Friends of the Shuttle was set up on the 9 May 2013 to protect and enhance the ecology and biodiversity of the River Shuttle. This was made possible thanks to very generous financial help from Thames 21 which enabled the group to buy the necessary equipment needed to carry out its many water based activities to date.
To ensure that it can continue to carry out such events a decision was made that FotS should become a properly constituted group in its own right.
On 30 March 2015 the Constitution was signed and the founding members took up the following positions:-
Chair – Jane Stout, Vice Chair – Joanne Bradley, Secretary – Mandy Stevens, Treasurer – Robert Bradnam.
Becoming a constituted group with a bank account will allow FotS to approach a number of organisations for financial grants to purchase new equipment etc. although there can be no guarantee such funds will be made available. Funding for many projects and organisations continues to be squeezed and for that reason, and for that reason FotS has now decided to ask those who wish to be formal members to make a minimum voluntary annual contribution of £5.00 per household to help maintain the group which to date has relied on the generosity of a small group of active supporters. However, it will not be necessary to make a financial contribution and be a member to participate in FotS events.
To join, membership fees can be paid direct to our TSB bank account 77-68-17 a/c 01232360 quoting your name as a reference or cheques/cash can be sent to our treasurer:
Robert Bradnam, Friends of the Shuttle, 3 Upton Rd, Bexleyheath, DA6 8LQ.
All members will receive the minutes of our meetings and be able to vote at the Annual General Meeting next April.
The aims and objectives adopted include:
- To protect & enhance the ecological status and biodiversity of the River Shuttle catchment area
so that the Wyncham Stream and Danson Park/Danson lake are also covered and
- To be active and vocal in the wider environmental community.
Jane Stout, Chair – FotS