Charlotte Turner Gardens tidy-up – 9th April 2016

Easter Monday is here, the clocks have changed, and 2 out of the past 7 days haven’t been incredibly dreary, so it seems that spring is on the way.

As is customary, a tidy-up at the park is taking place, and everyone is welcome to join in with some light litter picking — perhaps rounding off with a little game of petanque (the piste is due its own little clean up this week to deal with the grass sprouting through — unless anyone would prefer that we had a lawn bowls court, in which case we could cultivate it…).

Details as follows:

Charlotte Turner Gardens (meet at the school entrance on Benbow Street)
Saturday, 9th April 2016

All help will be greatly appreciated!

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Refugee childrens clothes appeal

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A group of mums and local businesses based in south east London are currently raising funds to get winter coats, warm shoes and boots, and baby carriers and slings to refugee children in Europe. If you can donate good quality winter clothes your children have grown out of, please take them to one of their drop-off points: The Hoy Kitchen (Mon-Fri), Deli X or Deptford Salvation Army (14 November only).

For more information on how to help this great cause, join their Facebook group.

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Friends of Twinkle Park

Among the various duties of the Twinkle Park Trust — fundraising, liaising with the council, and the like — some of the more pleasurable activities are those where we get to spend time in the parks, and making an immediate difference. From donning waders and skimming duckweed off the pond, to the supreme challenge of dexterity that is picking cider bottles from bushes using a telescopic grabber, it’s good to occasionally get out your comfy old clothes and do a bit of cleaning.


A couple of weekends back, a few members of the Trust spent the afternoon in Twinkle Park, giving the place a little bit of attention. Sweeping up leaves at this time of year might be a Sisyphean task, but along with chopping back some of the ivy around the benches and giving the pagoda a scrub, the park looked better and more welcoming at the end of the afternoon than it did at the beginning.

What’s more, it was nice to get the opportunity to speak to passers-by and neighbours (one of whom very kindly brought out tea and biscuits to help us along the way) and hear what they think about the parks.

Charlotte Turner litter pick

These sessions usually last around 2-3 hours, and volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please. The work isn’t too strenuous, so as much as anything it’s a good opportunity to spend a little time outside, whiling away part of the afternoon chatting.

If you would like to join in with some of these activities in the future, sign up to our newsletter for alerts of when they will be taking place.

Serve and Return

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Festival season

It’s festival season — but forget Glastonbury (it’s all corporate sponsor, expensive wellies and landfill indie music these days anyway), the Twinkle Park Trust Summer Festival is just a few weeks away!

Sunday, 12th July 2015
2pm – 6pm
Charlotte Turner Gardens

As ever, the good people at the Royal Borough of Greenwich council are supporting a number of events in some of the great parks around the local area (check out the Parksfest website to find full details of what’s happening), and the Twinkle Park Trust has organised its annual celebration of all that is good and great about nice weather and outdoor spaces!

The festival has moved this year to the larger of the two parks to make for what should be a really enjoyable day for the whole community. We have some familiar musical acts performing, as well as a range of activities, food and drink. The larger space means that we will now have a BOUNCY CASTLE and other children’s entertainments, a mural painting stall, where everyone will be able to contribute to a big, collaborative piece of art, and a very hands-on creative workshop run by local art mob Extra Bones.

Through the day we will also make use of some of the newer additions to the park, with a lot of ping pong, petanque, food and refreshments.

Bring your family/friends/dog or come on your own! Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you.



Photo of flyers for 2015 summer festival

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Spring Cleaning

It’s sunny, if not warm yet, but good enough to get out and getting the park ready for better days ahead.

On Saturday, 21st March at 11am, the Twinkle Park Trust will be undertaking a spring clean around Twinkle Park & Charlotte Turner Gardens.

If you would like to come and help, please come along for as long or as little time as you can spare. All tools and equipment will be provided.

See you there!


Picture of Uncle Bulgaria, advertising Spring Clean


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Old school, new school

As we all know, one of our closest neighbours: Charlotte Turner Primary School, was sadly closed five years ago, and since that time the building has been largely empty, except for sparing use by several community groups (including Twinkle Park Trust!). However, a recent announcement may see that change, with Blackheath’s Invicta Primary School detailing its plans to expand to the Deptford site, proposing an opening in September 2015. The proposal has the backing of Greenwich Council, which has committed £1 million to the refurbishment of the Charlotte Turner school building.

