Highams Park Forum
Seen locally (Current - 2014)
Following the planned closure of the Forum at the end of 2019 this website is now mothballed. It will not be updated further but remains as an interesting archive and can be browsed as normal. All Forum functions have transferred to the Highams Park Planning Group. Click here for details
Seen locally (Current - 2014)
This page contains a selection of photos taken out and about in Highams Park. The only criteria are that they should be interesting, informative or amusing in some way.
Please send us yours to the email address shown in the "Contact us" link. We'd be pleased to receive any photos taken on mobile phones or digital cameras that capture local scenes and fit the above criteria. Please include a two line description saying where the photo was taken, the date and time, and your name (which we won't publish if you don't want us to).
For older "seen locally" items, click here: "Seen locally" archive
8th July 2019 - Stunning wildflowers around Humphry's in the Park
Earlier in the year, the council's parks department dug up the grass around Humphry's café in The Highams Park (the park next to the lake) and they planted wildflowers in the space. For quite some time it looked like the plants had not taken and the large beds just looked rather sad and muddy. But we should have had faith. The recent sun and rain caused the beds to exploded with growth and a stunning display of wildflowers has erupted. Its worth taking a stroll to see them before the season finishes.
30th March 2019 - Spring birds by the lake
A pair of Egyptian Geese have set up home at Highams Park Lake. Below is a still from a short video of the pair. If you click the photo the video will run, showing them "displaying". They seem to like the camera as they can be seen photobombing the resident swans in the swan photos below.
26th April 2018 - Bluebells in a Sunbeam
Onna snapped this photo of bluebells in the forest surrounding Highams Park Lake. This was after having one of the first cups of tea at Humphry's in The Highams Park. This Community hub and Cafe opened for the first time on 26th April 2018.
1st March 2018 - Beauty and "The Beast"
The horrible weather has created misery for many, but every cloud ...
29th December 2017 - A Christmas visitor to the land of Highams Park
Q: What's that in the lake?
17th December 2017 - Video: 17th Pals' Battalion Band - Xmas Fayre 2017
On Sunday 17th December 2017 the 17th Pals' Battalion Band performed two sessions at the Highams Park Christmas Fayre 2017. The first session was outside the station and they then marched to Signal Walk (outside Tesco) to perfom a second session there. The link below takes you to a video of the event.
2nd June 2017 - Abbotts Crescent Community Garden in bloom
The small public garden in Abbotts Crescent (at the junction with The Avenue) is maintained by local residents. It currently has an impressive display of flowers which are much appreciated by local bees.
26th May 2017 - Handsworth Avenue turns into a country lane
The very leafy trees and a quiet Sunday afternoon make Handsworth Avenue appear like a country lane in these two photos:
11th May 2017 - Adopted Tree Bases
Some residents have been turning the bases of street trees into mini gardens with impressive results. Here are 3 examples.
2nd May 2017 - Fisher on the roof
A Herron taking a break to admire the view from the top of a roof in Abbotts Crescent.
23rd February 2017 - Doris causing trouble
Storm Doris made a nuisance of itself in The Avenue. As a result the council team with chain saws had to work quickly to move the fallen tree. Photo snapped by Oona.
6th October 2016 - Unintended signage
A very observant Oona Kelly sent us this photo. I stared at it for a while before the penny dropped :-). Its amazing what you notice when your nose isn't buried in a smartphone !
3rd September 2016 - Highams Park Shop Local Day
Highams Park's "Shop Local Day" took place on Saturday 3rd September. This major event was organised by The Highams Park Planning Group and was a great success. Highams Park's shopping centre covers a surprisingly large area involving many different roads. As a result, people can be unfamiliar with shops in the roads where they don't normally travel. The Shop Local event set out to change this by arranging a myriad of activities in all corners of the shopping area to encourage residents to see what's there.
26th August 2016 - Highams Park Lake in Pathe News (1960)
An eagle eyed resident recently spotted this old (1960) Pathe News video on YouTube. The video features a motorcycle side car called "The Canterbury Belle" that turns into a boat. There are many references to it on the internet. The interesting thing, from the perspective of Highams Park residents, is that the video shows them trying out the boat on Highams Park Lake. In the ride to the lake, the roads look very familiar.
16th July 2016 - Highams Park Day 2016 - Video
The 9th annual Highams Park Day took place on Vincent Green in Vincent Road on Saturday 16th July 2016.
8th May 2016 - Highams Park Spring Festival - Vikings in the Park !
Sunday 8th May 2016 saw the first ever Highams Park Spring Festival in the park next to the lake. The event was organised by The Friends of The Highams Park and The Highams Park Planning Group and was regarded as huge success by all who attended. The weather was good, the people in the arena were crazy, and the people outside the arena were delightful.
6th February 2016 - Elephant & Tortoise unveiling
This evening, the long awaited Elephant & Tortoise artwork was unveiled in Signal Walk, Highams Park (outside the Tesco store). Large numbers of Highams Park residents turned out on a cold and windy evening to witness the long awaited event. The creator of the work, local (and internationally renowned) artist Barnaby Barford, performed the unveiling and thanked all those who had made it possible.
11th July 2015 - Highams Park Day 2015
Highams Park Day 2015 took place on 11th July and was a great success. The biggest yet. If you missed it, Malcolm Shykles has compiled a brief video showing some of the days events. You can view it by clicking the link below:
28th September 2014 - Signal Box Open House - Pictures and video
Highams Park's iconic Signal Box at the level crossing was open to the public on the weekend of 20/21 September. It was a historic day for our signal box as this was the first time it has been open to the public since.... well, since "ever".
16th August 2014 - I Love Highams Park board at Highams Park Day 2014
Highams Park Day 2014 took place on 12th July and was a great success. In the Forum's tent there was a display board on which visitors were encouraged to write what they loved about Highams Park. A photo of the board at the end of the day is shown below. If you would like to see it a bit larger, click the image and it links to a larger copy.