NEWS

Sept 2021 - Table tennis / ping pong table

Ping Pong or table tennis fans... We have some great news, a brand new table has been delivered to the park... Feel free to use it, the location maybe tweaked and also potentially a launch event to follow.
We do have some bats and we will figure out a process how you can loan them for a game.








In previous years Friends of William Clarke Park have placed a toilet in the Patch over the summer months and this has been paid for from proceeds from events we've held in the park. 

We know that park users really value this, so Friends of William Clarke Park would like to do it again this year.  However with no events last year we would like to ask users of the park  to help us raise the money for this.





March 2021

FWCP have received the new composting setup!

This is a JORAFORM compost tumbler for The Patch Compost Club.  Feel free to give it a spin to aerate and speed up the compost process! Funded by the Chalk  Cliff Trust and supplied and installed by Compost Club, a non-profit enterprise started in Brighton to make the highest quality compost with the least energy.  Turning rubbish into robins and eliminating compost miles.  For more information linktree/compostclub
This is a JORAFORM compost tumbler for The Patch Compost Club.  Feel free to give it a spin to aerate and speed up the compost process! Funded by the Chalk  Cliff Trust and supplied and installed by Compost Club, a non-profit enterprise started in Brighton to make the highest quality compost with the least energy.  Turning rubbish into robins and eliminating compost miles.  For more information linktree/compostclub

"This was our afternoon today. Assembling the first permanent #brighton #community #composting station!!
Haha half way through the build a gang of young kids from the park came up to us and said: what are are you building!? @compost.michael said a ‘composting machine’ and they looked faintly interested but then Tom explained further what the #composter would do and why. They looked at each other and said BORING !! And ran away 😆 should have left it at composting machine.
Anyway it’s been a pleasure, and always a learning experience, building this for the Patch community in Brighton. It’s going to work in sync with their existing #composting set up in the park and help make a lot more higher quality compost more quickly. Final touches are making a wooden engraved sign and a community notice board explaining what it is to the park users and local residents on the side." #compostpile #compostrevolution #compoststation #compostingisfun #community #compostcapitalism #communityservice #communitycomposting #communitycompost #CompostTheSystem #wastenotwantnot #foodwaste #brighton #brightoncompost #compostclub #communitycompostclub #foodwasterevolution #soilfoodweb #communitygardening #zerotolandfill #worms #compostworms #vermiculture #vermicompost #hotcompost


The Patch Pond

Whilst there may be few events taking place in the Park these days, our wonderful volunteers are taking action on a number of things.

Firstly, we have had a few issues with The Patch pond.  The weather has damaged its water supply pipe.  Also rubbish accumulates in the pond, which has led to its lining being damaged.  Our volunteers are on the case, there are plans to install a more robust lining.  This is a bit tricky at the moment since the COVID-19 constraints on working in teams at the current time, so please bear with the team.  Here's a shot of the damaged water inlet pipe  frown



Foxes

The Patch is blessed with some charming cheeky wildlife, from badgers, bats and of course foxes.  Patch folk may be familiar with the cheeky fox family cavorting around the northern part of The Patch, owning it, even in daylight hours! 

Well, as we all know foxes, particularly urban ones are susceptible to mange.  One of The Patch foxes is afflicted with mange so our volunteers took action.  The beautiful but mange infested Patch vixen, who it transpires has captured the hearts and affection of many Patch neighbours.  One of our volunteers made contact with Roger's Wildlife Rescue.  Their crew was able to provide proper treatment via a once a weekly dose of medicine laced meat. She's had her third out of four weekly doses, which should hopefully clear the mange up. Meanwhile a group of volunteers and concerned locals are feeding "Foxy" the vixen to help her gain weight, she was painfully thin, to aid her recovery and of course to help ensure that the treatment can be administered at required regular intervals.

The treatment is issued carefully, only to "Foxy" on a disposable paper plate.  It is removed immediately afterwards to ensure that no other animal can ingest the treatment. 

Initial reports are that Foxy was so weak and listless and that she just ate a bit of the laced food and then sat down. We look forward to the day that Foxy scarpers at the sight of The Patch volunteers and her other fans because she's back on form.


Roger's Wildlife Rescue is doing great work for local wildlife.  Their services are under heavy demand, so why not take a look at their page to help out with material donations and financial ones if you can.  Enjoy the rest of the summer Patch fans!  Also why not consider joining Roger's World Club, a great gift for someone.

Foxy, The Patch Vixen
Foxy, The Patch Vixen




Ceilidh and Spring in the Patch

The Spring in the patch event is cancelled.  The Ceildih is postponed until later in the year.  In response to government advice to avoid all group gatherings, it is with great sadness that we have made these decisions.

We will keep you informed of any plans for this year.

Patch Spring Clean

Patch Work volunteering day Sunday 8th March 11am.  Volunteering to clear up and manage growth.  There will be a tree planting, in dedication to John Cuthbert, a legendary Patch committee member and volunteer.  Soup will be available for clear up team.

John Cuthbert at his one of his finest PatchFest Moments..

The Patch Is located in Hanover / Elm Grove Area of Brighton ( BN2 3AR)
Entrance to the park is from Picton street / Franklin Street or Hartington road.