The Pleasaunce has once again won a Green Flag award following an inspection last year. The scheme exists to ‘recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country’.
Back in June inspectors were given a tour of the park by members of the Friends committee and parks officers – including the cafe with its green building, the Bridge, the orchard and the navy graves.
In their report the inspectors praised the hands-on involvement of the Friends Group in the park and described the cafe building as excellent, commenting that, ‘Cafe seems to be part of the park with a sense of membership rather than just catering provision’.
They found the park clean and well kept, despite a little graffiti and said that it was ‘clearly cared for by the local community and well managed by a dedicated and competent team at the Council’.
They saw some room for improvement, suggesting that there could be more interpretation in the park of its long history, which could give the FEGP some ideas for future projects.
If you have any ideas on how to keep our park well-cared for, or perhaps how to make more improvements, remember our AGM is coming up on 28th January – all are welcome.
The Pleasaunce Christmas Party was another success last month – with more than 250 children seeing Father Christmas during a two and half hour period! There was no charge, so families could come along and be entertained to a free afternoon of Christmas Cheer.
Meanwhile, their parents took a look around the Christmas Market and enjoyed refreshments at the Friends of the Pleasaunce bar. Mulled wine, mince pies or hot chocolate all on offer.
There were other things to amuse the children such a making decorations or finding a present among the nearly new toys.
Santa also kept up his tradition of surprising us by leaving the sleigh at home and arriving in alternative forms of transport – this year in a police van with a mounted police escort. The children loved the horses who waited patiently while photographs were taken and stayed all afternoon.
As always it was a great combined effort by the Friends of the Pleasaunce and The Bridge volunteers. This year we were able to make use of the Bridge for Santa’s Grotto for the first time, so Father Christmas didn’t need his long johns and the children kept warm and cosy.
Halstow Community Choir lead the Carol Singing and a local Jazz band entertained us.
There will be something for everyone at the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce annual Summer Picnic on Sunday 30 June. Here’s the full schedule – we look forward to seeing you there. Have fun!
12.00-12.45 Rachel and Niall
13.00-14.00 Lost Chords
14.15- 15.00 Ffog
15.15-16.00 Lost Chords
16.10- 17.10 Ronnie Scott’s Rejects
For kids of all ages
13.30 onwards: African drumming workshop
Children’s play area, at the Bridge
Bar 12.00 till close
Cake stall 12.00 til it’s all gone
Munchkin Sports, who specialise in introducing children aged 2 to 7 to sport, will be starting athletics sessions at the Bridge on Tuesdays, starting today, 11 June.
Sessions for 2-4 year-olds will run from 10.30am and for 4-7 year-olds at 4pm.
Visit www.munchkinsportsltd.com for more details.