Clissold Park User Group (CPUG)
The Clissold Park User Group (CPUG) is a local community group for the people of Stoke Newington in Hackney who appreciate and love their local park.
The group has been campaigning locally for over 20 years and seeks to represent the interests of everyone who uses this very popular park: the walkers, joggers, cyclists, nature lovers, families and free spirits who value the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors in this beautiful and historic space.
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Park history: Clissold Park for the people
Clissold Park would have been built on in the 1880s if it wasn’t for a passionate local campaign to preserve it for the public. CPUG has been given access to an extensive treasure trove of press clippings, letters and maps kept for 127 years by the family of the chief campaigner, Joseph Beck.
» Visit www.savingclissoldpark.com and read about the history of saving clissold park (1884-1889)
You can find a summary of the campaign and a wonderful reading, by Joseph Beck’s great grandson, of Joseph Beck’s 1888 letter to the Weekly Recorder once the park had successfully been saved by The Clissold Park Preservation Committee:
» Clissold Park for the people
» View a historical slideshow of Clissold Park
Save our parks petition
Thousands of Britain’s parks and play areas are falling into disrepair or are under threat of being sold to developers. This is despite the vital health and social benefits that our much-loved green spaces provide.
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3rd November – Clissold Park fireworks
The Hackney firework display is at Clissold Park on Saturday 3rd November from 5-9pm.
The display will be synchronised to music. There will be street performances, street food and bars plus a children’s village and sparkler zone.
Gates open at 5pm and the display starts a 7.30pm and lasts for 20 minutes.
Book your tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk
10th November – Joseph Beck plaque unveiling ceremony at Barton House
Join us for the unveiling of a plaque to celebrate local hero Joseph Beck who campaigned to save the land that is now Clissold Park for the people of Stoke Newington and beyond. The plaque has been funded by Joseph Beck’s family and the Clissold Park User Group and will be placed on the way of Barton House GP practice which stands on the site of Beck’s home, the original Barton House.
When & where: 3pm, Barton House Group Practice, 233 Albion Road, London N16 9JT
Book your ticket: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Poster and Pocket maps on sale
Pocket map: Our new beautiful pocket map and timeline of the park is now on sale in the café for £2.50.
It identifies all the landmarks and includes the history of the park and Clissold House, a tree trail and help in identifying the wild water birds on the ponds and New River. It has been created by the CPUG working with local artist Anna Hymas and local historian Amir Dotan with support from Hackney Council. Proceeds will go to the CPUG to help pay for amenities and free events in the park.
Poster: By popular demand we have created an A2 poster version of the map (42 x 59.4cm). Available in the café for £5 (£6 in a cardboard roll). Can also be posted to anywhere in the UK for £10 including packaging and first class postage. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your order.
» View the poster (PDF)