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
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.
Secretary – www.cranfordparkfriends.org / find us on Facebook
I have not been running many events recently due to the Hayes Community Canal fair taking up so much time. It was estimated 700-900 people attended the event enjoying boat trips, kayaking, pop-up theatre acts amongst other activities. Many thanks to Barra Hall Community Group and the Hayes Town Partnership who co-organised the event and to everyone who came.
On Saturday the 13th June starting at 10:30am at Western View (finishing at 12:30pm), we are going to be watering the new plantation at Western View on the Grand Union Canal, doing some weeding as well as a clear up of the immediate area. Full details of the event can be found, http://www.thames21.org.uk/event/hayes-grand-union-canal-clean-up-hillingdon-12/ This is a great way to learn more about the Grand Union Canal as a habitat whilst we are completing the tasks. Look out for the Staff members wearing Hi-Vis Thames21 vests.
The event on the afternoon of June 13th starting at 2:30pm (finishing at 4:40pm) is on the River Crane at Cranford Park. Cranford has 2 fallen trees which are attracting a lot of litter making it an eye sore and damaging the health of the river. We are going to be in thigh waders removing the rubbish. If we have enough time at the end, we will remove an invasive species, Himalayan Balsam from the river banks which causes the banks to crumble. If the plant was not removed, as a consequence, the river would be wider and shallower, and not able to support as many species in Cranford Park. If you do not wish to go into the river, your help is needed with removing bags and pulling Himalayan Balsam. Full details for the event can be found, http://www.thames21.org.uk/event/cranford-park-clean-up-and-invasive-species-removal-hillingdon/ Look out for the Thames21 staff members wearing Hi-Vis vests.
All Equipment is provided by Thames 21 but please wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions. Under 16′s are more than welcome as long as they have a responsible adult accompanying them.
If you need any more information please give me a phone call on the number below.
Looking forward to seeing you there!