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About Sue Gay

Chair of the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce, London SE10

Christmas in the Park this Sunday, 4th

The Bridge, will yet again be transformed into a Santa’s Grotto for its annual Christmas event on Sunday 4th December 1.30-4.30pm.

Father Christmas will be making his grand entrance at the Chevening Gate on a surprise mode of transport at 1.45pm and will be welcoming children into the Grotto from 2pm. Tickets available from 1.30.

Children will also be able to write a letter to Father Christmas and have their photo taken, as well as enjoying  Christmas themed craft activities.

The Halstow Community choir will be carol singing around the Park at 3pm with song sheets for everyone to join in. Hot mulled wine and mince pies will help get you into the swing of things.

We look forward to seeing you all for some FREE Christmas entertainment.

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Notice for Friends AGM – have your say

Are you a regular in the Pleasaunce?

Have you just found it and would like to know more about what happens to make it such a special place?

Do you like the cafe? Any changes you would like to see?

Do you think dogs should be kept on the lead or do you enjoy walking your dog and letting them have a run?

What do you think of the events held in the Pleasaunce?

What about opening times; the dog free zone and the Forest School?

If you would like to have your say or just listen to others views come along to the Friends of the Pleasaunce Annual General Meeting.

It will be held on November 27  -Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm in the Bridge. (South side on the left). We have over 400 members and their families.

We are a small group on the committee and have been going 11 years now and could do with some fresh ideas.

Pick up a coffee in the cafe and join us for a chat about your park and find out a bit more about what the Friends do.

If you can’t make it and would like to put a question to the gathering, just email it to:


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Trafalgar Day

To attn before the plaque

To attention before the plaque


Sea cadets at the service

If you interested in attending the  THE TRAFALGAR DAY ACT OF REMEMBRANCE, it will be held on SATURDAY 22nd October 2016 at 12 noon in the East Greenwich Pleasaunce.

It is being organised by the Revd Dr John Philpott-Howard who is the assistant priest at Christ Church on Trafalgar Road, assisted by Revd Andrew Woodward-Russell.


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Festival time

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Sunday 5th June, is the day for the  Pleasaunce Summer Festival. Starting at 12 noon there will be live music, an art marquee, children’s entertainment, craft stalls, a dog show and sport sessions during the afternoon.

Live music will include, The Meantime Jazz Band, The Los Dawsons, Isobella Brain singing solo with keyboard, Ronnie and the Ripcords, The Halstow Community Choir

There will be a live performances at the Cafe from Exit Arts from 2pm and a chance to show how well your dog can perform at the Dog Society’s Show just inside the Halstow Gate.

Up at the Bridge Centre there are a host of things to entertain the younger children from craft making to story telling while down in the Dog Free Zone the order children can join in sports sessions and find out how to stay safe with some first aid training.

The Refreshment tent has our usual Pleasaunce Punch, Pims, Bucks Fizz or just a nice cold beer or a culpa.

Bring a picnic and a rug and enjoy this free afternoon of entertainment in the Pleasaunce.

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Bring health to the fruit trees

It’s Wassail time again on Sunday, 10h January and there will be lots going on at the Pleasaunce. This is the third year running that the Wassail has been run and it always goes down well

From 12 until 3pm there will be Music and Story telling, a Craft-making tent, Greenwich Morrismen, and a Cider Stall. The Fruit trees in both orchards will get their annual cider treatment and there will be loads of fun to be had.

Come along and start the new year by meeting your friends and drinking the health to the trees. If it all sounds a bit quaint then just drop in and listen to the music over a coffee in the cafe.


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Lots to see and do during October

During October there will be a lot of action in the Pleasaunce, starting off with a Bee and Bug Open Day at The Bridge on Sunday 11th October

All families are very welcome to an interesting afternoon from 1pm to 4pm, when there will be a celebration of all things wild and wonderful in the newly improved Green Zone at the Bridge

Free entertainment includes: Forest School Sessions with den making and bug hunts; Bug Hotel and Wormery to watch; Bug and Bee arts and craft; Outdoor Storytelling and a Mud Kitchen.

