At the beginning of 2018, the Friends’ of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens were skint! ‘We had spent all our funds on providing free family entertainment and special projects in the park last year. There was a real danger that we wouldn’t be able to carry on this year. So we put out an appeal for sponsorship and donations’ said Amanda Hancock, Secretary of the Friends.
Rob Matthews of Matthews Construction saw the appeal. ‘We are a local developer active in the area and were more than happy to support this local event. Especially as the event organisers are all volunteers who are trying to boost community spirit by bringing families together enabling them to enjoy our public open spaces. The real praise and thanks should go to all the volunteers who gave up their time to make this event and others like this happen. We look forward to the next event on August Bank Holiday Monday.’
Lynn Denham, Chair of the Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens is very grateful to the Matthews brothers. ‘We have now started planning for a One World in Our Park Festival on August Bank Holiday Monday, knowing that we can afford the marquee and some loos! We can also announce that the festival will begin at 5pm and that Voices Unlimited choir are booked to perform’.
Anyone who would like to join the Friends’ group, sponsor an act or help on the day please contact 07828 971146
Shows Matthews Construction staff handing over a cheque for £1,000 to the Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens at the Rosebank development earlier this year. The Matthews Construction Rosebank development is near to Fort Royal Park.
From the left in the photo
Employee Richard Baldwin,Director Rob Matthews, Penny Perrett, Lynn Denham, Director Chris Matthews, employee Oliver Milbourne