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Another year stronger. Bring on 2019!

Community spirit at its best...

We'd like to highlight the wonderful work of Friends of Essex & London Homeless who have started a new, much needed Soup Kitchen in Grays this week. We were pleased to be able to pass on donations of food received from the cafe at DP World London Gateway Port and Logisitics Park to help feed these people in their moment of need.

DP World representatives visited the park recently to discuss the donation of surplus food from their canteen.  The effective re-direction of this food was noted as a challenge however the new Soup Kitchen in Grays is a perfect example of a project currently reaching out to those who need it most. (photo from FELH facebook post 7 Dec)

Cafe opening times

We would like to wish our customers, the community and local businesses a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you SS17 for your continued support of the park and all we do. If you fancy stretching your legs after all the food and festivities we would love to see you over the holiday period for a coffee and a chat. The cafe is open daily from 9am to 4pm except for the following dates.

  • Christmas Eve open 9am to 1pm
  • Christmas Day CLOSED
  • Boxing Day CLOSED
  • New Year's Day CLOSED

Winter Wonderland magic

A big thank you to all of you that supported the Winter Wonderland event and Elf screening earlier this month. The weather was atrocious at times but it didn't stop our fabulous community coming out to enjoy some Christmas sparkle. Watch this space for the 2019 event programme. We'd love to have you back for more family fun in the new year.

Here's just one 2019 calendar date already pencilled in if you are pooch friendly and enjoy dog themed family fun.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 9th June - Dogtopia Show. More info to follow soon!

Our business is your business!

Why not come down to the park on Tuesday 29th January at 6pm. It will be a great opportunity for local residents, volunteers and our supporters to find out what we've achieved so far and to hear our plans for the future. We'd love for you to be part of it.

We are actively recruiting both Trustees and Volunteers. If you have skills that you would like to share we'd love to have you on board.

Cheese, wine and refreshments for those that attend.

All welcome.

Like the idea of being a trustee but not sure what it involves? CLICK HERE for more information.

Happy New You!

FREE Chair Yoga Course is coming to the park!

Tuesday 15th Jan for 3 weeks.

1pm to 2.30pm


Call 01375 372476 to enrol - Course code: X2L06COM

If you want to: Relieve tensions, reduce stress, achieve a sense of wellbeing and mindfulness then this class is for you!

Enjoy the benefits of classic Yoga stretches and exercise simply done in a chair.

Seated Yoga is traditional yoga teaching breathe work and guided relaxation but is suitable for those with physical limitations.

DP World offer free office space to Hardie Park

We'd like to say thank you publicly to DP World for providing Hardie Park with some much needed FREE office space for all that goes on behind the scenes. The business side of things at the park was operating from a container on site until recently so this generous offer from the local port has been well received. We are looking forward to setting up our office at the port in the new year. We will benefit from the space for an amazing three year period!.

We started the conversation...

What is the outcome of our community consultation on the idea of a New Community Centre?

Animated in full colour if you prefer a video

A written summary below if you'd rather not listen to Rob for 4 minutes! (haha)

Community building response

Recently Friends of Hardie Park conducted a survey and a series of community consultations regarding the idea of working jointly with 1st Stanford le Hope Scouts to redevelop their building into a community hub, creating a permanent long-term solution for both the Scouts and Friends of Hardie Park.

We had a fantastic response to our survey, both via our website and returned postal surveys with over 70 responses received in the first week.

We held just three consultation events. Some residents who had objected via their surveys came and an honest discussion was held. The main objections centred on the scale of the project and the associated parking, noise and pollution issues. From the discussion it became clear that:

a) The Scouts had almost unanimous support for a new building, a suggestion was made that the community could get behind the project and support the fundraising effort.
b) There was good demand for a multi-use hub facility but Hardie Park is not the best location.
c) Residents were also supportive of Hardie Park and would not object to a permanent building on the existing site.

I hope that these conversations will lead to a secure future for both of our groups and perhaps to a community hub that meets other needs too.

Friends of Hardie Park will continue to work with and support the Scouts wherever we can but we will progress the idea of a replacement building in partnership with Thurrock Council who own the park.

BBC Essex interviews those who make Essex great

Rob Groves and Shane Ralph were interviewed recently on Essex Radio. If you missed them plugging SS17 you can click through to listen HERE  (the link will be live for limited period only - you will need to register with BBC to access)

Event calendar - 2019 dates coming soon
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Friends of Hardie Park

Hardie Park Cafe

Hardie Road


Essex  SS17 0PB

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