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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For the first time in over a decade, Hackney Council arranged a fireworks display in Clissold Park on 8 November 2014.
The park and Clissold House were illuminated and a range of entertainments were laid on including dinosaurs as tall as buses, fire performers, a slide show projected onto the house, stilt walkers, food, drink and music. Unfortunately, the evening turned out to be one of the wettest of the year with monsoon-like conditions which meant that some of the entertainments were curtailed.
6,500 tickets had been sold but the vast majority of people stayed at home until a short time before the fireworks themselves began which led to a sudden rush and short delays at the gates. However, thanks to excellent management by the team from Hackney, we got everyone through the gates in time to see the fireworks which happened during a very brief lull in the rain.
Particular thanks are due to all the volunteers who stood for two and half hours in very wet conditions and dealt with the last minute rush. And thanks to everyone who attended for their patience and good humour. We are very much hoping this will become a regular feature and that we will get better weather next year.
If you have any feedback or suggestions for coming years, please let us know.
New River Mosaic
In September 2013, as part of our 400th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the New River, park users helped to make a mosaic showing images of the River and the wildlife living on it. The mosaic has now been put up on a fence near to the water so look out for it next time you are in the park.
The Big Draw was held in October and organised by Lucy Gijsen and a team of park volunteers. Children (and adults) made leaf prints which were then mounted on a giant 125 which was erected in front of Clissold House and lit on the evening of the fireworks.
Clissold Park User Survey
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey. The results are being collated and will be reported at our January meeting.