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Posted by Ilse Steyl Posted on 2014-09-26

Fire at the park but the show goes on

We are sorry to report there was a serious fire in the information centre at Cranford Park in the early hours of Monday (September 22).  The building has been rendered unusable and has been boarded up.  We have lost the only indoor shelter, toilet (wheelchair accessible) and kitchen in the 144-acre park.  We have also lost a collection of exhibits and an 18th century statue, of a woman and child, that is irreplaceable and possibly irreparable.  Until the authorities report we are unable to say what caused the blaze. More details below.

Events and activities will continue in the park as advertised and we urge you to support them.  Coming up this weekend (Sept. 27 and 28 at 3pm) is an hour-long, open-air theatre show for the whole family.  'Wheat to War' will be staged in the stable courtyard and is fast moving, with dance and music, performed by Outline Theatre.  Tickets are still available and will be sold on site too. There is free parking and bus E6 stops nearby in Cranford Drive. Details and poster below. 

Outline Theatre Wheat to War Travel Through Time! 1780 - 1918 (Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 September, 3pm)

Rural Life to the Great War. Events that Changed our Community

Open-air show.  Outline Theatre takes you on a unique journey through time.  Celebrate local life in this hour-long spectacular. Popular songs, dance and drama. Interactive and designed for the whole family, the show features the coming of the canal, the Great Western Railway and a moving tribute to our local Great War Heroes.

A World War One Centenary Production.

Tickets £4 or 4 for £14, Under 5’s free

Book online at or Box Office Tel 01895 851936.

Call for volunteers.  We are in need of volunteers with some experience of groups to help us with a large party of inexperienced volunteers coming for the day this Saturday (27th) at 11am.  Just an hour or two at the start or after lunch would be very helpful. Please reply to this email. 

For more on the fire, see this report in GetWestLondon. (Please note, Robert Barton is secretary not chairman of the Friends group as stated.) -

You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Cranford Park Friends.