New Fingerposts and sign in the Park.
Ealing parks have just installed three new Fingerpost signs in the park and an information sign for Longfield meadows.
Free five-a-side football training for 8-10 year olds on 26th October – book now!
As part of the grant we obtained from the Freshwater foundation, we are organising two sessions of free five-a-side football training for 8-10 year olds on Wednesday October 26, 2022 (half-term). The training will be done using the park MUGA (multi-use games area) by Brentford FC community sports trust, who have many years of experience in running such programs.
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The MUGA (multi-use games area) has lines again – The RedGreen group inaugurate!
About three years ago, a group of youths attempting to play five-a-side football in the MUGA court in the park, next to the tennis courts, handed me a list of things they would like to see fixed in the park. Top of their list was to have the MUGA lines repainted. This had last been done at the time of the 2012 Olympics, but the lines had faded badly, making competitive games difficult. This was about the time that the Friends of the Park group was being formed, and we added it to our list of projects. Earlier this year, we became aware of the Freshwater Foundation, a charity operating in Ealing and Hounslow that gives grants for exactly this sort of project. We put in an application in May and in late August we heard we had been successful. This Monday, contractors from Centurian turned up to revitalise the lines. Rain paused their activities but they came back yesterday and finished the job! You can see the results below.
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Perivale Park Summer event, Sunday September 25th, 14.00-16.30
IMPORTANT: As a sign of respect to Her Majesty and the Royal Family, we have postponed this event by two weeks to September 25th.
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Reminder: Attend the Perivale Park AGM to find out about future projects!
The agenda for the AGM will include the Chair’s annual report about what happened in the park in 2021. It contains 30 items, some small some big. To find out what they are, do send the friends an email at email@example.com to request the report and to attend the meeting via a Zoom link.
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In addition to Perivale featuring on the Ealing Foundation site as January’s park of the month, GoParks are now featuring the whole borough. If you go to www.goparks.london/boroughs/ealing you will learn that Ealing has 209 parks and blue spaces, of which six have friends groups.
Friends of Perivale Park. Annual General meeting, 8th February, 2022, 19.30.
There is lots to say about the park this year (mostly good!), the second year in which the park and its surrounds have played an important role in helping people cope with the COVID pandemic.
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Perivale Park: outreach around the world.
Since the first post in 2017 four years ago, some 245 stories, often accompanied by lots of photos, have appeared here. I thought it might be fun to show the demographics of how a little park in west London is reaching the world.
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Sunday September 12th, 14.00 – 16.00
A date for you to reserve in your diaries. The (now annual) Perivale park events day is happening again! The program is still being finalised, but we hope to have: Continue reading “Sunday September 12th, 14.00 – 16.00”
Diversity in the Park orchard: A newsletter.
First, a bit of history. For many years, a bowling green was maintained in the park, just adjacent to the Cowgate road entrance. From personal memory, about 20 years ago there were regular Sunday bowls matches but one day some youngsters decided to play a game of football on the green. The cost of bringing the grass back up to playing quality was probably the final straw, since the bowling club left and went elsewhere for their matches. It lay fallow for years, until the dredging spoil from work on the nearby Coston’s brook was taken there around five years ago and some landscaping was done, as well as providing a small concrete seat in the middle.
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Sprucing up the orchard for inspection!
We had a wonderful turnout today for the orchard gardening. Here are some of the helpers (not all present at the same time)
Friends of Perivale Park: Annual General Meeting, Monday February 15th, 19.30 by Zoom.
The Friends of Perivale Park group is now one year old and its time to report back what they have been up to this last year. If you want to find out more about them, why not join the AGM by Zoom on Monday February 15th, 19.30. You will also have a chance to ask the committee questions and to suggest new activities for 2021.
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Celebrating Perivale Park!
The weather was perfect for an early september day and we had lots of activities for all happening throughout the two hours of the meeting, organised by the park Friends. Below are some photos of everyone enjoying themselves.
Celebrating Perivale Park: Program of events on Sunday 13 September, 14.00-16.00
The current program of events for the celebration of Perivale Park can be seen below. Do please come along on the day to enjoy the events and of course bring along your ideas and suggestions for enhancing the park.
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Celebrating Perivale Park: An autumn event on Sunday 13 September, 14.00-16.00
A Friends group for Perivale Park was formed and constituted seven months ago. We will be celebrating the park and its role in helping to cheer us all up during the 2020 pandemic by having an autumn event on Sunday 13 September at 14.00. The program is still being finalised and will be announced here and elsewhere in the next month or so.
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The orchard garden in July.
Even slightly “formal” gardens or planted beds in parks nowadays are not as common as they used to be; the cost of maintenance (= a lot of weeding) has reduced their number. More likely now are wild flower mixes along borders and meadows. Perivale park however does have one such planted area, in which four square meadows‡ mingle with borders surrounding seating and crab-apple trees adjacent to an orchard area that also has four community raised beds. A sort of informal allotment and garden rolled into one. Here are some photos of the flower meadows and raised beds as of mid-July. The maintenance by the way is done by a combination of Ealing Parks and volunteer weeders and waterers.
The orchard garden – through a fresh pair of eyes.
Last weekend a group of us gathered to do some weeding in the orchard garden. This is right next to the Capital Ring path and the Nicky Hopkins bench and so there is a fair amount of footfall. One of the visitors on that day was Damian Walker, who is a professional photographer. These are the photos he took for us.
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A community weeding.
On Sunday July 5th (2020), we had a community weeding in the orchard garden part of the park.
Park Friends Posters.
The park friends group are putting up posters around the park. The first batch of twelve went up about a week ago and another 12 are being prepared.