NEWS ITEMS 2019

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 7.30pm in the Orangery

Be sure to put 10 April in your diary and come along to our AGM. The formal part is usually over quickly and we have time to talk about what has been achieved over the past year and what needs to be done in 2019.

The May 2018 local elections gave us three new Holland Ward councillors, each of whom has shown great interest in the park and its issues; and there are still issues, as there will be with any park. Top of the list is the very poor state of Holland House. The overall number of trees continues to decline, and erosion is showing up in the form of large bare patches of muddy earth.

It is not all bad news. The state of the formal beds has greatly improved under id verde’s care, stage 3 of the tree health programme was implemented by Bartletts, and the major landscaping work on the Holland House terrace and café yard was completed and is a considerable improvement.

Do join us at the AGM, hear our views on the tough challenges, and add your own views. We welcome your support and your input.

[Spring 2019]

The Ancora Duo

Friday, 12 April 2019, at 7.30pm in the Orangery

Ancora DuoLast April our annual spring recital, taking place during our art exhibition in the Orangery, was performed by the flute and harp duo, Heavenly Duets: respectively Anne Allen and Zita Silva, who replaced the indisposed harpist Cecily Beer at a few hours’ notice. This year Anne Allen is performing in her other duo, The Ancora Duo, with guitarist Sarah Freestone. The programme will include Scheidler’s Sonata in D for Flute and Guitar, arrangements of pieces by Bach, Fauré, Massenet, a tango by Piazzolla, and the boisterous Entr’acte by Ibert, which had to be cut last year because of the change of harpist. We will also hear Sicilienne by Maria Theresia Paradis who, despite losing her sight at the age of five years, was a gifted Austrian musician and composer for whom Mozart is thought to have written his 18th piano concerto.

As a soloist, Anne Allen has performed in major concert halls in Europe, the Far East, Africa, Russia, South America and Australia; she has performed on radio and TV and has won many prizes; she is also involved in musical therapy.

Sarah Freestone is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, arranger, conductor, community musician and member of the BBC Concert Orchestra. She began her career aged 7 playing and singing in folk clubs. She has won many prizes including the Julian Bream Prize. She was musical director of the ballet Winter Dreams at the Royal Opera House, and conducted the BBC concert Orchestra in the première of her WWI Requiem.

Tickets at £18, to include wine and canapés, can be ordered here.

[Spring 2019]

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 7.30pm in the Orangery

Be sure to put 10 April in your diary and come along to our AGM. The formal part is usually over quickly and we have time to talk about what has been achieved over the past year and what needs to be done in 2019.

The May 2018 local elections gave us three new Holland Ward councillors, each of whom has shown great interest in the park and its issues; and there are still issues, as there will be with any park. Top of the list is the very poor state of Holland House. The overall number of trees continues to decline, and erosion is showing up in the form of large bare patches of muddy earth.

It is not all bad news. The state of the formal beds has greatly improved under id verde’s care, stage 3 of the tree health programme was implemented by Bartletts, and the major landscaping work on the Holland House terrace and café yard was completed and is a considerable improvement.

Do join us at the AGM, hear our views on the tough challenges, and add your own views. We welcome your support and your input.

[Spring 2019]

Moss Walk led by John Wells

Saturday, 13 April 2019, 11am-1pm. Meet in the Stable Yard

Moss in the Park by Ibolya BalintThis year the Moss Walk will be led by John Wells whom some of you might remember from a previous visit. John is an all-round naturalist and an engaging teacher who says his greatest satisfaction comes from showing people what they would not otherwise have seen or understood.

There is no charge, but places are strictly limited so that everyone can get a clear view of the beauty and intricacies of these natural wonders. To book please contact Rhoddy Wood on rhoddy.wood@virgin.net or 020 7602 0304. It is important to bring a hand lens of at least x 10 magnification.

Photo: Moss in the Park, by Ibolya Balint

[Spring 2019]

Tortoises with Triangle and Time

TortoisesThis was one of the most generally popular of the pieces in the Millennium Bronze Exhibition and many people were pleased that it found a permanent home on the D Lawn in the park. One of the Borough staff while cleaning out her cupboards before retirement found a pile of postcards depicting it very clearly and still as bright as the day they were printed. She has given them to the Friends to sell and I am sure many of you will want them.


The postcards are in full colour and double size, ie 15 cm x 20 cm and come with their own envelope.

Order online for £1 each here.

[Withdrawn Spring 2019]

Change to Friends’ Nature Walks

Since expert Ian Thompson led the Friends’ bird walks some years ago we have not been able to find a professional leader to commit to a once-a-month walk. This event has become a more general nature/park update on the first Saturday of each month, but the numbers attending have dwindled, and we have decided to do things differently. The final 9am Saturday Nature Walk is on 2nd March.

The Ecology Service run a full programme of excellent nature walks and talks, many of which are sponsored by The Friends, so that they can be free to those who attend. We want to put our effort into encouraging members to attend these. See a full list with instructions for booking on www.rbkc.gov.uk/ecology. Events specifically for those interested in birds are:

Sat 23 March:  Beginners’ guide to bird-watching led by David Darrell-Lambert. Booking essential.

Sat 27 April:  Dawn chorus bird walk led by David Darrell-Lambert. Booking essential.

Sat 12 October:  Bird ringing demonstration by Bill Haines. Drop in, no need to book.

Sat 9 November:  Friends’ bird walk, led by Bill Haines. No need to book.

There are more species of birds in Holland Park than most people imagine. Do come and enjoy them.

The Friends are looking into the possibility of adding other walks during the year, on the history and art in Holland Park, and perhaps more general nature walks. These would be later in the day rather than starting at 9am.

2019