May News

Ratepayer AGM and Community BBQ

Our AGM and second annual community BBQ will be held on Thursday, May 26 starting at 6 pm at Orchard Park Public School. We had a great turnout last year and great weather. This year’s event is supported by a SPARKS! grant from the City of London. Flyers will be distributed shortly door to door, posted on the community mailboxes in the area, and information will be posted on the web site.
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April News

London Artists’ Studio Tour

This year’s the London Artists’ Studio Tour takes place Friday, April 15 from 7 to 9:30 pm; Saturday, April 16 from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, April 17 from noon to 5 pm.

We are very lucky to have a number of artists in our neighbourhood. For over 20 years, there has been an annual event highlighting some of London’s artists and their works.

As part of the Tour, local artist Marlies Gueth invites you to her Opening Night Celebration, Friday, April, 15th, from 7-9.30 p.m. at 60 Bloomfield Dr. Come and enjoy treats and live music.

Tree and Shrub Planting Event in the Northern Part of the Medway Valley ESA

A tree and shrub planting event (and electro-fishing demonstration) in the northern part of the Valley will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. until noon. If you haven’t been to this part of the Valley it is a good opportunity to see it and see how it is different than “our” part of the Valley.
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December News

SNOW ANGELS – because it will snow this winter!

Snow Angels London is the result of an idea to help people help each other out. Snow Angels London is an experiment in kindness: a way for Londoners to request assistance shovelling or to find others in need of such assistance. Whichever category you may fit, Snow Angels London will serve your needs. The website allows you to find other Snow Angels – in a simple tool that will allow people to register and find others near them – both people who need assistance AND others near them that are willing to help. This website was brought to fruition by the hard work and kindred spirits of Simalam, who truly are the ones who deserve all the credit.

Sherwood Forest Park Site and Future Development

The City’s work plan calls for issuing early in 2016 the request for proposals for the development of housing on part of the former school site. Once issued, the information in it is public and we will share it with you.
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Save the Date, School Demolition, and other news

Community Social and ratepayer AGM – May 28

Mark May 28th in your calendar. Your executive is busy planning a fun event to precede our Annual General Meeting. Please spread the word. Councillor Squire will be available for questions. We are working on a presentation/speaker on a city topic. Did you want to hear about the Medway Valley Conservation Master Plan? The Rapid Transit Plan? LTC’s Service Improvement Plan? Let us know.

We are still looking for new members of the Executive. Please contact Sandy Levin if you are interested.

Sherwood Forest School Demolition

This report is on the agenda for a City Committee for April 21. If approved by Committee and then by Council on April 28th, demolition will start in May.

Medway Valley Heritage Forest

The city is continuing its trail planning for the Medway. You can see the consultant’s report at

Further work is planned for 2015 with the a presentation to City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee in July and the formation of a city-led Local Advisory Committee in 2015 which will consider trail locations and other management matters.

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority which manages the Forest for the City reports that a large beech at the top of the staircase has had several upper branches removed to reduce the weight on the lean side of the tree , which is a “target to the staircase.”

There are 2 trees within the staircase, a yellow birch and an Ironwood. These trees are creating stress on the stairs so they may be cut as well this year.

Community Mailboxes

Here is what the community mailboxes will look like when installed.Community mailboxesThe photo shows the maximum grouping of three that we have been told will be installed within the neighbourhood. Some locations will have only one or two units.

Be Alert and Lock your Car

With the warmer weather, I have been advised of a car being broken into on Lonsdale. Be sure to lock your car if you are leaving it outside and be sure to report an incidents to the police.