Conservation and Park Groups in Croydon – Help us update the list

We are working to build a current list of conservation and park groups in Croydon, based on the most current list Croydon Council can provide (Summer 2013).

If you have contact details for any of these, have corrections to the details listed, or know of others, please let us know so we can add them.

Please post details as a comment on this post or email us CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com.

We’ll update the listing periodically.

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Listing of nature conservation groups and organisations and Friends of Park groups in Croydon, which offer guided walks, information and volunteering opportunities.

Association of Croydon Conservation Societies (ACCS)
www.accs-croydon.co.uk
An umbrella group for local groups, charities and Friends of Park groups concerned with nature conservation issues in the borough.

Croydon Conservation Volunteers
Email: Biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk 
Workday: Sundays, various locations –mostly City of London Commons

Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society
www.cnhss.co.uk (Updated link)
Local branch which offers illustrated talks to local groups and organisations as well as programme of walks and outings

Croydon HF Rambling Club
www.croydonhf-ramblingclub.org (Updated link)

Croydon Ramblers (local branch of the Ramblers Association) http://www.croydonramblers.org.uk/

Croydon RSPB
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Other groups and organisations involved in the borough of Croydon –

London Wildlife Trust
Tel: 020 7261 0447
www.wildlondon.org.uk
In the borough the Trust looks after Hutchinson’s Bank, Chapel Bank & Bramley Bank

TCV Croydon
Tel: 020 8726 0974
www.tcv.org.uk
Croydon Council provides core funding for TCV’s ACE (Action for Croydon’s Environment) Team of volunteers, which carries out a variety of conservation tasks. Workdays: Wed & Thurs, minibus pick up near East Croydon

Surrey Wildlife Trust
www.surreywildlifetrust.co.uk
For Dollyper’s Hill Nature Reserve, Kenley.

Downlands Countryside Management Project
Tel: 01737 737700
www.countryside-management.org.uk

The project works in partnership with Croydon Council to improve access to the countryside of the North Downs and implements conservation grazing on the borough’s chalk grassland sites.

Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Conservation Area Volunteers
A joint project between Tandridge Borough Council, the Whitgift Foundation and Croydon Council.
Volunteer workdays: every Monday and last Sunday of every month
Email: biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk

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Groups and organisations, by area….

ADDISCOMBE

Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park
http://park.addiscombe.net/
e-mail: parkfriends@addiscombe.net
Sunday workdays

BROAD GREEN
Friends of Wandle Park
www.wandlepark.com

COULSDON

Friends of Coulsdon Coppice
email: Biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk

HEATHFIELD
Heathfield Ecology Centre
www.heathfield-ecology.org.uk

Hutchinson’s Bank Conservation Volunteers
Email: volunteering@wildlondon.org.uk
Workdays every 2nd & 3rd Sun, (Sept-March).

Metropolitan Public Gardens Association
www.mpga.org.uk

KENLEY

Friends of Foxley
www.friendsoffoxley.co.uk

NEW ADDINGTON

Addington Conservation Team
www.addingtonconservationteam.org.uk
Workday: 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month
email: addingtonconservationteam@gmail.com

NORBURY

Friends of Norbury Hall
Email: biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk

NORWOOD

Friends of Beulah Hill Pond
Email: victaylorross@hotmail.com
Monthly Saturday workdays

Friends of Westow Park
www.friendsofwestowpark.ning.com

Westow Park Community Garden, part of Crystal Palace Transition Town
Email: food@crystalpalacetransition.org.uk
Workday: Every Saturday morning

OLD COULSDON

Friends of Bradmore Green Pond
biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk


SANDERSTEAD

Friends of King’s Wood
Email: biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk
Workday: every Tuesday mornings

Friends of Littleheath Woods
http://www.folw.co.uk
Workday: Tuesday mornings

Friends of Wetthern Tree Garden
Email: Biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk
Workday: last Sunday of every month

Sanderstead Plantation Partners

Email: biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk
Workday: every Wednesday morning

SELSDON

Friends of Selsdon Wood
www.friendsofseldonwood.co.uk
e-mail selsdonwood@gmail.com
Workday: first Sunday of every month


SHIRLEY

Friends of Millers Pond
www.friendsofmillerspond.org.uk
Workday: last Saturday of every month

Friends of Shirley Windmill (Group added)
www.shirleywindmill.org.uk

Friends of Spring Park Wood
www.friendsofspringparkwood.co.uk
Workday: 1st & 3rd Sat every month

SOUTH CROYDON

Friends of Croham Hurst
http://friendsofcrohamhurstwoods.wordpress.com/
Last Saturday of every month

