We’re delighted to welcome Byron Green, Henrietta Sitwell and Grainne Sherry on to the FOVP Committee. We look forward to working with them to help the FOVP realise their dreams and plans for the Park as it moves beyond its 125th Anniversary
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Penny Sinclair. Penny was, for many years, the incomparable Madame Mazurka Fortune Teller at our annual Summer Fair. Sitting in great splendour in a beautiful Indian tent, she delighted many people over the years with predictions about the future. She took her job very seriously but always fulfilled her role with gentle humour and wit. Penny had her arm twisted to do the job at our first Summer Fair in 2000 and last appeared a couple of years ago. We will miss seeing her elegant figure lending the Fair a certain rariified character. Thank you Penny
We were heartened by the response of so many people who came to see Kinnear Associates’ proposals for our new Masterplan to direct the development of the Park over the next ten years. The consultation is open until 20 December. If you didn’t get along to see the exhibition boards, they will be displayed in the Tate South Lambeth Library from 10-13 December and Kinnear Associates will be in attendance on 10/12 from 10am-12pm, 11/12 12-2pm and 12/12 3.30-4.30pm.
We are delighted that Community Payback are once again working in Vauxhall Park to support the never ending list of maintenance jobs in the Park. The team is working every Thursday for the foreseeable future and, so far, have removed some large bushes which were being used to conceal anti social behaviour and are starting work painting the remaining silver railings in the Park. The Friends of Vauxhall Park have paid for the materials needed to make the rest of our railings look as smart as the dog area railings – a job that Community Payback did for us last year. This week they have been planting spring flowering bulbs adjacent to the Tennis Courts and we are very much looking forward to seeing the results of all their work next year!
We are delighted to announce that Vauxhall Park has once again been awarded a Green Flag and the 2014/2015 Flag is flying over the Park. The Green Flag award scheme is administered by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. This means that Vauxhall Park is amongst the 1452 best open spaces in Great Britain. This year has been very difficult with maintenance budgets cut to an absolute minimum. We are very grateful to our Parks Officer, Mickey Penney and the maintenance team working under Donald Campbell. This year’s judging was done by a ‘mysery shopper’ who came unannounced to the park to inspect it. No chance then for a last minute spruce up, so this year’s flag is especially hard won! We are also grateful to the Corporate Volunteer Groups who have visited the park including those from the Langham Hotel, who created our chess table tops for the picnic benches, a team from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who spent a day in the Park and Worldwide Hotels who recently helped with the lavender. Local residents have also played a large part in the upkeep of the park and we are very grateful to them for their time and enthusiasm. Anyone is very welcome to work in the Park. Please contact us as firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.