Quote from the last Minutes of Meeting
held 14 July:
“if anybody is struggling with maintaining their
own area and requires assistance please do not
hesitate to contact etc ….”
I hope the above comment is a genuine
one otherwise it is just rhetoric and means
nothing – and refer back to the original article
regarding the Block Paving which I support the
Over the years the committee have gone
on about things the residents arn't allowed do
outside their properties like hanging washing,
planting shrubs etc because everything belongs
to the Sycamores Estate.
Now can someone answer me this:
need help with maintaining the front part of
their property then I’m afraid it then suddenly
belongs to the resident who must be responsible
and not the Sycamores – why is that?
When one resident I know put in a
request to have the fence outside her front door
filled in, the committee refused and can’t
understand why when it belongs to the Sycamores
who also are supposed to have the residents
interests at heart.
So come on committee and do the right
thing by us and live up to the promise indicated
in the statement - to help out residents who
have difficulty coping.
Regarding the recent Poll
have watched the recent poll with interest since it was put up
last week and have been pleasantly surprised by
the response and votes registered for and
against the website. I am so glad to see that
others reflects my
own thoughts of what a valuable resource it is
to the estate on a number of fronts.
Since the site came into being I have personally
found it so useful as it contains important information
regarding the estate itself, for instance the
lease and memorandum of association etc which I
had no idea about as there was little or no
information coming from the director, committee
or managing agent at the time to keep us
residents up to date. Since the website -
I can now see when questions are being asked or
issues raised on numerous subjects, especially
about where my service charge is being spent -
sadly in a lot of cases those haven't been
answered and sometimes I do wonder why not. I
would recommend that new people to the estate
visit the website as I feel sure it might prove
useful and informative.
would like to think that now there has been a
vote to keep the website going or to close it
down, that other residents might feel
comfortable enough to begin interacting with it
i.e. comment on it's content, or if they have an
opinion about something to share it on the
website - it would be lovely if they did and
help us all here on the estate feel that we
actually belong to a 'community' rather than
just be another resident.
THESE PREMISES ARE
UNDER SURVEILLANCE BY A NOSEY NEIGHBOUR
I was reluctant to
put this article on the website however I feel it
There is a certain
person (she knows who she is) who walks around here
at approx 2pm everyday give or take a few minutes,
when she reaches my property she steps from the
pavement, gets right up close to my window and looks
in. Now I don't only find this rude but am
curious to know what she is looking for. I
have done various things over the weeks and months
to prevent her seeing into my window i.e. cushions
built up on a chair also leaving the blinds ajar.
I would like her to
know that some people (we are all different) like
privacy and to keep themselves to themselves and I
have stated in the past if people want to look in my
property they are welcome to make an appointment,
then they can look in and satisfy their curosity,
but I can assure this person I am the same as
everyone else with a very boring small terraced
31/1/21 - Comment on the
recent item regarding Parking Observation
noticable what is happening with the parking
situation, one resident in particular seems to think
that because she is the secretary, she can continue
to take up a parking space which should be available
for others, the argument made by her husband has
been that she is disabled and needs to be near where
she lives. If that really is the reason which
I doubt, more likely they feel entitled to park
where they want and are just selfish by nature and
really don't care how it inconveniences other
residents, why can't she be dropped off near her
home and then her husband could park 'outside his
garage'. If they arn't willing to
compromise then it would be a good idea if they let
it be known that their space in front of their
garage is available for anyone to use seeing as they
don't. I seem to remember my neighbour telling
me a number of years ago, that they actually
'withdrew their permission' for her to park there
simply because they were not suited about something
or other - just who do they think they are!!!.
21/9/2020: Re: The Recent Notice on The Sycamores Website
Regarding The Directors
couldn't help but notice what a lot of directors we
have acquired lately on the estate - I have some
1) Do we have a "Chief" director, or
2) Is it just weight or height which is
required to determine their status?
we pay a managing agent to take care of all the
financial affairs and the running of the estate, so
I ponder whether the directors which leads to
3) What role do the directors play in the
scheme of things, are they directors in name
only with no practical function, and just
there to make up the numbers???
reading the minutes of the recent meeting, I was
rather surprised to read that all the residents are
allowed to inspect the accounts without
restrictions. I would like to know why the
website owner was required to sign a Non-Disclosure
Agreement to enable her to inspect the accounts?
