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.

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.


During 1993 and 1996, the Twinkle Park Trust worked with local people to develop a Master Plan for the building of Twinkle Park and refurbishment Charlotte Turner Gardens. Twenty years on, and we are nearing the completion of the work — and to mark the occasion, we would like to invite everyone to celebrate with us. There will be a formal unveiling of the latest improvements on Sunday June 29th 2014, but before that, May 31st sees the re-opening of the Petanque court, and an invitational match featuring some of London’s best players! 

May 31st from 1 – 3pm

Charlotte Turner Gardens (Benbow Street end)

All are welcome to come and play (or watch), and receive some tips from the experts.

We hope to develop a local petanque Club who can then take on regional and possible national teams, and also support the Dog and Bell — who hold sets of Boules available for people to hire at a small cost.

Spring Cleaning in Twinkle Park

Details of tidy up at Twinkle Park on Saturday 15th March 2014

This Saturday sees the first tidy up of the year at Twinkle Park, run by volunteers from the Twinkle Park Trust and open to any willing helpers. Whilst there is, lamentably, no need to clear out any pond weed this time (so nobody has to don the ceremonial waders) there is plenty to do in order to make the place look its best – and now that the weather seems to have taken a turn for the better, people can leave the safety of their homes and actually come outside to enjoy the park.

Anyone wishing to get some fresh air and partake in some light-moderate physical activity, please come to Twinkle Park at 11am, Saturday 15th March 2014. Members of the Trust will be on hand with equipment and assistance. This will be the first of what will be a regular programme of tidy-ups throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you!

Charlotte Turner Gardens – final refurbishment commences!

Photograph of Charlotte Turner Gardens, looking North

As some of you may be aware, from notices circulated locally, the final refurbishment of Charlotte Turner Gardens and the building of the new Toddlers’ Playground is scheduled to commence next Monday, 10th March 2014. It is the culmination of a long process of consultation, and will see a real improvement to the area, restoring it to a place of real value to all parts of the community. The work should take around six weeks to completion, so we hope that nobody is greatly inconvenienced whilst it takes place.

We look forward to spending time in the new gardens, come the summer!

Full details are in the attached PDF.

CTG Works 2014

Mac (Richard MacVicar)

Photograph of Mac

Sadly Mac (Richard MacVicar) died on Wednesday 12th February.
His passing was comfortable and anticipated but nevertheless the loss of a dear friend and colleague.

His funeral will take place at
Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, Brockley, London SE23 3RD
on Thursday March 6th at 1.45pm.

(Map below)

This will be followed by a gathering at the Dog and Bell around 3pm.

Everybody welcome, but no flowers please.

Mac has been an invaluable member of Twinkle Park Trust since 2002, providing staunch support of the Trust, considered critique and practical help in all things big and small. Often his stern countenance would suddenly be swept aside by a smile the width of Deptford High Street’s length and he was always available to put up uncontrollable marquee’s,dig out compost heaps,plant new bushes or impart pearls of wisdom and information.

Mac we salute you dear friend.

Pond water

Something unexpected happened yesterday. In spite of the ceaseless trudge of the seasons: the shortening days, dropping temperature and, most pointedly, the rain, it was discovered yesterday that the Twinkle Park pond was all but dry, having rapidly drained. One of our trustees discovered the situation and took immediate steps to begin an investigation.

We are very grateful of the prompt assistance from various members of staff at Greenwich Council, who have responded to the problem by sending out a team of surveyors and contractors, who are attempting to find the cause of the drainage and to resolve the problem, as well as consider any potential associated issues.

The bed of the pond is now being cleared to allow further investigation, and we hope to have some news very soon on further action, which will be relayed via the website and Twitter.

The pond is of course a much loved feature of the parks and home to a wide range of wildlife – from the family of moorhens to all the creatures regularly discovered in the pond dipping sessions, so the matter is being handled as a high priority. We would once again like to thank all who have assisted so far in working to solve the problem and safeguard the pond and park.


Update 21/10/13

Greenwich Parks have cleared the pond weed from the bottom of the pond in order that we might see the source of damage. They started Wednesday afternoon and continued throughout Thursday.

On Thursday, Greenwich Parks department met the council’s water response contractor, who then repaired the pond refill system and installed an extra valve between the mains and the pond.

Thames Water visited the site on Friday to see why the water pressure between the mains and the pond refill was very low. They found a faulty valve on Saturday afternoon which they repaired and restored the water pressure.

The top-up  system was been left turned on at full pressure since then but this morning had not made any noticeable difference to the water level.

Investigations are underway as to the possibility of damage to the membrane which lines the pond, and what could have caused such damage.

