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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 Activity Sheets for all the family!

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

There are a number of activity sheets to help you discover and enjoy everything about the park – activities, wildlife, plants and history.

Click from the list below to download a specific sheet (PDF files):

Activities and Trails for the family

Activities and Trails for our younger visitors



The Georgian Garden

In this tranquil corner of Chances Park, the meandering paths and curved, irregular shape of the flowerbeds recall garden designs of the Georgian period. The planting in each bed may change over time, but the informal and mainly herbaceous style are retained.

View PDF’s:

Chances Park – planting for people and wildlife

Beautiful trees have been a key element of Morton Manor’s grounds since they were laid out in the 19th century. Today, trees planted in Georgian and Victorian times share the park with more recent specimens, giving pleasure to present and future generations.

View PDF’s:

Volunteers from the Friends Group

Anyone who can spare the odd hour please contact Iris Rogan on 01228 522903 or email

Family Fun Day

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

A great day out for the whole family in Chances Park.

11.00am to 3.000pm

Come along and join in:

Click here to view event poster

Body Mind and Spirit Day

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

A FOCP fundraising day

15 October 2016 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
  • Taster Therapies
  • and MUCH MORE!

Further information will be available soon…

For more information or to book a space contact Maggie Logan

FOCP General Meeting

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

2.00pm at Morton Manor, Carlisle

Everyone welcome!

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)