Plaistow Village Upper Green looking towards the Lady Hope Playpark
Plaistow Village Upper Green looking towards the Lady Hope Playpark

Invitation to the Annual Assembly


Official re-opening of the Lady Hope Playpark

You are warmly invited to attend our Annual Assembly. The Annual Assembly is a good way to find out about the work of the Parish Council, raise any matters and listen to some engaging speakers! 
It is also an opportunity for the community to come together for a well-deserved and overdue social event!

Save the date!

When: Saturday 16th October 2021

Where: Winterton Hall, Plaistow

Time: 12 noon – 2:30pm

Are you a Year 6 pupil looking for your poster design brief?

Did you know.....

The Lady Hope Playpark is named after the wife of Admiral Sir George Price Webley Hope, KCB, KCMG (11 October 1869 – 11 July 1959).

Admiral Sir George Hope was a Royal Navy officer who went on to become Deputy First Sea Lord during World War I. He was present at the signing of the Armistice with Germany on 11th November 1918.

Sir George and his wife lived in Plaistow at Common House.

Did you know that the road linking Loxwood Road (where Plaistow Stores is) with The Street is called Common House Lane!

In 1951, Sir George and his wife gifted the ‘lower green’ to the Parish Council. The 'lower green' is the part of the Plaistow village green which has the cricket pavilion/net and pitch. (The 'upper green', closest to Plaistow Stores is owned by the National Trust; however, the Parish Council helps to look after it, by cutting the grass).

Sir George and his wife asked the Parish Council to hold the 'lower green' on Trust. 

The Trust Deed states that it must be looked after “for the purposes of physical and mental training and recreation and social moral and intellectual development through the medium of athletic games, sports and pastimes or otherwise as may be found expedient for the benefit of the inhabitants of the village of Plaistow and its immediate vicinity without distinction of sex or of political religious or other opinions.”

Your challenge is to see if your poster design can be inspired by the above information. Get creative! Can you capture the spirit and history of the Lady Hope Playpark's name and story?

What to expect

The Nosebag Catering Company will be serving a lunch menu and the Parish Council will provide every guest with a £5 voucher to spend on food or drink. Do bring your wallet, just in case you want another hot dog!


Come and meet our ancient Sessile Oak tree with arboricultural consultant Andrew Gale. Affectionately named ‘Old Man Cecil’, Andrew will bring this amazing tree to life.

Find out about the Parish’s re-wilding projects with Angela Palmerton of Natural Gardens. Angela specialises in wildlife gardens and will answer your questions about re-wilding and creating an ecologically diverse garden.

Did you know that the Wood White butterfly is one of the UK’s most threatened species; and one of the last surviving colonies is within our Parish? Paul Cawsey of Butterfly Conservation will provide an update on the local project to save this rare butterfly and tell you how you can help and get involved.

Playpark re-opening

The Lady Hope Playpark will be officially re-opened by special guests Carol Krol and Margaret Edwards, after its recent closure to undergo a £55,000 refurbishment. Carol and Margaret retired in July after dedicating their 40-year careers to the education and development of the community’s children at Plaistow Pre-School. 

A plaque of dedication to their service and commitment to the Early Years education of the Parish's children will be unveiled at the Annual Assembly. 


Come and congratulate the winners of the poster competition! The children of Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School have been invited to submit their artwork to be judged at the Annual Assembly. The winning designs will be made into the new signage for the playpark to be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.


Come and enjoy the beautiful artwork of the children of Plaistow Pre-School and Little Acorns, inspired by 'Old Man Cecil' and the Wood White Butterfly. Their creations will be revealed at the Annual Assembly.

There will be lots more information available at the event including the results of the recent public consultation; the Neighbourhood Plan and traffic calming and safer bus stops proposals.

The agenda will be published at least five working days in advance of the meeting. This page will be regularly updated as more details are confirmed in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you!