We had hoped, in the long term, to see the potting sheds being developed into an area containing a cafe, shop and education centre, but there are
now serious possibilities of working with CIP on this sometime in the near future to refurbish these listed buildings to include a
base for CIP, incorporating a cafe/meeting room which could be used by the local community, including FoBM. If funding is obtained for this
project, work will be co-ordinated with with English Heritage. Click on the image for a sample of the sort of facility we
would like to see here.
Update ... update ... update ... Whilst we have not yet managed to redevelop the potting sheds,
FOBM with support from CIP have transformed the old Bowls Pavilion into a community cafe - The Pavilion Cafe. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at weekends and on special weekdays, this voluntarily run cafe provides a very popular community meeting place opposite the
children's play area. The cafe is available for use by community groups (at times and days to be agreed) and also for private hire.
Please click here for further information.
We are currently investigating the possibility of restoring the water fountain to its original state. We have been in
discussion with the Drinking Fountain Association regarding surveys, estimates and costs for this work. The original fountain
would also have had an animal water trough and an urn but these are presumed lost. A similar fountain has recently been
restored in Richmond Park and we are hopeful that ours may also be restored in the near future. The combined aim of CIP and FoBM
is to move the fountain and make it a centre piece in the (hoped to be made-over) walled or secret garden.
Update ... update ...
update ... The water fountain has been restored and moved to the centre of the walled garden. Please see below for more details.
We hope to work in conjunction with CIP to produce a fitness trail in the upper meadow where everyone (within age
constraints) can participate in an overall workout. Runners and walkers may wish to incorporate this in
circuits of the park.