Community Updates

Football Pitch Renewal

Great News! On 9 August we will start to upgrade our old football pitch to a modern, multi-sport (MUGA) facility which can be used for football, basketball, and netball. This has been a long-standing ambition that is happening now because of the enthusiasm of a previous generation of young people and their passion for football, and for sport in general. 

The new facility, will allow us to engage more residents, encouraging wider participation in the activities on offer. As well as young people we encourage other age groups to get involved. We also make our activities more inclusive for girls’ sport, and for people with disabilities.  We already have agreements with Fulham Football club to run weekly football sessions for adults as well as provide sessions for those with disabilities, and girls-only sessions. 

To allow this to happen major construction will need to take place by our contractor, Chiltern Sports, 

This means that for a period of 6 weeks, or longer if there are any delays, there will be some disruption in terms of noise and dust generation. This will be kept to a minimum, but some nuisance is inevitable.  Also, parking will be restricted on Deepdene Gardens, as large vehicles will have to gain access to the construction site. We will mark out the bays we will need and will leaflet all cars parked in them in advance before we put barriers up. Please work with us, so that large vehicles can access the site. 

Chiltern will also set up a site compound on the grass near Albury Lodge. However, access to the building will still be possible. We will let those most affected know in advance what this will mean for them. 

We apologise in advance for any disruption the works cause, particularly to those residents living adjacent to the site.  The works will be in operation Mondays to Fridays only, between the hours of 9am and 6pm. Should there be any exceptions to these hours, we will inform you separately. 

One of the trees, which is close to the existing football pitch, is scheduled to be removed in the week prior to the works commencing, as a report on the health of the existing trees found that this specimen is not in good shape and, given its limited life expectancy, it would be best to remove it now. We plan to plant four trees in the area, so the final number of trees is greater than at present. 

When everything is complete, we will have a launch event – more detail on this is to follow.

Greening the Estate

Some of you may have noticed that the community garden in front of Hyperion House is now well maintained and in full bloom, all thanks to Clement. Clement is a dedicated resident who has been working on the garden over the past few months, to bring it to the quality it has now. The garden has been more precious than ever, providing an outdoor space to sit and relax with a neighbour, as it hasn’t been possible to do the same indoors with Covid restrictions in place. It’s been a nice time of the year to do so, as the (slowly) improving weather lifts our mood; a proven remedy to alleviate anxiety. Good for stocking up on Vitamin D too, which is fundamental to maintaining our immune system.

You may have noticed that some blocks have nice flowers and even vegetables. Could this be a time to start your own vegetable patch next to your block? Growing your own fruit, herbs and vegetables can be an excellent way to save money on your weekly shop. Home-grown produce will taste all the better after your hard grafting, and it’s good exercise! Roupell Park are here to help, if you would like to join in in this green adventure. We also have a budget for purchasing plants/edibles for you to grow; all you need to do is invest your time and enthusiasm. If this is of interest, drop us a line via email or call us on 07983 584767.

Coffee Morning Group

Molly, the chair of the coffee morning group and I have had regular updates during the lockdown. The members have also kept in close contact over the phone, and recently they have been meeting in small groups in the garden outside the community centre for a chat. It has been rather tough over the past months during the lockdown without their weekly catch-ups, over a ‘cuppa’. Quite a few have had only limited physical contact with their family members, due to the Covid restrictions; without a doubt, all this has generated a feeling of loneliness and isolation. We all know that loneliness can lead to depression, and depression to ill health. For many, this past year has taken its toll.

We are happy to announce that, owing to a successful vaccination programme, our collective isolation is coming to an end and our first coffee morning, following the easing of restrictions, will be on the 22 June. Meetings will then continue to take place every Tuesday from 10.30- 12.30pm at Roupell Park Community Centre.  Please note that masks will still need to be worn and social distancing maintained. New members are encouraged to join; a friendly chat and a warm welcome is guaranteed. For more information, and to register your attendance, please contact Eva Christmas on 07983 584 767.

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