Please join us at the Old Coulsdon Village Fair 2019 in Grange Park on Saturday 6 July from 12 Noon to 4.30PM. We will be displaying proposed plans for a perimeter pathway around Grange Park. As part of this we will be consulting you on potential activity centres around the pathway to be incorporated in to the design. The Friends would love to update you on our progress and to get your feedback so please do come by our stand - you can find us on stand B9, close to the arena.
Lots of play and fun has been had in the playground so far this year, and now it's time to do some cleaning to help maintain our lovely space! On Sunday 7 October 2018 between 11am and Noon a team of eager volunteers will be cleaning and tidying up in the playground, and members of the community is very welcome to join us. For health and safety reasons, and to make the process more efficient, the playground will need to be closed for the hour that the cleaning is taking place. We hope to see some of you with a bucket and sponge on Sunday 7 October!
Our latest press release for November 2017
The Friends are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed for 'best play initiative' in the Fields in Trust national awards 2017! Two of our trustees have been invited to attend the prestigious ceremony at Lords Cricket Ground later this month. It is fantastic for our small group of volunteer trustees to achieve recognition for their achievements at national level.
We are delighted that the Friends of Grange Park, Old Coulsdon, are finalists in the 2017 Mayor of Croydon Civic Awards after we were nominated by members of our community. We are up for an award in the 'Volunteer Group of the Year' category.
It is fantastic that the efforts of the Friends have been publicly recognised- our most notable achievements in the last year include the £100,000 transformation of the children's playground and the bestowal of 'Centenary Field' status on Grange Park in April 2017 following a strong campaign over several years, which will protect our park against future development. Behind the scenes we work hard to hold the council's contractors to account for the standard and frequency of litter picking in the park and help to troubleshoot other issues as they arise.
Our 7 trustees who were instrumental in the Friends achievements over the last few years will attend a gala dinner on Tuesday 17 October, when we will learn of the outcome of our nomination. Our trustees are: Cllr Chris Wright, Hannah Price-Harries, Ray Haxton, Mairwen Haxton, Sarah Bowen-Harries, Lene Fulbrook and Elaine Hutton. We also recognise the hard work of all our volunteers over the last few years, and all those in the community who have given their support, time and money to the Friends' causes.