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Putting GreenFun Day to Celebrate the opening of the new Putting Green & Tennis Court Resurfacing Saturday, 10th MAY 2008

We held a "Fun Day" on Saturday 10th May to celebrate the opening of the new Putting Green, which replaces the old bowls green, and also the completion of the resurfacing of the tennis courts. The resurfacing of the courts has been on our list of aims for a very long time and we celebrated this achievement in style! The day started with the car boot sale but the 'Fun Day' started at 12 noon when the new putting green was opened by the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Andy Morgan-Watts. Entertainment included THE BIG TEA PARTY, raising funds on behalf of Hounslow Home-Start, putting competition, re-opening of the newly resurfaced and refurbished TENNIS COURTS, fun fair and inflated slides for children, face painting, Bubble Stall, bric-a-brac stall, SUMO WRESTLING (yes, everyone could be involved!) Refreshments were available in the Pavilion Cafe.

Children's Fun FairBrentford Festival 2006, Boston Manor Park

Escorted from Boston Manor House to the stage in Boston Manor Park by the Earl of Northampton's Regiment of Foote, and accompanied by drum rolls, the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Felicity Barwood, and the Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Diana Pagan, opened the second Brentford Festival (2006), literally, with a bang as the cannon of the Sealed Knot was fired at the end of their speeches to signal the official opening.

Please go to Brentford Festival 2007 for full information about the 2007 Festival which was even bigger and better than 2006.

Sponsorship and contributions to the 2006 Festival were made by:
  • Thames Water
  • Holiday Inn, Brentford
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Sealed Knot
  • Berkeley First
  • Alan Coles
  • TopNotch
  • The Globe PH
  • Steam Museum
  • Threshers Ealing
  • Brentford Buddy
  • The Brentonian
Members of the public touring the Jacobean, Boston Manor House numbered 1,040 and estimated figures for the whole event are in the region of 5,000 plus.

  • Brentford Football Club provided free football training sessions within the caged area
  • The Boston Manor Tennis Club ran a tournament. Click here for information about the 2006 Tournament
  • There was a variety of live music available throughout the Festival from two outside stages, including:

  • Linda in the BorderHerbaceous Border

    This has been our longest running project and is further described here. Our fundraising co-ordinator, Linda Massey, is pictured hard at work.

    Brentford Free ChurchBrentford Free Church

    On Saturday, 3rd May, 2003 around 40 members of the Brentford Free Church devoted a day to clearing rubbish and tidying flower beds around the park. We owe them a huge vote of thanks for their contribution. Our Chair, Janis Dodd, commented that she "has never met such a happy group of people who were willing to do even the most ghastly tasks. They cleaned graffiti, cleared away old, disused fridges, washing machines, stereos, among many other tasks; filling a huge skip".

    Art in the ParkArt in the Park

    Janice Waite led a group of students from the Boston Study Centre in an art project in 2003. The Students designed and painted murals on the blank shutters of the bowls clubhouse which had previously been the target for graffiti.

    Nature TrailImproving the Nature Trail Path

    Our Chair, Janis Dodd, and Fundraising Co-ordinator, Linda Massey, led a group of Gunnersbury pupils on Wednesday afternoons in a project laying wood chipping either side of the path along the nature trail. CIP had cleared the area along the path, cutting back overgrown brambles and weeds.

    Redlees ProjectsWorking with Redlees Youth Group

    Amanda Savage, our Committe Member for Park and Gardens, has jointly lead projects with Redlees Youth workers and their supervisor, Luke Hedges; working with other volunteers every Sunday morning. Projects they have been involved with are: pruning and clearing the herbaceous beds around the children's playground and digging the herbaceous border. Work parties for volunteers and youth workers take place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. If you would like to be involved and perhaps enter a rota with other members to co-ordinate these sessions, please contact us by emailing or replying on our Reply Form.

    Coach StephanTennis Courts

    In the spring of 2003 FoBM established a Tennis Club which received excellent initial response and within a short period of time comprised 67 members. The purpose of setting up the tennis club was to raise funds to cover the cost of resurfacing and upgrading the tennis courts and to encourage the playing and enjoyment of tennis by as wide a public as possible; via inexpensive membership fees and coaching. We submitted a formal proposal to CIP and L.B. Hounslow to continue with this club and obtained permission to continue on a leasehold basis. For more information, see our Tennis Club Page

    Soul in the CitySoul in the City 2004

    The Friends of Boston Manor were extremely pleased to welcome SOULINTHECITY to Boston Manor Park this summer.

    Around 40 young people travelled from Suffolk and Birmingham and one person joined the group from Holland to spend a week assisting the Boston Manor Community.  Linda Massey and Amanda Savage took time away from their own work to run the project on behalf of the Friends.  
    Please click on the photograph or heading to see a full report on their visit..