We have setup a nice shiny and new section on the website for you to learn more about The Orchard Project. Jump to it from the menu or follow the link https://cwmdonkinpark.com/the-orchard-project/
We have been considering carefully whether to proceed with the proposed Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Good Friday (10 April) – taking account of the Government’s advice concerning Corona virus (Covid 19). That advice is to avoid unnecessary contact with other people and, specifically, to steer clear of large gatherings. Bearing in mind that the Easter Egg Hunt has attracted hundreds of children (and their parents/carers) in previous years, we have concluded that it would be irresponsible to proceed. The event is therefore CANCELLED for the current year.
We apologise to everyone who was looking forward to the event, but the cancellation decision is unfortunately inevitable in order to protect visitors to the park. Other Friends of Cwmdonkin Park events, which are currently in the planning stage, will be reviewed over the next few weeks.
Friends of Cwmdonkin Park
It’s been a while since we have posted, but we are very pleased and excited to be able to advise everyone of our Easter egg Hunt on Sunday, April 14th.
The event is free for everyone but the hunt is aimed for children up to 11. Please arrive at the kiosk anytime from between 2pm and 4pm to sign up.
We look forward to seeing you there.
We will be holding our annual Christmas in the Park event, on Friday 14th December, between 5.15pm and 7.00pm.
The event is free and organised by Friends of the Park for the local community. We would welcome anyone who is interested in joining the ‘Friends’ committee, to enquire using this link, via the web site.
The Programme is as follows:
5.15-5.30pm Formal welcome, mince pies and mulled wine 5.30-5.40pm Reading 5.40-6.00pm Salvation Army Band 6.00-6.10pm Reading 6.10-6.30pm 4D Choir 6.30-6.40pm Reading 6.40-7.00pm Salvation Army Band
Lighting will be provided at the Grove and Penlan Crescent entrances.
The Friends of Cwmdonkin Park are delighted that the initiative they took to renovate the stone has now happened and can be duly celebrated. We invite all who can to attend the ceremony.
Please see below for details of the event.
Thank you to everyone who attended our event today. We hope everyone enjoyed it.
Please send in your poems relevant to Cwmdonkin Park. Our first poem has been published: Cwmdonkin Remembered by Gary Alan Motley
Welcome to this new section where we will publish submitted poems. A big thank you to Gary who has kindly provided the first poem.
The poem is written about Love essentially. About a meeting of minds and hearts without borders or language restrictions that can overcome people who walk through the park and feel the power of Nature all around them.
It mentions the trees that have seen and heard many a ‘secret’ over so many years. Yet they will always hold those secrets within the park. Like muted whispers.
There is of course a nod to Dylan Thomas as the poet’s words and thoughts being born in the park.
Finally whether Love stays or goes it matters not to the eternity of the trees. Concealing word and thought entwined around branches that echo silently forever with all that has ever been said within the park.
By Gary Alan Motley
No wonder in the feet of Man
To take his stride through Uplands doors
The hills they choke the air from all
Greet iron portals fenced in fours
Open but a pace away
To worlds anew and never seen
Closed they stand defiant dark
Cloaking all that lives in green
Leaves of whisper never heard
Drop like rain upon the stone
An autumn path lies golden brown
And knotted hedgerows overgrown
Through the gates of bordered tongue
Rising language falling tall
Hands are held beneath the yews
That form the mix of country wall
Revealing nothing and yet they know
They’ve seen and heard the poets song
Words and thoughts were born in here
This womb of Nature breathing strong
Far off at the compass point
Swinging downward only south
A breeze comes on and sends its chill
With winter’s vision shivered mouth
Glistened eyes set aglow
The mail of summer posted smart
The smoke of carbon burnt in pain
Hidden corners of the heart
Of ash it’s seen as not a sign
But souls they laugh and play their game
In trees of secrets eternal held
And spoken words repeat the same
Joyous in this park of Love
Too many walk and few return
But minds made up to work the same
Will only render hearts to yearn
To pledge of days of future words
Spoken that they hold no fears
True or ill the echo gone
Now only trees to face the years.
We are really pleased to be able to provide a link for a Virtual tour of the park.
This was created by VR Vistas (vrvistas.com), who specialize in innovative, highly interactive and immersive virtual tours to support online marketing strategies. It also produces high quality aerial video and photography backed up by CAA Permission and RPQ-s Qualification. The company includes a Google Trusted Photographer and offers Google Maps Business View.
We are holding a fundraising Coffee Morning at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House in Ffynone, on Thursday 11th October, 10.30am-12.00pm.
Tickets are £5 each and are available from the Park Kiosk.