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Petition submitted to Thanet Council

The closing date for our petition asking Thanet District Council to support the Friends’ efforts to regenerate Ellington Park under the auspices of a £1 million Bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund has passed. We sent the petition sheets off to the Council earlier today. They will now check the petition to make sure all of the signatures are valid, so, although we cannot put an exact figure on it, the final number of signatories was around 2,500!

We would like to thank everybody who took the effort to sign the petition, and especially to those who spent considerable time and energy garnering signatures across the Isle. We needed 1,000 names to trigger a debate by the Full Council and it looks like we’ve done that and more!

We will keep you updated on what happens!

Music Festival “Rock in the Park” back this September!

“Rock in the Park” is back!

The Ellington Park Music Fest is returning next month, after a two-year absence. The trademark event will be taking place on Saturday, 5 September, from 12 noon onwards.

The afternoon will start with the relaxing sounds of trad-jazz from the ever-popular Burt Butler and his Jazz Pilgrims; followed by the acoustic girl duo, Silk. At 3pm you can listen to Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather, described as the vintage sound of Southern England. Then (4:30pm), the Angelo Tristan Band make a welcome return to the Bandstand after their very popular debut in Ellington Park earlier in the summer. The afternoon’s final act (6pm) will be the fabulous Marc Eden and Friends, who need no introduction, having wowed the people of Ramsgate in the past with the Peckham Cowboys.

Chair of the Friends Beverley Perkins said, “We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring this extremely popular event back to the Park. This year sees some exceptional bands attending the event and we are really looking forward to it”.

There will also be lashings of good food and drink as well as a full bar from Tommy at the Flying Horse, as well as masses of stalls selling a wide range of items, from jewellery and artwork, to clothes, toys and children’s character outfits!

“As ever, there will be lots going on in addition to the great music. It’s that time of year when we all start to think about Christmas presents, and Ellington Park will be the ideal place this Saturday to stock up on unique and exciting gifts for family and friends”.

For children, ‘Lil Jockeys will be on hand with their excellent ride-on animals and the Ramsgate and District Model Engineering Club will be running their steam trains throughout the afternoon. For energetic people – of all ages – the Rodeo Bull will be back in the Park after making an appearance at this year’s May Fayre.

“It’s a fantastic way of supporting the Park and having fun at the same time, come rain or shine”.

Below is our official event poster, lovingly designed by local artist, Sharon Hendy. Please feel free to download, print and share it. We’d love to see you there!

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Friends of Ellington Park launch Petition asking TDC to support the Heritage Bid

As many of you will know, the Ellington Park Regeneration Trust, of which the Friends of Ellington Park are leading members, has submitted two bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the last two years to help bring about the full restoration of Ellington Park to its stunning former glory.  Written in the early 1930s, Ward Lock and Co’s travel guide, Ramsgate and North-East Kent, refers to the Park as “the choicest of its kind in the Country”.  With this in mind, the bids included:

– The total restoration of the Victorian Bandstand;

– The re-introduction of refreshment facilities, i.e. a cafeteria, with integrated toilets;

– Victorian railings around the Park;

– The paths (currently unsafe and unsightly) being restored.

And much more besides – all designed towards making Ellington Park the focal point of the community and a great place to spend time in.

Sadly, the two previous bids were both turned down.  These rejections have been very disappointing to us, as we feel we have done everything we possibly could to make the bids a success.  But ultimately, for the bids to have succeeded, the HLF needed to see clear and substantial support from the Park’s landowner, Thanet District Council.

We are only able to submit three bids to the HLF, so Ellington Park has one last chance.  We have therefore launched a petition – running from now until 30 September 2015 – to show Thanet Council how much the people of Ramsgate – and further afield – care about Ramsgate’s favourite open space!

Scores of people have signed the petition within the first 24 hours (thank you guys!) and we need you to do the same.

The petition reads:

“We the undersigned ask the council (Thanet District Council) to support the Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the regeneration of Ellington Park, Ramsgate”.

Over the coming weeks, we will be out in the Park and on the streets asking people to be generous and sign.  If you think you can fill a page (or more!) of signatures, please do download and print off a copy of the petition below.

Thank you very much!!!

Petition to TDC re HLF



Sunday Sessions conclude with an amazing performance from the Angelo Tristan Band

Last Sunday we celebrated our fourth and final Sunday Music Session on the Bandstand.  Even before the event, we were very pleased at the prospect of hosting the Angelo Tristan Band on the Bandstand, but it wasn’t until they actually began to play that we were totally blown away by how great their music was!

Singing a mixture of their own singles (including their popular 2013 number, I’m Coming Home Tonight) and some rock classics (including an amazing version of Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain), they had the crowd inspired.  Band members posed for photos with some of the people who’d come along to the Park to see them and were more than happy to stay on a little longer than planned to play an encore at the request of the fans.

The really really good news is that Angelo and his fellow band members will be returning on Saturday 5 September to play at our music festival, Rock in the Park.  Make sure you pencil the afternoon (12pm – 7pm) into your diaries!

Here are a few pics from Sunday’s event, and if you can’t wait till September to hear some more of Angelo Tristan, you can listen via the Youtube link below (thank you to James Hose for uploading his video).

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The Angelo Tristan Band – Not to be Missed This Sunday

Sadly, our Sunday Music Sessions of Music are coming to an end shortly.  Very happily, our final Session – this Sunday, 2-4pm – features the superb Angelo Tristan Band!

If you’re a fan of passionate rock, fused with an element of American country, then Ellington Park is definitely the place to be this coming Sunday afternoon.  In fact, if you like decent music full-stop, but don’t fancy the mania of Folk Week, then Ellington Park offers a more chilled atmosphere.  With the weather set fair for Sunday, why not bring a picnic, visit us at the Ellington Park Bookshop and even have a drink at the Flying Horse Pub next-door.  We’re really looking forward to it, and would love to see you there.

If you can’t wait till Sunday to get your Angelo Tristan fix, you can listen to one of their most loved singles to date, I’m Coming Home Tonight below.