Maryon Park to host Picnic in the Park this Sunday

Maryon Park
Photo by Maureen Barlin (via Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Charlton Parkside Community Hub and Valley Hill Community Hub have been in touch about Picnic in the Park in Maryon Park this Sunday, 18 June from 2-6pm.

We have been very busy co-ordinating all the lovely people and groups who are taking part in this event and here is your reminder to get your picnic baskets out and ready!

We are delighted to announce that our recently re-elected MP Matthew Pennycook has agreed to open the event for us. Following that, there will be:

– Plenty of space for picnics

– Ice-cream van, a stall selling soft drinks, locally brewed beer and wine and Feast will be selling small hot snacks. There will also be elderflower cordial and jam for sale and there might even be cakes somewhere

– Games and races for all – large and small

– Live music from our very own Jim Kinsella, the local Recorder Ensemble and a special guest appearance from some members of the East London Brass Band with DJ slots in between courtesy of Ed Simmons

– Dance performances from the Mulvihill Academy of Irish Dance and the Marjorie Hawkins Dance Academy

– Boxing (non-contact and child centred) demonstrations and ‘have a go’ fitness workshops run by the local St Paul’s Boxing Club

– Judo demonstrations from the club who practice in New Charlton Community Centre

– Local group stalls including Riverwood, who make wonderful things out of reclaimed wood, Riding for the Disabled, Friends of Charlton Lido, the WI, Bexley and Greenwich Hospice, Friends of Maryon Parks, St Thomas Church & The Tuesday Group, Thorntree PTA… and possibly more.

– Information and energy-saving advice provided by South East London Community Energy who have very kindly donated a solar powered generator to us for the day

– Opportunities to visit the Growing Garden and see all the great work being done there helping local people grow their own food

Make sure you bring some cash with you as there will also be:

– A qualified massage therapist offering massage to help raise funds for Friends of Maryon Parks
Plants for sale (and from 10am in the Growing Garden)

– Bric-a-brac, raffle and tombola

Entry is free, but we will be doing a bucket rattle to help with the costs of the publicity, incidentals, insurances and licenses over and above any funding we might receive. Anything left once we have covered costs will be donated to the St Thomas Church Nightshelter project.

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