The Festival is Back

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!

We have beer from local brewery, Common Rioters, Gin from Greenwich Gin, ice-cream from our local ice cream seller, Nepalese momos by Fililieats.com – We cannot wait!!

Dog Show at our Festival Announced

Have you got a pretty poodle or a dress-up Dalmatian?
Now we have a chance for them to shine! The Dog Show is part of our annual festival and we want you to get ready to take part – it is all for fun, and we’re happy to provide you with an opportunity to show off! 🐕‍🦺
Just register your dog on the day, registration opens at 11.30am and goes on until 12.30pm
The categories are:
  • 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!

Quiz night a great success!

Our latest quiz took place on Friday 17 June at Shrewsbury House.

Another sold-out event, the keen quizzers were treated to a first-class show by Dee and Geoff,  joined by two members of the improv group, The ImprovShrews, which meets at Shrewsbury House. They were called in for the films round, when they gleefully acted out some key scenes from ‘on the waterfront’ ‘whatever happened to baby jane’ and most memorably, ‘Grease’!

Our stand out winners on the night were a team of just 2 members – trouncing all the six member quiz teams.

Thanks go to Shrewsbury House staff, including the wonderful bar team, Sonia Maloney, the ever-excellent Geoff and Dee.

We can’t wait for the next one!

Walking Time Machine Inspires!

This sold-out walk happened on Friday 10th June and was a really amazing insight into our park and how the past is still indelibly marked on the present.

From the earliest times when different tribes carved up the area to avoid feuds to the pioneering work of the outdoor schools, working to rehabilitate children whose health was impacted by social conditions and pollution, Andy walked us through the decades.

An inspiring and thought provoking event which we are really hoping to repeat again soon!

Quiz Night returns!

We are free to quiz again!                                       Friday 17 June – Come at 7 pm for prompt 7.30 start.

  • Renowned Quiz Masters Dee and Geoff officiating
  • Bring your own nibbles
  • Open house bar
  • Teams of up to 6 people, £6.50 each

Join in with the FSP Fundraising Quiz held in Shrewsbury House, Bushmoor Crescent SE18 3EG. The bar will be open at 7pm and the raffle prizes on sale.

Book on Eventbrite                          https://tinyurl.com/bdens25e

Or contact werfsp@gmail.com with any questions

A waiting list will be created to be reconciled on the day

 

Memorial bench installed!

Today we welcomed the Mayor of Greenwich, Cllr Denise Hyland, who officially planted the tree and memorial bench in Shrewsbury Park close to the car park.
Committee members and some lucky children got to see the Mayor and hear her speech. She spoke movingly about the losses in our community from the pandemic and why it is so important for us all to remember those who didn’t make it through.
                                                        They then gave her a hand to plant the tree.
It is a Davidia involucrata, AKA the dove-tree, handkerchief tree, pocket handkerchief tree, or ghost tree,  a medium-sized deciduous tree in the family Nyssaceae. It is regarded as the only species in the monotypic genus Davidia and was previously included with tupelos in the dogwood family, Cornaceae.
The bench has a plaque with the following wording:
“Be still and find me in your heart
Sit a while and remember those taken by Covid-19. “

BIRD WALK – Saturday 26 March, 8.30am start

Meet in Plum Lane carpark for the first walk of 2022!

Tim Rymer, an FSP member, will be leading us around the park to identify birds, their preferred habitats, behaviours and much more.

Check out the Bird page under Flora and Fauna on fspark.org.uk beforehand for a preview of which birds you may see. Wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing – binoculars are helpful too.

Dogs are not allowed on this walk which lasts approximately an hour.    The walk is free, but donations are welcome to FSP projects.

The route for this walk begins on paved paths but then goes off-road, not very suitable for wheels. A gentle, accessible walk may be planned for summer birdsong in May. TBC

Bus 244 stops by the fire station, short walk from the carpark entrance

Book on

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bird-walk-saturday-26-march-tickets-269885142727

Alternatively, drop a note at 189 Plum Lane to reserve your places.

 

This is a rain or shine walk

SALE – grab a calendar for just £4!

We’ve got a few calendars left, and we’d love to give them all good homes!

Now we are a few weeks into the year, you can have one for a discounted price, safe in the knowledge that your money is going to a great cause – please buy yours now!

Just complete the form below, and let us know how you would like to pay – to pay online,  use the ‘donate’ button below, and pay £4 per calendar – if you’d like an envelope add 50p. Cash or cheque purchases can be arranged by contacting werfsp@gmail.com

Delivery to the SE18, SE2 or DA16 postcodes is free of charge.  

Investing in Spring 2022

Thank you, Team!

An energetic team of seven volunteers turned out on that glorious December 4th morning to plant 500 daffodil bulbs. We planted along the path from the carpark to where it opens onto the big field.  It was a pleasure to have so many new faces involved in this yearly effort

So sorry but I was unable to upload their smiling photo due to technical difficulties…will update when I can.

Keep your eyes open in February for the green shoots!

Thank you all – Kris, Chair

WHO LIVES IN THE PARK? #2 – Results from October hedgehog survey

Have a look at this latest link and see a native resident of Shrewsbury Park on one of its nocturnal rambles.

This October a small band of members assembled and set out hedgehog tunnels at three likely spots in the park, all next to wildlife water bowls. As a result of the tracks recorded we put the FSP nature camera trained on this hog house donated a few years ago by two members. This is just one of videos that resulted. Lots of other critters use the water bowls and forage nearby.

Stay tuned for more videos every few weeks…

Formed in 2006, the Friends of Shrewsbury Park encourage the use of Shrewsbury Park and support the development of facilities for recreation, education and amenities for local people and to encourage a sense of community around the park.