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Dates For Your Diary

Jun 21, 2017   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   Latest News, News & Events  //  No Comments

Saturday 16 September  Friends of Chances Park Annual Body, Mind, Spirit Day 10am – 4pm in the Manor.  Email chancesparkfriends@gmail.com for further details.  – FOCP fundraising event.

Further information to follow

Friday 1 December in the Manor  Carols at Christmas

Monday 29 January 2018 Friends AGM 2pm in Morton Manor

Walking for Health

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News, News & Events, Park Events  //  No Comments

The Friends of Chances Park promote the Walking for Health programme of Carlisle walks. If you are looking for a new way to get fit, make new friends and discover more about the surrounding area, they maybe for you.

Manor Fairy Day

Apr 25, 2017   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Sunday 23rd July 2017 fro 11.00am to 3.00pm.

Rolling programme with pupils of Newlaithes School

Apr 25, 2017   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   News & Events, Park Events  //  Comments Off on Rolling programme with pupils of Newlaithes School

Rolling programme with pupils of Newlaithes School of either bulbs, wildflower or tree planting takes place every autumn.

Quarterly Friends of Chances Park Meetings

Apr 25, 2017   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   News & Events, Park Events  //  Comments Off on Quarterly Friends of Chances Park Meetings

For further details please contact Iris Rogan on 01228 522903 or email Irisrogan3@gmail.com

Weekly Tai Chi

Apr 25, 2017   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   News & Events, Park Events  //  Comments Off on Weekly Tai Chi

Monday 10.30am to 11.30am in the Manor or the Park, weather permitting.

Weekly healthy living walks (voluntary community led group)

Apr 25, 2017   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   News & Events, Park Events  //  Comments Off on Weekly healthy living walks (voluntary community led group)

Mondays 2pm meet at the Manor, followed by an optional social get together in Manor café

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.

Carols at Christmas December

Dec 25, 2016   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Janice Jackson and her Musicality amazing voices.

 

Thank you to Val for hosting our Carols at Christmas; seen here hoping Santa will have a present for her too! Val kept us entertained with loads of Christmas facts!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Bedes School choir stole the show at the Manor. Thank you to them and their teachers, who brought Christmas to us all.

 

St Stephen’s Silver Band playing at our carols at Christmas at Morton Manor – thank you.

Tree Planting November

Nov 6, 2016   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Thanks to the children of Newlaithes School for helping plant trees on a crisp frosty morning, and to the teacher who also faced freezing temperatures to plant tree sapling provided by Woodland Trust.

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