Be Part of the change !


Vivienne Cane-Honeysett
Chair - Walpole Friends

Autumn 2015

There really is a chill in the air now, but doesn’t the Park look lovely!

As you know we have set the date for the next AGM which is on Monday December 7th and will this year be held in the Rickyard. For those of you who have not yet seen the interior of the Rickyard, this is your opportunity.

We have a lot to discuss at the AGM. Walpole Friends has arrived at a very interesting time in its development and we hope to take you all along with us on this exciting journey.

The Committee has thought long and hard about the various things happening with the Manor, Gallery and Park and have decided it is time to make some very fundamental changes to both our constitution and our name. Let me explain.

Now that Walpole Park is successfully holding its own, we believe that it is now time to focus as much on the Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, both of which are in the process of a long and involved renovation period.

We spoke at the last AGM about changing the name from Walpole Friends to something that more obviously encompasses the Manor & Gallery, and there was a general feeling that this would be a sound idea. Not least because it also differentiates us from Walpole Residents Association, with whom we often get confused.

Like the famous brand that does what it says on the tin,

Hello Walpole Friends

Friends Outing to Sir John Soane's Museum Tuesday November 17th click button to download flyer

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Haymaking in Walpole Park 1905 style!

Haymaking in Walpole Park 2015 style!

Walpole Friends art logo 10% moss green

we are recommending a change from the ambiguous Walpole Friends to:

'Friends of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery and Walpole Park'

As you will no doubt be aware, Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery will be handed over to a volunteer Trust, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust, shortly, and then will be run by the Trust when the renovations are completed. The Trust really needs support from an strong friends group and it seems logical that, as we have successfully supported Walpole Park through the changes, so that without abandoning the Park we can turn our focus to supporting the Manor & Gallery. Our raison d'etre and modus operandi will have to change if we are to do this in such a way as to be of benefit.

Unlike the Park, which is ultimately owned and run by Ealing Council, the Trust will have no income from members of the public and soneeds to generate a substantial income to keep entry free, continue the activitiy programme etc.
We know from various discussions that you, the friends group want to help in a number of ways, from volunteering as guides in the house, and acting as knowledgeable attendants during exhibitions, to helpingin the grounds and ultimately raising funds for special events or items for the house. Until now there have been few opportunities but watch this space!

Please do come to the AGM on December 7th and let us know your views and how you want to be involved.

Vivienne Cane-Honeysett


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