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A Spring Update
Now that the daffodils and snowdrops are peeping their way through the parks’ undergrowth we thought it was time to update you on what we have been up to during the winter and our plans for the forthcoming (hopefully very warm) spring and summer months.
November saw our first fashion show. The United Reformed Church was full as friends and family watched over 40 youngsters, ranging from 2 years to 11 years modeling the winter collection from Pumpkin Patch in the Metro Centre. The event was supported by the local toddlers group who provided the colourful artwork decorating the hall. Also on show were many drawings from the schools showing what the children would like to see in their parks. A resounding success in several ways, the event raised just over £300, but more importantly raised awareness of who we are and what we are trying to achieve.
On a cold December night, many people turned up to join in the festive Pub Quiz. Reindeers, Christmas carols and famous people were just some of the amusing and eclectic questions posed by our volunteer quizmasters. And although Santa was unable to make an appearance everyone had a great night.
We had hoped to hold a family Ceilidh evening, but due to a low response we had to cancel.
As well as fundraising on a local level we have been successful in securing a £850 grant from the Community Area Forum. This money is being allocated to get plans drawn for Mundles Lane play area. Several meetings have taken place with representatives from different council departments, and we should see the first draft very soon.
Various meetings have been held with the council on a variety of park issues, some with the day-to-day maintenance, and others to agree items such as shrubs to be planted in some bare areas of Grange Park borders and also to have the rose beds re-stocked. The arched walkway was also discussed and was earmarked as a possible project for early next year.
An application for a Breathing Places Grant has also been submitted. We were given just a couple of days notice about this possible funding and through sheer determination we were able to submit the application with minutes to spare (honestly, just minutes, and with fantastic support from Mrs Gasston - thanks). In our application we focussed on the top end of Grange Park nearest to the junior school and the new entrance. We included items such as Community Notice Board, benches, planting to encourage wildlife, sensory walkway planting, and 3 child focussed events. Our application has been acknowledged but we won’t hear if we are successful until June.
Hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll have a better summer than last year. And not resting on our laurels we have several events planned for this sunny spring and summer.
April Fools Quiz Night - Thursday April 3rd, 8pm
Following the success of our previous quizzes we have had another pair of volunteers willing to test your general knowledge - though with the title ‘April Fool Quiz’ we don’t know whether ‘O’ levels will be an advantage!! This quiz is going to he held in the United Reformed Church Hall. More teams can enter and you can bring your own refreshments and snacks (alcohol is permitted). Tea, coffee, soft drinks, nachos, pizza slices and a variety of nibbles will be available for purchase.
You may never have noticed the nocturnal inhabitants of our parks. Meeting in the Grey Horse car park this fascinating walk and talk, which is suitable for all ages, is being led by a local bat expert and will cover bat activities in both parks.
Love Parks Week Saturday 14th June to Sunday 22nd June
Love Parks Week is coming up and several events are planned, look out for further information.
Grange Park Maintenance day Wednesday 18th June 2 - 4pm
This is part of Love Parks Week. Refreshments will be provided.
Kite making – Date to be confirmed
As always we would like to thank everyone who has supported us. If you would like to volunteer to help at any event or could offer your assistance in any way please contact us.
If you have any further questions, queries, donations of time, materials, energy or even money our contact details are:
Mobile and E-mail.
Mob no;07502 125671.
Hope to see you soon.
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