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Dates for 2018

Our regular Big Bird Watch will take place on Sunday 28th January, most likely from 10.30am.

Our annual orchard maintenance and pruning session will be held on 4th February at 2pm, followed by our 8th Wassail at 4pm. If you want to start learning the words in anticipation, check out this link.

Winter Meeting

We are starting our winter meeting, at 7pm tomorrow evening, so we can be away by 8.30pm.
Venue: Cafe in Hilly Fields. The minutes will be posted shortly.

It is an open meeting, and if you can’t make it you can forward any pertinent issues so we can bring them up with Glendale.
FOHF minutes 12-9-17

Footage from Hilly Fields, 1962

Thanks so much to Tony Gabis for sending the link to this fabulous piece of footage from 1962, when he was 6 years old.
Hilly Fields 1962

Post War Prefabs.

When a hot summer comes and the foundations from the prefabs appear in the park, we hear from local residents who remember them. I’ve been asking for years if anyone has any photos and non appeared. Then this month we’ve had some lovely news from Neil who lived in a prefab in Adelaide avenue (not sure which number but it burned down in a fire in the late 1950’s) & then at number 36 Montague Avenue until they were demolished in about 1964. He moved to Hertfordshire in 1976.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, I’ve just had a link to a cine film sent and it even shows the playground.
I’m just trying to link, so it should follow shortly.

Mud Kitchen

Our mud kitchen in the shade garden didn’t really last very long. We’ve had a lovely new one made for us by Joel Perera. I don’t want it to go west like the last one and as it is quite a different style, we thought that it would work in the main playground. We could chain it to the railing and try to get some more logs. Any ideas on preferred position.

There will be water to hand as well, so that should help. Posisble locations are in very bottom where we has some inset logs. Opposite the wobbly bridge or even behind the seating deck?

mud kitchen

mud kitchen before most of it went walkies

Hilly Fields Bags

Our Hilly Fields Bags, depicting the design for our new park sign, are on sale in the cafe for £5 each. Funds will support our projects around the park, including new signage.

Hilly Fields Quiz – Questions and Answers

As usual, the Friends of Hilly Fields had a quiz at this year’s Midsummer Fayre which lots of people had a go at. Although we thought it was relatively easy, only four people got all ten questions right! Those people have been notified and should go to the Hilly Fields cafe to collect their prize.

Grappling with the HF quiz…

The questions are repeated below with the answers at the end. If you haven’t seen the quiz before, you’re welcome to have a go now. The rules are: no looking at the answers until you’ve finished and no looking up the answers online. Oh and there are no prizes except the joy of knowledge!

A landing pad for UFOs?


1. What new outdoor class for children has been launched on Hilly Fields this year?

(a) Duke of Edinburgh Award; (b) Field Study; (c) Forest School; (d) Outward Bound.

2. What does Jas’May sell on Hilly Fields, especially during the summer months?

(a) Cream tea; (b) Ice cream; (c) Iced latte; (d) Sun cream.

3. What can be found in autumn on the oak trees of Hilly Fields?

(a) Acorns; (b) Beechnuts; (c) Honey roasted cashews; (d) Pine cones.

4. Which Victorian writer and designer donated money to help save Hilly Fields as a park?

(a) William Morris; (b) Edith Nesbit; (c) Dante Gabriel Rossetti; (d) Oscar Wilde.

5. What familiar park feature stood on Hilly Fields from 1896 to World War 2?

(a) an aviary; (b) a bandstand; (c) a fairy dell; (d) a grotto.

6. The Hilly Fields stone circle was specifically designed to create – what?

(a) a landing pad for UFOs; (b) a pagan temple; (c) a rounders pitch; (d) a sun dial.

7. Nick Nicely (born Nickolas Laurien) wrote ‘Hilly Fields (1892)’. What is it?

(a) an avant-garde ballet; (b) a cult novel; (c) a local memoir; (d) a psychedelic song.

8. Which bird often seen and heard on Hilly Fields sings ‘in the dead of night’ according to the Beatles?

(a) Blackbird; (b) Chaffinch; (c) Mistle Thrush; (d) Robin.

9. Which of the following creatures seen on Hilly Fields are thought to have evolved from dinosaurs?

(a) bats; (b) birds; (c) foxes; (d) squirrels.

10. So many fields and meadows left in Lewisham! Which one can be seen from the summit of Hilly Fields?

(a) Baxters Field; (b) Blythe Hill Fields; (c) Bridgehouse Meadows: (d) Broadway Fields; (e) Chinbrook Meadows.


  1. (c) Forest School; 2. (b) Ice cream; 3. (a) acorns; 4. (a) William Morris; 5. (b) a bandstand; 6. (d) a sun dial; 7. (d) a psychedelic song; 8. (a) Blackbird; 9. (b) birds; 10. (b) Blythe Hill Fields.

Front Garden Sale…in park

The Co-ordinated Garden Sale is this coming weekend
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017
11am – 4pm

If you don’t have a garden or are out on a limb and want to take part, (SATURDAY only) you can set up by the cafe alongside the market…flea market style. If you are interested please contact us at
We need to confirm numbers etc.

-and of course YOU will be responsible for making sure you leave nothing behind at the end of the day!

So why not end the summer with a big clear-out?
Delve into your cupboards and lofts, sheds and garages.
Find out what surplus treasures you’ve got hidden away.

Last year, over 70 participants in Brockley successfully de-cluttered.
Many more grabbed a bargain.
Brockley Society have joined forces with Ladywell, providing even more vendors over one weekend.

It’s completely free to take part.
Hilly Fields will only be on the Saturday.

Help promote the event by displaying a poster outside your house (download from Brockley Society website) or get creative and make one of your own.

The deadline for inclusion is 6pm on Thursday 6th September for the park, as we will send confirmation onto the Brockley Society.

The final list showing the day(s) and addresses will be available here for download from lunchtime on Friday 8th September. Be sure to return then and download it!

We also plan to have an online map, to help navigate around on the weekend.

Happy rummaging!
The Small Print:

The Brockley Society and Friends of Hilly Fields take no responsibility for any items on sale.

Goods are sold as seen; returns are at the discretion of the vendor. Caveat Emptor etc.

In the event of bad weather, each participant can decide whether or not to go ahead.

midsummer fayre 24th June, 2017

Bird Champion Blog

Don’t forget to check out our Bird Champion Blog. The tally is up to 48 different birds.