Carols in the Park, 2016 and 2017, set records for attendances of about 300. We wish to thank all who supported this with a special word for Rev Nick Read who provided the carol booklets and allowed us to use Holy Trinity Hall afterwards for refreshments. Generous Penge businesses donated the prizes for our raffle.
Bulb planting in November, 2017: thanks to all who came out to help plant about 3000 new spring bulbs in both parks.
Music in the Park, 2018, was attended by about 180 people on a glorious summer day in July. Beckenham Concert Band were at their best and the event was enjoyed by all.
Our 2010 and 2011 Bird Walks were led by Phillip Davies. We saw a kingfisher, heron, moorhens, ducks, parakeets and a wren. We hope to arrange another Bird Walk for 2019 with Phillip who has moved back into the area.
AN ORIGINAL PENGE SUMMER WALK:
Our Post-Victorian Heritage
This took place on Sunday August 16 2009, walking through Cator Park, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Watermen's Almshouses Gardens, King William IV Gardens and Penge Recreation Ground. The walk attracted over twenty participants. It was well-reviewed in the News Shopper and online in the Green Guardian and This is London, with attendant photographs.
SPRING BULB PLANTING MAPS
An A3 version of a brand-new electronic planting maps, devised by Neil Coe, encompassing the 2008 and 2009 plantings were displayed on the notice-boards in Cator Park and in Alexandra Recreation Ground. Copies were emailed to the Council and, later, in 2016 to Id Verde.
We are closely monitoring squirrel behaviour regarding the bulbs! As soon as we see some dug up by our furry friends, they are then replanted elsewhere.
Every year, during November, bulb planting takes place to add in and supplement what we had already planted. We need volunteers each time so please contact us! The white wooden markers are there to discourage the mowers from mowing down the emerging flowers!
The wonderful display of flowers in the Spring somehow makes up for the loss of those bulbs which were devoured by our busy furry friends.