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You can't overstate the significance of external grant funding in sustaining community groups like ours, so wed like to say a big THANK YOU to all the organisations that have brought their money into our area over the last few years, and weve seen some great improvements: Brickfield Park, new facilities on the way for SPARTA and St Elphins, IT in Howley and Fairfield, Robson Street play area. These projects, and many others, have been funded by organisations including WREN, Awards for All England, Doorstep Greens, UfI, Biffaward.

The new Community Involvement Room @ the GATEWAY is for anyone from a voluntary group in Warrington. You can get information about running your group, funding, training, find out more about WBC, Health Services, Police and the Local Strategic Partnership, or use the office Hot desk to produce your papers. To find out more or to book a slot in the room just ring CVS on 01925 246880, or call in to the GATEWAY on Tuesday mornings.

The new development on the site of St Marys Catholic Club, showing that they arent always ugly and misconcieved.
Ascenture Properties have withdrawn their application for the Howley Quay site. The Council have reccomended they reconsider their approach to the site to include more affordable housing and green space, and have raised concerns about the state of the surrounding infrastructure. But this development and the Westbury Homes plan for Farrell Street are still on. What do you think should happen wiht these sites? Visit www.fairfieldhowley.org.uk to have your say on the issue - we will then return the results to Council Planning.

Whether you read a book a day or havent opened a book for years, you are welcome to use the library services which are available on your doorstep. In addition to the WBC mobile services each of the community houses have a stock of books.
WBC also offer a Housebound Service to those who are unable to get out and about. If you or someone you know are housebound and would like to know more or if you would like to volunteer to deliver library books to those who need help please telephone Wendy at Warrington Library on 442732.



25th Howley Carnival this year! Warrington Brass led the parade to Howley Park where the carnival queens (Jade Emily Hill - Rosebud, Carla Lucy Russell - Princess, Danielle Gardner - Queen) were announced. Pictured below is the Queen of the Howley Grill.



Dignitaries at the Brickfield Park grand opening, including Les Stewart of Watkin St TARA. A great day was had by all, and Watkin St TARA hope to be organising similar events for the park in the future.

FROG wants YOU! The Fairfield Residents Organic Garden group is looking for more help to maintain the garden at Fairfield community house. No experience needed, just an interest in tilling the earth etc. Contact JB on 825276.

Members of SPARTA with Ward Councillor Colin Grime
The legions of SPARTA have been battling in the area for more than five years now.
The Residents and Tenants Group from the St Peters Way area has been fighting for years to establish a communtiy centre in the area. As announced in previous issues the group have found funding, but continue to struggle finding a suitable location for the centre. Below is a bulletin form the group:
Latest News: SPARTA has started its work to improve the park facilities by providing lighting, which will be completed shortly, to be followed by refurbishing the play area to include fencing to keep dogs out.

Future dates: In September we will be holding a meeting with Countryside Properties to discuss with them their plans for the Carrington Wire site and to look at a model of the area. On December 2nd we will be holding our Christmas Social Event at the Irish Club and tickets will be available from Brian Thompson on 658167, Connie Pucill on 573864 and Fran Murray on 656400 and we are hoping to have some fantastic prizes for the Christmas Raffle.
SPARTA holds a meeting on the third Tuesday of every month at the St Peters Court Residential Home starting at 7.00

- everyone is welcome to attend these meetings and have their say or bring their problems to see if we can help.

There is always a Councillor at our meetings plus others from Golden Gates Housing.
For any further information you can contact any one of the people mentioned above.

- Fran Murray