What’s on

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.

Easter Monday Eggstra Fun Day

Monday 21st April 2014

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  (stokesfiona1atgmaildotcom)   to show willing.

Community Picnic Stall Space Booking Form 2014

Book Now – Advance bookings close 31st May

The rush to book stall space at the ever-popular Community Picnic & Summer Fair has begun. Enquiries started in February and are sure to accelerate as the major local event draws closer. To give a better service to our loyal stallholders, this year we will close advance bookings two weeks ahead of the event. So that’s even more reason to download the booking form from the link above.

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.

Venue

St Matthias Church Hall

Christmas Carols

Friday 20th December 2013 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 poster by clicking on it, then print it out and display it for all to see.

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).

DO try this at home - and bring it to the carols

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

Thursday 26th December 12 noon to 1pm

Festive stewards will control the crowds

The fourth 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!

Don’t panic – relief is here. Just when you’ve finished reading every single newspaper, magazine and book in your possession, and just when your Kindle has run out of power, and just when everybody else in your home is insisting on watching every episode of The Gilmore Girls back to back, and just when it’s the

The stories Edward Snowden missed

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

Help Blakers bloom


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.  (friendsatblakersparkdotorgdotuk)   or call Emma Keane, our CityParks ranger, on 01273 292929.

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.

Community Picnic and Summer Fair 2013

Community picnic in the park

Saturday 15th June 11.30 – 8.00 pm

Organised by the Friends of Blakers Park and run in association with Stanford Avenue Methodist Church

Meet your friends, family and neighbours at our al fresco day-long party. Live music, stalls and games.

Bouncy Castle, fire engine, face painting, home made cakes, barbecue, plants, books, stalls, raffle and Blaker’s Shopping Bag on sale!

Free entry

But please bring a tin of food to donate to FareShare, the community food network.

Dogs on leads are welcome but only if their owners behave and instantly remove any mess, because it’s being held in the chld-friendly dog-free area. The Park Rangers will be on hand to lend firm advice.

. The deadlne for submitting bookings is 1st June.

Please download our lovely

and display it prominently so that the entire community gets to know that the Picnic and Summer Fair is on its way.

Thank You’s

A heartfelt thank you to all the incredibly generous individuals and organisations without whom the picnic simply couldn’t go ahead. They’ve donated their time, supported us with their services or made a donation in the run up to this year’s picnic and deserve to be publicly thanked. They include:

Brighton and Hove Council who awarded us a grant of £750, without which the picnic possibly wouldn’t happen.

Morgan Carn who have printed some rather fine posters
Hummingbird Studio who have loaned us some easels

Nick, Cliff and Symond who are providing their technical expertise for our sound, stage and lighting. Also Simon Bottrell at 7Creative for designing the poster and Duncan Blinkhorn from Friends of William Clarke Park for lending us equipment and being generally supportive. Plus all our lovely volunteers who stepped forward on the day to run the children’s games.

Others to thank include Beaumonts Estate Agents, Savery Books, Fiveways Fruits, WigWam Toys, The Cleveland, David & Co, Barfields, Living at Fiveways, The Eleventh Flower, Quaff, Soul Sister, Hove Art Room, Lark on Lowther all of whom have donated raffle prizes.

Transition Fiveways

Ongoing throughout the year

Swap Meets and events organised by Transition Fiveways. Keep an eye on them!