CRYSTAL PALACE PARK Community Stakeholder Group are looking for helpers to carry out a survey in the park on Wednesday 19th June and Saturday 22nd June.
Bromley council are currently in the process of co-ordinating the submission of a first round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under their Parks for People programme. The programme supports regeneration projects and activities in parks throughout the UK.
As part of this first round application a Park User Survey needs to be completed. The Survey will be used to establish current park user numbers. In addition the community stakeholder group will gather data on who uses the park, why they visit the park and where they have come from.
“The Survey data will also be used to project park user numbers after the Heritage Lottery Fund investment has been made” say the group. “This will enable us to consider how we widen the visitor base of Crystal Palace park.” A more involved consultation period will begin should this HLF grant be awarded. The purpose of the consultation will be to seek community views on the proposed improvements.
The community stakeholder group, along with other local community groups, are planning on running two main volunteering sessions on each day. The morning session starts at 8.30 am and finishes at 1 pm and the afternoon session starts at 12.30 pm and finishes at 5 pm.
“Each session will start with a briefing held at the Information Centre (near the Penge Gate of the park) where we will give you all the information and equipment you need to help complete the Survey. “Please note that you do not have to volunteer for the whole morning or afternoon session but we are asking that volunteers give a minimum of two hours.
If you are interested in helping out or would simply like some more information about the survey please contact: Crystal Palace Park CSG
If you would like any further information on the HLF application please contact [email protected]
…AND INFORMATION CENTRE
Meanwhile the Friends of Crystal Palace Park are looking for volunteers to staff the information centre.
In a message to members the Friends say: “As you’ll be aware, the Rangers are no longer based in the park, and so the information centre is no longer open to the public. “We managed to keep it open last summer purely with volunteers and are keen to do so again.
“We don’t have quite enough willing hands yet, to keep it open every weekend, so please get in touch if you are able to help. “You just need to be available for a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday, and we’ll make sure you aren’t left on your own, or without support.”
The Friends are holding a regular volunteering session this Sunday (June 9th) from 2-4pm. Meet as usual, by the information centre opposite the cafe, at the lower entrance to the park.
NORWOOD FOODBANK NEED VOLUNTEERS – FOOD NEEDS MULTIPLY THREEFOLD SINCE DECEMBER
NORWOOD FOODBANK is looking for volunteers to helpoutside Sainsbury’s, Westow Street on Saturday July 6th. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Maytom says: “”We have seen a steady increase of clients already since April and now need to aim to collect at least three tonnes of food a month. “This is more than three times the amount we needed every month at the end of last year so we have supermarket collections every month. “if you could consider helping at a future event it would be much appreciated.”
Friday 5th July Brixton Tesco’s
Saturday 6th July Brixton Tesco’s and Sainsburys Upper Norwood
NOTE: NORWOOD FOODBANK has a new website address: http://norwoodbrixton.foodbank.org.uk/
PARK FRIENDS ANNUAL MEETING
Friends of Crystal Palace Park will be holding their annual meeting on Sunday June 23rd in the lodge, in the park from 2.30pm to 4pm.
“Please do come and join us to confirm the committee for the coming year, to feed into events and plans for the park and to make your voice heard” said a Friends spokeswoman.
“If you are interested in joining the committee, please get in touch with Sue Wardman, on [email protected] . “You might have some specific skills to offer or just want to help out in a general way – we’d be delighted to talk to anyone about this.”
Agendas will be sent in the next few weeks. Annual subs are £3 for an individual, or £5 for a family membership. “Please come with change” say the Friends.
MOTORSPORT AT THE PALACE
29 May 2013: Under glorious sunshine, a record crowd of over 8,000 people enjoyed two fantastic days of racing at Motorsport at the Palace. Race fans and casual visitors alike witnessed some spectacular on-track action, which saw the previous lap record smashed and class records tumble across the board. Existing record holder Gary Thomas, driving a Force PT, shaved almost a second off his previous best time, powering his way around the course in just 32.87 seconds.
Event organiser, Sevenoaks and District Motor Club, was again delighted to support local charities, Royal London Society for Blind People and St Christopher’s Hospice. This year, Motorsport at the Palace raised over £3,500 for these charities, taking the overall total donated to almost £15,000. For more information, please visit www.motorsportatthepalace.co.uk. (Source: Friends of Crystal Palace Park)