Invicta has opened a consultation on the plans, inviting comments via a form available on their website:

From the Invicta Primary School website:

If you live in Deptford & would like to attend a parents briefing about applying to Invicta Deptford, please email: to register your interest. We look forward to hearing from you! There is also important information in the 2015 Primary Admissions Booklet

You can also follow us on Twitter for information & updates:

Invicta Deptford @invictaprimary


Initial dates for prospective parents’ meetings will be announced soon. We look forward to future news.


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Twinkle Park Pond Update

You may recall that over the night of October 16th 2013 all the water in Twinkle Park’s pond disappeared . Everyone was aghast for that amount of water to disappear so rapidly needed either an earthquake or a large tanker siphoning the water away.

Over the following weeks the Trust asked as many professionals to give their opinion on how the water may have escaped. United House, British Gas, Thames Water, Rawell Environmental Ltd -manufacturers of the special liner the holds the water in, Royal Greenwich Parks department, Warwick Landscape Ltd.

We tried refilling the pond first from the top-up system being left to flow for 48 hours and then by United House emptying their rain water collection into the pond. That was a lot of water as it was a very wet winter. All to no avail.

Greenwich Parks department helped the Trust excavate one section of the pond to see if the liner had split apart, but it was intact.

Finally we employed a company called ‘Stratascan’ in July this year to undertake an GPR survey – Ground Penetrating Radar. This has indicated no great holes under the pond that might have caused the loss of water. It has identified two special ‘areas of interest’. We are now discussing how we will excavate these areas to see if they give us a clue as to the cause of the water disappearing. This will happen in October.

Once we have this information the Trust will undertake fundraising to pay for the reinstallation of the pond and hope this will be achieved as soon as possible.

At present the ‘pond’ is somewhat more of a meadow – boasting a beautiful crop of ‘Purple Loosestrife’, so at least it is hosting all sorts of life – but hopefully it will recover its watery qualities before too long.

We will let you know what happens next.


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A Rainy Summer Day

As the old song goes: if you want the rainbow, you must have the rain — and that’s certainly what we got. Hopefully everyone has dried off by now, following this year’s wetter-than-usual Twinkle Park Summer Festival, which was a lovely time, despite the less than perfect weather!  The day started out bright, but the first sign of trouble came as the wind whipping through the canyon was a little too strong for one of our marquee tents, which, after many years faithful service has been consigned to the dust bin.

Fortunately, the rain held off for the day’s first official duties. As man of you know, we have lost two great friends and colleagues over the past year, so we were delighted to be joined by friends and family of Jim Murray  and Richard Macvicar to unveil a commemorative plaque in their honour as we celebrate the completion of the master plan in Charlotte Turner Gardens. Both were long serving trustees, involved in the local area for many years, and who have contributed a great deal to the spirit of the park and gardens, so it is most fitting for them to be remembered in such a way.

The final part of the recent works in Charlotte Turner Gardens was then ceremonially completed, as the children’s playground was opened by former Twinkle Park Trustee, Councillor and Mayor of Greenwich, David Grant (cutting what was, admittedly, a somewhat improvised ribbon). We were also honoured by the attendance of the Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Mick Hayes & Gillian Hayes, and Davida Allen, on behalf of Veolia Environmental Trust, who provided the grant which enabled the playground project to be completed.

Photo of the commemorative plaque for Twinkle Park Trustees Jim Murray and Richard MacVicarPhotograph of the Viking Ship in Charlotte Turner Gardens



