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Our Newsletter is finally out
The long awaited newsletter is finally out and full of great information of whats going on in our area.
We are sorry for the delay in getting it out to you all but we had a few issues in getting it ready.
If you would like a digital copy then download it here
Sadly Garry Garrettes has died
We regret to advise you that Sqn Ldr Garry Garretts M.B.E. passed away peacefully on 30th December 2023 after a short illness. He achieved the remarkable age of 101.
He was a founder member of the Lea Park Resident’s Association when it was established in 2007. He kindly loaned £500, pending the promised grant of a similar amount from the Town Council. He continued to support the Association attending all the AGMs.
He had a remarkable life which included service in the RAF rising to the rank of Squadron Leader. He was heavily involved in the Berlin Airlift.
“The Berlin Blockade was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies’ railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. Between 24 Jun 1948 – 12 May 1949 Wikipedia”.
In an amazingly complex operation RAF pilots together with pilots from US Airforce, delivered tonnes of daily food packages, coal, and other supplies to the beleaguered Berliners.
Garry gave talks about the operation to numerous organisations and raised over £7,000 for the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA)
He participated in numerous Remembrance Sunday services laying wreaths for RAFA.
He was a member of Full Circle, a group of older people who had lunch and spent time chatting with groups of children at Barley Hill School. He supported the fete at the school. The image below is of Garry and Jenny McLeod selecting a winner of one of the competitions.
He had 23 happy years living on Lea Park in Thame. Sadly, his wife, Brenda known as Johnnie, passed away in 2018.
Latterly, he was often seen in Thame on his mobility scooter called ‘Speedy’.
He leaves a daughter and son in law, Diana and Andy; a son and daughter in law, Chris and Jayne, two grandsons and three great grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed as one of the legendary figures of Thame.
The cremation for Squadron Leader Garry Garretts MBE will take place at 11.30 on Wednesday 24th January at Aylesbury Vale Crematorium, HP19 0FU.
His family would be very pleased to see Garry’s friends and neighbours there. However, if you are unable to attend this celebration of his life, but would like to join us in Thame for refreshments afterwards, please message Dian Hunt for further details
Garry help to choose the winners of one of the competitions at the Barley Hill Fete, with Jenny McCleod
Portrait of Garry painted by Alan Kidd
Urgently need a Membership Secretary
We are reaching out to you on behalf of the Lea Park Residents Association. We are currently seeking a dedicated individual to take on the crucial role of Membership Secretary, and we believe that your skills and commitment would make you an excellent candidate for this position.
The Membership Secretary plays a vital role in maintaining accurate records of our association’s members, processing memberships, and ensuring effective communication with our community. Your attention to detail, organizational skills, and passion for community involvement make you an ideal candidate for this role.
Key responsibilities of the Membership Secretary include:
- Managing and updating the membership database.
- Processing new membership applications and renewals.
- Keeping track of membership fees and financial records related to memberships.
- Collaborating with the association’s leadership team to coordinate membership-related activities.
By taking on this role, you will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the cohesion and strength of our community. Your efforts will help us build a more connected and vibrant neighborhood.
If you are interested in serving as the Membership Secretary or would like more information about the role, please contact us. Your willingness to volunteer your time and skills is greatly appreciated, and we believe that your involvement will greatly benefit Lea Park.
What we are all about
The LPRA is a community-based organisation that aims to represent the interests and concerns of the residents of Lea Park. As a not-for-profit organisation, its primary goal is not to generate profit but rather to serve its members and the wider community.
The LPRA welcomes all residents of Lea Park to join and become members. By doing so, they can participate in the association’s activities and events, and have a say in the issues affecting their community.
Overall, the script highlights the LPRA’s mission to foster a sense of community and advocate for the interests of its members, and emphasizes its open and inclusive nature, welcoming all residents to get involved.
• Ensure that Lea Park remains a safe and pleasant place to live
• Identify problems which affect residents’ quality of life
• Find solutions to problems that arise
• Represent residents’ concerns to agencies that have authority over Lea Park
• Help residents get in touch with organisations which may assist in maintaining and repairing the shared areas of Lea Park
• Campaign for changes and improvements
• Enable residents to help and support one another in delivering a better environment
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Committee & AGM
Due to Covid-19 there was no 2020 AGM so committee members were proposed to members by email. There were no objections so we are pleased to confirm our current Committee
Link to AGM 2022 minutes
Link to AGM 2023 minutes HERE
Link to EGM 2023 minutes HERE
Link to Constitution 2023 HERE
Link to EGM Agenda 2023 HERE