Protect Llandaff Fields! – Urgent Appeal for Donations & Action Meeting Notice

200px-Llandaff_Fields_pathMeeting on 21/01/14 has been postponed, over hlaf the money has been raised so far – thank you.

We’ve received this email and wanted to share so people could support this great campaign – PLEASE donate and also share – Llandaff Fields: once they’re gone they’re gone!

Dear Supporter,
Appeal for Donations and Notice of an Action Meeting

Happy New Year! We are writing to let you know what the ‘Hub’ has done so far and the challenge ahead to protect Llandaff Fields from privatisation.

Representatives from the Peoples’ Hub are meeting senior Council officers on January 23 to present our business plan to them. To persuade them we have a good case we have sought professional advice which does not come free. We need to raise over £1,000 immediately and hope you will be generous enough to help the ‘Hub’ meet this target.

We are suggesting a donation of £10 [or more if you wish]. When we set up a membership system this amount will cover your annual membership fee. The easiest way is to click on the link below which will enable you to put your donation into the ‘Hub’ bank account by ‘pay pal’

If you prefer cheque payment, please make it out to:  Llandaff Fields Peoples’ Hub. Make sure you put your name on the back of it and you can leave it in an envelope at Bant a la Cart, on Cathedral Road, or Café Castan at the Llandaff Fields Turning Circle.

If you would like to get more actively involved in the project do come to our open meeting on Tuesday 21st January, 7 pm, Llandaff Rugby Club House, Western Avenue

Best wishes,
Iona Gordon – On behalf of Llandaff Fields Peoples’ Hub Steeering Group
Tel: 029 2034 5213    Email: Iona.Gordon@cardiff.gov.uk

NEWSLETTER
Llandaff Fields Peoples’ Hub – the story so far……………………..

March 2012 – Freedom of Information document revealed plans, by an organisation called Llandaff Fields Community Trust, to build a large commercial facility on listed parkland – Llandaf Fields.

Research carried out by local residents worried about the park’s future revealed that the majority of the above organisation’s listed community supporters knew nothing of the plans, and many of the alleged supporters issued statements highlighting their opposition to such a large development on Llandaf Fields

April 2013 – Steering group set up with the aim of protecting Llandaf Fields from development

June 4 2013 – Public meeting held – Wallich packed to capacity 100+

July 2013 – awareness and fund-raising event: Community picnic 

September 1 2013 – 
The Big Picnic – massive community event attended by more than 1,000 people, held

Peoples’ Hub meeting with Cardiff Council and the ‘Trust’ regarding our respective proposals for Llandaf Fields
 
November 2012 – Meeting of partners / supporting organisations – 40 attended
– ‘Big  Lottery’ ‘ People and Places’ grant applied for
– Drawing up a constitution and bank account opened
– Appeal for donations to fund architect’s drawing for a small, sustainable, park-friendly building to replace the existing, run-down changing rooms.

Action meeting to be held Jan 21 2014 at Llandaff RFC – Hub to be formally constituted

Meeting with Council Jan 23 2014 to outline Hub’s latest plans

 

The Big Picnic was BIG!

bp8Thank you to everyone who made the Big Picnic a huge success! More than 1,000 people joined the Llandaff Fields People’s Hub team on September 1 for ‘The Big Picnic’ on Llandaf Fields – making the most of the sunshine on the last day of the summer holidays.

Children flocked to the climbing wall and British Military Fitness’ junior assault course, while grown-ups-ups took part in drumming sessions, Tai Chi, Ultimate Bounce dance classes, pilates, yoga and tennis and visited the many stands. The Tug of War trophy was claimed by the Mochyn Du team, with the New Conway taking second prize.

Llandaff Fields People’s Hub was formed to protect Llandaf Fields from development and commercialisation. A public meeting held on June 4, and attended by 150 people, established that park users want no further development of green space.The LF People’s Hub aims to raise money to replace the run-down changing rooms on the Fields with a low-impact, sedum-roofed, single storey structure appropriate to a listed parkland setting.

“Economic cuts are threatening councils’ ability to maintain green spaces so, as park users, we have come together to forestall any transfer of public assets into private hands. We wish to avoid commercialisation and development on our priceless green spaces, and to protect and enhance them for future generations to enjoy as we do now. The Big Picnic, despite the fun and games, has a serious message about the loss of public green space.  Maps show that more than a third of our central parkland has been lost since the 1940s and much of that erosion is recent. The destruction of parkland has to stop.” explains Mike Chubb.

