Lottery cash helps boost community

Teamwork: Members of the Friends of Richmond Park have just secured a lottery grant to stage summer events in the park.
Teamwork: Members of the Friends of Richmond Park have just secured a lottery grant to stage summer events in the park.
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Friends of Richmond Park have announced a schedule of free events over the summer holidays, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Committee members, who began their bid for funding in 2010, were given £8,672 from the Big Lottery Fund, which donates grants to community projects.

They are using the money to host a programme of summer events for young people, with activities from mosaic workshops to zorb-balling.

Barbara Morriss, vice-chair of the Friends of Richmond Park, said: “When my husband brought me the letter saying we had got the funding, I was quite surprised. It had been a long process applying for it and the committee worked really hard. We are incredibly pleased to be able to use the money to host a fun summer programme of events for young people.

“Youngsters need somewhere to go and something to do. Unfortunately we don’t have a playground, so we are grateful that we can use the funding to provide entertainment and fun activities for children.

“Our summer events programme aims to attract more families to to this somewhat ‘forgotten’ park’.”

Vanessa White, Big Lottery Fund head of region, said: “Friends of Richmond Park will use their funding to run a programme of fun sporting and creative activities for young people, keeping them active and occupied throughout the summer holidays and helping to prevent anti-social behaviour.

“We find similar projects do a huge amount to help bring local people together and build happier communities, which is what the Big Lottery Fund is committed to.”

The activities, which begin next week, are one way the committee are hoping to create links with local community and promote Richmond Park.

They said they were always pushing for funding to transform the park into a place where young people can retreat.

“We have already established links with Sheffield Wednesday, who have been running weekly football training sessions.

“They are very well attended and keep the youngsters occupied.

“We hope the summer activities prove to be as popular and we have already had a lot of interest in the sessions, particularly the flower arranging.”

All the events, listed below, are free. Visitors should meet outside the Pavilion at Richmond Park.


Multi-sports events - today, August 6, 13 and 20, 3-4pm.

Flower arranging - tomorrow, July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 and September 4, 10am-noon.

Mosaic workshop - Wednesday, August 15 and 22, 10am-12.30pm; August 1, 2, 8 and 9, 10am-1pm; August 13 and 16, noon- 3pm, August 29, 10am-2.30pm.

Zorbing - July 31, 1-4pm;

Rangers’ Fun - August 6, 1-3pm.

Climbing wall - August 7, 1-4pm.

Car boot sale - August 11, 8am-noon.

Navigation with rangers - August 11, 1-3pm.

Grass sledging - August 15, 1-3pm.

Skate-boarding- August 21, 1-5pm.

Den building - August 15, 1-3pm.

BMX - August 30, 1-5pm.

Maps and models with rangers - August 31, 1-3pm.

Link Fest - September 16, 1-6pm.