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October 2019

Get your 'FREAK ON' at half-term

Spo-oo-o-oky spectacular

Not long now until our annual Halloween Hunt around the park. Here's a quick checklist of what's on offer on Saturday 26th October between 11am and 3pm

  • Halloween Hunt - £3 per ticket. On sale in the cafe now.
  • Spooky activities / Ugly Bug Ball with DJ Owen Hill
  • Fancy dress if you dare, Fancy dress competition with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Judging will take place at 1.30pm
  • Lots of local stallholders giving parents/carers some mooch time whilst the kids find their clues.
  • Little Legs Bus and Bounce - £5 wristband for unlimited bounce (weather permitting)
  • Refreshments and food available in the cafe
  • Thank you to AJ Entertainer, Galloping Gourmates and Kids Bee Happy Sand Art for their fancy dress prize donations

Hip hip hooray!

Our oldest volunteer this month looking very dapper in his fedora hat. Joe celebrated his 89th birthday in September and spent time with his volunteer gardener friends to mark the occasion. How lovely! A big cheer to Joe from all at Hardie Park!

Meeting to mark the occasion

The new bike project is coming together with our newly appointed apprentice Ross settling into his post. He's been working hard over the last few weeks setting up the 'Old Spokes Home' with guidance from Richard his mentor ready for business.  To showcase their work we have invited project funders, Forward Motion to the park on Friday 25th October at 10am to see first hand the progress made. YOU are very welcome to come along too. Local school children from St Josephs are visiting to learn some basic maintenance skills on site. We are looking forward to opening our doors soon. 

Our creative volunteer Rebecca has produced the project logo and is busy designing leaflets and point of sale material to inform our customers of services the project can provide.

Keep your eyes peeled for further updates and launch of the cycle hub project website and social media channels.

Oh what a night!

Big screen, big film, big audience. People came from far and wide to see the blockbuster film The Greatest Showman outdoors in the park last month.

THANK YOU to all who supported our first Moonbeamers event.

The low down from the kitchen. 311 burgers sold with the most popular order being a double cheeseburger. 

The low down from the weather man. Torrential rain prior to event. Surprisingly dry throughout the evening.

All in all a GREAT SHOW! Until the next time!

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We have received an amazing £140 in donations in the last 18 months. (as at October 2019)

Fun stuff for the holidays

We've got a great programme of affordable activities over the half-term holiday. Enjoy the fun, pop down with the grand-children, children or friends. The cafe will be open from 9am to 4pm serving food and refreshments. Whatever the weather our cosy cafe will always give you a warm welcome.

Final count on cake sale cash...£760.58

Hardie Park volunteers excelled on the Macmillan Cake Sale day. Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser whether that be donation of cakes or raffle gift or spent time at the cafe drinking tea and coffee with a slice of victoria sponge.

The outcome of the day was a huge sum of cash for a very worthwhile cause. £760.58 beating last years result. Amazing, well done ladies!

Christmas is coming...

Our Christmas event this year is on Saturday 30th November between 11am and 3pm. We will be arranging time slots for santa and tickets will be on sale in advance of the event. We will advertise the tickets on our social media and in the cafe when available.

If you sell something nice and would like a stall at the Christmas Market please fill out our stallholder form to enquire, our stall co-ordinator will get back to you asap. It is an outdoor event and you need to provide your own gazebo, table / chair and have a current PLI certificate.

We are looking forward to getting in the festive spirit with the SS17 Community. Invite your friends, share the date, we'll see you there!

DP World FREE 2 day activity for 16-30 year olds not in employment or education

A great event to help you Get Ready for your future job or career! Please share with anyone you feel may benefit.

Event Planning Volunteers

If you would like to help get our events up and running we would really appreciate your input. Get in contact via - Our event team always needs more hands on deck.

If you like planning, sorting on the day, maybe run a stall at an event to fundraise, shake a bucket on the gate, marshall the car park maybe - we would love to have you on board! We have a variety of events over the course of the year and new ideas and talents are always welcome!

Year 10's/11's - if you want to enhance your CV and get one step ahead it's a great way to gain experience.

Fancy volunteering? CLICK HERE

Duke of Edinburgh work experience opportunties

Jake volunteered at Hardie Park whilst completing his Duke of Edinburgh Award in the Summer. Will it be a cappuccino, espresso or latte? Served up, no problem with his newly acquired barista skills firmly under his belt.

If you know someone who needs a workplace to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award or any similar scheme requiring work experience please mention the park/cafe. Pop in and have a chat with Nikki in the cafe, leave your details or email and we'll get back to you asap.

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Friends of Hardie Park

Hardie Park Cafe

Hardie Road


Essex  SS17 0PB

07803 295374

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