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Nonsuch Park Awareness Day 2016

Tudors Indy Nonsuch Park
Tudors with Indy at Nonsuch Park

The awareness day is run by and for users of the park and includes a host of fun and free family activities

This year there will be five zones to visit:

Nature and wildlife Zone:  The Nonsuch Voles will be on hand to share their volunteering experiences and latest projects, along with other nature conservation groups. There is also the opportunity to find out more about bees with the Surrey Beekeepers Association and buy local honey, beeswax candles and other bee produce products.

Friends of Nonsuch Service Wing

History Zone: As part of Heritage Open Weekend and to celebrate the park’s rich history which dates back to the Henry VIII, The Friends of Nonsuch will be offering guided tours of both Nonsuch Mansion House and the Service Wing Museum and Palace Gallery which houses a stunning replica model of now-vanished Nonsuch Palace (described as nonesuch finer, the origin of the park’s name). Guests will be free to explore the formal gardens while interacting with a Tudor characters who will bring history to life.

Dog Zone: Dog owners can get advice on responsible dog ownership and (here’s an incentive you don’t see every day) pick up some free dog waste bags!

Cycling Zone: Free bike check-ups will be on offer as well as advice on all things cycling.

Fitness Zone: The park plays host to a number of fitness activities and a variety of these will be available to sample on the day.

Entrance is free so come along and find out more about Nonsuch Park.

Nonsuch Park Awareness Day, 11 September, 11am – 4p

There are a number of access points to Nonsuch Park; including car parks; one off London Road, Ewell and another off Ewell Road, Cheam.

Nonsuch in Poetry

Nonsuch in Poetry

On 21st June 2016 at 7.30pm a presentation will take place in the Service Wing Stable of new poetry about Nonsuch. Award winning local poet, Bernard Jacobs will tell us about his new anthology. Each poem is based on an aspect of the history of Nonsuch – Henry VIII, Barbara Villiers, the Palace, the Stained Glass and Nonsuch Park during World War II and, more recently, Prof. Biddles’ excavation in 1959.

Bernard Jacobs The Nonsuch Poems

Bernard and some friends will read a selection of them, some accompanied by music, with an explanation being given about the reason for each poem. Some are gentle, some funny, others serious. 

Mr. Jacobs, who lives near to Nonsuch Park, has only recently taken up writing as a hobby and has already received various awards. He has asked if some of the poems can be read with music playing quietly in the background as the poem is read.

The poems have now been published and Mr. Jacobs will sign books after the event. Each books costs just £5.

The Nonsuch Poems Bernard Jacobs

Sutton Runners donate to Nonsuch Voles

The Nonsuch Voles were very pleased to receive a generous donation from the Sutton Runners. The funds were raised from a recent race event in Nonsuch Park. The money will be used to purchase hundreds of plants and bulbs which will form the centrepiece display in the Mansion House garden.

Here, the chairman Paul Airey receives a cheque from Sutton Runners race director Lorraine Martin. To say thank you, we presented Lorraine with a wooden ornament made by  the Voles.

Sutton Runners Thank you Nonsuch Voles

 

30 Mile Bike ride to Osterley Park

Meet Dawn on Saturday 21 May at 9:50am at the café in Nonsuch Park to depart at 10am.

We shall be cycling via Kingston, Teddington Lock, Twickenham, along the river to Richmond – onto Isleworth, Syon Park, Grand Union Canal. Lunch will be at Osterley Park where there is a café or bring your own.

Mid morning coffee will be beside the river at Richmond.  The return route will be via Richmond Park and will follow a different route back to Nonsuch.

This will be easy paced bikeride of around 30 miles.

Sweet smelling Wisteria and Lilac

Wisteria Nonsuch 1

Visit Nonsuch Mansion House gardens this weekend and the air will be heady with the scent of lilac and wisteria.  Nonsuch Gardens are famous for having of of Surreys largest Wisteria Trees

In 1860 Swete’s Handbook of Epsom describes a  Wisteria120 feet (36.5 metres) in the formal gardens.  Could it be the same plant?

Nonsuch-Lilacs

Marshalls history of Cheam, tells us that “The first Lilac trees were brought to Nonsuch by Sir Walter Raleigh.  The Horourable Mrs Colborne, the owner in 1928 keeps up the tradition, as every kind of Lilac that is known is at present growing in the gardens of Nonsuch Park.”

The Story of Nonsuch

 

Bluebells Nonsuch

Two independent film makers created a documentary series focusing on park life in Nonsuch over the course of one year.  They met up with organisations working within the park as well as exploring the deep history and wildlife that lives on in the park.

This is a lovely Web Site, showing Nonsuch Park off at its best.

The site can be viewed here