Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park(FoGH)Newsletter 8 Autumn 2013Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid submitted!The Heritage Lottery Parks for People funding bid has been completed and submitted to the lottery board forreview and assessment. The outcome will be known in December 2013.There has been a huge level of community interest to get to this point:q Over 1,100 responses received to a questionnaire survey in January 2013q 25 schools consulted: over 200 children and young people gave their viewsq Over 250 people viewed the proposals for the Park at the Funday on May Dayq A further 100 people attended other exhibitions in Juneq More than 50 people commented on the proposals onlineConsultation was carried out with community groups and local organisations and thecomments were used to refine the proposals. One change is to extend the front of the Pavilion, enlarging thecommunity room. A full time Community Engagement Officer is proposed instead of two part time posts.The other proposals are largely unchanged:q Improvements to the Lake and restored grottoes;q Wetland area: improved access and new planting with Bedgebury National Pinetumq Signage, entrance, path and access improvements, with a new bridge across the streamq Improved horticulture and woodland management and creation of community orchardq A new teen zone next to the existing skate park and the play area will be improvedThe physical improvements will be supplemented by a five year programme of events andactivities. If the bid is successful, further planning work will start in January 2014 withphysical works starting in Autumn 2014 and taking up to 18 months. This is an exciting time, so let’s hope fora positive announcement before Christmas!Adrian Spray, Project Coordinator, CFPSee for more information on the HLF bidChairman’s LetterThe summer holidays are racing past and all too soon the days will become cooler and shorter.We did at last have very hot weather in June and July, which accelerated the wildlife into theactivity that had been on hold during the bitterly cold spring months. The Park has reflected thenational trends of birds raising later and smaller broods of young, I can only hope that the winterto come will be less severe for their survival.Meanwhile there has been lots to do in the Park and Kent High Weald Partnership (KHWP) have beenbusy in the Local Nature Reserve within the Park, helping native plants from being overrun by non-nativespecies. Two days clearing cherry laurel and Himalayan balsam opened up glades for birds and insects.KHWP also held a very popular bat-watch for children which really captivated the audience and producedsome interesting records. The National Play Day in August had lots of activities for all ages and everyonecould have something to take home that they had made. Working with KHWP is always most rewarding anditʼs good to meet new people at their action days.Busking in the Park has been well received and interest has developed over the events, although theweather has not been so kind. We miss the old bandstand that used to be in the Park and we will investigatethe possibility of a small covered performing space near the site for small events and to support local talent.Lastly, the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund has now been submitted. Much has been written anddiscussed and the lengthy and detailed plan is full of exciting and innovative ideas for users of all ages.I would like to offer our warm thanks to Adrian Spray and his team at Community First Project for their timeand care in preparing a document that reflects so many of our aspirations here at the Park.Liz Edwards1

Update from the Parks DepartmentThe application for HLF grant funding has been submitted and now we wait for a decision.We cannot guarantee success, but the project team has put together a robust bid and weare all quietly confident. We must keep our fingers crossed until December! Thanks toAdrian Spray and the Community First Partnership team for their hard work and to thedesign teams of David Allan and Mike Kaner for inspiring designs for the Pavilion and Park.Many of you will have noticed the silver bollards at some key entrances to the Park; these are peoplecounters recording the number of visitors to the Park. As part of the HLF bid, it is a requirement to provideinformation on park usage over the next five years, including visitor numbers.Anyone who has a plot at Hilbert Rec allotments will be relieved to know we now have the funding toreplace the water pipe and supply. The work will start very soon and should last for two weeks. As the piperuns along the footpath, we had to apply to KCC for permission to close the path for the duration of the work.During the last few weeks of hot weather, we have received a number of calls about using disposablebarbecues in our parks. Naturally, we don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but we do ask that common sense isused and a few simple rules are followed.Ÿ Use a wire frame or bricks on a level site to support your barbecue; not the wooden furniture.Ÿ Don’t leave a lit barbecue unattendedŸ Make sure it is fully extinguished before throwing away.Ÿ Use the litter bins provided for all your rubbish.If you have any questions about the HLF bid or other areas of the Park please contact the Parks team onPeter Every - Parks & Sports Team Leader TWBC01892 554031 or [email protected] Road Education, Arts& Theatre EnterpriseAt theBowls PavilionSee the CREATEwebsite for detailsof the Autumn eventsCREATE Community Choir A FUN informal choirfor those who enjoy singing, with no auditions: just turn up and join in!Rehearsals on Thursdays at 7.15pmat the Church of Christ, Commercial Road, off Camden RoadA voluntary donation of around 3 a week helps to cover costs.For further information contact [email protected] 7 days aweek10:30 - 4 PM(weather permitting)for hot & cold drinks,'s Barbecue(This being a barbecue the Members held, as opposed to barbecuing members!!)It's quite nice, now that the Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park has beenestablished for two years, to be able to write:On Saturday 15th June we held the second annual barbecue for Members.It was a sunny afternoon, but with quite a breeze blowing across to the Pavilion. Wehad a pleasing mix of Friends come to enjoy burgers, hotdogs and variousvegetarian specials. There were a variety of desserts, but Gordon's strawberrymeringues were particularly popular! It was good to chat about local activities and hear everyone’s news.Our insurance covers all sorts of small scale events within the Park, so if there is something you wouldlike to organise, just let us know at [email protected] and the committee can help.Carolyn T GrayOpen Afternoon 3 AugustSome 80 people came to our open event held on Saturday afternoon at the BowlsPavilion. The aim was to update park users on current activities and future plans.There was a final opportunity to view the Heritage Lottery Fund proposalsbefore the bid was submitted. Phillip Whitbourn had a display of information on thehistory of the Park. On the natural history side, we were pleased to welcomethe RSPB with information and practical advice on the birds in the Park and Liz Edwards had photos of thelocal wild life. Gordon McKee of the Lazy Dog Walkers brought photos of various dogs seen in the Park.Kent High Weald Partnership (who manage Hilbert Local Nature Reserve on behalf of TWBC)provided craft activities for children. For those wanting more of a work out, Grosvenor Bowls Club ran apopular ‘have-a-go’ session, loved by kids!We would like to thank those that came and hope they found it interesting and worthwhile. Chris Hughes2

Busking in a GazeboAfter the successful Queen's Diamond Jubilee Picnic in 2012, we discussed runningmore music events in the Park with Dan Littlechild of Acoustic Valium Project (AVP).In Edwardian times, the Park had a popular bandstand, with concerts during bothevenings and weekends. In World War Two we gained a 'British Restaurant' whichbecame the Satellite club/youth centre, with various musical events. Since the loss ofthat building, we have become less of a music Park, with Calverley Grounds and thePantiles being the focus for town outdoor music events.FoGH bought a gazebo last year for cover at other events, so it seemed a good plan to use it as atemporary bandstand, and bring outdoor music back to this end of the town.We have had three Sunday afternoons of acoustic music, and all very different.On June 9th the weather was decidedly cool, and we were thankful to all who turned up. The afternoon kickedoff with Henry Willard, a regular performer with AVP. Next up Freedom Leveller (Roger) and then KayHazelden. Two young bands then performed 'unplugged' – Prophets and Seers, and Say You Surrender.On July 14th we were mid-heatwave, with most of the audience sitting in the shadeof the trees, and the performers needing lots of water, and finishing with ice creams!Sadly, two of the booked acts couldn't make it, but IsseyCee and Simon Smith tookturns to sing and play and filled the time slots between them.On August 18th the weather again played a major part.David Warren started the afternoon in light shade. AliceBarnard came to sing 'here comes the sun', and so it did, butby the time her set ended and we welcomed Henry Willardback, showers frightened off most of the audience. Luckily the showers were shortlived, and a new audience gathered for the rest of his performance.AVP raise money for many charities, and the money collected was shared withthe acts and FoGH for 2014 events. Thanks to Dan for his time, to all the acts, particularly those who puttheir share of donations back into the bucket. While our Family Day in 2013 was very successful, the costs for2014 are likely to be higher. This problem affected other town events, so we are working hard to get as muchmoney as possible for insurance and licensing costs. We have looked into grants and funding, if