Our latest news and blog posts

Petanque Club: First Club Tournament

The petanque club is growing fast. Members are joining daily and meet at various times throughout the week. Some planned meets, some ad-hoc, but all that practice definitely came in handy last week when the group held their first Club Tournament.

Congratulations to the winners donning their medals, our very own Rob Groves partnered with Jayne Gibbs. (pictured)

The final scoreboard looked like this!

6th Place:  14 points Lily Mae and Joan Pye

5th Place:   26 points  Chris Bayford and Iris Hedges

4th Place:   27 points Vicki Brabyn and Dave Archbold

Joint 2nd:   27 points  Martin Gibbs and John Hedges

Joint 2nd:   27 points Dave Bayford and Lynn Matthews

WINNERS : 45 points Rob Groves and Jayne Gibbs

If you would like to learn more about Petanque and how to get involved click through to our webpage here.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Wow, watch our young techies build a retro arcade game!

Tech Club is an amazing opportunity for young people aged 6-16 to learn coding, computational thinking, electronics and robotics. The club meets every Monday from 4:30-5:30pm and is free of charge. Watch this clip of our Tech Club in action (Facebook). So clever!

Young people can learn, solve problems and have fun at the same time. The latest project is an arcade game called Picade that runs off of a raspberry pi and is built from scratch.

If you are old enough to remember the ‘Pacman’ style games well Picade was designed to recreate that experience. It was purchased in kit form and built by our young team, complete with buttons, joystick and a big screen.
So forward thinking tech is now sharing the joy of old style gaming with the younger generation. What an inspiration our computer wizards are!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374

Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

November News Update

To view our November newsletter click HERE

Out with the old, in with the new!
If you fancy a stall at our indoor table top sale please get in touch. There’s an event on our facebook page that you can comment on or alternatively email info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk or pop in and see Nikki in the café.  Just £5 for a stall and the opportunity to sell on your wares and make way for Christmas.

Chef hats are on for Christmas Fayre
We’re offering a 3 course Christmas lunch menu for groups throughout December. All we ask is that you book at least three days in advance. £14.95 per head.

Find a new tale to tell…
We’re starting a weekly Book Swap afternoon on a Thursday (1st one on 30th Nov). Bring toddlers from 1.30pm to swap their good quality books and pick up a new one. Pop back with primary age children from 3pm to 4.30pm after school. If there’s anyone out there that would like to help deliver this on a Thursday please get in touch. Maybe a young person doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award  wanting to accrue some volunteer hours?

A great community space…come on down!
Our cafe is open daily 9am to 4.30pm serving refreshments throughout the day. A variety of clubs and groups meet here, it’s a hive of activity for all ages. Whether you want to catch up with a friend for coffee, enjoy a spot of gardening or take part in one of the many clubs that run, come on down.  We are sure you will find something that engages you!

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Adult Craft Club 10.30am to 12.30pm  £2 – bring a craft and share your skills.
  • Petanque 1pm to 3pm
  • After School Dinner Club, please book in advance £2.50 kids / £3.50 adult

THURSDAY

  • Petanque 10am to 2pm
  • Book Swap afternoon 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Adult Board Games/Cards Club 7pm to 11pm  Next meet Nov 23rd / Dec 14th

FRIDAY

  • Volunteer Gardeners meet at 10am
  • Mens Shed’s meet at 10am
  • SS17 BRAS (Breastfeeding support group) Term time 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

SATURDAY

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Men’s Shed: A place to share skills and a mug of tea

A place to share skills and a mug of tea!

We have some men, we have a shed, we have some tools – now we just need to make it work. In order to run the shed we require trained supervisors so if anyone would like to REGISTER their interest please do so. If you would like to pop along to one of the shed sessions to see if it’s something you want to get involved with then pop down on a Friday morning at 10am.  Training will take place in January and the Shed will open in February on a Monday and Friday. We’ll hold two shed sessions on each day and the cost will be £2 per session which includes tea and coffee.

Here’s the link to the Men’s Shed webpage.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: mensshed@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/hardieparkmensshed/

Community comes together for those alone at Christmas

We are once again planning a Christmas day dinner for residents in and around SS17 who would otherwise be alone over the festive period. We held our first community Christmas last year providing free transport, gifts and entertainment. 32 guests ate, drank and socialised together with our merry band of local volunteers. There are many people locally who will spend Christmas Day alone and there are some families for whom Christmas is a struggle. Friends of Hardie Park want to change that. Having already outgrown our own building we are teaming up with Fresh Hope Community of Victoria Road Chapel to host the meal again.

The response last year to our appeal for donations of food, gifts and money was overwhelming and we are confident that the community will give generously once more. If you would like to nominate a guest, donate, get involved, provide transport or help in any other way please CLICK HERE and register your interest, somebody will be in touch.

