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14th November 2016

  • London Live News interviewed Alan York and a Council spokesperson today for broadcast tomorrow Tuesday 15/11/16. Watch on Freeview channel 8. News at various times 5am to 6am, 8.30am to 10am, 12 to 2pm,5pm to 7pm. website address; http://www.londonlive.co.uk/schedule/daily
  • Latest total of petition signatures is 5716.
  • The paper signatures will be handed to solar park project manager Mark Lowers on Tuesday 15/11/16.
  • Don and Alan will be meeting Mark Lowers this Thursday 10am.
  • On the same day at 2pm Don and Alan will be giving an illustrated talk at Harold Hill's new library about the friends group activities and the history, flora and fauna of Dagnam Park through the centuries. All Welcome. Entry free but a charge of £1 for tea an coffee.

SIGN THE ANTI SOLAR FARM PETITION HERE

8th October 2016. Solar Array News

Havering Council are undertaking leafleting in parts of Harold Hill and Noak Hill. The leaflet and accompanying letter sets out their proposals for a solar array in the public open space (generally accepted as part of the Manor) north of the Nature Reserve proper. The leaflet is light on details but it is part of LBH consultation and it is important that you make your views known to them before the end of October. You can see the leaflet here or download it here if you prefer.

 

 September 2016. Once again we are winners in the London in Bloom event.  Silver gilt and gold.

21st July 2016.   Threatened Solar Array.

There are serious concerns amongst many of our members and other park users concerning the threat of a huge solar array being built on a large area of our nature reserve. FODP have written to every Councillor on the London Borough Havering Council. We will report back here as soon as we get a response. You can read all the details of the current threat here.

New interpretive signs were installed in the park in June 2016. see the signs here

March 2016; FODP achieve official recognition and receive council grant. Details

July 2016. Sir Thomas Neave owned a nationally important collection of stained glass roundels held at Dagnams The collection was broken up and dispersed after the the second world war. Sam Fogg galleries of London has recently commisioned a booklet on the glass entitled "Silver-stained roundels and stained-glass panels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave, Dagnam Park, Noak Hill (Essex)" by C.J. Berserik and J.M.A. Caen (The Hague-Schoten, May 2016, edited by Matthew Reeves). FODP are grateful to Sam Fogg for permission to reproduce it. It can be downloaded here.

Feb 2016; Click here for Beauty Spots of Harold Hill (Dagnam Park Drive culvert)

Work on the clearing of the stable block which started in Nov 2015 continued through 2016.   See progress pictures here

The next dates for clearing the stable area of the park are yet to be arranged. Please join us if you can, meeting at the site 9.30am. However if the weather forecast is wet take it we will cancel. Although some tools are provided these are limited so if you wish to turn up to help and you are able to bring your own tools it really would help. The area that the FODP volunteers will be working in is situated on the right just past the two white gate posts on the main drive heading for Noak hill.                 

2016

The next dates for clearing the stable area of the park are yet to be arranged. Please join us if you can, meeting at the site 9.30am. However if the weather forecast is wet take it we will cancel. Although some tools are provided these are limited so if you wish to turn up to help and you are able to bring your own tools it really would help. The area that the FODP volunteers will be working in is situated on the right just past the two white gate posts on the main drive heading for Noak Hill. 

It has been a long term ambition of the Friends of Dagnam Park to clear the yard of the former stable block to the Dagnam's estate of the vegetable matter that now covers it so that its historical significance can be better understood. Now working with the cooperation of the London Borough of Havering parks department and having received the okay from Havering's Historic Buildings & Landscape officer the Friends of Dagnam Park started work on this project in November 2015

The first phase of this project has been done with the cutting back of fallen trees and dead wood by the parks department so that the volunteers can work in safety. The next stage is for the group members to clear up the stable area.

Because of the size of the project the FODP are looking for anyone who may be interested in joining them to help out on the clearing. High viz jackets (to say that you are part of the group) as well as gloves etc will be provided. This will be an on going project as other work in this area is being looked at and anyone turning up on the day will be updated on progress. 

See progress pictures here                                          Don Tait

The 2016 AGM of the Friends of Dagnam Park was held at My Place, Dagnam Park Drive, on Wednesday 17th  February. For minutes, accounts, reports, etc go to  Details

JANUARY 2016

Wonderful historic photos of the Noak Hill School in the 1930's And Straight Road School in the 1940's have been provided by former pupil Jean Peacock.

Recent Convictions

Mr Trevor Dawson, of Barnstaple Road, Harold Hill, who dumped several black bags of domestic waste by trees near his home, ended up paying £612 for fly-tipping. Mr Dawson admitted the offence and accepted a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50, which he subsequently failed to pay. On Friday 21 August 2015, at Barkingside Magistrates Court, he was fined £150, with £442 costs and a £20 victim surcharge, which totalled £612.