Friends of Haling Grove
https://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Haling- Grove/122046091150868
Email: friendsofhalinggrove@mail.com

SOUTH NORWOOD

Friends of Beaulieu Heights
email: friends@BeaulieuHeights.org

Friends of Heavers Meadow (Group added)
email: friendsofheaversmeadow@gmail.com
Facebook: Friends of Heavers Meadow

South Norwood Playground Action Group
www.lpag.wordpress.com

 

THORNTON HEATH

Friends of Grangewood Park
www.grangewood.btik.com
email: friendsofgrangewood@yahoo.co.uk

Friends of Thornton Heath Recreation Ground
www.thorntonheathrec.org.uk
Email: friendsoftherec@yahoo.com
Now including Croydon Transition Town community garden

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Advice for new and existing groups

The Community Partnership Officer provides advice and information to new and existing environmental groups, on group set up, funding, insurance, publicity, training and community involvement.
For more information please contact

Community Partnership Office
Planning and Environment
Green Spaces Division Public Realm Office
1st Floor, Stubbs Mead Depot
Factory Lane
Croydon
CR0 3RL

Email: biodiversity@croydon.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8726 6900

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This post is based on the only list the Council could provide, from Summer 2013.

Our amendments and updates are noted in green.

Notes of meeting – South Croydon – Feb 2015

St Augustines Sth Croydon

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in South Croydon and to the organisations and individuals who helped us advertise the event.

Notes of Meeting

The initial notices from the meeting can be found here.

The notes of meeting were agreed by the police officers and the reps from TfL, then circulated to those attending.

You can access them here: Notes of St Augustines 250215.

As with all our meetings, if you have any feedback on this meeting or our activities we’d welcome hearing from you.

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Next public meeting
Our next public meeting is in South Norwood in April.

Our meetings are generally without set agenda but we are inviting subjects for discussion to be put forward so please post a comment or email us if there is an agenda item you’d like to see.

We are inviting anyone to post questions they would like tabled on the evening on the post on our website.  Questions from those present on the evening will be given priority if time is limited.

Please find details here and book a free place via Eventbrite at http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/ 

Alternatively you can email us at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com or phone/text 07864 676 088.

Booking a place assists in speeding up registration on the night and helps us to cater for numbers.

We’d appreciate it if you would help spread the word about our meetings.

Find us on Twitter @CroydonNbrhoods
Find us on Facebook

Book a free place for our meetings on Eventbrite:  http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/

Notes of meeting – central Croydon – Jan 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in  Croydon and to the organisations and individuals who helped us advertise the event.  St Michael front

St Michael’s proved to be an excellent venue with good transport links so we hope to use it for meetings in the future.

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Information on offer at registration.

 

Notes of Meeting

The notes of meeting were agreed by those attending,  before uploading

Chief Inspector McGarry has provided further brief clarification on a point regarding the impact on body-worn cameras on stop and search complaint figures,  which you can access here.

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Committee member, Mahbub Sadiq Bhatti, welcoming some of the regular attendees by the refreshments.

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The hall filling up, ready for the start of the meeting

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Chief Inspector McGarry taking questions from the audience.

As with all our meetings, if you have any feedback on this meeting or our activities we’d welcome hearing from you.

 

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Next public meeting
Our next public meeting is in South Croydon on Wednesday 25 February 2015.

Our meetings are generally without set agenda but we are inviting subjects for discussion to be put forward so please post a comment or email us if there is an agenda item you’d like to see.

Proposed plans for Fiveways

Given the concern regarding the proposals for Fiveways we invited Transport for London (TfL) and GLA member, Steve O’Connell, to attend. We are pleased to announce that TfL were quick to confirm that two spokespersons will attend to do a short presentation and take questions from the floor at our meeting.

We are inviting anyone to post questions they would like tabled on the evening on the post on our website.  Questions from those present on the evening will be given priority if time is limited.

 

Please find details here and book a free place via Eventbrite at http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/ 

Alternatively you can email us at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com or phone/text 07864 676 088.

Booking a place assists in speeding up registration on the night and helps us to cater for numbers.

We’d appreciate it if you would help spread the word about our meetings.

 

Find us on Twitter @CroydonNbrhoods
Find us on Facebook

Book a free place for our meetings on Eventbrite:  http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/

CCC AGM 2014 and public meeting event – Update

Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM and public meeting event.

Photo taken by attendee, Peter Underwood, and tweeted by @GreenPeterU on Twitter

Photo taken by attendee, Peter Underwood, and tweeted by @GreenPeterU on Twitter – just one snap of the number assembled for the AGM and public meeting that followed.  The full list of attendees in noted in minutes and notes for this evening.

