The Friends are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed for 'best play initiative' in the Fields in Trust national awards 2017! Two of our trustees have been invited to attend the prestigious ceremony at Lords Cricket Ground later this month. It is fantastic for our small group of volunteer trustees to achieve recognition for their achievements at national level.
We are delighted that the Friends of Grange Park, Old Coulsdon, are finalists in the 2017 Mayor of Croydon Civic Awards after we were nominated by members of our community. We are up for an award in the 'Volunteer Group of the Year' category.
It is fantastic that the efforts of the Friends have been publicly recognised- our most notable achievements in the last year include the £100,000 transformation of the children's playground and the bestowal of 'Centenary Field' status on Grange Park in April 2017 following a strong campaign over several years, which will protect our park against future development. Behind the scenes we work hard to hold the council's contractors to account for the standard and frequency of litter picking in the park and help to troubleshoot other issues as they arise.
Our 7 trustees who were instrumental in the Friends achievements over the last few years will attend a gala dinner on Tuesday 17 October, when we will learn of the outcome of our nomination. Our trustees are: Cllr Chris Wright, Hannah Price-Harries, Ray Haxton, Mairwen Haxton, Sarah Bowen-Harries, Lene Fulbrook and Elaine Hutton. We also recognise the hard work of all our volunteers over the last few years, and all those in the community who have given their support, time and money to the Friends' causes.
What improvements to Grange Park would help you get more ACTIVE in our community: Outdoor Gym, Pathway around Grange Park with Trim Trail, Ball Game facilities, Play equipment for 12-18 year olds? We would like to know! Our second phase (if we can raise the money) will focus on the wider community aged 12 and upwards, having recently accomplished the complete transformation of the children's playground for the under 12s.
The Friends of Grange Park will be surveying members of the community at the Old Coulsdon Village Fair on Saturday 1 July from 12 noon to 4.30 p.m. Our pitch will be located immediately outside the entrance to the playground and we will have a display board of ideas for future improvements.
If you represent a community organisation or local business and would like to sponsor future improvements or carry out out any fundraising on our behalf, please come and talk to us at our stall. Donations on the day are most welcome!
We will also be offering children the chance to make their own crazy sand art as part of our fundraising efforts- stocks are limited so do make a bee-line for us!
This year's Easter Eggstravaganza was our most successful yet, raising over £3,000 towards further improvements to Grange Park with the support of the Old Coulsdon Cupcakes W.I., the Under 3s Club, the ATC Cadets and many other volunteers who baked, face-painted and helped to man the stalls.
The Eggstravaganza was preceded by the official dedication of Grange Park as a Centenary Field by the Deputy Mayor Toni Letts, who has been tremendously supportive of the Friends' efforts to improve Grange Park. This initiative, led by Fields in Trust, means that Grange Park will be protected in perpetuity for recreation, and can never be built on. This is a huge achievement for the Friends, and Grange Park is the only park in Croydon to be accredited under this initiative.
Thank you to everyone who supported us at this year's egg-stra special event :-)