This year has seen the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Southwark Park Act 1864. The Friends have organised numerous celebratory events, including tree planting, Ada Salter Garden tour, talks by Ken Worpole and David Kynaston, a tree walk and a bee experience day. At the Bermondsey Carnival traditional games and a story-acting circle were provided for children. Highlights over the next few weeks are:
- 16-24 August Southwark Park free exhibition at the Gallery in the Park (11am-5pm)
- 17 August Guided tour Southwark Park and the World Wars led by Gary Magold and Pat Kingwell (11am) Meet at Cafe.
- 24 August Free Bandstand concert (2-4pm)
- 27 August Free bat walk (8-9.30pm) Meet at Cafe.
- 17 September AGM and premiere of Southwark Park film by Stewart Morgan. 6pm in the Gallery.
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.
Boats on the Lake
On Saturday 28th June 2014 boating on the Lake resumed after many years.
It is intended to run the service throughout the summer holidays. Details of times and prices can be obtained from the Park office (020-7394 7534)
You can download copies of the books (for free) here:
Dr Salter statue
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
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