From toddler raves to the tug o’ war, this years Great Charlton Get Together (funded by Royal Borough Of Greenwich, as part of Parksfest) had everything. Bands from the Baby Blues Choir to Charlton’s favourite rockabilly band and the excellent quintet Central Vibe we’re hand to make locals feel like dancing. Even Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze fame made an appearance as he lives nearby, with his talented son Leon.
While the stage was rocking, the Greenwich Cake Club was holding the quitter and far more sedate Great Charlton Cake Off, this year cakes were nature themed and the youngest winner 6 year old Ethan Masand stole the show and the audiences hearts collecting his prize from BBC journalist and Charlton resident Chris Mason.
Well done Alex White who spotted a Gold Crest in Charlton Park as part of the RSPB Big Bird Watch.
Around 40 people took part in the Bird Watch with Connor, age 8, spotting a Great Spotted Woodpecker and thanks to the families that counted the 66 common gulls, terns and many herring gulls by the football pitches. A great way to spend an hour on a winter morning.
Also thanks to Kay who was inundated with Ring Necked Parakeets in Charlton Cemetery.
On Sunday 24 June 2018, the Friends of Charlton Park were delighted to host the first ever Big Charlton Get together as part of Parksfest. Based at the Big Red Bus Club and the surrounds of Charlton Park, the family day hosted stalls from various local community organisations, including Charlton Community Gardens and the Friends of Charlton Park themselves.
Global Fusion Music were on hand to provide sizzling World Music for a scorching summer’s day, with tai chi demonstrations and even a Chinese dragon dance.
Over at the Big Red Bus Club the Clandestine Cake Club hosted the Great Charlton Cake Off. Now in its second year, we welcomed back celebrity judges Steve Kielty and Tony Rudd – both former finalists on MasterChef. With a sumptuous display of baked goods.
The cakes were then a delicious draw to the ensuing festivities, with Contact the Elderly helping to make possible a lunch for some of Charlton’s more mature residents, who were able to relax surrounded by playing children – a wonderful mixing of generations.
Thanks to all the groups involved and to everyone who stopped by the Friends of Charlton Park stall to say hallo and to contribute ideas of what we could do to improve the park. Thanks also to all the children who entered our competition to design a logo for the Friends. Watch this space…
We are please to announce that Cllr. Jackie Smith, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Environment (the person in charge of everything to do with Parks), will be our guest speaker at the first ever Friends of Charlton Park annual general meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 7th March in Charlton House.