Corporate volunteering is playing a vital role in clearing our invasive weed – Canadian goldenrod. The groups are usually in for the whole day so great progress can be made. We have 22 hectares of the problem weed, about a 1/3 of the meadow is pretty clear now, but we have a large area still which we need to get under control. So these larger groups who can stay for long sessions really are invaluable.
Many thanks to the Nonsuch Voles who completed the drainage and path improvements at the Oak Bridge last week, near the Balancing Pond despite being under attack from horse-flies!
The path up to the bridge should be much drier now and a drainage channel to the main ditch should reduce the amount of water accumulating in the clay soil in this area.
In theory this means the whole area should be less boggy in the winter time.
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 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.
Thank you Pearson and their intrepid team, who came from Central London for the morning to help pull Golden Rod out of the Meadow in Warren Farm.
The Weather decided it was going to throw everything at us. One minute we had low cloud, then the sun shone brightly and with a Whoosh, in came a rain storm and it bucketed it down.
In spite of all this, the Pearson Team carried on regardless. I was most impressed by how even a sudden rain storm didn’t stop their enthusiasm for the job.
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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.
A huge thank you to Nonsuch Park Run and Sutton Runners for giving up their Saturday Morning to help pull out Canadian Goldenrod from Warren Farm and create beautiful Meadowland. Almost 100 runners came to help.
The runners said how much they enjoy running in Nonsuch and were really keen to help give back to the park in this way.
A massive pile of Goldenrod was created, which has now gone off to the compost heap.
If you went down to the woods today, you were in for a wonderful surprise…
The rain stopped, the sun came out and lots of Mums, Dads and their children came to enjoy the fun and games of a Teddy Bears Picnic.
There was a competition for who could make the best crown and all the children danced along wearing them, led by Jazzy, Jancet Nurseries Mascot.
There were fairground rides for children to ride
Ducks were fished out
Dancers performed in the field.
And as a treat for the Teddies, a Zip wire was installed. It was Tim the Teddies favourite game.
Mayhem Musical Theatre Company will be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Nonsuch Park on 19 – 21 July
In honour of Mayhem’s 10th anniversary we have a very special offer for The Taming of the Shrew: TICKETS ARE £10 FOR 10 DAYS! They are limited in number so get a wriggle on. Simply visit the box office and make sure you use the code TAMINGTEN.
Offer expires on 20th June. Limited number.
Discover the history of North Cheam, including the story of the largest fireworks factory in the world, its use as a munitions factory in World War 1, its Roman road and lost rivers, and some of the characters who’ve lived in the area.
Join a guided two-hour walk, led by Tony Brett Young, starting and finishing at St Oswald’s Church, Brock’s Drive, North Cheam SM3 9UW. Contact Tony for more details and to reserve a place. Telephone 020 8652 7622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 2pm, 19 June
Cost: £5 (£4 for Friends of Sutton Life Centre)
This event is organised by the Friends of Sutton Life Centre