Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Lark in the Park 18th June 2016

Photo by Carol: Cricketters having a break

Mayow Park is a 5 minute walk from Sydenham Road but it sits within the Lewisham Council ward of Perry Vale and is the main green space for that ward. The Friends of Mayow Park committee were delighted when we learned that our park was to host the Perry Vale Ward assembly 'Lark in the Park' community event.
It was planned over a few months by Councillors and council officers who contacted various community groups and associations as well as Brown and Green Cafe in Mayow Park.
On 18th June the weather was overcast but generally dry making it ideal for this great event. Cars and larger vehicles were driven into the park at 5mph, lights flashing, and then driven out again according to the regulations, in order to set up. People were unloading banners, chairs, equipment, food, gazebos,  games and piling up a whole host of equipment onto tables to prepare eye-catching displays.
The Perry Vale ward officers and councillors had a small marquee located between the tennis courts and bowls green, by the middle path.
The old bowls green hosted taster sessions for those interested in croquet. However, the grass is cut as amenity grass these days since the demise of the bowls club and I gather that means the grass is too long to play a decent game of croquet.
Photo by Carol: Try playing croquet when you are being pulled away by a toddler!
 Friends of Mayow Park set up a table next to our gardening space, by the raspberry bushes and under the holly tree. It was a good opportunity for us to publicise who we are and what we do as not all visitors were aware that Mayow Park has a Friends group. Some people signed up to go on our mailing list and to be kept informed about meetings and events. We had tree leaf identification sheets available for those who wanted to check out some of our park trees plus information on our orchard.
Photo by Carol. Two of the FOMP committee - Robert holding Harry his dog and Alona sitting  
Here is a list of some of the other organisations that contributed to the day and their activities:
Arthouse Make a protest workshop - Use creative  resources to make a placard to protest
about what is really important to you. With your creations you can Join a parade at the end of the day.
Lewisham Homes Information stall - to promote Lewisham Homes services
Metropolitan Police  Free Bike security Marking and crime prevention advice & leaflets
Forest Hill Society Information stall - working to make Forest Hill an even better place to live. 
Economic Development team

Fair Trade Quiz and samples of Fairtrade projects to try.

Lewisham Police / Police Cadets  Crime prevention stall, general assistance with set up and stewarding
Brent Knoll School Yr 10 Enterprise Group. Handmade gifts and crafts by pupils
Mike Mad for Fitness Demonstration of Outdoor gym equipment.  Also volunteer first aider
Let's Talk about Dogs Let's talk about dogs - engagement with local people on their attitudes to dogs.
Young Lewisham Project
A stall selling recycled/upcycled items made by our young people. Also a Dr Bike service so people can have their bikes repaired.

Sydenham Tennis Club

2 Tennis coaches and croquet club members to run activity tasters

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

 Dog microchipping, pet health checks, dog law and outreach
Information Stall - help and advice with all aspects of housing

Fusion - The Bridge Leisure Centre
Afterburn and Box Aerobics (Boxercise)
Fusion - Afterburn Academy Afterburn - (Looking good on the beach!)

Bubble and Bounce
Soft play area
Tumshies Face painters X 2 - sponsored by Lewisham Homes and L&Q

Teatro Vivo - Usherettes

Usherettes - handing out information, engagement with public
Brown and Green Provided prize for cake decorating activity
FHBS - Cake decorating
Cake decorating masterclass, and FHS Young Producers Present: “The Big Mix Up” Cookbook-let
Dacres TRA
Committee member attended to engage with public

Forest Hill Womens Institute

Information stall and cakes for sale

The Caribbean Mix cricket team were playing a match on the centre field during the afternoon for those who wanted to sit and relax.
Photo by Carol: Caribbean Mix CC

Photo by Carol: tennis coaching at the tennis courts
Photo by Carol: Dr Bike  in the shadow of one of our ancient oaks 
It was a wonderfully busy day with many people enjoying the activities on offer, chatting, chasing toddlers, eating, smiling.  At 4pm the day of festivities came to an end and stallholders packed up. Many stayed to help  the Lewisham team to load equipment back onto the van.
A number of people commented that his event had felt like a village fete.
For next year I would like to suggest community music and dancing during the afternoon to reflect our multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community: we could have any combination of: Morris dancing and  folk music from around the British Isles, music and dance from the Middle East, the Far East, Mediterranean countries, India, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, the African continent, the Americas, Eastern Europe, Asia and Australasia.

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