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Carols in the Park

Nov 21, 2013   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Carols in the Parkwith Carlisle Musical Society, St Stephen’s Silver Band  and  Yewdale Primary School Choir

Compere: BBC Radio Cumbria’s Val Armstrong

Click  here to download the event poster


Weekly 5k Park Run

Sep 12, 2013   //   by acarruthers   //   Events, Latest News, Park Events  //  No Comments

Keep fit and enjoy a run around a beautiful park every Saturday morning at 8.30am and then relax afterwards with a drink in the Coffee Bar.

Run, jog or walk – the choice is yours.  Open to all ages and abilities so come down and have some fun and fresh air. Up to 200 people per run!

The run itself lasts for approximately an hour so we ask dog owners to please be aware and to keep their dog on a lead whilst the event takes place.  This will ensure that the park is enjoyed by everyone.

Extra runs held on bank holidays.

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Gardening Question Time

Apr 18, 2013   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

National Gardening Week. – 15-21 April 2013

To mark this week Chances Park held there very own Question Time on Monday the 15th April. There where two sessions morning and afternoon.

The morning session had a select group who asked a variety of questions to David Redmore (David Redmore of Garden and Landscape and Design). David who designed the Georgian Garden and also lead the regeneration design for the whole of Chances Park.

David is an expert Designer, plants man and ecologist and has worked through all levels of Horticulture and Design. This informal group asked questions on their favourite flowers – these ranged from sweet peas, Rhodendron species to Clematis montana. They brought many questions about their favourite plants -As for Rhododendrons how far you could cut 20 feet high down to without damage? They could be cut back to 6 foot! Questions on to what could be grown in successfully in wooded areas, damp soils and questions like what would grow under yew trees? What about my Hellebores this year? How to get rid of Hellebore leaf blotch and how to save seed from them.

Questions on Cyclamen, moles and a very interesting question on pest control from a Canadian visitor who advocated using Praying Mantis (Sadly not useable in the UK )
Another interesting question how to stop squirrels and mice eating crocus bulbs – tip pot them in compost over winter when plants come through plant out extra bonus you know where they will come through!

Lots of discussion about pests in the garden and how to protect your plants and the inevitable conflicts from animals and people!

Advice was given if you want early daffodils Cedric Morris being a very good example of an extra early daffodil flowering often at Christmas.

The subject of Lavender was brought up as it quite often dies back because of Lavender Shab or by being cut back to harshly at the wrong time Surprisingly English lavender is best in our climate! And of course the dreadful frosty , dry weather of this bitterly cold spring.

The Morning session ended with a walk round the park in looking at different species in the grassland Sorrel,Plantains,and lots of different grasses where all pointed out some of which have grown here since the medieval period . But we also looked at what had been achieved and what had determined the choice of trees.

We looked in detail at some of the trees –Trees like the Persian Iron wood with its tiny red flowers in spring and arching horizontal growth contrasting with a Turkish Hazel Tree with its strongly pyramidal shape for contrast and of course the circle of young Giant Redwoods waiting to grow into a huge cathedral of evergreen trees towering into the sky.

And how they will grow and be there for future generations with the avenue of handkerchief trees underplanted with thousands of crocus in blue and white increasing in number with each passing year .

Green Flag and Green Heritage Accreditation

Jul 23, 2012   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Mayor flags up the high standardsWe at Chance’s Park are delighted to announce that for the 2nd year running we have been awarded the Green Flag Award and Green Heritage status.

This is testiment to all the ongoing hard work of the grounds staff at Carlisle City Council’s Green Spaces Team and to the Friends of Chance’s Park for playing a huge part in bringing our park back to its former glory.

We really do have a park to be proud of!!

Love Parks Week

Jul 23, 2012   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

During Love Parks Week in July 2012 we had the following activities going on in Chances Park:

  • Tai Chi in the Park,
  • MOKYKIDZ Dance Fitness in the park
  • Manor Fairy Day
  • Morton Community Games 2012
  • The Barnardos Big Toddle ‘Super Heroes’

Official Opening of the Mini Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)

Mar 22, 2012   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

On Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 11am, Tony Elliott ex Carlisle United Goal Keeper and Goal Keeping Coach officially opened this new facilitiy on Chances Park.

Youth Muga

PE students from the Richard Rose Morton Academy were invited to take part in some keeper skills drills.

The development of the MUGA  was funded by Heritage Lottery, Carlisle City Council, , Cumbria Police BCU Fund, Cumbria Community Foundation 0-19 grants, Cumbria Waste Management and the Cumbria County Council Neighbourhood Forum.

The new facility was completed in partnership with the Friends of Chances Park and Carlisle City Council.

Morton Manor FC U7 Little Kickers

Oct 12, 2011   //   by acarruthers   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Morton Manor FC U7 Little KickersThe Friends of Chances Park supported the Morton Manor FC U7 Little Kickers with kit, balls and other equipment with support from the Lottery Fund.

The Biffaward Awards 2011 – Chances Park shortlisted

Sep 27, 2011   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Chances Park was shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2011 Biffa Awards, a ceremony which celebrated the people that dedicate their time to transforming their communities through Biffaward funded projects.

Selected from over 80 hopeful applicants, Chances Park competed against five other organisations from across the country, for the chance to be named winner of the “Natural Environment” category.

The Biffaward Awards 2011 was held on 03 November at London Transport Museum.

Mayor flags up

Sep 25, 2011   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   Latest News  //  No Comments

Mayor and Mayoress Barry and Kay Earp with Iris Rogan Chair of the Friends and Mary Chance.

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Forest Adventure Day

Sep 25, 2011   //   by friendsparkadmin   //   Chances Park, Latest News  //  No Comments

Hundreds of families join in the activities at the Forest Adventure Day.

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