A celebratory festival of fun in the great outdoors is set to mark the 80th anniversary of the official opening of Barclay Park in Hoddesdon.
Broxbourne Council and the volunteer group Friends of Barclay Park have arranged a packed programme for Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May.
Local groups, businesses and stallholders will descend on the beautiful green space. There will be a sports and health zone, a drama and dance zone, a play zone for younger children, vintage cars and an official tree planting.
On 12 May 1937, members of the Barclay family, which is now known best for the high street bank, officially opened Barclay Park to the public.
An official programme of the day tells of how Major Robert Barclay CBE officially opened the park and local schoolchildren planted commemorative trees. Those in attendance also celebrated the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth which took place on the same day.
In the afternoon, there was a ‘comic football match’ between local clubs, a bowling match, a judged carnival and a dancing competition.
The official opening followed the Barclay family’s donation in 1935 of a portion of the land, between the lake and Rosehill, to the people of Hoddesdon with the space managed by the local council. In 1936, the remaining portion was donated, to make up the 17.5 acres of parkland enjoyed today.
Community groups and residents will now celebrate this historic milestone in much the same way as at the official opening 80 years ago.
A sports and health zone will include taster coaching sessions with cricket, football, boxing, tennis, pilates and many more local clubs.
Drama and dance will not be in short supply, with an Edwardian version of Punch and Judy harking back to times past as well as performances from numerous schools and drama groups adding to the eclectic day.
A play zone packed with inflatables, magicians, face painting and Edwardian-style Carousel fairground rides will entertain children.
A vintage car display will also feature alongside plenty of food, drinks, craft and other stalls which will include representation from Barclays Bank.
On the Sunday, Enfield Brass Band will perform and there will be a history walk, cricket coaching and a match at nearby Hoddesdon Cricket Club.
The day will be free to attend but some stalls may charge. For more information, visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk. People can also find out about upcoming events by following the Council’s Twitter page @BroxbourneBC or clicking ‘like’ on its Facebook page ‘This Is Broxbourne’.