APRIL 2018

 

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Waterside Care:

The terrible weather we had been subjected to during the later months of 2017 and the first three months of 2018 have caused considerable damage to trees throughout the park. The work parties under the Park Ranger's supervision and those we organized ourselves managed to keep footpaths clear and safe for park users. Unfortunately, the aforementioned weather resulted in the Waterside Care Team's normal activities being cancelled altogether, or something else being done because the brook was flowing too fast to work in safely.

Sunday 8th April had been set aside for Waterside Care and by 10:30 a.m. the weather looked very promising and as there were a number of blockages that required attention, the assembled team set off in good spirits, looking forward to clearing at least the largest of the blockages in the Griffin's Brook. Read more

Still to come in April 2018

As well as our monthly Waterside Care activity, we have a volunteer workday with the Park Rangers and this month it falls on Saturday 21st April.

We will meet, as we do for all volunteer working activities unless otherwise stated, alongside the community notice board situated closest to the Manor Drive entrance to the park at the north end of the Lake [see the map here].

Since Saturday's [21st April] Ranger-led work in the North Copse was the last of the planned activities for April 2018 I have prepared a preview of what has been planned for May 2018; but first you may like to see the results of Saturday's efforts here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Barn:

Now

In order to keep up to date with developments regarding the Cadbury Barn and what we are doing, please go here

The Barn:

Then

Oddly enough, right from when it was erected in 1896, the Cadbury Barn has never been used as a barn. The main purpose of the building was to entertain children from the inner City who were less fortunate and had never experienced the countryside.

Every weekend, right up until WWII, hundreds of children would have fun on the farm and learn about the countryside; then, in the late afternoons they would enjoy a feast of sandwiches and cakes in the Barn, creating lots of noise and laughter, to the delight of George and Elizabeth.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the barn and the surrounding buildings became a training centre for the Friends Ambulance Unit, which you can read more about here.

The Barn:

Future

The original Barn building, being destroyed by fire earlier this year means there is not, in reality, a future for the Barn at all. However, the Stakeholder Group continue to meet and plan for a future that will include, if not the original and unique Barn being brought back into community use, then a reasonable facsimilie being utilized that will include parts of the original witin its construction. Nothing can be confirmed, one way or another at this time, there is still a lot of planning and preparation to be done.

One thing that can be confirmed though, is our need of funds and you can help in any number of ways: join the FoMFP, which is only £2.00/year per person; buy our calendar; come to our events and have a go on the Tombola, make donations for the free refreshments and/or buy a cuddly hand made toy. You can even help right now by visiting this article and following the instructions.

 
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