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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Penge Green Gym Early Autumn Newsletter 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter


Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters

Skipton Grassroots Giving 2017

We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for this years Skipton Grassroots Giving award.  Out of over 700 groups shortlisted 164 will given £500 each depending on how many votes they get from the public.  This is where you can help us.  Please go into a branch or go to this address[also-known-as-penge-green-gym]/ and vote for us.  All they require is an email address to verify the votes.  Votes will be counted in October and the winning groups will be notified.  If we win this award we will be creating more seating with backs for the enjoyment of everyone visiting the gardens.

And if you are still in the mood you can vote for us at the Green Flag Award People's Choice 2017

People can decide which are the top 10 parks in the UK. 
Projects in August

This summer has seen the volunteers busy digging, sawing, clearing and eating soggy sausages!

 small wildlife pond has been dug in the growing area and lined.  As you can see Keith was trying it out as a hot tub but the heavens opened soon afterwards and it is already full of rainwater.  We will soon be stocking it with plants to encourage the local wildlife and invertebrates.

The new raised beds are also well underway in the growing area, we have also been busy digging out tough roots of alder and sycamore, it's quite a workout!  The bed next to our shed is being slowly clearly of non flowering dog roses and other weeds to make room for new planting.

Our annual BBQ stood out as being the wettest on record but it didn't stop us enjoying a sausage or two under the gazebo.  Thanks to Wendy for lending us the gazebo and BBQ.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Love Parks Week

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Penge Green Gym Supporters

Love Parks Week is here!

Show your love for your park - 14-23 July 2017

Join in with the 100 million visits to UK parks this #LoveParks Week (14 -23 July) and tell 
the world why you love your park.

And please join the volunteers at Winsford Gardens for tea

and homemade scones and jam at 12.30pm on Wednesday 19th July.

Love Parks Week, now in its 11th year, is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. 
Penge Green Gym at Winsford Gardens is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to
share why they love Winsford Gardens.
This #LoveParks Week, we are encouraging as many people as possible to go out and enjoy their
local park. Take a photo, video or simply post on social media, using the hashtag #LoveParks, 
telling the world why you love your park.
Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, 
environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future 
generations to enjoy. 

In Other News
Fabulous Open Day 2017!

Lots of fun was had by all at this years open day.  We were blessed with wonderful weather and a visit from 

the new Mayor Kathy Bance.    Lots of faces were painted and lots of cakes were enjoyed.  Once again we 

enjoyed wonderful music from Musica Mediocre.  Our new hopscotch was a great success and children 

explored the park whilst doing the treasure hunt.  

A Sad Farewell

We have to say a sad farewell to one of our longest serving volunteers.  Chris is moving on 

to pastures new but has played an integral role in at the gardens.  He is a stalwart of the 

committee keeping our finances in order and will thankfully continue to keep an eye on the 

books.  But he will mainly be missed for his humour and tea making abilities!  

Good Luck Chris!

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Notice of AGM 2017

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Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters


We are sending out notification for our next AGM on Wednesday 5th July 2017.
WEDNESDAY 5th July 2017, 2.15pm

1. To receive the report from the Chair of the Penge Green Gym Community Group Management Committee for the period since the last Annual General Meeting on 20th July 2016.
2. To receive the report from the Treasurer of the Penge Green Gym Community Group Management Committee for the period since the last Annual General Meeting on 20th July 2016.
3. To elect Management Committee members, officers and leaders as prescribed by the Penge Green Gym Community Group’s constitution.
All current committee members are to resign at this AGM, but are eligible for re-election to the Community Group Management Committee
4. To discuss future programme and projects
5. Any other business
Apologies for absence or nominations for positions on the Management Committee should be submitted to the Secretary, Electra Thompson, prior to the meeting
Electra Thompson
Secretary, Penge Green Gym Community Group Management Committee

Monday, 29 May 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter Early Summer 2017

Penge Green Gym Newsletter


Dear Penge Green Gym Supporters

We'd love to see everyone at our open day.  We always have lots of fun come rain or shine! 

Happy Birthday Penge Green Gym

Penge Green Gym is now in it's 6th year and we celebrated with cakes and tea!  Our first ever TCV leader Lizzy came along with the newest, and youngest volunteer!  It was lovely to see her and to show her all that we've been doing at Winsford Gardens. 


Exciting news from
Tesco Bags of Help

Earlier this year we applied to the Tesco bags of help fund for a grant to replace one of our meadows with a dry gravel garden which will hopefully fair better in our warmer, dryer summers.  During March and April customers collected tokens in their local Tesco's and put them towards the 3 projects Tesco were promoting.  We have now been given the exciting news that we collected enough tokens to fully fund the gravel garden.  In the next few months we will start the process of clearing the area of weeds and putting down a membrane to suppress any new growth.  The exciting process of stocking the garden can them begin.

#iVolunteer #WinsfordGardens #GreenGym #Penge #PengeFestival 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Volunteers Week 1-7 June

Why don’t you come and join us on any Wednesday for a free green “workout” and gardening experience in Winsford Gardens, the home of the Penge Green Gym?

For more information visit our website @ Penge Green Gym

Or Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Penge Green Gym meets in

Winsford Gardens every Wednesday

throughout the year from 11am – 2pm.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mayor to Attend Winsford Gardens Open Day 4th June 2017

Mayor to Attend Winsford Gardens Open Day 4th June 2017

Penge Green Gym is delighted to announce that this year, our annual Winsford Gardens Open Day will be attended by the new Mayor of Bromley, Katherine Bance MBE. We have invited the newly elected Mayor, and we have been informed by her office that our invitation has been accepted and added to her diary of official engagements. Since our formation in 2011, we have always been supported by the Kathy as a local Councillor and we wish her to have a very successful year as the new Bromley Mayor.

Penge Green Gym has now been running for over six years, and Sunday 4 June will be the sixth time we have held an Open Day to show off our many achievements and aims. As last year, we decided to hold the event on the Sunday following the Penge Festival Fete as a part of the Penge Festival. 

Last year the weather wasn't kind to us, and we are hoping for some summer sun 🌞🌞🌞 this year, even though attendance was great.

This year we won't be changing from a formula that has worked extremely well in the past, so you can expect all the old favourites - plants for sale, cakes and refreshments, a treasure hunt, face painting and other kids activities, and live music.

Please forward, retweet, copy this poster, and display wherever or to whoever you think people might be interested.

Winsford Gardens is in Penge, London SE20 with entrances on Croydon Road and Garden Road, and lies between the Travelodge and the Aldi supermarket. It is served by the bus routes: 176, 197, 356, 358, 75. Nearest Network Rail stations are: Kent House or Anerley. Croydon Tramlink: Avenue Road.   

For more information go to
@greengympenge on Twitter
Penge Green Gym on Facebook