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  • hilly 9:39 pm on December 23, 2015
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    Happy Christmas 

    Father Christmas arrives at Woodland Farm, pulled by Bob the pony

    Father Christmas arrives at Woodland Farm, pulled by Bob the pony

    This year’s Christmas card photo was taken at Woodlands Farm’s Christmas Fair a few weeks ago, and shows the arrival of Father Christmas in a carriage drawn by Bob the pony. Once again I’d like to combine my season’s greetings and best wishes for next year with those of the Friends of Eaglesfield Park.

    Madeleine sent me the Friends’ card, which is included below, and has a brief update:

    We have planted approx. 2,500 spring bulbs, but still need help with remainder in early January (hope not too late!).   Plans are in hand to clean pond and reduce lilies and thin water margins.   Keep up to date with our blog at http://eaglesfieldpark.org/

    Happy Christmas and all the very best in 2016.

     

    Friends of Eaglesfield Park Christmas Card 2015

     

     

     

     
  • hilly 5:47 pm on November 26, 2015
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    Bulb planting this weekend 

    Crocuses in Eaglesfield Park

    Crocuses in Eaglesfield Park

    Both the Friends of Eaglesfield Park and the Friends of the Pet Cemetery are planting bulbs for the spring this weekend: Eaglesfield on Saturday and the Pet Cemetery on Sunday. Both would welcome help.

    The Friends of Eaglesfield Park will be planting daffodils and native bluebells in the meadow around the lilly pond between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday, 28th November. Madeleine wrote with details:

    We will be meeting up at the pond on Saturday 28th November from 11.00am onwards to plant native bluebells and daffodils.  Weather permitting !
    Can you help us ?  Whatever time you can spare would be greatly appreciated.  May we ask you to bring your own tools – e.g. spades/hand trowel/gloves and don’t forget the wellies.
    The crocuses planted a couple of years ago now provide a great display and we  would now like to add native bluebells and daffodils in the meadow surrounding the pond.     We hope you agree they will provide beautiful spring colour, and enhance the tranquillity of this area of Eaglesfield Park.

    The Parks and Open Spaces of the Royal Borough of Greenwich have kindly donated 2,000 native English Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and 2,000 Daffodils (Narcissus pseudo narcissus) but, of course, they need to be planted!
    Please join us.

    The Friends are also planning maintenance of the pond itself, such as thinning out the lillies and other pond plants, working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Froglife and Ponds UK (Aquatic Management Ltd).

    Autumnal Eaglesfield

    Autumnal Eaglesfield

    The Pet Cemetery Charlton

    The Pet Cemetery Charlton

    If you’re not at the Climate Change March on Sunday the Pet Cemetery is well worth a visit – to see the amazing transformation the Friends of the Pet Cemetery have made to what was a neglected area just a couple of years ago, and to help them plant some bulbs. Jean Patrick, the Friends’ Secretary e-mailed:

    On Sunday, we are holding a bulb planting session.  We have received generous donations of hundreds of bulbs that we would like to plant all in one go if possible.  If you are able to spare some time next Sunday, between 10am-3.30pm, we would be very grateful, even if you can only pop in for 30 minutes.  Please bring a trowel, gloves and kneeling mat if needed.

    The Cemetery is looking really good: lots of colourful plants, donated by local people, Thompson’s Garden Centre and the Parks Department; a number of new bird and bug boxes; two new benches from the Royal Borough of Greenwich; and a memorial wall for plaques to commemorate deceased pets. The old concrete bench bases from around the trees have been removed and  the Shedders from Men in Sheds will soon be creating new circular seating to replace them, partially funded by a grant from Metropolitan Public Gardens Association.

    The Friends are currently setting up their own web site: I’ll publicise the URL as soon as it’s ready.

    Anyone who would like to have a plaque put on the memorial wall to remember a pet should contact either the Chair of the Friends, Liz McDermott on mcdermott_liz @hotmail.com or the Secretary Jean Patrick on jmp179@skye.com for prices and other details.

    Memorial wall at the Pet Cemetery

    Memorial wall at the Pet Cemetery

    Memorial wall at the Pet Cemetery

    Old gravestone at the Pet Cemetery

     
  • hilly 9:47 pm on September 24, 2015
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    Park Weekend 

    Eaglesfield Park Sunday 27th Sept 2015

    The weather for the weekend is forecast  to be “Fine and dry with settled conditions,” so a good weekend to get out into our local parks. Both Shrewsbury Park and Eaglesfield Park have community activities this weekend.

    On Saturday the Friends of Shrewsbury Park are having one of their regular tidy-up sessions. Kathy wrote with details:

    If you can spare an hour to help clean up the park by picking up rubbish and cutting back brambles, please meet this Saturday at 11am at the Garland Road entrance to Dothill.  Please bring your gardening gloves and secateurs.

