Good Vibe and Park Gardening

Spring flowering border on Barnsbury Road

There’s been a silver lining to the Covid-19 lockdown in Barnard Park. It has brought many new people into the community green space. The children’s playground and the Adventure Playground are closed for the moment. But the main park is buzzing on sunny days filled with families and parkgoers enjoying the outdoors, doing exercise and running. It’s a friendly atmosphere. Almost everyone has obeyed the rules.

Park gardening volunteers have just kept gardening. Social distancing is not a problem with this outdoor activity. Volunteers tend four park garden areas including a spring flower border the length of Barnsbury Road under the lime trees. Charlotte Terrace residents have nurtured a lovely pink rose hedge in their patch. Our volunteers in the Adventure Playground are growing beans, tomatoes and other vegetables for the children when they come back.

Thank you for all the kind comments about the gardening. It’s all about making the park a welcoming space.

Beans and tomatoes growing for Adventure Playground kids

Pinks roses to enjoy from Charlotte Terrace residents

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Pop-Up Called Off Due to Virus

Pop-up Saturday on June 6 in Barnard Park has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. It’s sad. The musicians, Mr Bubbles and others were ready to go. The community really enjoys the fun. We do too. But the virus is life threatening and government restrictions are in place. So stay safe.

Sorry! The June Pop-Up has been cancelled

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Super Pop-Up Coming to the Park June 6

Bouncy Castles for the Small Ones

Save the date! Pop-up Saturday in Barnard Park is set for June 6 from 11am—5pm. This year there will be one SUPER Pop-Up instead of two. All our much-loved activities are happening on one Saturday. Mrs H and the Sing-along Band will head up a great music line-up. And there’s more. Exciting play in the Adventure Playground. The big bird show returns and so does Scruffs dog fun. Children will enjoy bouncy castles on the green, Mr Bubbles, pottery and crafts. Looking forward to it.

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Flowers Signal Spring in Barnard Park

Despite the wild weather, the spring border along Barnsbury Road has flourished with snowdrops and white flowered hellebores cheering up those who walk by. Bright yellow crocuses circle lime trees beside the border to shout out spring. The early flowering border area is one of four park garden areas tended by volunteers who make Barnard bloom. The gardening crew won a gold award in 2019 from Islington in Bloom. Flowering plants grown in the park are being shared with nearby Thornhill Gardens and other spots. Volunteers also organise a vegetable growing project with the kids in the Adventure Playground. Busy gardeners!

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Nature Summer School for Kids

Drop in with the kids for FREE nature play in Barnard Park today and this Saturday from 1:30-3:30pm. Stories, nature drawing, tree discovery, growing activities, lavender bags and more! It’s an environmental summer school organised by the community group Octopus under the trees near the Adventure Playground. The garden milk float will be there. We’re harvesting Playground potatoes today! Activities for primary schools children (5-11 years) and fun for smaller kids too.

FREE Environmental Summer School for children – find out more about nature!

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Great Music at Second Pop-Up

Taqsim with a stunning Arabic sound

Music was fabulous at the June 8 park pop-up. The line-up included multi-cultural performers as well as pop and golden oldies. Visitors loved the sounds. Performers included Taqsim, a female Arabic fusion band with its own belly dancer. The Argonauts brought an upbeat vibe to the park. There was also the laid-back sounds of Patti Paige. Amberliegh shook it up with African drumming and dancing. London Dynamic Asian Arts was amazing with Bollywood songs and beautiful traditional dancers. Thank you Graham Jones for performing and mc-ing.

Mahamaya shares a Bollywood song with her son

Patti Paige delivers a soulful set

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Fun & Cakes at June 8 Pop-Up

 

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!       Photo by Lionel Osinnowo

It was breezy at the June 8 pop-up but that didn’t bother Mr. Bubbles. It just meant more bubbles for the children who couldn’t get enough of them. Mason and VJ gave kids a drill test in support of Combat Stress, a charity for veterans. It was a laugh! Pauline from Happy Pots made pottery with the little ones. There were crafts and stories with Alice and the local libraries. The Adventure Playground was buzzing with visitors exploring the play frames and special activities. The community gathered to chat and enjoy tasty home-made cakes at the cafe. With music and fun, it was great day for the family in the park.

Mason gets the children moving       Photo by Lionel Osinnowo

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June 1 Pop-Up Lovely Day

The Sing-Along Band charms. Photo by Lionel Osinnowo

It was perfect sunny weather on June 1 for a relaxing park pop-up. The children loved Mrs H and the Sing-Along Band. Families sat on the grass enjoying the day. Owls and other big birds from Falconry UK were glorious. There was poetry and reading for children by Culpeper Poets and local libraries.

Children moved to the beat of Zumbini. The Islington Swifts Project advised local residents how to encourage the intrepid birds. The Adventure Playground was buzzing with its own special brand of fun. Corsican Brass serenaded visitors enjoying home-made cakes in the cafe.

Next Saturday it’s bubbles, bouncy castles and Bollywood!

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Big Bird Show at the June 1 Pop-Up

Make Friends with Blu the Cockatoo

Come join the pop-up fun this Saturday June 1 in Barnard Park. There will be free family activities from 11am – 4pm.

Here is what’s on:

* Mrs H and the Sing-along Band kicks off the day at 11am in the Adventure Playground amphitheatre. Good times music and puppetry for smaller children.

* Falconry UK big bird display 11-3pm. Hold an owl!

* Scruffs Dog Event 12pm. Dogs show their moves on an agility course and win prizes. It’s a laugh.

* Corsican Brass perform from 1pm. Lovely to listen to in the cafe.

* The Adventure Playground will be open for families with their own brand of fun. The Children’s Olympics will take place in the park. There will be Zumbini for small children too!

* Storytelling for children from West and Lewis Carroll libraries. Culpeper Poets write poetry with 10-12 year olds at 11am, read with ages 8-10 at 1pm and ages 6-8 at 3pm.

The Friends Café will be serving coffee, tea and homemade cakes. Enjoy the day with the community.

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Friends of Barnard Park AGM

The Friends of Barnard Park will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm on Monday May 13th in the Adventure Playground Building just off Copenhagen Street inside the park perimeter on the right as you enter from Charlotte Terrace. There will be an update on regeneration, community gardening and plans for pop-up events on June 1 and 8. Tea, coffee, wine and snacks will be served. Copies of the new revised Constitution, which is an updated version of the Constitution of 2004, will be available to read prior to voting on its adoption.

The agenda will comprise:-

1) Welcome
2) Agreeing the Minutes of the AGM 2018 (Copies provided)
3) Election of committee members
4) Election/re-election of officers (Chair, Secretary, Deputy Chair, Treasurer)
5) Chair’s report on the period March 2018/May 2019
6) Acting Treasurer’s Report March 2018/May 2019
7) Gardening Report
8) Guest Reports on Regeneration – Councillor Rowena Champion; Bhupesh Thapa, Central Assistant Parks Manager Environment & Regeneration; Matthew Hill, Project Manager, followed by Q&A
9) Vote on new Constitution
10) Any Other Business

The meeting should end before 9:30pm. The building must be vacated by 10pm.

We hope to see you there. It’s your local park!

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