were presented with framed copies of their photographs courtesy of Captured Moments.