Join Brockwell’s Soul Train on Sunday 6th September

SI poster - Brockwell Sept 15MADD for Brockwell Park welcomes local favourites Soul Intent and Friends for an afternoon of FREE soul, funk, disco and mellow jazz on Sunday 6th September 2015.

The show starts at 2pm at the Performance Space by Brockwell Hall and closes at 5pm.

The band advises that you bring a picnic Рand your dancing shoes!

See you there.

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2014’s Soul Train

 

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Staff changes at Brockwell Park

lambethLambeth Council has announced a new management structure for its Parks. From 24th August 2015, Brockwell Park will no longer have a dedicated park manager but instead will be served by Clarence Riley, who has management responsibility for Brockwell Park and 10 other parks in and around the Herne Hill and Tulse Hill areas. Clarence can be contacted at: criley@lambeth.gov.uk

We look forward to working with Clarence. Lambeth has assigned the two staff previously employed at Brockwell Park – Paul Carter and Theresa Hoare – to park roles elsewhere in the borough. We thank Paul and Theresa for their service and wish them well in their future roles.

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Free Breakdancing workshops on Sunday 16th August

Funky BreakersBrockwell Park welcomes back the Funky Breakers for free breakdancing workshops and hip hop showcase, featuring a live DJ.

The fun starts at 2pm on Sunday 16th August 2015 and the show closes at 4pm.

Location: Performance Space, by Brockwell Hall. See you there!

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Doris’s garden

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Norwood Lodge, by the Norwood Gate, was lived in by the head gardener’s wife (Doris) for a number of years. She was the last person to live there and she maintained the garden.
The aim of the BPCP Biodiversity Group is to create a cottage-type garden, using the kinds of flowers that would have been common in gardens in the early 20th century in order to provide forage for pollinators and to improve the habitat for them and other invertebrates. Ultimately we hoped to encourage sparrows to live around the Lodge but they seem to have heard about the plans because a small number have already settled in.

The ground has not been cultivated for more than 20 years and is heavy clay so in the first year we have planted mostly annuals, which will be removed at the end of the season, allowing the ground to be dug over again and improved before winter. We are grateful for the Community Payback people for doing the first, very hard, manual dig of the ground in the right hand bed.

At the moment the planting is largely of Nicotiana (tobacco), Cosmos, Achillea (yarrow) and Rudbeckia but we have included a few Amaranthus (Love lies Bleeding), borage and hollyhocks. A few poppies, seeded from the poppy display in 2014 have also put in an appearance.

On Saturday we noted a large  number of honey bees, hover flies and a few bumbles as well as some Large White butterflies, a Comma and a Gatekeeper.

The recent rain has given the biodiversity team a watering holiday and has much improved the life chances of a number of small bushes along the Norwood Road railings.

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This isn’t a wind up unfortunately

Clocktower 3The Park Manager has advised us that because a water tower has been placed next to the door of the Clock Tower, its mechanism can not be wound until next Monday.

So that means that the Clock Tower, despite having been restored to working order only one year ago following years of comedic inaccuracy, will yet again display the incorrect time – just as Brockwell Park pays host to around a quarter of a million visitors at the Lambeth Country Show this weekend.

Only in Lambeth…

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