You can follow the appeal on Facebook at Passionate about Hardie Park. If you don’t use the internet then please call Rob Groves on 07803 295374

Press coverage of Christmas 2016

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Half-term Halloween fun at the park

It’s a double whammy! Half-term is fast approaching and for many parent it’s TWO WEEKS to keep the kids occupied. Whether you are a regular to Hardie Park or considering a first visit, make sure you glance over our events schedule for the fortnight ahead. It’s sure to be an action packed holiday.

We’ve included some of our most popular events such as LEGO day and the Little Legs Bus for our small people alongside some Halloween themed experiences.

So pick up a pen and find that diary…here’s the master plan!

Tuesday 24th October
Bring a woolly and bounce 11am to 3pm
Bizzy Bouncer wristband £5

Wednesday 25th October
Spooky Arty Crafty Workshop 11am to 3pm
£2 per child (simple crafts)

Thursday 26th October
Lego Day 11am to 3pm FREE

Friday 27th October
Little Legs Soft Play 11am to 4pm
Soft play fun for age 3+ £4 all day

Saturday 28th October
Petanque Coaching for adults and children 1pm to 3pm
Pop down to the park to see what its’s all about. FREE

Sunday 29th October
HALLOWEEN EVENT – NOW starts at 11am until 3pm!
12pm to 4pm—Dress up if you dare
Halloween hunt around the park £2 per child
Bouncy Castles £5 wristband – Cafe and Stalls

Monday 30th October
Pumpkin Carving 11am to 3pm £3 per child

Tuesday 31st October
Lego Day 11am to 3pm FREE
PLUS
Halloween Party
5pm to 7pm for ages 4-11 (Book in advance £6)

Wednesday 1st November
Games Day 11am to 3pm FREE
Play our board games or bring your own to share!

Thursday 2nd November
Lego Day 11am to 3pm FREE

Friday 3rd November
Little Legs Soft Play 11am to 4pm
Soft play fun for age 3+ £4 all day

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374

Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Petanque Club: Let’s get the ball rolling

The more regular visitor to the park may have been wondering about the strange construction next to the building that has been going on for a couple of months.

This is how the conversation usually pans out…

  • What’s that? Is it a car park?
  • No, it’s a Petanque Piste
  • A what?
  • Petanque, you know, French Boules
  • French Boules? Never heard of it!

Anyway, we’ve nearly finished the piste and it’s ready to play on, so we want to get people involved!

The game is very simple, but is highly addictive and can be massively competitive.  The best thing is that it can be played all-year round in all weathers (although it is nicer when the sun’s out)

So if you fancy becoming a founder member of our brand new club or are just interested in learning how to chuck them balls, sign up at our website and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Our first MEETING to discuss and get the ball rolling is on Monday 2nd October at 6pm ALL WELCOME

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

We caught up over a cuppa!

Hardie Park were proud to be part of the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning fundraiser this year. Cakes were baked and donated and friends of Hardie came to chat over a cup of tea.  Not only is the fundraiser in aid of a good cause but we were able to welcome new and old visitors alike to share in the community spirit a coffee morning creates.

An amazing £875 was raised on the day with the help of various fundraiser games and a raffle.  We’d like to say a big thank you to those in the community that were able to support the event.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. The charity ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised £29.5 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more. For more information click here: https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/what/

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374

Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Employment and Skills Board impressed with our project

Members of the Employment and Skills Board sector action group for logistics had a meeting at our park recently to find out more about the Friends of Hardie Park project. They visited with a view to learning more about our community scheme and the possibility of modeling elsewhere to support skills and opportunity. Here’s a link to their website documenting their visit.

https://www.essexesb.co.uk/news/friends-of-hardie-park-presents-potential-logistics-model

Rob Groves, Director of Friends of Hardie Park said, ‘It’s great to be recognised in this way as a possible model for other projects in the county. The park is an inclusive environment that is providing work experience and opportunity for the wider community to learn new skills.’

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374

Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Hardie Park bags £1000 from carrier bag charge fund

 

Hardie Park is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Hardie Park has been awarded £1000.

Work will now begin on bringing the Petanque Rink to Hardie Park, Stanford-le-Hope.

Rob Groves, Director of Friends of Hardie Park said, ’It’s fantastic news that we’ve been awarded £1000 towards the construction of our Petanque rink. Work is underway so watch this space for details of the first Stanford le hope community game of Petanque. It’s going to be a great addition to the park, one that can be used by all generations.’

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Issued by Friends of Hardie Park. For further information please contact: Rob Groves 07803 295374

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Bags of Help is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded over £33 million to more than 6,300 local community projects.
  • For more information please visit: http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp