Payments via the FHP website

You are now able to make payments to The Friends of Holland Park directly from this website. Payments may be made for new membership, renewing membership, event tickets, art exhibition entries and merchandise.

Payment is made through PayPal, but you are not required to have a PayPal account; you can make payment from your debit or credit card.

It is no longer possible to download an order form from this website and pay by cheque. We apologise if this is an inconvenience for you, but it makes good sense for The Friends administratively. Paid-up members will still receive an order form with their quarterly newsletters.

If you have any problems, please contact Rhoddy Wood on 020 7602 0304 or Rhoddy.wood@virgin.net.

[January 2018]

 

Moss Walk Led by Dr Alan Harrington

Alan Harrington, known to many of you for his tree walks, spent his professional life studying mosses. He continues to observe them wherever he goes, and has agreed to come to Holland Park 11am-1pm on Saturday, 10 March 2018, to see what is new since the last walk for us on a similar date in 2017 when he made some interesting finds. Numbers are strictly limited, so please book your place on 020 7602 0304 or on rhoddy.wood@virgin.net. You will need a hand lens of at least 10 x magnification to appreciate fully the beauty and intricacies of these natural wonders.

[Winter 2017]

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, at 7.30pm in the Orangery

The year 2017 was turbulent for the Borough and for the Council, and 2018 is also likely to be problematic. We will see new contenders for councillor roles in the May local elections, including Holland Ward. In addition, cuts in central government grants to local councils are resulting in reduced budgets for parks right across the country. In this grim context, we must do all we can to ensure Holland Park remains a green, open space for relaxation, a variety of leisure pursuits and quiet reflection for the residents of the borough. The pressure will be on for commercial revenue from the park and, while this is not unexpected, we should not allow the much needed quiet green space to be compromised for the next generation. The Friends work with elected members of the council and with council officers to discuss priorities for long-term sustainability of historic and natural assets, and to make sure projects are implemented sensitively.

Do come to the AGM to hear what is being done to meet tough challenges, and to air your own views. We welcome your support and your input.

[Spring 2018]

Heavenly Duets 2Heavenly Duets

Friday, 20 April 2018, at 7.30pm in the Orangery

Our annual recital in the Orangery, surrounded by the Art Exhibition, will be performed by Heavenly Duets: flautist Anne Allen and harpist Cecily Beer. The concert will begin with the second movement of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto followed by other achingly beautiful classics such as Saint-Saëns’ The Swan and Massenet’s Meditation from his opera Thaïs. We will be treated to arrangements of British folk songs, pieces by Gershwin and Mancini, and J. Ibert’s vivacious Entr’acte, which was in fact originally scored for flute and harp. The centrepiece of the concert will be the World Première of Suite in the Old Style by M. Abrams who will be with us to introduce his composition.

Anne Allen has performed solo concerti in venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Cadogan Hall. She has played in Europe, the Far East, Africa, Russia and America. As well as making recordings, she has won competitions, performed on radio and TV, and for Her Majesty the Queen as well as the Beckhams.

Cecily Beer has performed in Europe, Australasia, French Polynesia and the USA, and for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. She is currently Resident Harpist at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Covent Garden as well as being in high demand for private and corporate events, performing for Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and, recently, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Tickets are £18, to include wine and nibbles.

Order online here.

[Winter 2017]

Pimm’s in the Park

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 6-8pm, in the marquee east of the Dutch Garden

We again have to thank Michael Volpe, General Director of Opera Holland Park, for kindly allowing us to use the marquee on the raised terrace to the east of the Dutch Garden for our annual summer party. We hope for better weather than last year, but even if it does rain, who cares? We will be perfectly protected.

This is our one event of the year that is only open to Friends and their immediate guests, but not to the general public. Pimm’s, soft drinks and canapés will be served. Tickets are £18 each.

Order online here.

[Spring 2018]


Ecology Events Sponsored or Run by the Friends

Come and explore the natural world we are lucky enough to have in Holland Park. Many of the talks, walks and events organised by the Ecology team are sponsored by the Friends so that they can be free for participants. Experts will help us discover things in the park that we may not notice for ourselves.

Unless otherwise stated the meeting place is in the Ecology Centre near the Adventure Playground.

Sat 10 Mar    Moss Walk. Dr Alan Harrington. Meet in stable yard. Must book. 11am-1pm 
Thurs 15 Mar  Earthworm ecology talk. 6-7.30pm
Sat 24 Mar     Beginner’s guide to birdwatching. 9-11.30am
Sat 28 Apr     Dawn chorus bird walk. Car park. 5-7am
Sat 28 Apr     Family bird song walk. Car park. 8-10am
Thurs 10 May  Spring bat walk. Bring a torch. 8.30-10pm
Thurs 24 May  Stag beetle talk. 6.30-8pm
Sat 26 May*   Summer tree walk. Dr Alan Harrington. Meet in stable yard. 11am-1pm
*(changed from 19 May, due to royal wedding)
Sat 23 June     Butterfly and moth walk. 10-11.30am
Thurs 28 June  Fox talk. 6.30-8pm
Thurs 19 July   Wild plants of Holland Park walk. 6.30-8pm

All the above events are free, but you do need to book on ecology.centre@rbkc.gov.uk or 020 7938 8186.

The full Ecology programme can be found on www.rbkc.gov.uk/ecology

[Spring 2018]