Storytelling with FOCRG. Join us Tuesday 19th February where Mandy will take the children to a magical place through storytelling, dressing up and props.
This session is aimed at the 3-5 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential.
Get Crafty with FOCRG in the Pavilion - Wed 20th Feb 2pm. Suitable for all ages and abilities. SOLD OUT.
Spruce up for Spring: 6th April 9.30 – 11.30. Join us in a tidy up of the Rec for part of the Great British Spring Clean
Chislehurst Rocks: 22nd June in Chislehurst Rec
Food Fair: 28-30 June – more details to follow
Open Air Cinema: to be confirmed but hopefully 31st August
Gingerbread House Making: 1st December – more details to follow. Pre-booking will be necessary.
Chislehurst Rocks 2019
An important change in the management of future Chislehurst Rocks. The message below was sent to all supporters, to confirm we could pass on their contact details.
In the past you have been a fantastic supporter of Chislehurst Rocks and we do hope you will be able to continue that support for the future. As you know, Chislehurst Rocks has been running every year since 2011 and every year it just gets bigger and better. To be honest, its success has meant that it is getting increasingly time consuming and complex for the volunteers of The Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Grounds to put on. With this in mind, we are passing over the mantle of management of Chislehurst Rocks to CLEAR Synergy Ltd which is headed up by FOCRG’s own events co-ordinator Rachelle Harte. Rachelle was pivotal in getting Chislehurst Rocks off the ground in 2011 and has continued to have a key role in running the event up to date. CLEAR Synergy is committed to ensuring the long term future of Chislehurst Rocks.
CLEAR Synergy is a not for profit company set up to deliver community events. CLEAR gives preference to local performers, suppliers and stall holders in order to boost the local economy and keep their carbon footprint to a minimum. The company will seek sponsorships and grants to ensure that community events like Chislehurst Rocks! continue to be well managed, safe, enjoyable events that are free to attend. In 2019, FOCRG will be sponsoring Chislehurst Rocks with profits made from our previous music festivals. The 100 club we started some years ago will continue. Any money you donate will be ring-fenced for Chislehurst Rocks.
Rachelle has been running similar events through her company, Lollipop Events since 2002. We are sure you will recognise that name as Lollipops have been a headline sponsor for Chislehurst Rocks since its conception. Only this week, it was announced that Lollipops have been invited by the Rt. Hon The Lord Pickles to be one of the Best Practise representatives for the 2019 Parliamentary Review, a series of independent publications, which aims to share best practice among policy makers, industry experts and business leaders. Chislehurst Rocks is therefore in experienced and safe hands.
With this information in mind, we very much hope you will continue to support Chislehurst Rocks. As we need your permission to pass your contact details on to Rachelle, would you be kind enough to confirm that we can do so by dropping me a quick email at Alison@focrg.org.uk ideally before the end of January?
If you have any questions about the future of Chislehurst Rocks, do please contact Rachelle at email@example.com or on 01322 291151.
Thanks very much.
The FOCRG Team
On the 9th December, there was a Gingerbread House decorating session for all ages in the scout hut.
The Pavilion is Open!
After years of hard work campaiging, fundraising and building, our new café “The Roost” and our fabulous water fountain are up and running!
The friends, in conjunction with the local community, placed over 1200 poppies made from plastic bottles on fences and our famous bears in the recreation ground. As we said to the News Shopper, “we hope it will encourage all generations to remember the fallen as we commemorate the Armistice”.
London in Bloom
We received this award from the London In Bloom people for our lovely park!
Our Picnic with April's Kitchen
The wonderful April from April's Kitchen organised a fabulous picnic in the park for us. Her food was simply superb, and in return we filled her in with all the exciting news from the Recreation Ground. You can read all about it on the Visit Chislehurst website.
After years and years in the planning by FC Elmstead, supported by FOCRG, the semi derelict pavilion in Chislehurst Rec has finally been demolished and a fantastic new facility is being built.
Demolition works started on 29th January 2018 and to be completed in July 2018.
In place of the current building, we shall be getting a great new clubhouse with modern facilities. Plus the added bonus of a cafe and - much to the relief of many a parent with young children playing in the playground - toilets open to the public during restricted hours! No more wild wees in the woods!
Funding for the project has come from a number of sources including the Football Foundation, The Chislehurst Playing Fields Association and The Chislehurst Society.
Full credit should go to FC Elmstead for their tireless work in securing this fantastic new community asset. It's been an uphill struggle at times, but the result will surely be worth it. Thanks FC Elmstead!
New Entrance Area
We have long thought that the entrance area at Empress Drive was unwelcoming and rather gloomy.
We are therefore delighted with the transformation created by id verde on our behalf.
On Saturday, 17th June 2017 Chislehurst Rocks, Focrg's free music festival and family fun day, returned for its 7th year to Walden Rec. Some said it was the best one yet! Go to http://www.chislehurstrocks.co.uk/ for more information.
Yes, we're doing it again - Saturday 30th June 2018!
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EVENTS & CAMPAIGNS
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Two trees have fallen in the storm and are blocking one of the paths in Whyte’s Woods. It has been reported to the council.