March events in Cranford Park

Saturday March 4. ‘Hidden Cranford Park’. Spring is on the way, so why not join our first guided walk of the year? Join Bob Barton, Secretary of Cranford Park Friends, who will lead a 90-minute, free guided walk around the park, highlighting lesser-known features and some curious facts. The park is full of mystery, legend and mysterious places! Meet beside the car park at 11am (TW5 9RZ). No need to book. Approx 90 minutes.

Saturday March 4 (evening). There are still some tables remaining at our informal Quiz Night. Cost £6 per head (reduction for teams of up to 6). Bring your own snacks and drinks and join the fun. Starts 6:30pm at Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington UB3 4LW. You can reserve your place by replying to this.

Sunday March 12. Secret Garden Opening – 2:30pm until 4:30pm. Come and help us prepare the garden for spring or just for a look at the well and vine; meet the volunteers. Tools and refreshments provided for volunteers. This is our first session this year… from now until the summer we meet on the second Sunday of each month (note new times). Come and join us! Situated next to the stables and courtyard (TW5 9RZ).

Saturday March 25. River Crane Walk 2 : From Bulls Bridge to Hanworth Road. Our friends at FORCE are leading a walk along the River Crane. Today’s section incorporates Cranford Park. It starts at Bull’s Bridge at 10:30am, lasts until 3:30pm and you must book – please visit Note this is not a CPF event.

For more details about the park and our Friends Group, see

Cranford park Friends

Dear Friend,
The next meeting of the Friends Group will be on Thursday Feb. 25th at 7:30pm. The venue is Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington, UB3 4LW. All are welcome, come and hear the latest news and have your say. There is plenty of parking, or use bus E6 to Cranford Drive.

I am pleased to attach a copy of the agenda and the minutes of the last meeting.

Annual subscription 2016
Your subscription is now due. The cost is just £5 (with no charge to the unwaged and those who volunteer regularly in the park). This is to cover the day-to-day admin costs of our group and holding the quarterly meetings.
There are three ways to pay:
1. By transfer to our bank account:
Cranford Park Friends account no. 01528947 Sort code 40-23-26.
Please tell the Treasurer you have paid by emailing your name to or send to the address below.
2. By cheque made payable to ‘Cranford Park Friends’. Please enclose with your name on a slip of paper and send to: Max Jason, CPF Treasurer, 109 Roseville Road, Hayes, UB3 4QZ.
Payment of your subs for 2016 is now due. The cost is £5 (free to regular park volunteers and the unwaged).
3. In person at the meeting on the 25th.

Bob Barton

News from Cranford Park Friends

Cranford Park wins Silver. The park has received a Silver award in the London in Bloom awards, in the Country Park of the Year category. The judges took into account the work of volunteers in the Secret Garden and surroundings. LB Hillingdon Green Spaces has conveyed its thanks to the Friends for our hard work and commitment.

Talk on Cranford & the Berkeleys. On October 15 the chairman of Hillingdon Family History Society, Ian Harvey, will be giving a talk, “Cranford and the Berkeleys: A Complicated Family Tree”. Hear about the intrigues and scandal that took place on our doorstep. The meeting will be held at the Hillingdon Park Baptist Church (main hall), Hercies Road, Hillingdon Circus. On the U2 bus route. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Visitors welcome.

If you shop at the Hayes branch of Asda, a reminder that there’s a chance to help Cranford Park. At the checkout, ask for green charity tokens when you pay for your goods, then place the tokens in the Cranford Park Friends box near the escalators. In the ‘Chosen by you, Given by us’ scheme, the group with the most tokens at the end of October will be given £200 to further their work and ambitions.

Learn how to check the park’s water quality. Cranford Park Friends volunteers do regular river quality checks on the Crane, using ‘kick-sampling’, as part of a valley-wide scheme. If you would like to learn how it’s done and help our small team on a regular basis, please see details of the next River Monitoring Initiative training session at Hogsmill on 17 October, organised through ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

Coming events in the park. The next Secret Garden volunteer session is on October 11 (10am-12 noon). Then, on October 17, we are holding an Apple Day, complete with an orchard ‘walk and talk’ and a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Secret Garden (11am – 2:30pm. Guided walk starts 11am). Donations of cakes will be very welcome. More details to follow.

Bob Barton
Secretary Find us on Facebook

September in and around Cranford Park

Dear Friend,

We are pleased that Cranford Park Friends has been chosen by Hayes ASDA to be part of their Chosen for you, Given by Us scheme. For two months from Sept. 1, each customer is given a green token which they can put in a box for the good cause they wish to support (we are one of three). At the end of the period the cause with the most tokens receives a £200 donation.

The next Secret Garden opening in the park is on Sunday Sept. 13, from 10am – 12 noon (with Macmillan Cancer Support). Why not come along to see the last of the summer blooms, talk to our volunteers and maybe help them with some light work in and around the park? The garden is next to the stable courtyard.

Our friends at Harlington WI are holding their Handicraft & Produce Show on Sat. Sept. 5 from 1.30pm. The venue is Hayes & Harlington Community Hall, Albert Way, UB3 4HR. There will be refreshments and members’ exhibits in classes ranging from fruit and veg to floral art and handicrafts.

Open House London at Cranford Park – Sept. 19-20 (Sat & Sun). The historic stables will be open, as will St Dunstan’s Church and the Secret Garden with its well and vine. Chat with members of our History & Conservation group and enjoy refreshments in the churchyard. On Saturday there are organ recitals in the church and on Sunday afternoon a display of vintage motorcycles in the courtyard. Times: Sat. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Sun. 11.30am – 4.30pm (stables) -5.30pm motorbikes -6.30pm (church). Admission free.

Bob Barton
Secretary – / find us on Facebook