sorry for the delay for this update on the Notice Boards project .
PROGRESS to DATE
1/ £10k in funding has been successfully obtained from BCC ( £5k from Neighbourhood Partnership funding and £5k matching funding
2/ Jon Rogers has been attempting to allow us to pay our bills through the council and thus avoid paying VAT - but this now
looks unlikely - however no definite answer has been forthcoming yet.
3/ Our contractors for the notice boards Fitzpatrick Walmer can supply the 3 notice boards and one finger post for under
the 10k figure - but there is VAT on top - so it looks like that we will only be
able to go ahead with with 2 boards and one finger post even though we will have
£10k. Moreover, the council so far has not agreed to cover the cost of fixing
the boards -so we may have to bear the brunt of this cost too. We also have to
set aside funds for replacing any damaged boards ( around £250 each plus VAT).
4/ In view of the funding situation I am now making an application for Heritage Lottery Funding - I made an initial phone call this
week and it seems we satisfy all the criteria - so I would say we have a good
chance of getting the money.
5/ We have received branding guidelines from the councils graphic designer - Jan Harvey which seem to be the only ways in which
the boards have to be compliant ( see attachment) with the council.
6/ Scheduling - our agreement with the council for receiving Neighbourhood Partnership funding states we must have the first boards
in place by September 2010 - I sincerely hope we will do this much sooner than
that. I hope we can agree the following in the next 4 weeks - by the end of
March! BUT WE NEED YOUR feedback, suggestions, ideas and opinions!
Please note these are just our first thoughts (albeit 2 years in the
making!) and are in not yet set in stone yet - so do feel free to suggest
(a) LOCATIONS We need to agree the location of the first three notice boards and the finger post. It is generally agreed that the boards need to be INSIDE the
park ie not on the road - as is the case for the old sign now on Effingham Road.
Here are some possibilities: There are 7 entrances to the park, in clockwise
Entrance 1: Corner of Effingham and Leopold Rd
Entrance 2: middle of Effingham Road ( Main Entrance)
Entrance 3: corner of Effingham Rd and Melita Rd - by wildlife pond
Entrance 4: Corner of Melita and Somerville Rd ( by recycling Bins)
Entrance 5: Top of Somerville Road - with swing gate
Entrance 6: Middle of Maurice Rd
Entrance 7: End of Maurice Rd on corner of Leopold Rd
Additional possible locations:
8. By the cafe and the old bandstand.
9. In the childrens playground or at the gated entrance to it
10. Between the pond / wild grass area and the bowling green
11. Near the WW2 Wellington Bomber memorial.
(b) We also need to agree on finger post location and contents of six arrows, possibilities include:
2/Children's playground (but not if the finger post is located next to cafe?)
3/wildlife pond and meadow
5/ cafe ( but not if the finger post is located next to cafe?)
6/ Gloucester Rd shops
7/ Park Users Recyling bins
8/ PLEASE ADD ANY MORE IDEAS AND CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE SIX AND SEND BACK TO ALL FOR COMMENT
(b) THEMATIC CONTENTS of BOARDS
Agree on the subject matter and text for Board No.1 and Board No. 2. and make suggestions for specific
illustrations/photos/archive pictures.PLEASE SEND and CC everyone with your
suggestions ASAP. IF YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR OLD OR NEW PHOTOS YOU
THINK ARE A MUST HAVE - PLEASE EMAIL THEM TO ALL TO SEE. We will be
using old black and white photos, drawings, modern photos of the flora and fauna
etc - if you have taken some brilliant shots which you would like to suggest are
used PLEASE EMAIL to all.
Suggestion for BOARD no.1
1/ The Origins of the park from Victorian times ( this could be the main subject) (text + several illustrations
and old archive b and w pix to accompany)
2/ Large Hand drawn map of park - showing where you are now and key features of park
3/ Text + 1-2 small pix/drawings of trees, rich flowers and plants found in the park (this will be just a flavour
as a separate board will focus on this as well)
4/ Text + an 1-2 small pix/drawings of wild animals and birds found in park (this will be just a flavour as a
separate board will focus on this as well).
5/ Text + an 1-2 small pix/drawings of Wellington bomber story (this will be just a flavour as a
separate board will focus on this as well).
6/ Text + an 1-2 small pix/drawings Civil War History of area of St Andrews. (this will be just a flavour as a
separate board may focus on this as well).
Suggestion for Board No.2
Main feature: The Wellington Bomber Story + map etc
Suggestion for Board No. 3
Main feature: wild birds and animals + possibly include details of wildlife meadow and pond.
Suggestion for Board No. 4
Main Feature Trees and plants flowers found in park
Suggestion for Board No. 5
Main Feature Civil War History and other Early history of St Andrews area
(c) Agree on the Welcome to St Andrews Park Rules section ( this is a separate lower section which will appear on
We will base on the text previously used in our Welcome to the Park poster (see attachment) .
DOGS ON LEADS ONLY? NB A number of Friends would like to add the additional rule: Please keep your dog on a
lead at all times. There has been a significant increase in recent
months in people failing to pick up their dog poo all round the perimeter of the
park and some park users have been attacked by dogs while the owners look on
helplessly and lamely ask them to stop doing it, whilst saying "sorry they are
very friendly really"! So maybe this is an opportune moment to introduce
this modest restriction which I believe will be to everyone's benefit, it is
already in place in most other Bristol parks.WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Really look forward to your feedback/ ideas/ comments/ pictures - SOON!