*New* - Our Vision for the Future of the Rec. See here. Let us have your feedback!
Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Pavilion Cafe in the Rec Friday 23 Sep
Everyone is playing Pokémon Go and there are two Pokéstops and hundreds of wild Pomémon in North Sheen Rec. See the full set of pix on our Facebook page.
The new drinking fountain has been installed in the Rec. Just behind the Pavilion.
- Opening times 9.30am - 5.30pm 7 days a week
- Quality food and beverages, no fried food and more selective menus - freshly ground coffee and teas, paninis, sandwiches, baked potatoes, home-made soup, cakes and home-made gelato-style ice cream
- Run by South Street Coffee & Ice cream shop (based in Isleworth) www.southstreet.biz , it will be called "South Street Café on the Park". Find and like them on Facebook.
- More community events / meetings etc - to be set up - any ideas, please let the café manager know
Minutes of the open meeting of last month can now be read here.
Open meeting in the Pavilion. All welcome.
Easter Egg Hunt!
Our first Easter Egg Hunt took place on the same day as Storm Katie descended, causing chaos around the UK. Amazingly, here in Kew, the weather cleared up just in time and the sun actually came out. We had around 35 children take part throughout the morning with their parents, all winning eggs that were kindly donated by Sutcliffe Play, the company that supplied and installed the new playground equipment. Many thanks to Katy Robins, who organised this event and to several other Friends who provided vital help in preparing and running the activity.
For more pictures, see our photo album.
Easter Egg Hunt in the Rec!
Easter Monday 28 March, 11am
WW1 Commemorative Map in the café
In July 2015, the Friends of North Sheen Recreation Ground ran a Community Event that included a commemoration of the servicemen who lived around our Rec and lost their lives in the First world War.
We found details of 137 servicemen from this area who died in the First World War.
Please take some time to look at this material and remember the enormous sacrifice made on our behalf.
Having Spring bulbs in the Rec is very important to the Friends Group and Rec users. We know that from the rec users survey that was carried out in 2013, where more flowers was a top-three improvement requested, the other top three being less dog mess and more benches.
It was great that this year we have been successful in our bid for free bulbs from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association and Taylors Bulbs of Hornbeach. They distribute surplus bulbs at the end of the season to public locations. Richmond Council gave the Friends Group permission to plant spring bulbs in the existing flowerbeds and in areas of uncut grass.
Because the bulbs are a free gift at the end of the season, when they arrived we had to act fast to get them in the ground before the winter frosts came. A couple of Friends had worked out a planting plan and this week a group met in the Rec and got to work on planting the bulbs.
Our free bulbs included a wide selection, including daffodils varieties such as Winston Churchill, Tête-à-tête and Canaliculatis, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, star of Bethlehem and tulips. We’ve planted in single-variety naturalistic drifts around the Rec. More than 300 bulbs were planted – we hope as many as possible will come up and look forward to the pleasure of seeing them in the Spring.
Hopefully Richmond Council will be renovating some of the flowerbeds further later in the year and we hope we will be able to see some flowers in the Rec for most of the year.
Many thanks to all Friends who helped in this venture, whether it was applying for the bulbs, planning the planting or doing the digging – your help is much appreciated by us all!
You can see the planting and the growing bulbs progress via the album on our Facebook page. Please like the page.
If you’d like to help improve our Rec in ways like this, please join the Friends organisation.
Sue Burden, Chair, Friends of North Sheen Rec
Work has started on the refurbishmen of our lovely playgrounds. If you would like to get involved with what is happening at our lovely park, please consider joining Friends of North Sheen Rec. For more pictures of work as it progresses, visit our Facebook page.
Kew Dance Arts now offer dance classes in the Pavilion. This is an exciting development and we are thrilled to welcome this company, which has established classes already at St Luke's, to the park. More details on our activities page.
Don't miss The Barn Church Christmas Fair, coming up on 28 November.
The minutes of last month's AGM can now be read here.
At the AGM last night we discussed changing our name from North Sheen Recreation Ground to Kew Park. We would love feedback on this from users of the park. Please comment via our Facebook page. More news from the AGM coming soon.
Annual General Meeting
Congratulations to Kew Park Rangers on winning the FA National Standard Charter Community Club of the Year award, presented to KPR directors at Wembley earlier this month in front of a crowd of 85,000 by soccer legend Sir Geoff Hurst.
Our most recent event was a WW1 Commemorative Event & Community Day in July.
The day fantastically well-supported. It included:
- Exhibition about servicemen who lived near to NSRG who lost their lives in WW1
- Map showing addresses of all servicemen around NSRG who lost their lives in WW1
- Activities for children
- Refreshments in the Pavilion
- Stalls from local organisations.
This photograph was taken early in the day. The tent soon became packed with dozens of children working with our committee member Katy on face painting and other crafts. Darell School lent us the gazebo and tables and half the money raised from the kids' activities went to Darell School playground fund. You can donate to the fund here.
Local historian Steve King tells us what life was like at the time of WW1.
Friends chair Sue Burden explains the great courage and sacrifice of so many young men who lived around North Sheen Rec in Kew at the time of World War One.
Just a word of extra special thanks here for Colin Cooper of South West London Environment Network. He took this photograph at our WW1 event and has been training volunteers on social media and the website to bring us up to the minute with our comms and other work. The support of SWLEN has been invaluable and we are so grateful to them and for their work with the council, helping to make us useful and effective in developing our lovely recreation ground for the benefit of our community in Kew.