Photograph of the opening of the Charlotte Turner Gardens playground
Back in Twinkle Park, activity levels rose to the sound of DJ Stormy, followed by the wonderfully vibrant Heart of Steel orchestra. All of this was as ever, powered by the volunteers running the Pimm’s o’Clock station and the cafe, as well as the much needed addition this year of a barbecue, which kept everyone well-fed.
Photo of Heart of Steel orchestra performing at Twinkle Park Summer Festival 2014
Photograph of Marq Kearey's pond themed screen printing
Photograph of sausages on the barbecue
Photograph of picnicking family at Twinkle Park
One of the nice things about the summer festival over the past few years has been the relaxed atmosphere and being able to while away an afternoon, enjoying being outside and doing things. As the music played, there were several distinct games of football going on in the playground, alongside attempts at hula-hooping, whilst over towards the pond some more sedate activities were taking place. Trustee Marq had prepared some pond life-themed screen prints to pull, whilst Drew and Ross from Assembly at the Old Tidemill School helped craft masks all afternoon.
dfgs Photograph of Assembly SE8's mask-making
Photograph of Games down the ages at Twinkle Park Summer Festival
Photograph of Twinkle Park Summer Festival 2014
The final attraction of the day was the latin jazz sound of Havana Good Time, and they did their best to play through the rain — even when the speakers started to buzz from the drips through the roof of the ‘waterproof’ marquee. The rain lasted for around an hour, and sadly brought about the early close of the festival, as we left the marquees to drip-dry inside the school and went home wet but happy, looking forward to next year.
Photo of a child at Twinkle Park Summer FestivalPhoto of bunting around the pond at Twinkle Park
Photo of a girl playing on the stones in Twinkle Park
Photo of a dog at the Summer Festival
Twinkle Park Trust would like to give great thanks to…
All at Greenwich Parksfest, Cllr Mick Hayes & Gillian Hayes (Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Greenwich), David Grant & Ann Grant, Cllrs Aidan Smith & Matthew Pennycook, Jagir Sekhon, Ian & Sheila and all Mac’s family & friends, Jim Murray’s friends and several generations of family members!, Teddy Perry, Davida Allen and Veolia Environmental Trust, John Perry and Jackie for feeding everyone with the barbecue, Patrick Gardner (DJ Stormy), Heart of Steel Orchestra, Havana Good Time (who brought some sun through very heavy rain!), Annie Phipps & friends for running the games and starting several football matches, Ellie Phipps & friends for their face-painting, Ross & Drew from Assembly for the mask-making workshop, Faye & Marilyn who served up Pimms all day, our local police officers for supporting the community event, Lucy for taking all the photographs,Jo, Andrew, Vicky, Anthony, Elaine, Marq, Bridget and Carol for their work in organising everything, and everyone who came along!!!

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Twinkle Park Summer Festival 2014 – Schedule

Sunday 29th June 2014 sees this year’s Twinkle Park Summer Festival – a day for the community to come out to the park for music, fun and activities, supported by Greenwich Parksfest.

The event will also serve as a celebration of the completion of the Twinkle Park and Charlotte Turner Gardens Masterplan, including the unveiling of a commemorative tree plaque, and the formal opening of the new toddler’s playground (if you haven’t already had a go on the talking tubes, this is your opportunity!).

As such, as well as the main events in Twinkle Park, there are some special parts of the programme in the Southern end of Charlotte Turner Gardens to start the day.

Please see below the intended times:


Charlotte Turner Gardens

2pm Opening of the Festival with jig dances by London Pride Morris Men in Charlotte Turner Gardens, McMillan Street.

2.15pm Unveiling of Tree Plaque

2.30pm Formal Opening of the play area by David Grant, former Mayor of Greenwich.

2.45pm Jig Dancers lead the audience to Twinkle Park – via the pathway alongside the school into Twinkle Park.


Twinkle Park

1 – 3pm DJ Stormy – reggae, dancehall and RnB in Twinkle Park

2pm Café in the Park & Pimms ‘o’ clock and Barbecue open.

3-3.30pm Jig Dancing in Twinkle Park.

4.00pm Heart of Soul – our favourite local steel pan group bring some lively flavour to prceedings.

4 -4.45pm Havana Good Time – London-based salsa music to keep up the energy play their first set of the afternoon

4.45 – 5.15pm Games through the ages.

5.15-6pm Havana Good Time – a second set of salsa rhythms to end the day

6pm Festival Close

We also have our friends from the Old Tidemill School, Assembly, making unique masks from natural materials, and the Twinkle Park Trust will be giving details of the plans to repair the beloved pond in Twinkle Park.
We hope you can make it, and look forward to seeing the whole community spend some time in the park.

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Twinkle Park Summer Festival 2014

The 2014 Twinkle Park Summer Festival has been set for

Sunday, 29th June
2pm – 6pm

This year’s event has the added excitement of celebrating Charlotte Turner Gardens’ refurbishment, and the completion of a 20 year project which started with the Master Plan for the two sites being developed, way back in 1993. This special event will be marked by the official opening of the Toddler’s Playground, and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the Garden.

As ever, the day intends to provide something for everyone, and all members of the community are invited to come along. We will have music, games, activities, food and drink to enjoy throughout the day, as well as a couple of surprises.

The full programme and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the news page and Twitter!

Please let friends, family and neighbours know about the Festival – we look forward to seeing everyone there.

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