Unfortunately gardening in Blakers Park appears to be very low down in the priorities of CityParks and it is one of the few in the city not to have a dedicated Council gardener. This means our existing flower beds, as pictured, have been planted and maintained entirely by volunteers.
Now that we have two more beds we need help from more volunteer gardeners. The Friends are acquiring plants already to put in the beds, some from CityParks nurseries and others that we are buying.
All that’s needed are a few friendly gardeners to spend one or two hours a week making Blakers Park even better for the community.
Could this be you, or someone you know?
If so, send us an e-mail. (friendsblakersparkorguk) or call Emma Keane, our CityParks ranger, on 01273 292929.
Find out what’s happening in and around Blakers Park. The list below shows forthcoming events – you can also see our archive of previous events.
Blakers Park Tennis Club
Every Saturday afternon, Sunday morning and Tuesday evenings & alternate Wednesday and Thursday evenings
Members of Blakers Park Tennis Club play each other at weekends in a courageous bid to maintain their fitness and skill levels so that they win their weekday evening Parks League matches.
They have paid the council a not inconsiderable sum to reserve the courts during the above sessions. Spectators are welcome to judge whether it is money well spent…
The club runs four teams in the Parks League and some might think they were part of a yo-yo league the way they bounce up and down the divisions. This year they have a very satisfying spread – with one team in each of the four divisions.
Do cheer them on – and be reasonably civil to their opponents.
Easter Monday Eggstra Fun Day
Roll up, roll up – for the Easter Funday, including, of course, egg rolling.
Sign on from 10am, bring your own hard-boiled eggs, decorated if you wish, and enter them into the egg-rolling contest which starts at 10.30am. Only 50p an egg – with prizes.
Then try to find the hidden treasure of Blakers Park in this very special Treasure Hunt – 50p an entry.
Adults wll be warmly welcomed if they can lend a hand. Send us an e-mail (stokesfiona1gmailcom) to show willing.
Meet the Fiveways Local Action Team
6.30pm on the first Thursday of every month
The Action Team meet at 6.30pm on the first Thursday of every month at St Matthias Church Hall.
Who are the Action Team?
Well, they are Councillors and local police officers but, most importantly, they are us – local residents who are keen to preserve and improve the good things about living here.
St Matthias Church Hall
Friday 19th December 2014 6pm – 7pm
We’re thrilled that the community carol singing will return to Blakers Park this Christmas. Bring the whole family with home-made lanterns and gather round for traditional carols, with music provided by local musicians. Not to be missed!
Download the carol sheets here.
Everyone, particularly the younger Friends of Blakers Park, are encouraged to add a warm glow to the evening by bringing lovely lanterns. They are easy to make, as you can see below, and every child should be able to tell their adults how to do it. All that’s needed is a bamboo, some string, a jamjar and a tea light (in plain English, that’s a small candle).
As you will want to enjoy what will be a highlight of the year in Blakers Park, sign up for news updates in the form on the right hand side of this page.
The Wonder of Woollies
Friday 26th December 12 noon to 1pm
The fifth (doesn’t time fly!) annual informal Christmas Jumper, Hat, Scarf and Gloves Parade. Wear your new woollies with pride and show the world how warm and cosy you feel. Get up off the sofa, move those legs towards the park and laugh with gusto in the face of Jack Frost. Any onlookers caught smirking on the sidelines will be condemned to suffer runny noses all year round.
Reed orl abaht it!
shipping forecast on the radio, and just when you’re wondering how on earth to keep your enormous brain stimulated and functioning, along comes salvation in the form of the Friends of Blakers Park newsletter, issue 71, Autumn 2013.
Packed with many words, several of them different and quite a few with more than one syllable, and eight, yes eight – count them if you can – pictures almost entirely related to your favourite local park, it’s bound to uplift the heart and gladden the spirit. In fact, we are so confident that it will enhance your entire being that we promise to give you your money back if it doesn’t.
Download it for free right now
Ongoing throughout the year
Swap Meets and events organised by Transition Fiveways. Keep an eye on them!