Volunteers required to rotivate the wildflower slope

133Volunteers are required to rotivate the wildflower slope by Brockwell Lido in preparation for Spring, on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th February at 10.30am.

This year we left the plants to self-seed but at the end of the rotivating we will be adding additional seed that was gathered in September 2014.

If you have any free time on either day – please come and join us.  Even if you can give two hours, it makes a difference.  There are lots of jobs to be done – raking, weed and stubble clearance and a bit of digging and disposing of stones, bricks and general rubbish.

Please wear good strong boots/shoes  and a warm jacket. Hoping to see you there!

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Volunteers needed for Brockwell Park biodiversity & conservation projects

VolunteerVolunteers are needed for biodiversity and conservation projects in Brockwell Park, from 19th to 28th November 2014.

No experience is necessary and there are a variety of activities on offer, including wildflower planting.

Tools are supplied and warm clothing and robust footwear is recommended.

Click here for full details, including how to get involved.

Friends of Brockwell Park cancels October AGM and seeks new committee members

FoBP_logo - Final version. jpgFriends of Brockwell Park (FoBP) – one of the park’s oldest community groups – seeks new volunteer committee members. The FoBP – a paid membership organisation and registered charity – currently organise tree walks and celebrations, car boot sales and an annual Winter Fair. If you are interested in helping to maintain and improve the park and representing the Friends positively and constructively within the wider Brockwell Park Community Partnership, please contact the FoBP Secretary by email: secretary.fobp@btinternet.com

The news follows FoBP’s postponement of its Annual General Meeting by three months from 19th October 2014 to 18th January 2015. The revised AGM will start at 11.30am.

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.