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A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Garden – Whats On – 28th May 2017

Dear Resident,

Dig out those old bell bottoms, slap on the salad cream, top up the Tupperware and kick off the sling-backs. It’s time for the Worth Park Vintage Picnic, a celebration of all things 20th century on the 70th birthday of Crawley New Town.

  • Professional dance display with Swingdance UK
  • Learn to dance and join in!
  • Vintage photo booth
  • Lemonade served from a genuine 1954 bus by Crawley Youth Service
  • Vintage craft makes – create a floral picnic centrepiece and a photo frame
  • Baking competition – create a cake to celebrate 70 years of Crawley New Town
  • Gardening workshops
  • 20th century pop music sung by three Crawley choirs
  • Poetry trail – part of Crawley WordFest
  • Croquet and vintage games to play
  • Vintage artefact handling and photo display with Crawley Museum

All free – no need to book.

Delicious home-made cakes, teas, Pimms cocktails and home-made lemonade will be for sale.

Some 70th birthday cakes will be sold in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

Why not dress up as your favourite decade? Prizes for the best dressed! Elvis has not yet left the building…

If you’d like to be involved in the baking competition or the planting workshops then please get in touch for more information. Further details to follow.

I very much look forward to seeing you at Worth Park on Sunday May 28th.

Best wishes

Edwina Livesey

phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk
Participation Officer – Worth Park
Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall, The Boulevard
Crawley, RH10 1UZ


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A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Garden – Whats On – 11th May 2017

Dear Resident,

This month got off to an excellent start on Sunday at our Dawn Chorus Walk. Not only did we have a record turnout of walkers on a beautiful morning but we have a new species in Worth Park! A firecrest was spotted in the formal gardens – this is a first recorded sighting for Crawley and very unusual in any urban area.

It’s well worth listening out for next time you are over at the park but be warned – firecrests are tiny!

So what else is happening in May? Our highlight this month is the Vintage Picnic on May 28th, when we will be celebrating 70 years of Crawley New Town. Entertainment on offer will include a vintage dancing display and workshops, a baking competition, choirs singing 20th century music, a vintage photo booth, cakes and lemonade, vintage artefacts, a photo display, a poetry trail and vintage arts and crafts. More details soon.

Groups meeting regularly this month include the wonderful and indispensable Gardening Club, who meet every Wednesday, the Worth Park Wanders group, who meet the second Thursday of every month for themed walks, or on the third Thursday for a longer, more energetic health walk, the Montefiore Makers, who meet every Thursday and who are helping to make Victorian costumes for use in our visitor centre and for educational activities, and Stroll and Sketch, who are meeting on Sundays and using the park to get fit and learn to draw at the same time.

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We also have a new group starting this month who will be trying to gather together some of the historical information we have been discovering during the project, raising awareness of it and getting it into an accessible format.

The Worth Park History Group will be meeting on May 16th and will be supported by Crawley Museum. One of the things we have discovered as part of our project is that the history of Worth Park is far richer and more complex than we supposed, and it would be wonderful to have your support.

If you can’t come to the meetings but would like to go on the mailing list for news updates then please let me know. People interested in natural history are also welcome to come along as there is a lot of work to be done in terms of recording the many species of plants, trees and wildlife at the park. A poster is attached.

For those of you with children or grandchildren, the theme for our Worth Park Wednesday this coming half term on May 31st will be bees. I’m sorry that we couldn’t run a Worth Park Wednesday over Easter, which was due to staffing issues.

Worth Park Friends have a very interesting programme of activities for this year and their website is full of information – take a look on website worthparkfriends.org . The croquet club are also now out three times a week on the lawns, and are always happy to welcome new players wanting to try out the game. Find out more on website www.crawleycroquetclub.org.uk

11th May Worth Park Wanders: Croquet 10.30am-12.00pm
11th, 18th and 25th May Montefiore Makers 2-4pm
14th 21st and 28th May Stroll and Sketch 10-12 (fully booked)
16th May Worth Park History Group 2-4pm
25th May Worth Park Health Walk 10.30-12.30
28th May Worth Park Vintage Picnic 11.00am-3.00pm
31st May Worth Park Wednesdays: Buzzy Bees 10am-3pm

For more information about these or any other activities at Worth Park, please get in touch. I am now based at Ridleys Court so please drop in if you are passing – it will always be lovely to see you!

Thank you as always for your support for Worth Park.

