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FUN DOG SHOW at PINNER PICNIC 2 June 2024

We are pleased to announce that we are holding our second Dog Show as part of our Pinner Picnic event on Sunday 2nd June 2024 in Pinner Village Gardens park.

Like last year we expect keen interest so please do not leave it too late to register for the Dog Show.

Registration 12noon – 2pm. Judging starts at 2.30pm

Registration will be at the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens stall (near other stalls).The show ring is near the Rose Circle’

1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category will all be awarded rosettes. Judging will again be by Fauna Vets of Northwood who are donating prizes for those awarded 1st places and treats for all dog entrants.

Entry: £5 per dog for as many categories as you wish and are eligible. £3 per dog for a single category. Any surplus funds, after the Friends event costs, go towards maintaining the park.

With the exception of the Puppy category, dogs of any age may enter the other four categories. Puppies can enter all five. There is a category specifically for young dog handlers under 16 years of age.

Dogs placed 1st and 2nd in the 5 categories will automatically be entered in the People’s Choice finale – which will no doubt produce an interesting result.

The categories are:

  • Waggiest tail : Subject to numbers entering, this may be judged in knock-out groups.
  • Best trained puppy aged under 1 year : Puppy demonstrates sit, come, and walking to heel including turn and return.
  • Best junior handler under 16 years : Young handler and dog demonstrate sit command, walking nicely on lead to heal, to turn and return.
  • Best paw shaker & dog’s own specific trick.
  • Best groomed : Well brushed, clean & tidy, good nails, no mud in ears, no fleas. (Muddy paws forgiven subject to park’s ground conditions.) Growlers will be disqualified.
  • People Choice Finale : Automatic entry for dogs placed 1st & 2nd in the 5 categories. The ten dogs will line up at the end and public will be asked to make their favourite known.

Dog on leads please – except when it is your dog’s turn to respond to command ‘sit & come’. Long leads also encouraged.

The Friends of Pinner Village Gardens are all looking forward to the Coronation Event and Picnic and hope you are too. For further information on the overall event, please see our announcement below…

PINNER PICNIC  Sunday 2 June 2024  

Following the very successful Coronation Picnic Party, by public request the Friends of PVG are running a similar event – Pinner Picnic in the park on Sunday 2nd June 2024, 12noon – 4pm.  The free to enter event, invites people to bring-your-own-picnic to Pinner Village Gardens park.  There will be music, children’s rides, food stalls and pond dipping. There will again be the very popular fun dog show.

Annual Report 2022 / 2023

The Committee of the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens presented their Annual Report for the financial year 2022/23 at the Annual General Meeting in July 2023.


The Annual Report continues the style introduced with the Spring 2023 newsletter.  


The 8-page document aims to provide an easy-to-read, illustrated snap-shot of the work of the Friends.

Special Coronation Picnic Party Newsletter

A special Coronation Picnic Party & dog show newsletter has been published by the Friends of Pinner Village Gardens to record this fun event as part of a historic weekend. 


What it cannot show you is the hours of planning by the volunteers that went into making it a success before and after the event. The party is not over until the clearing-up is done.


There are lots of photos – you may see yourself or your dog – but we cannot include everyone.  
It was a great surprise that King’s representative for Greater London Deputy Lieutenant  Simon Ovens attended to deliver a message from King Charles III, and accompanied the then Mayor of Harrow Councillor Janet Mote.

New Newsletter for Friends of Pinner Village Gardens

This is the first edition of the new Newsletter for Friends of Pinner Village Gardens.

This Spring 2023 edition looks forward to an exclusive visit to see rare, historic, fragile botanic books and to our Coronation Event & Picnic Party on Sunday 7 May 2023, gardening tips for Spring into Summer, and a brief look at the past very cold Winter.

It also includes an exclusive opportunity to visit to the rare & historic books section of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Library in central London.  
Very few people get this opportunity to go behind the scenes into this strictly controlled, secure, climate-controlled library area.

For these reasons, this opportunity is initially only being offered to Life Members and those who have renewed their Annual subscriptions (individual and family). 

Tickets are £10 per person, limited to a maximum of two. The visit is Tuesday 13 June 2023. More details are in the Newsletter or contact us. 

We are very privileged to be given this opportunity by the RHS Library and delighted that they are supporting the work of the Friends of PVG in the park.

