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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 it’s all about. FREE

Sunday 29th October
HALLOWEEN EVENT
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

 

Hundreds swap skills, stuff or just a smile at the Hardie Park Fair

A market place with no money changing hands, where people shared skills, stories and community spirit, was set up in Stanford-le-Hope with the help of the Eden Project.

Christine Sefton, Community Project Developer at Eden, said that the aim of the event was to bring people together, build confidence and grow talents: “Most of us have things in our homes that we no longer need – good stuff that is sitting unused and taking up valuable space.  This might be books we’ve read, clothes we’ve grown out of and ornaments that we no longer like. All this stuff can be brought to a Share Fair to share or swap.

“We have skills we can share – some of us play musical instruments, or are excellent knitters, or good cooks. Some of us are experienced vegetable growers, dog-trainers or song-writers. Some of us mend things, build things or create things.  All of us are good at something – even if that something is being friendly for half an hour and listening to somebody who is a bit lonely.”

Christine added:  “And we all have a story to tell – new ideas, new recipes, useful information, stories about where we live or projects we’d like

to start. At a Share Fair we have comfortable seating areas where people can just sit and chat.”

Rob Groves, founding Director of Hardie Park said, ‘It was great to host a Share Fair in partnership with the Eden Project, one of the first to be hosted in the UK. Hundreds of people visited the event to give, share, swap all manner of things, and it was all free! We even fed people free curry created from donated vegetables. Feedback from the local community has been really positive with some great ideas for future fairs.”

There are a further four Share Fairs scheduled at Hardie Park, with the next one being held on Sunday 21st May. For more information or how to get involved visit Hardie Park’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

The Share Fair programme is funded by The National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund and is being led by the Eden Project Communities team. This is one of many initiatives supported by Eden Project Communities, all with the aim of improving the happiness and wellbeing of people across the UK by helping to build better connected communities. Its flagship project is The Big Lunch, the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours, which began in 2009 and last year saw 7.3 million people take to their streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to join together for a few hours of food, friendship and fun. Community initiatives like The Big Lunch connect people and encourage friendlier, safer neighbourhoods where people start to share more —from conversations and ideas, to skills and resources.

This year Big Lunches will be held over the 17-18 June as part of The Great Get Together Weekend – the biggest community event since the Jubilee. Visit ww.edenprojectcommunities.com to get your free Big Lunch pack, and share the community spirit.

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

Photos attached – credit Full Frame Memories Photograph

Are you passionate about volunteering?

A local community project is appealing for volunteers to help support the day-to-day running of their park and cafe moving forward. Events are scheduled throughout the year at Hardie Park in Stanford-le-Hope with new initiatives and clubs developing weekly.

Rob Groves, Director of Hardie Park said, ‘We currently have a dedicated team of enthusiastic volunteers who do a sterling job keeping the facility open 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week. Due to the success of the park and our growing events calendar we are now looking to recruit more people. Volunteers range from school pupils and graduates gaining work experience to retired people, who bring a lifetime of skills with them.’

‘Aside from bringing the community together, volunteering has huge benefits for the volunteer. Maybe you are looking to enhance your CV, change career and looking for catering and hospitality experience or just to meet new people and gain support from others. Whatever your need, Hardie Park might be a good place to start!’

For anyone wishing to find out more, click through to the Volunteer area on the Friends of Hardie Park website www.friendsofhardiepark.co.uk/volunteer/ and fill out the application form or contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374

Friends of Hardie Park’s aims are to build community, create opportunity and transform the environment of the park. New projects and initiatives are always in the pipeline with the purpose of engaging all age groups and abilities. Upcoming events and feedback on recent activities can be found on their social media channels.

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

SS17 Rocks at Hardie

The popular SS17 Community Festival will be hosted by Hardie Park in Stanford le Hope this year for the first time in its history. The event is free for all between 12pm and 6pm with a packed agenda for the local community to enjoy. Live acts will entertain from the stage alongside bouncy castles and games for children.

Rob Groves, Director of Hardie Park said, ‘We are excited to be hosting the event this year. It should prove to be a great family day out. Games and activities for all ages and beer and prosecco tents for those who want to chill out enjoying the entertainment. A selection of gourmet food stands will also be on site throughout the day.’

For anyone wishing to find out more, click through to the Friends of Hardie website www.friendsofhardiepark.co.uk or contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374

Friends of Hardie Park’s aim is to build community, create opportunity and transform the environment of the park. New projects and initiatives are always in the pipeline with the purpose of engaging all age groups and abilities.

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

Friends of Hardie Park calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

Friends of Hardie Park is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

FRIENDS OF HARDIE PARK is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The project: Installation of a Petanque Rink in Hardie Park, Stanford-le-Hope.

Rob Groves, Director of Friends of Hardie Park said,’ The construction of a Petanque rink will be a wonderful addition to the park, as it is such an accessible game and can be played all-year round.’

Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

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

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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

Ends

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 community projects.
  • For more information please visit: tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Treat the Dads in your life! Sunday 18th June

We are hosting a sumptuous Fathers Day Breakfast for you and the special man in your life, from 9am at Hardie Park Cafe.

With an unlimited choice of Continental and Full English Breakfast, including regular tea, coffee and fruit juice, this will be a treat feast!

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