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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.
Jazz in the Park
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 Crooks Saxophone Quartet. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.
Gardens open from 12.00 pm on Sunday 16 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.
Dawn Chorus Bird Walk
The Dawn Chorus bird walk on May 5th went off without a hitch on - nobody lost! There were 31 attendees. A few had changed their plans, could not come, over slept and one forgot. It would have been 39 which is quite impressive for a 4.00 am start. The chorus actually started at 4.30 and gradually built up, with Joseph Beale naming them as they joined in. We were lucky enough to see a tawny owl, sitting initially in an oak tree causing all the birds to be in alarm mode. It then flew off. We left the park at 5.30 am.
We are very grateful to Joseph Beale, Mick Miller and Julia Holland for helping with the identification.
The 27th AGM takes place on 7 May 2019 (MEMBERS ONLY)
After the AGM, Graham Dear, Park Manager, will outline some of the work undertaken in Greenwich Park and take questions on the Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
Howe Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Building, University of Greenwich
The AGM will commence at 8pm, and finish around 9.30pm.
Wine and soft drinks will be served from 7.30pm.
Officers and committee members proposed and seconded for the coming year are:
Chairman: Liz Coyle
Vice-Chairman: Richard Jones
Clive Corlett stands for re-election. Tony Butler, Tina Challacombe, Jonathan Chandler, Lesley Jones, Sophie Spencer, Brian Starkey and Sue Yates continue to serve. The committee confirms the appointments of Christine Bevan as Secretary, Julie Punter as Treasurer and Fran Tyler as Membership Secretary.
A visit to the Brompton Cemetery
We have been generously offered a tour of the Brompton Cemetery by its Friends group on 28 May at 11am. The cemetery, which is managed by The Royal Parks, has recently undergone a major restoration project, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery and BIG Lottery funds, which has returned the spectacular chapel to its original glory and among other improvements provided a new cafe and visitor centre. Opened in 1840, this Grade I listed site, where over 206,000 people are buried, covers 40 acres containing what is probably the country’s finest architectural funerary complex. It is also a Conservation Area and a designated site of nature conservation interest. The visit, lasting about one and a half hours, will cost £5. Please book early as places are limited, complete and return the booking form.
Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - April 11th and 14th
Greenwich Park Revealed is a hugely exciting project, supported by the Friends of Greenwich Park, that puts the park at the heart of local communities. This 590-year-old park has an incredible story to tell. Securing the HLF grant will bring the history of this World Heritage Site, with a Grade 1 Listed landscape and rich natural heritage to life, and enable us to conserve it for future generations.
Local residents and visitors to Greenwich Park are invited to attend a number of public consultations to find out more about proposals to protect and enhance the Royal Park for future generations. The meetings will also provide an opportunity for people to share their views on the proposed plans.
Four public consultations will be held near Greenwich Park’s bandstand. These will take place on Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th February, and Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th April, 10am-4pm to seek local residents’ input on various aspects of the project, to help shape the park’s future.
To read more details about the project and to share your views via an online suggestion box, visit the Greenwich Park Revealed Project page
Blackheath Gate Improvements
On Thursday 28th March and Tuesday 2nd April The Highway Department of Greenwich Council are setting up a Gazebo just inside Blackheath Gate entrance as part of the consultation process on the proposed new layout of the roundabout area outside the park, where there are frequent cycle accidents. Details of proposals here
Final phase of playground improvements begins
Idverde, the contractors commissioned to carry out the final phase of the playground improvements are about to start work. Fencing has now been installed to exclude public access from the boating lake end of the playground, but the rest will remain open throughout. The work, largely funded by the London Marathon Trust, is scheduled to finish by the end of May, subject to weather conditions.
From the World War One Battlefields & into the Peace
A free exhibition. This exhibition describes, through images, living history and commemoration, the role that The Royal Parks and Royal Hospital Chelsea played during the First World War and the transition to demobilisation, as well as charting the Heritage Lottery funded World War One Project remembering these contributions 100 years later.
Friday 29 March to Sunday 31 March, 10 am to 4 pm.
Wren House, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SRj