John Boden stepping down

John Boden has sadly stepped down from Committee Roles with the GWPRA.

At the last Residents’ meeting he was presented with a card and engraved memento by the Committee.

John was the founding Chairman back in May 2012 and has given so much of his time and effort as both Chair and Vice Chair.

We are all extremely grateful for all his hard work and hope he is able to continue to attend the meetings.



[Picture: Gareth (GWPRA Chairperson on left) presenting the award and card to John (right)]

Invitation to Commissioning of GWP Chaplains

I would like to invite you to the Great Western Park Community Chaplains’ Commissioning Service for Sarah Ifill and Libby Hawkness-Smith, on Sunday 2nd July at 3.00pm.

The service will begin in Milton Methodist Church (OX14 4EJ) and conclude outside with blessing the motor home in the church car park, followed by refreshments in the church hall.  The service will give an opportunity to meet the chaplains and to hear about this innovative new venture.

More details are given in the invitation.

We hope you will be able to come.

Kind regards,

Rev Katherine Pickering
Minister of Didcot, Milton & Wallingford Methodist Churches
01235 813242

June 2017 – Residents’ Meeting

Dear Residents,

At the May Great Western Park Residents Association meeting, it was agreed that we would trial holding our meetings on the first Wednesday of each month – this is to coincide with the ‘Happy Plaice’ fish and chip van’s monthly visit to Boundary Park!
The next meeting will therefore be held on Wednesday 7th June at 7.30pm, Pavilion, Boundary Park. 
The agenda can be found here.
We hope you can join us and take advantage of the fish and chips just outside and bar inside!
Kind regards,
GWPRA Secretary

Stepnell Construction – Tour of the District Centre – Photos

Stepnell Construction  kindly gave GWP residents a tour around the new District Centre construction site on Saturday 27th May 2017 (where the shops and supermarket will be). Here are a few photographs from the tour:

Planning Application Southern Neighbourhood Park (Area T) P17/S1347/RM

This planning covers the play areas in the centre of the Southern District of GWP. The consultation deadline is 17/05/2017.

Some initial thoughts, please leave further FB comments, email or respond directly on the Council website:

  1. The northern portion has a road running through it; there must be provision for additional fencing and a pedestrian crossing and serious traffic calming bumps on this road. This is to better protect Children and Animals from the road traffic danger which will be present.
  2. The Southern Play area is well fenced from the spine road. Consideration should be given to protecting the Southern Exit gate with an additional fence section, preventing pedestrians or cyclists exiting the gate, straight into the road, unless this was to be opposite a dedicated pedestrian crossing with hard traffic calming.
  3. The area either side of the embankment slide should be also covered with bonded rubber mulch. The one at the Northern Play Park doesn’t and this has become a mud hazard for children and adults assisting children on the slide.
  4. The play galleon seems a good idea and perhaps the whole park could be a nautical theme. Maybe the applicant could consult with the South and Vale Arts officers to provide additional resources and advice.