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Honorary President: David Bellamy

18 February 2001
Friends of Dukes Meadows Fun runs and big brass band all add up to a memorable morning and over £1000 for the Chiswick Child and Family Centre

A 33 piece brass band, 40 Children's Fun runners, 150 Fun runners, 400 supporters and bright February sunshine all added up to a memorable morning at the first Dukes Meadows 5 mile Fun run that raised £1000 for the Chiswick Child and Family Centre.

Friends of Dukes Meadows volunteers were out in force on Saturday and Sunday to complete the restoration of the Dukes Meadows band stand for the first band to play there for over 40 years. The Fulham brass band entertained and inspired Fun runners and supporters with popular marches and sporting themes.
40 Children Fun runners completed their own course set out on the plateau adjacent to the old paddling pool.
150 Fun runners completed the 2-lap 5-mile circuit of Dukes Meadows.
As a result of generous sponsorship by the Riverside Club, all Sponsorship and entry fees were collected for the Chiswick Child & Family Centre by parents from the centre. Staff and families from the centre formed the biggest group of Fun runners on the day. £1000 was collected on the day and Fun runners are now collecting more sponsorship money to send in.
The event was planned and prepared by Ling and Tim Mack of the Friends of Dukes Meadows in partnership with a group of local Clubs and societies including the West 4 Harriers running Club.
Tim Mack, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hounslow Brentford & Isleworth, who completed the run said,
"We are absolutely delighted that so many people have come together to plan and prepare such an enjoyable event for the Chiswick Child and Family Centre. We are thrilled to have been able to restore the bandstand and get a brass band back to Dukes Meadows for the first time in over 40 years. Many many thanks to everyone involved and to everyone who has come along today. We hope to get the band back here soon and, with the support of the Riverside Club, make the Dukes Meadows Fun runs an annual event."

Friends of Dukes Meadows,
Restoring and improving Dukes Meadows for everyone
Including groups, who have restored the bandstand, cleared the surrounding area and river foreshore, planted bulbs and developed the plans to restore the whole area.
Organisers of the Sunday Farmer's Market

West 4 Harriers
Organisers of the Thames Towpath 10 mile race, April 8th 10.30am.Entry forms available from West 4 Harriers, Flat 3,15 Grosvenor Road Chiswick, London W4 4EQ

Fulham Brass Band - 33 musicians, weekly rehearsals in Chiswick, founded in 1895 and one of the last bands to play Dukes Meadows over 40 years ago.

St John's Ambulance The Brentford & Chiswick Division

Metropolitan Police - Hounslow Borough Division

Councillor Paul Lynch (Conservative Riverside), Announcer for the day and honorary member of Friends of Dukes Meadows

Chiswick Child and Family Centre,
Although still under threat of closure, the Chiswick Child and Family Centre continues to provide support to local children and families in need. The work includes outreach and support to families in their homes, mother -toddler sessions and nursery -type places for children with special needs, where staff facilitate specialist programmes such as physio, speech and occupational therapy. Other services include child-minders group and parenting - skills advice.