Elmfield Hedgehogs.

Hedgehog activity has been depressingly low this year on the road. Unsurprisingly, slug and snail numbers seem to be at an all time high. Is it possible there could be some connection? Hedgehogs are creatures of habit, following long established nightly snail-munching routes through our gardens. If just one of us seals all the gaps the hedgehogs traditionally use in their garden fence …

Keep a look out for hedgehog numbers.

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Street Party Update 23 June – next meeting Thurs 8th July at the Coppermill Pub.

[Notes from the planning meeting]

We have considered 2 options in the event that restrictions on large gatherings are not lifted in time for the street party on 24 July:

Plan B (current COVID-19 restrictions remain in place):

1) Postpone the party until August in the hope that restrictions will be lifted,

or

2) Go ahead on 24 July with a smaller event (a picnic like last year, just for the street).

Please let us know what option you would prefer, and, if you would prefer to postpone it, let us know your preferred dates in August. [Elmfield Residents can comment using the road Whatsapp group, email list, via the feedback form provided on the printed newsletter or just tell Nicky or Roy].

Plan A (restrictions are lifted, at least to a level that will allow the event to go ahead as planned):

● Road closure TBC – still waiting for the council to accept applications for large events

● Temporary Events Notice – Nicky to apply

● Music – Nicky to speak to Bex to see how she’s fixed, now that there’s some uncertainty about restrictions being lifted.

● Steph has agreed to chalk up the price list for the bar. ACTION Margaret & Martin to get menu and prices to Steph by Wed 21st)

● Raffle tickets will be sold at the bar. We need 5 or so good raffle prizes. ACTION. Nicky to write to some local companies and ask for contributions of vouchers. Please do let us know if you have any suggestions.

Please tell us your ‘guilty pleasures’, the songs you’d love to hear played at the party, so we can start pulling a play list together.

● Martin has volunteered to organise the bar, alongside Margaret who will be buying supplies. Note that the bar will be CASH only this year, so please bring your change.  

● The mark up on the cost of drinks at the bar will be 100%. This will still be cheaper than pub prices. Squash will be free.

Update for the schedule:

[Games start at 2pm]

3pm – Bake Off – bring out your cakes

3.30pm – Bake Off – judging

4pm – Bake Off – winners

4pm – Best Front Garden – winners – Joanne to judge

7pm – Raffle – Laurence to call the winners

7-11pm – Disco

Next Meetings

Just two meetings left before the big day:

Thurs 8th July, 7pm at The Coppermill

Thurs 22nd July, 7pm on the green


 

Meeting Notes from 18th May Meeting

Next Meeting 2nd June @The Coppermill 7PM – All welcome

ROAD CLOSURE and FUNDING

No updates on funding or road closures to report yet. Nicky has volunteered to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) nearer to the time.

We’re proceeding with party planning on the basis of existing lockdown restrictions easing on 21 June. If that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, we’ll have to think about a Plan B. 

BAR

John has kindly shared his spreadsheet from the bar in 2019. Margaret has volunteered to buy supplies, though we will aim to keep things simple. Donations of unwanted, unopened booze welcome (thanks Roy and Charlie). Martin has offered to help set the bar up on the day and Sonya’s volunteered to help with Pimm’s hour at 2pm. Jeff has also put his name down and Margaret has volunteered her kids, Jen and Joe!

We’ll need big bins to act as chillers or a fridge. Keep your eyes peeled on Walthamstow Sell-or-Swap as we get closer to the party date. We’ll also be asking people to make some home-made ice blocks (think, 1-ltr soft drink bottles filled with water and frozen in your freezer). 

DECOR

Sonya has volunteered 200m of bunting.  Any other decor ideas for the street or marquee would be welcome.

GAMES, COMPETITIONS and PRIZES

We’re planning on getting the party started with Pimms (adults) and Petanque (kids) at 2pm and proceeding with silly races for kids and adults through the afternoon, concluding with the Elmfield Road vs The Rest of the World tug-of-war. Jamie has offered to add his space hoppers to our existing set, which will mean even more people can take part. We’ll have dance animations from Ana Maria and Eldina throughout the day.

As we have not had any volunteers to monitor the bouncy castle, we think its best not to go ahead with this. We are also wondering whether we’ll run a quiz, or whether it would be better to have some kind of treasure hunt or paper-based activity that people can do in their own time. Any ideas for this welcome.

DJ and MUSIC

Nicky to ask Bex about what she needs for her sound system/ DJ equipment, and also whether she’s happy to take our Guilty Pleasures requests in advance.

OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

Eldina and Nicky have volunteered to set up a craft activity for the younger children in the early part of the afternoon. We’ll also have chalk for the kids to decorate the street (road closure permitting).                                                                                             

Next Meeting 2nd June @The Coppermill 7PM – All welcome

ROAD CLOSURE and FUNDING

No updates on funding or road closures to report yet. Nicky has volunteered to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) nearer to the time.

We’re proceeding with party planning on the basis of existing lockdown restrictions easing on 21 June. If that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, we’ll have to think about a Plan B. 

BAR

John has kindly shared his spreadsheet from the bar in 2019. Margaret has volunteered to buy supplies, though we will aim to keep things simple. Donations of unwanted, unopened booze welcome (thanks Roy and Charlie). Martin has offered to help set the bar up on the day and Sonya’s volunteered to help with Pimm’s hour at 2pm. Jeff has also put his name down and Margaret has volunteered her kids, Jen and Joe!

We’ll need big bins to act as chillers or a fridge. Keep your eyes peeled on Walthamstow Sell-or-Swap as we get closer to the party date. We’ll also be asking people to make some home-made ice blocks (think, 1-ltr soft drink bottles filled with water and frozen in your freezer). 

DECOR

Sonya has volunteered 200m of bunting.  Any other decor ideas for the street or marquee would be welcome.

GAMES, COMPETITIONS and PRIZES

We’re planning on getting the party started with Pimms (adults) and Petanque (kids) at 2pm and proceeding with silly races for kids and adults through the afternoon, concluding with the Elmfield Road vs The Rest of the World tug-of-war. Jamie has offered to add his space hoppers to our existing set, which will mean even more people can take part. We’ll have dance animations from Ana Maria and Eldina throughout the day.

As we have not had any volunteers to monitor the bouncy castle, we think its best not to go ahead with this. We are also wondering whether we’ll run a quiz, or whether it would be better to have some kind of treasure hunt or paper-based activity that people can do in their own time. Any ideas for this welcome.

DJ and MUSIC

Nicky to ask Bex about what she needs for her sound system/ DJ equipment, and also whether she’s happy to take our Guilty Pleasures requests in advance.

OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

Eldina and Nicky have volunteered to set up a craft activity for the younger children in the early part of the afternoon. We’ll also have chalk for the kids to decorate the street (road closure permitting).