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  • AGM 2020

    AGM

    Thursday 24th September 2020, 6.30pm

    We are going to try and hold this years AGM on line via zoom.  Many of you will have had experience with this app during lockdown, some of you won’t have.  Hopefully it will prove to be easy although possibly not very interactive.

    Please click on the link below to register and you will be sent log in and password details.

    Please register in advance for this meeting.

    If you have any questions please send them through to the secretary.friendsofbishopspark@gmail.com before 22nd September.

    Register Here

    To read the 2019 AGM mins please click on this link

    There are a few changes to the current committee

    Roger Weston is standing down as Secretary, we thank him for his sterling work in this position.  It was supposed to be temporary!  Thank you Roger.

    Isabel Hill Smith is standing down as treasurer.  A position she has executed with great precision and helpfulness. We thank her for her diligence.

    Jane Swithinbank is also standing down, we thank her for all her help and hope that she will continue with the wonderful Nature Notes for the newsletter.

    The following members of the committee are willing to stand for another year.

    Co Chair
    Melanie Healy
    Rowena Vaughan 
    Proposed by Roger Weston and seconded by Victor Ho
    Membership Secretary
    Isabelle Du Bois – proposed by Melanie Healy and seconded by Rowena Vaughan

    General Committee Members without portfolio
    Roger Weston – proposed by Melanie Healy and seconded by Rowena Vaughan
    Victor Ho – proposed by Melanie Healy and seconded by Rowena Vaughan

    Standing as for Secretary
    Sarah Jane Johnson – proposed by Melanie Healy and seconded by Rowena Vaughan

    Standing as Treasurer
    Tommaso Ponsele – proposed by Sarah Jane Johnson and seconded by Melanie Healy

    If members would like to stand for committee please  send your application with proposer and seconder to: chair.bishparkfriends@gmail.com

  • Gardening Group Restarts

    The first Gardening Group out of lockdown

    Date: Wednesday 8th July

    Meet: between the bowling club and the cafe

    Time: between 9.15 – 9.30.

    For any newcomers please do stay as long or as short a time as you can give. Equipment will be provided, but if you have gloves please bring them.

    Ian, head gardener would be happy for a fortnightly Gardening Group through the summer. We will confirm the dates shortly.

    If you would like more information or to join the Gardening Club please email chair.bishparkfriends@gmail.com

    Gardening Group – Bishop’s Park
  • Market Re Opening

    Sunday Market Re Opening

    The market on Sundays will recommence this Sunday 21 June, Social Distancing rules apply.

    June 2020

  • Planning for the Future

    Have your say about your park.

    The Council have put out an open call to users of the park to find out how residents and visitors use the parks, what they want from their parks going into the future. To aid them in their plans they have put out an open call for evidence to inform the Independent Parks Commission’s findings and recommendations to the Council.

    The Hammersmith & Fulham Parks Commission is a resident-led commission which is trying to develop a new vision for the parks, open spaces and cemeteries in the borough.

    The Leader of the Council has asked the H&F Parks Commission to draw up a new strategy to help residents and visitors benefit more from our local parks.

    We would like you to tell us how you think we can improve our open spaces.

    • Which parks and open spaces do you use regularly?
    • How do you use these spaces (for instance, to walk, to bring your children to the playground, to play sport, to sit and think, for picnics)?
    • How do you think we could improve the parks and open spaces you use?
    • What is the best way to involve local people in the decisions made about our parks?
    • How do you think the Council can ensure that a diverse group of people make decisions about our parks? 

    Please submit your thoughts, views and proposals to us by Monday 7th June at the following email address: peter.smith@lbhf.gov.uk (or by return to this email).

    To view our terms of reference please see the Parks Commission webpage here or at  https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/resident-led-commissions

    RE OPENED 20 MAY 2020

    The grassy area by the sandpit has been reopened by the council – although the sandpit and paddling pool are still shut and roped off.

    May 2020

  • Bishops Park Open

    Statement from Cllr Stephen Cowan on Hammersmith & Fulham parks

    It really is understandable how the surreal nature a pandemic means many people are still coming to terms with the huge changes we all need to make to our lives. Last weekend, despite the parks police best attempts to warn people, the COVID-19 contagion was inadvertently passed onto thousands of others by people socialising in Hammersmith & Fulham’s parks during that beautiful weather. For that reason, our parks were closed on Sunday night for public health reasons.

    Yesterday, the government’s new emergency laws came into force which introduce a series of restrictions on people’s movement and gatherings and give the police new powers to enforce the new laws. People are now obliged to stay in their homes and only leave for exceptional reasons which you can read about here. One of the exceptions is: “to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household”. Because of these new laws, our parks can now re-open and will do so at 2pm today.

