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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 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.

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.

Chance’s Park needs your help for the Tesco’s Bag of Help Initiative!

Feb 28, 2016   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Chance’s Park has been short-listed for Tesco’s Bag of Help initiative.

From the 27 February to 6 March you will be able to vote for your favourite project every time you go shopping in your local Tesco store.  By putting your token in the Chance’s Park box, you will be helping to raise money for a new multi-play climbing unit to be installed in the park.  This will provide exciting and challenging play opportunities for local children!

Please share with all your Friends and tell them to put token into Chances Park box.

Extraordinary General Meeting of FOCP

Jan 15, 2016   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Due to Storm Desmond the FOCP 2015 AGM did not have sufficient numbers for quorum votes.

Therefore there is an EGM on Monday 18 January 2016 at 2.00pm at Morton Community Centre.

Click here to download FOCP – Deferred AGM letter – Jan2016

Click here to Fdownload FOCP Chairman Report 2015

Autumn Colours in Chances Park

Nov 15, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Chances Park, Latest News  //  No Comments

The park is colourful through the autumn too…
FOCP - Autumn colours - PHOTO IMG_2011 copy  Autumn colours in Chances Park (Nov 2015)

Body Mind and Spirit Day

Nov 2, 2015   //   by Iris Rogan   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Body Mind and Spirit Day ­

12 December 2015 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Morton Manor, Carlisle

Come and join us for the day:

  • Programme of Talks (included in the ticket price)
  • Varied programme of Workshops (included in the ticket price)
  • Exhibitors – for latest list see below…
  • Aura Readings
  • Taster Therapies
  • and MUCH MORE!

Click here to download the BMS2015 Exhibitor Booking Form
(Early bird discount until 30 Sept 2015)

For more information or to book a space contact Maggie Logan

Some of our confirmed exhibitors:

  • Jane Sheehan  Foot Reader
    Jane believes feet can give us key insights into our personality and emotions. Every line, lump, bump and oddity, she believes, provides a window into the soul.
  • Christine Johnson – Medium
    Christine giving a talk on Mediumship & Demonstration.
  • Frances Bousfield – Colour Style  and Image Consultant
    Frances is giving a talk on Colour and Style for the Festive Season.
  • Emma Summerfield  Jewellery Designer & Owner, Moon-Dream Jewellery
    Emma loves to create handmade beautiful bespoke jewellery and gifts, using her own unique designs.
  • Wishing Well Therapies I work as a Holistic Therapist in Carlisle and the South Lakes. Some of the different healing modalities are ground breaking and I offer a wide range of energy based natural complementary therapies.
  • Melanie Cruickshank @Animal_Comms
    Psychic mediumship for animals, whether passed over the rainbow bridge, or to communicate with animals in our world. Also track and trace for lost animals.
  • Jackie Wilkinson – Nutrition and Business Coach
    Nutrition is fundamentally important to all of us whether in business, sport or just wanting to live well. We cannot function unless we are healthy and our health depends on the raw materials we use to build and fuel our bodies. You really are what you eat!
  • Tropic Skin Care – Health/Beauty
    “No matter how Tropic has grown, we still and always will, uphold the same core values of producing the highest quality, natural and cruelty-free beauty products that really make a difference to your skin.”
  • Mr and Mrs Dufton – Aloe Vera
    The herb aloe vera, a plant cultivated in hot, arid conditions which can also be grown as a house plant. Aloes have been used medicinally for more than 2000 years!
  • Amanda Tooke – The Angel Mystic
    I believe Law of Attraction works. I think it is incredible how you can make things turn up. I read The Secret and loved it. I was on a high thinking I could literally think of something and it would turn up!
  • Helyn Connerr – Astro innovation
    Astro Innovation forms a bridge between some of mankind’s oldest knowledge and the latest cutting edge concepts. Founded in 1996, Astro Innovation’s mission and purpose is to retrieve ancient wisdom for application in today’s world, to make available to modern people the benefits inherent in astrology, to dig beneath the surface of the apparent and reveal its energetic underpinnings.
  • Andrew Helme – Gobannos Celtic Jewellery with a Celtic Twist
    Here are a couple of things Gobannos will be bringing. An Aura Amethyst wand with bronze and copper and matching magickal pendant. Why not pop in for a spell.
  • Buffalo Bills Bazaar
    Fair Trade crafts…   gifts, furniture and decor. Unusual and unique products with an ever changing range.
  • Sheila Marr – Healing Lives
    It’s all about healing lives by healing how we live; healing your home and workplace by creating harmony and allowing the energy to flow; energising your land and property by releasing the past, finding balance and encouraging places to thrive; enhancing your well-being by re-connecting with the Earth, attuning to positive energy and opening to universal wisdom.

And there will be other workshops, talks and more exhibitors announced soon too!