It would seem that they are going to an awful lot of
trouble to ensure she dosn't inspect anything,
especially if you read what has happened in the past
and I wonder why. I also wonder why other
residents are keeping their opinions to themselves
over this as it's in our interest to know what our
service charge is being spent on!
Regarding the appointment of the two new directors,
why were we not told about this because I only found
out through the website, were the committee trying
to keep it secret and why wasn't it announced in the
last minutes? I feel there is going to be more
directors than residents shortly.
know I am an avid follower of all that is published
on the Sycamores website and find it invaluable for
keeping me updated with all the latest information.
I know by the 'hits' on the website that I am not
the only resident who checks in regularly to see
whats been happening and am sure there are lots more
like me. My latest interest has been the
Sycamores Accounts plus the discrepancies regarding
would like to state especially to all the committee
who have tried everything in their power to close
our website down and ask "What if we didn't have a
website - would all the mistakes regarding money and
misuse of our money, just get pushed under the
carpet never to see the light of day?" - i.e.
£680 etc etc
So I say
to all of the other faithful followers, lets get
behind the website and what it's trying to achieve
which is a better deal for all of us, it's our money they're spending without thought as to whether the residents agree or not!
About the 'Sinking Fund Discrepancy'
'The recent burglary on the estate'
again I am gob-smacked reading the contents of the
above. It literally has me amazed at what
lengths the director, committee, secretary etc.,
will go to - even stooping as low as lying.
can't just be to regain their 'power' and 'bullying'
etc., can it be to HIDE THEIR DISCREPANCIES
regarding the latest £680 which has come to light?
on all you residents, lets start being more active
and ask questions because if the latest discrepancy
is anything to go by - WHAT ON EARTH HAS GONE ON in
the past which has never come to light without
checks or a follow up!
now a very serious situation.
A Polite Notice
residents please refrain from looking in my window
when passing my bungalow. I find this very
rude and there is one particular resident (she knows
who she is), if the blinds are partially pulled down
she will actually bend down to secure a view.
their curiosity is too much and providing they make an
appointment I will show them around, then there will
be no need for them craning their necks and bending
down - this can be dangerous for people as they get
older and I wouldn't want anyone to injure
Re: The minutes of the
recent meeting Aug 13
lovely pleasant surprise to receive the above
minutes minus all the usual aggressive, bullying
'I'm in charge' tactics. We now appear to have
moved on from that deplorable behaviour and now the
director and committee members do finally realise
what their duties entail - i.e. looking after the
welfare of the residents and the estate. I
must once again say well done to the website, the
director and committee do seem to be taking on
notice of what is being published on it - a good
example is the recent parking sign erection by the
secretary, now they are allowing the other residents
who own garages to place signs if they want to, so
long may it prosper and keep all the bully's and
power seeking people well and truly in their places.
to be nice !!!
Re: the Inspection of
been reading with interest the owner of the website
wanting to inspect the annual accounts, however it
appears the director and committee were reluctant
for the latter to want this to happen, I wonder
website has definitely won out this time, I worry
what could or would happen if we didn't have a
website would we all i.e. (Sycamores Residents) just
have to sit back PAY UP AND SHUT UP!
to the website, long may it continue for the benefit
of all the residents on the Sycamores.
The arrogance of some
people is breathtaking!
the latest update on the erection of a no parking
sign with interest and wonder if the person
responsible actually knows and appreciates that the
land on which the garages are built on, the parking
spots in front of them, are actually owned by the Sycamores
Residence Association Ltd, and not the keeper of the
garages themselves, this also applies to all the
other unallocated parking spaces. It follows that the person
or persons who erected the sign is not in a position
to dictate who should park in front of their garage,
or that no parking is allowed. It would be as
well for them to remember that they are only the
temporary owners of the garage itself while they
live on the estate and it should be used for their
own use and not their relatives.
back to the incident mentioned, it's a bit cheeky
and high handed for these people to even consider
giving permission or removing permission for another
resident to park in front of their garage,
especially when parking is limited and they cannot expect to lay claim to 2 parking spaces and
have one left unused for their relatives convenience
who, word has it on the estate, that he keeps some
of his business equipment in the garage.