anyone hasany bright ideas please let us know! [email protected] hope to run the acoustic events again next summer, but this will depend on the HLF bid and any workthat may be happening in the Park.Carolyn T GrayNational Play Day: Celebrating Playful Places in Green SpacesThe view from the eyes of a FoGH committee member.The first Wednesday in August is 'National Play Day' and on this day, Kent High WealdPartnership come to play in the Park.I had fun last year with a table of FoGH information, so had no qualms aboutvolunteering again this year. Other committee members joined me and we talked tovisitors to the event, and handed out free goodies donated to us by 'Fields in Trust'. Ourlower football pitch is a dedicated King George V field, protected as a green space, part of 'Fields in Trust'.A variety of people had come along to the Playday, including newcomers to the area, or grandparentschild-minding, so it was good to meet some new faces. It was also good to catch up with friends who hadcome along to join in the activities. We may not have played too much, but being part of FoGH offers thechance to meet some interesting people and share our love of the Park.Carolyn T GrayFrom a KHWP volunteerThis years National Play Day was on Wednesday August 7thand proved popular with all those that came along. A widerange of activities were on offer, with face painting and artsand crafts stalls kept busy throughout the day.There was a chance to get close to nature with bug huntingin the long grass, making bug hotels and wand whittling. Sportsenthusiasts were not forgotten with bows and arrows (making and shooting), tug of war,penalty shoot outs and flower pot stilt walking.Chris HughesMy National Play DayI was a big bad wolf and roared at people at the fun day. I listened to stories, made awooden sign for my bedroom, played football, flew a kite, had a picnic and ran around withmy friends. I had a good day in the Park.Ben Melville 3 years3

Kids Go Batty? 31st JulyIt was a warm summer evening and as the light began to fade, a group of very excited children (and adults)gathered in the Park for the ‘Kids Go Batty’ event, led by Saul and Cally from the Kent High WealdPartnership. We began with a game: one child was a ‘bat’; blindfolded, they tried to catch other children –‘moths’ – using only voices as guides, to illustrate bats using echo location to find prey and avoid obstacles inthe dark. At the craft table, the children made pairs of bat ears to wear, but not to scale, as a human size batwould have ears as long as their body, which would have proved quite unwieldy in the woods later on!Now we were ready to find some real bats; Saul and Cally handed outidentification booklets and ‘bat detectors’, with ultrasonic sensors for the highfrequency bat sounds outside the range of normal hearing. Each bat species hasa different frequency and we could hear and identify the bats.The still, calm conditions allowed the bats and insects that they feed on to fly:the previous night had been wet so the bats would be hungry. Soon, ourdetectors starting beeping and buzzing and we saw the first bats of the evening.Common and Soprano pipistrelles are both ‘urban bats’ probably roosting in andaround older houses. We admired their acrobatics as they looped and turned through small spaces betweenthe trees and could hear them zeroing in on their prey and eating it. As it got darker, the bats came closer tous, feeding on the insects attracted by the carbon dioxide in our breath. We picked up the sounds from aNoctule bat and soon spotted them in the dark flying very high and fast over the open areas of the park. TheUK’s biggest bat, it would still fit in the palm of your hand.It was a great result and when asked what they had learnt about bats from the evening, I was pleased thatmy son piped up with ‘Bats fly in the dark’, so he took home some of the information shared that evening.UK bat species are in decline and although the bats themselves are protected by EU law ,it is essentialthat we also protect their habitats and that of the insects that they feed on if we are to save them.See the links below for more information on bat conservation and bat related events:Daniel MarshBat Conservation Trust Kent High Weald Partnership Walk 4th August: a magical mini-beast tourDr Ian Beavis is an amazing font of all mini-beast knowledge, suddenly swinging into actionand pulling out a huge net from nowhere to catch a butterfly. We saw how the yarrow plantprovided a handy “table” for insects to sit on, learned which berries are poisonous, and sawhow the meadow plants were teeming with wildlife, such as the red-tailed bumblebee.Then we headed into Roundabout Woods. I loved the coppice andthe woodland steps, bridges and boardwalks adding a taste of jungle adventure. Oneintriguing find was the rare wood horsetail, a plant which looks like a bottlebrush. And Iwas astonished when Ian suddenly picked up a leaf to inspect it for caterpillar tracks. Henot only sees so many things others don’t, but