Gorse Road developments

JULY 2015

Diggers have been clearing scrubland at the Old Reservoir!

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You may remember the planning application that, thanks to a campaign by The Friends of Broomhill, was overturned by Medway Council in March this year. The landowner hoped to build two houses (valued at over one million pounds each) next to the telephone mast.

We are now expecting the landowner to appeal against that decision, and we believe the land clearance is the beginning of that process. We are doing everything we can to stop this, but we need help.

Gorse Rd


Please watch this space! When we have the appeal papers, and the grounds of appeal, we will be in a position to build a defence against it, and that's where you may be able to help.

If you are interested in helping, please join the Friends of Broomhill (click here for details) or get in touch with us (here) and leave an email address so that we can contact you when neccessary.

Unique new attraction!

june 2014

We now have England's ONLY human sundial that is open to the public!!

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Funday 2014!

This years was bigger and better than ever!

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More improvements!

new playground

We have been awarded £60,000 SITA funding against match funding of £90,000 section 106 development money for Broomhill Park.  Friends of Broomhill provided Contributing Third Party funding. In January 2013, in partnership with Friends of Broomhill, we reviewed the Vision Document for Broomhill Park and produced a new 10 year Vision Document.  These works will fund several elements of the vision document.

The £150,000 funding will be used for Phase 2 Improvements at Broomhill Park as follows:-

Complete resurfacing of the paths, steps and car park

Complete refurbishment of the infant play area (SITA funded element)

Installation of a sports wallsportswall

Installation of a Human Sun Dial

Various improvements to access to the Park

Work to resurface the paths, car park  (this will include marking out parking bays)  and steps at Broomhill will commence on Monday 3rd February - this work will take 4 weeks to complete.

Work to refurbish the play area and installation of the sports wall and pad will commence on Monday 10th February - this work will take 4 weeks to complete

Friends of Broomhill is now a Registered Charity

As many of you will know, we have been working on our application to become a Registered Charity for some time.

We were delighted by the response that we had from our members when we asked them to come along to Strood Community Project on Saturday 30th November for a Special General Meeting to adopt the New Constitution. Not the most riveting of subjects, but we had replies from 60 members of whom 23 attended the meeting. So a big thank you to all of our members for your on-going active support

The outcome of this meeting was the final part of our application.

On the 13th December we received the following notification from the Charity Commission:

"Registered Charity Number 1154998 FRIENDS OF BROOMHILL

Dear Applicant
We are pleased to tell you that FRIENDS OF BROOMHILL has achieved charitable status and has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1154998. The decision to register FRIENDS OF BROOMHILL was based on the information you supplied during the application process. We are satisfied that FRIENDS OF BROOMHILL is established for charitable purposes only for the public benefit."

We have been informed by Medway Councils Greenspace Partnership Officer, Dan Gooch, that we are the first green space Friends group in the Medway area to achieve Charity status"

Registered charity application

I’m pleased to inform you that, thanks to David’s tireless work, the group is now at the final stage of its application to become a Registered Charity.
It is a requirement of the Charity Commission that we have to adopt a new constitution which will be more comprehensive and enable us to operate in line with the Commission’s requirements.  In accordance with paragraph 10 of our current constitution, we are required to hold a SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING to adopt the new constitution.  The new constitution will be available for you to read on our web site or, for those who do not have access to the web, there will be a copy available at the SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING.

The SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING will be at 11.30 am on Saturday, 30th NOVEMBER in the conference room of Strood Community Project, 123 – 125 High Street, Strood.  This is opposite Wilkinson’s Store in the High Street.  Members of your committee will be at the Project conference room from 10.30 am to Noon.  You can call in and vote by signing if you can’t stay for the 11.30 am ‘formal’ part of the meeting, which will last about 10–15 minutes.
Refreshments will be available from 10.30 am.  Please drop in and vote by ballot slip or by show of hand at the 11.30 meeting.  If you are unable to attend the meeting on the 30th, please fill in the ballot slip and return to the secretary as soon as possible.
It is vital that as many of you as possible vote for becoming a registered charity otherwise our application will be refused.  (Please see previous Newsletters for the great advantages of charitable status or contact Odette if you’ve forgotten!)


Name:  ………………………………(Please print)  I agree that the Friends of Broomhill should adopt the new constitution in pursuit of their application to become a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission.

Signed: …………………………………………………. Date: …………………………….

Download a copy of this letter. (PDF)

Download a copy of the new constitution (PDF)

Volunteer - it's your park!

taskday adNext volunteer day - Sunday the 1st December - shrub planting
Time - 11am to 1pm
Meeting point – the car park at the end of King Arthur’s Drive

Clothing – suitable for rough & dirty outside work – a must is gloves. Tools – you can bring your own, however there will be supply of suitable tools. Please bring a drink.

Download the 2013 -2014 schedule of task days.

Click here for more details.

Green flag winner Three times in a row!!

Green flag certificate

Broomhill Park has been awarded a third Green Flag for 2013/14. These awards recognise the best green spaces in the country, helping you choose where to visit.


Every Tuesday, meet at Strood Library at 9.45

A guided and pleasant walk with wonderful views overlooking the Medway and Thames, and woodland paths. Duration about 60 minutes.

Complimentary tea and coffee served in the library after the walk.

Sorry - dogs not allowed in the library.

Contact: 01634 333720


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