Friends of Chances Park AGM

Jan 23, 2017   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Chairman’s Report 2016

We started 2016 with an extra special meeting to adopt the new constitution and bring the accounts in line with the AGM.

Spring saw us working with Diane Cannon who designed the new Activity Sheets and invited local uniformed groups – Carlisle 29th Brownies, Rainbows & Brownies from Wigton Road, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from St James – to test them out.

Then to launch the Family Activity sheets we had a family environmental day in May where we had the RSPB, Alister Neville wood sculptor (who did our Fairy doors), City Council’s Recycling team, Butterfly conservation, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and many more stalls bringing lots of things to do and specimens to inspect. The Activity Sheets are available to everyone; sheets to suite all age groups 3-8 and 8-14 can be downloaded free from the Friend of Chances Park website along with Nature Trail Leaflets, and also the three different leaflets of the varieties of flower growing in the Georgian Gardens throughout the year.

The park was a hive of activity again for our annual Fairy Day in July. Once more everyone got into the spirit of the day and I even saw a couple of men with wings!

Our biggest fundraising event, Body Mind Spirit Day in October was a wonderful day enjoyed by both exhibitors and visitors alike and raised over £1600!

When we needed replacements for lost trees, Joanne from County Council sent me some information from different sources and I applied to the Woodland Trust and was awarded 105 saplings. When they arrived in November we planted about 40 in our wild section of the park with the help of the Greenspace team and Newlaithes School and the rest were given to the Greenspace team to put in other parks in the city to replace lost trees. Carols at Christmas in conjunction with Morton Manor in December was another successful event this year. The Choir from St Bedes joined Carlisle Musical Society and St Stephens Silver Band and Val Armstrong hosted the event. Apart from all these activities, the weekly events continue – ParkRun, Healthy Living Walks run by volunteers, and Tai Chi classes.

There is also the annual cleaning out of bird boxes and Richard and Sue Dixon from RSPB helped with this job. Some of our boxes hadn’t been used this year, the weather may have contributed to this but in the used ones we had mainly blue tits and a grey tit, and what had been a paper nest -wasp. Some of the boxes need attention – discs missing or catches- and we are also having a small owl box made by Denton woodcraft which should be ready this month.

Of course these projects wouldn’t be possible without our fundraising events, which bring me to all the people who give their time voluntarily. Whether in helping organise events, delivering minutes, selling raffle tickets, litter picking or reporting lights out, all of these important tasks help keep our beautiful Green Flag park for all to enjoy. I really can’t mention everyone by name but I must say a special thanks to the Greenspace team who are always willing to help us – working together on specific projects and in the day to day projects too – we do know how lucky we are. We would also like to pass on our thanks to Richard Reynolds our designated gardener.

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