Big Dance Bus

Sunday 29 May 11am-4pm
fantastic performances by national and local dance companies and groups

2 July 2016, Big Dance Pledge public performance at Trafalgar Square

Big Dance Pledge

Orchard Planting

On 21 February 2016, FOAP planted 10 fruit trees and many bulbs in the area between the path and the bowling green.Thank you to everyone who helped out.

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Ashburton Park Pavillon. Photo Vipul Sangoi

The Pavillon

Good news. The Council is to carry out an asbestos survey on the Pavillion, something that FOAP was previously expected to run with. This is needed before any works can be considered to the structure.

Renovation of the pavillion

The Friends of Ashburton Park

aim to improve the park along with the public facilities and public buildings within the park perimeter.

Brief history of the park

Supporting Regeneration of Local Area

Support for the renovation of the buildings and regeneration of park continues to grow amongst the local community.

Open Public Meeting

held on 27th October 2015 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church. The FOAP Committee brought together Croydon Council officers and local councillors to discuss the development of  Ashburton Park. The officers presented details on current status of the development of the library building. This was followed by a question answer session between the audience and the officers & the councillors.

The Big Picnic • 
Postponed due to bad weather

Please come and join FOAP for a fun afternoon when we announce the revised date. Bring your family, friends and a picnic, chairs, rugs, etc. Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday!

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The Big Dance

Big Dance is a biennial festival of people dancing led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs, a network of leading dance organisations across the UK. In 2016, Big Dance kicked off on Friday 20 May with the Big Dance Pledge, an original choreography by Akram Khan, then performed worldwide on the day day. Extended version of the pledge – simply called Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2016 is going to performed on the 2nd July, 2016 at Trafalgar Square.

Link to resources including tutorial videos, music and text

The Big Dance Trafalgar Square Rehearsal

Learn the dance  piece choreographed for Big Dance by Akram Khan.

  • 12 June, 2.30-4.30pm, The Big Picnic, at Ashburton Park.
  • 19 June, 10am-6pm for the Mass Rehearsal, Trafalgar Square
  • 1 July, 5pm-9pm for the Dress Rehearsal, Trafalgar Square

The Big Dance Trafalgar Square Performance

2 July, 5pm-9pm, Trafalgar Square

The Library Building

The library building was known as the Stroud Green House. It was purchased by Father Tooth to set up a convent. After purchase by the Council, the old convent became the local Ashburton Library. The reading room was in the cloister. It was later demolished in 1975 after repeated vandalism. Croydon Council Website for more information.

The Park Grounds

The grounds have undergone numerous changes over the centuries. It has had vineyards, stables, an Italian garden, croquet lawn, fine timber and ornamental lake. Today it has a running and walking track that needs to be repaired. There are tennis courts, children’s playground and a bowling green.

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Members of Friends of Ashburton Park will be present at the event in the Park this Sunday 25 June and also next month on 22 July.

Friends of Ashurton Park was formed in 2015 for the benefit of the Park and structures and also for our wider community. Please come along to engage and show an interest in the future of the park.

The coming months will see moves to improve the Park but this will need to be led by us whether we are from Addiscombe, Longheath, Shirley, South Norwood, Stroud Green, Woodside or further afield.
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22 July the old Library will be open to the public for a few hours. More details to follow.

In the meantime Mullaley's staff are working 7 days a week to meet the expectations of the Council and local Councillors.
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Proposed Plans

The Pavilion

The Pavilion is in a sorry state after years of neglect by Croydon Council. The original red tiled roof was replaced with felt tiles, a poor substitute. The café closed a few years ago and since then the structure has been locked up. The roof has succumbed to the elements and a number of the timbers are rotten. Hoarding now surrounds the structure. We are working with partner organisations who have volunteered their expertise in the structural and asbestos surveys. This is needed before any repair work can be carried out.

The walking and jogging track

Works to repair some of the paths across the park, including repairs to the car park were set to start in September 2015. More details on what exactly is going to be completed and the timeline for these works will be posted as we get them from the council.

The Sports Facilities

The FOAP is following up with the council to fix the tennis courts and other play areas used by the community.

Historical photos of the park.

It has existed for more than 200 years.

Photos courtesy Museum of Croydon Collections