OK the story so far is that a group of mums got together to prevent developers building on Archbishops Park. Three years later the Church Commissioners granted a 40 year lease to the Local Authority. Partly because we raised £35,000 to have a professional managment plan written for the park which recommends £2.4 million worth of updating/improvements (things like improving the Redgra football pitches, having a cafe and improving the playground), which could not be progressed until there was tenure on the land. We have now raised money to employ Groundwork to implement the plan (including finding the money). But the first step is to ensure that there is local support for the proposals. So we are holding an Open Day on Saturday 17 April from 1.00 -4.00pm.
We need help. An awful lot has been done by a relatively small group, though we have always intended that any plans represent local needs not our own wishes. But if the plan is to be progressed we do need to be able to prove that it has wide community support. Plus we want it to be right.
1. Come along and invite others. Fulham Football Club will be running a tournament for 6-16 year olds and there will be tennis and cricket. We are putting on an easter egg hunt for smaller kids. Plus a clown and bouncy castle.
2. Can you think of any other activities that you could help with. Alan and a cider press. Mrs IM the bearded lady. Or would you be prepared to donate a couple of hours to help with the consultation, run the tea stall or whatever. Or put up posters beforehand. Every bit will help.
3. Do you have any press or publicity contacts? We as a group have done really well and it should be worth a story somewhere.
I am away for a week but happy to come back to a whole pile of volunteering emails.
Once this consultation is done, the real community effort should be over (I hope) so I can stop posting about parks. It has been tough and support from members of the Forum has really helped. So that you all.
PS for those who don't know Archbishops is SE1s largest park and it is opposite St Thomas' A&E and has tennis courts, cricket nets, and two large Redgra pitches. Our plan envisages refurbishment of all these facilities and includes the provision of a trim trail. Its the park you see to your right as you take a train out of Waterloo.
Sorry I am away that weekend too (at a baptism in hampshire), so I am unable to help, I will pass the word around when picking up my youngest from St.George's primary school, so hopefully some of the kids and parents from there will go.
Sarah - would love to help any way possible. Not much time to let people know, but if you could email me some info, I will pass the word around and at least get people to come along. I know what it's like fighting developers - have been doing it myself for the past two years!
Please contact me and we'll take it from there. Don't know if I'm allowed to leave email address but I will try - it is [email protected]
Recently revived our action group - Blackfriars Community Action Group and some of our boys attend the football held at the park, so would love to help if poss.
Football tournament from 1.00pm
Cricket, tennis, bouncy castle, Easter Egg hunt.
Hope to get a tea stall together. Great if Kevin could email directly. In the past Fine Crown have been generous in donating sticky buns.
Still need people with medical/first aid qualifications to be stewards. Little to do except be there to cart the sick and injured to St Thomas' opposite. Also happy to email posters to people will to print and put up in, say, local libraries, hospitals etc.
Most of all need people to come along and ensure that we do capture a proper community voice. The pressure at the moment, coming largely from local employers, seems to be for more and more sport, whilst my instinct, which is backed up by the research we have done to date, is that people want green and play facilities as well. A good turn out will put us in a good position to argue for an appropriate balance.