Regarding the 'Stink' on
the above article, as far as I can remember there
has always been an odour regarding the accounts
etc., it's always been a closed shop not to be
tampered with or questioned!!!
mistakes can be made because it happened to me not
so long ago. I purchased a garage a few years
back from a Mrs. 'W' residing at No. 20, however my
near neighbour Mrs. 'P' at No. 26 passed away and
her family approached me regarding the said garage
as Mrs. 'P' had her name on the paperwork as owning
obviously was a big mistake which should never have
happened or should I say 'a typing error'! It
needed solicitors to sort things out so if that
could happen what else is going on!!! We
definitely need checks and more checks on the
residents money, so come on all Residents, let us
all come forward and get behind the resident who is
asking the questions and get things sorted properly.
Re: The Finger Gesture
the above incident on the estate I think that
behaviour is unacceptable and very rude coming from
an old person for all she may be on the committee,
why do old people revert back to childish behaviour
school yard bullies, they need to take stock, make a
shawl, take up knitting or a hobby to keep them out
of trouble, and above all act their age !!!
main worry would have been - what if these bullies
knew that we couldn't name and shame them via the
unofficial website, would it be 'fisty-cuffs'
because the latter has been known to occur on the
estate in the past. So I think it's time to grow up
and just live your own life in a quiet respectable
committee are on their walk-abouts in future could
wear some form of identification (not a finger
gesture) I would appreciate it because I get them
mixed up with the Johovas Witness. Perhaps if they
would like to refresh their memories on a suggestion
which was made about
patrols, especially the last paragraph, it might
Regarding the Drains
again there has been a blocked drain problem,
however this time owing to the new agent looking
after things on the estate, the job was dealt with
in a very efficient and professional way.
Thank goodness we had no bullies to deal with i.e.
the director and the secretary of the Sycamores -
they usually scream: 'wet wipes, wet wipes' and
charge through your property shouting: 'I want
all of these fences knocking down etc etc';
commenting on your home saying: 'people around here
are just doing what they like'. It all adds to
the stress of having a drain problem and ends up
making mountains out of molehills.
I feel so
much more relaxed knowing we now have the backing of
a company we can rely on without making our lives a
does give you peace of mind knowing the bullies have
now been put to bed and that's in part owing to the
Sycamores Unofficial Website.
say to all of the committee- if your job on the
Sycamores is now redundant, why not apply to one of
the Social Clubs for a position on their committee -
I feel you would be welcomed there.
Thoughts on the 'New
it might have been a gents toilet in which case it
would come in handy as an alternativer if ever the
drains get blocked again!
Re: The 'Imagine' Article
I have been reading with great interest a recent
article on our unofficial website - "Imagine", I was
most impressed with the accuracy in the wording of
this brilliant article, in fact I go as far as to
say that is exactly how the Sycamores
Estate is and has been from the beginning.
As you all know I have lived on the estate for -
approximately 24 years, and during that time I have
seen and heard a lot from the residents and how they
had been treated, unfortunately a lot of those older
residents have now passed on and are no longer with
us. I can recall one occasion many years ago when
we even had a petition, the residents wanted to know
where their monies were being spent, this was
knocked on the head very quickly by the committee.
I now feel it would be the power of the committee
and the use of solicitors today which would frighten
all the old people off .
I agree completely with the writer of the "Imagine"
article, when you are getting old plus illness, you
do tend to keep your head down, how I know this to
be true is it's happening to me tee! hee!
So come on all you young new residents, give the
website owner your support, the whole point of it is
to hopefully improve things for all the
residents especially about what your and their
money is spent on, it's for your own good too and
for the future of the Sycamores Estate.
A thought for the day
residents noticed a complete change and a lovely
relaxed atmosphere on the estate now that the
bullies are being weeded out? For example:
have a delivery from Tesco without the fear of a
bully screaming 'how long will you be parked there
as I want to reverse in that space Me! Me! Me!
