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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Stuart Checkley – Our very own Groot

Stuart is our tree champion and has done a lot of work to achieve funding and promote the planting of new trees throughout The Tewkesbury Lodge Estate. We asked Stuart to explain how his interest in trees  began in the estate where he has lived for many years and here is his answer.

We moved to the estate 37 years ago partly because of the trees in the area and in the garden that we eventually bought.
From the beginning I was amazed at the woodland wildlife. There was Woodcock (once) , owls (often but sadly no longer) hedgehogs (also gone) but Wood Mice, Wood Avens, Speckled Wood Butterflies and much else that is still here.
Then a large tree was removed from a nearby garden and I realised how vulnerable is this woodland habitat. I looked into The Preservation Orders and found that the Council is willing to protect long lived trees such as Oak so long as they are visible from the roadside and especially if they are on the skyline. I started a list of such trees and so far have found seven such trees in The Triangle, seven on the site of the Radio Mast and eight in people’s back gardens.
The Oak trees in people’s gardens are visible from the roadside but their size and beauty are only evident from a nearby back garden.
The trees as a whole can be seen from Royal Circus which is above Norwood Road. Our trees are part of what looks like a continuous wood which includes Dulwich and Sydenham Woods, Horniman Gardens, our estate and One tree Hill. The clock tower of the Horniman Museum rises above the apparent wood as does the Radio Mast on our estate but the South Circular is invisible. It is easy to imagine that ancient Great North Wood which once  included all these woods and ran from Deptford to Selhurst in the Middle Ages and through what is now our Triangle and our back gardens.

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TLERA Members should recently have received the February 2018 Newsletter through their letterbox. If your copy didn’t arrive then please contact your road representative. If you would like to join and support the association please email the membership secretary at membership@tewkesburylodge.org.uk

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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.

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