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!
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.
Good news! The Wildlife Garden is now well and truly open! The pond has been dug, paths have been created, benches and seating are in position, and – most importantly – wildflower seed mix, bird boxes and insect hotels have all made the area conducive to wildlife habitation.
We could not be more pleased with how successful the Garden has been in its first few months. To see people of all ages – but especially young children – enjoying watching the various flora and fauna move in to Ellington Park has been a joy to see. And it is all down to the generosity of the people of Ramsgate – and beyond – who voted in their thousands for the project, against stiff opposition, in the ITV People’s Millions Competition.
The Wildlife Garden was officially opened by the Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr Iris Johnston, on Saturday 11th April. We had anticipated a few people turning up for the occasion and had volunteers at the ready to provide guided tours. In the end, though, many hundreds turned up and had a look for themselves!
Local schools regularly conduct outdoor lessons in the Wildlife Garden – pupils with clipboards identifying the birds, insects, pond life and plants is not an unusual sight. We even have a Storyteller’s Throne, which, on weekdays is where teacher can conduct lessons from, and on some weekends we hold Children’s Storytelling (see below).
Do come along and enjoy the beauty and the peace and quietude of the Wildlife Garden. Ellington Park looks forward to welcoming you soon.
A little belated – apologies, we’ve been very thin on the ground of late! – but here are some photos of the Grand Opening of the Ellington Park Wildlife Garden on Saturday 11th April 2015, paid for by the people of Ramsgate in ITV’s People’s Millions campaign! A great time was had by all. Children were captivated by the local author Geraldine Ann Ford’s wonderful storytelling at the Throne, as well as all the beautiful tadpoles, pond-skaters and water boatmen enjoying life in the new Pond.
The Garden has been open for a month now and it has been wonderful to see how many people – of all ages – have already taken it to their hearts and are thoroughly enjoying this new oasis of calm. Last week, pupils from St Laurence Junior School visited and, armed with clipboards, had a good look at all the pond, plant and wildlife on show. It was wonderful to see so many beaming smiles!
Our new Bookshop has also been a success in its first month! We’re fast getting a reputation for selling reasonably-priced books of a variety of descriptions, and the best thing is that all the money raised goes towards the regeneration of the Park!
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 6 March in St Lawrence Parish Hall.
As ever, it was very well attended. In fact, 65 people turned out for the Meeting this year – an AGM record for the Friends of Ellington Park! – and a good time was had by all.
Photos of the Park by Michael Milham were on show throughout the evening; those in attendance were also treated to Mike Bell’s fantastic video of Ellington Park, taken with the use of a “helicam” drone; and lots of people stayed for an excellent talk by Shirley Thompson of the Kent Bat Group, entitled, Exploring the World of Bats.
In addition to these festivities, the business of the Meeting itself took place – including the election of the Management Committee for the year ahead. We are pleased to announce that the following people were elected to serve on the Committee for 2015-2016:
Ms Beverley Perkins (Chair)
Ms Patricia Scutt (Treasurer)
Dr Sue Martin (Secretary)
Mr Joseph Dance
Mr Alan Linfoot
Ms Dianne Reilly
To access a copy of the Friends’ Annual Report, please click this link: Annual Report 2015.
We look forward to another exciting and important year! Next up for the Friends is the Grand Opening of the Wildlife Garden and Emporium on Saturday 11 April (2pm). Make sure you pencil the date into your diaries!
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.