The Performance Space and Water Staircase
There has never been a bandstand in Lowndes Park. In the 1920s, after Chesham UDC leased the Lower Park as a public recreation ground, a circular paved area with rose arbour was constructed in the middle of the Lower Park between The Avenue and Skottowes Pond. Steps with an arbour led down from the space to the pond and a smaller flight of steps led up to The Avenue. The Silver Band played concerts on the site. In 1970, a fountain was added to the centre of the performance area and the steps were converted to a water staircase. These features no longer operate. A programme of concerts is held on the performance area throughout the summer season.
The water staircase was decommissioned due to vandalism and is fenced off to prevent access. The performance area has a crazy paving surface that is uneven and is not covered, so wet weather can cancel performances. The area is not accessible by wheelchair and there is a dearth of suitable seating.
The successfull Comunity Spaces bid will fund the refurbishment of this site..
News & Events
The next Friends of Lowndes Park working party will be on Sunday 8 December 2013. We meet at 10am in the Archena Garden which is next to the Temperance Hall in Church Street.
Apple Planting Day - Chesham Community Orchard – 10am onwards at the top of the park.
The orchard is going well and now we need your help. We have 24 new trees to plant including 9 Apple, 5 Plum, 5 Cherries, 3 Pear and 2 crab apples, so we have a lot to do. This is where you come in, we need as many people as possible to come along and help plant the trees, so do make sure you put the date and time in your diary. Please click on the title to find out more about this event and others.
We have had reports of a pike in Skottowes Pond. We haven’t seen it, have you? Please report any sightings to us via the Contact Us page.
Volunteers from the Friends of Lowndes Park have dug up the old cricket wicket and have made it ready for sowing wildflower seed. We hope that this will make for a colourful and interesting display during the coming year.