Our latest news and blog posts

Studying art or enjoy drawing?

There’s a new Art Club at the park suitable from age 14 years to adult . A great club for anyone studying GCSE Art, covering methods of drawing from reference and using techniques to create realistic images with graphite pencils and colour. In time the group will move on to using photoshop on a mobile to create images for reference. lt will also look at painting onto body/ face and use horror effects make up. Any further art related info please call Nikki Canham 07783 502735 who is running the club.

If you are interested, it’s on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm – £3.50 per session – no need to book.

 

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Rob Groves: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Our bench with a view…

Autumn, the perfect time of year to install a new bench in memory of the park’s friend Dean McGaughin. It is perched on the top of the hill surrounded by fallen leaves with a great view of the park. We hope our community sit for a while and enjoy the view. A second bench will soon be installed near the petanque terrain.

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

Rethinking Parks Programme

Hardie Park has been recognised as a successful park that demonstrates excellent potential for changing the way that a public space is used and managed. Rob Groves is leading the Performing Parks project in Thurrock and is working with five other parks that have the potential to create a similar model in their area. A package of learning and support will be created over a two year period in order to spread the approach and empower local communities with the management skills to ensure sustainablility. This is an innovative project, part of NESTA’s national ‘Rethinking Parks’ Programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Exciting times ahead for Thurrock communities. The park projects we are working with are Bonnygate in South Ockendon, Aveley Rec, Daisy Fields in Tilbury, Gobions in East Tilbury and Grays Beach. If these are areas close to you and you would like to get involved with the project then please contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374.

Rob Groves pictured with Chris Norris and Tiffany Gregor from NESTA

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

Elf – Christmas Screening in the Park

Join us for two screenings of the fantastic family film ‘Elf’ on Friday 30th November – Showing one is at 5:30pm (doors open 5pm), Showing two is 7:45pm (doors open 7:15pm)

If you want to embrace the season we’d love you to wear fancy dress!

Please bring a camping / deck chair to sit on.

The film will be shown undercover in a marquee in the park. (It’s heated but feel free to bring a blanket!).

Ticket prices below include popcorn with every ticket: ( age 2 and under free)

  • £8.50  Reserve tickets online and use code PAYONCOLLECTION  (The Cafe is open 9am to 4pm daily until screening and accepts cash or card payment)
  • £9.00  Reserve and pay online (includes booking fee) please collect from cafe, open 9am to 4pm daily until screening.
  • £9.50  On the door subject to availability.

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Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Spooky family day planned at Hardie

We will be staging our annual Halloween Hunt on Saturday 27th October for the younger residents of SS17 and beyond. The event starts at 11am until 3pm and will consist of a spooky themed hunt around the park, bouncy castles, stalls and a BBQ. Fancy dress on the day is welcomed and the park staff and volunteers will be taking part wearing ghoulish outfits too.

Halloween hunt tickets are now on sale in the cafe, we are open from 9am to 4pm daily and tickets are £2 per child. For the bouncers out there wristbands can be purchased on the day at £5 (weather permitting).

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Successful Footpaths Personal Development Programme comes to an end

With financial support from the Hew Watt Family Charitable Trust we were able to offer three personal development and mental health courses to local people that have previously struggled to access services. Each of the twelve week courses covered topics including Confidence Building and Self -esteem, Understanding Anxiety and Discovering Mindfulness.

Workshops helped attendees such as local resident Malcolm, 53, improve their physical and emotional wellbeing. He joined the first course and volunteered in the Hardie Park cafe for over six months. He explained, ‘It helped me in so many ways, meeting new people with similar problems and experiences as me and learning ways to combat bad feelings and how to solve them.’

The Footpaths project was the brainchild of Shane Ralph who has worked with people with mental health issues for many years. The funding enabled Shane to deliver tailored courses that also involved work experience placements and 1-2-1 counselling support.  We are currently not looking to continue the courses in the forseeable future.

September Newsletter

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In the meantime here’s a link to our September Edition of Hardie Park Newsletter

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Enjoy the read!

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

All revved up for a re-furb

Next time you visit the cafe you might notice a larger space.

We haven’t had an extension but a wall has been removed. What a difference!

Ideas are bouncing around re the design, watch this space for progress or pop in to the cafe and see for yourself.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone:  Cafe direct: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk   Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark  Facebook:www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

More heart at Hardie…

We made an application recently for a new bike park and wow, just look what we’ve got! A heart shaped bike park funded by ParkThatBike Initiative. They are a small, highly professional consultancy specialising in cycle parking initiatives and specialise in the operation of schemes that provide secure and convenient cycle parking. We are really pleased with our heart shaped racks, a welcome addition at the entrance of the decking. Remember to bring your lock to keep cycles safe in the park .

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone:  Cafe direct: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk   Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark  Facebook:www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

Volunteer recruitment at the Orsett Show

Thanks to everybody who took the time to speak to us at the Orsett Show this year. Our main purpose was to recruit and engage people with the concept of volunteering. We also managed to speak to hundreds of people about what our park has to offer. We can’t wait to welcome new visitors over the coming year. Such a positive day and a great opportunity for us to tell the world about Hardie Park!

A couple of our new Orsett Show recruits, brother and sister Sam and Sophie have already completed their first shift over the weekend. What stars they are!

If you are interested in volunteering or maybe have a young person that would like to enhance their CV by learning new skills you can apply online here. If you prefer to call and discuss volunteering opportunities give our Volunteer Co-ordinator Pam a call on 07714 661888

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone:  Cafe direct: 07935 868835 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk   Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark  Facebook:www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark