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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.

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:

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.
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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.

Bank Holiday Monday – Bowls Club Open Day from 11am

LB of Lewisham do not permit BBQs in their parks.

WE don’t make the rules, but BBQs are not actually allowed in Hilly Fields or any park in Lewisham.

If we did make the rules, we’d say, DON’T burn the grass and take all your rubbish from hence it came..ie home. Where it can be most economically and successfully recycled in your wheelie bins.

SERIOUSLY, if you want your plastics, glass and tins recycling the best way to ensure this is to put them in a kerbside green wheelie bin.

This is what we’d like to avoid on a summer evening…with the best will in the world, Glendale can’t be emptying bins half way through the night and by the time the morning comes, the foxes will have checked it out.


Rubbish piled on a full bin in the play area


The Francis Drake Bowls Club on the corner of Hilly Fields will be holding an open day with introductory sessions:
the first one will be Monday 7th May from 11am until 4pm
If you can’t make the Monday, then you can have a try on May 8th, 10th, 15th or 17th from 2 – 4.30pm.

You can contact Jeanette on 020 8291 9243 or RON on 020 8962 3669 or via francisdrakebowlsclub.org

Pruning our fruit trees

A master class with our orchardista, explaining how to prune mature plums. We also sowed the meadow, with extra cornflowers and poppy seeds.

Volunteering with nature conservation

Although we have recently planted over 300 tree saplings and hedge plants, we’ve had a lull with our regular volunteer days. However, we have plans to start them up again on Sunday mornings, probably fortnightly over summer.

Here is some information on what we’ve done in the past.
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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

We have now planted the tree saplings supplied by the Woodland Trust, sponsored by IKEA>
The sun shone and we had a lovely day, with lots of new volunteers. Ruth from Pistachios Cafe kindly took orders and delivered complimentary drinks.

Amongst the oaks and field maples we have a ring of rowan trees and an avenue of cherries and crab apples.