    We are two weeks away from a surge in cases and roughly a month away from the expected super-surge. As you might imagine, the NHS implore us to do everything we can to encourage people to stay in their homes and not add to their already intolerable burden.

    The disease is easily spread in a number of ways when people come into contact with others from outside their immediate household. It transmits by touching, from coughs or sneezes, and even from the tiny mist everyone generates when they speak. A big problem is many fit and healthy people show few symptoms but if just one fit, but COVID-19 infected, person returns home and passes it onto one or more vulnerable relatives there’s a possibility they could accidentally kill them.

    We can protect ourselves and those we love by following the government’s new laws. Staying a car length away from people outside our immediate household will help keep coronavirus at bay.

    I appreciate how tough this period is. Worry about our friends and family and anxiety about how we will all cope stuck at home. Our team at Hammersmith & Fulham is working all waking hours and seven days a week to get us ready. I am extremely grateful to our partners in the NHS, police and emergency services, charities, residents’ groups, our two MPs, and all the volunteers across our borough.

    We’re determined to do everything we can to keep people safe and that all of us get through this together. Please take care and very best wishes to all.

    Keep your distance. Stay well.

    28 March 2020

  • Corona Virus & Community

    There are a number of local initiatives being set up on Nextdoor.co.uk, through the local churches and other groups . Fr Ross Guntherson has been in touch regarding one such community group which is shown below.

    If anyone knows of any other initiative and would like it highlighted on here please email: chair.bishpark@gmail.com

    St Etheldreda – Community Care Fulham 

    St Etheldreda’s (Fr Ross Gunderson & wife, Meredith on Doneraile Street) have helped launch a project to meet the needs of members of our community affected by Covid-19, most importantly to get essentials to individuals and families in isolation.  

    We have a team of organisers who are looking after gathering names of willing volunteers as well as those who need support and a robust response plan has been implemented.  Primarily volunteers will be doorstep dropping essentials with little to no interaction with the isolated to ensure safety.  Some volunteers may be paired up with individuals who would appreciate friendly check-in phone calls.  Volunteers will be briefed and those in need or support simply call the church on 0207 736 3809 or email communitycare@stethsfulham.org and we will respond within 24 hours.

    There is a Crowdfunder page to raise funds for essentials to families or individuals who can’t afford it or can’t manage a PayPal transition (this is a cashless programme for safety reasons).  Any excess from Crowdfunder will be donated to a charity.  The entire project is run by volunteers and donations.

    To get involved:

    If you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers email Fr Ross on vicar@stethsfulham.org.

    And/or

    If you would like to donate to the project, we would be so grateful, visit the site:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fulham-community-care

    If you need support:

    If at any time you require some support either call St. Eth’s on 0207 736 3809 or email communitycare@stethsfulham.org

  • March 2020 Update

    Fulham Football Club works are proceeding with the new stand on the river front.  There has been an application to add a landing stage to the walk way for use when the tide is high.  FoBP have been to the meeting and will report back.

    The Rose Garden by the Spanish Memorial – the works to the beds has been carried out. All beds now have metal edging and the grass paths between have been reseeded.  Fingers crossed the pigeons don’t eat all the seed.

    Due to storm Ciara, work to cut back and repair some of the damaged limbs on the trees has been carried out.

  • AGM October 16th 2020

    The Friends of Bishop’s Park are holding their AGM on 16th October at the Palace Gardener.

    6.30pm meeting starts at 7.00pm

    All are invited to join us for our AGM, there will be drinks , a chance to see what the Palace Gardener has to offer and a talk by Alex Laird on her book from Root to Stem.

    ‘Root to Stem is a seasonal and holistic approach to health that puts plants, herbs and nature at the heart of how we live and eat. It is a new kind of guide that links individual health to our communities and the planet’s health to sustain us all.

    As in previous years there will be elections for each of the committee posts.
    These are:

    Chair: for the last year there have be co-chairs, Melanie Healy and Rowena Vaughan, who have confirmed they are happy to stand for re-election for a further year.
    Deputy Chair & Secretary: Roger Weston has confirmed he is happy to stand for re-election for a further year, but will be standing down as Secretary.
    Treasurer: Isobel Hill-Smith has confirmed she is happy to stand for reelection for a further year.
    Other Committee Members: the current members of the committee have confirmed they are happy to stand for re-election for a further year.

