Monday, 14 May 2007

Tea in the park and, of course, rain

Children doing the Kids' Quiz find a clue in the rain.

Tea in the park on a wet Sunday afternoon

Yesterday (Sunday) I organised my first tea in the park and it seemed to go well. The pavilion was full of local folk who braved the downpour which lasted all day. At least nine children and their dads got soaked doing a 'Kid's Quiz' I had devised for the day. Those who stayed in the pavilion were able to enjoy homemade cake and tea and chatter away.

The good thing is that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the two hours passed by quickly. The next three dates are: Sunday 17 June; Sunday 15 July and Saturday 25 August (Bank Holiday weekend), all from 3–5pm. For £1 you will receive a cup of tea or coffee with a generous slice of homemade cake, with 50p going to The Lenton Centre and 50p to the Lenton Flats Down To Earth Project.

No wonder the weather is a lifetime topic of conversation. It really is so unpredictable, yet we all know that bad weather unfailingly coincides with community events and so it was for my first tea in the park.

On a more personal note, I went to the 10th anniversary dinner of the Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum at Nottingham University on Friday evening and very much enjoyed myself. Being there would have been reward enough, but I was surprised and touched to be among ten people singled out for their contribution to the local community during the past ten years. All the other awardees were people I have known for many years and some I have worked quite closely with in several different groups. I am just glad that I did not have to decide who the 'ten' were, as there were a number of other people at the dinner who could so easily have been going up to receive an award instead of me. I was particularly proud of the fact that three of us are also active members of the Dunkirk & Lenton Branch Labour Party.

It's Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown and, yes, Gordon Brown all day and every day in the media as they prepare for his crowning as the next Labour leader.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

A place of work as well as play

Lunch time and well deserved...

...after a morning's work...
...which includes mowing the two bowling greens fives times a fortnight.

It is all too easy to forget that Lenton Recreation Ground is also a place of work. For much of the year the only groundsperson is Dave, but from April until October he has been joined by Simon during the week and at weekends the park is cared for by Kevin. Lenton's street cleaner is also based in the park and the small staffroom in the park pavilion also provides a welcome watering hole for other city council staff who help to keep Lenton clean and tidy.

In earlier postings to this blog I have pointed out the problems caused by the size of the litter bins, but Dave and his colleagues have come up with their own solution to the problem by placing wheelie bins around the park, so no park user is more than a few yards from a bin. The fact that 95% of visitors use the bins is good, but a campaign needs to be mounted to educate the other 5% who leave behind a few bottles here and there, but mostly cigarette ends. Yesterday I took a picture of a nice circle of filter ends from cigarettes discarded by one of the many groups which form in the park during the day.

Dave and his colleagues have to go over the park 100% no matter how little rubbish is left behind. The less there is to pick up, the more time there is for the other tasks they have to do to keep the park looking so clean and tidy. Their contribution to making Lenton Recreation Ground such a great place deserves to be acknowledged and I would like to close this posting by thanking Dave, Simon and Kevin, as well some other park heroes who want to be nameless, for all their hard work on our behalf.

The Labour Party not only wins the Nottingham City Council elections but increases its majority by taking seats from the Liberals and the Tories.