The wait is over! After a year’s rest, you can now buy calendars for 2024. We’ve set up a little online store through SumUp which you can access here. We’ve kept the price nice and low at £6.50 too!
On Friday 8 September, 25 local residents enjoyed stepping back in time with Dr Andy Brockman.
Our subject matter was: Front Line Park: Shrewsbury Park in the 20th Century Including the LCC Open Air School and defence of London.
After meeting by the car park, we visited the area where the open air school had it’s buildings, and saw photographs of the school in action. We were able to view documents that described how the children were selected, educated and monitored, turning out healthier and well nourished pupils back to their homes.
Strolling back through to the car park with Andy, we saw clearly where the barrage balloons were tethered. We learnt how these were used in the foiling of enemy aircraft, driving them away from bombing targets.
We were told a few interesting (and funny) stories about how this all worked, which Andy had taken from some testimonies of local people at the time.
Andy expertly brought to life these amazing past events and fielded questions as we went along. Ending up at Shrewsbury House, there were more artifacts to look at, as well as a very welcome Friday evening beverage or two.
We look forward to our next foray into local history!
Our 2023 Festival didn’t disappoint! Great music, great stalls and most important of all our fantastic local community came out in their droves – we estimate we had around 500 people attending over the course of the afternoon. We are so grateful for your support – this is the reason the committee put in the work – thank you for making it amazing!
And an extra thank you to the current Committee members: Sandra, Iris, Zena, Ron and Alan who spent many an hour planning and troubleshooting to put the event together. Can’t leave out the trusty core volunteers who turn up for set-up and take-down and always with a smile. – Kris, Chair
And thumbs up to Greenwich Parks Forum for their support and the Greenwich Borough Park Rangers who made sure the site was clean and clear, before and after.
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We had a fantastic time at the Friends of Shrewsbury Park Quiz last night, at Shrewsbury House!
Our fantastic Quizmasters, Dee and Geoff tested our general knowledge to the max. From Shrewsbury House Community Centre‘s resident Improshrews, we enjoyed Erik and John playing out scenes from comedy shows through the ages!
Find out more about the Improshrews here: improshrews.weebly.com
Thanks to everyone who came – the big winners with the craziest team name ever, was: Peanut Butter Giggle Sticks
Our thanks also to the staff at Shrewsbury House, who were so welcoming – especially the reception and bar staff who were kept nice and busy.
Want to come and join us at the next quiz? Keep watch – we’ll post the date asap!
On Saturday 13 May, we gathered to discover what edible delights the park has to offer! Experienced, self-taught, and local forager, Kevin Godby from GCDA led us around the park, introducing us to lots of plants, bushes and trees that have edible parts.
Kevin had a great list of tips to share, including not foraging at a low level, to avoid contamination, never consuming too much of one kind of forage, being mindful of the time of year and ripeness of plants. As a general rule of thumb, younger seeds, buds and leaves are juicier and tastier!
We look forward to welcoming Kevin back to the park in another season to learn more!
Have you got a passion for your hobby or interest? Maybe you volunteer for a fantastic charity that you’d like to represent?
Then why not be a stall-holder at our next festival? It will be held on Sunday 2 July 2023, 12 -5pm
We pride ourselves on having a great display of stalls and we love having old friends back, as well as new local community groups, charities, hobbyists or other sellers.
We welcome hundreds of visitors on the day – mostly local people living close to the park, but increasingly people from Greenwich and Bexley, and sometimes even further afield.
Please read the terms and conditions document (see link below) and fill in the form below:
Please submit the form below by 7 June 2023:
Can’t see the form? Use this link
Last weekend, we officially christened our newest bench, installed with many kind donations from local people. It is dedicated to our beloved Sonja O’Sullivan, a treasured friend and member of our management committee. Her husband, Brian, spoke movingly about her love of the park.
Friends and family turned out in their droves on a cold March morning to celebrate her life.
Next time you are there, take a look – there’s a fabulous view from it too!
See if you can spot Sonja’s sister in the group photo – a great family resemblance!
We hope you had a wonderful time at the Festival this year – although the dog show was cancelled due to the high temperatures, we plan to re-run it later in the year.
As you can see, we have some fantastic photos to share – but we’d also like your feedback so if you were there – tell us how it was for you?
This year’s Summer Park Festival will be held on Sunday 17 July from 12-4pm. We’re calling it ‘Sunday Funday’ Don’t miss the fantastic stalls, food, drink, and amazing entertainment – there’s loads for the kids to do too!
This is a real celebration of our amazing local community, who have been so resilient over the past couple of years. It’s an opportunity for everyone to get together and enjoy the park – dogs are welcome, and we have a dog show for them to get involved with.
Music, dance and performances will run throughout the afternoon and we have more than 20 stalls booked in for you to visit!
- Best Costume
- Cutest Puppy (aged up to 1 year)
- Golden Oldie (aged over 7)
- Child Handler (child aged up to 12 years)
- Best Rescue (rescued within the last 2 years)
- Handsome Prince
- Prettiest Princess
- Best In Show
- Waggiest Tail
- Scruffiest Dog
Go on …. get involved – we can’t wait to see all those delectable dogs enjoying themselves in our park!