Our next event on September 10th is the Havelock Hoedown. It’s set to be our biggest event to date, and we’re really looking forward to it. We are looking for local businesses to sponsor the event and have two great packages to choose from. Deadline is 1st August to take advantage of all benefits!
There was a great turnout for our Bug Hunting and Birdbox Painting day on a very warm but windy Saturday 9th July.Even the sun turned up for a while.
Thanks to everyone who came and participated! We sold out of birdboxes in record time and we now have 30 Havelock Hunters in our midst. Lots of people took part in the Scavenger Hunt, and there were some excellent drawings and crafts. Thanks to Sandy and Judy who helped us to identify lots of minibeasts and to Friends of the Earth who had a stall.
We’re really looking forward to our Bug Hunting and Birdbox Painting event, designed especially for the kids. Come along to paint a birdbox that you’ll be able to take home with you. Or sign the kids up to join our new and exclusive club, the Havelock Hunters, who are going to help the Friends of Havelock Rec find out what creatures live on the Rec. In your Havelock Hunters bug hunting kits, you’ll find lots of information, a bug viewer and membership card of course.
We hope the kids will be as excited about this as we are!
There will also be a scavenger hunt and other activities, plus Friends of the Earth will be there to tell us all about bees and butterflies. There will be a small charge for some these activities, details are below.
You will also be able to buy hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and other refreshments. We hope the weather will have brightened up by then (hmm!), but we’ll be there rain or shine!
Birdbox including paint – £3
Havelock Hunters pack – £3
BUY BOTH for £5
Scavenger Hunt – £2 (or £1 with any of the above)
Teas, coffees, soft drinks – 50p
Cakes – 50p – £1 per slice
Any profit will go to the Friends of Havelock Rec for future events.
Please note there are a limited number of birdboxes and Havelock Hunter packs so please do come early.
Hope to see you on Saturday at noon!
We braved the rain and had a great time, so thank you to everyone who came along! The cake stall was as amazing as ever and the crowning glory made by Michelle was, quite literally, a crown! Happy 90th birthday Your Majesty! We hope the winners of the Guess the Weight of the cake competition enjoyed it as much as we all enjoyed the rest of the cakes.
Our volunteers set up the stalls (in pouring rain!) and a lovely marquee (thanks to the Scouts) complete with beautiful table decorations.
And of course, everyone got stuck in to the Tug of War. We’re not sure who won…. but it was about the taking part.
Not forgetting the amazing game of pin the tail on Puddle the corgi – painting by Sandy.
What a great day, fun had by all who came. Thank you for helping us raise some much needed funds. See you at the next event in July.
Grab your partner by the hand!
We’ll be hosting the Havelock Hoedown on September 10th, which will be a great day for the whole family. You can expect delicious food stalls, a spot of line dancing, a bouncy castle and a whole lot of family fun!
So dig out your cowboy boots and mark the date in your diary right now! Yeee-hawww!
Exciting news, we’ve just finalised our list of forthcoming events which include another Big Lunch in June, a fun event for kids to explore the creatures that live on the Rec in July and – most exciting of all – the Havelock Hoedown in September! This will be a really fun day for all the family, including food stalls and, naturally, a bit of line dancing. So dig out your diary and your cowboy boots in preparation!
As always we need volunteers to help with the smooth running of all these events, so please email us or get in touch on Facebook if you can help.
Saturday 14th May, 10.30am
Our 2nd Annual Big Lunch
Picnic in the Park for the community
Sunday 12th June, 12noon
Birdbox painting & bug hunting
Bring the kids & find out what creatures live on the Rec!
Saturday 9th July, 12noon
Wednesday 27th July, 10.30am
Food festival & family fun day
Saturday 10th September, 12noon
TBC in the Autumn:
Seed and Bulb planting
It’s nearly a year since the fateful and desperate day when we formed our campaign to save our park, and this park friends group to run it. Thanks to all of you, we still have a park to use and for our children to play in. It also means that we are holding our AGM shortly: please join us for a drink and to talk about our park, at 8pm, at the Chatterton Arms on Wednesday 24th February!
In this newsletter:
10:30am Saturday 12th March – litter picking
12noon Sunday 12th June – OUR 2ND ANNUAL BIG LUNCH
12noon Saturday 10th September – Havelock Hoedown
But more will be arranged – keep an eye on your email or the notice board!
We are delighted to announce (for those of you who have not been on the brickfield recently) that we have finished planting both the Homesdale road entrance and the biodiversity hedge (along the chain link fence).
Thanks to everyone who made it happen! Personally speaking, when I first read that we should plant the hedge on Dr Judy’s biodiversity report, I never imagined that a year later we would have actually planted ourselves a hedge! I wasn’t sure we’d even have our recreation ground to put it on either!
Lots of thanks to Stephen Tickner at the landscape group, who enabled it to happen (and helped us muddle though learning how to be a friends group). The hedge planting was done by a volunteer group that Stephen organised, called Pulse. They are committed to helping long term unemployed back into work.
Above, the drawing of what the hedge might look like in a couple of years time, from our page for your input into our action plan, and our little mascot William, supervising the work on the entrance!
Unfortunately, as the brick pit was filled with crushed and compacted rubble (and other stuff, see our history page) it is hard work to dig the holes to plant, and it is great that people put in the effort for the community – thanks again!
It will be exciting to see our plans to add diversity to our park actually take shape, and for our collective effort to make a little change for generations to come.
Our packs include holly, hawthorn, dog rose and hazel from the Woodland Trust, and Wayfaring tree, guelder rose, and dogwood (among others) from OVO energy. For the entrance on Homesdale Road, we’ve also got some ornamental dogwood.
The hedge is following expert recommendation, this hedge will enhance the biodiversity value of our park, not just with the little trees themselves, but by providing food and (when bigger) homes for our bats, bumble bees and birdlife. They will also give shelter for other plants and flowers that insects, like butterflies and grasshoppers, will love.
This is one of our projects to help us, as a community keep our park, as it provides a visible sign how much it is valued and used by the community. If you have any ideas you have for our park, please feel free to fill in the survey (http://friendsofhavelockrec.org/our-action-plan/)or just email us: