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- To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, there will be a free show by the Greenwich Concert Band on the bandstand on Monday 31st August, starting at 2pm. Click on the link above to see the poster.
the same afternoon (31st August) Southwark Park C.C. and Burgess
Park C.C. will compete for the 'Guv'nor's Cup' on the Oval. Thanks
to Gary Magold for organising and to the Community Council, United
St. Saviour's Charities and Rotherhithe Festival Committee for their
more for the diary - a free bat walk for adults and accompanied
children led by Jon Best, Southwark Council's Ecology Officer, on
Monday 7th September. Meet at the Park Office 7pm
news. In May local primary schools played for our annual Bobby
Abel Cricket Cup, and John Donne Primary overcame holders St.
Joseph's, Gomm Road in a great final. On 23rd June hundreds of
children, representing sixteen Southwark schools, took part in a
fantastic day of athletics. We put up a trophy - the Nellie
Stockwell Cup - which was won in fine style by Rye Oak Primary
School, Peckham. Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to
all the schools for filling our famous old Oval with such energy.
Thanks to Quadron Services for marking out the grass athletics track
Greener Safer Programme 2015 – we have been successful in
getting funds from the Council to renovate the bandstand and for a
bee observation hive. Thank you Councillors!
improvements in Southwark Park - thanks to Grosvenor
Estates and Bede Centre, who planted them, we now have
several new fruit trees near the China Hall Gate.
Our Park’ film – Stewart Morgan’s highly-acclaimed documentary
about Southwark Park, sponsored by the Bermondsey Square Community
Fund and North Southwark Environment Trust, is now available in DVD
format, free of charge from the Southwark Park Office while stocks
last! Or you can click on the image below for a free online
In September 2009 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded The Friends a grant to carry out a reminiscence project entitled "Our Park". Considering it was the first municipal park in London to be open to the public, we believed that the story of Southwark Park was not as well-known as it should be. Apart from a small booklet published in 1999, there was no substantial written or oral history of one of London's first public parks, a gap of local and regional significance, not only to adults, but also to children. Through "Our Park" we set out to tell that story to our local community in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, and we also drew upon their memories of the park to make the tale as rich as possible.
project was completed by the summer of 2010, and activities included
heritage walks and talks; exhibitions; work with local schools
(including an educational resource pack) and community groups; and a
floral display in the park. A full-colour book was published, based on
interviews and writings of local people. In addition a history of
Southwark Park Bowling Club was produced. In all, over 200 people took
part in a very successful project, and we thank them so much for
volunteering their time. And thanks to Debra Gosling for her book design work.
You can download copies of the books (for free) here:
The 1st Southwark Park Brownies have helped the Friends to produce a colourful nature trail leaflet for children.
Free copies are available from the Park office, cafe and Art Gallery.
Many thanks to:
- Anita Marloe and her colleagues
Salter Statues Campaign
The Friends Blog