1. Surveys on Street Trees & Listed Buildings; 2. Upcoming Local Events

by / Thursday, 18 October 2018 / Published in News
1. Survey – Street Tree Planting in Highams Park
Many residents have expressed concerns about the number of street trees that have been felled in Highams Park in recent years. This first survey seeks your views as to which streets in Highams Park have been depleted of trees in recent years and which you think the Council should survey with a view to replanting. It also, asks you if there are specific sites where you would like trees planted/replanted.
To complete this survey please click on the link below:
Please complete this survey and the one below by 20th October.
2. Survey – Should there be more locally Listed Buildings in Highams Park
This survey is about locally listed buildings in the Highams Park area. The Council is currently reviewing its list of locally listed buildings. Highams Park currently has 17 locally listed buildings.  This list is included in the survey  and we would like you to look at the list and tell us if there are any other hidden gems in Highams Park that you think should be added to the local list, such as the library and Highams Park Station which are currently not included on the list, etc.
We have also included a link below to a map of the  Highams Park Plan Area for your reference.
Link to Map of HP Plan Area – Highams Park Plan Area (The boundary is the area on the map within the blue line).
Thank you for your kind assistance in completing these surveys and please feel free to forward them on to anyone you think may be interested.
3. HP Halloween Window Walk, happening between 27th-31st October. 
It’s not too late to sign up to be part of the window walk. An event arranged by ARC (the Arts & Culture Group of HPPG). Decorate your windows with black card silhouettes on a spooky theme. Orange tissue paper can be added behind. Turn on your lights to illuminate your design.
To add your house to the Halloween Walk map email arc.highamspark@gmail.com, to be included you must register by 24th October, so people can follow the map to visit all the decorated houses.
To see further inspiration join the Facebook page HP Halloween Window Walk.
4. Half Term Activity at Hale End Library 24th October.
Time: 14:30 to 15:30
Have some screen- free family fun with board games, adult and children’s colouring and simple crafts!
A free event suitable for all ages.
Register by clicking here: Half Term Activity at Hale End Library
5. Chapman Brothers Concert – Friday 23rd November
Tickets are selling fast, so don’t leave it too long to buy a ticket if you want to come along.
This will be a fun night with the popular Chapman Brothers duo. The charismatic twin brothers vocal duo as seen on the X Factor. Paul and Andy Chapman are a unique live act.
Details of the concert are as below:
Date: Friday 23rd November
Venue:    All Saints Church, Church Avenue, E4 9QD
Doors Open: 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.
Tickets: £12.50 (under 18’s £2.00) Advance purchases £10.00 and £2.00 from V&A Books in The Avenue, email to HalexConcertsE4@gmail.com  or by phone 020 8527 6227.
Wine and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available to purchase in the interval.
This concert was organised by the Halex Concert Society (part of HPPG) together with All Saints Church.
50% of the net proceeds of the concert will go to the cancer treatment fund for local resident Julie Strelley-Jones and the other 50% will go to the church organ restoration fund.
We hope that you will be able to come along to support and enjoy this concert and help raise some money for these good causes.
Note: As some of you may be aware there was an outline proposal being considered by the diocese of Chelmsford  for demolition of  the existing buildings on the site of All Saints Church to make way for a new church with a basement community hall and 17 almshouses.
We understand that the church is now reconsidering its plans following strong support for the retention of the existing church. We await further clarification on what is now being considered.
Some people have questioned what would happen to the money that has been raised by the concerts to restore the historic Spurden Rutt church organ should any redevelopment works take place. To this effect, we have been reassured by the church that, whatever works may take place at the church, the organ will be retained and restored.
HPPG and All Saints Church submitted a bid to the Heritage lottery fund but this was declined. We have been invited to re-apply and a new application is currently being prepared.
The net proceeds of the concerts are distributed 50% to a fund to support the heritage lottery bid and  50% to local causes. The concerts have raised a net figure of £1,761.08 so far this year of which £826.86 has been paid to the Julie Strelley-Jones cancer fund.
From this and prior year’s concerts, £6,297.14 is being held in escrow to support the heritage lottery fund bid (including £1,221.16 contributed by All Saints Church) and we are hopeful that this amount will increase further after the upcoming  Chapman Brothers Concert