Dagnam Park Receives Gold award, London in Bloom 2014
December 2014; Havering Neighbourhood Policing Team have launched the Public Access Project. It is an opportunity to meet and discuss any issues you may have, get crime prevention advice and other information from your local police…......................... For Details
Sept 2014....Sadly Ernie Herbert (Herbie) died last month in sheltered accommodation in Harold Hill. Ernie was a devotee of The Manor from the 1950's right up until infirmity prevented him from visiting. In latter years he became an enthusiastic historian focusing on Noak Hill and Harold Hill and much of his meticulous and well researched work can be found on this site. A more detailed obituary will be published once I have fully researched the history of his life... Del.

WE NEED A LOGO

Visit Logos to email a suggestion or comment on the ideas

The Ingrebourne Way Cycle Route (Dagnam Park to Rainham)

July 2014 Feasibility study published.

Newsletter December 2013

April 2014; Havering’s Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Anthony Kiddle who actively covers Dagnam Park has been awarded Borough Wildlife Crime Officer of the year. Congratulations to him from the FODP.

for more information

The AGM of The Friends of Dagnam Park took place on Wednesday the 26th February 2014. The guest speaker was Mary Smith a noted local botanist, who gave an illustrated talk on the flowers of Dagnam Park.

For an account of the meeting click here

2013 Extension to NR includes links to The Ecological Report on Protected Species, Veteran Trees, Management plans, etc, etc
July 23rd 2013. Notes on the new Football Pitches
Newsletter April 2013
April 2013; Work has started on the new football pitches in the park..... Photos and information
March and April 2013, Litter Pick photos.
Sustrans Cycle route opens May 2013
AGM minutes; February 13th 2013
1st May 2012, Background to the new football pitch proposals
Visit new page showing the LCC Tenant's Handbook from 1950
Harold Hill Police station 60 years ago!
Royal Visit October 2012.

Feasibility Study on Sports Pitches June 2012

20th March 2007: Again positive news to report during the month of March to date only few sightings of bikers.

Remember we must remain vigilant and continue the campaign against this type of anti-social behaviour in our parks.

 

WELL DONE EVERYBODY

Good news to date, In February 2007 we had the lowest reports of Motor cycles over the Manor, this is fantastic news and hopefully this is the future trend and not a temporary lull during the winter months. The combined efforts with everyone working together to deter these bikers has had a great affect on this, as days get warmer we may see an increase of the bikers returning, we must all be vigilant and follow the guidance of Mark Lambkins team and contact them, again you can pass the information to us by clicking the link below, we will forward this to the gooshays team

Many Thanks
FODP

23/2/07...........................PYRGO THE PARROT PICTURES

http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/easternrosella.html

This little fellow has been spotted many times in Pyrgo Priory School and has been adopted by the Children, he/she can been heard and seen around the moat area of the Manor. Many Thanks to Don Tait for giving us the information to share with you all

22.2.07...............DEER POACHING..............Deer once a common site in this area, have now sadly been depleted by unlawful poaching. We need your help to gather information. Has there been a vehicle in your street, which does not belong there? Have you heard or seen anything suspicious?
Do not tackle these people yourself. Please contact the police.
0208 721 2508 Gooshays Ward Team or Mick Jenkinson Borough Wild Life liaison Officer via the ABS hotline 01708 779267..............In an emergency always dial 999

Annual Litter Pick 3rd and 4th february 2007:

About 20 Members of FODP turned out on two glorious sunny days to pick litter:

Hatters Wood, the main car park and entrance looks great now, we have contacted the council about the 50 or so bags of rubbish, and the 40 car tyres, this has been placed ready for collection hopefully before it is scattered again. well done everybody

if anyone sees any rubbish being dumped then try to get photographs and forward details to us

24 January

Calling all bird watchers a Parrot has been spotted in the moat area behind Pyrgo priory school and in some of the sedgefield crescent gardens, this may be one that has escaped if any one has photos or ideas of who the bird might belong to contact us. it has a red head / breast with green body

30 November 2006

Next Meeting .......Monday 11th December at 8pm

A meeting of the Friends has been organised at Pyrgo Priory School on Monday 11th December at 8pm. This will be the last meeting that Gaynor and I can attend because we are moving to Scotland the following day. The Friends will need to reorganise a little and I know that we already have some volunteers to take on some of the organisation and the website.
We hope to see as many of you as possible on the night to say our goodbyes in person.

25th September 2006

Latest Newsletter in full. Updates on the fencing, Beauty Spots and the gas cut off compensation scandal...................................Get the news

Friday 21st July 2006 ...........Fourteen friends took a trip to Laindon to see Glow worms, and we did, about eight of them in total. My first sighting hope its not the last.........................................................................................Click Here for more details

1st May 2006

Whitchurch Rd Allotments, another Harold Hill Beauty Spot.....pay it a visit

March 2006 .....................A Modest Proposal .................................Read On.

22nd Feb 2006

Litter Pick 2nd day washed out..........................3rd annual litter pick, see details

20th Feb 2006...................................FENCING

Work Started Today on the long awaited steel fencing around the five minor entrances to Dagnam Park, at Tring Gardens (2) Sedgefield Cres (2) and Whitchurch Rd (1) Our thanks go to Pete Williams, Andy Casson and all the other staff at Havering Council who have been working to these ends for some time. Credit must also go to all those members of the Friends of Dagnam Park who have been pressing for this for some years. Its only the beginning of course, but its a good start to our list of priorities.

