£1,000 from the Police Commissioner towards the Ellington Park “Smile – You’re On Camera” Project

We have received some fantastic news from the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office to say that we have been awarded £1,000 from the Commissioner’s Fund towards installing a CCTV system in Ellington Park!

The Park has received more than its fair share of vandalism in the last twelve months or so, and as a result, there has been a lot of support from the people of Ramsgate for the installation of closed-circuit television.

A delighted Beverley Perkins – Chair of the Friends of Ellington Park – said, “Up until now, the main stumbling block has been a lack of funding, but thanks to the Commissioner’s award, we are now in a position to launch our long-awaited “Smile – You’re On Camera!” project to put CCTV in the Park”.

Beverley continued, “We would like to extend our very grateful thanks to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes.  The £1,000 will go a long way towards building up the necessary funds – but we are also actively looking for other funding sources that can help make this project a reality”.

Watch this space!

Crime Commissioner logo

May Fayre Pics

Here is a selection of photos taken by us at the May Fayre for you to enjoy.  You can find more pictures at our Friends of Ellington Park Facebook group – or by joining a special Facebook group, run by the Friends’ photographer, Michael Millham, called Ellington Park Pictures.  The Isle of Thanet Gazette has also set up an online album of photos for you to view.

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May Fayre – A Resounding Success!

We held our sixth Ellington Park May Fayre on Saturday, 16 May.   The sun shone on Ramsgate and we still cannot get over how lucky we were with the weather!  It was blue skies all around and only a small breeze which helped to make sure the heat wasn’t stifling.

Attendance

Unlike previous years, we decided not to count the number of people coming through the gates, so the overall attendance is a little difficult to quantify.  Last year, we know that approximately 8,000 visitors came through the Park gates, and the general consensus is that there were at least as many – and probably more – people at this year’s event! From all of us at the Friends of Ellington Park, thank you very, very much for coming and visiting Ellington Park on Saturday!  If nobody had decided to turn up, the whole thing would undoubtedly have been a damp squib.

Crowds flocked to Ellington Park on Saturday afternoon
Crowds flocked to Ellington Park on Saturday afternoon

 

Stalls

This year, we had far more stalls and attractions than ever before.  We have received a lot of great feedback from stallholders, who were not only very pleased at how well their stalls did at the May Fayre, but also with the level of organisation on hand – for example, the pitches being marked out, and a lot of care and consideration given to who should go where: not an easy feat given that there were well over 60 stalls in attendance! Again, we would like to put on record our very grateful thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the event a success!

Dog Show

The only attraction which might not have gone completely according to clockwork – although it was still enjoyed by most of the entrants! – was the Fun Dog Show.  The lady who we asked to attend as the Dog Show judge was brought in at the very last minute and had not been able to bring her own people along to help, so a number of our own Friends of Ellington Park volunteers stepped in.  The unprecedented number of “contestants”, among other things, did, however, mean that it got ever so slightly chaotic at one stage.  Thank you to our newly-elected local MP, Craig Mackinlay, who stepped in and helped us out with the Dog Show!  And do be assured, we are already looking at how we can improve the Dog Show in time for next year’s event!

Craig Mackinlay MP helps out during the Dog Show
Craig Mackinlay MP helps out during the Dog Show

 

Music on the Bandstand

We really enjoyed the Music this year.  It was brilliant to see Thanet Concert Band and Acoustic Works returning to the Bandstand.  We love Courtney from Acoustic Works because of his support for Ellington Park year on year.  As we have often said before, he will be the first person to be invited to play on the Bandstand when it is eventually restored to its full Victorian beauty.  Many thanks also to D’Accord, who were marvellous, making their Ellington Park debut on Saturday.

Crowd favourites: Thanet Concert Band make a return to the Bandstand
Crowd favourites: Thanet Concert Band make a return to the Bandstand

 

1953 Double-Decker London Red Bus

Arguably the highlight of the May Fayre was the Vintage London Red Bus!  Keith, from the Old London Bus Co. was kept very busy throughout the afternoon, giving many hundreds of people free trips up from the Harbour to the Park.  Keith’s only recommendation for next year was that we do more frequent trips!  It was a case of demand outstripping supply on Saturday!

Bus Front

The Vintage London Bus came complete with a conductor and the driver in traditional London Transport uniform
The Vintage London Bus came complete with a conductor and the driver in traditional London Transport uniform

 

Proceeds

In terms of proceeds raised, these will take time to work out, as money continues to come in, and expenditures also emerge.  This was the first year that we decided to entirely self-fund the May Fayre: we didn’t ask for any grants, which we would normally do.  The reasons for this were twofold: firstly, as a group, we wanted to be able to demonstrate that we could stand on our own two feet without being over-reliant upon outside funding; and secondly, it made extra funding available to other events – both Friends of Ellington Park events, like the Music Festival coming up in September, and non-Friends of Ellington Park events happening elsewhere in Ramsgate this year.  We will let you know more in good time how much money was raised at the May Fayre.  The proceeds will be put towards the regeneration of the Park, CCTV and, of course, funding future events on the same scale as Saturday’s.

