History of Crosspool Forum
Crosspool Forum launched in June 2003 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 help resolve local concerns and issues, 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 assists in tackling local issues such as litter, grass verges, 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 local councillors, council officers, schools and the police,the Crosspool Forum is committed to preserving and improving Crosspool’s first-rate access to the countryside, its general character, village atmosphere and good neighbourliness.
The forums annual Summer Festival week starts, on the last Friday in June, with the “Well Dressing” and culminates with a Summer Fayre on the first Saturday in July, at the CDYST’s sports field on Coldwell Lane, and with a “Party in the Park” on the Sunday. Car Boot Sales take place in the Crosspool Tavern car park, first Saturday June and September.
The thinking behind these events was and is to promote a community spirit, with all the proceeds going towards helping provide summer hanging baskets, planters and other such things that develop and enhance the local environment.
On May day 2008, the installation of a benches, made possible by generous donations, were a welcome addition to the Precinct, Manchester Road and Stephen Hill
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07713 687 955.