This Sunday: Eric Storm / Gypskazz

Even last Sunday’s torrential rain which swept across East Kent could not dampen the atmosphere in Ellington Park.  The Music was switched from the Bandstand at the last minute because of the weather, but our intrepid band of volunteers set up a couple of gazebos instead!  Jude Paul – a true gentleman! – was not put off by the horrendous conditions, sticking to his word by singing as Frank Sinatra under the cover of the gazebos.  Here are a few pictures of the event – around 70 hardy people turned up in the end!

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Onto this coming Sunday (2 August), and we have a bumper afternoon of fab music to look forward to!  Eric Storm will be taking centre stage with his ukelele.  Known by many as “Ukelele Eric”, he has a worldwide following on Youtube, as you can see in the video below where Eric sings Amy MacDonald’s This Is The Life using a creative split-screen effect to make it seem as if there are two different singers!

We are also delighted to be welcoming the amazing Gypskazz to the Bandstand this Sunday!  These guys are absolutely unique.  According to their website, they look to fuse “Gypsy Jazz and Ska with Balkan, Arabic, reggae, rock and Latin influences”.  They also promise an “infectious rhythm” and  “danceable groove”.

A Sunday afternoon’s music not to be missed!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Bandstand Sessions continue: Jude Paul as Frank Sinatra this Sunday

Wow! Sunday afternoon was superb! Celtic Capers put in a faultless performance on the Bandstand and good fun and enjoyment was had by all who were there to listen to them. Geraldine Ann Ford was also on hand to deliver some more of her captivating children’s stories from the Storyteller’s Throne in the Wildlife Garden. We raised £100.44 on the day, mainly from takings at the Bookshop. The money raised will go towards our ‘Smile – You’re On Camera’ project to get CCTV in the Park. Most importantly, Sunday helped promote the Bandstand! Our grateful thanks to the ‘Capers and to Geraldine for making Ellington Park such a great place to be on Sunday, as well as to everyone who dug deep in their pockets to raise money for Ellington Park!

The Celtic Capers getting ready, with Friends' Chairperson Beverley Perkins in the foreground
The Celtic Capers getting ready, with Friends’ Chairperson Beverley Perkins in the foreground
The Bookshop proved to be a hive of activity on Sunday!  The shelves needed replenishing afterwards!
The Bookshop proved to be a hive of activity on Sunday! The shelves needed replenishing afterwards!


The Sunday Sessions don’t end there, though, as the excellent Jude Paul will be making his Bandstand debut this coming Sunday (26 July), singing as Frank Sinatra. Jude’s easy-listening tunes will be well worth visiting the Park for, and will be absolutely ideal to relax and bring a picnic to. After the success of last week, the Flying Horse pub will again be providing a drinks service to quench your thirst – just place your order with them in the Park and they will bring the drinks over to you.

Enjoy a drink in the Flying Horse, nextdoor to Ellington Park...
Enjoy a drink in the Flying Horse, nextdoor to Ellington Park…
...Or simply place your order with them from the comfort of the Park!
…Or simply place your order with them from the comfort of the Park!


We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

FREE Children’s Storytelling and the Celtic Capers kick-off Summer of Fun this Sunday

An action-packed summer of fun in Ellington Park kicks off this Sunday as the Celtic Capers take centre stage on the Bandstand at 2.

Before that, renowned author, Geraldine Ann Ford, will be delivering some delightful children’s tales from the Storyteller’s Throne in the Wildlife Garden at 1.30pm.

The Celtic Capers and Geraldine are both great supporters of the Park.

The ‘Capers first played on the Bandstand as a warm-up for the 2014 May Fayre, keeping the volunteers going with their folky tunes as everything got set up in the morning. They were so good that it wasn’t long before a significant crowd of local people had assembled long before midday (the official opening time) to get into the spirit!

And Geraldine had the kids absolutely captivated when she held court at the Storyteller’s Throne on the day of the Wildlife Garden Grand Opening back in April this year. Just as on that day, the Friends will be opening their now well-known Bookshop and will again be offering a FREE children’s book for every child who visits us

Welcome back to all of our artists! We look forward to seeing the townsfolk of Ramsgate on Sunday!

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Sunday Afternoon Music Sessions – Coming Very Soon!

A summer of free music is set to kick off in Ellington Park on Sunday 19 July. Following on from another hugely successful May Fayre, we will be delivering a variety of fantastic music to suit all tastes.

The performances will take place on the Park’s historic Bandstand across four consecutive Sundays (2-4pm), starting with folk group Celtic Capers – who make a welcome return to the Park on 19 July. You may remember the Celtic Capers from the 2014 May Fayre, when they warmed the crowd up with their folky tunes before the official opening at midday. One of the group’s members, Simon Dundas (aka “The Whistling Gardener”), was the man who designed and dug the pond and bog garden in the Wildlife Area.

The excellent Jude Paul will then take centre stage, singing as Frank Sinatra on 26 July. He is a Bandstand debutant and we really look forward to welcoming him to Ellington Park.

Ukelele sensation Eric Storm, along with the fun and exotic group Gypskazz, will be providing a bumper afternoon’s entertainment on 2 August. Eric’s innovative Youtube videos are very popular – his cover of Amy MacDonald’s This Is The Life has attracted well over 150,000 views! Meanwhile, Gypskazz, whose exciting project features “Gypsy Jazz and Ska with Balkan, Arabic, Reggae, Rock and Latin influences”, released their first album earlier this year and are already becoming well known for their irresistibly danceable music.

And the up-and-coming Angelo Tristan Band will put on a fantastic finale of acoustic country rock on 9 August.

To make sure everyone remains topped-up throughout, there will also be a waitress service provided by the Flying Horse pub on each of the afternoons.

“We are delighted to be putting on these wonderful afternoons of music on the Bandstand and invite people of all ages to come and relax, bring a picnic and listen to some beautiful sounds”, said Friends’ Chairperson, Beverley Perkins.

“Planning is also well under way for a full-day festival in September to raise funds for the restoration of the Victorian Bandstand, as well as promote a fresh bid for heritage lottery funding later this year”.

A recent bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) – submitted jointly between the Ellington Park Regeneration Committee (EPRC) and landowners Thanet Council – was ultimately unsuccessful.

Beverley, who represents the Friends on the EPRC, said, “We’ve been informed that that there have been changes within the Council, and a person with previous experience of the HLF bidding process has now been employed to help with future applications. We are therefore very confident that a robust bid can be submitted within the next six months, and indeed look forward to working with the Council on a future application”.

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Volunteering Team from Pfizer’s have Fun in the Sun!

On the hottest day of the year last week, a merry and hard-working band of volunteers from Pfizer descended on Ellington Park to plant a series of beautiful rosebushes around the outside of the Wildlife Garden.

As well as complementing the area with their natural beauty, these new bushes will also benefit the Wildlife Garden’s inhabitants – particularly a number of bird species, who will feed off them – and as an added bonus, it is hoped that their prickly thorns will act as a deterrent to potential vandals when the time comes to remove the temporary boundary fencing surrounding the Wildlife Garden.

The team, led on the day by Kay, also helped to plant a new tree near the Wildlife Garden by way of a private memorial to a much-loved family member of a regular Park user.

Chair of the Friends, Beverley Perkins said, “Our very grateful thanks go to the ladies and gentlemen from Pfizer who took part in the planting project on what was a swelteringly hot day! It was wonderful to see them all smiling and a great day was had by all.”

There are still 1,000 Pfizer employees based at the company’s site on Ramsgate Road near Sandwich, and Pfizer allows them to do five days every year of volunteering for important causes.

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