In future, this quarterly Newsletter will only be emailed to Life Members and those with current paid Annual subscriptions.  This is to give our subscribers the first opportunity to join special visits, talks, or training sessions we plan to run. Some four weeks later we will publish it on this website.

PVG Dog Show Announcement

We are pleased to announce that we are holding our first Dog Show as part of our Coronation Picnic Fun Event on Sunday 7th May in Pinner Village Gardens.

Registration will take place in the park for the Dog Show between 12 pm and 2 pm, it’s important to come on time for this as there is keen interest. Judging will commence at 2:30 pm.

1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category will be awarded rosettes and all entrants will be sent a certificate.
Entry is £1 per dog per category with funds raised going towards maintaining the park.  
The fun categories are:

  • The Waggiest Tail for all age dogs;
  • Be Good sit, down, stay – adult dogs;
  • Happy Puppy under 1 year.
  • Old Grey Whisker Test for dogs over 9 years;
  • Most Regal Promenade, where the handler must be in royal fancy dress, but not the dog.

The Friends of Pinner Village Gardens are all looking forward to the Coronation Event and Picnic and hope you are too. For further information on the overall event, please see our announcement here.

Coronation Picnic and Fun Event

The Friends of Pinner Village Gardens are finalising plans for the Coronation Picnic and Fun Event on Sunday 7 May.

The event will take place from 12 noon to 4 pm. There will be live music including Harrow Steel Band, children’s rides, stalls, and food. 

Understanding nature pond dipping will take place around 1.30 pm.

The Dog Show takes place at 2.30 pm and includes fun categories such as ‘Most Regal Promenade’ where the handler must be in royal fancy dress, but not the dog.

To take part in the Dog Show register in the park before 2 pm, £1 per category.  Other Categories are: Old Grey Whisker Test for dogs over 9 years; Be Good sit, down, stay adult dogs; Happy Puppy under 1 year; and the ‘Waggiest Tail’ for all.

There will be stalls and local trades participating for a donation towards the upkeep of Pinner Village Gardens.  The Friends of Pinner Village Gardens need to raise about £4,000 a year to keep the park looking lovely.  The Friends welcome donations of any size to help this work.

To volunteer for the event, apply to host a stall or if you have any questions Contact the Friends via our contact form here. Get your picnic packed for Sunday 7 May!

Update from the 2022 Annual General Meeting

The Friends of Pinner Village Gardens 2022 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday evening at the Pinner Arms near the park. We had nineteen attendees for the proceedings, which covered diverse points such as the membership pricing, mowing regime, changes to the constitution, the plans for interpretation panels for the ridge and furrow field and of course this year’s committee election.

As part of the review of the constitution of Friends of Pinner Village Gardens, changes were voted in with immediate effect to revise the election period for committee members from one year to three, modify the Junior Ambassador position to become a new general Committee Member 3 and bring in a formal co-opting process so that committee positions can more easily become filled between AGMs should they become vacant.

It was proposed that membership rates should increase for the first time since the formation of the Friends, going from £5 to £10 for a yearly membership, and £50 to £100 for a lifetime membership. While existing Friends on yearly memberships will remain on the current pricing, they will be written to in order to advise them of this change.

It is the objective that memberships should pay for the ongoing maintenance of the park, which is estimated to be around £2000 a year. Special projects, such as park improvements will come from further donations and by seeking grants through awarding bodies.

The votes were held to elect the new committee, including a new chair following the departure of Antonia Savvides earlier this year.

  • Chairperson – Dodie Melville-Riddell
  • Treasurer – Stephen Spiro
  • Secretary – Brian Chapman
  • Communications Lead – Sarah Brook
  • Education and Environmental Advisor – Simon Braidman
  • Landscape Advisor – Natalia Kuznetsova
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Jonathan Freedman
  • Committee member 1 – Helen Ryan
  • Committee member 2 – Jackie Lindop
  • Committee member 3 – Glyn Watkins

The posts of Event Coordinator and Funding Coordinator remain vacant. If you are interested in assisting the Friends in those roles, please do get in touch with us at info@pinnervillagegardens.org.uk.

Dodie will be well known to our volunteers and frequent visitors to the park and has been co-opted onto the Committee for most of the last year as Volunteer Coordinator. She has been in particular leading on the design of the new planting scheme for the Hereford Gardens entranceway. We would also like to welcome back Jonathan Freedman to the post of Volunteer Coordinator, who is another very familiar face to all those in the park frequently.