Be Part of the change !


Vivienne Cane-Honeysett
Chair - Walpole Friends

Spring 2014

Hello Walpole Friends.

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely underplanting that is now coming up in the park. This year we should really start to see the improvements as the spring and summer approach.

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 PM 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. We are hoping to be able to run a friends group that includes helping, not just the park and park manager, but also the house and gallery. This means that we hope to be able to enlist volunteers to work as guides in the house and gallery,for which training will be provided.

First Signs of Spring in Walpole Park

An American President in Ealing

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Walpole Friends art logo 10% moss green

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.

A new cafe/brasserie is to be built in the far eastern end of the ktichen garden, which is the end where almost nobody every 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 refreshment. It is currently envisaged that it will be a fully covered building, serving lunches as well as coffee and tea, unlike the kiosk, where there is no cover.

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.

Dont forget to visit the house for the up coming Access all Areas event on 28th March. You will be able to see areas of the house where the public has not be able to see until now.

Hope to see you there!

Vivienne Cane-Honeysett