Rossmere Park group dissolves due to lack of interest

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A FRIENDS group is to be dissolved after struggling to attract enough committee members.

The Friends of Rossmere Park, which organises activities within the park in Hartlepool’s Rossmere Way, will hold a meeting early next month to officially confirm it is to be wound down.

The Rossmere Park area of Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

The Rossmere Park area of Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

The meeting to dissolve the group is due to take place at 7pm on Monday, June 3, at Rossmere Tea Rooms, in Rossmere Way, Hartlepool.

It is being held as the Friends of Rossmere Park group needs to give 21 days notice to the public.

The news follows an appeal in February of this year for new members to come forward and join the committee.

As well as boosting overall numbers, there was also the need to fill the positions of secretary and treasurer but only two people came forward which group leader’s say wasn’t enough to sustain the group in the future.

Speaking earlier this year, group chairman Peter Joyce, of Rossmere Way, urged people to get involved and leaflets and fliers were dropped in letterboxes in the Rossmere area of town.

But members have had to admit defeat and they say they are “gutted” the group, which has run for several years, is to be dissolved.

Mr Joyce, a committee member for four years, said: “We are gutted.

“We only have a couple of members as things stand and despite efforts to rally the troops and generate interest it hasn’t worked out. Despite the leaflet drops and appeals we only had two people come forward and that is nowhere near enough. The group has been running for several years but has been in decline for the past three, it is sad.”

The Friends of Rossmere Park group aimed to restore, preserve, conserve and improve the park for the benefit of the wider community and to also promote and develop leisure and educational activities within the park, including a ghost walk, carol service and summer fair.

While the future of those events remains up in the air, Mr Joyce is hoping that somebody or an organisation may be willing to take over the organisation and running of them.

The group has recieved support from Hartlepool Borough Council over the past couple of years but it has reached the stage where there are no longer enough committee members to continue.

For more information about the meeting call Mr Joyce on 07963062691.