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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.
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 22 June: Greenwich Schools Bands
Sunday 23 June: Countrypolitan Band
Sunday 30 June: Here To Havana
Sunday 7 July: KIX Jazz Orchestra
Sunday 14 July: Heroes Band
Sunday 21 July: Meantime Band
Sunday 28 July: South London Jazz Orchestra & Live Band Lindy
Sunday 4 August: Silver Ghosts
Sunday 11 August: Shady Scandals
Sunday 18 August: The Old Jelly Rollers
Sunday 25 August: Greenwich Concert Band
Monday 26 August: Galaxy Big Band
Old Royal Naval College Consultation
Having recently reopened the restored Painted Hall, the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is seeking the views of local people on its future strategy and plans. A survey seeking your opinions is open until 30 June. It asks questions about the events and activities you might want to see at the ORNC as well as views of their brand and name. If you would like to contribute your thoughts please click here to take part.
The Royal Parks Movement Strategy
The Royal Parks is developing a new long term movement strategy setting out how park visitors will move within, access and experience the parks in future.
Among the things they want to do is to increase safety for park users and reduce the impact of cars in the parks.
They have issued a discussion paper which sets out seven principles and invites input on these via a survey. Please click here to view the discussion paper and also the survey which must be completed by 14 July. We do encourage you to participate whatever your views are on walking, through traffic, cycling, public transport etc.
A further public consultation will take place in the autumn on the draft strategy, which will have been produced taking the initial comments into account.
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 bought on the gate on the day are £7. Under-16s are free.
Tickets are non-refundable if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.
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.
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.