Manor House Gardens Updates- October 2013

Newsletter Date: Sunday 27 October.

Hello Everyone!

Ready for the storm tonight? I hope you have all nailed down your bins and battened down any hatches!

We had a very imformative AGM this week where we updated each other on this last year’s activites and those planned so far for the coming year.

There is a lot to tell so here are some of the highlights. I will post soon the Chair’s report which covers last year and the AGM minutes with full details of the meeting.

Green Flag

We have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for 11 consecutive years! I believe that we are the only park in the borough that can claim this. What an achievement! There will be a new Flag award ceremony hopefully in November and we will make sure to let you know when it is. Well done to Glendale, the Park Keepers, the Cafe and everyone who works hard to enhance the environment of our beautiful gardens. One of the aspects that impressed the judges was how inclusive the park is to the local community with all the different events and activities that are held each year and how volunteers support them.


I hope you have all noticed that we have a working fountain. Yippee! After many attempts to repair the fountain Glendales and the supplier finally gave it up as a bad idea and we now have a brand new fountain and aerator.


Jimmy, who runs the various fairground events we host in the gardens, gave  a £1,500 donation following his summer activity. £1,000 went to Glendales towards the Playground refurbishment and £500 to Friends of Manor House Gardens. Thank you Jimmy!


As you will be aware by now we received a sizeable grant from the London Marathon Trust toward playground refurbishment. As part of the arrangement we need to add in a small donation ourselves of locally raised funds to the amount of £1,500. We will be hosting a fundraiser on 30th November – more details to follow.

Fence Litter & Noticeboards

There have been several comments about the quantity of fence litter over the last year . In response we are considering getting a couple of heritage notice boards inside the entrances at Taunton Road, Old  Road and Manor Lane on which we can post park news. These can only improve the entrances so will be a welcome addition. We also had a request from the Manor House Library user Group, represented by Peter Richardson, to allow a notice board in the park near the frontage of the Manor House with details of the history of the Manor House and its gardens. Again this will be a further enhancement.


The following people were elected/re-elected to the committee:

  • Paul Lowndes- Chair
  • Andy Sullivan- Treasurer
  • Lucy Wakefiled- Membership Secretary
  • Hina Vedare- Secretary
  • Alison Lemaire – Events Co-ordinator
  • Rebecca Swann- News Secretary
  • General officers are:
  • Kath Harley
  • Anne Fisher

We also have some further volunteers as champions:

Julie and Laurie – Birds, Elizabeth- Wildlife. There was a lot to report on planned activity which will come in a separate email along with the latest birds report

Alan- Sports-tennis champion. Is there anyone who would like to represent football or any other sporting activity suitable for the hard court areas or the gardens? Or anyone who has any ideas? Just let us know by reply email.

We are still looking for one or two people to represent children’s interests in the gardens. If you are interested do let us know.

Antisocial Activity

There have been reports of some antisocial activity in the gardens with people riding motorbikes and quad bikes into the gardens. If you witness this please can you try to note down the registration number and either way report it to the safer neighbourhood teams on 0208 318 3986 or by emailing Obviously if there is immediate danger call the police as normal. If everyone reports an incident when they witness it then this will result in extra patrols and possibly even temporary cctv systems in place to catch the culprits. This problem has potentially arisen because of the  temporary lack of a barrier at the Taunton Road entrance. Work on the weir is now postponed until the next financial year so Glendales have promised to chase up reinstatement of the barrier until work recommences.

Playground Consultation

Friends of Manor House Gardens have won funding from the London Marathon Trust for new play equipment. We have had designs produced and now want to know what you think. Go to the cafe in the park and look at the 3 large posters on the back, right wall with suggested new play items.

How to vote

1. Select your 3 favourite items- there are 11 to choose from.

2. Click here   and vote for your favourites.

3. Leave any suggestions in the comments boxes.

4. Forward this email and tell your friends to vote.

Voting will close on the 10th November 2013. Results will be published in the cafe.

Pistachios in the Park


From Sunday 3rd November, and every Sunday throughout November,Don and Lynn will be dishing out a traditional Sunday Roast for £9.95 at Manor House Gardens, from 4:30 till 7 pm. There will be a vegetarian option.

Entrance only from Old Road, Lewisham, SE13 5TA

Halloween Treats.

Theatre tots are running a workshop on 31st October at 4.30pm. The Sneezing Witch workshop and Book launch! £6 per child / £10 for 2 x siblings. Payment in advance – booking through

Then at 5.30pm Pistachios are hosting a children’s best dressed Halloween costume competition

Open Studios

Lee Green Open Studios will be holding a Private View this coming Friday, 1st November, at St. Margaret’s Church, Brandram Road, Lee.It will be an exciting event as it is our first exhibition where all the artists involved will be showing a piece of their work under one roof. The PV will be officially opened by Heidi Alexander at 6pm. The exhibition will be open on Friday 6-9pm then on Saturday 2nd 11am-5pm and Sunday 3rd 2pm-5pm.
The Open studios itself commences – 9&10th and  16th&17th November 12pm-6pm. Leaflets are being posted through people’s doors and for all information on where and when please go to;
Well that was a marathon! There is more to come. If you would like to tell our members about a local activity please email me and I will try to include it in my various news round ups!
Take care all
Rebecca Swann
News Secretary

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