Monday, July 04, 2011

The Fun of the Fairlop Fair

Well, it wasn’t the riotous and tumultuous affair that it has been in the past, although the Police did turn up at one point, I know not why. Nevertheless it was a jolly good way to spend a Friday afternoon and evening on a bright, sunny but not too hot day. It was arranged without any budget to celebrate the completion of the works at Fairlop Waters and what a wonderful place it is now. New paths and signage, lots of new landscaping and planting, a new adventure playground and the boulders. Plus the wall on the east side of the clubhouse has been removed, so now you can sit on the patio and actually see the lake and the birds on it and also watch old boys playing Pentanque. All the entertainment was provided free by Big Society volunteers, so a big thank you to them all. We had Tony Cranston telling stories to the children, crafts and apple bobbing plus music from the Redbridge Music fest. All very agreeable and relaxing. Let’s hope it becomes a regular feature in our calendar.

Photos by Ron Jeffries

7 comments:

  1. Can you dodge Wimbledon next year? And a weekend date would allow workers and school children to attend

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  2. I dodge Wimbledon every year. Did you not see the children in the photos? And the weekend starts on POETS day!

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  3. A splendid day - even those two codgers playing Boules at the end....

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  4. Two fellow allotmenteers were talking to me yesterday, about a big house next to the new redbridge cycling centre.
    Apparently, the Queen Mother did stay there.
    The lady allotmenteer even remembers delivering the morning newspaper there.
    Anybody knows more and also what happened to the house?
    annesevant
    annesevant

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  5. Yes Anne, it's Hainault Lodge and is now a nature reserve with limited access. Click!

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  6. NeighbourhoodWatcher8:25 am, July 11, 2011

    The house was built for the Green family who owned a chain of retail Grocers (Green & Dyson) that eventually morphed into Gateway and Somerfield.

    The house was requisitioned during the War for use as an Officers' Mess for RAF Fairlop and was used as offices by the NHS for a time. I believe that it was demolished in the Seventies.

    The gardens were famous for having been planted with a number of non-European tree species.

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  7. Thank you for the replies. I will cut and paste for my allotment friends and also direct them to a lively website open to all kind of civilised debates.
    annesevant

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