One of the main reasons for having the Big Picnic was to update people on the plans and to ask people if they would like to join the Llandaff Fields Peoples Hub mailing list, we can then keep you informed about future events and also updates on any plans. If you would like to join please emaipeoplespark@outlook.com

The Big Picnic was supported by many business close to the Fields including Chris John, Hern & Crabtree, Jeff Hopkins, Café Castan, Allen & Harris, Bute Parks Alliance, Belle Toujours and the Cooperative. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped run the event, including picking up the litter, hardly any!

For further information please email peoplespark@outlook.com Press information: Nerys Lloyd-Pierce – 07701 007 128.

Pictures show: 1. Mabli Phillips 5 from Cathays with Mum and Dad – Katherine and Tomos, and brother Osian 1 2. Nanw Jones 6, from Victoria Park on the climbing wall. 3. Tug of War trophy winners – the Mochyn Du pub in Sophia Gardens

Come to ‘The Big Picnic’ Llandaff Fields, on Sunday 1 September

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THE BIG PICNIC / Y PICNIC MAWR
On Sunday 1 September, from 12pm to 5pm, the Llandaff Fields People’s Hub committee are organising a BIG PICNIC in Llandaff Fields. This is going to be a FABULOUS community event and the organisers would like to get over 1000 people – they need you to come along to make it happen!
There will be lots of children’s activities and many for adults too, plus great music. Tell your family and friends and come along to celebrate our wonderful people’s park. If you wish to print out or share information about the event please click on: Big Picnic Poster and Why BIg Picnic? Info Leaflet red words to download pdf files.
For more information or to get involved please email: peoplespark@outlook.com
THE BIG PICNIC STORY

FROM MIKE CHUBB/people’s park via LINKEDIN

“Cardiff Council, given their ongoing financial crisis, are now to hive off as many of their non statutory services as they can. This includes Llandaff Fields in Pontcanna. A voluntary committee representing over 150+ local people (see read our Llandaff Fields Protest meeting post) have been tasked to develop existing facilities in Llandaff Fields, as the Council are to hive off this responsibility due to budget cuts. We, the Committee, are determined to keep the fields in public hands… there is an an offer from a private sector group that include amongst others: a road, a large car park and a private members’ bar and removing the tennis courts… Which we feel is both inappropriate to the setting but also against the intent of the gift to Cardiff of the fields.”

To raise the profile of our aim, we are undertaking an event on Sunday 1 September in Llandaff Fields, 12.00 to 5.00pm The idea behind The Big Picnic is to create a day of activity free for the community. We invite you to the biggest picnic in Cardiff (bring your own by the way!) and to ask if there might be any sponsors out there who would like to support our cause.

Layout 1People’s Park would like to thank their sponsors for their valuable support, and Andy Dark for his generous voluntary time in producing the poster:

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WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO HELP ON THE DAY?
They are looking for help with:
                          –  setting up 10 am  – 12 noon
                          –  packing up 5 – 6 pm
                          –  stewarding 12 noon – 2.30 pm
                          –  stewarding  2.30 – 5.00 pm   
                          –  assistance with the tug of war 2 – 3 pm 
                          –  staffing the Peoples’ Hub information tent
Please can you email Iona Gordon if you can at: iona.gordon@cardiff.gov.uk Then will then draw up some rotas and arrange a briefing meeting for everyone who has volunteered. 

Community Picnic, Sunday 21 July

community picnic2People’s Park/Parc Pawb are organising a ‘People’s Community Picnic’ In Llandaff Fields from 3-6pm on Sunday 21 July – All welcome!

There will be:
– People eating picnic food !
– Bowling Demo
– Community Tennis
– Hula-Hooping
– Story-telling with Francis Maxey
– Probably other sports brought by picnicing people

Plus the opportunity to find out more about the Llandaff Fields Private Members Sports & Community Club plans.

Where: It will be in the area next to the children’s playground between the two rugby posts near the car park. This is also a great opportunity to celebrate the lovely parklands of Cardiff, and show how many people use them – and that they should be kept for everyone’s use – as they were originally intended.

Also to meet your neighbours and local community, similar to the recent highly successful Mini-Womad where 100s came along and enjoying the sun, activities and music.

If you wish to help out or perhaps bring something special or a stand please contact the organisers, please email Nerys Lloyd-Pierce: nerys@lloyd-pierce.co.uk

Thank you/Diolch. (Welsh translation of this post following soon)