The date of this year’s festival is …………..
Sunday 21 July 12-4pm
We’re busy putting together an amazing line-up as well as activities for dog-lovers and of course the children!
As you will remember we circulated a survey in October after the AGM to find out what you wanted us to spend the fundraising proceeds on in the coming months.
We received 80 responses.
The Picnic Table idea came out on top by quite a margin at 42% followed by the gym at 27%.
The ‘other’ category was for people to add their ideas. The most popular once these were added up was ‘additional park benches’ 3 (4%).
We will update you with progress on securing the picnic tables when we can.
Last few now available at £2.50
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For those of you who couldn’t attend, here is a summary of the business part of the meeting. The talk by Andy Brockman that followed it was very interesting and brought up questions for discussion. He has forwarded links for those of you who’d like more info …
Chair’s welcome by Kris Inglis
Kris ran through the year’s events so far and thanked all who had taken part or been involved in the organization
Maintenance of bird and bat boxes by members has been completed due to natural wear and tear as well as damage by other birds and squirrels. All ladder work is done in partnership with the council.
Kris mentioned a tree identification walk that local Beavers group have taken part in. It is hoped that Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will help with some grounds maintenance in the park and which will in turn enable them achieve badges to recognize their efforts.
A Brighton parks group had heard about our water fountain installation and have been in contact to find out about the fundraising aspects and process.
Kris ended by asking that Friends of the park continue to respect and appreciate the space and encourage others to do so.
The management committee was introduced. All agreed to re-stand and were voted in unanimously*. If anyone is interested in joining the committee they are welcome to come along to a meeting and decide whether they’d like to contribute.
Sonja O’Sullivan circulated and spoke to the annual accounts, taking questions at the end. A Parksfest grant from the council for the summer festival helped pay for a number of things but the underspend will be returned in due course.
A discussion covering the promotion of the event and the need for a generator followed and the management committee agreed to take the feedback on board.
New activities for next year were detailed and welcomed.
The committee will canvass opinion on the next improvement project for the park via email.
The business meeting over, our guest speaker Andy Brockman spoke on addressing heritage crime locally.
This is the page for the Shooters Hill Neighbourhood Team [As you can see they cover Shrewsbury Park, Eaglesfield, and Oxleas].
This looks at the issue of Heritage Crime in broad terms,
This is a guide to reporting a heritage crime [the same principles apply to a wildlife or environmental crime too]. https://historicengland.org.
This is a guide to making sites more secure. It is mostly about buildings, but there is also material which is useful in talking about securing open spaces like Shrewsbury Park. Worth quoting if speaking to the Council or Police about any security issues
Once again we were blessed with warm sunshine for our second Iyengar Yogathon in Shrewsbury Park. 25 participants donated to Greenpeace to take part and were energised by performing 108 sequences of yoga poses in quick succession, each group of 9 sequences being led by different teachers. Half way through, the sun emerged as though it responded to our salutations. After our strenuous efforts we sat in the sun in beautiful Shrewsbury Park against the backdrop of the fabulous oak trees and the sounds of the gently waving leaves eating delicious Cuban food – most welcome.
A representative from Greenpeace talked about what we can all do to limit our use of plastic, which is having such a deleterious effect on our planet. Many thanks to Kris Inglis, who liaises with Priscilla and the Council so that this event can take place. Thanks also to Ron and Paul for sorting out the gazebos. Well over £750 was raised for Greenpeace.
What is the significance of 108? The number 108 is sacred and significant in many ways, appearing in many disciplines from astronomy to yoga: The number 108 appears in ancient, sacred texts. For example, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras, and Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads, which are used to count during meditation. In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body. In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening. In astronomy, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter.
Written by Cressida Senkus, Iyengar yoga teacher and FSP member
In addition to the business meeting and election of management committee members there will be time to raise your park ideas and issues.
Our guest speaker is archaeologist, Andy Brockman. He will talk about how our local history is vulnerable to heritage crime and what FSP can do to protect it.
2019 calendars will be on sale (£5)
See you there!
Friends of Shrewsbury Park
Friends of Shrewsbury House
on the Hill #2
Friday 9 November, 7 for 7.30pm
Shrewsbury House Library Bar
Bushmoor Crescent SE18 3EG
£5 per person, tables of 6 maximum: Please pay cash or cheque on booking or by 2 November to secure places
Following the hugely successful Yogathon in 2017, we’re back again this year on Sunday 9 September. Once again we’ll be running a class of 108 non-stop sun salutations to raise money for the environmental group Greenpeace. (Please bring your yoga mat with you).
Greenpeace is at the heart of the battle against run-away climate change, so, let’s support them with the yoga that we enjoy so much.
Weather: In the event of extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or freezing cold weather the event will be postponed to a date to be announced in spring 2019.
Food: There will be delicious vegetarian food for sale on site by Papi’s Kitchen.
Clothing: Please wear suitable clothes that give you plenty freedom for movement. Also consider that you might get too hot so you could change easily into shorts or short sleeves t-shirt.
Suitability: All are welcome. We are aiming to complete the 108 Sun Salutations. So make sure you have a good rest the night before and a nourishing early breakfast.
Price: CASH ONLY £20/£10 student rate (please present your student card). Payment will be made on the day of event. Also participants will be able to get sponsored via online JustGiving as well as via mobile phone Just Text Giving (please note that if you do not have a Vodafone account, your phone company may make a charge for this service.)
Booking: Please book your place in advance – please send an e-mail to email@example.com confirming your attendance.
Find out more here http://www.yogabypri.com/yogathon.html
In case you don’t know firsthand, the Summer Spree was a huge success, the quintessential Summer Afternoon in the Park. And the Astronaut Training was a delightful addition.
Special thanks to the Management Committee: Ron Senkus, Sonja O’Sullivan, Iris White, Sandra Bauer, Paul Buckley, Alan Deacon and Andy King. They pulled out all the stops and made the event happen in style.
All of us would like to thank the members of FSP (and their tireless friends and families) who delivered leaflets, baked, took photos for the competition, suggested ideas, put up gazebos, dragged chairs and tables and boxes around, ran errands, ran stalls, served endless thirsty people and spread their cheerfulness in what was a truly neighbourhood event.