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Friends of Childs Hill Park: November 2016 Newsletter

Dates for your diary

This Sunday, 13 November 10-12: Clear and weed in the Marsh Garden
Sunday 27 November: 2-3.30 pm: Mitzvah Day planting in the Marsh Garden
Monday 5 December: Friends of Childs Hill Park Annual General Meeting in the Park Café at 6.30 p.m.

The Diggers

The last newsletter introduced The Diggers, who volunteer to keep our park looking good by clearing, weeding and planting on a regular basis. The Wednesday afternoon sessions have gone well, and I hope you have noticed that the beds in the Marsh Garden are getting clear of weeds. Still more to do, and we have one of our monthly sessions this Sunday morning 13 November between 10-12. Families are particularly welcome at these sessions, and the children really enjoy the chance to do some digging – and proudly display the weeds they have pulled out.

Mitzvah Day

By the end of the month the Marsh Garden should be well dug over. Mitzvah Day (literally meaning good deed day) is a world wide movement encouraging people to help their community by doing voluntary work for a day. We have had successful planting sessions attracting large numbers of volunteers every Mitzvah Day since the Friends of Childs Hill Park started 3 years ago. This year we shall be planting masses of bulbs and perennial plants to supplement the existing planting in the Marsh Garden. Do come along on Sunday 27 November from 2-3.30 pm; bring a fork and trowel if you have one, and wear your wellington boots!

Golders Green Estate Residents Association

The Golders Green Estate lies just across the Hendon Way, centred around Pennine Drive. We were invited to send a Friends representative to talk at their A.G.M this week, and one of our Trustees went along. He said there was a lot of interest in what we have been doing in Childs Hill Park, and residents were pleased to see how volunteer groups can make a big difference in their neighbourhood. Several residents joined up, and we should like to welcome them and look forward to seeing them in Childs Hill Park.


On Monday 5 December we shall be holding our Annual General Meeting in the Park Café from 6.30 to 7.30p.m. We are very grateful that Cllr Peter Zinkin has agreed to come along and talk about the future of the Bowling Green Pavillion. This is an important topic as it is one of the few facilities available to the local community. Come along and have your say.

It is also the time when we confirm existing committee members or vote for new ones. If you are interested in standing, please let us know before the meeting.

Friends of Childs Hill Park
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