The Corbett Residents’ Association launched in September 2010 to bring together local residents for community activities and events, allowing neighbours to get to know each other and share interests. The association secured £1000 grant from the Mayor’s fund and currently represents residents living in Muirkirk, Abbotshall, Dowanhill, Merchiston, Ardoch and Balloch Roads.
In November they kicked off events with a free fireworks display held at Abbotshall fields. It was well attended by over 300 residents.
On their agenda for 2011 is the community garden in Abbotshall playing field. The association is in talks with the council to get a leasing agreement to use a section of the fields as a community focal point. People of all ages can come together for a shared appreciation of growing food from scratch.
The aims of the group are to:
- provide a network for neighbours to meet and get to know one another;
- develop unused parts of the playing field area where residents of all ages, who may not have access to green space, into a communal garden;
- hold events such as street parties, fireworks evenings, pub quizzes, summer fêtes and so on;
- organise the swapping of skills (such as babysitting or plumbing) and garden produce between neighbours, on a ‘quid pro quo’ basis;
- identify elderly or ill residents so they have a safe port of call for assistance, e.g. shopping or lawn-mowing;
- be a platform to liaise with the local council regarding local facilities, parking, street trees, hanging baskets, anti-social behaviour etc.
Meetings are held monthly in the hut at the Abbotshall playing field, Abbotshall Road, Catford, SE6. For information about dates and times join them on Facebook.
Represented residents will receive quarterly newsletters keeping them informed of activities.