Preston Park 2021 Calendar available now

Our 2021 calendar contains 12 stunning photos from our 2020 photo competition. You can buy calendars for £5.00 each from either the Chalet Cafe or the Rotunda Cafe, or by using the contact form on this site.

 

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Creating a Community Space – the Pavilion at Preston Park Velodrome

Please come along to this presentation to find out more about plans to improve the pavilion in Preston Park velodrome in a way that we hope will benefit our whole community.

The Pavilion is the home of St Peter’s Cricket Club who lease the building from Brighton & Hove City Council.

It is in need of refurbishment and extension simply to meet the needs of the cricket club. However, it is also an opportunity to increase the space within the building to become big enough to serve the community, all year round.

Support has already been secured from various local bodies (local councillors, Sussex Cricket including Disability Cricket, Possibility People, the various local cycling clubs).

Before we submit our plans to Brighton & Hove City Council for planning permission, we want to share them with you first for your feedback and, hopefully, your support.
We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join the session!

Greg, St Peter’s Cricket Club

Date / time: Monday 23rd Nov, 7pm-815pm

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 556 599 4758
Passcode: 447280

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Winners of our Halloween fancy dress competition

Di and Ryland

Mia and Ruby

Flynn

Lola

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A chance to discuss the park with your local councillors

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 14th November at 11.00 am. This year the AGM was held on Zoom, and all three Preston Park Ward councillors – Siriol Hugh-Jones, Leo Littman and Amy Healey – were in attendance to answer your questions.

You can view a recording of the meeting here and view the minutes here

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Meet the photo competition winners

Just before the new lockdown, we managed to deliver the prizes to the 2020 Photo Competiton winners. Each received a fabulous book from Magazine in Trafalgar Street.

Leah Parkes – Winner

Tadas Kaminskas – 2nd and 3rd prizes

Shane Smith – 4th prize

Alison Field – 5th prize

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Halloween Fancy Dress Competition

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Winners of the 2020 photo competition

We can now announce the winners of this year’s photo competition. We had a great many fabulous entries this year on the theme of ‘colours’. Hundreds of you participated in the online voting, so thanks for making the competition such a success.

1st prize: Leah Parkes (picture above)
2nd prize: Tadas Kaminskas
3rd prize: Tadas Kaminskas
4th prize: Shane Smith
5th prize: Alison Field

The Preston Park 2011 calendar, featuring 12 of the best photos, is off for printing.

You can see all the shortlisted pictures here.

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Anti-social behaviour

The committee of the Friends of Preston Park is very disappointed by the high level of anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the Park and the surrounding area in the past few months. There has been an unusually high rate of incidents, ranging from repeated offensive and ugly graffiti on the Chalet Cafe, digging up of part of the cricket pitch and nearby bowling greens, damage to the newly-restored flint walls by the velodrome just days after it was completed, and damage to trees and flower beds, often by vehicles illegally entering the Park.

Litter has been at unacceptably high levels, which as well as being unsightly, also attracts vermin, and much of the rubbish does harm to local wildlife. More and more people are parking illegally and the van dwellers, which have now been served with notices of eviction, are just ignoring them and carrying on inhabiting the Park with many reports of very anti-social behaviour. There have also been complaints too about high levels of noise and music, particularly in the evenings, which neighbours find very annoying and disruptive.

We feel that one of the reasons for all this is that, with continuing cutbacks to budgets, the Council just does not have enough staff to supervise the Park, Sussex Police are no longer able to fund dedicated community police officers, and little enforcement of parking regulations is being carried out. As a result, the minority are openly flouting laws and regulations designed to look after the Park.

We plan to meet with our local councillors and council officers over the coming weeks to discuss how we tackle these issues and what we can do to keep Preston Park safer and more well kept. Meanwhile, we would urge that anyone witnessing anti-social behaviour of any kind to report it by calling Sussex Police on 101, or reporting on the Sussex Police website. The more calls they receive, the more likely they will patrol the Park. Please do your part in stopping this costly and distressing behaviour.

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Accolade for the Rockery

Some of you may have seen the six-page spread about our beautiful Rockery Garden and an interview with our wonderful garden manager Andy in the August edition of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society magazine. This is a real accolade for Preston Park, and testimony to all the hard work put in by Andy and his team of volunteer gardeners who created and maintain the Rockery Garden. The article has created a lot of interest far and wide, and many people have contacted us for details about visiting Preston Park.

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Volunteering resumes in the park

Hopefully, you will have noticed that, at last, the volunteer gardening groups were given the go-ahead by City Parks to return to work (within COVID 19 guidelines) at the beginning of August. It’s been a mammoth task trying to catch up on nearly six months of weeding, deadheading, pruning and hoeing. We have a long way to go before the Park is anywhere near back to its best, so while we have had several very welcome new recruits, we always need more!

The groups meet at the Rose Garden on Tuesdays, the Rockery on Wednesdays, and the front flower beds on Thursdays between 10 am and 1 pm. You need no previous experience of gardening, you will be shown what to do, and if you can’t make the full 3 hours, any time you can spare will be most useful. Please contact us if you would like to come along to join us. It’s very satisfying to see what a difference the volunteer gardening makes, and all the groups are friendly and welcoming.

Some of you have asked what is happening to the Walled Garden as it really is suffering from the absence of its committed volunteer group. Unfortunately, the heritage Walled Garden is managed by Preston Manor, not Preston Park, so is overseen by the Museums sector of the Council, not City Parks. We understand that they are not allowing any volunteer working just yet. In the meantime, we know that the volunteers are desperate to return as the garden is now in a terrible state.

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