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Sir Joseph Hood Playing Fields - September 2015

Demise of the paddling pool - interactive water play as a replacement? 

We believe that this is the last year the paddling pool in Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field (off Marina Avenue) will be opened by the Council, due to increasing financial pressures. This would be a great loss to our community as well as having a big impact on the park itself.  However, the Council have funding to put an interactive water play area (like the one in Wimbledon Park) into another one of their parks, which is simpler and cheaper to run.  The Friends would like them to build this in our park but we need to show how much we would really miss our pool and how much we want this as a replacement.   


If you haven't already done so, please sign the petition in Sima Brothers Newsagent on West Barnes Lane, the park cafe or sign the petition online ** on our website (www.friendsofsjh.org). 

Awareness - Fun Run 

In order to raise awareness of the Friends and its role in the community as well as demonstrating to the Council how well used our park is, we are organising a Family Fun Run in the park on 5 September. 

The program for the day is: 

10:30 - Warm up

10:40 - 500m Toddler Walk 

11:00 - 3km Fun Run 

11:30 - Picnic 

The toddler walk is aimed at younger children (non-walking toddlers and babies can ride in their buggies!) The warm up and start will be at the gate to the horses. The 3km fun run is for older children and adults and will start outside the Pavilion, near the crazy golf and Rascals softplay.  We’d be grateful for any donations and suggest £1 per participant. There will be certificates for finishers.

Even if you don't fancy either a walk or run please come and join us to find out more information about the Friends as an organisation, the park and its facilities as well as meet other families. 

Picnic and Raffle
We are hoping for a sunny day so please bring a picnic to enjoy after the run. There will also be a raffle on the day for some great prizes which include a voucher for a hypnotherapy session, Forever Living products, handmade girls ballet tutu, artwork, vouchers for ballet and many more.

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