    Secretary: The Friends are actively seeking nominations for this position. This person would be responsible for sending out the agendas before each committee meeting 4 times per year and before the AGM. Also to be present at each meeting to take notes of proceedings to distribute. There is also a need for ad hoc help with email/mailings to the membership throughout the year (this could be due to the distribution of the newsletter to members 3 to 4 times a year also some membership matters as they arrive.

    If you would like to nominate someone to stand for one of the above positions please do so by emailing the secretary at secretary.friendsofbishopspark@gmail.com naming a proposer and seconder.

    If you would like to help in any other capacity or want to help in any other way please email chair.bishparkfriends@gmail.com

  • Rose Garden Rejuvenation – update July 2019

    We are pleased to announce that we have raised the funds (and more) we needed for the rejuvenation of the Rose Garden.  Funds are now being collected through Spacehive and will soon be in our account.  The Friends will then liaise with the council officers and gardeners as to how the work will be accomplished.  Thank you all for your support – watch this space for the next initiative!

    Link to Spacehive Crowdfunding – Bishops Park Rose Garden Rejuvenation

  • Fielders Meadow – update July 2019
    The work in Fielders Meadow has started.  Fulham Football Club are completely aware of the concern that park users have about the trees and habitat in that area of the park.  However if you have any issues that you would like addressed please email:  chair.bishparkfriends@gmail.com Enclosed is a summary of comments drawn up by Ian Ross, Parks Manager to some of the most frequently asked questions to the planning application that have been emailed to him. Please click this 2019 summary of S123 comments FINAL (2) comp to read the summary in detail. During the consultationThe Friends requested another gate opposite Ellerby to be installed  these should be open and operational now.  We have also requested a new dog water tap and path across the meadow for the winter season and to make the walk a circle as before. The Friends are also keeping a weathered eye on any alterations to the planning application and are aware of the most current one:  2019/01880/VAR, if you have any particular issues we suggest that you complete the comment section by clicking this  Link.     
  • URGENT: Fulham Football Club Planning Application

    Last Chance to Have YOUR say by 18th March 2018!

    Please take a moment to read this information regarding the proposed new stand and facilities. The closing date for objections has been extended to 18th March 2018 and should be addressed to Sian Brown, Planning Officer, at Sian.Brown@lbhf.gov.uk reference: FFC Planning Application 2017/04662FUL.
      Things you need to know:
    • Fielders Meadow will be closed for TWO years for use as part of the building site.
    • Nothing to assure us of what the park will look like after it is handed back.
    • Likely substantial loss of amenity to Bishops park as turnstiles for the proposed new riverside stand will now be accessed from the park.
    • Proposed new stand will encroach 11 metres into the Thames which will affect wildlife and use of the river.
    The full text of the objection letter from the Friends can be found here.
  • Annual General Meeting 2017
    The Annual General Meeting of the Friends is due to be held on Thursday 19th October at St Ethrelda’s Church Hall, corner of Fulham Palace Road / Cloncurry Street. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Our first guest speaker this year is: Peter Eversden, MBE, Chairman of The London Forum. The London Forum represents the views and interests of amenity and civic societies in London and their members on issues that are important for the living and working environment of Londoners, particularly in the fields of Town Planning, Development Management, Heritage, Transport, Infrastructure, Waterways and Open Spaces. Our second speaker is Seam O’Loughlin from Fulham Football Club who wills speak on their planning application for the Riverside Stand.
  • Green Flag Award
    Congratulations are in order as Bishops Park wins Green Flag Award a for a second time. For the second year running, Bishops Park has won the Green Flag Award for park quality. This award is judged on eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. This is due in no small part to a number of dedicated people, including local residents ensuring standards are maintained, Quadron and Council workers who have all made a significant contributions to the retaining of the much sort after Green Flag Award. The full article is posted on LBHF news
  • Closure of Fielders Meadow

    Update – Developments at FFC and use of Fielders Meadow

    The Friends of Bishops Park have been having ongoing dialogue with H&F Council, Fulham Football Club (FFC) and the Church Commissioners about the development of the Riverside Stand and the partial use of Fielders Meadow for a two year period as a site to store materials etc. whilst this development takes place. There have been many questions around whether this is an appropriate use of the park, even for a temporary period.

    Whilst many residents have expressed their concerns we have tried to have then addressed by the relevant parties and have sought assurances that any damage to the fabric of the park is dealt with once the works are completed. There are significant financial incentives attached to FFC leasing this part of the park which is separate to the S106 money attached the approved planning application.

