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Photos at the Park

The area around Russell Park is a bit of a hotspot for local photographers and creative people. As well as Gemma Kirkham, who has taken so many of the great photographs you can see on our facebook page and on the blog, local photographer Graham Watson of We Can Creative often takes amazing photos on his way through the park in the early morning as he is on his way to the gym. Have a look at some of these magnificent shots: including very rare views of the empty playground!

Sunrise over the big swing

Anyone coming out to play?

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A snowy mini-golf course

Now that (hopefully) the snow is just a sparkling but distant memory, and Spring has finally sprung, it's a great time to come and enjoy spending some time outside. It's good for vitamin D levels,  as well as being great exercise and, as Kelly the natruopath said in her guest blog last week, it's highly recommended for your sense of happiness and wellbeing. Just yesterday the Kiosk welcomed loads of children enjoying a musical morning outdoors, thanks to Mark from Piccolo Music Club. He hopes to come back in a few weeks for some more musical fun. Keep an eye on the blog and our facebook page for dates.

Music st The Kiosk

Piccolos Music Club

In the meantime, why not come and take some photos of your own of  Russell Park and post them to our facebook page? We'd love to show off the work of all happy snappers! And there is the small issue of that empty playground that needs filling up...

And The Winner Is......

Dogs (2) March 2013 saw Best in Show at Crufts being won by Jilly, the Basset Griffon Vendeen who beat more than 20,000 dogs over the four-day competition to take the coveted title.

Meanwhile, in a quiet corner of a little park by the Great River Ouse in Bedford, Lorraine Lotan from Happy Dog Training in Clapham was deliberating over a very different ‘Best in Show’.  She had kindly agreed to judge The Kiosk’s inaugural ‘Canines At The Kiosk’ competition and taking a break from her work with the charity Canine Partners, she headed to Russell Park to focus on her judging.  While our photographic contest didn’t attract the same sort of numbers that entered Crufts, Lorraine’s task of picking winners for the six categories was nonetheless a difficult one!

“Thank you for asking me to judge – all the photos were great and all the dogs were winners” said Lorraine – but we managed to pin her down and after plenty of Lattes and a few of our signature Malteser Squares,  she narrowed it down and has come up with the very deserving winners!

And, much as they do at other high profile awards ceremonies, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to email images and upload them onto facebook, we had a lot of fun and we hope you did too.

Congratulations if you are a winner, and commiserations if you haven't won a prize this time, but fear not, there will be other competitions to enter and other opportunities to win.

We’d also like to thank all those that have donated prizes – Pets at Home, Aspera Pet Services, Acorn House Vets Practice, Adrian Bullers Photography and KJ Photography. You can see the winning entries below, and all the others on our facebook page!

Look-A-Like: Gracie - Two Lambs in Honour of Easter, entered by Sara Gilbert

Gracie

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Our Alfie with Bailey, entered by Karen Chamberlain

Alfie and Bailey

Man's Best Friend: Harley & Noodle in boat, entered by Kimberley Boreham

Man's Best Friend

Top Dog & Best in Show: Yassko & Cerys, entered by Wendy Halling

Yassko and Cerys

In the Dog House: Baxter, entered by Alexandra Ward

Baxter - well and truly in the doghouse

Puppy Power: Heidi Trampolining, entered by Fiona Swift

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Comic Relief in the Park

'Do something funny for money' was the instruction from Comic Relief this year. Not needing much encouragement to don a Onesie or two in aid of a very good cause - the Kiosk team made preparations for a day of fun AND fundraising. Offering free drinks to all who came down to the Kiosk dressed in their Onesies - with the price of the drink instead donated to Comic Relief - we also enlisted the help of resident photographer Gemma Kirkham to come and record the day for posterity and a few more donations!

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Preparing for the big (red) day, we stocked up on lots of maltesers - a key ingredient of our ever-popular malteser squares. Maltesers were donating 5p to comic relief for every pack sold, so essentially we were baking and eating to raise money, never something to be sniffed at. We also had special red nose cookies supplied by our biscuit guru Karen Bland - all money from sales of those going straight to Comic Relief.

Our friend Jacquelyn Cooper from Halcyon Yoga came and painted our nails red and gave her time for the cause (realising her secret desire to be a beauty therapist at the same time), and Alison Godwin popped down with her Olympic Torch metaphorically, if not literally, lighting up our day!

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With so many charities competing for our donations, all year round, it's easy to forget what an impact Comic Relief has. The wonderful thing about the charity is that it supports vulnerable families all over the world - from children in the very poorest of countries, to families in the UK who are struggling to feed their children. It really does change lives in a very meaningful way.

We raised £100 for Comic Relief today. £100 could mean the world to so many people. Here's a few things that £100 can do:

It could provide life-saving anti-malarial drugs for 80 children - quite literally changing their lives.

It could vaccinate twenty children against deadly diseases like tetanus, meningitis and pneumonia.

It could pay for 20 mosquito nets to protect sleeping children and their mothers from potentially fatal malaria.

It could fund more than 30 people living in the slums of Sierra Leone with long term access to clean water.

It could fund access to advice and support for ten families in the UK living with dementia.

Or it could provide 100 meals for UK families struggling to feed their children.

Here are some photos of us enjoying our FUNdraising efforts. Enjoy. If you can, donate more money to Comic Relief here.

We can't think of any better ways to spend £100. Thank you so much to all of our customers, friends and the many local people who just popped by to show their support.

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Guest Blog: Gemma Kirkham

We're really lucky to have loads of brilliantly creative people living in and around Russell Park. Here, mum and photographer Gemma Kirkham talks about her kind of park life.

I feel so lucky to live so close to Russell Park - I’ve always loved to spend time outside and with two active boys to run around after it’s lovely to be able to release the kids into the Park to blow off a bit of steam!

Since The Kiosk opened, it’s changed our experience of the park because it really adds to the sense of community and has become a real hub and place to meet! There is always someone there to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with…and the kids can’t walk past without begging for a giant cookie or slice of cake! It’s the first stop on any visit to the park and I love coming around the corner to see Nansi, Emma, Charlotte, Hannah or any of the other lovely staff.

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As I am also a photographer, I like to hold my photo shoots outside come rain or shine- so Russell Park is the perfect location! All of my summer mini sessions were held in and around the Park which made for beautiful and natural photographs for all of the families I worked with! We did have to shelter at The Kiosk with a cup of tea one morning to wait for the rain to pass but when it did – the wellies and umbrellas combined with puddles made for lots of fun and great shots! On those cold winter sessions a pit stop at The Kiosk to warm up has become part of the routine. I find that shooting outside is much more fun for the children and for the parents – everyone is able to relax and enjoy the experience which really is the secret to creating the most natural photos!

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Gemma Kirkham Photography

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Summer opening times

pavilion open 9-5pm
the window stays open until 6pm

last food orders 3:30pm

Autumn opening times
as of October 1st

pavilion open 9-4pm
the window stays open until 5pm

last food orders 3:15pm

Mondays: Café opens at 10am

we are open 7 days a week and dogs are welcome on our heated veranda during the winter months

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