Sept 2021 - Table tennis / ping pong table
In previous years Friends of William Clarke Park have placed a toilet in the Patch over the summer months and this has been paid for from proceeds from events we've held in the park.
We know that park users really value this, so Friends of William Clarke Park would like to do it again this year. However with no events last year we would like to ask users of the park to help us raise the money for this.
FWCP have received the new composting setup!
The Patch Pond
Whilst there may be few events taking place in the Park these days, our wonderful volunteers are taking action on a number of things.
Firstly, we have had a few issues with The Patch pond. The weather has damaged its water supply pipe. Also rubbish accumulates in the pond, which has led to its lining being damaged. Our volunteers are on the case, there are plans to install a more robust lining. This is a bit tricky at the moment since the COVID-19 constraints on working in teams at the current time, so please bear with the team. Here's a shot of the damaged water inlet pipe
The Patch is blessed with some charming cheeky wildlife, from badgers, bats and of course foxes. Patch folk may be familiar with the cheeky fox family cavorting around the northern part of The Patch, owning it, even in daylight hours!
Well, as we all know foxes, particularly urban ones are susceptible to mange. One of The Patch foxes is afflicted with mange so our volunteers took action. The beautiful but mange infested Patch vixen, who it transpires has captured the hearts and affection of many Patch neighbours. One of our volunteers made contact with Roger's Wildlife Rescue. Their crew was able to provide proper treatment via a once a weekly dose of medicine laced meat. She's had her third out of four weekly doses, which should hopefully clear the mange up. Meanwhile a group of volunteers and concerned locals are feeding "Foxy" the vixen to help her gain weight, she was painfully thin, to aid her recovery and of course to help ensure that the treatment can be administered at required regular intervals.
The treatment is issued carefully, only to "Foxy" on a disposable paper plate. It is removed immediately afterwards to ensure that no other animal can ingest the treatment.
Initial reports are that Foxy was so weak and listless and that she just ate a bit of the laced food and then sat down. We look forward to the day that Foxy scarpers at the sight of The Patch volunteers and her other fans because she's back on form.
Roger's Wildlife Rescue is doing great work for local wildlife. Their services are under heavy demand, so why not take a look at their page to help out with material donations and financial ones if you can. Enjoy the rest of the summer Patch fans! Also why not consider joining Roger's World Club, a great gift for someone.
Ceilidh and Spring in the Patch
We will keep you informed of any plans for this year.
Patch Spring Clean
Patch Work volunteering day Sunday 8th March 11am. Volunteering to clear up and manage growth. There will be a tree planting, in dedication to John Cuthbert, a legendary Patch committee member and volunteer. Soup will be available for clear up team.
John Cuthbert at his one of his finest PatchFest Moments..
The Patch Is located in Hanover / Elm Grove Area of Brighton ( BN2 3AR)
Entrance to the park is from Picton street / Franklin Street or Hartington road.