May 2022 Newsletter


Please note: the time of the party has been extended since the initial publication of this post.

It has been too long since the Co-op has been able to host a party, and we have missed that. Thankfully, the forthcoming Queen’s Jubilee provides us with an excellent excuse to get together. You should have received a flyer through your door with details, but just in case you missed it, here they are again. We’ll have a DJ and can’t wait to see you!

Jacob King/PA Wire/PA Images.

Sunday 5th June 2022 
2 – 8 PM


Bring along a plate of food to share
And a bottle of whatever you want to drink!
All residents are welcome, and we very much look forward to seeing as many people there as possible!

General meeting

Thank you to all those who came along to the General Meeting held on the 3rd of May, in person or via Zoom.  It was good to be able to avoid reconvening for the first time in a while. The co-op’s audio-visual conference equipment, recently purchased with a SIBs grant, seems to have helped attendance levels. It also allows those attending online to hear and see more clearly. The meeting was short and to the point, but we achieved what we needed to, and look forward to seeing even more of you at the AGM on the 12th of July, 2022.

Our Co-op Chair, Monica Meighan, delivered the following report:

  • Not much has changed since the previous meeting
  • We are still keen to find a reliable and affordable handy person to do odd jobs
  • More properties on the estate have been sold
  • We now have all the SIBS items mentioned in March’s General Meeting, i.e a power washer, audio-conference equipment, planters and soil/compost
  • Squirrels and pigeons continue to be a problem, but lately, a sparrow hawk has been around and seems to have made a difference. If the pigeons are problematic for residents, they should put their concerns in writing and address them to the Co-op manager
  • The gardening contractor is continuing to trade
  • Thanks to an excellent turnout, tonight’s meeting can go ahead without the need to reconvene for the first time in a long time.

We also discussed how some pavements on the estate have been reconditioned, however, the Council have not addressed all of them. The pavement alongside the houses is of particular concern. Residents should contact WBC directly about this issue. You can also make a complaint on the UKGOV website.

The deadline for SIBS applications is around the corner. If anyone can think of anything that might benefit the estate as a whole, please do let us know ASAP, so we can investigate costs and submit an application in time.

The signed minutes of the previous meeting are available here.

Interview with a committee member

We are pleased to share our second mini-interview with a committee member. If you are interested in being involved with the management committee or else with a sub-committee dealing with staff, maintenance, or budgeting, please speak to a member or contact the office. There are just two more management meetings planned for 2022 along with the AGM and one more General meeting to be held towards the end of the year.

Hadi Kabbani

Hadi has lived on the estate for eighteen years and has been a committee member for fifteen of those. Hadi says he has always loved the Co-op’s community feel and appreciates how staff and various committees work hard to keep the estate clean and attractive. He joined so he could contribute in some way towards maintaining standards and looks forward to seeing the Co-op continue being run in the professional and efficient way it is today. He adds that dedicating the limited amount of time usually required for committee membership has been worthwhile and he would encourage others to do the same.

“Together, we can each have a say in making our home and community flourish successfully. Come and join us!”

Bins and Bushes

It’s that time of year again – the evenings are lighter, the temperature is finally going up, and the lawns, trees and bushes are growing fast. If your hedges, garden trees or other shrubbery is overgrown, you should ensure it is cut back, especially if it might be blocking pathways and entrances.

Please also make sure all rubbish is disposed of correctly. It must be placed in appropriate bags and closed securely. If you have bulky items, you can either remove these to the local Household Waste and Recycling Centre or book a special collection with Wandsworth Borough Council.