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Lantern Making and Carols in Grangewood Park Sat. 10th

Lantern Making and Carols in Grangewood Park Sat. 10th


Saturday 10th Dec.
Grangewood Park
Indoors in our mural painted hut, by the children’s playground.
All ages £4
…and then join in with the Christmas carols in the evening 6pm, by the light of your lantern!
Please book to avoid disappointment
0787 377 6457



Picnic in the Park – Grangewood Park – this Sunday!

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Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park – Grangewood Park on Sunday 20th July from 12-4pm

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For the 5th year running..
we will be holding our Picnic in the Park event on
Sunday 20th July from 12-4pm
This years event looks like being the best ever..
We have the regular firm favourites like the dog show, arts and crafts, storytelling,
sports, dance and music sessions for the children, together with lucky dip and face painting for the children. Adults can either stretch and relax with the yoga and Tai Chi sessions or engage with ‘Speakers Corner’, which is being hosted by Toastmasters and sounds excellent. We will have a bouncy castle for the first time this year too.
As you will all know, we keep this event free so that it will be accessible for all the families and residents around the park. We want to provide a fun and fabulous day as well as generating community feeling and encouraging people to use this wonderful park and resource which is on their doorstep. To cover our costs we run a tea and cake stall on a donation basis.
We need cakes for the cake stall please..all home baked or shop bought cakes are gratefully accepted. If you bake, please can you include a note with ingredients to inform those with allergies. You can bring your cake along on the day or drop off beforehand with either Louise (07817 202516) or you Friends of Grangewood Park Contact.
We need volunteers on the day..we need help with the setup from 10am-12pm on the day, help manning the tea and cake and membership stalls for periods during the day, stewarding etc. I have attached the volunteer form (deals with cakes too). Please have a look, see what you might be able to manage and get it back to us as soon as you can so we can start to plan for the day.
We very much look forward to seeing you at the park on the 20th. Please tell your friends and family and keep your fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day 🙂
Christalla Demetriades
Friends of Grangewood Park
PS The Thornton Heat Arts Week will have started on the 19th and will run to the 25th with an exciting programme of events!


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Saturday 14th December
6-8pm in Grangewood Park
This promises to be a magical evening
Meet for a lantern procession at Wharncliffe Lodge entrance at 6pm
(corner of Grange Rd and Wharncliffe Road)
Bring your lanterns, mulled wine, mince pies and good cheer.
Hymn sheets will be provided.
If any of you play a musical instrument and would like to bring it along, that would be fantastic.
Do invite your friends and talk about it at the school gates etc..
A poster will follow when I have worked out how to amend the dates!
I would also like to give you a quick update on our recent bulb planting/ litter picking / bug hotel making morning…
Despite the most unpromising weather (it absolutely bucketed down!) we had an excellent morning.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our 2 new Friends of Grangewood Park, Anna and Sean, who spotted us while they were doing their morning run and came back to pick up bags and bags of litter before going off to a nice lunch. I would like to thank them and also:
Nicola, Ruby and Harry Hall
Nick Fox
Louise and John Enticknap with Ben, Adam and Ciara
Kath, Frank and Ali Yelland
and last but not least, Karen, who as always, did such a wonderful job with the crafts.
Your enthusiasm and effort really made this a wonderful event..
Check out our Facebook page for photos of the day…
I hope to see you all saturday week at the carols
and in the meantime, wish you a smooth and stress free advent 🙂
Christmas greetings,
Talla Demetriades
Friends of Grangewood Park

Volunteers still needed for Picnic, Sunday 21 July –

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Dear Friends of Grangewood Park

Thank you for the kind offers of help for this Sunday’s Picnic in the Park. If you have volunteered a schedule will be coming round in the next day.

We still need more volunteers, even if just for an hour – especially to help steward (mainly directing people and giving out flyers), running the tea stall and lucky dip, and helping to set up. We need one or two more first aiders too.

We also need talented bakers – any cakes, large or small would be great as the tea stall helps to generate the funds to cover the costs of running the event.

The list of activities continues to grow:
Kids: Little Supernovas drama, Boogiemites, Mini Magic, Art, Scouts, Kickstars, Tennis 4 Kids, Story-telling, Drumming, Bug Hunts, Face-painting and more
Adults: Bowling, Yoga, T’ai Chi, Dog show, Croydon Transition Town stall, Croydon Voluntary Action stall

Don’t forget your Picnic (we will have a tea stall and ice cream van) and friends, family or neighbours.

We hope to see some of you on Sunday. Thanks for our continued support.

Friends of Grangewood Park receive first RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Award

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Today the Friends of Grangewood Park received its first RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Award. We achieved Level 2 ‘Improving’ status which is pretty good given it is our first year in the scheme. Well done to everyone who has been involved with the Friends – the hard work and enthusiasm is paying off. You will see the certificate on our park noticeboard soon.

We need your help to develop our plans for the playground. Please can you tell us
1) What you like about the current playground
2) What you don’t like about the current playground
3) what you would like to see in a new playground (please give us examples of your favourite playgrounds and what you like about them)

Forthcoming events:
Saturday 13th Oct: Autumn Walk meet at 2pm at entrance of Beaulieh Heights (in Grangewood Park from around 3pm). Meike Weiser from Croydon Council is leading this walk and talk, taking in the history and nature of the former Great North Wood, with activities for kids of all ages too. Please join us.

Wednesday 31st October: 4-6pm Halloween family event with activities, stories and crafts for kids. Wrap up warm and bring a torch.

17th November: (time tbc) Tree and bulb plant

Thanks for your continued support

Louise Enticknap
Chair, Freinds of Grangewood Park

You are invited to pray for a nice day!

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