Be Part of the change !

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Vivienne Cane-Honeysett
Chair - Walpole Friends

Summer 2015

Hello Walpole Friends.

Well, summer is upon us at last and our very popular park is even looking a bit dry now that its been a while since the last good rains. All in all though, the planting is looking good around the ponds and the plants are maturing nicely.

The kiosk at the rickyard is doing really well and is as pooular as ever with all park users.

You will be aware that Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery has now closed for a period of three years whilst a major refurbishment of the buildings takes place.

When the renovations are finished, Ealing Council is due to hand the house and gallery, plus the immediately surrounding part of the park and the eastern end of the kitchen garden, over to the Pitzhangr Manor Trust to manage. The Trust will become responsible for making the whole project pay for itself as there will be limited support coming from the Council. The Trust is committed to keeping entrance to both the house and the gallery free of charge and so will be relying heavily upon the shop and new brasserie/cafe in the walled garden for income.

As Walpole Friends now needs to concentrate a little more on the house and gallery, we need to make some fundemental decisions about our way forward.

First Signs of Spring in Walpole Park

An American President in Ealing

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Walpole Friends art logo 10% moss green

We are hoping to be able to run a friends group that supports the house and gallery. This means that we will be enlisting volunteers to work as guides in the house and gallery, for which training will be provided.

As part of the renovations, a small shop will be created in the gallery, and it is hoped that some of you will take turns in working there too.

The new cafe/brasserie will inject some life to the far side f the kitchen garden where almost nobody ever goes and from which we pick up a great deal of rubbish and undesireable objects every week. Hopefully, a new cafe there will prevent that end of the garden from being such a no-go area to one where we have a lot of fun and movement, while people sit in the sunshine with their refreshments.

There will still be events happening whilst the buildings are closed so keep an eye on emails sent to members for information.

At our AGM last year we talked about Walpole Friends members perhaps helping to raise funds for an object or renovation within the house or gallery and I am currently looking into that.

Festival Season is upon us and fully paid up members of Walpole Friends will get a discount on tickets. Please apply to your chair for details.

Vivienne Cane-Honeysett

Chair