The committee are aware of ongoing misinformation in circulation about CCC meetings and activities. The committee have therefore taken the decision to produce detailed minutes for the AGM and for notes of the public meeting that followed.

We hope these records will allow anyone with an interest to see what occurred throughout the evening, and who attended. The full content of the Chair’s report, presented on the night, is also attached.

CCC AGM minutes 2014

AGM Chair’s report

CCC Accounts 2013-14 AGM

Notes of public meeting following AGM

The committee welcome speaking with anyone who has any questions or comments.  Please email us at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com or call/text us on 07864 676 088.

Going forward
This completes the first year of the new committee being in post, with a year of funding yet to run.  It is the committee’s intention to reset the AGM date back to the original date of June/July to bring the meeting closer to the reporting period for the accounts.

Our next public meeting will be held in central Croydon on 28 January 2015.  This will be the first meeting to alter the existing ‘no agenda’ format of our meetings. This is being trialled in response to suggestions made at the AGM event.  We are looking for a few topics to kick off the meeting.  To indicate an interest in tabling a topic or item for discussion, please indicate by adding it as a comment at the foot of the event specific post, here.

Forward meeting dates and venues will be announced as soon as finalised but current plans are February – South Croydon, March – New Addington, April – South Norwood, May – Ashburton, June – Selsdon, July – AGM Central Croydon

As with all our events, everyone is very welcome to attend.

Booking via Eventbrite is appreciated to help us cater for numbers.  Manual registration on the night takes time, which may also delay the start of the meeting.  This is something CCC would prefer to avoid.

Willing volunteers always welcome
The committee continues to seek people willing to take an active role on committee in order to expand the work of CCC. Someone who could act as Secretary is high priority for the organisation. People with time to commit or with other skills would also be welcomed.  All posts are voluntary and our work is strictly apolitical.

Appeal for information and evidence
The committee also continues to seek information relating to the allegations in regard to activities of our ex Vice Chair. If you have any information to substantiate the allegations, including that this was intentional and/or repeated, or any information about complaints lodged, we would welcome receiving this information. We continue to work with others across Croydon communities to investigate this matter.

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Croydon Residents’ Associations & groups

We are working on building a list of local Residents’ Associations and community groups.  If you have contact details for any of these, have corrections to the details listed, or know of others, please let us know.

Please post details as a comment on this post or email us CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com.

We’ll update the table periodically.

Thank you!

