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michael


Posts: 3,199
Joined: Mar 2005
Post: #1
04-12-2007 10:36 PM

Congratulations to the administrator on 5 great years of the various incarnations of this forum, and thanks to everybody who has contributed. It is great that there are now 500 members of the forum, with many people adding to the various debates - serious and fun.

But now that the forum has more members than the Forest Hill Society I would like to ask you to consider supporting the Forest Hill Society and to become a member. We provide regular newsletters, organise some great events, and provide a voice for the people of Forest Hill on issues including transportation, planning and development, and leisure. The more members we have, the more we can do and the better Forest Hill will be.

I would urge everybody who likes Forest Hill and want to see it develop in the best possible way over the next few years to show your support to the Society by becoming a member. And you may want to be on one of the committees or even take over from me as chair when it is time for the elections in the autumn.

You can find out more about the activities of the Society at: http://www.foresthillsociety.com/ with a membership form available to download from http://www.freewebs.com/foresthill/FHS_m...orm002.pdf
It only costs ?5 per year and you can pay for a single year or, if you prefer, set up a standing order.

It was on SE23.com that the Society was first suggested and was brought to life. Please continue to show your support and join the Forest Hill Society.
Many Thanks.

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michael


Posts: 3,199
Joined: Mar 2005
Post: #2
12-02-2008 01:14 AM

This evening I found a way to allow people to subscribe to email updates from the Forest Hill Society website. This is open to members and non-members but with a website that changes frequently but irregularly this is a useful tool to make sure you do not miss any news from the Forest Hill Society.

http://fhs-feed.notlong.com
Follow the link and enter your email address and you will be updated whenever the website is updated. This includes every article from our newsletter.

If you prefer you can add the RSS feed from the site to your RSS reader:
http://foresthillsociety.blogspot.com/atom.xml
but the email subscription is easier and as long as you read email you won't miss the news.[/code]

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Sandy67


Posts: 48
Joined: Dec 2007
Post: #3
12-02-2008 03:58 PM

my form is filled in (will post when i get a stamp Cool

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forest_hill_billie


Posts: 28
Joined: Jan 2008
Post: #4
19-03-2008 08:11 PM

Michael

Having been a life long resident of Forest Hill, when I enquired about joining the Forest Hill Society and about Forest Hill Swimming Pool and whether anything could be done you advised me:

"Realistically demolition is probably the best option to provide quality swimming facilities on the site "

Having addressed the email to The Forest Hill Society and not to you personally I was led to believe that this is the view held by the Society however, I see on a previous thread that this is, in fact, your own personal view.

Why then, if you want to attract more members, put them off with by espousing your own bias?

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michael


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Joined: Mar 2005
Post: #5
19-03-2008 11:19 PM

forest_hill_billie Wrote:
Michael

Having been a life long resident of Forest Hill, when I enquired about joining the Forest Hill Society and about Forest Hill Swimming Pool and whether anything could be done you advised me:

"Realistically demolition is probably the best option to provide quality swimming facilities on the site "

Having addressed the email to The Forest Hill Society and not to you personally I was led to believe that this is the view held by the Society however, I see on a previous thread that this is, in fact, your own personal view.

Why then, if you want to attract more members, put them off with by espousing your own bias?


I believe that the line I used in my email to you, which I sent on behalf of the Forest Hill Society, is the considered opinion of the Executive committee of the Society. This does not mean that we have a 'policy' opposing all other options for partial retention of the existing buildings (as some have suggested), but we have to be realistic that some demolition is required for modern pool facilities and that the council have reasons for believing complete demolition is the best answer, which the mayor has already accepted.

It has been suggested that because I have a personal viewpoint that I cannot represent other opinions. This is not true. When I was elected to chair the Society I understood that, on occasions, I would need to put my personal views to one side when representing Forest Hill, and is why I have on a small number of occasions qualified my remarks as being my own personal opinions on this forum. But the FH Society is more people than just me and we have put together a team of people working on the pool issue.

Listening to the strength of feeling on SE23.com have been interesting and was mentioned a number of times in this evening's meeting with council officers. I believe that a variety of views were expressed by myself and others regarding potential options that would meet the wishes of the local community. But it is still not clear that a small group of people on SE23.com fully represent the views of the people of Forest Hill.

I will try to make more information available regarding the discussions with the council in the next week, but I have a lot to digest (not just by dinner from the Jolly Bee) before I go into all the details discussed this evening (most of which was more administrative than grand designs - with one notable exception). And I apologise for the fact that this is going back on my commitment to 'provide you with more information regarding any plans as soon as we know what they are'.

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thenutfield


Posts: 235
Joined: Nov 2007
Post: #6
19-03-2008 11:34 PM

Hey forest hill billie, dont be too hard on Michael. In his position it is inevitable that there will be overlaps between his own views and those of the society. Relax, this is the FH Society we are talking about, not the UN!

And if you want to influence the views of the society, why not join (says me, who has had the form on my kitchen table for too long now)?

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