Public Meeting Monday 11th NovemberThe next public meeting will take place between 7.30pm and 9pm on Monday 11th November at the Town Hall,Main Road,Romford
Posted: 21st Oct 2013
Music in the park 2014 - a date for your diaryThe date for 2014's Music in the park event has been confirmed as Sunday 27th July. Details of the bands and other entertainment will be confirmed in due course.
Posted: 11th Oct 2013
PLEASE DON'T FEED THE BIRDS - BREAD!Last week around 15 birds were found dead or dying on the lake and test have confirmed the cause was Avian Botulism. The bacteria is always present in the lake but the recent spell of hot weather had significantly increased the toxin's. Tests on the water have confirmed that oxygen levels in the lake are currently adequate but one way of reducing the chance of a further outbreak is to avoid throwing bread into the lake.Good alternatives are lettuce or spinach, grain such as wheat, uncooked plain porridge oats, bird seed (any type or mixed corn). Please place any unused or unwanted food in a bin or take it home.
Posted: 14th Aug 2013
Percy has landed! It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the 'Percy and Friends picnic spot' is now open for business. The picnic spot funded by the Friends Group can be found within the wooded area of Raphael Park and is a perfect spot for a picnic or somewhere to rest while observing Percy and his many friends. An opening ceremony with Percy the Park keeper auther Nick Butterworh in attendance will take place at 4pm on Tuesday 17th September with everyone welcome to attend. http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/Authors/872/nick-butterworth
Posted: 26th Jul 2013
Lodge Farm Park Tennis Club are on the look out for new members.Their membership rates are Family £18, Ordinary £14 and Junior £4. There is a one off Joining fee of £10 and a key deposit of £5, there isn't anything else to pay. For more details please email Steve Perry via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01708 787447RESTORATION UPDATE
Posted: 11th Apr 2013
Borras Construction commenced on site in December 2012. The programme of major works can be summarised as follows:
Park Lodge restoration/extension and service yard - December 2012 to September 2013
Play Area Kiosk/Toilets Feb to July 2013
Bandstand restoration Feb to April 2013
Sports pavilions external works April to May 2013
Demolition of shelter and toilets Feb/March 2013
Lakeside repairs April to June 2013
Footpath works, gates and railings works and soft landscape preparation April to Sept 2013
It is intended that the contractor will allow access to most areas of the park at most times however some areas will be closed off on occasions in the interest of public safety. In the meantime Havering Council apologise for any inconvenience to park visitors. If you require any further information about the project telephone the council on 01708 432360.
Posted: 5th Feb 2013
Havering Council recently awarded the contract for the park restoration to Borras Construction Limited and work began on 3rd December. We look forward to reviewing the schedule of work to understand how park users will be impacted. Further information will be shared when known.
More information regarding Borras can be obtained via the below urlwww.borrasconstruction.co.uk
Posted: 21st Dec 2012
MUSIC IN THE PARK 2012, "BRITS AT THEIR BEST"
MUSIC IN THE PARK 2012 - "BRITS AT THEIR BEST"
Thank you for letting us know what a fantastic afternoon you all had. As you know The Friends Summer Concert is organised completely by Volunteers, and what a fabulous job they made of it! This year's "Music in the Park 2012", usually held in July, was brought forward to incorporate and celebrate our Gracious Queen's Diamond Jubilee, but after the washout of Saturday and Sunday we really didn't know if you would join us in the park! No worries there, record attendance achieved! Eight and a half thousand of you!After many months/days/hours and minutes agonizing over if we had got it right, our expectations were far exceeded. We were extremely touched by the huge show of support from our park users.
At 1pm, solo artist 'Rick Christian' opened the concert to an audience that was to continue to grow to our largest yet! Even the rain couldn't dampen the mood up went the umbrella's with the deckchairs remaining fiercely guarded, Rick played on. It was fabulous to see the good old British spirit shine through willing the clouds away and the sun came out for the rest of the day.
Our second act 'Copper Face Jack', raised the bar and our spirits a little farther, and by the time our last act, 'The New Serenaders', with their calypso tunes wafting in the summer breeze, it seemed summer had finally arrived! Raising the temperature and everyone's spirit just a little more with "Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot", our work was complete with the crowd taking to the green dance floor!
Leisure 2000 ensured the children were entertained with their excellent funfair. Alongside this, fantastic food was in plentiful supply all day long from our very own Wok Man, Hog Roast and the Park Café.
What a wonderful afternoon! We always say, "Boy that took some organising!" But every one of us is filled with pride and joy when we stand back and see what we have achieved. We sincerely hope we have shown what a great place Raphael?s Park is, and what a few very dedicated people can do.
Our many thanks to our brilliant team of volunteers, our sponsor A.C.Preou Limited, www.preou.co.uk , TimeFM,the Parks Protection Team and to you, our supporters, for taking the time out of your busy holiday schedules to spend a few precious hours in our lovely park on that very memorable Bank Holiday afternoon, because without you we couldn?t have raised a whopping £4300 to enable us to continue to support our beautiful parks!
Posted: 12th Sep 2012
Music In The Park 2012 - Programme & Friends Information Booklet
The programme of events for Music In The Park 2012 can be viewed/downloaded here
Additionally, The Friends of Raphael & Lodge Farm Parks Information Booklet can be viewed/downloaded here
Posted: 31st May 2012
Annual General Meeting minutesMonday 27th February 2012
Romford Town Hall, Main Road, Romford
See end of minutes for attendee list
Meeting opened at 7:30pm / closed: 9:10pm
Welcome / Introduction / Apologies for Absence
Minutes of Previous Meeting
Change minutes location. All agreed minutes with this change made.
