Here's some photos from the fete held in East Greenwich Pleasaunce today as part of the East Greenwich Community Festivals. The two day 1948-themed fete continues tomorrow and will include a dog show.
Tree planting ceremony in East Greenwich Pleasaunce (Photo: Lara Ruffle)
EAST GREENWICH Pleasaunce's orchard is growing - with the addition of six new trees.
The new trees were planted in the Pleasaunce's Memorial Orchard yesterday afternoon by volunteers. They gathered in the Green Flag-awarded park to add to the orchard that was first established in December 2010.
The planting of one plum, one pear, one gage and three apple trees takes the orchard's tree tally to twelve.
Expert guidance was provided by the London Orchard Project while helpers dug, planted and erected tree guards.
Gavin McGregor from Transition Westcombe commented:
"David from the London Orchard Project sang the expanded orchard a welcome with a wassailing song, and the trees themselves were doused, as is tradition, with cider.
"It is hoped that, as it matures, the orchard will become a focus for community activities in the Pleasaunce, such as an Apple Day and new year wassailing events."
The orchard, which is a joint project by the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce and Transition Westcombe, has benefited from a grant from the council's Greenwich Pride award scheme and also had financial support from the Capital Growth scheme.
Volunteers will be needed to help water the trees throughout the Spring and Summer - email Gavin McGregor for more details.
Thanks to Lara Ruffle for the photo. You can see more pictures and read Lara's account of the day on her blog.
Here's a photo taken at Saturday's Oxjam event in East Greenwich Pleasaunce. Organiser, Bhaswati Guha, who kindly allowed me to use this picture, commented:
We raised £287.35p for Oxfam's good causes and want to thank everyone including the artists - Global Jazz guitarist Carlos Brizolla, young rock band FireFuds (9-10 years age), Jehnniel - accoustic solo with an alternative twist, Janos our busking clown, councilors - Mary Mills and John Fahy, face painters - Nikola Hooks and Victoria Connolly, our young fundraisers - Jake (7 years) and his sister Polly (5 years) who sold their old books and toys in their stall for Oxfam, Oxfam stewards - Jade, Tim, Ethan, Richard, Alix and Allana, our sponsor Lizzie and her team - Pistachios in the Park Cafe and Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce Community Group, Council officers - Locksley Douglas and Annette Muskell, Emma and Rachael Nissim for lending us their amp, and above all the Greenwich local community
The borough of Greenwich has increased its tally of Green Flag awarded parks in the latest winners list which has just been announced.
East Greenwich Pleasaunce, Blackheath (in association with Lewisham), Well Hall Pleasaunce and Sutcliffe Park all retained their Green Flags, with Horn Park and Eltham Parks North & South getting the honour for the first time.
Cllr John Fahy, Cabinet Member for Culture and the Olympics commented “I’m really pleased that six of our parks have been rewarded with a Green Flag Award.”
Greenwich Park, which is under the control of the Royal Parks Agency rather than the council, also had its Green Flag renewed.
The 'Green Flag Award Scheme' recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country
I took this photo of Aysin and Lizzie at Pistachios in the Park in East Greenwich Pleasaunce earlier today.
Aysin and his family started the orginal Pistachios coffee shop in Greenwich, and he is now the operations manager for the Pistachios in the Park franchises. I was pleased to read on Brockley Central that Pistachios are interested an opening a franchise in Hilly Fields, which would be good news for anyone that uses that park.
Lizzie runs the successful East Greenwich Pleasaunce franchise and here's a salad she made today that she was particularly proud of.
Apologies for the Daily Photo not being quite daily lately, but thanks to Fergal Spelman for this photo from East Greenwich Pleasaunce.
We return to East Greenwich Pleasaunce today with another snowy picture of this Green Flag awarded park sent in by Kate.
Has a cafe ever looked as warm and inviting as this one does in a snowy East Greenwich Pleasaunce?
Many thanks to Kate from the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce for sending me the photo.
A robin flew into the cafe in East Greenwich Pleasaunce and landed on one of the shelves of wooden toys. Cafe manager, Lizzie Cooper, grabbed her camera and took this picture.
FATHER Christmas was the guest of honour today at East Greenwich Pleasaunce as families joined together for a day of fun, music and mince pies.
Over 400 people turned up to the Green-Flag awarded park in East Greenwich to take part in Carols at the Pleasaunce, organised by the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce. The carol singing was led by the Halstow Community Choir, and there was also music to be enjoyed from The Los Dawsons.
Father Christmas arrived in a specially decorated "chariot" and gave all the kids a balloon and chocolate bar.
Thanks very much to Kate from the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce who sent in these photos of the special day.