Also my son can pick me up close to my front door
without an outburst from a bully, and I have also
noticed that when families are visiting they can
feel free to park near their relatives homes in
Now why I
am making such a statement is I want to inform the
new residents not to jump on the bandwaggon and
become a bully, it's not a very nice legacy to be
remembered for also don't live life with a Me! Me!
Me! attitude, instead be kind to your neighbours.
It's nice to be nice, in fact 'Live and
let Live' makes for
a happier environment.
It's a Dog's Life!
A puzzle for the weekend
It appears nobody around here gives
a Butchers .
They can go on scoring their own goals without
direction, however if people did talk it would open
up a can of worms and they would have to 'move', in
fact I would go so far as to say it would be like
'I'm a celebrity - Get me out of here!!!
Re: The Dear Departed
please have some respect for the departed residents
on the estate, example: I heard when a
resident departed a certain committee member jumped
on the band wagon to blame the departed lady for
'pee' etc which I won't repeat, this was done in
order for her for her to gain a new carpet on a
All this talk is really serious, please think before
you blast off about the people who can't defend
heard comments from residents when they move in
saying 'I had to gut this place etc etc., or even
worse, one near neighbour was actually afraid to
depart worrying about the gossip which could follow,
she even left orders in her will to not let anybody
into her property until it was decorated etc, this
to me is absolutely disgraceful. You buy what
you see and also do not blow other peoples candles
out to make yours shine brighter!!! Who knows
- you too may pee yourself before you depart!!!
So, Get A
Re: We don't have to:
the above quote made by the director at the recent
AGM can I put an example to her regarding that
We have a
community centre on the estate where quite a lot of
the residents enjoy a weekly coffee morning there,
it's a time to meet up with their friends etc.
I believe this is approx. 50 pence each for the
refreshments etc. The director takes care of
all monies collected to to towards an annual lunch
out to be enjoyed by all.
have heard snippets, rumours, or could even be
gossip, but one or two of the residents have stated
they would love a breakdown of the weekly monies or
even a total of what has been collected, including,
in the even of them going for the annual lunch,
exactly how much it cost. Can the residents
ask for the latter or if they did, would they be
sent to 'Coventry' and an even worse senario, might
they too be asked to 'MOVE'!!!
which I want to get across here is, don't you think
when handling 'MONEY' you do 'HAVE TO" especially
when dealing with other people's money.
Another comment on the
AGM 2018 Minutes
reading through the recent minutes, I came across a
topic very close to my heart where the director stated
to my neighbour:
"WHY DON'T YOU MOVE"
Well can I
inform all the residents of my experience with the
latter. I had some very dear friends and a close
neighbour who I know did exactly what the director
suggested. They were bullied, the said committee
was interfering with all the jobs they were trying to do
to update their property, it was so serious that
eventually they did move. Now I know the latter is
good for business: the Sinking Fund, however do you
think this is the correct way to treat elderly
residents! Now because we have the website I feel
this could never ever happen again without a big show
Minutes of the recent AGM
minutes of the AGM this morning, it made for interesting
reading. I was interested to note that the sinking
fund does not receive any interest, a good topic brought
to the fore by the website owner. Now as far as I
am aware after living on the estate for over 20 years,
the sinking fund always was placed to receive the
highest interest available by all of the past
treasurers. Why has this changed?
I also noted
that the committee feel they are not trusted, believe
you me it's not a case of mistrust at all. The
Sycamores is quite a big business to run on behalf of
the residents and quite honestly, I think it is the only
business run where they don't need put all their cards
on the table, the residents need breakdowns of
maintenance etc etc in the interest of looking after the
So well done
again to the website. Have people not heard 'MONEY
MAKES DEVILS' if not supervised!
parking, the secretary's husband or indeed herself, will
never have a problem because they now have two choices.
Regarding the Sycamores
Unofficial Website and it's Owner
Like me I
know a lot of you will all be fascinated with the
technology of today and especially what it means for our
grandchildren and great grandchildren's future.
