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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Brockwell Park at the Lambeth Community Awards 2014

BxFwdJXCAAAlt0HWe are delighted to report that Brockwell Park was well represented at tonight’s Lambeth Community Awards.

Hosted by The Worshipful Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Ade Aminu, (pictured, right), the Awards ceremony marks all that is good in Lambeth’s voluntary and community sector.

 

Brixton BMX ClubAdrian Martin, head coach of park stakeholder group Brixton BMX club won the ‘Keeping Lambeth healthy community award’. Adrian has nurtured local talent to help produce regional, national, European and world BMX champions. Through Adrian’s coaching skills, local children learn to enjoy riding and reap the health benefits both physically and mentally including children with mental health and behavioural problems. Adrian was accompanied by Ken Floyde, founder of the Brixton BMX club, who is thrilled that the next generation of club leader has been formally recognised by the Borough. Adrian’s award was presented by Cllr Paul McGlone.

BPCP logoBPCP was nominated in the ‘community organisation of the year award’. Our nomination demonstrates our commitment, drive and belief that open and accessible green space is vital for the health and well being of local residents; and that Brockwell Park continues to benefit all Lambeth residents without exception through a range of inclusive and fun community activities.

On a great evening for Lambeth Park groups, David Dandridge of Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (Clapham Common’s Community Partner) won the Lord Scarman award for his work on the free annual ‘Common People’ event which brings the local community together.

Brockwell Park Clocktower – unveiled today!

Brockwell Park’s newly restored Clocktower was unveiled today by Former Lambeth Mayor, Rudy Daley JP (pictured, right), and Deputy Lambeth Mayor, Cllr Adedamola Aminu (pictured, left). Rudy was a major donor to the Clocktower fundraising campaign, along with many others that gave generously from the local community.

Now that the Clocktower has been restored to working order we hope to arrange a small railed garden around the structure. Many thanks to all that contributed to the Clocktower Campaign, a joint initiative of local park and community groups.

Clocktower 2 Aminu Daley

 

 

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