Unfortunately, large parts of the children’s play area in Ellington Park were razed to the ground by fire in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, 22nd September), rendering the whole area unusable at the moment.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene after the alarm had been raised by a local resident and were able to safely extinguish the fire.
Friends’ Chairperson, Beverley Perkins, said of the incident:
“We feel very hurt and upset on behalf of Ramsgate’s young children, who absolutely loved the play area. We also sympathise with Thanet Council; time and again, they have had to rebuild the play area due to a series of mindless acts of criminal damage. We call on the Council to improve security in the Park, especially at night time, and also on the authorities to investigate this crime vigorously”.
After last year’s successful People’s Millions TV Vote, our supporters have become quite used to helping raise funds for projects in Ellington Park by voting for us when necessary.
This time, we have applied for £1,000 in the Mars Milk Sports Fund Vote to go towards a TABLE-TENNIS TABLE in Ellington Park! According to consultations we have had with young people who use the Park, an outdoor sports facility like table tennis would be a very welcome addition to Ellington Park.
We are delighted to announce that Steve Andrews of “Tribal Animal” will be making a very welcome return to Ellington Park next week (Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th September) to start work on some more amazing wood carvings around the Park.
The last time Steve was in the Park was to produce the fabulous wood sculpture of a World War I “Tommy”, who has captured the hearts and imaginations of a great many of the Park’s visitors in recent months.
This time around, the works of art will take on a different theme, although before we reveal anything further, we’ll have to wait and see what Steve comes up with once he has been able to assess the tree stumps.
Please do feel free to observe the work in progress and say “hello” to Steve if you are passing through.
Apart from the cancellation of the Music Festival on Saturday, 30 August, here are the other latest stories hitting the headlines in Ellington Park at the moment, including news on the Wildlife Garden’s progress (and its latest visitors!), the new public toilet and the early stages of the Friends’ Shop!
A massive “thank-you!” to all of our volunteers! The last couple of months has been a period of intense work, with a multitude of jobs to undertake including tending to the soft landscape of the Park, organising events such as the May Fayre and WW1 Commemoration Day, as well as receiving deliveries of anything from toilets and containers to deliveries for the Wildlife Garden!
We are very proud of our ever-growing bank of volunteers who love giving their time to help fulfill the Friends’ Aims. Many new friendships have been made through volunteers meeting and working with other volunteers, which is a good indication that the “Friends” of Ellington Park is remaining true to its name!
Below are just a few pics of some of the activities our volunteers have been up to recently. If you would like to sign up, do contact our volunteering co-ordinator, Di, on 01843 279275 or get in touch via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.