Community News: St David's, St Thomas and St James
THERE has been a good response to the survey of what people think of St Bartholomew's cemetery.
The city council and Exeter Parks Watch are keen to improve the area, which has fallen into misuse, as a green space for the community.
Christine Fraser, a member of the Parks Watch committee, said: "The response so far is really encouraging and shows how important this park is to the local community and the city.
"For some, the main problems seem to be dog fouling/graffiti/glass and litter.
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"At the other end of the spectrum, someone else describing the things they like best mentioned 'the peaceful simplicity of open, green, tree-shaded haven with open views to the countryside. Wonderful bird-watching! In five years here we've seen 42 species... It's a jewel of clear space almost in the middle of town'."
There is still time for people to complete and return the survey. University of Exeter students are to help with the survey analysis.
Christine added: "An additional comment about Bart's was 'Thanks to recent good PCSO patrolling this seems to have obviated issues of 'doubtful' characters in the area'."
MEMBERSHIP of St Thomas Local History Group is thriving and its monthly meetings are well attended.
At its next meeting in St Andrew's Church Hall in Alphington Road on Friday, March 1 members will be sharing recollections, and some photographs, of the Alphington Street and Alphington Road areas.
The meeting will begin at 7pm and will be led by the group's chairman, Tony Lethbridge, with the aid of some Besley street directories. Anyone who is interested in the history of St Thomas or would like to learn more about the district will receive a warm welcome.
AT the latest Have Your Say Meeting in St James Mike Roach gave a short presentation on the Senior Reds, a social organisation based at Exeter City St James' Park but who welcome seniors from all over Exeter, whether they are interested in football or not. They provide a range of social activities, particularly for those people who might otherwise not get out into the community.
Forthcoming events include a quiz on March 20 and a pub sports day on April 3. Both start at 2pm, with free entry and refreshments. For more information, contact Mike Roach on 01392 469850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Owen, city councillor for the ward, said: "This is a very worthwhile organisation for the community and it has my wholehearted support. Mike Roach and his colleagues have impressed me with their tremendous enthusiasm."
Other topics discussed at the meeting were local crime, refuse, traffic and to let signs.