Friends of Egerton Park committee in Bexhill folding

Egerton Park. Picture by Steve Hunnisett. SUS-140929-170408001
Egerton Park. Picture by Steve Hunnisett. SUS-140929-170408001

A group dedicated to the improvement of a Bexhill park is folding after 10 years.

The Friends of Egerton Park (FOEP) committee said it was due to members moving away from the area.

Cathy Larkin, secretary, said: “FOEP came about following an appeal by Rother District Council for those interested in the park to come forward and form a group to work with the council in planning improvements to the park.

“Under the initial chairmanship of Christine Govier, a number of like-minded residents formed a committee with the aim of representing the views of Bexhill residents in matters concerning the park, ensuring that any changes to the park respected its heritage and organising events and activities within the park.

“The committee had an input into the various enhancements made to the park over recent years including the refurbished play facilities, the new kiosk and the sensory garden and has more recently supported the council in achieving Green Flag Park status for the park for the third successive year.”

In 2007 FOEP organised and held its first Green Day, a free family event in the park with an environmental slant. The event was then held annually until 2011 when FOEP joined forces with the council, the Egerton Park Children’s Centre, and other stakeholders to host Party in the Park, a pre-cursor to the 2012 Party in the Park that saw the official opening of the new play-zone and kiosk.

Cathy added: “Despite FOEP’s successes, the general membership has dwindled over the years and sustaining the committee has always presented a challenge.

“The loss of the chairman, Marcia Linden, last year was a huge blow and it was only thanks to a small number of determined individuals who stepped forward at that time that FOEP was able to continue until now, holding another well-received family event in the park this summer.

“The current committee is intending to fold at the end of November.”

Anyone interested in taking the group forward should contact Rebecca Owen, development officer at Rother District Council on 01424 787522 or email rebecca.owen@rother.gov.uk

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