Annual wreath making in Wandle Park Saturday 15th December 12pm – 3pm

UPDATE:-  The Waddon Police Safer Neighbourhood Team has announced that, unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances Father Christmas and his Grotto will NOT be making an appearance today. However, the community police will be around during our event in the cafe so please come and say hello.

It’s that time of year again- the annual free wreath making event led by the Friends of Wandle Park volunteers!

Join us on Saturday 15th December anytime between 12pm to 3pm under the covered area next to the cafe and make your own seasonal wreath using a wide variety of foliage such as willow, ivy and conifers. Decorate it using colourful berries, seed heads and herbs such as rosemary.

Add the final touch with some ribbon, cinnamon sticks and dried orange segments!  Or bring along anything you wish to add!

Children are welcome as well to have a go at wreath making or they can make their own garland decoration or natural ornament. Please note that children under 16  must be supervised by a parent or carer.

This event is being organised by The Friends of Wandle Park and supported by Hobbycraft (https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/croydon) and Mum’s the Chef at Wandle Park (http://www.mumsthechef.com) 

The cafe will be open so that you can buy refreshments including mince pies and non alcoholic mulled wine.

The wreath making activity is free although donations will be welcome to support the activities of the Friends throughout the rest of the year.

There will also be an opportunity to join the Friends as a Member for just £1  and receive a discount card giving you 20% discount on food and drink in the cafe until 31.8 2019

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Liveable Neighbourhoods

Croydon Council is proposing to submit a bid to Transport for London for a Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme in the area around Old Town and to the west of Croydon Town Centre, that hopes to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

An initial proposal has been formulated that seeks  to reduce the severance on western side of the town centre caused by the Croydon Ring Road which is formed of Roman Way, Old Town, Mitcham Road to the immediate west and the Croydon Flyover to the south west of the town centre. It is up to six carriageway lanes wide in places and when built severed the local residential communities, making it inhospitable and difficult to walk or cycle into the town centre.

The Strategic Transport Team,in partnership with colleagues in Regeneration, Spatial Planning and Public Health, are keen to gather views on this proposal from organisations and individuals.You may live, work, visit or pass through these areas.

The Friends group will be looking at the proposal carefully as well and submitting a view but we would like to encourage local residents and park users to have a look at the proposal and complete the short online survey below.

You can complete the short online survey here: www.croydon.gov.uk/liveableneighbourhoods it closes on 16 November 2018.

Responses will be considered over the next few weeks and will be used to change and update the proposal bid to bring it more in line with what people have responded. If the bid is successful the project will commence in summer 2019 when there will be further engagement again to develop and refine our proposals.

If you have any specific questions and would like to find out more please email the Strategic Transport team strategictransport@croydon.gov.uk

Liveable Neighbourhood Initial Ideas_leaflet

Tramlink and the ‘Berlin Wall’ talk, Sept 2018 – report and photos

Nick Barnett writes:

On 16 September, James Graham (our Chair’s husband) gave an illustrated talk on the campaign (in the late 1990s) to make the tram ramp which runs next to Waddon New Road less oppressive than it was first designed to be.

Among the exhibits (brought by one of the campaigners, our own Ursula Dyke) was a giant folder of evidence about the whole of the tram network proposal, with text, plans and photographs.

Here are some of the photos which were taken near/in the park.  Above: Waddon Marsh Station as it was. Left: Wimbledon branch and Sutton main line.

 

 

Right: Waddon New Road and the old footbridge

 

 

 

 

Left: Wandle Arms from the old footbridge

Friends of Wandle Park AGM 2018 – Sunday 21st October

The AGM of the Friends of Wandle Park will take place on Sunday 21st October at 12 noon in the Park Cafe.

Please click here for links to the full Notice, papers for the meeting and details of how to stand for the Committee.

Membership of the Friends costs £1 per year and you can join at the start of the meeting.

If you have any queries please contact chairwandleparkfriends@gmail.com

 

 

Wandle Wheelers in the park – Sept 2018

Explore the Wandle Trail and get a FREE GIFT & BIKE MOT

wandle wheelers

As part of Wandle Fortnight (September 8th – September 23rd 2018), a community led celebration of all things in the Wandle Valley, the regional park trust, will again hold its  ever popular Wandle Wheeler led bike rides along the largely traffic free Wandle Trail, suitable for all ages and levels.

On Sunday 16th September they will be holding one ride in Wandle Park.

The ride will leave at 12:30 and will be finished by 14:30.

To take part in the bike ride please register using the link

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wandle-wheelers-fortnight-explore-the-wandle-trail-and-get-a-free-bike-mot-tickets-49357178650

Tramlink and the Berlin Wall Sunday 16th September

What does one of the most iconic symbols of the Cold War have to do with Tramlink and how was it involved with Wandle Park? Twenty years after the tram returned to Croydon’s streets, there is a tale to be told how local residents fought a plan to construct a tram flyover so ugly and over-powering it was dubbed the ‘Berlin Wall’ by objectors.

This tale is just the latest in some 200 years of tramway and railway activity involving Wandle Park which has seen the world’s first public railway run along one of Britain’s most industrialised river valleys on what is one of the world’s oldest remaining stretches of rail line in constant use.

Enjoy a talk by local resident and rail enthusiast James Graham on 200 years of history from the Surrey Iron Railway to the Berlin Wall and beyond.

 

Railways talk pic