Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Work session with Glendale 13th Sept 2012

We have previously had work sessions in Mayow Park alongside Nature's Gym and we are now planning to have a work session with Glendale. Our Community Orchard needs some time spent to remove weeds round the trees and put a fresh layer of well-rotted woodchip. Friends of Mayow Park are delighted that Glendale managers have agreed to provide some additional  help. It will be an great opportunity for grounds maintenance staff and park volunteers to care for the area together.

The session will be on Thursday 13th September from approximately 10am to midday. Glendale will, in fact, be there before that time and continue after. This will be a weekday and many of you will be unable to attend. However, it would be great if some of our volunteers can come along, lend a hand or simply show your support.

Theatre: a beach near you

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre came to perform in Mayow Park today, their theme - a beach near you! They set up and were ready for the first performance shortly after 1pm.

Soon the audience was getting into the spirit of the British beach scene: there was a boat, a mermaid, sunbathing, trying to put up a deckchair (which caused a few chuckles from older members of the audience, remembering their own experiences in the past!).
But when the dancing beach huts performed, the rain decided it wanted a share of the action. So, unfortunately, rain stopped play. The rain persisted, so that the 4pm performance was also  cancelled.

Hopefully the performances over the next few days at Beckenham Place Park, Bellingham and Mountsfield Park will have better weather.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Thank you to Cllr Susan Wise for providing this photo of the cheque for the pavilion. The photo was taken at the pavilion, on the same day as the Green Flag was raised in Mayow Park.

Funding for pavilion refurb

.Thank you to Judith from Glendale for her hard work  in putting in the bid for the funding - she is in the photo, 2nd from the right. Thank you also to Sport England without whom there would not have been funding to apply for.   Many local people are looking forward to the improvements that will now happen as a result of the funding.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

GOOD NEWS - funding for Pavilion refurbishment

We've been waiting to learn about what will happen to the Pavilion in Mayow Park and now we have some good news. Lewisham Council, in partnership with Glendale, have secured £65,000 from Sport England 'Inspired Facilities' (National Lottery funding) to renovate the pavilion with sports changing rooms upstairs and a café on the ground floor for the general public. The facilities will also include public toilets. The café will be able to serve as an information hub and community space.

The bid was supported by the Friends of Mayow Park as well as local schools and clubs using the cricket facilities in the park. Match funding will be provided by Lewisham Council to complete the project. The development of the pavilion will transform the unsafe, derelict building into an attraction, whilst conserving some of the attractive features.

The refurbishment will help to encourage sustained participation in sport, providing a permanent facility for cricket matches and other sports played in the park. We look forward to seeing it well used by our home cricket team, Streatham & Marlborough as well as others.


Greenwich & Lewisham Young people’s Theatre (GLYPT) will present a free outdoor theatre performance in Mayow Park on Wednesday 29th August, performances at 1pm and 4pm
The project, called “A Beach Near You”,  is  unique, fun & participatory, involving a group of 10 young people (aged 16-25)  and professional actors, centred around a ‘pop-up beach’.
The performers will invite audiences from the park to join them on the 'beach' and celebrate traditional British seaside customs. Audiences will be transported to a hot summer's day  with the sound of waves; classic beach activities , sand castles , donkey rides , the pier , Punch and Judy; rows of deck chairs; and ice cream sellers.
There will also be performances in
Beckenham Place Park, 30th August 11.30am and 2pm
Bellingham Green, 31st August 12pm and 3pm
Mountsfield Park 1st September 1pm and 4pm
For more information contact GLYPT on 020 8854 1316 /

Streatham & Marlborough Cricket team

The Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club's 5th XI play in Mayow Park.
They are a club that actively seeks community involvement, new members and young people. They coach in local schools including Forest Hill and Sydenham Girls through the 'Chance to Shine 'Programme. Several of the team are current/ex Forest Hill boys including two lads playing in the park last Saturday 18th August 2012.
Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club is based on Dulwich Common, SE21 7EX where they have their main ground (opposite the Grove Tavern). They run 6 Saturday sides, 2 Sunday sides, a woman's side and U12, U14 and U16 Colts sides. Adult net sessions are on Tuesdays from 6pm.

There is a membership fee with concessionary rates available but anyone looking to join a cricket club is welcome to come to nets on a Tuesday and make themselves known to the team. They are a very friendly club where people from all walks of life and all ages play cricket together. Their women's section is something they are very proud of and the fastest growing section of the club. They have had two members of the women's section turn out for the 5th XI in Mayow Park this year.

The remaining fixtures for this season in Mayow Park are:
Saturday 25th August against Mottingham CC
Saturday 1st September Dartfordians CC.
The games are league cricket fixtures Division 1C Metropolitan of the Kent Regional Cricket league.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Workday with Nature's Gym 18th August 2012

Top photo: there are people working in among the tall weeds!
Bottom photo: just one barrow load of plants that were shifted.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Saturday 18th August 2012 workday FOMP and Nature's Gym

Mayow Park volunteers will be working along side Nature's Gym (Lewisham Nature Conservation volunteers) on a variety of gardening activities in the park from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 18th August 2012.
Activities will include:
- making a bug hotel
- emptying the compost bins
- working in the orchard: tending to the orchard trees and  fruiting hedgerow
- weeding and mulching in the Triangle
- children can make art pictures on the ground using  natural materials found in the park. Pictures will be posted in the blog and our Facebook page.
- volunteers can take  home cuttings or leaves of herbs
We hope to see you there.