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WWI Meadow 2018

With thanks to funds raised from our farmers’ market (every second Saturday of the month 10-3pm) we purchased fresh seed for the WWI meadow. Although rather lacking in poppies, the cornflowers have put on a good show. Poppies and cornflowers have become the symbols of the 1914-1918 war.
But just like the British Poppy, the Cornflower ‘Le Bleuet’ only became a Remembrance flower after the war. Suzanne Lenhardt, nurse at the military hospital of the “Invalides” and widow of a Captain of the Colonial Infantry killed in 1915, and Charlotte Malleterre, daughter of General Léon Niox and spouse of General Gabriel Malleterre, both touched by the sufferings of the maimed they took care of, understood the necessity to help them play an active role in Society…They decided to organise workshops where maimed soldiers manufactured cornflowers with petals made out of fabric and stamens out of newsprint. Those flowers were sold on many occasions, and the income of this activity gave the men some autonomy. Cornflower became the symbol of reintegration through work.

Woodland Trust Tree Saplings.

We were lucky enough to receive tree saplings from the woodland trust this year and had a fantastic turn out for our planting session at Easter. We welcomed the turn in weather and down pours, but now with the longest hot spell since 1976, we are having to do lots of watering. The planting will help reduce the urban heat island effect, improve air quality and is a 100 year investment for future generations. So if you want to help look out on the notice board by the cafe for our next volunteering event or on our facebook page Hilly Fields SE4 Our sessions are usually set to last for 2 hours, but to those who say they have no time, come and help for 30 minutes, it is good exercise, sociable and oh so worthy.

PLAY FOR ALL!

I have heard some depressing rumours that children have been told that the recently broken group swing, was not for older children. THIS is very incorrect. It was especially for secondary school children to enjoy. We support the right to play for all children. The fault is with the play company (not one we would have chosen) for supplying a piece of equipment with cheap timber. No doubt, that’s how they undercut other companies!

Midsummer Fayre – Why not Volunteer?

Here is a great opportunity to be part of the community, meet new people and do your bit. There are lots of jobs to do, before the day, during and litter picking at the end.

Volunteering
A dozen or so different Teams take charge of specific aspects of the organisation, each with a Team Captain.

Before the event:

General organisation (during the months before the event)
Programme Distribution (during the fortnight before the event)
On the day itself:

Set up Gazebo and Tent
Set up Hazard Tapes/Bunting/Signs/ Flags
Stewards (stalls / traffic flow)
Litter management
Children’s competitions
Arena events
Raffle ticket sales
Brockley Society tent
Tea and Cake stall
Barbecue stall
Event strike down (tents/gazebos)
You can view a full breakdown of all the roles here.

Please consider getting involved! Most roles only require a couple of hours of your time; the more the merrier, and the smoother the event will run.

To register your interest in helping out, or to find out more, please contact:
fayre@brockleysociety.org.uk

Farmers’ Market every second Saturday of the month.

Our little market is dwindling, and I suspect that I might be more accurate with my apostrophe if I moved it a little to the left. However, Whitegate’s Farm are still a great help with our regular funds. The rent from their stall has funded this year’s WWI meadow. The cornflowers are just coming into bloom and it looks set for a great floral display. So if you are in the park on Saturday, your support would be appreciated. You can buy seasonal, local vegetables and fruit, fresh eggs and Kent apple juices. Plus some great plants.

Kent Vegetables and plants from Whitegates Farm

ART in the PARK, this Saturday 9th June, 2018

This Saturday we have ART IN the PARK, brought to you by the fantastic Brockley Max. This includes live music on the stage from midday, free story telling tent and the Children’s Magical Marquee £5 per child
Welcome to our amazing Magical Marquee, offering creative workshops for children up to 14 years Midday until 6pm. Workshops will include the ever popular balloon twisting workshop, floral garlands, tote designing, sail away boating workshop, paper lanterns, make your own puppets and much more. The entry to the marquee gives you access to all the workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This doesn’t happpen by magic, so if you want to be part of this great team you can join up as a volunteer: Volunteer for Brockley Max

Midsummer Fayre Saturday 23rd June, 2018

The ever popular midsummer fayre will be on Saturday 23rd June, from midday until 5pm. The Friends of Hilly Fields will be there, where you can test your knowledge of Hilly Fields on our annual quiz, buy one of our tote bags and come and see how you can be involved in keeping the park such a beautiful place.

It is organised by the Brockley Society This event only happens because of a tremendous team effort with lots of volunteers. So don’t be shy information below.

Volunteering
A dozen or so different Teams take charge of specific aspects of the organisation, each with a Team Captain.

Before the event:

General organisation (during the months before the event)
Programme Distribution (during the fortnight before the event)
On the day itself:

Set up Gazebo and Tent
Set up Hazard Tapes/Bunting/Signs/ Flags
Stewards (stalls / traffic flow)
Litter management
Children’s competitions
Arena events
Raffle ticket sales
Brockley Society tent
Tea and Cake stall
Barbecue stall
Event strike down (tents/gazebos)
Please consider getting involved! Most roles only require a couple of hours of your time; the more the merrier, and the smoother the event will run.

To register your interest in helping out, or to find out more, please contact:
Chair@brockleysociety.org.uk

Maintenance Session this Saturday 19th May

We will be watering and topping up mulch to the new tree saplings this Saturday between 10.30 and 12.30. If you have a watering can, always handy to bring. We will meet by new tree plantings, on path from Bothy to the top of Vicars Hill.

Three Peaks History Walk

PASSING through Hilly Fields..but not organised by us.

If you are an avid walker, historian, urban explorer, or want to discover another part of London, do please join and help support Crofton Park Railway Garden. They will be leading an history walk from their garden on Saturday 26th May from 11am-1pm.

The Railway Garden will open at 10am for a chance to find out about the plans and get your Three Peaks maps. Activities will include:
Plant and harvest sale (kale, beans, sprouting broccoli, tomatoes, chilies, strawberries, and more) Sunflower kits for a sunflower competition – launching the competition for all the young ones for a chance to win a Grow Wild wildflower seed pack
Face-painting and the guided heritage walk

The recommended donation is £5/family. But please offer what ever you are able to; less or more, it all helps in the end. Or help volunteer instead at the next open day.
on behalf of the CPRG Friends Group
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Farmers’ Market

If you want to buy fresh locally sourced vegetables that come free of plastic wrappings, then get to Hilly Fields this Saturday morning for the Whitegates Farm Stall. They also bring some lovely plants, which usually get snapped up early.

They’ll be set up by 10am and packing up for 3pm.
Marsh Meat also a Kent Farm will be selling alongside. Please support them, as their continued presence helps fund small projects in Hilly Fields.