See Picture...

17th Jan 2006

Andy has been in touch regarding the new Lower Noke Close gate, Click here to see the proposals

At the last meeting of The Friends we decided to highlight other areas of concern in the area. The new pages will be entitled "Beauty Spots of Harold Hill". It is our aim to highlight some of these eyesores. We believe that the Councillors who put themselves forward (and are paid rather well) to oversee our public services should be held responsible for their provision, and that the residents who dump rubbish in our streets should be shamed. We will report on the action that they do or do not take. So watch this space....VISIT THE BEAUTY SPOTS OF HAROLD HILL

Cllr Mann is the first recipient of our request for help read the email sent to him below

Dear Cllr Mann, in recent years it has become the practise of a minority of local residents to dump rubbish in the streets of Harold Hill in the hope that the refuse collectors will collect it. The refuse collectors remove all that is within their contract and leave the rest. This can be carpets, furniture and even white goods, as well as garden or other refuse in the wrong bags. We are sure you are well aware of the problem. We are writing to urge you to collect this rubbish far more quickly than you do and probably more importantly take action to prevent the recurrence; maybe a well publicised prosecution would have some effect. We are sure that a bit of effort in this direction will be more cost effective in the long run. In the meantime can you arrange to clear the large amount of bags and other rubbish scattered along Gooshays Drive.

Del Smith (Friends of Dagnam Park)

 

11th October 2005

Go to photos of the circle of trees taken in 1964 and 2004.

see the damage for yourself

22nd August 2005

New face for ‘Wildspace' Project

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the ‘Friends of Dagnam Park, and the Manor, Local Nature Reserve'. My name is Andy Casson and I have recently started as the new Havering ‘Wildspace! Community Liaison Officer' (CLO). Many of you will have been familiar with the previous officer Richard Cottam who earlier this year moved on to pastures new and is now working as a ranger in the Lee Valley Park.

I have a background in working with local communities on regeneration and environmental projects across East London and am currently picking up where Richard left off. I will be focussing my attention on designating two additional Local Nature Reserves at the Ingrebourne and Rainham Marsh areas, and will also be continuing to support the work of the ‘friends of group', looking to move forward with the list of work priority issues raised by the group, reducing motorcycle access points being foremost.

I have already met a couple of group members and explored the Repton Landscape, and am looking forward to meeting more members in the future, through walks, talks and activities.

The Wildspace! Project is English Nature's grant scheme for Local Nature Reserves which involves local communities in the improvement, care and enjoyment of their local environment.

For further information contact Andy Casson, LBH Wildspace Community Liaison Officer on 01708 432285 or e-mail andrew.casson@havering.gov.uk

20th July 2005.........Sun shines on the healthy walkers, picture......................... Read On

3rd May 2005 ................The Newt Safari was a fascinating night.......................read on

23rd April 2005 ...........Bluebell Walk attracts 45 visitors to Duck Wood.. ..... read on

24th February 2005 ....................A long lost 18th century water colour of Dagnams comes to light at the Pardoe exhibition. ......................................................................Read on

19th February 2005 ................ Following the London Borough of Havering' Public Consultation on the Priorities for the new Nature Reserve, members consulted and submitted the following proposals .................................................................................read more.

1st February 2005 ...............Cllr Jeff Stafford has informed us that Havering Council are considering selling off three so called plots of building land on Harold Hill.................................................. see details...

14th January

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MANOR NATURE RESERVE. ROMFORD RECORDER 14-1-2005........................................................................................read....

19th December 2004

Story Trail project setback and other news............................................. read on

18th December 2004...............Read minutes of the Friends meeting on 30th November 2004

20th October 2004 ............THE MANOR NATURE RESERVE

At last nights Havering Council cabinet meeting it was agreed to declare the council owned land at Duck Wood and Dagnam Park, including Hatters Wood as "The Manor Local Nature Reserve". Very good news indeed, but only the beginning.  Thanks to Richard Cottam for passing on the news.

6th October 2004.............................Latest news on Manor Farm and the set aside land

22nd August. Mark Hanson led a group of 25 members and guests interested in the landscape and trees. For a full account of old parkland and its history ....read on....

18th July. The history walk led by Don Tait took place in dry warm overcast weather ...read on.....

13th July. news, including consultation on the nature reserve and a new 1946 aerial photo of the park ................................... read on ...
2nd July. Last night's bat night .......................................................... read on
6th June; Ancient meadows walk takes place in dry weather! ..read more..

22nd May; Bat night hit by rain ........read more......

18th May ; Havering Council closes off the illegal vehicular access in Priory Rd.... read more........

Andrew O Brien and the Great Crested Newt Rescue

13th May ; Romford Recorder report of meeting of 11th May.. read more

11th May; Dagnam Park Nature Reserve ....read more..

• 21st April : More than 20 members met... read more...

1 March. Last weekend nearly forty members turned out... read more...
The Friends met last night 25th February... read more...
• 23rd Jan: Richard Cottam writes... read more...
Extension to NR