Annual Report 2011
JH presented the Annual Report. There is a short and long version. The short version was passed around the table and JH talked about on reflection how successful this last 12 months have been and how very proud we are of our achievements. The longer version gives full details of the groups activities throughout the year.
Presentation of Annual Accounts 2011
LO presented the accounts. In brief; our cash in hand £ 12,672.39, made up:- Bank Balance brought forward from 2010 = £4303.62, plus totalreceipts of £15,890.04. Less total payments amounted to £7,521.27. The Friends Group have had an excellent fund raising year as the bankbalance clearly reflects. It was also noted that a large chunk of monies will be spent in the next financial year to pay for the picnic area.
Official Friends Status
JH explained that we are presently preparing our application for 2012/13. JH briefly informed the meeting of the reason why we apply for Official Friends status and just what it entails. We touched on many aspects of this but particularly note that TP had distributed 1200 Winter Newsletters this January/February, much of the printing has been done by TP and JH with a contribution from LBH. JH thanked TP and his team of volunteers for spreading our word. JH and GP and NO agreed in respect of item 2 of the assessment criteria, the Friends would provide a delivery plan of our proposed picnic area. It was noted that we cannot provide milestones as our works are affected by pathway works in the woods, however we do know that we will be commissioning carvers to start our carvings in the next few months. We also discussed Item 11. It was agreed that Lens work with the Cubs/Beavers/Scouts Groups adequately represents this criteria, we also noted that we would provide details of these works with children in our detailed annual report which we will provide in addition to other assessmentcriteria.
Election of Committee Members
JH set out to the attendees how the Committee is made up, providing titles and job descriptions. We then gave the attendees a recess to allow them then pass vote to elect the Committee for 2012/13. It was agreed by all present that the Committee remains in tact. A list ofCommittee members appears at the foot of these minutes. It was also note that TP's title will be changed to incorporate his website works.
Lake & Park Regeneration
Park - NO and GP agreed that not much has happened to update the group. DS has been on holiday and upon his return will bereading through the PQQ's. Once these have been filtered through, Main Contractors will be invited to tender for the works. GP agreed works will not start until earliest September 2012. NO, GP and JH agreed that we all need to attend a site visit to ascertain which trees will be felled and where new ones are to be planted. JH to email Landscape Architects for meeting date, preferably 7thMarch.
Lake DD outlined the planned planting of border reeds to the lake and how this will improve the lakes biodiversity. DD confirmed the lake has a cormorant infestation and these works will start to ease the preditation of small fish and invertebrates. DD has secured funding from the Environment Agency for 2011, 2012 and 2013. This provides £30,000 to FORP along with the agreementof LBH and Project Boards to progress these works. DD confirmed that Ash Girdler of AGA can attend a meeting at 9am on the 7th March. JH to contact Project Board to confirm date/time.
Any Other Business
Peter Farrell and Andy Storey are new attendee?s to our meetings and have very kindly offered to volunteer any skills they may haveto help our reach our aims and objectives. For which we thanked them, Len and Trevor arranged to meet them at our March litterpick to get started. Peter is particularly interested in the lake area and Andy Lodge Farm Park.
JH to confirmed our informal meeting will take place on 5th March as usual. JH to email committee members reminder.
NO and GP advised meeting of the Mayors receipt of a tree from HRH to plant in a prominent park in Havering. The Mayor has asked if the Black Poplar could be planted in Raphael Parks pleasure ground close to the lake as it needs a damp and moist environment. The only reservations the Project Board may have is that this tree can grow to 100? tall. This will be discussed at ournext Project Board meeting and JH will inform FORP of outcome.
Robert McWilliams (RPRFC) confirmed that the club had met with Martin Stanton last month and they took a look inside another parks pavilion to see layout to get an idea what can be done in our pavilion. Robert and John are waiting to hear back from Martin.John will contact JH to update FORP of outcome and application for funding from Veolia Havering Riverside Trust.
Date of Next meeting
Monday 21st May 2012 - confirmed
Town Hall, Main Road, Romford
Attendee & Absence List
Julia Herold (JH) FORP Chairman
Len Oatham (LO) FORP Treasurer
Nigel Oxley (NO) LBH Historic Building & Landscape Officer
Robert McWilliams (RM) Raphael Park Rovers Football Club ? Chairman
Trevor Preedy (TP) FORP Volunteer & Website Coordinator
Theresa Miller (TM) Volunteer
Tom Hollinrake (TH) member of the public
Betty Hollinrake (BH) member of the public
David Drury (DD) FORP Lake Regeneration Manger
Andy Storey (AS) member of the public
Geoff Pepper (GP) LBH Parks Services
Peter Farrell (PF) member of the public
Richard Hollis Webmaster
Don Hodgekiss FORP Editor & Press Officer
Don Stewart LBH Project Manager
Sue Mackenzie FORP Secretary
Martin Stanton LBH Head of Parks
List of Committee Members ? No particular Order
Julia Herold Chairman
Len Oatham Treasurer
Trevor Preedy Volunteer & Website Coordinator
David Drury Lake Regeneration Manger
Richard Hollis Webmaster
Don Hodgekiss Editor & Press Officer
Sue Mackenzie Secretary
Posted: 13th Mar 2012