Best wishes

Edwina Livesey

phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk
Participation Officer – Worth Park
Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall, The Boulevard
Crawley, RH10 1UZ


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Fishing at Worth Park Lake

Message forwarded on behalf of Crawley Borough Council in regards to fishing at Worth Park Lake

Fishing at the lake is now managed by Crawley Angling Society. It’s only available to members of the club – we can’t offer day permits.

If you would like to join the club and fish the lake, please visit Jack Frost Tackle in West Green or Tackle Warehouse in Manor Royal, or download an application form from the club website (Membership Renewals 2017). Further details and an information pack are available at website www.crawleyanglingsociety.co.uk

Crawley Angling Society is keen to promote nature conservation and tell their members not to leave litter behind, which endangers wildlife.

If you have any concerns about litter please contact their Head Bailiff Craig Channell on phone 07706 829112 or Club Chairman Lenny Wells on phone 07976 770308. You can also report this to our Head Gardener Sam Worsey at email sam.worsey@crawley.gov.uk or phone 07884 267278.

If you witness any anti-social behaviour including night fishing or poaching please call our Community Wardens on phone 07884 492324.

We look forward to a great partnership with Crawley Angling Society.

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Awards hightlight ‘conservation, restoration and good design’
Campaign ‘to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape’
15th February 2017 – Crawley Observer

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By Staff Reporter
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Recognised as the most prestigious architectural and conservation programme in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards has launched its scheme for 2017.

Worth Park after the restoration, Photo by Ryan Wicks, courtesy of Sussex Heritage

Launched at UTC@Harbourside, Newhaven, on Thursday February 9, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards called for entries from high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects.

The UTC@Hartourside was a 2016 winner in the Public and Community cat€gory one of the nine categories available to enter.

The 2016 Award judges said of the project: “An outstanding regeneration project of high architectural quality and local historical significance”.

Other 2016 winners ranged from the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue in Hove to the former Chicheser District Museum renovated into apartments and a brand-new scheme for a primary school in Barns Gr€en.

It was said of the Barns Green award: ‘A brand-new primary school, to bring together two existing sites, to create five classroom space€s, a main hall, community room and school administrators facility.

‘The mass of the school was carefully considered to sit as comfortably and unobtrusively as possible within its semi-rural-setting, surrounded by two-storey housing.”

The judges said: “Beautifully designed school, in an elegant setting which fits well in its location. “The curved line of the extend wall gave a feeling of harmony, along with the open and spacious feeling inside the building.”

The 2017 awards launch event was sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery a longstanding supporter of the Sussex Heritage Trust Often ‘cited as ‘Sussex’s Brewing Heritage Harvey’s Brewery has been supplying beers, wines and spirits to the people of Sussex and its adjoining counties since the 18th century.

Sussex heritage trust chairman, Dr John Godfrey DL, told invited guests at the launch: “2017 marks an important year for the Sussex Heritage Trust, being the 40th anniversary of the Trust” which was founded in 1977.

‘With the help of Harvey’s Brewery we are delighted to again launch the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, which highlights the important work of the Trust ‘to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.”

The winners of the 2017 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be announced on Thursday 6 July 2017 at 12.30pm at Pangdean Old Barn, London Road, Pyecombe and presented by the President of Sussex Heritage Trust” The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL.

For more information or an entry pack contact the Sussex Heritage Trust office on phone 01243 576524 or email info@sussexheritagetrust.com

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Sussex Heritage Trust is a registered charity established in 1977 to pneserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.

A wide variety of projects have received Awards over the years. For a full list of award winners in 2016 visit website www.sussexheritagetrust.com.

There are nine categories of Awards.
The winners receive a hand-crafted slate plaque to be attached to the building.
The judging team usually comprise a Sussex Heritage Trust Trustee, a professional in the appropriate field and a ‘lay person’ to ensure a balanced view.

Sponsors include: Gatwick Airport Ltd, Adams & Remers, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants, Expert Insurance Group, Harveys Brewery, Hanbury Properties, The lan Askew Charitable Trust, The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Lawson Commercial, Parker Dann, Pilbeam Construction, The Hans & Marit Rausing Charitable Trust” R W Armstrong, Savills (UK) Limited Tilleys Stonemasons, Toovey’s Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers, Proteus Packaging and the awards media partner Sussex Newspapers.


‘A challenging conservation project providing real benefit to the community’

Highly commended in last year’s Sussex Heritage Trust awards was Worth Park and Ridleys Court, Pound Hill, Crawley.

