Welcome to the website of the Friends of Cator Park and Alexandra Recreation Ground.
We were formed in February 2008 in response to an appeal by Bromley Council at an Open Meeting organised by them and held in the Holy Trinity Centre. Many of us on our committee had already been concerned at the neglectful state of both parks and wished to do something about it. We have been trying to do just that for the past five years and have won many awards. But we need your help so do join us!
We are unusual in that we oversee the well-being of two parks, not one. So we have double the work to do and have to make sure there are fair-dos for both parks. So far we have achieved a lot.
We have staged events in both parks in the years 2008/2009 e.g. Tea in the Park (Cator, June 2008), Green Chain Walk (Cator, August 2008), Music in the Park (Alexandra, September 2008, 2009, June 2010, July 2011; June 2012; Cator, September 2009); Bulb Planting (Alexandra, November 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Cator, September 2009, 2010, 2011), Carols in the Park (Alexandra, December 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Summer Walk: Our Post-Victorian Heritage, (transversing Cator and Alexandra and nearby environs, August 2009); Penge Heritage Walk, starting and ending at Alexandrsa Nurseries, August 2013; the Autumn Tree Walk, (Cator and Alexandra, October 2009, 2010, 2011,2012); the Spring Walk (Cator and Alexandra, 2010; April 2011, 2012, 2013) the Bat Walk (Cator, April 2010; April and August 2011, May 2012, September 2012, June 2013) and the Bird Walk, August 2010, June 2011. All were a great success and very well-supported. Last year we made a contribution towards the cost of the Christmas Lights in Penge.
This year we were awarded a total of £400 from Bromley Council for our work in the parks. We gained new flags and certificates in recognition.
Our fifth Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday October 24th at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Centre, Lennard Road. Our Guest speaker will be Vanessa Williamson, Deputy Group Librarian for Bromley, who will speak about the new library arrangements in Penge and her ongoing interest in the area.
Music in the Park last took place on Sunday June 10th, 2012, at 3.00pm in the Holy Trinity Centre. (We were rained off in Alexandra Recreation Ground.) Both the Crystal Palace Brass Bands and the Singology Choir took part. We had face-painting, a raffle, home-made cakes and drinks as before. It was a great success and a real community event despite having to be held indoors. We raised about £300 for the Living Well charity. Thanks to all who came.
Unfortunately this year's music event had to be cancelled owing to a clash with another park event.
We hope to have another Carols in the Park event this December.
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Our aims, as you see, are to bring some life back to both parks. We are conscious of the need to maintain a ‘green’ environment in both parks. Our Mission Statement encapsulates this. Recently we won another People for Parks award, 2010, for our efforts and expecting a further award for 2011. You will see our green flags flying in Alexandra Recreation Ground and in Cator Park. Award certificates are displayed on both Friends notice-boards. If you join us you will receive a seasonal newsletter. This website will keep you posted with all our news, both past and present.
So – what are you waiting for? Find further details on the How To Join page. We hope to see you as a Friend at some of our future events.
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