May Fayre 2017!

The May Fayre will be on the 20th of May this year and we hope it will be a lovely, sunny day!

As ever, there will be loads for families to do and see;  music on the bandstand, a huge number of stalls, a bar for the grown ups, bubble football, kitz carts, a funfair, steam train rides for the children and lots more!

This year we’re bringing back the Fun Dog Show… so pamper your pooch, shampoo your shih tzu,  be-ribbon your basset, mollycoddle your mongrel – come along and see if your beloved pet can go home with a prestigious rosette! There’s a small charge, and all the money raised goes to Yasmine’s dog charity.

We’re trying to book a bus to go to and from the harbour so you can park in the Leopold Street carpark [it’s free on Saturdays] as parking can be difficult – and don’t forget that the Loop stops just near the park.

If you’d like a stall [and it’s still only £20 per 12′ pitch] and have market trader’s insurance please email friendsofellingtonpark@gmail.com for a booking form.  No more catering please.

Then all you have to do is keep your fingers crossed for sunshine!

Ellington Park being returned to its former glory!

The Friends, in partnership with Thanet District Council, have been successful in getting through stage 1 of a £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund bid for funds to regenerate the park.

The major things the money will pay for are Victorian railings with gates in place of the horrid breezeblock walls, resurfaced paths, the original style balustrade on the terrace replaced, a new café and toilets, a shop with heritage display area, relocated new children’s play area … and of course the beloved bandstand put back to its original condition.

We have up to 24 months [we will endeavour to make it less] to prepare the detailed plans which will then go back to HLF for any suggestions / amendments [not many we hope] and when all is agreed, work can begin.

The Friends’ committee, with help from John Walker [Ramsgate Society],  Lloyd Bore Architects [Canterbury] and Neil Camp [QS] to name but a few, have been working on this bid for nearly four years and are thrilled to see it coming to fruition.

Do please keep your eyes open for Public Meetings so you will know what’s going on!

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‘Between the Saint and the Sea’ exhibition radio interview – Academy FM

If you haven’t been yet, do go along to the St Lawrence Parish Hall to experience the Between the Saint and the Sea exhibition. 

It’s full of fascinating photographs and artefacts all about our Parish … and it’s growing all the time with people bringing in their family memorabilia and memories.  You can listen to local people’s memories of Ramsgate – and sign up to have your memories recorded for posterity!

There are activities for children too – the Ancestral Hat Box lets children try on real hats; and for those of you that love motorcycles, there’s a beautifully restored sprint bike from the 1960s.

For more details, have a listen to Rob Holden’s interview with Bill Pitt from Academy FM.

The exhibition is open 10am – 4pm until Saturday 17th of September … and don’t forget the afternoon events at 3pm and evening talks starting at 7pm!

The Friends of Ellington Park is a committee made up of a group of local residents and park users committed to improving the facilities and environment of Ellington Park in Ramsgate, Kent.