New Short Term Let Beach Huts Planned For Hamworthy Park

The Borough of Poole have submitted a planning application to install 16 new beach huts towards the Eastern end of Hamworthy Park.

They are planning to own and manage the new beach huts for short term lets and are seeking to install beach huts that are ecologically efficient and in keeping with the surrounding park. The design and specification of the new beach huts can be seen in the planning application.

The Planning Application is available for viewing and comment online at http://bit.ly/2Ep2nFk

You can request further information from the Borough beach office via email at beachoffice@poole.gov.uk or call 01202 708181 and speak to the Customer Service Team.

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Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre was held on 2nd December 2017 at St Gabriels Church Hall in Turlin Moor.

We were supported with lovely donations from local residents and raised over £350 for the paddling pool.

Friends Of Hamworthy Park Achieve Charitable Status

After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, Friends of Hamworthy Park have achieved registered charity status. At a special meeting held on 23rd November 2017, the final formality of a vote enabled Friends of Hamworthy Park to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and this was unanimously agreed.

We are enormously proud of this achievement as this will allow us to apply for a whole host of Grants alongside the ability to claim Gift Aid on all donations (not just those received online). It will also potentially give us the opportunity to engage with new sponsors and local schemes. Our registration means that we have been rigorously vetted by the Charity Commissioners and they have ensured that Friends of Hamworthy Park is organisationally sound.

Our new Charity will continue the work of promoting, conserving and protecting Hamworthy Park and administer the existing funds, including the £19,000 raised towards the refurbishment of the paddling pool.

Our charitable aims are:

“For the benefit of the inhabitants of Hamworthy and the surrounding area to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life for the inhabitants of the area of benefit in particular but not exclusively by the preservation, promotion, support, assistance and improvement of Hamworthy Park and other local open spaces”

If you are interested in working with us then please do get in touch. You can continue to donate online towards the paddling pool refurbishment project.

Community Spring Bulb Planting

Thank you to everyone who came today to help plant the bulbs in the park! After a bit of a grey start we had a lovely morning, with people coming and going throughout the day.

We hope that the bulb planting will contribute to improving the entrance to the park, all carried out by a band of volunteers. Thanks to the Borough of Poole for supporting. We sprung this on them a bit last-minute and they pulled out the stops to help prepare the beds for the planting.

The Friends have a gardening group in the park who meet at 10am on Wednesdays outside the Cafe.

Join us, and you’ll meet other residents, get some gentle exercise and fresh air, and light refreshments, as well as helping make Hamworthy Park look even more attractive.

We can’t wait to see results in spring!

Harvest Festival And Local Produce Sale

Our first local produce sale was a fantastic success raising £406 towards the paddling pool.

Thanks to everyone who made donations and came down and bought some lovely cakes and jam. This is the 1st time we’ve had a cake sale (and plant sale earlier this year).

If you have any feedback we would love to know what you’ve liked this year in the park, what we might do better with, or what you would like to see more of next year!

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Paddling Pool Wins Asda Tokens Scheme!

Here it is! A whopping £500 raised from the Asda green token Community Fund scheme.

The crew at ASDA Poole said they have never had such an overwhelming response.  Their lovely Community Champion Rona actually complained that she was having to empty the tokens EVERY DAY to keep up as people were complaining the containers were too full!

We’d like to send a great big thank you to the people at ASDA, and to all of you who supported the Hamworthy park paddling pool with your green tokens.

Hamworthy is a brilliant place to live and we just love our paddling pool.

To date we have raised over £20k towards the paddling pool.

Hannah’s Brownsea Swim

Super Hannah, manager of The Park Café, Hamworthy volunteered to swim a momentus distance around Brownsea Island to raise money for the Paddling Pool refurbishment.

It was 4.6 miles – an epic distance for swimming.

Hannah initially set a target of £200 which she’s smashed raising over £1000 towards the paddling pool with the help of the local community.

Next time you see Hannah in the Cafe why not tell her she’s just a superstar!

You can continue to donate to the paddling pool fund at the link below. To date out community has raised over £30k for the refurbishment.

Twin Sails Infants Love Hamworthy Park

We teamed up with Twin Sails Infants School for their “Love Where You Live Week”.

The children learned all about Hamworthy and about the Park, we attended their assembly and gave a little bit of history about the pool.

During the week the children made vases and crafts to sell, then the sold them at a sale in the playground on Friday and raised an incredible £220 for the paddling pool fund.

All the children also made these beautiful splashes that say why they love the pool and what a difference it makes to their lives and their summer holidays.

We used these images to support our grant applications to explain why the paddling pool is really important to our community.

You can still donate to the paddling pool find online. To date we have raised obver £30k from our community to support a refurbishment.

Stone Picking At Eastern Edge Of Park

Thanks to the Community’s fantastic support at the families stone picking morning, and the continued work of our fab Wed AM volunteers, the wire fence is down and the eastern park land is back in use!

The area surrounding the new footbridge  was covered with a significant number of large stones following the bridge installation.

The area was fenced off to allow the grass to regrow, but the presence of rubble prevented the fence from being removed and the land returned to public use.

Over 20 families helped clear the grass of stones and bring this beautiful area of park land back into use. It was good to see some new faces and also have the support from Karl from the Council who was there in his spare time with his wife to help.

Doesn’t it look great!