Friends of Evington

Friends of Evington is a registered charity no. 1148649, that was registered on 17 August 2012.

To find out more about the  Friends of Evington , its constitution, policies and complaints procedures, follow this link.

friendsofevington.uk

 

The Objects of the charity are:

1. To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in the Evington Suburb of Leicester and the surrounding area.

2.  To promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of Evington and the surrounding area the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances for for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the condition of life of the said inhabitants.

The Vision is to inspire a healthy community in Evington through bringing environmental and educational projects to life, providing solutions that benefit local people and protect the planet.

The two main activities of Friends of Evington are:

The Evington Echo (A community-run magazine delivered to 5,950 homes in the Evington area six times a year.  All people involved are volunteers.

Evington in Bloom.  Affiliated to Britain in Bloom/East Midlands in Bloom to clean and green the local area.  All people involved are volunteers.

Friends of Evington is an unincorporated associative charity with a membership made up of volunteers who work for the charity.  In January, 2023, the groups affiliated to Friends of Evington are:

Evington House Yoga which meets at the Mayflower Church community room on Monday evenings

Evington History and Heritage Group which meets at St. Denys Church’s parish centre.

Downing Drive Friends and Neighbours (Evington)

Calming and Gentle Exercises (Evington) which will be meeting in the portacabin at Evington Leisure Centre

Evington Friendship Club which meets at Evington Village Hall

Evington Social Club which meets at the Cedars

Quilling and Crafts (Evington) which meet in the library

Rummikub Club (Evington) which meets at the Cedars

There is a long-standing campaign for Evington House (LE56DE)  to become a Neighbourhood Centre so that more facilities can be offered for the benefit of the local community.  Near the end of December 2022, all groups were asked to collect their belongings from Evington Park House and hand in their access fobs.  The Council helped these groups find new venues as above.  The Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby, said:

“Evington Park House is an underused asset for an operational base.  It it were to be transferred into community use, the Mayor and Council would need to know that in doing so the House would have a viable and sustainable future.”

Friends of Evington have put in an expression of interest letter for an asset transfer for Evington Park House and the associated land behind the house.

Friends of Evington are in the process of designing a questionnaire to turn Evington House into an Eco Community Centre and to list many ideas for the house to be used to capacity for the benefit of the local community, so it does have a viable and sustainable future.  To move forward the next step would be to set up a managing board of volunteers under the umbrella of Friends of Evington, to discuss and work on developing strategies, a consultation and a business plan.