A great afternoon of free entertainment.

On Sunday 18th October it will be 75 years since a bomb landed on the Pleasaunce and we are running a free event to remember it and celebrate 75 years of Peace in the Pleasaunce, all starting at 2pm.

There will be an interesting talk at 3pm by local Blitz historian Steve Hunnisett about what happened here in Greenwich and the surrounding area during the Blitz. There will be children’s activities around the cafe area and a Wartime Tea (including Spam sandwiches!) at 4pm.

Two or three older residents will be on hand to talk to you about their experiences and Halstow Commnity Choir will provide us with music from the time. You can also find out how Greenwich residents helped in the “Dig for Victory” campaign.

Keep Calm and Come Along!

Then on Saturday 24th October there will be a Trafalgar Day Act of Remembrance which will take place at 12 noon at the memorial plaque, to which all are welcome.

The remains of some of those who died in the battle of Trafalgar, 210 years ago, are buried here in the Pleasaunce so it is an appropriate place to hold this event. The Church of England, East Greenwich Ministry Team will preside over the service.

The Salvation Army band will provide the music and standard bearers from the Royal Naval Association and the Deptford and Greenwich Sea Cadets will parade. Wreaths will be laid by the Mayor of Greenwich and the deputy Lord Lieutenant and representatives from the WRNS. Many from the local Royal Naval Association including residents from the Trafalgar Quarters will attend this event which is supported by our Friends Group.

The Revd. Margaret Cave, our local team rector commented on the event, “We are delighted that the Remembrance Service will continue despite the sad death earlier this year of ex-naval service man Terry Stacey who organised this event for many years.”

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Award money for the Eco Garden

There was great excitement at the Bridge last week when they were told that they had won a grant from Awards For All for nearly £8,000 for their Eco Garden.

This will mean that the Forest School will really get going in a big way. A new bee and bug hotel, new plants, a watering systems, composts heap and wormary,  pre-primary suits and clothing, tools for the children and most important of all help in training two forest school leaders. This make a huge difference to the two forest school volunteers who work at the Bridge and also to local school children who will use the new facility.

Well done to all the people who have worked so hard to get this grant, another great success for the Bridge!

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More improvements planned for The Bridge

The Bridge (top right hand corner of East Greenwich Pleasaunce) is investigating a one room, one storey extension (where the lorry container currently sits) to offer a wider range of activities to the community, as well as giving The Bridge a much needed facelift!.

A public consultation will be held at the Bridge on Monday 29th June at 8pm. This will give Friends of the Pleasaunce a chance to review the plans in more detail and speak with the architects and directors.

We hope to see you there. More information and the latest drawings are on

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Tree Trail

Try the new Tree Trail which has its own page. The map is now included and we would like to hear your commentsWP_20150501_14_53_43_Pro

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Summer Festival was a great success

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Sunday the 7th June was the date for this years East Greenwich Pleasaunce Summer Festival. It was a great success as the sun shone all afternoon and the atmosphere was very jolly.  It was again sponsored by Parksfest in partnership with the Royal borough of Greenwich.

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The bands: Ronnie and the Ripchords; the Les Zoings, Creekside Brass, Apple of My Eye and the Los Dawsons get the music flowing while the Irish Dancers, Greenwich Morris Men and the Pleasaunce Zumba Dancers kept us entertained.

The Art Tent was packed with drawings, paintings, printing and photographs all provided by local artists.

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Children are well catered for at the Bridge Community Centre with a range of things to do all afternoon while down in the dog free zone Messy Church from St John’s and Christ Church kept the older children entertained with a ‘Love Your Neighbour’ theme. Year 6 from Halstow, our local school ran a fete type stall with a bit of parental help to raise money for their year book. A great way to start children off on the road to helping out in the community.

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The well stocked Bar with our famous Pleasaunce Punch, had to be replenished several times as the bar staff became the heroes of the day, chopping fruit and pouring Pims as the ice melted.

Good to have a free family day out in the English Summer Sunshine!

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