Park in the Dark    
On a chilly Friday 7 December,we met at South Gate and decorated torches to make them look like flames - Olympic Flames even. A procession of about 55 walked through the Park, past the leaf year and up to the Bandstand, where the wonderful Junior Choir of Newham Academy of Music sang a selection of festive tunes, and we ate warm mince pies and drank hot chocolate. At 6pm, everyone left happy.    
Newham's Biggest Leaf Pile

We had a competition again this year – to build the tallest leaf pile. West Ham Sea Cadets and Newham Cubs and Scouts
took part... although anyone could, and did, join in... 

... it was a very close competition with it going down to the final scoop of leaves... but the Sea Cadets won this year. But nobody minded who won... because we all had such a great afternoon!
Big piles grow from smaller leaf piles
The victorious Sea Cadet Team

Enjoying the end result!  
Commiserations to the Cubs and Scouts
Past Times in the Park  You followed our Journey from Fothergill to Gurney    
What a day! 500+ people turned out to celebrate 300 years since Dr Fothergill moved into Upton House, and 200 years since Samuel
Gurney took up residence. The weather just about held off whilst we held owls, enjoyed the fairground stalls and bouldering wall, and then sailed our boats on the Paddling Pool, made Peg Dolls and created Flags (which were then tied together to create a paper quilt).

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© Nicola Witcombe 2012    

Big Garden Bird Watch Guided Walk 
    About 25 of us turned out on a chilly, but sunny, Saturday morning. The woodpeckers stayed away, but we did see the Sparrowhawk, some Blue Tits, Great Tits and Long-Tailed Tits, and lots of Pigeons. And a couple of very talkative Robins.

                                                                                       The Friends of West Ham Park                                                                                       
 Last updated 6 December 2018

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