Business' can be run from home at the press of a button,
we can learn about most things and possibly help solve
some of our problems, in other words the internet and
all it can offer are invaluable, it is there for each
and every one of us to use old and young if we have
Also what a
great opportunity the residents on the Sycamores estate
have, did you all know if you need help learning about,
or have a query regarding your ipads, laptops or
computers, we have a resident (the website owner) who is
only too happy to pass on her knowledge on how these
devices work and assist any resident who might be
experiencing problems, this is invaluable to know. I
have already found her to be more than helpful
when I have encountered a problems on one of my devices
and would recommend any resident to get in touch with
her should you to have a problem or need advice.
The AGM is
with us shortly and if you are asked to vote on the
Sycamores Website's existance again, please give it it
your support, I feel the website in the future could
make a remarkable difference to the residents if the
whole estate supported it, that includes the director
I hope that
now we have a new managing agent dealing with the
accounts and everything else on the estate, that they
will show less bias and be more professional in their
approach which in turn should relieve some of the
residents of the need to assume they are doing the right
thing for the Sycamores by always being loyal to the
director and committee.
A note for all residents
residents please note -
electricity i.e. washing machines and dryers
overnight does not save you money!!! The
majority of residents are on two meters and machines
are on day time!!!
I have heard
that gossip in the community centre is very misleading
for old people regarding this topic and all that
overnight washing and drying does is just disturbs your
neighbours, the drumming sound travels at night.
We all live in close proximity and have to consider our
neighbours at all times, and remember, the walls are
paper thin in terrace houses and flats and were built
for a purpose - peace and quite for elderly people.
Re:- The recent update on
I do admire
the owner of the website regarding the above, I fear she
is going where angels fear to tread asking for a
breakdown of expenses etc. I don't think the
peasants are allowed to go there as it's a closed shop
and you just have to pay up and shut up, if you don't
you get sent to Coventry and no invites for you - i.e.
parties, bus trips, lunches out!!! I hope
I'm wrong however reading the website information
nothing appears to be in black/white as yet.
This is now a
day and age with all our technology we should be able to
see the accounts giving full details when the annual
account is presented to the residents - it's as simple
I would like
to give my personal reasons why I get very disheartened
with how the estate is run by the SRA director and
If I or any
resident needed to have work done on the outside of
their property at their own expense, the director and
committee would want to know who they intended to employ
to carry out the work, eg., what degree's they have or
the pubs they drink in etc etc. However when it
comes to serious money - the residents and the Sra's,
they just do as they d... well please and employ any
Tom, Dick or Harry, the money appears to never be a
problem. They even get relatives and friends to
carry out the work. Can someone let me know if
this is a fair deal for all because I don't think it is!
appear that the director and committee are not content
with the control of SRA funds, I feel they would like to
to take control of the residents personal finances too
given the opportunity.
Thoughts in the Shed on a
the latest write-up on our website regarding the
painting contract, it beggers belief why the director
and committee members don't embrace the website, after
all it has always been for the benefit of the Sycamores
and the residents, I know if I was running a business I
would welcome the brilliant technology that the website
are dealing with large amounts of the residents money
held by the SRA and it should be handled with respect at
Oh how sad
the removal of the clipart on our website, however
understandably they very good likeness's to the
committee and director - maybe too close to the knuckle.
So in the future we will have to refer to the sdaying:
the gift that god he gives us, to see ouselves
as others see us"
Re Latest updates on the website
I have been
reading with great interest the latest attempt by the
director and committee to close the website down i.e.
the solicitors letters and open letters.
never ceases to amaze me to what lengths the committee
and director will go to prevent openness regarding the
accounts and maintenance expenses etc. I feel as one of
the residents and shareholders of the SRA it is our
right to know what is going on, i.e. the breakdown of
the accounts plus the receipts for maintenance etc.
It states in
the solicitors letter that 46 residents disapprove of
the website, can I state that residents who come to live
on the estate and generally retired and elderly, some of
them are sick people and would prefer to just have a
I know from
past experience that this problem of secrecy regarding
the accounts etc has gone on for years, just show your
hand with the latter then there would be no need for
unrest!!! After all that is why the website
was created. Fair for all!
I think in
future when appointing directors and committee members,
they should be well vetted beforehand for their ability
to be able to carry out the duties involved, also a good
clean impeccable stain-free character is essential.
Nobody should be allowed to slip through the net.
