We attended the public consultation on 2 March 2013 at Vestry House and took these photographs of the display boards presented by the three contractors. Please do take a look at their ideas. We have asked that the successful contractor works with the group and park users to ensure that the final project actually reflects the park users views.
At our AGM in July 2012 we agreed that our next major project would be the development of an underused, uninspiring corner of the park into an interactive sensory garden. The inspiration for the project stemmed from our wish to remember Claire Tansley, a local resident who was a very active member of the group and a person who contributed in so many ways to our local community. Sadly Claire died in February 2012. The ethos of the project is to develop a space where children can learn through play, explore their environment, introduce bio diversity and encourage families and park users to enjoy their local green space.
The local authority have agreed in principle to the idea and have agreed to be co applicants for funding bids.
Between October and December 2012 we ran a public consultation in the hut and asked for users views and opinions about features they would like to see in the park. We are currently developing a plan of the site based on the users views, we held a further consultation event on 13.01.13 when we built a scale model of the site.
At the FOSP AGM 2011 the possibility of a larger scale park refurbishment was raised , and during the autumn we worked on funding applications and plans with a view of updating the compound area in the park. We developed an online survey to canvas park users views and also ran a paper survey for park users and members of the community to give their ideas and views on how they would like to see the space used.We collated these results into a proposal to develop the area into a community sports area, with new surfacing and markings, goals and basketball hoops. People also felt that some art work would also brighten the area. We were delighted when our application to Groundworks for Transform funding of £11,000 was approved and we started working with the local authority to draw up plans for the space at the end of 2011.
As part of this project we developed links with both Stoneydown and St Patricks primary schools in the park, as the project was taking place in an area used by both schools. We also forged links with our local secondary school, Willowfield Humanities college, as students from their BTec Art and design course kindly agreed to decorate the wall with a bright mural. We held a successful launch day when they came to show us their ideas for the wall, and members of the public voted for their favourite design. We now have a stunning mural depicting scenes of transportation in the city from the age of steam to the present day.
We were all delighted when the project was completed in July 2012, and was officially opened by Cllr Richard Swedan the Mayor of Waltham Forest on 21 July. We have successfully collaborated with the local authority and Groundworks to bring this project together, and it is great to see the space being used by so many members of the local community to play games, exercise and have fun.
The Friends of Stoneydown Park are proud to announce that we will be working with Walthamstow folk Club to present the third annual Folk festival in the park on Sunday 30 June. In addition to a great line up of live musicians, there will be hot food from Giggly Pig and Jerusalem falafel, The Rose and Crown beer tent, local crafts, books, glitter tattoos, bouncy castle, coconut shy plus the Friends of Stoneydown home baked cake stall.
It’s going to be another fun event for all to enjoy. See you there!
A fantastic night was had by everyone who attended the Burns Night Ceilidh on 26 January. Linda and Robyn organised the event, and the £500 raised will be used towards the development a sensory garden area in memory of Claire Tansley. The music was provided by the brilliant local band The Stowicks, who guided us all through our ceilidh paces and had everyone stripping the willow by the end of the evening. It was another fun collaborative FoSP event, with members baking shortbread and whiskey toffees, and generously donating raffle prizes.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Folk festival such a success. It took a lot of planning, but all came together on the day and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves in the park. We were lucky that the earlier rainy weather passed and the sun shone throughout the afternoon. We have already started planning next years event so save the the last Sunday in June 2013 for more festival fun!
We enjoyed a glass of mulled apple juice, created our fun autumn leaf collage and supported Blue Peter’s ‘Bake a Difference’ campaign. Some younger members of the FoSP sold delicious home made cakes and biscuits and have donated £70 to the Blue Peter appeal. Well done guys!
Thank you Linda, everyone loved making this fantastic autumn collage