- For your diary - on Sunday 28th June (2pm) we have a free guided tour of Southwark Park led by local historian and author, Debra Gosling. Debra will tell us some tales of the great and the good and the misunderstood who strived to make the park the wonderful place it is today. Meet at the cafe in the park, near the Gomm Road entrance, and wear a pair of stout shoes and don't forget your drink!
- Another one - join us at 1.30pm on Saturday 18th July in the Ada Salter Garden for a free tour. Head gardener, Lynne Olding, will lead us around her delightful domain.
- Sporting 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 so expertly.
- Cleaner 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.
- An experiment worked - two acoustic shows at the Caryatides by Stick in the Wheel and Bermondsey Voices Trio, proved very worthwhile.
- The papers for our next meeting on 15th July will soon be up on our Meetings page. Please note that amongst other items we will be hearing from Kellie Ansell of Rotherhithe Family Centre about the work they do in the Playroom.
- ‘It’s 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 viewing.
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