- We now have a Friends of Southwark Park Facebook group!! If you have a Facebook account you can access the page here and sign up to be a group member.
- Brownies' Mural - has been successfully relocated from Scout House to the Park Cafe.
- PB Races kindly donated £400, which will be used for a Summer 2016 activity.
- Southwark Park Cricket Club - if you are interested in becoming a member (and they are recruiting), go to their website at here.
- We have submitted a bid to the Council's Cleaner, Greener, Safer programme for an additional outdoor gym and two outdoor table tennis tables. Decisions will be made in January.
- Carol Concert - we are hoping to stage a concert on the bandstand in December. A date will be confirmed soon.
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