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If we were to pick one thing that made us happiest, it would probably be the palpable feeling of community spirit all around the Park – whether it was local charities and community groups raising their profile and, of course, some much-needed income, stallholders who had never met before striking up friendships, or the smiling faces of so many children having a whale of a time!

We hope there are many more May Fayres to come and that they never lose that wonderful atmosphere!

Fancy a FREE Bus Ride to the May Fayre on Saturday?!

We have teamed up with the Old London Bus Co. to provide a FREE shuttle service from Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour to the Park’s May Fayre this year with the use of a magnificent 1953 Vintage London Red Bus!  It’s a 56-seat double-decker so plenty of room aboard!  The Bus will leave the Harbour headed for Ellington Park every hour on the hour from 12:00 – 16:00 hours, and will go from the Park to the Harbour every 30 minutes past the hour between 12:30 – 15:30 hours.

It’s absolutely free of charge and comes complete with a driver and conductor in traditional uniform, as well as the original London Transport tickets!  No booking required – just turn up on the day and hop aboard!

London Bus Poster

Deadline for Stallholder Applications is Closed!

We can now declare that the official deadline for stallholders’ applications for the May Fayre is now officially closed.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that there will be more stalls than ever before at this year’s Event, and we are very grateful to each and every one of them for signing up to attend because without them the May Fayre wouldn’t be possible.  Here is a list of most of the confirmed stalls, although, with some latecomers still trickling in, this list is not exhaustive!

With this wonderful variety of confirmed attendees, why not come along and get all your birthday and Christmas presents sorted for the coming year in one fell swoop!

Marie Brown                         –           Craft cushions, glass painting, fabrics, knitwear

Burning Desires                   –           Boxes, toys, signs, personalised with pyrography

Castle Glass Creations       –           Gifts suitable for all the family, coasters, gifts

Chainmaille & Charms       –           Jewellery and accessories

Lisa Clifford                          –           Bubbles and bubble toys/wands

Collections by Hayley         –           Jewellery

Buy Design                           –           Handbags, jewellery, shoes, scarves, gifts

Elegance Accessories        –           Handbags, scarves, jewellery

Evergetty Magnetic Jewellery

Flutterby Me Jewellery        –           Jewellery

Forever Living                      –           Health and Wellbeing Products

Goddard Ceramics               –           Ceramic Jewellery and other gifts from porcelain

Hannah Boutique                –           Hand-made accessories, clothing, hair braiding

Joss Bay Leisure                 –           Children’s toys

KrafteeKrafts                         –           Hand-made and stamped metal jewellery & gifts

Doreen Martin                      –           Bric-a-Brac, costume jewellery

Frank McNally                      –           Books, toys, memorabilia, dog toys

Maple & Guerts                    –           Fairtrade reversible skirts and accessories

Meander Nice Stuff             –           Home-made fudge and sweets

Melvyn Elliff                          –           Plants, toys, ceramics, clown striker

George Miles                        –           Catch a Penguin games stall

Mummery and Fudger        –           Retro signs, fragrances, gifts

Pat Waters                             –           Soft toy tombola

Amanda Parsonage                        –           Scarves, painted boxes, jewellery

Rejuvenate                           –           Hand-made clocks, wedding & birthday hearts

Search Your Past                –           Family History Research

Something Different                        –           Glass Jewellery

Sudzz                                     –           Hand-made soaps and bath bombs

Zane’s Magic Shop             –           Beginners’ magic tricks

 

L’il Jockeys

Sparkly Parties                     –           Hand-made children’s bracelets personalised

Spin Art Magic                      –           Spin art pictures, Frisbees, clocks

The Freddie Zone                –           Family crafts, activities and games

Think! Jewellery                   –           Ornaments, charms, decoupage aimed at children

Rodeo Bull

Funfair

Utility Warehouse                –           How to reduce your utility bills

 

 

 

 

Café Supreme

Harvest Caterers

Laser Game

Stylish Ice Cream

Joss Bay Leisure                 –           Churros, pancakes, milkshakes

Red Bean Machine

Happy Days Candyfloss

Isle of Thanet Railway Society      –           Children’s Railway Layout & Tombola

Sugar and Spice Jams and Chutneys

 

Alfie Gough Trust

Animals Asia

Cats in Crisis

Dane Court 6th Formers

Guardian Angels Dog Rescue

Pancreatic Cancer

Nirav Patel    –           1st St. Lawrence Scout Group

Pilgrims Hospice

The Ramsgate Society

SAAFA

Spartan Warrior

Tag Pet Rescue

Ellington Infants PTFA

 

 

 

Plus other bric-a-brac and stalls