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April 2019 Newsletter

Come visit : drink coffee : eat cake

A big spring hello to all 'our Friends' of Hardie Park. Remember to tell your work colleagues and neighbours about us if they don't already know, we can't keep it a secret. Coffee, clubs, cake, company are on tap 7 days a week at the cafe and we want the whole community to feel welcome. Please make a date to come and visit us soon.

Adam gets his wheels in motion

Local man Adam Kortlandt is undertaking the gruelling 100-mile Prudential London/Surrey Bike Ride on Sunday 4th August 2019 and has chosen to support his local park that his daughters love to come to and play in.

What a star you are Adam, we are really grateful for your efforts!

So far we've raised £20,000 for the embankment slide, £25,000 is the goal. We are nearly there so anything donated will go towards making sure that it can be installed in time for the Summer!

If you are able to support Adam raising funds for your new community park slide please follow the link! -

Bunny fun at the park with chickens too!

Thank you to everyone who supported our Easter Egg Hunt on the 13th April. Random weather, sunshine, rain and hail but the community still came out in force. The Easter bunny met lots of children who completed the hunt. Hardie Park volunteers manned the BBQ, stallholders set up and Little Legs Buses entertained the children with soft play and bounce. Our ex-battery hens were the star of the show. Thanks Pam for bringing them along to meet the children. Atilla the Hen, Margaret Hatcher and Winnie were very entertaining and even laid us an Easter EGG!

Due to the success of the BIG Easter event we arranged a mini hunt for Easter Saturday 20th April for just £1. Over 100 little ones came to do our 2nd hunt over the bank holiday weekend. 

PS A massive thank you goes to the volunteers who supported the event including our DJ on the decking Owen Hill.  It's such fun to be part of a family day at Hardie. If you would like to give it a go we would love to have you on board! Just follow the volunteer link to register interest.

Fancy volunteering? Register interest here!

Help us to re-direct surplus food...

We receive regular donations from local supermarkets. There's no set day or time but if we have contact details we can call people straight away and redirect food to those who need it most. If you are in need or know somebody who is please ask them to get in touch. 

Contact Rob on 07803 295374

Food donations are received from: Neighbourly (Lidl & M&S) FareShare (Tesco Express SLH) Churchill Catering (DP World) & Nando's (Food Donation Connection)

Chalkboard signwriting

Thank you to Leanne Archer who offered to write our menu and A-board beautifully in chalk. They look amazing. Leanne incorporated our new poem into the artwork too. Thanks to Jill Ashley for the words it sums up our park to a T.

If you are passing come and have a look. 

Our Poem:

Happy to greet you, from 9 to 4, there’s food snacks and drinks, plus so much more.

All cosy and warm, just take a seat, toast your toes by the fire, it’s a great place to meet.

Relax on the decking, take in the view, try out a club, there’s plenty to do.

Digging and planting keeps our flowerbeds blooming, our gardeners would welcome your help with the grooming.

If you like DIY whatever the weather, dust off your tool-belt and share skills at “Shedder”.

Even four legged friends are welcome within...if polite to all others and use the poo bins!

Participation is all we ask of you, life is for living so join us and “DO”.

All ages can find something to raise a smile, it’s what makes our community so worthwhile,

Rest here and consider what you’d like to try, eat skate or play, the limit’s the sky!

Keep coming to visit, pass on our name, let us welcome you back, again and again.

Doggie lovers dream day out...

Bring your dog along for a free fun day out. 
It’s all about the dogs at the Dogtopia Show. They can try new sports out, have a nail trim, munch on some delicious dog cakes, order some lush food or buy a fancy new bed, bandana or fleece toy. 

All money raised will be going to three chosen charities: Essex Retired Police Dog Fund, Bec’s Fight - Help Bec Fight Brain Cancer and us as hosts at Hardie Park. The raffle promises to be bigger and better than last year's with a Barrow of Bounty on offer. If you have any gifts, donations, alcohol that you would like to donate you can leave with us at the park and we will arrange for them to be included in the BIG RAFFLE on the day. Alternatively email the Team on:

Some ringside events are already confirmed:

  • Ramsden Flyball Team will be offering have a go flyball and demonstrations.
  • Alicia's Obedience Dog Training school will be doing a display which includes old, young, retired, rescued and blind dogs. the display will show the benefits of training your dog and the special bonds you can create.

We hope to see you there!

Woohoo! Our first local team has signed up! Thank you to Stanford Rugby Club for getting the ball rolling! Who else is in for the 23rd?

Park pics and family fun - Send them over!

If you have some photos of yourself, family, friends having a good time at Hardie Park, please send them over to we would love to use them on our social media header, website and promo material. Please only send over images you have permission to use. Thanks!

The photo on the right we took this month early one morning in the park. It caused quite a stir on facebook with nearly 300 of our followers commenting! The lizard in the middle was photographed by one of our visitors. The Thameside Nature Park have confirmed that it is a common lizard so no worries that he's escaped, he's in his natural habitat.

Amazon Smile

If you are an internet shopper and use Amazon could we ask you to nominate Friends of Hardie Park as your nominated charity. Every time you shop Amazon donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the park. It will cost you not a penny more!

Just log on to

Our latest Tripadvisor review

If you've had a good time at the park we would really appreciate you sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. 

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Hardie Park Cafe

Hardie Road


Essex  SS17 0PB

07803 295374

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