has a wonderful way of describing them.His capture of a meadow grasshopper was another revelation – “The trick is to hold itgently by one wing and one leg” he explained. Other sights included a conehead cricket,a soldier beetle and a hornet hoverfly, while the end of the walk yielded an oak apple – a mysteriousphenomenon where a wasp lays eggs in a leaf bud which then produces a fruit-like body that provides food.From now on, I will be walking through the Park with my eyes wide open – but I am sworn to secrecy as towhere you can find the deadly hemlock! Sarah Bond.A Batty Bat Night 22nd AugustWe met at the Hilbert Road entrance for an adventure into the mysterious world of bats.Sarah and Cally from Kent High Weald Partnership led the expedition, armed with batdetectors and useful facts about these fascinating mammals.Once in the woods, the bat detectors went into action and there they were, flying aroundlooking for insects. We saw pipistrelle bats, the most common bat in Kent and the smallest.They weigh no more than a 2p coin, are about the size of a woman's thumb, but eat 3,000 insects a night!On through the woods, needing our torches as it was getting darker, we saw and heard the bats. Out intothe open above the wetland area, suddenly there were quite a few, once again catching the insects. Thereare 18 species of bat in the UK, with noctule, soprano pipistrelles and pipistrelles found in the Park. Bats andtheir habitats are protected, but sadly, the population is in decline.Bats are unable to fly from the ground; if you find one there, do not pick it up with your bare hand, put on aglove or cover your hand in some way and call the Bat Helpline (0845 1300 228)Thank you Sarah and Cally for a great evening.Jane Melville4

Early History of Dorking Road and The Boundary WallWhen work began on the boundary wall, we wanted to find out how old it was. I’m lucky enough to have thedeeds to my house at 15 Dorking Road, and I found a mine of information about the development of the road.The land that would become Dorking Road (approximately 6 ½ acres) originally formed part ofLipscombes Farm. The farm was owned by John Beanes Charity, which was for “the benefit of ProtestantDissenting Ministers at Guildford and Dorking and of poor inhabitants of Guildford and Dorking and elsewherein the county of Surrey”. The land was known as the Dorking Charity Estate, giving rise to the name ofDorking Road and also the name used for the allotments on King George V Hill: Charity Farm Allotments.The land was sold in 1888 for 2500 to FrederickJames Castle of Southborough. A restrictive covenantspecified that no more than 40 houses should be builton the west (or evens) side of the road and no morethan 30 houses on the east (or odds) side. This wasnearly followed (38 houses on the evens: 29 on theodds) but they are not the neat semi-detached houseson the plan! They were built at different times, in avariety of styles, some semi-detached and somedetached! The wide variety of house styles givesDorking Road a unique character.Following the death of Frederick Castle in 1897, 19plots of land on the odds side were left to his wife, KateCastle. Houses had been built on only 3 of these plots.In 1928, the empty plots of land were sold by Frederick Arthur Sinden, son of Kate Castle, to William,Frederick and Alfred Huggett. The Huggetts built the semi-detached houses 15 and 17 Dorking Road andsold number 15 to Mr William Lloyd in 1930.The covenants relating to the sale of the land in July 1888 state that thepurchaser should build a brick wall along the eastern boundary of the landwithin 12 months. The specification is that the wall should be at least 7 feet inheight with 14 inch piers. The wall forms the boundary between the oddnumbers in Dorking Road and the Park and stood for over 100 years!More recently, several sections collapsed and the rest needed maintenance,leading to the work that started at the end of January. This was much morecomplicated than was anticipated, and a lot of hard work went into restoring thewall, so it can stand the test of time again!The Solitary GateMany of you may have noticed the single gate (now with buttresses) in the boundarywall and wondered why only this property should have access to the Park.15 Dorking Road is the lucky property and belonged to William A. Lloyd from 1930until his death in 1979. Mr Lloyd joined the Tunbridge Wells Corporation WaterDepartment in 1917, and was Water Distribution Superintendent for Tunbridge Wellsand District from 1938 until his retirement in 1962. Whenever the fire brigade werecalled out, he or his deputy had to attend.His children have vivid memories of the fire bell mounted above the stairs, whichwent off whenever the fire brigade went out! Attempts were made to muffle it during the night, but not verysuccessfully! The bell was loud so Mr Lloyd could hear it from his allotment on the other side of the wall.He got to his allotment by climbing one ladder from the garden, walking along the top of the wall, thengoing down another ladder. This was precarious and once the Second World War and the Blitz started, heneeded a safer and quicker way back from the allotment, to reach fires caused by bombs. Tunbridge Wellswas not a specific target for German bombing, but stray bombers or planes chased by the RAF causeddamage. 