Friends of Holt­spur Park

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Ste­wart Pomeroy, Colne Val­ley green spa­ces and team manager for Ground­work South PAUL Cor­nelius, Friends of Holt­spur Park, ex­plains how the group’s plans fit into the wider vi­sion for Bea­cons­field:

“The Friends of Holt­spur Park has a sim­ple vi­sion ‘to build a deeper sense of com­mu­nity’ through work­ing to­gether to de­velop fa­cil­i­ties.

“In many ways we are blessed in Bea­cons­field and Holt­spur with the fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices we have. Our first pri­or­ity is to main­tain the things we have – won­der­ful green open spa­ces that are not be­ing used to their full po­ten­tial.

“It is in the process of work­ing to­gether, chal­leng­ing each other and lis­ten­ing to each other, that we see re­la­tion­ships form­ing and de­vel­op­ing in our com­mu­nity.

“By keep­ing chil­dren and youth at the cen­tre of our think­ing we are able to connect with fam­i­lies and older peo­ple who have a heart to see the next gen­er­a­tion grow and de­velop into the com­mu­nity of the fu­ture as well as serv­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity to­day.

“In that con­text we would like to see the Youth Club in Holt­spur be­come a fully-utilised fa­cil­ity, a fo­cal point for the whole com­mu­nity to gather around, which in turn will be­come a foun­da­tion on which the new park will be de­vel­oped and we want to build on the amaz­ing ini­tia­tive of the Hope Café, which has al­ready cre­ated a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing point on a Fri­day morn­ing.

“In short, our vi­sion is to build a com­mu­nity where neigh­bours know each other, look out for each other and work to­gether to pro­vide the fa­cil­i­ties that bring joy to the whole com­mu­nity.”

Photo by Ge­orge Mardall

COM­MU­NITY MINDED: Paul Cor­nelius

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