This Sunday (July 9) Secret Garden & Volunteer session, 2:30 – 4:30pm.
Come and help with light gardening or just visit the Secret Garden, with its wild flowers, vegetables and well, normally closed to the public. Tools and refreshments provided for volunteers. The garden is adjacent to the old stables and St. Dunstan’s.
On Saturday July 15 it’s our first Butterfly Hunt! Join Cranford Park Friends member Wendy Marks for this guided walk (approx 90 minutes) to hear about the park’s wide and colourful variety of species. See how many you can spot as you walk the ‘butterfly transect’. Suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied). Meet beside the information centre at 11am. Teas available afterwards.
Saturday July 22 Cranford Park Family Day 11am-4:30pm . Lots happening at our annual fun day, including a pirate camp, farm animals, falconry displays, face-painting, storytelling, pond dipping, tea garden in the churchyard, historical display in the stables, St Dunstan’s Church and Secret Garden will be open. Volunteers needed from 9am. See poster attached.
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 http://e-voice.org.uk/force/ Note this is not a CPF event.
For more details about the park and our Friends Group, see http://www.cranfordparkfriends.org
Our main summer occasion in the park, the Family Day, is just a few weeks away on Saturday July 23. Please help us publicise by sharing the attached poster. We will need willing helpers on the day too (including plant and cake donations), we depend on volunteers so please put it in your diary and support us!
Here are details of events arranged so far (until September):
Saturday June 18 11am
Come on our butterfly and moth trail with the Countryside & Conservation Officer. Suitable for all ages. Meet at the information centre (next to car park). 90 minutes. Free.
Cranford Park Family Day
Saturday July 23 11am – 4.30pm.
A celebration of Cranford’s heritage, with free activities for all ages. Attractions include medieval knights, falconry displays, an animal farm plus river dipping for children. Refreshments served in churchyard Tea Garden. Historic stables and Secret Garden open.
(Cranford Park Friends and London Borough of Hillingdon Green Spaces joint event)
Secret Garden & volunteer session
Second Sunday of each month (until October), 10am – 12 noon.
June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9
Come and help with light gardening or just visit this small walled garden, with its wild flowers, pond and old well, normally closed to the public. Tools and refreshments provided for volunteers. Adjacent to stables and St. Dunstan’s Church. (Cranford Park Friends/ Macmillan Cancer Support.)
Cranford Park Friends meeting
Thursday 18 August, 7.30pm
Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington, UB3 4LW (Bus E6 to Cranford Drive). All welcome.
Open House London Weekend
Cranford Park Stables and St Dunstan’s Church
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September
The annual event that allows you to explore historical buildings usually out of bounds…
Saturday 17 September, 10.30am to 4.30pm.
This weekend the historic stables and medieval church will be open to the public. Members of Cranford Park Friends History & Conservation Group will be in attendance to answer questions. Activities and refreshments available throughout the day. Mini organ recitals in church. At 11am Sat.: Free historical walk around the park titled ‘Knights, Earls & Ghosts’. Departs from the Stables. 90 minutes.
Sunday 18 September, 11.30am to 4.30pm
Another chance to explore the historic Grade II listed stable block and medieval church, mentioned in the Domesday Book and known for its monuments, including the remains of early 14th Century wall paintings. Refreshments. Classic Motorcycle Meet in the courtyard.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We are having some good weather at the moment, take a look at the green space events occurring throughout Hillingdon.