It was said of the commendation: “The gardens and former stables buildings underwent an extensive restoration after a successful Heritage lottery Fund bid. “Established in 1840 the
Montefiore Family had a large house built with gardens by James Pulham and Son.

“Elements of the garden are now listed and work was undertaken to restore key features after long-term neglect.”

The judges said:’A challenging conservation project done with love and care. ” A real benefit to the community, and a historic environment restored.’

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A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Garden – Whats On – 6th February 2017

Dear all,

With all the mild weather we are having and lovely clear sunshine it’s the perfect time for a walk in beautiful Worth Park.

And thanks to our trained guided walks leaders and our themed Worth Park Wanders programme we can all enjoy doing this together on the second Thursday of every month – with coffee and biscuits afterwards!

Our first walk of the year is this Thursday, February 9th, meeting at Ridleys Court at 10.30am, when we’ll be looking out for some of the hundreds of snowdrops planted by our volunteers over the last four years.

And for those wanting that extra challenge as part of their fitness regime we are also organising longer, faster fitness walks on the fourth Thursday of every month as well.

These will take us through Worth Park and into different spaces nearby including the lovely Gatwick Stream. The meeting time is the same and they last for about an hour and a half.

All the walks are free and there is no need to book. It’s a great chance to relax, meet new people, get that bit fitter and catch up with friends.

We look forward to welcoming you to Worth Park.

Best wishes

Edwina Livesey

phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk
Participation Officer – Worth Park
Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall, The Boulevard
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A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Garden – Whats On – 21st December 2016

Dear all,

Enjoy Christmas in a natural setting this year and help transform our formal gardens into a Victorian outdoor Christmas parlour!

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Our Christmas in the Trees event on Wednesday December 21st will feature all we could wish for at this season – mulled wine, mince pies, roast chestnuts and gingerbread for sale, carols, a brass band, a guided winter walk and a Christmas tree trail to follow.

But that’s not all! Professional florists will be on hand to help visitors of all ages to make swags and wreaths from seasonal greenery and hang them in the camellia walkway. And there will be further surprises in store from the team at Crawley Art Shake – can you help make pom-poms and help turn our yew trees into Christmas trees and puddings? To help set the scene, two authentic Victorian costumes made by the Worth Park Costume Project over the last three months will be on display.

The event is free and there’s no need to book.

We will need a team of volunteers willing to learn to make bases for the wreaths and swags and help out at the event. Our expert florist Amanda Roussell will be running a training course at Ridleys Court on Friday December 16th for anyone interested in helping out – If you’ve ever wanted to learn to make traditional decorations for Christmas this is a great opportunity to learn how! If you’d like to book onto the course and help at the event then please get in touch.

Our artist Vanessa Cumper is also keen for donations of pom-poms and other knitting to decorate the yew trees – if you or anyone you know could help out she would love to hear from you via email. email vanessacumperart@gmail.com

Spring bulb planting
We have a large quantity of spring bulbs to go in the ground. If you can spare any time in the morning of Wednesday 23rd and/or Wednesday 30th, from 10.00am – 12.00pm then Sam would love to hear from you. email sam.worsey@crawley.gov.uk, alternatively please call him on phone 07884 267278.

Thank you as always for your support for Worth Park.

Best wishes

Edwina Livesey

phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk
Participation Officer – Worth Park
Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall, The Boulevard
Crawley, RH10 1UZ


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Timeline totem unveiled in park
16th November 2016 – Crawley Observer

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An impressive piece of public art representing the history and heritage of Worth Park has been unveiled.

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The ‘Timeline Totem’ was carved from a storm-damaged tree by West Sussex chainsaw sculptor Simon Groves in just seven days.

The different elements carved into the tree, which is situated in front of Ridley’s Court, represent various parts of the park’s history.

The stag highlights the area as part of Worth Forest, an ancient woodland and medieval deer park dating back to Anglo Saxon times.

The park became home to the Montefiore family from the early 1800s and is represented by the family crest.

Owls and books represent the private girls’ school, Milton Mount College from 1920 to 1960.

The park’s resident flora and fauna complete the seven metre high totem, which was unveiled by Councillor Chris Mullins, cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, and Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma.

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A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Garden – Whats On – 23rd October 2016

Dear Resident,

We have two events next week, both perfect for sunny mornings at Worth Park, which is just starting to display its autumn colour. On Wednesday we can all learn to crochet, make pom-poms and write short poems, which will be added to a yarn bombing at Worth Park led by local artist Vanessa Cumper.

Families can also have a go at sketching and help Sam our Head Gardener plant spring bulbs in our woodland.

