ANNUAL MEETING 2021
Sunday 7th March, 2pm (via zoom)
Hi, all Lordship Rec lovers.
As we all know it’s been a very challenging year for everyone, and we hope you are well and have been able to get on with things OK.
The Friends of the Rec have been busy throughout the last 12 months (see our fb page below), continuing our activities as best we can. This includes looking after parts of the park (e.g. woodland, orchard field and lake), doing some hands-on maintenance, helping with the Hub (currently takeaway only), reporting repairs needed and liaising regularly with park staff, and promoting the Rec and community action generally. A more detailed report will follow.
Our Annual Meeting will be a chance for all those who care about the Rec to attend to hear and share news and views, and look ahead to the next 12 months – including a discussion about ‘volunteering in the Rec’ and how people can get involved if they wish. We particularly welcome new faces!
So please put the date in your diary.
Caroline, Joan, Nina, Dave, Sally and Catherine
Friends of Lordship Rec
We are sad to report the passing away of Mal Hawley, the former Secretary of the Friends of Downhills and an active participant in many Friends of Lordship Rec activities and meetings in the last 10 years. In his life he had travelled widely, was an experienced carpenter, played double bass for jazz bands, made unorthodox musical instruments and was very keen on wildlife (including organising annual bird and butterfly counts in Lordship Rec and Downhills Park). Mal was kind, thoughtful and committed to a better society, with a lifelong love of music and people. Full tribute here: Mal Hawley Tribute & Celebration of His Life
Lordship Hub to close for a while until it is possible to continue serving the park and our communities again
Many people are thinking about what we can all do during this public health crisis to help each other and our communities. ‘What’ and ‘how’ need further discussion everywhere. Many new hyper-local mutual aid and solidarity groups in various streets and neighbourhoods seem to be being formed in the last few days, which is to be welcomed. Also to be welcomed is that the Lordship Rec Hub staff and board members held an emergency meeting on Saturday and agreed to try to stay open for as long as possible to support park users and our communities throughout the crisis. This is just the beginning and the Hub anticipates serious personal, financial and social challenges ahead – they will welcome extra support (more info to follow soon).
For all of us, in every street and block of flats, these are some of the things we can do to help the situation:
– spread good practice based on public health guidelines, regarding hygiene, distancing and advice/health helplines, etc
– encourage people to support each other if vulnerable, or in self-isolation
– try to ensure everyone has access to basic food needs etc
– try to ensure people can look after their kids OK if schools etc close
– try to ensure people who lose wages etc don’t face destitution or any threat of eviction from their homes etc
– support the hard-working and over-stretched emergency workers (eg health staff)
– keep general morale up
This is going to be a massive challenge for everyone. Please look after yourselves and each other.
Dave Morris (Chair, Friends of Lordship Rec)
We are working to improve the lake in the Rec with TCV on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December using a grant we obtained from Trust for London
We are going to be preparing the lake for new planting early next year ready for the Spring. We will be constructing gabions, (metal cages full of stones) and positioning them along the inside edge of the lake ready for planting in Feb or March. We have chosen some new plants to go in the lake for next year which will create new habitats for wildlife, increase the health of the lake and also look lovely.
If we have time, we will also be constructing some new floating islands for the birds to use as nesting places.
Please feel free to come along and join in this outdoor work between 10am and 3pm on the above days.
Hoping to see you there!
Kids Birdwatching Event at the Lake
Come and identify and count the birds at the lake in Lordship Rec. Find out about all the birds that live on and around the lake, including the best way to feed them.
Free Bird Food for everyone taking part.
11am-1pm, Thursday 27th October
Meet on the Hub Terrace next to the Cafe
Organised by the Friends of Lordship Rec, Lake Group
Friend’s Lake Group Meeting
2pm Wednesday 21st September in the Hub
Meeting for all those interested in the Friends project to improve the lake. We have obtained a grant to add more vegetation in the lake and more floating islands as well as other repairs and a new information board.
There will be a workday with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and the Friends in the wood in Lordship Rec on Tuesday 20 September. We will as ever be dealing with dogwood but also beginning to replace boards along the side path and digging/clearing the mini-stream and pool. All welcome
We meet at the Downhills Park Gate entrance at 10am. Tools, tea and biscuits provided. Bring a packed lunch and wear suitable footwear.
Sunday 4th September, 2-3.30pm at the Hub
Come and meet the Friends and hear about all our achievements in the Rec over the past year and discuss plans for the next!
invitation to help control thistles on Friday, 12th July
You are cordially invited to join us this Friday at 2pm in the Hub cafe. We will go to together to the ‘picnic area’ in the Rec (just south of the Model Traffic Area – Walpole Rd/Rusper Road entrance) where we will cut thistles and docks and put the tops in bags to prevent the area being covered in these next year.
We will provide bags, gloves and seccateurs unless you have your own in which case please bring them. We don’t have to stay long but it would be great if you come.
Lordship Wildlife Group