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

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DSCN0754 DSCN0751The local community turned out in force for Brockwell Dog Show 2015 on Sunday 12th July. Only months earlier the annual Show had been faced with cancellation following the unexplained withdrawal of Lambeth Officer support.

DSCN0747 DSCN0767A number of local residents were determined that the Show must go on and approached BPCP for support to make this happen. They led on the event delivery – creating fantastic new publicity posters and convening a panel of celebrity judges, while BPCP provided operational support, advice and infrastructure.

DSCN0765 DSCN0762A great example of the community working together, generating a huge crowd, over £600 towards future community events in the Park and an article in the Standard!

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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!

Gone to the Dogs!

Yelp! Everything's gone green!
Aliens participating in last year’s Dog Show.

Calling all dog owners!

Brockwell Park’s annual Dog Show returns on Sunday 13th July with a ‘Showtime’ theme.

Dogs can be registered in the following categories between noon and 1.45pm at Brockwell Hall (the mansion house) in Brockwell Park. Registration forms will be available on the day. Entries cost £2 per dog per category. The show starts promptly at 2pm at the grassbank opposite the Brockwell Hall cafe.

 

Categories:

  • Dog and owner fancy dress
  • Handsomest dog
  • Prettiest bitch
  • Golden oldie
  • Cutest puppy
  • Dog’s got talent

There will be free microchipping and dog ID tags. Profits from the show will go to Blue Cross Animal Charity and Brockwell Park Events. There will also be a bucket collection by Brockwell Park Community Partners.

Unprovoked dog attack

MD024A4Another dog was subject to an unprovoked attack in the Park today.

The assailants were three pitbull terriers which were not muzzled and off the leads. One of the dogs is black and grey, one is brown and the other is light brown. 

The victim is a former winner at Brockwell Dog Show and is recovering from its injuries. The attack, which took place near the exit to Brockwell Gate development, has been reported by its owner who wants other pet owners to be aware.