As we’ve just sent out lots of leaflets about our forthcoming events, we thought that some people may be new to the area or not be quite sure where we are. Just for you, here’s the map of the area showing Havelock Rec. For more detail on Google Maps, click here.
The two main entrances are on Homesdale Road and off Havelock Road (actually Marlborough Road). The Homesdale Road entrance is a pedestrian entrance opposite the Eivissa beauty salon.
If you’re arriving by car, parking is available on the street but is restricted to residents only between the hours of 12-2 on Monday – Saturday. There is pay and display parking available on nearby Chatterton Road.
If you’ve never visited us before, now’s your chance! We hope to see you on June 12th at noon for our Big Lunch, if not before.
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!
CAN YOU HELP?
Help us to advertise the Havelock Hoedown, happening on September 10th, with an estate agent board.
It’s not only a great way to advertise the event but we also get a donation from George Proctor for each board to help make the event a success. Every one counts so please get in touch.
Just email: firstname.lastname@example.org
with your address before 15th July and we’ll do the rest!
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: