Charles Dance & Jason Flemyng lead Brockwell Park First World War tribute

WW1 posterBritish actors Charles Dance and Jason Flemyng will lead Brockwell Park’s First World War memorial recital on Sunday 27th July 2014.

The recital is free and open to all members of the local community in Lambeth and Southwark and will feature poetry, readings and music recalling the voices of the First World War, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the last night of peace before its outbreak.

The event will start promptly at 7.30pm at the Performance Space opposite Brockwell Hall, the mansion house in Brockwell Park, and is expected to finish at 8.45pm. Click here for the programme.

The Hall’s café will be open for the duration. There will be a fundraising collection to support community events in the park.

Ann Kingsbury, Chair of Brockwell Park Community Partners, recital organisers, said

The total number of Lambeth residents who lost their lives is not known but the war had a huge impact on the lives of local people. For instance, Brockwell Park was used a century ago for exhibiting the skills of the ‘pharmacy corps’ which aimed to keep our camps of troops free from bacteria, fever and ill health. Sadly the War Office did not afford the pharmacy corps proper recognition as combatants.

This memorial tribute is for all the local people whose lives were changed forever in this terrible war and emphasises the diversity of those who were affected by it.

Lambeth Parks Forum – Annual Review 2013

brockwell-park-map2.jpgBrockwell Park Community Partners work takes pride of place in the Lambeth Parks and Green Spaces Forum Annual Review 2013.

The review is an amazing insight into the community effort that goes into our beloved green spaces in Lambeth and made possible through the commitment of dedicated volunteers and the co-operation of Council officials.

Long may the co-operative spirit continue!

Mark Bennett RIP

BPCP is very sad to learn of the death of Lambeth Mayor, Cllr Mark Bennett, today.

Mark was a great supporter of community activities in Brockwell Park. Whether it was helping to judge Brockwell Park’s much loved annual Dog Show, chairing the First World War commemorative meetings, presiding over the Friends of Brockwell Park’s tree dedication or paying a visit to our community stalls at the Lambeth Country Show his support for Brockwell Park’s activities and its volunteers was simply outstanding.

He will be sorely missed.

Mark judging the 2013 Brockwell Dog Show
Mark judging the 2013 Brockwell Dog Show

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Fallen tree removed!

Park users will be pleased to hear that the fallen poplar tree that had blocked the main inner perimeter path directly opposite Rosendale gate has been moved by Lambeth this evening.

Earlier this evening, a crane and cutters started on the remains of the tree that sadly fell during last week’s storm. The tree trunk was then tidied up and moved over to the area near the other two poplars.

Fallen poplar tree
Fallen poplar tree