Sunday 18 April 2004 10.48am
These are all those who helped with the Archbishops Park Open Day and include Kevin, Bill, Neil and Lang Rabbie with his Madiera Patisserie goodies. Plus James for his publicity.
Bill and Rabbie both took photos and the latter has promised to post one here so you can all see the other side of SE1, which is kids and families and, sort of, ordinary living.
Neil said that when he first arrived in SE1 he noticed that you rarely see kids, as if Londoners appear fully formed at age 22. (Immaculate conception presumably, plus some form of growth hormone.) But he now knows better. We managed to give out about 150 creme eggs at one each per child and I for one was exhausted by the end.
So was it good? People said it was, and most seemed to stay for the full three hours. Groundwork Southwark and Southwark Play Department (yes I thought we were in Lambeth...) were really pleased with the numbers taking part in the consultation and surprised by the strong views expressed. They had not realised how precious the park is to a community that has very little else. We had a great clown (Willy Wont'he - as used by Gordon Brown for children's parties at No 11 - www dot partyfuntimes dot com) a good bouncy castle, an energetic football tournament including winners and a man of the match (not Lang Rabbie), cricket, tennis and some great cups of tea.
We had a Lambeth Riverside SRB grant of £150 to purchase the creme eggs and more. Fine Crown bakery in Lambeth Road
donated lots of cake, and Rococco chocolates, that lovely shop in the Kings Road, gave us a dozen special prize eggs, plus lots of mini eggs which promptly got reserved as special prizes for the mums. The sun shone. Two local councillors one of whom is Leader of Lambeth Council
came along accompanied by the Executive Member for Parks.
So thanks to everyone, it went really well. The big thing now will be to make sure that the views expressed by local people are actually listened to. For some reason I have a feeling that the powerful lobby groups in the area who bang on about the need for beter and more intensive sports facilities won't want to. But if SE1 is to remain an area where families can live and kids can grow, we have to make sure they do.
Am happy to buy all helpers a drink on Tuesday - and make a toast to absent friends including TLMJJ, Deidre, and Mrs IM.
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