Last update: 10/12/16

Residents’ Association/Group Contact Details Website
ASPRA (Addiscombe & Shirley Park) contact@the aspra.co.uk www.theaspra.org.uk
Blackhorse Road Residents’ Association
Broad Green Residents’ Association BGRAchair@gmail.com www.broadgreenresidentsassociation.org.uk
Canning & Clyde Roads Residents’ Association gordon.thompson@addiscombe.net http://www.canni.addiscombe.net/
Cedar House
Central Croydon Community Action CentralCroydonCommunityAction@outlook.com
CHASE Residents’ Association Alison Wooster secretary@chaseresidents.org.uk http://www.chaseresidents.org.uk/
Chatsworth Residents’ Association
Chertsey High Rise Residents’ Group
Coulsdon West Residents’ Association info@coulsdonwest.co.uk www.coulsdonwest.co.uk
Croham Valley  dane@spiritualhealers.co.uk
Croydon Communities Consortium (CCC) CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com www.croydoncc.worpress.com
Croydon Lansdowne croydonlansdowne@gmail.com www.croydonlansdowne.wordpress.com  (not updated since 2012)
Crystal Palace Community Association cpca@onetel.com www.cpca.org.uk
East Coulsdon Residents’ Association info@eastcoulsdon.co.uk www.eastcoulsdon.co.uk
East Croydon Community Organisation (ECCO) form on website https://eastcrocomm.wordpress.com/
Forestdale Residents’ Association thefra@forestdale.info www.forestdale.info
Friends of Park Hill
Friends of Park Hill Park friendsofparkhillpark@outlook.com
Grangewood and Whitehorse Chair – Tina Norris
Grove Estate shah@blueyonder.co.uk
H.O.M.E. Residents’ Association athome@addiscombe.net http://www.home.addiscombe.net/
Hartley & Districts Residents’ Association action@hadra.org www.hadra.org.uk
Hastings & Warren Road Residents’ Association whitfieldsarah@aol.com
Hermitage Neighbourhood Residents’ Association Chair – Tina Salter
Kenley and District Residents’ Association (KENDRA) secretary@kenleyra.org.uk www.kenleyra.org.uk
Kingsdown Avenue (lower end) LeKara
Monks Orchard Residents’ Association (MORA) media@mo-ra.co www.mo-ra.co
Morland Park Residents’ Association Molly Klidzia (Secretary) Tel: 020 8656 9845 http://www.morlandpark.org.uk
Norbury Green Residents’ Association contact@norburygreen.co.uk www.norburygreen.co.uk
Norbury Village Residents’ Association norburyvra@yahoo.com www.norburyvillage.wordpress.com
Norhyrst Householders Association
North Downs Residents’ Association
Old Coulsdon Residents’ Association ocrawebmaster@placehouse.me.uk www.theocra.org.uk
Park Hill Residents’ Association form www.phra.org.uk
People for Portland Road contact@peopleforportlandroad.org.uk http://www.peopleforportlandroad.org.uk/
Pollards Hill Residents’ Association Chair – Conrad Thomas www.phranorbury.co.uk
Purley & Woodcote Residents’ Association www.purley-residents.org
Purley Bourne Residents’ Association
Revitalising East Croydon Communities RECC reccgroup@gmail.com reccgroup.blogspot.com/
Riddlesdown Residents’ Association RiddlesdownResidents@gmail.com www.riddlesdownresidents.org.uk
Sanderstead RA dennis.m.king@btinternet.com
Scotts Estate Residents’ Association www.sera-norbury.org.uk
Selsdon RA
South Croydon Community Association mail@charlottedavies.net https://southcroydoncommunityassociation.wordpress.com
Spring Park sprasecretary@hotmail.co.uk www.springparkra.co.uk
Thornton Heath Residents’ Association thorntonheath@hotmail.com http://thorntonheath.net/
Torrington Square Residents’ Association
Upper Woodcote Village Residents’ Association
Valley Park Residents’ Association
Wavell Court Residents’ Association
We Are Croydon Old Town info@oldtowncroydon.org.uk www.oldtowncroydon.org.uk
Webb Estate mallarkeywebbestate@yahoo.co.uk
Wharfedale Gardens and Lonsdale Gardens RA
Whitgift Estate Residents’ Association www.whitgiftestate.weebly.com

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Stronger Community Partnerships – initial meeting with RAs

An interesting meeting tonight, with lots of food for thought.

Representation

But who was aware?

It appears around 20 Residents’ Associations (RAs) were invited to attend. There were fewer than 20 in the meeting,  and only apologies from one undisclosed RA.

The sheer size of the board proposed was considered unworkable, and the minor representation of resident groups proposed was raised as an issue.

How to properly represent the resident voice in Croydon

The idea posed at our recent Sanderstead meeting of RAs and community groups being represented by networked quadrants, as detailed here, was put forward both before and at the meeting but appeared to be rejected by David Freeman, the Council officer linked to communities.

Representatives from RAs were concerned that individual RAs did not have a mandate to speak for others and were hard pushed to cover their existing work in any case, so found the proposal of just four being represented on this board as unworkable.

CCC are aware that community groups had not received an invitation to be represented. I attended on behalf of CCC, although told I could do so only as an observer as the council were only seeking representatives from RAs.

The questions raised included how would community groups be represented on this board? Whilst it was stated that lack of communication in some RAs may contribute to some not knowing of the invitation it was astounding to think that the Council recognised and invited just 20 or so groups.

The effectiveness of different RAs to engage and communicate with their communities, and their willingness to work together to share ideas and work on issues was raised. There are areas where RAs and community groups work extremely effectively together to tackle issues. The Purley, Coulsdon Kenley network was an example noted, working together to discuss issues around Purley Hospital.

We know, from experience, that groups such as Norbury RAs are well networked and that South Croydon Community Association reaches out to others across Croydon communities.

Some are less well represented, including those served by an RA such as the one local to me, who do not allow members to speak at committee meetings or receive minutes of meetings, and those where no RA exists at all.

Building networks

CCC have been working with the council to build up a list of RAs and community groups. That only 20 RAs were invited was astonishing to those attending this meeting, and adds weight to the evidence we have that many have not received the notice of meeting. We are volunteers and a small committee but we have already identified at least 50 RAs, and plan to post a link to these on our website shortly, in order to build this to include more.

But, whether a group represents a road, a ward, and area or an interest group – Friends of Park Hill Park, Old Town Croydon, Broad Green Business Forum or Croydon Transition Town comes to mind – does it really matter? ALL these groups have a view and represent the residents’ voice. This voice needs to be heard.

The outcome

A Forum will be established, with groups helping to build up the list the council hold.  CCC have invited all present to offer ideas on the list we plan to put up in the next few days, as a result of research undertaken by our committee member, Janet Stollery.

