Since my last Report there has been a great deal of activity. Pride of place must be taken by Clive Beecham for not only taking the lead in organising the High Street Association, but also for organising the wonderful Vintage Car Rally that took place in the High Street in June. The High Street is a very important part of St John’s Wood, but over the years has felt that the Society had little or no interest in it. The Executive Committee is determined to ensure that the shops in the High Street feel that they are an important part of our community, and the formation of the High Street Association is an important step in doing so. Those who attended the Vintage Car Rally enjoyed a truly happy occasion. The vintage cars on display were fabulous, and the High Street was full of spectators, many of whom were children, enjoying the cars and the other entertainment.
Turning to another relevant issue within our neighbourhood. Many members will have read about the MCC’s proposals to develop Lord’s. I am happy to say that the relationship between the Society and the MCC is very strong, and we were very pleased that Derek Brewer and Colin Maber, the Chairman of the MCC’s Ground Working Party, made a presentation to the Society’s Planning Committee immediately after the MCC members had been informed of the proposals. In addition, the MCC has held an open evening for local residents to explain the proposals. The MCC has also appointed its first Community Development Officer, Laura Brown, and we look forward to working with her.