FRIENDS OF RAPHAEL & LODGE FARM PARK
Who we are and why we do it; We are ordinary local people, mums, dads, gran's and grandad's, who in November 2004 joined together to take care of Raphael Park. Our wish; To make our park safe, fun and clean for all to enjoy. At the same meeting we took Lodge Farm Park under our wing too. We believe our parks are an integral part of our community; our children's lives and ours are richer because of them, our air cleaner and a much-needed haven for all creatures great or small. Little did we know what a huge difference we would make, our formation was to be the turning point for the parks. Unsociable behaviour no longer tolerated and the general upkeep of the parks improved tenfold. Raphael Park received a 3million restoration and refurbishment in 2011, completed 2014. We have worked closely with Havering Parks Services; we believe our success is in our teamwork. They have received a higher level of maintenance and a Havering Parks Security Team, who are based in Raphael Park Lodge. We have achieved Green Flag Status in Lodge Farm Park since 2008; we were awarded our first Green Flag in Raphael Park in 2014 and are the first Friends of Parks group to maintain two parks with two Green Flags!! This is a great tribute to our volunteer, team effort. On a quarterly basis we hold public meetings, which are a great opportunity to keep in touch with park users. We organise litter picks twice a month and seasonally maintain our Friends flowerbed and Percy & Friends Picnic Spot. We have our own website where you will find lots of interesting stuff, photos, newsletters, our volunteer works, event updates, etc. We hold seasonal quiz nights and a free entry concert during the summer to raise funds for our projects and future community events. We are extremely proud of our Groups achievements it's amazing what a small, dedicated group of local people can do and sincerely hope you will support us and our aims, to keep our parks a safe, fun and clean for all to enjoy.
Who to contact
Where to go
THE LODGE, RAPHAEL PARK, 43
- RM2 5EB