Cranford Park summer events !

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.



Cranford Park Friends


Dear Friends,

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):

Butterfly Walk
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.

Bob Barton

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