    Then on Sunday the Friends of Eaglesfield Park have things going on all day. In the morning they have one of their clean-up sessions at the lilly pond, assisted from 11.00am by Youth Volunteers from NCS (National Citizen Service), then after lunch another free Tai Chi session led by Tai Chi  teacher Chew-Yeen. Following the Tai Chi, Chew-Yeen has organised a “cake sharing” for a donation of £2 in support of MacMillan Cancer Nurses. We’ll need to bring our own flask of tea or coffee

    The details are all on the Friends’ blog, but the key times are:

    10.30 am  –                     Monthly pond and meadow tidy up and weeding.
    11.00 am – 3.30 pm      Youth volunteers from NCS (National Citizen Service)  weeding and community survey.
    1.00 – 2.00 pm              Tai Chi session.

    Let’s hope the met office are right for once.

    Hawthorn berries in Eaglesfield Park

    Hawthorn berries in Eaglesfield Park

     
  • hilly 2:35 pm on August 22, 2015
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    Free Tai Chi in Eaglesfield Park 

    Eaglesfield Park Tai Chi Poster

    Following the successful Tai Chi session at Eaglesfield Park’s picnic last month the Friends of Eaglesfield Park have arranged two more Tai Chi sessions, the first tomorrow (Sunday 23rd August) at 2.00pm. Madeleine from the Friends wrote with details:

    Following a wonderful Tai Chi session held as part of the Parksfest event on 12th July and the requests of local residents, Chew-Yeen has very kindly offered to come back to Eaglesfield Park to run 2 free classes for anyone to join in. Chew-Yeen  has been practicing Tai Chi for over 20 years.   She is a member of the British Council of Martial Arts Federation and a European Tai Chi gold medal winner.
    Tai chi combines slow and gentle movements with deep breathing and relaxation. It can help to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.   You can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.  Come and join in on: Sunday 23rd August and Sunday 27th September  (both days 2 – 3 pm)
    A wonderful opportunity to try a few Tai Chi moves and  learn how it can improve your health and well being and according to a local resident at the Eaglesfield Park Parkfest 2015   “Trying out tai chi for the first time and in such lovely surroundings with such a beautiful view was a very special experience’”
    There is no need to “book a place”, just turn up.  However it would be helpful if you could let Chew-Yeen know if you are interested so that she has an idea of the number of people to expect or if you need further information.  Please email her at: chewyeenlawes@yahoo.com .
    Having tried out a few Tai Chi moves, why not linger a while – relax and enjoy the peaceful ambience of the park and a “communal  picnic” to share with other participants.   Perhaps you could bring a “covered dish” – some french bread and cheese, or mixed salad or cakes or fruit or a few sandwiches or your very own “signature dish”.    It’s a great way to make new friends and has proved popular on previous occasions.   Don’t forget the flask of tea or coffee !
    It really is worth coming to see what Tai Chi is all about and Chew-Yeen’s enthusiasm and expertise may well inspire you too!
    And it is Free !
    Please note however  ………… Weather permitting !  Check our blog http://www.eaglesfieldpark.org   on the morning of 23rd August and 27th September for cancellation due to bad weather.

    Let’s hope the showers forecast for tomorrow afternoon hold off .

    Tai Chi in Eaglesfield Park

    Tai Chi in Eaglesfield Park

    Tai Chi in Eaglesfield Park

    Tai Chi in Eaglesfield Park

     
  • hilly 10:30 am on July 6, 2015
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    Picnic in Eaglesfield Park 

    FoEP Leaflet

    The Friends of Eaglesfield Park are holding a “Picnic in the Park” on Sunday 12th July, with entertainment from a Brazilian/Latin band and a display of Tai Chi. Madeleine from the Friends wrote with details:

    As part of the Parksfest 2015 celebrations Friends of Eaglesfield Park would like to invite everyone to Eaglesfield Park on Sunday 12th July between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm to relax to the sunny music of Brazilian/ Latin band ‘Roots BR’ and see a display of Tai Chi with Chew-Yeen Lawes – and maybe even learn a few moves!
    The aim of the afternoon is simply relaxation and well being.  Learn how to improve our lives with the techniques of Tai Chi.   Take time out to enjoy the company of  friends, family and neighbours.   Listen to the rhythms of Brazilian/Latin music.  Experience the peace and tranquillity of Eaglesfield Park.
    So, why not forget about cooking Sunday Lunch and instead bring a picnic and comfy chair, and chill out for a couple of hours!   But don’t forget the sun lotion.
    For the more energetic, you could also try Pond Dipping – we have the basic equipment.
    Bring a picnic
    Rediscover how the ancient martial art of Tai Chi can improve your life focus and restore calm and balance.  No special equipment is required to join them. All it takes is your body and a willingness to learn.
    Throughout the afternoon there will also be opportunities for Pond Dipping – come and see what you can discover.  We have basic equipment and reference guides.

    I’m looking forward to learning some Tai Chi in the park. Let’s hope the weather stays fine.

    Tai Chi in Eaglesfield Park

    Friends of Eaglesfield Park’s photo of Tai Chi in the park

    Eaglesfield Park

    Eaglesfield Park

     
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