Summer Fun Day!

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Friends of Onchan Park are so excited to be organising a Summer Fun Day on Sunday 31st July 11-5pm on the old bowling green at Onchan Park for the first time!


We will have a raffle, tombola, cake sale, and lots of other fun stalls and local groups will be putting on displays on the old bowling green. There will be extra games to play on the park- giant chess, jenga and skittles. Of course, The Elwes Arms will be open and you can get food and use the facilities there.

If you would like to have a stall at the fun day, please complete the booking form here. All the details are on the form- we need £10 payable in advance, please and the closing date for returns is 22nd July 2016 5pm.

More to come!

Put the date in your calendar for now – Sunday 31st July 11-5pm – Summer Fun Day at Onchan Park.

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Church Garden Party 9th July

We will be at Carlton Church Summer Garden party/Summer Fair on Saturday 9th July from 2pm. Come and say hi and join in the summertime fun!

We will be collecting signatures for our petition and promoting our cause.


Sacred Heart Parliament Meeting

We met with the school parliament at Sacred Heart School on 7th June.

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Queen’s Birthday Picnic

The Park was looking brilliant on the day of the Queen’s birthday picnic! The council have been cutting the grass regularly and it looks a lot tidier.

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The railings and pavilion were decorated with union jack flags and bunting:

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Even our banner had a little crown of flags:

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The children enjoyed playing with the flags and tooters that Paul and Emma Jayne brought. There was also jenga, skittles, cricket and football games and all the imaginative play that is possible in a large green space with mature hedges with little gaps and dens and hidey places.

Our ward councillors Nicki Brooks and Paul Wilkinson joined us with their umbrellas. When the rain stopped at about 4pm, more people came along with tea and biscuits.



Thanks for coming to the first event on Onchan Park with Friends of Onchan Park!

Our next event will be our Family Fun Day in the Summer. Details coming soon.


General Meeting Minutes- June 2016

Onchan Park General Meeting Minutes

Monday 6th June 2016 at St John’s Church, Oakdale Road, Carlton
1. Minutes from the previous General meeting -Agreed – Actions points checked and completed
2. Focus Groups – Sacred Heart visit planned for 7th June to do a focus group, we need to chase Carlton le Willows for an update to check everything they had promised had been done, we are still chasing Carlton Academy and have emailed the school for its support
3. House to House – We are going round the local area to ask local residents to complete our survey and sign the online petition – This is working well and information to be collated ready for our proposition.
4. Gedling Borough Council – The council have been busy on the park cleaning it up and we are hoping to have some new tennis nets, so keep a look out for some updates on the park. We still haven’t heard from the council regarding timescales and when they will be seeking public consultation regarding the park.
5. Website – Visit the website to keep up to date on the news and download our poster to display in your window. The website has postings about up and coming events. We are looking to close the online survey on 30th June 2016.
6. Posters – being distributed to the shops also in the schools advertising the support for Onchan Park and the Queen’s birthday picnic.
7. Two banners have been ordered – one is now on the railings at the park the other will shortly be going up at Parkdale school, then will be rotated around the other local schools.
8. Queen’s birthday on Sunday 12th June – enjoy a picnic on the park
9. Family Fun Day will be on Sunday 31st July 2016 – details to follow and help needed to man stalls, do children’s games and ensure a good day out.
NEXT MEETING Public/General Meeting Monday 4th July at the church – 6.30pm


Banner on Oakdale Road

Here is our banner on the Oakdale Road side of Onchan Park with local resident Rita, who is showing her poster to support the park.

rita and the banner


You can download and print off your own poster here. Loads of houses are already displaying posters, so join in!


Queen’s Birthday Picnic

Queen's Birthday Picnic Classic poster


Save Onchan Park!

Save Onchan Park

Did you know that Gedling Borough Council are considering selling part of Onchan Park, otherwise known as Oakdale Road Recreation Ground, for building houses? The children’s playground, tennis court, 5 a side football pitch, bowling green and the flora and fauna provide opportunities for all ages to be active and enjoy the surroundings. Many of us would like to keep the entire park for leisure and recreational use for our community, now and for future generations.

Onchan Park is the only open space recreational facility in our catchment.  The nearest park facility for older children and teenagers is at least 20 minutes’ walk away. This walk includes crossing main roads with some of the highest numbers of traffic accident casualties in the borough. See map of the local area.

 “Once it’s gone it’s gone.”

What would you like on the park?  Have your say and support saving the park.

Friends of Onchan Park are preparing a petition to present to Gedling Borough Council in support of keeping the whole recreational space for public use.   We are also carrying out a survey to find out what facilities and equipment the community would like for the park. We will look at funding options to rejuvenate the space and provide equipment.


Please support us to help save Onchan Park:

  • Complete our online survey at onchanpark.co.uk
  • Sign the petition in local shops and online – coming soon.
  • Print off a poster and stick it in your window (posters at onchanpark.co.uk )
  • Join the Friends of Onchan Park group by emailing ParkOnchan@gmail.com
  • Connect with us on social media @OnchanPark #Save_Onchan_Park and the “Save Onchan Park” Facebook group