Goldsworth Park Community Association
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The Goldsworth Park Community Association (GPCA) is a Registered Charity (Charity number 287684) which was established in 1982, in the early days of the construction of the Goldsworth Park estate. It is not affiliated to any political party or religious organisation.
Goldsworth Park is defined as the area bounded by Robin Hood Road, St. John’s Road, Goldsworth Road, Bridge Barn Lane, Well Lane, Bullbeggers Lane, Horsell Birch and Littlewick Road and all the residents of this area are, de facto, members of the GPCA, regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, political, religious or other opinion. No application forms are required and the GPCA does not charge membership fees although it reserves the right to do so.
The GPCA works with local authorities, police and other voluntary organisations and individuals to promote the interests of residents and to improve the conditions of their lives. By and large, this involves representing the views of residents to Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council, the managing agents of the shopping centre and any other organisation that may have an impact on Goldsworth Park. The GPCA used to organise a number of social events but, as they declined in popularity, the Association turned its energies to co-ordinating campaigns of public interest. For example, it monitors and responds to planning applications of concern to residents.
The GPCA’s main areas of activity are:-
- managing and maintaining the very popular Community Halls at Goldwater Lodge which are available for local organisations and individuals to hire for meetings, parties, etc. The Halls were fully refurbished and equipped in 2014 after a fire in the adjoining building.
- developing and managing this web-site and associated social media to provide up-to-date information to residents.
- publishing and distributing Goldsworth News, the community magazine which is delivered to around 4,500 homes and is available in local shops, the pub, doctors and dentists surgeries. At the moment, the magazine is published every other month.
- supporting the Lake Bank Restoration Project which has done so much to improve the environment and provide a safe habitat for the wildlife of Goldsworth Park.
At the AGM in November 2017, it was decided to hold 4 public GPCA meetings each year including the AGM and the dates this year will be:
· 30th January 2018
· 24th April 2018
· 24th July 2018
· 6th November 2018 (AGM)
All meetings will be in the Community Hall and will commence at 7.30pm. All residents of Goldsworth Park are welcome to attend.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 24th April for the second public meeting of 2018.
In order to keep bureaucracy to a minimum, the Association has a very small Executive Committee consisting of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Treasurer and a Secretary. However, many volunteers are busily involved in the halls, the magazine, the lake and various campaigns and activities without holding any formal position.
Recent activities have included campaigning for the replacement of the public toilet in the recreation ground, communicating with the managing agents of the shopping centre about the updating of the play-frame, working with residents who have problems with the maintenance of common areas, and replacing the street maps on the outskirts of Goldsworth Park. There is always something that needs sorting out!