After winning funding from The South Acton Ward Forum to redesign the Crown Street Pocket Garden, a small group of MHPRA volunteeers turned up on a Saturday, kitted in boots and gloves, and with spare garden to tools. to bed in some 300 new plants (the ground had previously been cleared by the Council). The planting was designed by two MHPRA members, Anna Dargavel and Marcia Hurst. The Council has said that it sees this project as best practice for community involvement and regerneration impact.
Marcia Hurst, a member of the MHPRA, opened her garden for charity under the National Gardens Scheme on the two dates above.
SHY ELVIS was back in Acton by popular demand at St.Mary’s Church Hall, 1 The Mount, W3 9NW (next to Morrisons).
MHPRA member Bert Routledge put on this fundraising evening, with all proceeds going to St.Mary’s to help continue the good work they do for the community.”
Sing Gospel Concert at St Mary’s Church, Acton, on Saturday 21 September 2013
An evening of Gospel music by the Summer 2013 Sing Gospel Workshop Choirs with special guest choir Vocal Ensemble Credo from Bottrop , Germany and the Sing Gospel Band led by Josh Cadman. All proceeds were donated to St Mary’s to aid the ongoing musical development of the Church.
Gardens at 41 and 65 Mill Hill Road Open for Charity: Sunday 16 June and Sunday 14 July 2013
Two members of the MHPRA Marcia Hurst and Anna Dargavel opened their gardens for charity under the National Gardens Scheme on the two dates above.
Friday 19 October 2012: Jambo Jambo Concert
Alister Bown, the organiser of the recent Jambo Jambo Concert, put on in collaboration with MHPRA, has indicated that:
- in total £750 was raised directly by the Concert;
- that a generous offer from HSBC to match that funding has been taken up, bringing the total to £1500;
- that an additional £200 was raised by the collection following the concert which will go directly to St Mary’s Church who so kindly provided us with a venue. None of this would have happened, had not so many people turned up on frankly, a rather damp night; and without the sustained efforts of Alister, and of all those who performed or otherwise helped and supported.
The funds went to send six young people on a life changing trip to Africa.
Saturday 22 September 2012: Sing Gospel, St Mary’s Church Acton
The summer 2012 Sing Gospel workshop choirs presented an amazing evening of Gospel music with Special guest Wayne Ellington from the Manchester Sing Out! Choir and formerly the London Community Gospel Choir.
Sunday 15 July 2012: Three Mill Hill Road Gardens Open
Three beautiful gardens at numbers 41, 65 and 69 Mill Hill Road were open under the National Gardens Scheme. All the proceeds went to NGS charities.
Sunday 17 June 2012: Fabulous Front Gardens for All
Mill Hill Park residents turned out for the ‘Garden Angels’ event hosted by Marcia Hurst at her house in Mill Hill Road. Plants were exchanged and purchased, money raised for the National Gardens Scheme and the sun shone. Thanks, Marcia!
Click here for more information on the event.
Sunday 12 February 2012: Community orchard planted in Acton, despite the cold!
Despite freezing temperatures, 16 fruit trees were planted by residents of Mill Hill Park, Acton and others on Sunday 12 February 2012.
This ‘Community Orchard’ in Heathfield Nature Gardens off Gunnersbury Lane is, in part, a practical response to dwindling oil reserves and the effects of climate change. “The move towards growing your own veg has really taken off” explained Lewis McNeill from the London Orchard Project, “but the idea with urban orchards like these is to put in place a food resource which will last a hundred years or more. And once the trees are established, they are incredibly low-maintenance.”
Once Lewis had shown them how, well-wrapped-up volunteers from Mill Hill Park Residents’ Association (MHPRA) and Ealing Transition worked with pick-axes and spades alongside others to break through the crust of frozen ground, dig square holes – round ones are bad for the roots – to plant apple, pear, and plum trees, an apricot and a medlar.
“Planting the trees was the easy bit!” said Ray Batchelor, Chair, MHPRA. “Driving stakes in for protective wire mesh – that was really hard.”
This joint initiative by Mill Hill Park Residents’ Association, The London Orchard Project, and Ealing Transition was the brainchild of local resident, Martin Kunz, who proposed the location. Grant Venner from Ealing Transition, Martin, and local residents Malcolm Temple and Karen Roberts have all been instrumental in realising this ambitious project. It is hoped that further trees will eventually be planted, and that Acton residents may be able to enjoy local fresh fruit for decades to come. This orchard planting received funding from the Big Tree Plant, a nationwide initiative which will see a million trees planted in urban locations by 2015
An historical footnote: John Forbes Royle was a British botanist, born in India in 1799, with a specialist knowledge of the plants of the Himalayas – responsible, indeed, in 1839 for introducing into Britain the now notorious Himalayan Balsam.
He lived at Heathfield Lodge, the 18th century house with later work by Sir John Soane, which stood on the site where the Community Orchard has been planted, a botanical link with history identified by local resident, Jerome Farrell, on his return home from the digging!