44 bombs fell on the town one night in September 1940. Mr Lloyd had to ensure there was enoughwater pressure for the Fire Brigade. He was allowed to install a gate and it still remains!Also created during the Blitz at number 15 is the air raid shelter, dug out of anexisting shallow cellar by Mr Lloyd. Ray Lloyd and his sister Jenny remember nightsspent sleeping down here during the war. It's currently doing duty as a wine cellar andas useful additional storage!Along with the cellar, the gate to 15 Dorking Road remains as a reminder of WorldWar II and the effect it had on all aspects of daily life.Mary HughesThanks to Jennie Cox and Raymond Lloyd for sharing their memories5

Bats in the ParkCommon pipistrelleIn July, Val from the Kent Bat Group guided myself and two colleagues around HilbertWoods as a mini training session on leading bat walks. After an initial talk about bats ingeneral, we started our walk and immediately came across common pipistrelle. Theseare the commonest and smallest (3 – 8g) bat in the UK and eat tiny insects like midges.Flitting about, they were perfectly highlighted against the still darkening sky; batsgenerally come out for their first feed of the evening about 20 minutes after sunset.We continued our walk through the woods. Hilbert Woods are known for their insectpopulation perfect for bats! We stopped at every glade and walked along the woodland edge, findingcommon pipsitrelle, soprano pipistrelle and noctule.One of our largest bats, the noctule weighs 18 – 40g and usually roosts in holesin trees, sometimes using bat boxes and buildings. Noctules often fly above tree level,diving repeatedly after insects.Common and soprano pipistrelles were thought to be one species until the1990s, but can be distinguished by their echolocation calls. They fly 2 – 10m above theground, feeding in many habitats including woodland, hedgerows, farmland and urbanNoctuleareas, including gardens and parks. Soprano pipistrelles are bitfussier about where they feed, preferring wetter areas.As bats search for food, they use echolocation to detect insects and obstacles;the sounds they make bounces off everything it reaches and helps the bat construct a‘3D picture’ of its surroundings. We used a bat detector, which amplifies the sound ofthe bats, in a frequency we can hear. The call of the bat is too high pitched for most ofour ears, although children can often hear them.Although we used bat detectors to find out the type of bat flying at Hilbert Woods, you don’t need one!Go out at dusk and look skywards. Find a place that insects love to have a good chance of seeing bats. Youwill have more luck at woodland edges, hedgerows or over water, but try your garden first – you never know!Have a look at for some really interesting information from the Bat Conservation Trust.Sarah Tree, Partnership Officer (Greenspaces) KHWPSport ReportGrosvenor Bowls ClubWell there's not many matches left now in the season, then we are back to darkmornings and evenings and playing bowls indoors out of the cold.On a positive note, the Club has had great success in the annual Tunbridge Wellstournament recently. Graham Bridges won both the singles competition and the pairscompetition with Stuart Moaby. This is the second time Graham and Stuart have wonthe Pairs; a great achievement and we hope to retain these titles next year.The Club has had a good season so far, with some new members joining, but with all good news therehas to be some bad and we had a tough time in the Men’s League this year. After winning promotion toDivision 1 last season, we finished last this season and are relegated to Division 2, but the only way is up sohopefully we can get back to the top league again next season.We recently had our annual coach trip to Hastings for fish and chips, crazy golf and of course a bowlsmatch against Hastings Rosemont, which was a great day out! Our club finals day is on Sunday 1stSeptember, so please come down and watch, hopefully the sun will stay out. Our practice nights are onWednesday from 6pm, so please come down and have a go.Stuart Moaby, Club CaptainFootballThere have been some changes to the clubs playing in the Park. The bottom football pitch is no longerplayable (because of the water feature!), so only the top football pitch will be used. Both teams with Hilbertas their home pitch are playing in Division 4, which could make for some interesting fixtures! The first matchon 1 September sees the teams playing each other . See for more information.Athletico Allotment FC were formerly sponsored by The Black Horse on CamdenRoad, but are now sponsored by The Allotment pub. They will be playing in green andwhite hoops (similar to Celtic).TN1 FC, formerly The Palace, are sponsored by Anthony Crossley, who runs an ITcompany. The team will be playing in dark blue with white trim and a Hospice in theWeald logo They have new faces and feel that this season will be successful.Royal Tunbridge Wells Ladies & Girls no longer play in the Park; Cadogan PlayingField, St Johns Road if you want to catch them.Mary Hughes6