    Total benefit of S106 £1.38M, broken down as follows:

    • £600,000 Bishops Park Restoration payment
    • £400,000 to cover maintenance over 10 years
    • £60,000 Heritage Gates contribution
    • £50,000 upgrading of toilet block (a major complaint by users of the park)
    • £100,000 towards refurbishment of the pitch (open area)
    • £50,000 towards removal of Japanese Knotweed

    The Council’s Arborist will be dealing with the trees issue i.e. removal of and pollarding of trees. Any trees removed will be replaced 2-1 in the area where they have been removed.

    Agreement with FFC to appoint a point person with whom residents can liaise in the event of any issues; name and contact details to be provided in due course.

    The Friends are also in discussions with the Council / FFC to ensure the hours of work and noise, especially relating to pilling work, will not adversely impact on the local community.

    Please see the residents letter and map for further information.

    Voice YOUR concerns to: Ian Ross / David Page quoting the reference: RSD/IR/BP

  • Get Involved!
    Photos of events in the park can be seen in our photo gallery. Check it out as new photos are being added with new events in the park. Or join us on Facebook! Check out the Bishops Park page for all the latest news on events in the park.
  • Evening Standard on 19 August 2014 Jonathan Prynn, Consumer Business Editor

    “A row has broken out over the closure of a west London garden centre following its sale by one of the Prince of Wales’ charities.

    The 30-year-old Fulham Garden Centre is set to close at the end of the month and is expected to be replaced by a pet supplies firm.

    It is run by the youth charity Fairbridge, part of the Prince¹s Trust, which said it was leasing the site at a minimum of £75,000 a year to raise more funds.

    Campaigners claim that the chief financial officer of the Prince¹s Trust, Amy Stirling, was appointed at the same time as she became a non-executive director of Pets at Home, the company tipped to take over the site. Residents fear it will build one of its warehouse-style stores and have appealed to Prince Charles to save the centre.

    Pets at Home refused to comment but a source close to the company said it was not planning to construct a warehouse and that Ms Stirling had no involvement with negotiations over leasing the site.”

    Original Article

  • Safety in Parks Award for Bishops Park
    (L-R) Amanda Lloyd-Harris, Chairman, Boris Johnson and
    Roger Weston, Deputy Chairman

    Amanda Lloyd-Harris, Chairman of the Friends of Bishops Park and Palace Riverside Safer Neighbourhood Panel accepted the London Mayor’s Silver Safety in Parks Award from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson on Friday 13th May 2011 at City Hall.

    This is a new award that judges the capital’s parks and their relative safety. The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham received two Silver Awards with the other going to South Park.

    Amanda praised the work of the Parks Constabulary and the local Metropolitan Police team saying: ‘By working together we are ensuring that our parks are safe for all to stroll around and more residents can enjoy what the parks have to offer.’

    Bishops Park is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment having been awarded nearly £8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and H&F Council to restore the park back to its former glory. The works will also include improved facilities and equipment for toddlers up to teenagers. ‘During this time the Parks Constabulary has been an ever increasing presence to ensure that safety is still their number 1 priority’. The works should be finished in late September.

    Amanda added: ‘This is an award to be shared by the Parks Constabulary and all those unsung people who keep a special eye on our park, the people’s park. I hope all residents will continue to support them so our parks remain special.’

  • Green City Bat scheme
    The Friends of Bishops Park have signed up to the Green City Bats scheme, for further information on the scheme and how you can get involved please click on the logo below.
  • Annual General Meeting 2018

    The AGM on 25th October was well attended, but numbers were lower than last year. There was lively discussion on the various issues affecting the park.

    Our speaker, Colin Cooper of SWLEN spoke on the important place parks have in the general wellbeing of people and how friends groups can influence and connect with local authorities.

    Chairman Amanda Lloyd Harris  stood down after 14 years at the helm; however she will still be around as one of the Councillors of the ward in which the park lies.

    Melanie Healy and Rowena Vaughan were voted in as Co Chair.  All other positions remain the same.

  • Annual General Meeting 2016

    Cllr Wesley Harcourt (Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Residents Services) was the keynote speaker at our recent AGM. He assured all present that while LBHF was, like other local authorities, cash-strapped, he would be doing all he could to maintain the quality of Bishops Park. Questions from the audience ranged from inevitably, the situation regarding the proposed FFC development to cyclists and lighting in the park.

    “…We have been involved in consultations about the suggestion of leaving Bishops Park open at night. This got a resounding NO from all parties including the Metropolitan Police, Palace Riverside Safer Neighbourhood Panel and residents that emailed me directly. The main concern is about the potential increase in anti-social behaviour and that if the park is open 24hrs then other individuals will start congregating in the park from other areas of the borough…” Extract from Chairman’s AGM report.