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Members also receive the Friends Newsletter, printed and sent out (or delivered - by Friends volunteers) 3 times a year. It presents the most relevant news items as well as details of forthcoming events. The front page of the most recent edition is on this website under Newsletter.
Painted Hall Ceiling Tours Discount to Friends
Painted Hall Ceiling Tours Discount to Friends
This event in January was considerably oversubscribed but, thanks to Teresa O’Flynn the Conservation Administrator, we were able to accommodate everyone in three separate sessions. An introductory talk by our guide in front of the magnificent west wall took us
through how Sir James Thornhill conceived and executed the scheme in the early eighteenth century, adapting it in response to the changing politics of the time.
Then came the 60 foot climb up to the observation platform to meet the conservator Stefania hard at work cleaning the vast ceiling. It was last treated in the late 1950s when old varnish was removed with quite strong solutions and two new layers applied to enhance the colours. Since then smoke and dirt has built up and heat and humidity have taken their toll. Stephania showed how the current cleaning process involves gently applying a soft pad to the ceiling, using a water based solution to remove the grime and then sponging it to clear any residue. A pail full of dirty black liquid was produced in evidence of her morning’s work. She stressed that although the earlier varnish is not being removed and replaced where it is generally in good condition, there are serious problem areas where varnish cracking and lifting - or ‘blanching’ - needs to be dealt with and a new modern varnish applied. As she demonstrated, this can be better identified nowadays using UV light. After she had dealt with all our questions, we then had the opportunity to look round the whole ceiling with our guide pointing out its focal historical and allegorical figures and features.
This was a fascinating and informative experience and a unique opportunity to see the work in progress. The general ceiling tours will continue until 30th September when the cleaning finishes and the scaffolding comes down. If you would like to take advantage of visiting during the last few months, go online for information and booking. Friends have been offered a 10% discount. The discount flyer that can be used at the Visitor Centre on the day is attached here or use the code GROUP10 online.
Greenwich Park Lichen Survey 2017
Joe Beale has sent us a copy of the recent lichen survey of Greenwich Park. This updates the earlier one from 2008. There is a fair amount of lichen diversity and there are new additions to the Park list. The report was published last year in the British Lichen Society's magazine.
The Friends of Greenwich Park are organising and paying for a full programme of Sunday afternoon concerts at the Greenwich Park bandstand throughout July and August.
Concerts are free and start at 3 o'clock.
Saturday 23 June: Royal Greenwich Big Band and Greenwich Steel Band
Sunday 24 June: Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Sunday 1 July: Silver Ghosts
Sunday 8 July: Crystal Palace Band
Sunday 15 July: Gordon Mark Webber's Meantime
Sunday 22 July: Lewisham Concert Band
Sunday 29 July: Belvedere Concert Band
Sunday 5 August: Bromley Concert Band
Sunday 12 August: South London Jazz Orchestra & Live Band Lindy
Sunday 19 August: Galaxy Big Band
Sunday 26 August: Greenwich Concert Band
Monday 27 August: Mardi Gras Jazz Band
The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park is now open.
The Orchard has been lovingly restored with the inclusion of heritage fruit trees, new gates, pathways and ponds.
On Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10.30 am to 4.45 pm, closed for lunch between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm. Last entry at 4.20 pm.
On Wednesday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 4.45 pm. Last entry 4.20 pm.
Thanks to the help of local volunteers, schools and members of the Friends of Greenwich Park, the Orchard - which dates back to the 17th century - features a whole host of attractions for park visitors to enjoy. Managed by The Royal Parks, the restoration work to the Orchard contains local influences throughout, with local artist Heather Burrell, along with pupils from The John Roan Secondary and Meridian Primary Schools and the Friends of Greenwich Park designing the single metal decorative gate, which contains the name of the Orchard, and the well covering found just inside the entrance. Dating back to the 1500's the heritage fruit trees, which were planted by volunteers in 2011 and 2013, include: apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, apricot, nectarine, medlar and quince. Pathways have been restored, raised planting beds using timber and brick have been installed, plus two ponds, a formal pond at the centre of the vegetable area and an informal pond by the fruit tree meadow. The Queen's Orchard volunteers working with The Royal Parks, have cultivated the beds, planted and tended a variety of vegetable and flowers. The Orchard's name was found on records dating back 1693 and has been incorporated into the new decorative gate.
Jazz in the Park
The Friend’s annual Midsummer Jazz Concert has become one of the highlights of our year in the Park. Once again it will feature the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, who will be supported by the talented local youngsters of the Greenwich Steel Band. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.
Gardens open from 12.00 pm on Sunday 17 June, concert starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30 pm.
Our sponsors, Davy's of Greenwich, will run a bar, and the Park's Pavilion Cafe will have a stall selling food, ice cream and soft drinks.
Just a reminder that seating is not available in the Garden, so do bring a rug or chair if you don’t want to sit directly on the grass. Please note that dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted in the Garden. This is an event for the whole family.
Tickets on the gate will be £7, with under-16s free.
Tickets are non-refundable if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.
Tennis for all in the heart of Greenwich
Community tennis centre in Greenwich Park. Enjoy quality playing opportunities year round. 6 newly furbished courts. No membership required. Free courts for kids. Coaching all levels - adults and juniors. Drop In Sessions for all. Courses and camps.
Online bookings. Free trial coaching sessions for kids.
Telephone: 020 7486 4216
Also there is the annual Great British Tennis Weekend on Saturday 12 May, 14:00 - 16:00
A fun day of tennis to be enjoyed by the whole family - adult and junior sessions. Simply sign up for your preferred session or alternatively turn up on the day, however this is dependent on availability. All equipment and balls are provided. Giveaways to be given to all children that participate.
At our event, please look out for the programme offer that will be available on the day.