Hilbert Woods draft management planAs you walk through one of the nature reserves or green spaces of TunbridgeWells, you may wonder who decides what, when and how work needs doing.Mostly, it will be as the result of a management plan. As Greenspaces Officer atKent High Weald Partnership (KHWP), one of my jobs is to write and implementthe management plan for Hilbert Woods. Here’s how One of the first steps is to decide the focus; at sites managed by KHWP thebroad brush strokes are wildlife and community. The reserve is split up into general habitat types withaccepted practices of management. Examples at Hilbert Woods are wood pasture, woodland edge,chalybeate stream and hazel coppice. As a result of the HLF bid, there have been several surveys of thePark. The results have been combined with existing data including flora, fauna, archaeology, hydrology,visitor and volunteer information. All this helps in the decision making process of how to manage the site.Standard habitat management is adapted depending on any special species present on your site. Hilberthas a spectacular number of insects due to the amount of wet decaying wood, and one objective is to createa careful balance of shade and light to stop boggy areas from drying out too much.After deciding theobjectives and how to reach them, you draw up a table of activities and list when and how often they shouldbe performed. This table covers the lifetime of the plan, which at Hilbert Woods is 5 years. This is a goodlength of time to evaluate your management and see if you need to make any changes.The management plan for Hilbert Woods expires this year and the new draft plan is well underway.Sarah Tree, Partnership Officer (Greenspaces) KHWPView from the AllotmentDogs in the ParkDespite the spring freeze, mother nature has doneher stuff and crops areabundant. They may havestarted late, but with waterand sun they fulfilled theirpromise and we have a glut oflettuce, beans and courgettes, with Elephant garlicdrying in our conservatory.Our patch is a good 200 meters from thenearest water butt, and thanks to some mindless idiot, our 1200 litre tank was emptied one night. Somost mornings, at about 7am, you will see a coupleof geriatrics slogging up and down the hill with 10litres (10 kilos) of water in each hand. We needabout 80 litres a day and it is hard work.Do we love or hate it? We love the food andpersuade ourselves that the work is healthy. Maybewe should remember that Benedictine monks usedto say “Laborare est Orare” (to work is to pray).Now that is a good motto.Alastair MelvilleScamp is my dog and bestfriend. He is a rescue dogfrom Battersea Dogs andCats Home (they called himBow Wow!)As to what type of dog heis, no-one really knows, butthere is almost certainly Terrier in him. I do not knowhow old he is, but he may be about 5.When we first met, he was very shy, timid andlacked confidence. However, he soon realised thathis life had changed for the better and I have beenthanked by him many times by his devotion.Scamp is an intelligent dog, much admired andloved. He obeys most command (except 'drop theball'), he doesn't steal, chew things or get into fights.I have taught him to collect my post; he runsdownstairs, collects an envelope, races back up,drops it, un-chewed, at my feet, before going for thenext! He is a smashing little dog and I love him tobits.Gordon McKeeChildren’s ActivityThere’s a lot about bats in this edition and Halloween will be here soon,so why not make a Bat Hat!You will need:· one piece of card or stiff paper 65 cm long, 3 cm wide· two pieces of paper 30cm. long, 1cm. wide· two paper bats, cut out & coloured, or in black paperBat image forDecorate the wide band and staple it to fit your to copyStaple the bats to one end of the shorter pieces of paper,then staple the other end to the head band.You could have more bats, or one bat and one insect.Have a hat competition among your friends. Who can make the best bat hat?With thanks to the Bat Conservation Trust

Dates for your DiaryHeritage Open Day St Barnabas Church. Saturday 14th September 10 - 6pmSunday 15th September 1 - 5pmExtensive exhibitions on the history of the church, parish, school &the town in general. FoGH display.Tours of church & mortuary chapel .1911 Parish Census on displayTea & Cakes in the vestryHeritage Op

On Saturday 15th June we held the second annual barbecue for Members. It was a sunny afternoon, but with quite a breeze blowing across to the Pavilion. We had a pleasing mix of Friends come to enjoy burgers, hotdogs and various vegetarian specials. There were a variety of desserts, but Gordon's strawberry meringues were particularly popular!