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Our business is your business! AGM 2019

Why not come down to the park on Tuesday 29th January at 6pm. It will be a great opportunity for local residents, volunteers and our supporters to find out what we’ve achieved so far and to hear our plans for the future. We’d love for you to be part of it.

We are actively recruiting both Trustees and Volunteers. If you have skills that you would like to share we’d love to have you on board.

Cheese, wine and refreshments for those that attend.

All welcome.

Like the idea of being a trustee but not sure what it involves? CLICK HERE for more information.

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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

Winter Wonderland Magic

A big thank you to all of you that supported the Winter Wonderland event and Elf screening earlier this month. The weather was atrocious at times but it didn’t stop our fabulous community coming out to enjoy some Christmas sparkle. Watch this space for the 2019 event programme. We’d love to have you back for more family fun in the new year.

Here’s just one 2019 calendar date already pencilled in if you are pooch friendly and enjoy dog themed family fun.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 9th June – Dogtopia Show. More info to follow soon!

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

Community spirit at its best

We’d like to highlight the wonderful work of Friends of Essex & London Homeless who have started a new, much needed Soup Kitchen in Grays this week. We were pleased to be able to pass on donations of food received from the cafe at DP World London Gateway Port and Logisitics Park to help feed these people in their moment of need.

DP World representative visited the park recently to discuss the donation of surplus food from their canteen. The effective re-direction of this food was noted as a challenge however the new Soup Kitchen in Grays is a perfect example of a project currently reaching out to those who need it most.  (photo from FELH facebook post 7 Dec)

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

November Newsletter

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In the meantime here’s a link to our November edition of Hardie Park Newsletter

CLICK HERE

Topics include:

  • Winter Wonderland Market
  • Santa in the Woods
  • Cinema in the park
  • Charity fundraising
  • Co-op Local Community Fund
  • Our gardeners….what a team!
  • Join our events team

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

 

A weekend of Christmas cheer

Not long now until our weekend of Christmas cheer. A heated marquee will be erected in the park to allow an indoor cinema experience and a Christmas Market on the first weekend of December.

Be quick to buy your cinema tickets, the early performance is SOLD OUT but  7.45pm screening tickets are still available in the cafe at £8.50 or £9.00 reserved online with free popcorm included.

Santa in the Woods grotto tickets are now in sale in the cafe too at £3 per child including gift. Please buy in advance if possible.

Walking to the event is advised however, for the Christmas Market only on 1st and 2nd we have arranged FREE parking between 11am and 4pm at Hassenbrook Academy. Access to the main car park is via the entrance in Hassenbrook Road, Stanford-le-Hope SS170NS.  It’s a short walk to the park.

If you are a stallholder and interested in a pitch there’s just a few left. Enquire HERE

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

Local people raising funds The Co-op Way

A big thank you to the local community who shop at The Co-op. Their Local Community Fund gives back to local causes and we really appreciate that members chose to support us over the past year. We will be at the Stanford-le-hope Co-op store on Saturday 24th November between 12pm and 1pm and we would love to see you there!

The £3271.09 raised will be directed to our slide project and has most definitely helped our dream become reality.

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

£14,000 grant awarded for our super slide

Friends of Hardie Park have been actively fundraising this year to install a new super slide in the park

Installation of play equipment doesn’t come cheap but the support for the project has been great and the idea of a new slide has been welcomed by the community.The following funds have already been realised:

The Crazy Travel Fundraising Challenge and Park to Pier Race  = £5000

Rotary Club Corringham Thameside = £500

The Co-op Local Community Fund =  £3271.09

We then receive some fantastic news!

A grant of £14,000 towards our new embankment slide from Thurrock Council’s Community Environmental Development Fund. Bingo…we are nearly there! The wheels are now in motion and we hope to have the equipment installed by the end of March 2019. Exciting times!

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 Hardie Park Gardeners…what a team!

What a fantastic job our volunteer gardeners do in keeping our park in bloom year round. The team of 20 or more have finished for the winter but usually meet every Friday (and lots of other times in between). The well kept flower beds greet visitors to Hardie Park and are often commented on by those passing through.

There have been a few new developments this year, a lovely hydrangea bed near the children’s playground and a sunflower bed along the path. The bulbs and winter bedding have been planted so come springtime the park should look amazing. It’s year two for the bluebells, fingers crossed more should appear this year.

Not all the gardeners meet at the same time but often get together for a catch up. Their Xmas lunch is booked and we are sure we will see them in the cafe for coffee and a sausage roll over the winter.

Enjoy a well earned rest and we look forward to enjoying the park with you next year!

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

Join our Events Planning Team

We asked our Facebook followers for their feedback on what they would like to see on the events calendar for next year. Big thanks for the input, all of your ideas have been noted.

Our events team meet regularly and would love for more of you to join the gang. Focus is on delivering the Christmas weekender for the moment but we’ll soon be discussing the 2019 dates.

Why not come on board? If you have any ideas you would like to propose please email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk

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

Pennies to pounds walking the pooch

WOW…
Jacqueline, one of our lovely Wednesday crafters has collected £106.81 of loose change found on dog walks around Tilbury and Chadwell over the last year. Amazing!

She has decided to donate it to Hardie Park! 🐶 Big thanks to Jacqueline and her 4 legged friend 🐶

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