The Saviour of the
Sycamores - The Sycamores Unofficial Website
website was launched it appears that control of the
director and committee members has diminished to a
greater or lesser extent, this has allowed the residents
to know exactly what the committee's duties entail or
should entail i.e. no more lording it over the residents
and no more bullying and interfering tactics etc
director and committee still insist they want an active
role to play lets put their time to good use.
about an update to the community centre - boy oh boy
this place needs updating - comfy chairs etc., to
bring it out of the 1950 school room era!
Shopping for the housebound on the estate.
their heads together for good causes - I could think
money for the Hospice also the NHS - we are going to
need the latter for future generations.
As you all
know I have never ever been in favour of a committee
especially on an estate like the Sycamores - I feel this
leads to them being over familiar, being nosey parkers,
and creating unnecessary gossip etc (some of us
residents like our privacy).
point being if the said director and committee still
insist they have a role to play - (they have obviously
enjoyed their sense of power which has never been
questioned in the past otherwise they wouldn't partake),
let us put them to good causes.
everyone of us are a shareholder member of the estate so
let us all work together, pass the time of day with each
other, help one another, smile, wave and in no time at
all the Sycamores could even be a better place to
Good to be home
folks I am alive and Kicking after a brief stay in hospital,
made more comebacks than Frank Sinatra).
On my return home it gave me time to reflect on what a
lovely peaceful and pleasant place the Sycamores is. I
have lived here for twenty two years now and have seen many
committee members come and go, however in the past I don't
recall committee members lording it over the residents with
regard to all the silly stupid rules and regulations which
this current committee have introduced. I wonder if the
committee know what their duties entail.
Owing to the fantastic website, we now have freedom of speech
everything is quiet and peaceful now - Let us keep it that
Regarding the Latest
have read with interest the latest update to the comments
page and was
chuffed to little green mint balls to know that
an outsider has witnessed what we the residents have to
contend with. Can I also say the committee member
mentioned wouldn't be able to respond to any greeting
without full permission of the Director Tee Tee.
Response to the Incident
have been following and reading with interest the washing
line saga and have come to the conclusion that this has got
to be a vendetta against one of our residents. The
problems this resident has had to deal with has been so
childish - in fact they wouldn't happen in a school yard.
On completing my reading I also wonder, did any of the
committee know the resident in question before she moved
onto the Sycamores? But more to the point - DID THE
RESIDENT in question know any of the committee members
before she moved in here !!! ???
Confusion in the shed.
Invoice for the
Regarding the above, I received a letter on Sunday evening, the
letter was addressed to me however it was written to my
neighbour, that got me confused to say the least. Also
they want to know how I am going to pay the Sycamores fee that I
am already paying and have already paid for April this year.
Are we paying double now yearly - also is this a lack of
communication or some sort of stupid game to confuse old sick
I am highly suspicious about the motivation
behind the managing agent delivering the invoice in the format
it came in as it gives the impress that they are looking for the
full amount of the invoice when - in the past - we paid monthly,
and wonder if this had been run past the committee who may have
authorised it before it was sent out! I feel for the less
able residents on the estate as they won't know whether they are
coming or going and am sure they will be getting their families
are the committee paying their money and to WHO???
Regarding the stupid
childish rules & regulations of the committee.
have decided owing to silly rules etc to just leave the front
part of my bungalow to 'Mother Nature', this will save a lot of
comments from the said committee i.e. 'don't plant here' etc.,
also will save me a lot of money. I have a nice Patio area
out the back of my building away from prying nosey eyes, so I'm
afraid its a case of 'I'm alright Jack' like a lot of others
here on the estate. I find the latter so sad, when years
ago The Sycamores was part of Britain in Bloom. If you
can't beat them join them!!!
regarding keeping the front block paving clean etc (forget it),
this gives old ex-committee members a chance to jump on the band
waggon and harass you with regard to excess water etc., before
the job is complete.
Suggestion to the Company you have employed:- Walk off the
From Personal Experience
note for all residents - if you ever have any major outside
building problems like drains etc., don't be under any illusion
that your will get much help from the committee who from past
personal experience they showed that they really don't care and
this kind of problem is just an inconvenience to them, they make
a lot of noise but pass the buck and you are on your own to sort
out the problem.
have just been reading that there has been over 20,000 hits on
our Website, that must be a record considering it is still in
it's infancy. Well done and keep up the good work!
The Wet Wipe Saga
we go again regarding wet wipes. Can I inform all the
residents that I had a severe drain problem in the past which
involved having to get a specialist drain company with special
camera equipment to investigate the drain and photograph the
problem. The outcome of their investigation was as
The drains have not been built right to take the flow on the
Sycamores estate, the FALL is too short to take the flow of
The committee were advised at the time to have this problem
dealt with as soon as possible otherwise more problems could
Owing to my
property being away from where the committee member's properties
are, I believe they decided to leave well along as nothing has
been done about it and there continues to be drain problems on
the estate. I still have all the paperwork, photos,
reports etc regarding my incident to prove the point and may at
some point in the future decide to publish them on the website.
No wet wipes at
No. 27 - just a load of excrement !!!
Childish and Rude
committee member who returned the letter today was the same
person who glared right into my lounge window as she was passing
my home. I find this person not only childish but very
wondering - as you do!
Well I am back in my
shed and another problem has cropped up. My
grandaughter will be paying me a visit soon and I am concerned
regarding permission, I did hear that another resident got
permission from the committee for a relative to stay
however owing to this being the year of the woman -
am I ok to go ahead without seeking the commitee's approval?
Confusion Reigns in the
Morning all - I'm in my shed again however feel a little
confused today (could be age I suppose) but I've forgotten
whether it's no planting on a Sunday or no washing, Tee Hee!
It's an easy mistake to make because I never did know if I was
punched bored or drilled - thank you folks.
A tribute to the Website
very pleasing to see The Sycamores spring to life again, the
properties that have been standing empty are now occupied and we
are now receiving new residents - may they all settle in well
and be happy.
Since the website went live the owner has put up with being
verbally abused, subjected to finger pointing and on occasion
been ambushed and threatened with legal action to no avail, the
website continues to thrive much to the distain of the director
stress that the outcome has been very good!!!
Sycamores is no longer run like an old peoples home with with
committee members ready to use their power on supressed
residents, great barriers have been removed now, the way has
been paved for new residents to live in peace.
all now know we are home owners and responsible for our own
domains without being dictated to.
following is dedicated to all our right minded Residents
If you think you’re
beaten, you are.
If you think you dare
not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win,
But you think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you
If you think you’ll
lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world
Success begins with a
It’s all in the state of
If you think you’re
outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high
You’ve got to be sure of
You can ever win a
Life’s battles don’t
To the stronger or
But soon or late, the
man who wins,
Is the one who thinks he
Good afternoon folk, I was pottering in my shed earlier and
my mind started wandering to warmer climes especially "South
Africa" for instance. I hope all who live there and
visit enjoy the "benefits" they are awarded i.e. vitamin D
etc etc. Well must get on to pottering some more so tara for
now from the Potters Shed.
on 'Nasty' People:
have heard on the grape-vine that the word 'nasty' is
doing the rounds when referring to a certain number of people
living on the estate.
Perhaps the person responsible for spreading this around might
like to google the definition of 'nasty' and have a rethink,
maybe they are getting mixed up with FAIR TO ALL?
the 'nasty' people had a designated parking space, would they
take up another space that should be available for other
resident or visitors to the site? I would dearly love a
parking space outside my front door, however wouldn't that be
'nasty' and 'selfish' of me to do so when I own a garage and
have my own space!!!
Also when work contracts are being doled out on the site, would
'nasties' rush in to aquire all the said work for members of
their familys only? That is called 'nepotism' (the
unfair use of power in order to get jobs or other benefits
for your family or friends) and could be a conflict of
interest under such circumstances if the 'nasties' were in any
position of power!
'Nasties' would not sit out in the summer months in a state of
undress knowing full well this is upsetting some of the
residents, especially for the residents or their families trying
to make a good impression when selling their properties.
feel this is all a case of 'don't do as I do' rather 'do as I
Lets make a New Years Resolution regarding allocating work to
family members, instead do the job properly and obtain
independent estimates from companies outside the estate.
Isabella Potter - Not Nasty!
