Friends of Huntingtree Park

Planting

Saturday 27th October 2018

Margaret Bond procured from Wollescote Park some 30-40 Rudbeckia plants. In challenging snow showers these were planted by a select band of hardy supporters to enhance the beds around the bowling green. Big thanks to bowler Steve who enthusiastically dug the majority of the holes making the job mercifully quick. More plants are promised in a few weeks when there will be a repeat performance hopefully in more clement weather.

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Wildflower frustration

Working with Greencare, in May two swathes were seeded with wildflowers planning to emulate the success of 2012. Fortunately we had early showers and the seeds quickly germinated, but were then stunted by weeks of dry hot weather. The result was a disappointing display with only those plants in the shade of the garage block reaching maturity giving a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been.

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Volunteer Award

On 19 July, the Friends were invited to the Great Green Get-together, an annual forum of Park support groups within Dudley. During the evening we were presented with an award for work with our community notably our project to takeover the management of the bowling facility on the Park and our hosting of the Socialise group on Tuesdays. We don’t expect awards but it feels good when our efforts are recognised.

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Award

Friends Bowling Trophy

Saturday 7th July 2018

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Winners

A blistering sky on a scorched green saw 18 contestants compete in this year’s Open Bowls competition. After 4 rounds of play, the final game between Janet Biddle and Idris Thomas proved to be an exciting finale, with both putting up a good fight to a close conclusion resulting in a female champion for the first time in the history of the competition. Congratulations to Jan the winner and to Idris as runner–up.
Both received much applause and were congratulated by Chris Matthews, Vice–chair of the Friends of Huntingtree Park, who presented trophies and the winner’s shield and also thanked all who had attended giving special mention to those who had provided refreshments for this enjoyable occasion.


Volunteer Day

On Tuesday 19 June the Mayor of Dudley Cllr. Alan Taylor visited the park with other dignitaries on a day celebrating the part played by volunteers in Halesowen . During the visit the Mayor was shown the bowling green now managed by the Friends group.
As a lapsed bowler he tried a few ends and demonstrated that the skills of the sport were still much in evidence.

Mayor visit
Mayor visit

Spring Craft Fair

7th April 2018

The Spring Fair was held on a cool showery day compensated by a warm welome in the Hub. Trade was steady throughout the day with friends old and new calling in to view the offerings. A surplus of £108 made a useful contribution to general funds.
Thanks are due to our supporters who made this event a financial and social success.

Spring Fayre
Spring Fayre

Christmas Fayre

25th November 2017

This Fund raiser was held in bright sunshine but with a biting cold wind.  Supporters turned up in droves to enjoy refreshments and stalls in a warm and cosy hub. Trade was brisk resulting in a £513 boost for our funds to enable positive progress in 2018.
Many thanks are due to our Friends whose hard work makes this occasion a success.

Xmas Fayre
Xmas Fayre

Winter Programme

There are a range of FREE activities taking place on the park every week. There's no need to pre-book (except Yoga), just turn up and join in!
All fitness levels/ abilities welcome.

TUESDAY  
09:30 - 11:30 Nurture Babies breast feeding support
10:15 - 11:15 Functional Fitness
11:30 - 13:00 Buggy Walk/Stay and Play
13:00 - 15:00 Friends of the Park Exercise & Socialise
WEDNESDAY  
09:00 - 10:00 Nifty Fifties Light Exercise
14:00 - 15:00 Yoga with Clare Cornell £
15:00 - 16:00 Yoga with Clare Cornell £
15:00 - 16:00 After School Free Play (4-11yrs)
THURSDAY  
10:00 - 11:00 Health Walk (Short)
10:00 - 12:00 Health Walk (Long)
FRIDAY  
08:30 - 10:30 Functional Circuits
11:00 - 12:00 Stretch and Tone
15:00 - 16:00 After School Free Play (4-11yrs)
SATURDAY  
10:30 - 11:30 Kids Saturday Sports Club (4-11yrs)
[3 Nov-15 Dec]
13:00 - 14:30 Family Table Tennis
15:00 to 16:00 Parent & Child Family Free Play

£ = charges apply, please enquire

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Huntingtree Park

Huntingtree Park is situated in the residential area of Hasbury, a short distance from Halesowen Town Centre. The park occupies about 9 acres of land between Huntingtree Road and Thornhill Road opposite Huntingtree Primary School.

More details including a map are available on the Park page.

The Friends with the Green Flag Award

The Friends of Huntingtree Park group was formed in 2006 to improve the park and change its run down appearance. After a Consultation Day with local residents in 2008, a Masterplan of improvements was approved by Dudley MBC.
We believe that by making improvements to the park we will address anti-social behaviour, create a sense of community pride in the park and increase the number of people using the amenities.
We are a voluntary group who receive great support for our efforts from the local community, Dudley CVS, Dudley MBC and GreenCare.


Exercise & Socialise

Tuesday 1pm to 3pm

The Exercise & Socialise Group

The exercise and socialise group meet at 1pm for a short walk in and around the park returning for a welcome ‘cuppa’ and an opportunity to knit, sew and chat.
All age groups are welcome to join and will receive a warm welcome.


Health Walks

Thursday 10am

Enjoyable walks on a Thursday morning through the scenic, historic landscapes of Lutley, Uffmoor and adjacent localities.
Walkers follow the ups and downs of undulating terrain to maintain personal fitness whilst enjoying distant views and diversities of flora and wildlife.
Routes vary from week to week but most trails involve climbing over stiles and negotiating stretches of seasonal mud, puddles, boggy, rough or loose ground. Sensible footwear, clothing and a drink is essential.


Stretch and Tone

Friday 11:00am – 12noon

A session of gentle stretching and mobility exercises designed to enhance mobility, develop postural alignment, free up restrictions, rebalance muscles, improve core strength and reduce stress. Everyone welcome, have a chat, meet new people and have fun!


Buggy Walk/

Stay and Play

A session designed specifically for Mums with babies in pushchairs, giving mothers the opportunity to exercise followed by a friendly session of coffee, biscuits and indoor toddler play.


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