Spring 2024: Ready, get set, go!

There is no time like Spring,
When life’s alive in everything,
...

    It's hardly surprising that so many poets have been moved to celebrate the arrival of spring. The above lines are from Christina Rossetti, the Romantic era writer and poet, written in the mid 1800s.

    When I'm walking around our park, the sight of the newly-unfurled oak leaves - that unique, fresh green colour - could almost inspire me to pen some words in celebration of nature reborn.

    Luckily, your HRUA committee is not wandering among the trees, dreaming up poems, but busy planning our programme of spring and summer events.

    As I write this, our ever-popular Spring Plant Sale, and the Spring Tree Walk with John Wells are only weeks away, and the first big event - the Kites and Bikes Festival is on Sunday, May 19th.

    Have a look at the Events section further down this page for more details, and for a link to download the full programme for 2024.

    As ever, timings may vary, and events may be added or cancelled, so join our "Friends of Harrow Rec" Facebook group to keep yourself informed about changes.

    In the mean time, get out and enjoy the spring, like Christina did...

Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap, put forth their shoots;
Curled-headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.

STOP PRESS!

    At the Spring Tree Walk a couple of weeks ago, as we looked at some of the spectacular mature trees at the north end of the park, a gentleman spoke up and told how, back in the 80s, as a young council groundsman, he and a colleague had planted all those trees.

    Now, he has written us a wonderful article that evokes those times, before council cuts and outsourcing dispensed with the dedicated team that looked after the park.  Click the link below to read his words and see some photos of the trees that he planted.

Who We Are

    The Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association (HRUA) is a voluntary group of park users who organise around 10 free events in ‘The Rec’ each year, open to all.

    We act when needed as a support and lobbying group on behalf of park users, and we aim to work in partnership with other park groups and clubs, and Harrow Council to make sure that the facilities in the park can be enjoyed by all.

   Our governing documents and minutes are published online.  You can follow the links below to see them, or to join our work.

weeping willow tree silhouetted against a setting sun

Around the Park

    Take off your earphones, turn up your senses, and enjoy our beautiful trees, lawns, gardens and wildlife.

    You’ll find all the usual park facilities at ‘The Rec’: football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts, children’s playground.

    In the Ahimsa Peace Garden you can enjoy the tranquillity of the fenced Quiet Area or meet friends or hold a party in the Picnic Area. 

    You can get fit at two outdoor gyms, use the covered area for your outdoor events (free booking required), and get refreshments at the popular SEVA Cafe.

group of people practising Tai Chi

Clubs & Activities

    There has been a bowling ground at the Rec since its earliest days, and Harrow Bowling Club was formed around 1902.

    The Rec is also home to Harrow St Mary’s Youth Football Club and the 3-Bridges Cricket Club.

    Activities open to all include:

  • Harrow parkrun (Saturdays 9am by Harrow St Mary’s Pavilion);
  • Tai Chi for Health (Fridays 9:30 to 10:30 near the café or on the Basketball Court);
  • Group Exercise (Tuesdays 9:45 to 10:45 near the Tennis Courts or on the Basketball Court);
  • and Harrow Health Walk (Fridays 10.45 meet outside the café).
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Volunteering

    HRUA runs about ten events each year - free for all to join and always very popular - and the help of our supporters is essential to organise and run these.

    The Harrow Rec Community gardeners meet twice per month to help keep the park tidy and beautiful, and safe for all users - working in conjunction with the Harrow Council Green Team.

    Our regular book sales are a great way to ‘recycle’ books, and raise valuable funds for our programmes and activities.

    We also work with Harrow Council in planning and completing improvements to the park infrastructure and facilities

Upcoming Events & Team Activities

    As well as our teams working in the park each month we have organised some exciting events for you and your families to enjoy throughout the year...

     Watch out for updates on our “friends” Facebook group, as events may be rescheduled or cancelled.

cartoon image of children with magnifying glass and bugs
Sunday, 9th June
10.30 am until 12.30
 

Spring Bug Hunt

    Our nature ranger, Simon Braidman, will be in the park on Sunday the 9th, to help find and identify bugs and creepy-crawlies

    Bring your young ones to the Green Canopy for registration from 10.15, and to get their collecting jars.

    Return there later for refreshments and more insect talk.

Regular Events, Groups, & Team Activities

    Here are some events and activities that take place in our park, every week "come rain, come shine".  Why not come along and join in, no invitation necessary.  Send us an email, or check our “Friends of Harrow Rec” Facebook group for more details.

wild flowers Silhouetted against a pink sky
Monthly, on first Monday and fourth Friday

From April 'til Nov 2-4pm
 

Garden Team

    Calling all gardeners! Never mind the weather or the season, we meet for digging, planting, tidying, taming, sweeping and litter-picking.

    Whether you are green-fingered or all thumbs you will be welcomed, there are jobs to suit everyone, and fun and companionship besides.

    Find us either at the "Green Pavilion" (near to the Cafe and Bowling Green), in the Ahimsa Peace Garden (near the basket ball courts), or out and about in the park with spade, secateurs and broom!

cup of cappucino and cakes
Monthly, on last Wednesday
11:30AM-1:00PM

Good Neighbour Reconnection Club

    Join Age UK at the Sevacare Cafe in the park, every last Wednesday of the month for some fun, chat and activities as we reconnect with each other and the community!

    Please feel free to get in touch and RSVP with us on 020 8756 4391 or email

a group of people doing tai chi
Each Friday,
9.30 until 10.30

Harrow Tai Chi for Health

    We are a community group who are actively promoting the joy of practising tai chi in the open parks for health and general well being.

    Our Harrow Rec sessions are 9.30am to 10.30am every Friday morning and they are free and full of fun. Hope you will make new friends and have an enjoyable one hour of fresh air, gentle exercise, tranquility and mindfulness with us. 

    We meet near the green canopy by the cafe or in the basket ball at 9.30am. We look forward to seeing you. 

tennis player and coach
Each Sunday,
9-12am

Tennis Sessions

Harrow's LTA tennis partner, Premier Tennis, run coaching and free tennis play sessions in the park on a Sunday morning, with coach Akash on hand to help and advise.

Just check the following link for availability and booking, and then turn up with your racket and your energy.

a group of runners about to start a race
Each Saturday, 09.00

Harrow Rec parkrun

    parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event that takes place at thousands of venues across the world.

    Parkrunners run, jog or walk our 5k course at their own pace.

    More information can be found on the Harrow parkrun website

a group of people sitting drinking coffee
Each Tuesday,
9.45 to 10:45

Group Exercise

    aka "bootcamp".  Join our exercise group out in the fresh air every Tuesday morning.  And then, maybe stay on for a friendly chat in the cafe afterwards.

    Meet on grass, near to the tennis courts - or the basketball court.

a group of walkers
Each Friday,
10.45 to 11.15

Harrow Health Walk

    Supported by Harrow Council and Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association.

    Join us every Friday at Harrow Recreation Ground for an invigorating walk, focused on wellbeing and engagement.

    Meet at the Sevacare park cafe.

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