Newsletter July 2020

Friends of Lloyd Park

NEWSLETTER

Summer 2020 Edition

Dear Friend, We hope you have managed to keep safe and well during the past few months. Never before have we appreciated Lloyd Park like we have this Spring as, for those who weren’t shielding, it was the one outdoor place we could visit for exercise, fresh air and a touch of nature. For those unable to leave home, we hope you are able to return very soon. 

Whether it was giving the ‘couch-to-5k’ a go, spotting the turtle and the heron sunning themselves, welcoming the ducklings or just watching the new leaves grow on the trees, we hope it gave you the strength to keep going.

Whether it was giving the ‘couch-to-5k’ a go, spotting the turtle and the heron sunning themselves, welcoming the ducklings or just watching the new leaves grow on the trees, we hope it gave you the strength to keep going.

Whilst it was a challenge coping with the reduced hours and restricted use, we have been incredibly pleased the park remained open and the normal summer opening hours have finally returned.

Please do keep in touch with us on social media or you can email us at

Enjoy rest of the summer!

Jess England

Chair of Trustees

Friends of Lloyd Park CIO

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CONTENTS

Mayfair and Virtual Dog Show

Virtual Skatejam

Walthamstow Garden Party

FoLP future events

Volunteers

Park improvements

Future Park Improvements

FoLP AGM 2020

Additional Information and links for Lloyd Park

Appeal for Newsletter Editor

Mayfair and Virtual Dog Show

The cancelled May Fair meant we didn’t get to enjoy the delights of Donna Maria and her Maypole show, but hopefully you caught our first ever Virtual Dog Show. The winners are on our Facebook and Instagram pages – @Folpe17

Virtual Skatejam

Next up is the Virtual Skatepark Jam, another online-only event organised for the first time.  The Skate Park User Group (SPUG – part of FoLP), is planning this event, for skaterboarders, BMX and Scooter riders, and Inline Skaters, to compete in competitions, with tricks and displaying their skills, as part of the Barbican produced, annual Walthamstow Garden Party (WGP – which this year has also sadly had to move online). Take a look on SPUG Instagram at:  lloyd_skatepark_e17  There are other online-only activities planned for the weekend of 18/19th July as part of WGP 2020 – in the Air.  Check their website for more information:

https://ukskateforum.co.uk/t/virtual-skate-jam-walthamstow/1196

Walthamstow Garden Party

The Barbican’s Walthamstow Garden party is being held virtually this year and takes place on the 18th and 19th July. Follow the link for more details.

https://www.walthamstowgardenparty.com/

FoLP future events

With current restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 virus, our normal annual programme of community events is uncertain. We still hope to host our bulb planting and Christmas sing-a-long but may have to make some changes to be Covid Secure. Keep an eye on our social media for more info nearer the time or send an email.

Volunteers

As I am sure you are aware, Friends of Lloyd Park (FoLP), is led by a small group of volunteers who aim to make the park the best it can be. If you would like to take a more active role please do get in touch (email: folpe17@gmail.com).

Park improvements

In the last 12 months, improvements to our park have included the building of a new concrete riding facility for scooter riders, installation of a new water bottle filling point, and fitting of new basketball hoop nets.  The Skate Park has had extensions added to its riding surface area; two concrete benches, previously located with the table-tennis tables, have been relocated next to this facility; and two signs providing safety advice for young Scooter riders, have been installed near the Skate Park.  The Scooter Park was funded 2/3rds by the health authority covering Waltham Forest, and 1/3rd by the Council, from the parks maintenance budget.  SPUG contributed for the Skate Park extensions.

Future Park Improvements

Our thoughts are turning to making further park improvements in the coming months and we will continue to work closely with the Council and fundraise for them. We are aware that the cascades in the moat need replacing, litter is becoming an increasing issue as well as other areas being in need of attention. 

FoLP AGM 2020

Our Annual General Meeting should be held this Autumn, however due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 virus, we may have to hold it with social distancing measures in place or postpone it until a future date.  Notice of that meeting will be announced in due course.

Council information about Lloyd Park, including times when the park keepers are on duty, can be read at:

https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/lloyd-park

Council Covid-19 information

Changes to normal Council services, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, including parks, be found at:

https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/service-categories/covid-19

Park Safety

The Council has a new team to patrol and respond to anti-social behaviour in the Borough (including our park).  Information at:

https://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/18269785.parkguard-drafted-help-curb-anti-social-behaviour/

Police SNTs

Lloyd Park is covered by two Police Safer Neighbourhood teams (Chapel End SNT, and William Morris SNT).  Information at:

https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/met/waltham-forest/chapel-end/

https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/met/waltham-forest/william-morris/

Park Keepers and first aid

If you need any assistance whilst in the park, staff are on hand to help. Please knock on the door to the rear of the cafe (there’s usually a dog water bowl just outside the door). For medical emergencies affecting park users, there is a First Aid kit available and a heart defibrillator in their office. In an emergency call 999.

Lloyd Park Market

The Lloyd Park Market has restarted.  Information at:

Medical emergencies

 It is important that where a person is injured by playground equipment, or other park features, the park keeper is informed, in order for the incident to be recorded and investigated.

Free First Aid training

Thanks to Waltham Forest Council and Community Ward Funding Team, the First Aid Training Organisation (FATO), are able to offer Appointed Persons First Aid courses at no cost to you.  For more information, please call: 020 8531 1847 or email: tpj102@aol.com

Other services for park users

Our partners in the park are keen to welcome you back so please have a look at the following links for the latest  information about the Cafe, Bowls Clubs, Galleries, Market, etc:

https://www.ledelicee17.co.uk/about-us

http://www.walthamstowboroughbowlsclub.co.uk/community/walthamstow-borough-bowls-club-8660/home/

https://wmgallery.org.uk/

https://wfculture19.co.uk/winnsgallery

Ward Councillors

If you have any other questions or concerns about the park, you can contact your ward councillors https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/your-local-councillor

Appeal for Newsletter Editor

Wanted – someone to produce this FoLP newsletter.

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