Halcyon Days in The Triangle

Older members will remember those long hot summers of childhood, when you could play out in the street with your friends while your parents chatted to the neighbours? Well maybe those days are not gone forever! At this year’s July Summer Picnic in the Triangle, we were able to recapture a little bit of that freedom and fun by also closing part of Liphook Crescent to traffic for a few hours of Street Play.

Carefully supervised by parents and volunteer stewards, the children used the traffic free space to ride their bikes and scooters, and the hot tarmac was perfect for roller skating too. Others were inspired by the coloured chalks the Association provided to have a go at hopscotch and a little bit of street art, as well as to invent their own games.  The children were also delighted to be able to play in the Triangle, a special green space bordering the road – a usually forbidden place!

It was so successful that the Association is considering organising regular Street Play sessions, perhaps for a few hours once a month.  Parents who attended thought that would be a great idea, so we are planning a few more trial runs to test popularity and canvas resident’s opinion – especially from members living around the Triangle.  Do let us know what you think of the idea.

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Save the date – Carols by Candlelight – Sunday 10th December (5pm)

Back by popular demand! Our second Carols by candlelight event will be held on Sunday, 10th December in the Triangle between Horniman Drive and Rocombe Crescent.

TLERA Carols

Our first Carols by Candlelight last year proved to be a great success with more than 100 TLERA members attending. A collection at the end raised £210 for the charity Crisis at Christmas. We were delighted that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and that members were very keen for it to become an annual event.

So that is exactly what is happening! On Sunday 10th December, we will once again be gathering together to sing carols and other seasonal classics. The event will take place in the Triangle which will be festooned in festive style with fairy lights and candles. Mince pies and mulled wine will, of course, be provided.

Calling all songbirds and minstrels: -To ensure a rousing chorus, the singing will be led by a small group of songsters from the Estate and we are looking for vocalists and musicians who would like to join them. All abilities/levels of singing/playing are welcome – the only requirement is to enjoy Carols and other winter songs! There will be a meeting in early December to go over the programme, the date of which will be confirmed.

If you are interested in joining the group, do call Bea Jackson on 020 8699 7143.

Autumn harvest event – Sunday 15th October

The Association’s second Autumn Harvest lunch will be held on Sunday, 15th October at Hilltop, 28 Horniman Drive on October 15 between 1- 4pm. So do come along and enjoy a range of homemade soups and cakes made from seasonal fruit and vegetables.

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There will be mulled cider for the adults to drink while the children are happily occupied with autumn themed activities. And don’t forget to bring any apples or pears that you have grown and use the fruit presses to make your own delicious juice!

Summer Picnic Update

The weather was good for the annual summer Picnic in the Triangle. It was an ideal opportunity for members to meet up with friends and neighbours, and get to know new residents over a leisurely lunch, choosing from the mouth-watering array of savoury and sweet dishes members had brought along to share. And, of course, enjoying a glass or two of Pimms! Thanks to all who attended and contributed.

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NGS Garden Opening 2017 Report

Once again everything came together for our 2017 National Garden Scheme (NGS) garden opening! The sun shone, and over 500 visitors came to see the six very different gardens, and enjoy delicious homemade cakes while listening to Open Road, our talented musicians who once again gave their services for free.

We are delighted to say that we raised £5360 for cancer and caring charities, slightly more than last year’s record takings. It would not have been possible without all the help from residents and friends who donated plants, loaned equipment, baked cakes, and helped on the day – even driving the less able-bodied visits between the gardens. Our thanks to you all.

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