Doggy Splash Day Fundraiser 2019: Report

Doggy Splash Day Fundraiser 2019: Report

It rained and rained, but even the dismal weather couldn’t hold back the joy felt by the dogs who got their once a year treat on Doggy Splash Day. Lots of soggy jolly dogs went home tired and happy, with only one little spat to report. Amazing given the amount of dogs in the pool at any one time. They could teach our humans a thing or two!

Doggy Splash Day is held on the last day that the pool has water in before being drained for the winter. It is organised by John Rhodes, long serving volunteer to the Friends of Streatham Common, and Pets as Therapy. This event raises money for the paddling pool.

The pool is only able to open through the hard work of volunteers all year round. Dogs are charged a fee for entry, with this, plus the raffles and money donated by stalls raised a grand total of £1200 this year. This is in addition to the £200 raised for the pool at Scruffs Dog show [donations split between FoSC & Pets as Therapy].

John will be carrying on the paddling pool fundraising through until Christmas with his Bic-a-Brac stall outside the Rookery Cafe. This will be open between 9 – 12 everyday. Please give generously.

We ask all parents & families, who use the pool in the summer months to keep this fabulous asset to the community open – we need your help. We want to keep this asset free to use for all our community. Fund raising cannot remain the responsibility of a few core members of FoSC – we need the community to help.

To support the aims and work of the Friends of Streatham Common, you can make a donation through our Just giving page

All images copyright of Amanda Taylor-Purchase. October 2019

FoSC Public Meeting Thursday 19th September 2019: 7.45PM

FoSC Public Meeting Thursday 19th September 2019: 7.45PM

The Rookery Cafe – Streatham Common South

You do not have to be a member to attend this meeting.

There will be two presentations followed by discussions.

One is a proposal to install some kind of fitness equipment on the Common. But what and where?

The other is a proposal to carry out restoration work on the area of Acid Grassland on the Common. Why and what could this involve (planting heather for a start)?
Read more about the importance of Acid Grasslands here

Your views would be welcome.

The Rookery Cafe bar will remain open
for refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you.

Doggy Splash Day 13th October 2019 11:00

Doggy Splash Day 13th October 2019 11:00

The day all dogs wait for in their furry calendar. So lovely to watch dogs go wild in the surf…well at least the pool anyway! All gets very excitable. Humans allowed in also if you are well behaved.

From 11.00am until 5.00pm in the paddling pool. A chance for all dogs to splash around in the pool before it closes down for the year. Non dog owners welcome to come and watch the fun.

A donation is requested with monies raised going towards supporting the Childrens paddling pool at the top of the Common for 2019


The event is run entirely by volunteers so even if you are not a member and just a dog lover – we welcome any help you can give us on the day to steward the event. Please contact us at


Scruffs Dog Show 8th September 2019 12:00

Scruffs Dog Show 8th September 2019 12:00

Friends of Streatham Common are hosting ‘Scruffs’ Fun Dog Show on Streatham Common. This years theme is Horror Movies! 

Registration opens 12pm and costs £1.50. Starts at 1pm.
All proceeds go to Friends of Streatham Common and Pets as Therapy.

John Rhodes has run the dog show for 20 years now. He has worked tirelessly for both Pets as therapy and the FoSC. Lets give him some payback this year. We need volunteers. So any dog lovers out there. please let us know ASAP!

The annual fun show for dogs of any age, shape or size, now in its 21st year! We have the following categories
Cutest Puppy
Prettiest Bitch
Handsomest Dog
Best Rescue
Best Veteran
Parade of PAT Dogs
7 Legged race
Dog and Spoon Race

On the Common opposite the cafe.  From 12.00 until 5.00pm.

Bat Walk: Friday 13 September 2019 @ 19:30

Bat Walk: Friday 13 September 2019 @ 19:30

A perfect night out for a spooky Friday 13th and if  you are a fan of ‘What we do in the shadows’ series. Join Dr Iain Boulton for an evening walk & talk about one of our very popular residents, the much misunderstood bat. Now protected, they are a small but important pollinator & pest controller for our common.

Free, but booking is essential.
Book your place at

Meet at the Rookery Cafe at 7.30pm
Free event – donations welcome

For more information on the British Bat population – please go to



Shakespeare in the Rookery: 7 July 2019

Shakespeare in the Rookery: 7 July 2019

Festival Player’s will perform Much Ado About Nothing with an all male cast on the Rookery lawn.

Performance starts at 3.00pm.
Tickets available online here
Adult: £13.50 / Conc: £12.00 / Children: £6.00

“The course of true love never did run smooth”, but the sparring antics of Shakespeare’s erstwhile lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, provide great hilarity for the other members of the household who plot to reunite them. Against this background, another romance is almost derailed by the machinations of a jealous Duke until the local constabulary bumble upon his plans.

This delicious comedy, popular for over 400 years, will be performed for you by The Festival Players acclaimed all-male Company, in a crystal clear, energetic, colourful production, enhanced by original songs composed by Johnny Coppin.
Don’t miss this Summer treat; fun for all the family.

Open air performance, bring your own rugs and chairs and picnics.

As with every visit to Streatham Common – we ask you to take home your litter. Please leave zero trace.

The park has no recycling facilities, please recycle at home.

Band in the Rookery: 15 June 2019

Band in the Rookery: 15 June 2019

After the Rookery market, enjoy an afternoon of acoustic music in the Rookery from 3.00pm to 6.00pm.

Bring a rug and a picnic.

No charge but donations for beer money for the band appreciated.

As with every visit to Streatham Common – we ask you to take home your litter. This event is organised by volunteers and we can thank their year round hard work by leaving zero trace.

The park has no recycling facilities, please recycle at home.

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly survey Wednesday 17th July 2019: 7.00pm

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly survey Wednesday 17th July 2019:  7.00pm

Meet by the Rookery Cafe at 7.00pm to join the hunt for this elusive butterfly, which lives around oak trees.

This survey is held in conjunction with London Wildlife Trust’s Great North Wood Project.

Scientific name: Favonius quercus

Underwings grey with white streak and small tails, upper wings brown. Males have a purple sheen, females have a purple mark on forewing.

This handsome butterfly is widely distributed throughout southern areas wherever there are oak trees; even a solitary tree may support a colony. It is frequently overlooked as adults remain largely in the canopy where the main adult food source is honeydew; they fly more commonly in the evening of a warm summer’s day. They are only driven down to seek fluid and nectar during prolonged drought, as occurred in 1995-6.

There has been a recent increase in records and an extension of the range of this butterfly especially in the English Midlands and south-west Scotland, even in urban areas (including London) which may be related to improvements in atmospheric quality. White-letter Hairstreak is similar but has W-shaped streak.
Size and Family

Family: Hairstreaks
Size: Small
Wing Span Range (male to female): 37-39mm

Conservation Status
Butterfly Conservation priority: Low
Fully Protected under the 1985 Northern Ireland Wildlife Order
European status: Not threatened

Caterpillar Foodplants

The Purple Hairstreak is restricted to Oak trees including both the native species, Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) and Pedunculate Oak (Q. robur), and the introduced Turkey Oak (Q. cerris). Evergreen Oak (Q.ilex) also may be used.

Habitat : Difficult to spot as it flies around the tops of Oak trees in woods, hedgerows and parks, including in urban areas.

Countries: England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland
Widespread in England and Wales, less common in Scotland and Ireland
Distribution Trend Since 1970’s in Britain: -15%

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