On Saturday there will be another chance to learn about fungi with the excellent Nick Aplin, chair of the Sussex Fungi Group.

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Both events are free and there is no need to book.

Further details on
website www.crawley.gov.uk/Pens & Needles
or
website www.crawley.gov.uk/Fungi Foray

Thank you as always for your support for Worth Park.

Edwina Livesey

phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk
Participation Officer – Worth Park
Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall, The Boulevard
Crawley, RH10 1UZ


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A message from Edwina Livesey

Worth Park Gardens – Worth Park Wanders – 13th October 2016

Dear Resident,

Our final Worth Park Wander this year – Terrific Trees – will be on Thursday October 13th at 10.30am and will be something of a special celebration.

Meet at Ridleys Court, enjoy a walk round the park, discover some our beautiful park trees then join us back at the visitor centre for cakes and coffee.

We will be handing out certificates to some of our newly qualified guided walks leaders, and celebrating our successes in running this highly popular series of guided themed heritage walks.

This will be followed by an informal meeting for anyone interested in running a project in Worth Park next year

WPG Worth Park Wanders 2016

The dates for our final events at Worth Park in 2016 are below:

Thursday October 20th
and every fortnight afterwards
Worth Park Costume Project
2-4pm Ridleys Court
Wednesday 26th October Pens and Needles
Have a go at drawing with artist Andy Bull then explore your rebellious side with some guerrilla knitting, courtesy of Crawley Art Shake and our poet in residence Patricia M Osborne. Sam is also hoping for volunteers to help him plant spring bulbs in the woodland.
Saturday October 29th Fungi Foray
Join fungi expert Nick Aplin for another excellent and informative tour of the park.
Wednesday December 21st Christmas at Worth Park
Enjoy the flavour of a Victorian Christmas at Worth Park with carols, crafts, greenery, mulled wine, mince pies and lots more – more details to follow.

We look forward to seeing you!

Edwina Livesey

For further information please contact Edwina

phone 01293 438027
phone 07826 917846
email edwina.livesey@crawley.gov.uk
Participation Officer – Worth Park
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Five year restoration of Worth Park to be finished next month with wooden sculpture
29th August 2016 – Crawley News


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By Dave Comeau
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The five year project to restore Worth Park to its Victorian glory will be completed next month with the installation of a sculpture.

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The project to restore Worth Park has cost £3.3 million

A masterplan for the restoration of the Victorian pleasure gardens and wider park area, off Milton Mount Avenue in Pound Hill, was first put together in 2011 and work began about two years later.

It has included restoring the fountain to working order, restoring the lake and woodland, repairing and restoring the rockery, circular flower beds and Italian terrace, and creating new paths.

In addition, Ridley’s Court – the former gatehouse to the park – has been renovated and turned into a visitor centre, a new park entrance was created and new lighting installed.

The project cost £3.3 million, with Crawley Borough Council contributing £975,000 and the rest coming from National Lottery grants.

There have been a few unforeseen problems over the course of the last three years, including a bee hive being found at Ridley’s Court, the grass in the park’s meadow needing to be re-sown due to a dry summer, and repairs to the Victorian fountain being put on hold when the contractor carrying out the work went into administration.

The final phase will be completed next month when a wooden sculpture is created. The council has contracted chainsaw sculptor Simon Groves to craft an enduring piece of art that references the history and heritage of the park using the stump of a storm-damaged cedar tree.

The artwork will sit outside Ridley’s Court and feature the Montefiore crest, deer, owls, camellias, bees and a range of other wildlife. Mr Groves will initially be on site from 9am on the following days:

  • 1-2 September
  • 6-7 September
  • 14-16 September

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A further three days will be needed to complete the work, the dates for which will be confirmed at a later date.

The work itself will involve the use of a chainsaw, however every effort will be made to minimise disruption, with work starting after 9am and completed by 4pm each day.

During the works an area directly around the tree stump will be fenced off and the public toilets will be closed during this time. A cherry picker will be on site so the sculptor has access to the tree stump.

Cabinet Member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Chris Mullins, said: “The sculpture will be a fantastic addition to Worth Park and a wonderful way to end the restoration process.

“The park has come a long way since we received the Heritage Lottery Fund grant and I am thrilled to have seen it restored to its former glory.”

Contact Liz Hart on phone 01293 438156 or email email liz.hart@crawley.gov.uk or Karen Rham on phone 01293 438574 or email karen.rham@crawley.gov.uk for more information.

Read more at website www.crawleynews.co.uk