History of Crosspool Forum
Crosspool Forum launched in June 2003 and is run entirely by volunteers for the good of the community. The idea for the forum came in late 2002, under the auspices of Dave Aspinall, then South West Area Co-ordinator.
Set up to tackle local issues for all local residents, monthly committee meetings (with sub-committees), along with quarterly open meetings, are held in St Columba’s church hall. Reports of open meeting minutes, together with items of local interest, letters, and adverts are published in the Crosspool Clarion, which is delivered to over 2,500 households in the area.
The Forum tackles issues such as litter, grass verge parking, local bus services/shelters, planning applications, tree replacement and the like. It had a large input into the 2007 traffic management scheme through the Crosspool shopping precinct alterations, and secured the Hagg Copse (Coldwell Lane/Manchester Road junction) as a community green area.
Through its excellent interaction with the South West Community Area Assembly, council officers, local councillors, schools and police, Crosspool Forum is committed to preserving and improving Crosspool’s first-rate access to the countryside, village atmosphere, good neighbourliness and general character.
The annual Summer Fayre is held in July at the CDYST’s premises on Coldwell Lane, and car boot sales take place in June and September at the Crosspool Tavern. The thinking behind these events was to promote a community spirit, with all the proceeds going towards helping to provide summer hanging baskets, planters and other such things that develop and enhance the area.
On May day 2008, the installation of a bench, made possible by generous donations, were a welcome addition to the precinct.
2010 saw the launch of our website, Crosspool News. It features regular news items about Crosspool as well as being a place for minutes, information about events, community activities and feedback. You can also keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
We welcome fresh input, such as articles for the Clarion, help at the Summer Fayre and committee membership. Please contact the Chairman Ian Hague at email@example.com or telephone 0114 335 1674.