Brockwell Park remembers the First World War

charles 1 gurkha piper 1 jason 1 gurka piper 2Brockwell Park yesterday remembered the lives of those involved in the First World War, 100 years since its outbreak.

250 park users joined a free memorial service featuring war poetry recited by British actors Charles Dance and Jason Flemyng; and local actors from Sixteen Feet Productions. The event was brought to a close by a Royal Gurkha Piper as the sun set over Brockwell Park.

We thank all those that freely gave their time for this very moving event, and particularly BPCP Secretary Susy Hogarth for her vision and her drive to stage it.

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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.

Volunteers urgently required for gardening project Thursday 15th May 2014

VolunteerDo you like gardening?

Are you available to volunteer at 10am on Thursday 15th May 2014?

The project: rotivation and preparation of the Norwood Lodge garden, 54 Brockwell Park Gardens. SE24 9BJ to create a river of poppies in commemoration of The First World War. To get involved, email Susy Hogarth, BPCP Secretary:

susy.hogarth@btopenworld.com

Brockwell Park’s poppy installations to commemorate the First World War

New LeafThis week saw the work begin on our first stage of our First World War living installations, at Norwood Lodge.

New Leaf’s Vinnie O’Connell – who is overseeing the project work – told us:

The furrows that we are digging represent the tank tracks that marked the fields that the poppies thrived in during the First World War.

And the pea shingle, that we have applied liberally, represents a tiny stone for each life lost on those fields.

Vinnie also recounted to us that when he told a passer by about the representation, she asked him to give her a piece of the pea shingle so that she could take it home and put it on her mantelpiece in memory of her grandfather who died in the first world war.

This perfectly represents what we hope our living memorial will achieve. There will be further beds of flanders poppies at the Herne Hill Gate and at the Tulse Hill Gate.