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Dear Friends

sueLater this month we will be launching a new online membership and events management system linked to our existing website. All members will receive a direct email with information about how to login to the system. Members will be able to up-date their own personal contact details as necessary and renew annual membership as well as register for events. For anyone needing a bit of help to login for the first time after you have received your instructions, just come along to the social evening we are holding on 3rd July at the Tower Hotel (booking details below) where some of our Committee members will be happy to help.

We have a great summer outing planned to RAF Northolt and our thanks go to Yeoman Warder Spike Abbott for arranging what I am sure will be a fascinating visit. Numbers for this event are limited to 25 members so don't delay in registering via the booking link below if you wish to secure your place!

FOSKD has helped to facilitate a public meeting of the St Katharine & Wapping Ward Panel on the 19th July so we hope as many of you as possible will attend to hear about the work of the Panel and the relationships we are building to help to address the issue of anti social behaviour locally.

Sue Hughes

Social Events

3rd July 2018 - Social Evening at the Guoman Tower Hotel

Members Only - To book your place please click here

guoman Join us for a social evening on the 12th floor of the hotel with spectacular views of the Thames! Drinks & canapés will be provided. The evening will provide an opportunity for you to learn about our new online membership & events system. Booking for this event is essential for catering purposes please. Members successful in securing a place will receive a confirmation email with detailed arrangements including the time & location.

18th July 2018 Visit to RAF Northolt

This is strictly a members only event - To book your place please click here

Nightshoot at RAF Northolt If like me, you have driven past the RAF station at Northolt on the A40 and wondered what goes on behind the high perimeter fence, this is a rare opportunity to find out! A group of 25 members will travel together by tube to arrive at the base by 09.40 and the visit will end at approximately 16.00. The morning will be spent being shown around the Royal Flight Aircraft that fly members of the Royal Family and Government Ministers around the world in small private jets. Lunch will be in the Officers Mess.

We will go into the Air Traffic Control Tower to meet the Controllers.and will also meet the Firefighters who operate the huge aircraft fire engines and yes we will be able to have a look around one! We will meet members of the Queens Colour Squadron who guard the airfield as well as the Crown Jewels on occasions. The QCS take part in many ceremonial events and travel the world to put on drill shows for members of the public. The RAF Band is also based at Northolt which is the home of all the RAF professional musicians. There is no charge for this event but members will need to pay for their own lunch.

If you are successful in securing a place you will receive a confirmation email with detailed arrangements for the day.

19th July 2018 St Katharine & Wapping Ward Panel

Public Meeting – No booking required

The Ward Panel is holding a public meeting which all members of FOSKD are invited to attend in the Bridge / Tower Suites on the upper foyer level at the Guoman Tower Hotel on Thursday 19th July. The timing is 18.00 arrival for a 18.30 start to the meeting. Refreshments will be served at the reception before the meeting. Members of the Safer Neighbourhood Police team and representatives from Tower Hamlets Council will join the Panel to up-date us on how anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Ward is being addressed.

Representatives from St Mungo's Charity will be on hand during the reception to talk about the work they do to support homeless people in the Ward and they will also answer any questions on this topic in the Q&A session during the meeting. Please do come and show your support for the group of volunteers who serve on the Ward Panel and raise any issues of concern which you may have about ASB. By working together, the aim is to ensure that St Katharine & Wapping Ward is a safe and friendly neighbourhood in which to live.



Chinese Embassy to move to the Royal Mint Court site opposite St Katharine Docks

In a landmark transaction for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, it has recently been announced that the Royal Mint Court site on the opposite side of East Smithfield Road from St Katharine Docks has been sold by property investment advisory company Delancey & its joint venture partner LRC Group to the People's Republic of China. The 5.4 acre site is set to become the new home of the Chinese Embassy. Based in Portland Place in the West End of London for the last 150 years the move to east London "will provide the new face of China in the new era" according to Ambassador Liu Xiaomong.

Planning consent had been secured from Tower Hamlets Council by the joint venture in February 2017 for redevelopment/refurbishment which was to have provided high specification office accommodation together with new retail & leisure space. FOSKD took an active part in the public consultation process for that scheme and we look forward with interest to see what the revised plans for the site will comprise of. Some time ago the Chinese Company ABP bought what was the Royal Albert Docks comprising of almost 2km of riverfront for offices, homes and shops. That scheme is due to be completed in March 2019.

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