Lea Park Residents' Association

Caring for our Community


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Wednesday 8 May 7:30 pm

Barley Hill School

Come along and make a difference!

Your community needs you! We need volunteers to get involved and make a difference to your community, particularly to help lead environmental improvements, and develop community events. Can you spare a few hours a month to help out?

Come along to our AGM to find out more and see how you could get involved.

Lea Park Residents Association needs help!

We want the Association to be able to do more to improve the Lea Park Estate, strengthening our community and making it better for people and wildlife.  But we need help to make things happen, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference, whether that’s through organising community events, promoting environmental improvements or using the planning system to try to keep what’s best about our neighbourhood.

Come along to the AGM to share your ideas about the future of the Association, volunteer to get involved, or just hear about what we’ve been up to so far.  We’ll also be hearing more from Twentieth Century Thame about their efforts in planting trees and making environmental improvements on the Estate.

A copy of the Agenda for the AGM can be found HERE

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:

  1. Managing and updating the membership database.
  2. Processing new membership applications and renewals.
  3. Keeping track of membership fees and financial records related to memberships.
  4. 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.

The Moat

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.

Our Aims

• 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

About Thame

Thame is a charming market town located in the county of Oxfordshire in South East England. With its picturesque streets and historic architecture, Thame is a popular destination for visitors looking for a taste of traditional English charm. The town’s roots can be traced back to Saxon times, and its rich history is evident in its many historic buildings and landmarks.

Thame is home to a range of independent shops, restaurants, and cafes, making it a great place to explore and indulge in some retail therapy or delicious food. Visitors can also explore the town’s history at the Thame Museum, which tells the story of Thame and its people through a range of fascinating exhibits.

For those who love the great outdoors, Thame is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, and other outdoor activities. The town is also close to the stunning Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers some of the most breathtaking views in the country.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an outdoor enthusiast, Thame has something to offer. With its friendly community and idyllic setting, it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable visit.

Every Tuesday morning there is market day which is great to get those extra bargains from fresh fruit, fresh fish and many other items you can not live without.

Town hall in the centre of Thame
Tuesday market day in Thame

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Here are our Newsletters.  

Autumn/Winter 2022 Newsletter

Spring/Summer 2023 Newsletter

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 


LPRA objects to OCC recycling plant plans

OCC is considering Moorend Farm as a location for a new recycling plant for demolition and construction waste. Link to OCC notice.

​Having collected your views here is our letter objecting to this proposal. Link to LPRA letter.