Brockwell Park Poppy Power

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Brockwell Park Community Partners’ Biodiversity group has been busy planting poppy installations at Norwood Lodge (a community building opposite Brockwell Park Gardens), and Herne Hill main entrance gate and they are looking good. The installations are to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

 

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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.

Visit Brockwell Park for the Lambeth Country Show

BPCP logoThe Lambeth Country Show celebrates its 40th anniversary on the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014 at Brockwell Park.

The Show is organised by Lambeth Council and you can find out all about it at their dedicated website.

For those of you who want to see a lot more of wonderful Brockwell Park this weekend, we recommend the following attractions:

Wildflower Slope1. Brockwell Park Lido Wildflower Slope. Take inspiration from the Brockwell Park Lido wildflower slope – formerly an unused gravel bank – which has now been populated with wonderful wildflowers by local volunteers. Then come and find Brockwell Park Community Partners stall in Charities West Area, pitch no ZW18, where you can buy low cost wildflower seed to create your own poppy haven.

 

Brockwell Hall rear2. Brockwell Hall. The grade II* listed centrepiece of Brockwell Park was built over 200 years ago as the country house of glass maker John Blades. Today it houses a bust of Thomas Lynn Bristowe MP who put Brockwell Park in to public ownership on 6th June 1892 and has inspired innumerable lives ever since.

The Hall also houses Brockwell Park Cafe which serves refreshments and particularly good ice cream.

Clocktower 23. Brockwell Park Clocktower.

Just past the Hall is the Park’s historic Clocktower, installed in 1897. It was famous for not working for the last two decades – until restored to its former glory by a local community fundraising campaign earlier in 2014. Listen closely and you’ll hear it tick!

 

We hope you have a great time this weekend in Brockwell Park.

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