July 2016 ....

Opening of New Play Area ....

Phase 1 of the new Junior Play Area was completed on 7th July and, having passed a safety inspection by an independent company, was opened to children the same day. However, the Area was officially opened by Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, on 16th July.

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In his fortnightly newsletter Michael wrote, "I was delighted to open a new Children’s Play Area in Eastfield Park, for the use of the many young families that use the park. Eastfield Park is one of our treasured open spaces in Northampton. I know that many of the young families have long wished for a newer play-park for children to enjoy. The Friends of Eastfield Park - a voluntary organisation chaired by Dr Vic Smith - have put an enormous amount of work into improving the park for the benefit of all who use it. I wrote to Northampton Borough Council to support their request for funds to construct the play area and the request was successful thanks to the Council’s generosity."

"The facilities which have been put in place are already very popular, and after passing their safety testing recently, Dr Smith kindly invited me to officially open the new play area. With a picnic, a bouncy castle on-site and balloons and sweets being given away, it was a really fun outing for many of the local children and a great way to welcome and celebrate the new play-park."

During the short opening ceremony, the Revd. Judy Evans from St Alban's Church in Broadmead Avenue, said a prayer of blessing for the play area and all who use it.

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Insect-friendly Border....

On 18th July the FoEP were assessed for our entry into 'Northampton in Bloom' and 'Its Your Neighbourhood' (part of the Royal Horticultural Society's 'East Midlands in Bloom').

Our entry was based mainly on the Eleonore House Insect-friendly Border that we have been developing in recent years. This garden was started by students from Northampton College early in 2014 and extended by volunteers from Thomson Holidays and Lloyd's Bank in 2015. Work so far this year has mainly been carried out by Vic Smith and Christopher Freeman from the FoEP.

The following illustration shows the garden as it was at the time of the assessment - just click on it for a larger view. The pictures below are all photographs of plants in the garden in July, 2016.

Garden Plan - July 2016 1

Recently purchased plants have all been chosen to attract bees and butterflies and, with donated plants, should provide some interest throughout the year. We plan to extend the garden outwards in October when we are again expecting a group of volunteers from Lloyd's Bank to help out.

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