What is the SGRA?
The SGRA was set up to provide a forum for residents to raise issues in a public forum about the Southfields Grid, and celebrate the community that lives in it. Our motto is “Making a difference to life on the Grid”.
The Association’s geographic remit is the Wandsworth area of Southfields Grid i.e. Revelstoke Road being its southern boundary, and the others being Merton Road, Pirbright Road and the border with Wimbledon Park. The area of the Grid leading to Arthur Road comes under the aegis of the Wimbledon Park Residents Association.
The SGRA is composed of an Executive Committee, which meets regularly to discuss forthcoming events and current issues, and is elected annually at our AGM in May.
We have street representatives for each Grid street. They collect our annual membership, distribute the newsletter and any other printed material, generally keep an eye on things in their street and report any issues of common concern such as graffiti or broken paving stones.
The annual membership is collected during the summer from all households. It is currently a minimum of £3, though many give more.
The SGRA holds various free events throughout the year that bring together our Grid community. These include the “Golden Oldies” tea party each spring, for senior residents, and an annual picnic in Coronation Gardens for everyone in Coronation Gardens the first Saturday in July. We run our annual Front Gardens competition, aimed at encouraging people to spruce up their housefront areas. We also help promote events run by others, such as Southfields Abundance on the last Saturday of September, and the Christmas Lights switch-on in early December.
The SGRA holds six open meeting a year, to which everyone is welcome to attend and take part. They take place at St Barnabas church hall, Lavenham Road, usually on the last Tuesday of September, November, January, March, May and July each year, and run from 7.45-9.30pm.
The SGRA has a newsletter called “Grid News” which is distributed to every Grid household three times a year. We are also active on social media. We have a dedicated Facebook group with nearly 900 followers, and also contribute to www.nexdoor.co.uk as nearly 20% of grid households subscribe to the Southfields Grid area of it. We are due to launch a Twitter feed shortly.
The SGRA has regular liaison with a number of allied groups on the Grid, in particular the Southfields Business Forum, the Friends of Wimbledon Park and Green the Grid. We also are in regular dialogue with our MP, Rt Hon Justine Greening, our three local councilors, Kim Caddy, Guy Humphries and Terry Walsh, plus as numerous other bodies and local government officials.
In short, if it matters to the Southfields Grid the SGRA try to get involved with it.
What can the SGRA do for you?
The SGRA is for everyone on the Grid, so if you live here then we can help you to help yourself, or help others. We can help you raise an issue of common concern such as abandoned cars or broken pavements which are spoiling your street, or help you get you the right contact if you have something more personal to sort.
The SGRA can also help you promote or raise awareness of an event or service of common benefit to all Grid householders, such as a play or musical performance. We do not however usually directly promote or endorse a business or commercial services.
How can you contribute to SGRA and life on the Grid?
The most obvious way to get involved comes along to any SGRA meetings, and contribute to our discussion on life on the Grid. Without your voice we are nothing. If you have an issue you feel has not been resolved, or wanted to raise something of common concern, please come along. The meetings are never boring, as the SGRA are a friendly bunch, and there’s always a “social” at the end of each meeting where you have time to meet and discuss things with others on an informal basis.
Secondly, if you are willing to help our street reps they would be grateful, either helping to deliver things or providing an extra pair of helping hands where needed.
Finally, if you have a special skill that you feel the SGRA may benefit from – it could be computer skills, PR or legal expertise – then please do make yourself known and the SGRA will usually have something you can assist on.