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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Can you find Invisible People in the Walled Garden on Sunday 27th September?

IP3rdthoughttheatre company reprise their successful Invisible People show in the Walled Garden at Brockwell Park on Sunday 27th September 2015 between noon and 4pm.

You’ll be a given a packet of coloured counters that will enable you to enjoy a FREE story, a poem, a joke, a scene, a conjuring trick and a bit of good advice – each 2 minute show from a different member of 3rdthoughttheatre.

The show is designed as ‘non intrusive’ so park users can use the Walled Garden as normal.

Brockwell Park Community Partners (registered charity no 1137168) will also conduct a fundraising collection for future community events in the Park.

Closure of Brockwell Hall public toilets

Brockwell Hall rearTo all Park Users

The outdoor toilets by Brockwell Hall have been closed for at least two weeks due to a severe blockage. Plumbers have worked on the blockage but without success and next week may have to excavate the pipework to expose the blockage.

The public toilets by the Walled Garden and by the sports facilities are open as normal.

Third Thought Theatre illuminate Brockwell Park’s Walled Garden

3rd thought 7Third Thought Theatre’s free performance of  ‘Invisible People’ in the Walled Garden on Sunday 28th September 2014 was well received by around 300 park users in fine weather.

Visitors were provided with coloured counters which they handed to actors in white tunics dotted about the Garden on raised platforms.

The actors performed either a scene, joke, trick, poem or gave advice depending on the colour of the counter. Innovative – and not intrusive to other users of the Walled Garden.

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3rdthought theatre perform Invisible People

photoinvisible peopleFresh back from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they performed at the Royal Botanic Garden and the International Book Festival, 3rdthought theatre company members are bringing their one-to-one, face-to-face show Invisible People to the Walled Garden in Brockwell Park on Sunday 28th September between 12 and 4.

You’ll be a given a packet of coloured counters that will enable you to enjoy a story, a poem, a joke, a scene, a conjuring trick and a bit of good advice – each 2 minute show from a different person.

The event is free, although Brockwell Park Community Partners (registered charity no 1137168) will conduct a fundraising collection for future community events in the Park.