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The event was conducted by the committee of Morley Park Trust (MPT) during the afternoon of Sunday 29th April 2012. Click here for further details of the programme.

Despite the morning’s downpours, around 250 enthusiastic supporters from across the Borough gathered at the Scout Hut in Cottenham Park Road. Led by Nick Smith (Chair) and Jane Barnes (Vice-Chair), they all set off on a tour of the Morley Park site, to learn about the exciting features and views that  the park will offer. Meanwhile,  some 50 children and parents, led by Mr. Badger and Sally Cunliffe, explored woodland trails and grassy banks on a nature trail and quiz.

Afterwards, everyone returned to the Scout Hut for refreshments while listening to a talk by Nick Smith, and looking at the exhibition about the campaign history, the site plans, and options for the future management of the park. Click on other sections of this web-site for further details, for example The Campaign, and Plans for AMH Site. Also, click on What's New to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

MPT plans to bid, under the terms of the new Localism Act, for management of  the whole area as an integrated scheme. This offers huge benefits, since as a Trust with charitable status, it could call on funds not available to the Council already forced to make serious cuts in its management of parks. The dowry of £360,000, to be donated by Berkeley Homes would be ring-fenced to the park. The audience demonstrated their wholehearted support for the proposal and many new volunteers signed up to join Morley Park Trust in progressing their plans.

Many thanks to everyone who came to this event,  and especially to the many who signed up to support Morley Park Trust in its efforts to take on the management of the new park, and to help with its management if we succeed in our bid.  It was an amazing day with a wonderful community spirit, and the number of people attending exceeded all expectations.  Our thanks go to the many who helped make the event such a success, and in particular:

  • 19th Wimbledon Scout Group, and especially the Chairman Dick Bowyer, for their hospitality and support

  • Sally Cunliffe and all who helped with the nature trail

  • Maggie Box for being Mr. Badger

  • Ruth Edmonds and Sarah Field for running a raffle, which raised over £500

  • Local businesses for contributing prizes for the raffle

  • Jean Pinchin, Frances Appleby, Pauline Collinson and Rosemary Bolingbroke for providing refreshments

  • Julia Chamberlain for taking the photos

Thank you to one and all for your support!

Photos (double-click on thumbnails to see larger image)
All photos on this page have reproduced with the kind permission of Julia Chamberlain. This is just a sample. Many more of the excellent photos taken by Julia on the day can be viewed on her web-site
www.juliachamberlainphotography.co.uk where quality prints can also be ordered.

 

Walk organisers (Ralph Cake, Pat Keith, Tony Edwards, Jane Barnes, Mr. Badger, Gerald Jones, Andrew Simon, and Nick Smith).

 

Assembling at the Scout Hut

 

The guided walk

Talk and exhibition