Our friend, Jim Murray

Sadly Jim Murray passed away in September and we have lost a wonderful friend, a keen raconteur and a staunch supporter of Twinkle Park Trust and our local community.

Jim was part of the original group who strived to develop Twinkle Park and Charlotte Turner Gardens to better provide for local people’s needs and aspirations by constructing a beautiful park in place of the derelict Hughes Fields Recreation Ground, replaced for a while by a tarmac kick-about space.

Jim would tell great stories of his children using the swings and roundabout and it was from Jim that Twinkle Park gained its name, as being the name of Mrs. Twinkle, superintendent of the recreation ground. A story he retold frequently also with a twinkle in his eye.

Jim was one of the original signatories to the company Twinkle Park Trust Ltd and was chair of the Trust until 2011 when he stepped down and was elected Honorary Trustee.

In July 2004 Jim signed the 30 year lease of Twinkle Park and Charlotte Turner Gardens by the Trust from Greenwich Council. In a celebration event Jim presented a certificate and a box of 9 peppercorns to Mayor Cllr O’Sullivan and his Mayoress.

Photograph of Jim Murray with the Mayor of Greenwich

Throughout the 15 years he was involved with the Trust Jim not only steered the Trust through its many and often taxing meetings but was always to be found at the summer and winter festivals and at the various openings that marked the construction of the two Parks as they slowly developed.

Jim will be sorely missed.

Open House London

Deptford is a very neighbourly place, with familiar faces around most corners – friends to visit for a cup of tea – but there are some doors along the streets which tend to remain closed. However, this weekend (21st and 22nd September 2013) that all changes for this year’s London Open House.

Two of Twinkle Park’s closest neighbours are taking part in the event, providing a rare opportunity to see first hand some of Deptford’s most fascinating heritage.

Convoy’s Wharf – the site of Deptford’s historic Royal Dockyard – is open on Saturday, with developer Hutchison Whampoa once again presenting their current plan for developing the site. It’s a plan on a massive scale, and worth coming to see in situ to get an idea of what may become of the area.

Round the corner, at the end of Watergate Street, the Master Shipwright’s House – the remaining intact vestige of the Deptford’s dockyard – is displaying some of the more imaginative plans for Convoy’s Wharf, including Build the Lenox and Sayes Court Garden, and will be firing cannons and creating a merry hubbub – so please pay a visit!

Toddlers’ play area for Charlotte Turner Gardens

Photo of Charlotte Turner Gardens, Deptford


As you may have seen at the consultations held over the past year, and on this website following the Twinkle Park Trust 2013 AGM, a masterplan for the refurbishment of Charlotte Turner Gardens has been in development for quite some time.

One intended element of the plan is a toddlers’ play area, comprised of small scale, largely natural play equipment, intended for the gated area at the McMillan Street entrance to Charlotte Turner Gardens (pictured above). Whilst the wider Gardens can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and additions in the masterplan cater to the leisure needs of older people, an area where younger children can play and explore was felt to be a much needed addition.

Earlier this year, the Twinkle Park Trust made an application to The Veolia Environmental Trust for a grant to fund the building of the toddlers’ play area, and we are delighted to announce that an amount of £30,000 has been awarded for the completion of the project.

We hope that the play area, which adjoins the existing playground of the Armada Community Hall, will prove to be a popular spot where small children and their parents/carers can play safely and happily.

The information below is taken from a press release from The Veolia Environmental Trust.


A project to improve Charlotte Turner Gardens, off McMillan St, Deptford, has received a boost from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

We have awarded the Twinkle Park Trust a grant of £30,000 towards the installation of a toddlers’ play area in the gardens. It is being installed as part of work to ensure that all sections of the gardens are accessible to the general public and also providing for different age groups with activities.

The grant was awarded at our quarterly Board meeting on 15 July 2013, when a 48 grants totalling over £1.2m were awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK.

We award grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and in the last five years we have awarded over £2m to projects in Greater London.

We will now work with the Twinkle Park Trust to finalise the details of the project and get it started as soon as possible.

The Twinkle Park Trust Co-ordinator, Carol Kenna, says, “This grant is great news and means we can push the project forward and install new play equipment in the gardens.” This will conclude a programme of work begun by members of the local community in 1994 to build a new park called Twinkle Park and refurbish Charlotte Turner Gardens.

The Acting Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Maria Cade, adds, “We are pleased to be able to support this project and look forward to seeing it start.”


The Twinkle Park Trust would like to thank The Veolia Environmental Trust for this grant, and we look forward to making further announcements on the next phase of the project in the near future.

Details of the plan produced by Ireland Albrecht, the landscape architects engaged on the project, can be viewed here:

Charlotte Turner Gardens Play Area plan (pdf).



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