Notes from the Chair

Well, here we go again, another year of music, marathons, kites and cakes. Our year started with the annual mini-marathon trials, ‘run’ (sorry about that) by Harrow Athletic Club. Although numbers were slightly down from recent years the boys and girls were extremely enthusiastic and competitive. The weather treated them kindly with no rain for a change.

The Mayor, Councillor Nana Asante, popped in for her first visit to our ‘Rec’ to plant the Mayoral Tree, this time a cherry tree. Patrick Prendergast, the Council’s Tree Officer, said that he felt the playground side of the park needed a flowering tree and hoped that the next two or three plantings would follow suit with more cherry trees. The Mayor was accompanied by a group from Norbury School who did a quiz round the park and joined in with some spadework. Besides the children, Mary our indefatigable park keeper, Bob the Mayor’s chauffeur and (some of) you, the members, were there. Northwick Park Rotary club came along and they plan to have a charity marathon here later in the year – more news of that later. See picture below.

Each year we like to fulfil one or two projects or ideas we have had, and this year the park, with huge Council help, is changing the entrance to the cemetery. As you can see from the picture on the previous page, the work has produced a more ornate entrance with flowered borders and a spring-loaded gate.

This is designed to make sure that errant dogs don’t escape up to Pinner Road. A good effort by all involved.

Another event we are hoping to stage is a dog show, very small to start with, but for instance with a prize for the most attractive dog owners, both genders of course. The slowest dog, the most urinally active, the fastest ball retriever etc.: We shall see!

Reverting to┬átree planting, the committee was very sad to learn that this is the last year the aforementioned Patrick Prendergast will be the Council ‘tree man’. In the past he has been extremely helpful with advice on any horticultural or arboreal problems we have had, and we are sorry to lose him. Keeping on the subject of trees, our Spring Tree Walk was postponed from 6th April due to rain and will now be held on Sunday 4th May, led by Simon and John. As well as tree recognition, it involves bugs, bee holes and even a fungus on a tree – a great opportunity to get to know and appreciate our Rec better. Details of this and the rest of our events are elsewhere in the newsletter and on notice boards and gates around the ‘Rec’.

Just a gentle hint, it’s subscription time again so if you see one of our committee members, thrust your three pounds into their willing hands and they will be very pleased.

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