On a warm, but overcast, evening of monday 9th June the Friends held a BBQ at the Childrens Zoo in aid of the Winter Garden fund.

The Friends of Battersea Park would like to thank all those who supported the BBQ and especially the following for their kindness and generosity to the event:

for the” Silent Auction”
Terry O’Neill; a limited edition print of a signed photograph in colour of The Rolling Stones in the early 1960’s.
Barry Temple: watercolour of Lots Road.
Vivienne Westwood: handbag and card.
Val Archer: limited edition silk screen-print “Spring Lemons”
Philipp Mosimann of Mosimann’s: Four course dinner for two, with a Butler.

for Wines, Beers and Juices:
Fuller, Smith & Turner, Chiswick Brewery, Waitrose, Wandsworth Southside Branch and Greg Lawson of Battersea Evolution.

for Flowers:
Detta Philips

for Desserts:
Capitan Corelli, Deliverance, Galapagos, Popina and Ransome’s Dock Restaurant.

for Draw & Tombola Prizes
Buchan’s Restaurant,
The Butcher & Grill,
Thomas Pink (Gift Voucher),
Caprice Holdings (Daphne’s Restaurant),
Olivia Norman of “At Last!”
Designer Alterations, Tigi Bed Head,
Random House Children’s Books, San Genaro Pizzeria,
Trims and Team Work (Hairdresser).

Affordable Art (donation £100), Sami Mcabe of Forge, Reesberg Partners LLC (£200 Donation for Mexican Music) Victor Garcia & Friends Jake Beattie (for singing) & his Manager Sophia Seymour Wandsworth Events Team.

We would finally like to express our gratitude to the Heap Family for once again allowing us to hold the BBQ at the Zoo. Their Staff couldn’t have been more charming and helpful.

The following is an extract from issue 78 of The Review by Editor Jimmy Burns:
The meerkats lined up, tense in expression and pose. The otters seemed even more intent on getting in on the action, demanding an extra helping of their evening meal. Nearby a tropical bird from darkest South America took up some cheeky wolf whistles at one of the better looking members of the FoBP committee. Rabbits bobbed, a donkey brayed, monkeys clinched in celebratory love play. Even a resting barn owl thought it best to keep one eye on proceedings.

It really was all happening at the zoo (Battersea Park’s very own) on June 9, as the Friends, courtesy of the Heap family- owners of the zoo-and their supportive staff, drew a large crowd to their annual BBQ in aid of London’s first Winter Garden. The large sell-out turn-out confirmed that this is becoming one of the most popular events of the year.

It helped that the weather seemed made to order-a balmy midsummer evening with not a cloud in the sky and a gentle breeze stirring, and twilight draping trees and river in watercolour. There were enough volunteers on hand early on, to help in helping set things up and agreeing on duties for the evening under the orders of their commander-in-chief, the organiser supreme, Friends co-founder Ruth Forrest.

The results of Ruth’s Herculean efforts in securing support of local businesses for the event, and encouraging donations for the tombola and auction were soon in evidence as tables filled with delicious food items, original works of art, exotic scarves, and all sorts of entertaining memorabilia and books. From early on, the beautiful young singers from the Mexican band Los Soneros were on hand to remind us that was not a church fete but a fiesta , their repertoire of salsas and merengues prompting young and old to come out dancing, between romantic classics like Guantamera.Mexican music at the BBQ

During their interval, a young student Jake Beattie, armed only with a guitar, emerged to serenade us no less beautifully. Tijuana moulded into Glastonbury, seamlessly, as friends and families, young and old, tucked into their very special grub. “This is what life in England should be all about,” commented one of many delighted participants, surveying the cosmopolitan scene. It was also the Park as a community.

The food catered for a broad dietary taste with an assortment of interesting salads, puddings, cakes and ice creams as well as meats. Suitably close at hand, wine bottles, beer cans, and cokes floated in a large vat of iced water, providing a fail-safe liquid lucky dip.

A limited edition photo of the Rolling Stones in the 1960’s by Terry O’Neil raised £1,600. Other items auctioned included a Vivienne Westwood handbag, a four-course meal-for-two, complete with wine and butler, at Anton Mossimann’s Belfry Club in Belgravia.

The final tally was in excess of £6,000, more than double the sum raised last year. It will mean the planting of more flowers and trees in our beloved park.