Four representatives were agreed to go to the first meeting on November 11, as interim reps for this group. This includes me, representing SCCA, as CCC is not eligible as a residents group, but I was told that CCC will be represented by another group attending – although we’ve not heard from anyone, to date, on this!

Concerns were raise regarding the effectiveness of this group to effect change..  Those present did not appear sufficiently convinced that the board would make a real difference. After establishing a Forum and deciding on how this would work, time-bonded targets and results need to be achieved to secure faith in the board..

Going forward

We’d like to know:

Was your group consulted and therefore represented?

RAs and resident groups give of their time to fulfil a role many wouldn’t. We are interested in learning whether community groups and RAs were contacted.

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Finally

We’d love to hear what you think of this plan.

And I’d recommend reading Sean Creighton’s detailed post which explores the issues.

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/challenges-facing-croydons-stronger.html

Post written in haste but posted to highlight the main points.

We look forward to hearing your views.  Please post a comment.

Elizabeth Ash

Chair, CCC

Notes of meeting – Sanderstead – Oct 2014 – & Updates

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in Sanderstead and to the organisations and individuals who helped us advertise the event. This was the last public meeting before our AGM.

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Notes of Meeting
The notices from the meeting were put on the website after the meeting and the the notes of the meeting were agreed by those attending.

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Follow up from this and other meetings

There were several points raised at this meeting, which Cllr Yvette Hopley fed back on extremely promptly. Please see:

New bus routes

Proposed new bus route, including Purley Downs Road,
followed by our post on the proposed routes and consultation exercise, when they went live.

peposed extension to Purley of 359
And,

Green belt / Riddlesdown
Update on land opposite entrance to Riddlesdown Collegiate, Purley

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Is 20 plenty?

Another issue raised at this meeting was the debate on the introduction of 20 MPH zones in Croydon. CCC do not take a position on this but are happy to provide links to any information, and to the official council consultation, when available.

The for argument, put forward by Croydon Cyclists Campaign, can be found here, and we will add any posts and comments offered, as long as they are not party political.

Community Representation

Another issue raised was the Council’s proposal to form a Stronger Communities Partnership.  CCC were not alone in not receiving details. A quadrant approach was proposed at the meeting, to better represent Residents’ Associations and community groups, as only four places are proposed as part of this to represent the whole borough.

This seems a sensible approach as it would mean all areas were represented. It has the added advantage that it would lead to greater engagement within and across communities, and allow local community groups and Residents’ Associations to share information and expertise. It would build communities.  See Quadrants proposed as the way forward for details, or to comment.

Are you aware of the meeting on this tomorrow evening?

Policing update

Police presence was sought, and agreed, to provide notice of issues relevant to the area and the wider community, and for the officer to take questions from the floor.  We do not know at this time why an officer from Sanderstead policing team did not attend the meeting, as agreed.

We have asked for an update, but received no reply, to date. If a reply is received, this will be posted.

Points raised at other meetings

CCC and individuals from our other meetings continue to pursue answers to questions raised at previous meetings and the outcome of these will be posted on our website, when known.

Committee Update

We were pleased to be supported at this meeting by Mark Johnson, who was a founding member of CCC.

The committee were delighted to welcome Mark onto the CCC committee at the committee meeting following this meeting. Mark has attended several of our public and committee meetings, and also offered the CCC committee a great deal of support in sorting out access to the CCC bank account when difficulties arose.

A brief statement, referred to in the notes of meeting, was read to this meeting at the outset.

In order to ensure the ongoing work of CCC, our Vice Chair, Clive Locke, took the decision to stand down from CCC, as, had he not done so, our small grants funding would have been removed by the council.

CCC appreciate this act and are committed to work with Broad Green Business Forum and other individuals and community groups to resolve the matter.

As we do not have full details, we trust all will appreciate that it would not be appropriate for us to make comment further, without the full facts.

If you have any feedback on this meeting or our activities we’d welcome hearing from you.

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Next public meeting
Our next public meeting is our AGM Event on Monday 24 November 2014.

As with all our events, everyone is very welcome to attend.Booking via Eventbrite is appreciated to help us cater for numbers.  This is particularly important for the AGM Event. We need to set up rooms for numbers attending, refreshments need to be ordered in for this event at considerable cost as a condition of booking, and we need to print adequate papers for the meeting.

Manual registration on the night takes time, which may also delay the start of the AGM and meeting.  This is something we’d like to avoid.

We are looking for people who are willing to take an active role on committee.  If you are interested, please get in touch by Friday 7 November.