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.
We will be developing the Park history section of this website to include some of this collection.
We have started with 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.
» Read Clissold Park for the people
» View a historical slideshow of Clissold Park
Summer Thursdays: A Little Summer Night’s Music, Cafe Garden 7-9pm
CPUG presents an eclectic mix of folk, roots, world, soul, swing jazz & Americana from local singer/songwriters
7th July: Johnny Bee / Eva / Josh Tenor
14th July: Clara Sanabras / Anna Pancaldi / Tricity Vogue
» Find out more about Summer Thursdays
July 6th: How Clissold Park was saved for the public
A talk by Amir Dotan, @HistoryofStokey, for the Freinds of Hackney Archives. 6.30pm at The Hackney Archives, 2nd floor, Dalston Sq E8 3BQ.
Amir will be doing a similar talk in Clissold House in September (see below)
Film competition: show us Clissold Park through YOUR eyes!
We want you to capture the spirit of Clissold Park and what it means to you in a short film of 3-5 minutes. You can work alone or join up as a team; you can be young, old or somewhere in-between; you can have lived here all your life or just arrived yesterday – but we want to know what the park means to you.
Closing date 22nd July.
» Download the Film competition poster [PDF]
Saving Clissold Park: The four year battle to secure for public use, Sunday 18th September, 2pm
As part of Open House CPUG park historian, Amir Dotan, will present the recently discovered Beck collection.
Clissold Park would have been built over in the 1880s if it wasn’t for a passionate campaign to preserve it for the public. The dramatic details have recently come to light, 127 years after it opened, in a treasure trove of news cuttings, letters and maps. Our user group park historian, Amir Dotan, provides a glimpse into the riveting saga.
Fundraising and park improvements
Using information from the Annual survey, CPUG and the park management have identified four areas that park users would like investment in:
- The replacement of the drinking fountain outside the Lodge at the Green Lanes gate
- Installation of some new baby swings in the playground
- Installation of fixed fitness equipment (probably down by the multi-use games area)
- Creating a new beginners wheels area for younger children near the skatepark
The Council does not have sufficient funds for these. We will keep you posted about our fundraising plans but please do let us know if you are interested in helping.