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Picnic in the Park 2021

Easebourne Parish Picnic-in-the-Park
On a slightly overcast day, Easebourne Parish Council held the third community “Picnic-in-the-Park” event, bigger and even better than before, especially after the disappointment of not being able to hold the event last year. This popular and well attended social event was enjoyed by all whom attended and was supported by three musical sessions in the beautiful park Roundhouse from versatile local band, the B3s, led by Steve Ball and talented duo Ellie Baker and Tom Holder, both tremendous musicians.
The event was also supported by Easebourne scouts who provided hot drinks and bacon sandwiches, Deluca’s Ice Cream van, the Easebourne Primary School PTA who were selling pre-used school uniform, Birthday House residents selling knit-ware and knitted children’s toys and a stand manned by Friends of Easebourne Parish (FrEP) who were recruiting volunteers to assist with their litter-picking and other Parish green tidying duties.
Nick Haddock, the under 6s’ coach at Midhurst Rugby Club, held training sessions for youngsters. Additionally, there was a highly popular Dog Show run by David MacDonald-Lawson, where proud dog owners demonstrated their and their pooches skills competing for highly coveted rosettes.
The Parish Council gave out free soft drinks and answered parishioners questions.  Estimates indicate that the Picnic-in-the-Park was attended by around 300 local families. The event would not have been possible without the support of the Head of Easebourne Church of England Primary School, Johnny Culley and a host of willing councillors and other volunteers.
This event was an acclaimed success and will definitely feature as an annual community event well into the future.
Picnic in the Park 20212021-08-31T17:13:59+01:00

Picnic in the Park Bank Holiday Monday 30th August

There’s now just a week to go before this years Picnic in the Park and the weather forecast looks promising!

The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, from 12.30pm until 4.30pm. There will be live music in The Roundhouse, Ice-creams, refreshments from the Scouts, a Dog Show, a school PTA stall, a tombola and more! All village residents are welcome, just come along with your picnic and enjoy!

There will be parking available on the day but the car park nearest the Park will be closed.

Picnic in the Park Bank Holiday Monday 30th August2021-08-23T10:59:51+01:00

Now you see it….

As part of the MADhurst programme of events, children’s entertainer and magician, Nick Clark, enthralled over 100 children, accompanied by many carers, parents and a goodly smattering of grandparents, for over an hour in Easebourne Park on Tuesday 17th August.
Nick Clark, clearly a master of children’s entertainment, held the children spellbound with a mixture of clever magic tricks, group singalongs and group games. He even had the adults laughing along with him.
This children’s event was held in the much admired Roundhouse in Easebourne Park, conceived by Easebourne Parish Council, and constructed by local company Artizans of Wood in early 2020, and hailed as a magnificent addition to this award-winning park.
The children’s event was such a success that both the MADhurst team and the Parish Council are enthusiastic about repeating its success in 2022 as part of a more full programme of use of The Roundhouse for the community.
Now you see it….2021-08-18T10:49:25+01:00

Picnic in the Park 30th August – save the date!

With most Lockdown restrictions now lifted, the Parish Council are going full steam ahead for this years Picnic in the Park!

The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, from 12.30pm until 4.30pm. There will be live music in The Roundhouse, Ice-creams, refreshments from the Scouts, a Dog Show and more! All residents are welcome, just come along with your picnic and enjoy!

We’re just finalising a few more details, so watch this space for news nearer the day, but for now, save the date!

Picnic in the Park 30th August – save the date!2021-07-19T10:58:01+01:00

Easebourne Park Anti-Social Behaviour vandalism – Friday 19 March 2021

Many parishioners will be aware of a rather unpleasant incident in Easebourne Park during the evening hours of Friday 19th and early hours of Sat 20th March, from reading social media and main-line press articles.

The event. From about 9PM onwards, a group of up to 30 youths gathered in the Park, centred upon The Roundhouse, and in clear contravention of C-19 laws. Members of this very noisy gathering upended a large charity clothes bank container, forced the door and threw the clothes all over the car-park and the Park. Four 4–5-year-old trees, which had been nurtured by volunteers for the past 3 years, were destroyed or severely damaged. One of the metal litter bins was repeatedly kicked, and badly damaged. Broken glass from spirit bottles and much other drinking-related litter left around children’s play equipment. Finally, some had chosen to urinate over several pieces of play equipment.  When approached by a local parent, concerned about the anti-social noise and C-19 defiant gathering of so many, some of the group hurled aggressive abuse and displayed overt hostility. The police were called several times by residents and later attended when operational priorities allowed.

The immediate local response. Early on Saturday morning a group of volunteers, socially distanced, cleared up the broken glass (before the Park was used by children), cleared up the rubbish, washed down the play equipment and righted the charity clothes-gathering container and replaced the clothes. It was no small effort. The police were informed and a crime number obtained, the local Trading Standards team consulted about possible underage sale of alcohol to youths (supermarket carrier bags seen carrying heavy loads to the Park and empty supermarket vodka bottles smashed on-site) and Paul Thompson, Director of Welfare, Midhurst Rother College has been informed. The local press helpfully ran a story about the communities’ disgust at the behaviour of these destructive and disrespectful youths, on Monday 22 March.

The future?  The CCTV system has now been enhanced to enable instant access, existing security patrols by Protec have been stepped up.  The Neighbourhood Youth Police Officer, PC Dave Phillips is gathering evidence and is liaising with MRC. Physical Police patrols by Chichester Police will continue. Additionally, the Cowdray Estate has very kindly offered to involve its security team with regular patrols. A WhatsApp group of concerned local residents has also been formed, Easebourne Park Watch, to help with seeking solutions to prevent a repeat occurrence. Very generously, Aylings Garden Centre has offered to replace the damaged trees, for which we are all very grateful.

If anybody has any information pertaining to this incident and/or to report any future anti-social behaviour observed in Easebourne Park, please ring one of the following Numbers:

  • Chichester Police, 101 or in an emergency, 999.
  • PC Dave Phillips, Neighbourhood Youth Officer, 07776 490067.
  • Protec Security, 07795 203248.
  • Cowdray Security Team, 07730 096270.
  • Clerk to Easebourne Parish Council, 07342 166188.
  • Paul Thompson, Director of Welfare, MRC, via 01730 812451.
Easebourne Park Anti-Social Behaviour vandalism – Friday 19 March 20212021-03-28T18:45:56+01:00

Frosty Park

We wanted to share this fantastic early morning photo of The Roundhouse in Easebourne Park sent to us by a resident this week.

If you capture any great photos around the Parish, please email them in and we’ll upload the best for others to enjoy!

Thanks to Emma for this one!

Frosty Park2021-01-22T18:09:33+00:00

Tree carvings

If you’ve been taking your daily exercise in Easebourne Park recently you may have noticed our tree carvings have started to appear! Local Chainsaw sculptor Nathan Blatherwick is turning the conifer stumps into an impressive corner of carved animals, toadstools and an amazing tree trunk house!

Nathan will be continuing to create his chainsaw masterpieces over the coming weeks.

 

Tree carvings2021-01-10T11:01:55+00:00

Easebourne Park remains open in Lockdown

Following the Government announcement last night, Monday 4th January, we have investigated the detailed guidance and can confirm that Easebourne Park and the play equipment can remain accessible during the current Lockdown.

Obviously the rules around meeting others from outside your household must be followed, social distancing should be maintained at all times and if you are using the play equipment please do take the necessary precautions with regards to antibacterial hand gels before and after use.

 

Easebourne Park remains open in Lockdown2021-01-05T19:56:41+00:00
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