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Friends of William Clarke Park

Spring in the Patch Print E-mail


This is a report about a past Spring Event:

Sun 26th April      1pm - 4pm

Spring has (al)most definitely sprung in the Patch, and we hope you’ll be coming to see the pond, plants, wildlife and other new additions at this weekend’s get together .

·        We’ve a range of musical talents from Soul, Acoustic to springtime Jazz.

·        Studioscape youth music group performance and a singing workshop

·        Craft activities for children – making bunting flags & jewellery boxes & more… (Money raised to go to Patch funds)

·        Plant cuttings table – please bring your cuttings (Money raised to go to Patch funds)

·        Food share table – please bring food (Money raised to go to Patch funds)

·        Rounders, Boule, Badmington & other games

·        Love That Stuff, ethical trade stalls

·        Free sessions of acupuncture with Juliana

·        Transition Town Brighton & Hove

·        The Turkish Shop stall

·        The Friends information stand will be there – recruiting help for PatchFest!

·        Bring your own things to sell – (Small donations for Patch funds)

·        Visit the pond and check out the wildlife & sit on the fabulous new railway sleeper benches!

We hope that this will be a real community event for us all to get together, meet neighbours and friends and other people living in the area, to relax and enjoy the Patch in its springtime glory.

We look forward to seeing you next week (unless it snows!)

Please note there will not be a tea tent at this event! But there will be a portaloo…
PS Setting up from 11am, Setting Down 4-6pm.
Helpers very much welcome    

Bring & share: food and drink, games, songs, acoustic music, craft activities, alternative therapies, stalls etc. 
Use your imagination and skills and help to make the afternoon a community event where everyone plays a part in making it happen!

This year the event has been scaled down and the format changed so we can concentrate on Patchfest in July.                    

Our annual spring celebration.  All local residents and friends are invited to come along, join in, hang out, breath the Spring Air and 'mingle with the good people we meet'.  Mucking in - all welcome...As usual we'll be in need of the many hands of FWCP members to make light of the work. Contributions in any of the following areas would be much appreciated:

  • Bake a Cake (or other food) -  If you can contribute an item of do a stint on the stall please contact us
  • Help supervise the Bouncy Castle - do a 30min stint - contact us
  • Site Set up (from 9am) & set down (6pm - 8pm)- contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it 07944-152706
  • If wanting to run a stall contact us

For info contact Duncan 07944-152706

Spring in the Patch (2006)

In 2006 it was held on Saturday 8th April from 1pm to 3.30pm. With a ‘Bunny hunt’, egg rolling, bouncy castle and craft activities, it was an event with particular appeal to children & families. However, it also sought to provide a welcoming atmosphere for the wider community with stalls, refreshments, wildlife information and an exhibition of the Patch’s history. Chairs were provided, in small groups, around the site to enable people to sit and chat and relax.

The event was a great success attended by an estimated 500 people and apparently enjoyed and appreciated by all – in our survey 41 per cent said they ‘liked’ it and 59% said they ‘loved’ the event. Feedback suggested a very positive impact on the community - 98% of those asked said that they felt the event had ‘increased community spirit’. Thirty-five new members joined the Friends group, most of them offering to get involved and help out with future activities.

This was the second Spring event organised by FWCP (since the group relaunched in early 2005) and built on the experience and positive feedback from the previous year.

In 2006 we had more time to prepare, a larger and more experienced team and more up front resources - helped by a City Council grant (£250 for this event from £1,200 total grant).