BPCP review of 2015

Arson destroys public shelter January and February – the Park gets off to the worst possible start – an arson attack totally destroying the shelter facility by the tennis courts (subsequently rebuilt at the end of the year), followed by serious vandalism to the shelter on the path between Herne Hill gate and Norwood Lodge.

VolunteerMarch saw Lambeth Council’s public consultation on the future of cultural services, including parks and libraries.

Many park users expressed concern about the implications of the 50% cut to Lambeth Parks budget by 2016.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApril saw the unveiling of a plaque to 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin Geary, a Lambeth resident that fought in the First World War in a ceremony attended by family members and the Worshipful Mayor of Lambeth.

 

downloadMay saw a surge in crime at Brockwell Park – a serious sexual assault near the Lido gate and serious criminal damage to the Community Greenhouses, Rosendale shelter facility, several Park noticeboards and both toilets by Brockwell Hall. Local groups St Matthew’s Project and Green Rock River Band brought some much needed cheer to the Park and the Hall with a respective free sports photography exhibition and free rock concert supported through the MADD for Brockwell Park Programme.

thamesJune brought a large commercial dance music event to the Park – Found Festival – which caused disturbance to local residents. Earlier that month, BPCP and the Herne Hill Society put together the first Thomas Lynn Bristowe memorial event – The Making of South London by historian Len Reilly, a fascinating and well attended lecture.

Dog ShowJuly witnessed arguably Brockwell’s best ever dog show, rescued at the eleventh hour by spirited and talented local volunteers following Lambeth Officer withdrawal. Actor Mark Rylance chaired a panel of celebrities, including Trudie Goodwin, to judge the well received ‘Woof Hall’ event. Either side of the dog show was a free Wuntanara African drumming and dance concert, and the 41st Lambeth Country Show. A huge ‘I heart Lambeth’ sign was installed in the park – which also retained its Green Flag status.

lambethAugust brought a change to Lambeth Parks staffing structure. Out went the dedicated Brockwell Park Manager and Park Education Officer posts. In came an Area Parks Manager post serving Brockwell and ten other parks in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill. The Park also welcomed back ‘Funky Breakers’ for a free afternoon of breakdancing workshops and hip hop showcase.

IMG_2010September’s spontaneous ‘Soul Train’, courtesy of local residents band ‘Soul Intent’ provided superb free entertainment for park users on a beautiful day in Park. This was followed by Third Thought’s ‘Invisible People’ – providing non intrusive free theatre performances to park users in the Walled Garden.

HHMFOctober’s Herne Hill Music Festival brought the curtain down on MADD for Brockwell Park with a wonderful free performance by the All Saints Concert Band.

 

IMG_2144November and December (now without the annual fireworks display) saw more vandalism to the shelters near Norwood Lodge, while demolition work progressed on the redundant Changing Block following a decision passed by BPCP stakeholders in 2014 The hardstanding will be retained for park uses.

So that was 2015. A largely difficult and a destructive year for the Park, brightened by some magical moments of community creativity for which we are very grateful to local volunteers and performers without whom this would not be possible. To volunteer in Brockwell Park please email us at: brockwellparkcommunitypartners@gmail.com

Herne Hill Music Festival at Brockwell Park – Sunday 11th October 2015

PrintHerne Hill Music Festival brings the curtain down on MADD for Brockwell Park 2015 with three concerts on Sunday 11th October.

All Saints Concert Band perform bandstand music for FREE at the Performance Space at 2.30pm for an hour, either side of two ticketed events:

  • Peter Black’s Spanish and Classical Guitar 1.30pm, Brockwell Hall
  • Harriet Eaves’ Jazz 3.30pm, Brockwell Park Greenhouses.

 

For details of the ticketed events and booking please see HHMF’s website.

Brockwell Park Tree Towels at the Lambeth Country Show 2015

Tree TowelThe popular Brockwell Park Tree Towels are available from our stall at the Lambeth Country Show, Charities West area, pitch ZW20, on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July.

The perfect gift for friends and family.

Price £10. Proceeds go to BPCP, a registered charity, which finances community events in the Park such as the much loved Dog Show and wildflower slope.

We also request your views on the proposals to restore Brockwell Hall and increase public access to the historic grade II listed building. See you there!

MADD for Brockwell Park? We are barking! Brockwell Dog Show 2015 is ON

dog showBrockwell Dog Show returns on Sunday 12th July 2015, run by a new team of community volunteers and promises a celebrity panel of judges!

Registration is from noon to 1.30pm at Brockwell Hall, and the Show is from 2pm to 4pm outside the Hall. Categories include:

  • Handsomest dog
  • Prettiest bitch
  • Cutest puppy
  • Golden oldie
  • Dog’s got talent
  • Woof Hall (Tudor themed) fancy dress competition

Registration is only £1 per dog per category. Woof!

Arts workshop & African drumming on Sunday 5th July

WuntanaraThe MADD Programme brings a double header of community events on 5th July 2015 at the Performance Space by Brockwell Hall. At 2pm, Uncle Aug presents Wuntanara – West African drumming and dance workshops where red hot Guinean rhythms are blended with soulful songs from the village. Until 4pm.

PlaqueStarting at 1pm, Effra Residents lay on a clay plaque making workshop which you can take home in paper or modelling materials, based on copies of the bust of Thomas Lynn Bristowe, Brockwell Park’s founder. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Until 5pm.

Both events are free although there will be a fundraising collection towards future MADD for Brockwell Park events. See you there!