The Sycamores Website
As you know I am a strong supporter of
the SRA Unofficial Website and find it
invaluable as it keeps the residents
informed of the transactions etc.
If people do not want a website I say
don’t visit the site, however leave it
for people who do!!! For instance if I
don’t want to visit Facebook orTwitter,
I don’t go to their sites.
I still feel strongly that the website
gives all the residents a voice and and
a place to give their opinions, why
should the SRA be a closed shop for a
handful of committee members? We as
residents need to know what is
going on and what our monthly service
charge of approx £40 for each property
is being spent on!!!
None of us are infalable so please think
about the latter – a few brains can be
useful at times.
I think that the owner of the website
has come onto the Sycamores in good time
to help us get a fairer deal, the
committee just can’t see it, wake up!!!
To the residents and their families, let
us all run the Sycamores as a business
should be run and not as it is currently
Re: The Sycamores Website (Long may it
I have been following the Sycamores
Website since it first went live and am
very impressed with all the contents
especially the latest, regarding the
committee wanting to close the website
Why should a committee be allowed to
rule over private properties (for all
they are leasehold), lauding it over the
residents and in many cases bullying
their way through?
This is the year 2017, people will not
tolerate this behaviour. Apart from
the above, I would like to know what
other role or purpose the committee has
on this estate, as they have now decided
they won't be taking reports from any
residents who have problems.
Do we need a committee? I know I
don't!!! In fact I will state it has
been a pleasure to live here, knowing
the current committee have all been put
in their place!!!
The residents have a voice now and that
is so important.
May I make a suggestion regarding future
items which are minuted after meetings.
The committee - please take note on 2 topics
which appear regularly in the minutes:
Wet Wipes have now run their course
as I feel we all know the real cause of
blockages which had been investigated some
years ago and nothing was done about it.
Washing Lines/Clothes Posts: This
topic is very boring now after over a year,
it should now be put to bed.
I have a another item to comment on:
Old Men sitting out most of the summer in a
state of undress, in fact half naked. Some
residents have passed various comments such
as “Not a pretty sight”; “makes the place
look untidy”. A word of advice for when
properties go up for sale – don’t try to
sell during the summer months as anyone
coming into the estate to view might be
confronted with a sight for sore eyes which
could be offensive to them.
I can assure you that this topic will have
been well discussed not only by some of the
residents who are unfortunate enough to have
to put up it, but has been discussed by some
of the neighbours in Swalebrooke Avenue –
word travels fast as we all know!
One last comment – the above matters are
only fit for Room 101!
Re: The Sycamores Website
In my opinion the
website is the best thing to happen to the
Sycamores Residents Association. I am
placing this e-mail in total support of the
website and give my reasons as follows:
1) It gives all the residents
an equal voice if they choose to use
2) Enlightens all residents and
their families,and prospective
residents exactly what the SRA
3) My main reason the website
is beneficial is that it holds the
director and committee members to
account for their actions and how
they treat the residents, they seem
to forget that they are in their
positions by the good grace of the
4) The residents vote them in
to be fair and hopefully to have
enough people skills to look after
the residents needs.
I do feel I now have a voice on the
estate, I’m sure some may say that I
have not attended meetings or gatherings
in the past but you don’t have to walk
in my shoes so please don’t criticize,
however I have eyes and ears and have
seen a great deal of how things have
been dealt with over the past 20 years.
So come on all you residents – lets move
with the times. Lets live together in
peace and harmony and lets have no more
of ‘if your face fits’ etc.
Above all – “LETS BE FAIR” with no more of
“I’m all right Jack!”
Show consideration for your near neighbours.
As we live so close to each other, noise
levels animating from our TV's, Radio's
etc travels and can be a major
disturbance to your near neighbours.
For instance should someone install a
large tv on a wall which is adjacent to
your neighbours bedroom, then it's
pretty certain that not only you will be
enjoying whatever your are watching, but
you could be preventing them from
sleeping, especially as a lot of people
of our age actually retire early and
need to be able to sleep without
disturbance. Investing in a pair of
headphones would be a good idea!
The same applies to outside shutters,
unless regularly maintained they become
very noisy and again have an adverse
affect on your neighbours' well being,
so please show consideration at all
times where noise levels are
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