About Oakdale Links
Who are we?
Oakdale Links is a residents association with three main aims: to help build our new community, to strengthen links with more established parts of our town of Lydney, and to campaign for improvements that will benefit the community.
We are in the first year of our journey as a residents' association and are approaching the time for our first Annual General Meeting. Membership is open to any residents living on the Oakdale Development in Lydney who are over 18 and to youth members with consent from their parent/guardian.
The current committee consists of those who took up the invitation offered to anyone who expressed an interest in getting involved in Oakdale Links and we are all members. From time to time people have left the steering group and others have joined it. There is no current Chair person and the only official position anyone is appointed to is Treasurer. All positions and some new ones will be open for members to nominate people for and to stand for election. You don't have to fill out a membership form to be a member of Oakdale Links, but all officers (committee members) have to read, agree to and sign the Constitution, which was co-written by the original steering group.
We have actively sought to recruit new committee members in accordance with our Equality and Diversity Policy throughout.
We are a constituted voluntary community group and adopted the constitution on 17th July 2013. All officers (committee members) have read, agreed to and signed the constitution. It is available to download here:
Oakdale Links Constitution
We have applied for grants from the Forest of Dean District Council, the Barnwood Trust and Bromford Homes. All our applications in the first year have been successful. Please contact us if you would like to see the applications we made. A financial report will be published annually for the Annual General Meeting. The grants include some money for running costs such as printing and the website hosting. The total income from grants is more than match-funded by volunteer hours which range from a few hours per month to 200 hours a month each depending on the capacity and time available to each volunteer.
Oakdale Links has produced and presented a project proposal for a Community Orchard as part of the ongoing quest for space to hold community activities. The orchard project we envisage will be under the auspices of an independent group inclusive of all residents in Lydney, not just living in Oakdale. It will have separate grant applications and its own bank account so that any money secured for the orchard alone will not be diverted into Oakdale Links and vice versa.
Equality and Diversity Policy
Oakdale Links has had an inclusive and welcoming ethos from the outset and we hope that future committees will always abide by this. Our Equality and Diversity Policy will be reviewed annually and is available to download here:
Oakdale Links Equality and Diversity Policy
Steering group members
We do not publish members' names on our website or their photos without permission. This is to promote inclusion from as many residents as possible including those who do not wish to be in the public domain. If you are interested in joining the committee, there is an opportunity at the Annual General Meeting to be elected if you are nominated and forms will be delivered to all households on the development. Voting will take place at the AGM. Details for the 2014 AGM will be published shortly.