Photos from the Spooktacular

Here are the photos from the Halloween Spooktacular Event 2016

Setting up:

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To all the Onchan Park Friends and Supporters

Fantastic news, Cllr John Clarke emailed a letter this afternoon stating that “The whole park’s future is secure and none of the land will be developed for housing.”  He also comments that he “hopes we can work together to improve the facilities”
A huge thankyou goes out to all of you who have attended meetings; voiced your concerns; completed our survey; signed our petition; come along to our events; entered our mural competition; or supported the park in any way as it is the efforts of all in our community that have enabled us to ‘save Onchan Park’.
Watch this space, as the work has only just begun.  We shall be liaising with the council to provide the facilities and create the park that the community wants.  It will take time as we shall have to bid for a great deal of funding.  However, we shall keep you informed of the developments and ensure that your views will be taken into account when deciding the kind of park our community wants to create.
Thanks to you all,
Alison Pritchard on behalf of Friends of Onchan Park


Spooktacular Halloween Event

Come to Onchan Park on Sunday 30th October between 5-7pm for a Spooktacular with traditional Halloween games, a scary walk through the park and a fancy dress competition. Food and refreshments will be available.

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More winners of the mural competition

Competition winners from Carlton Central, Sacred Heart and Parkdale received their certificates in awards assemblies in October.


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We asked the school children to design smaller pictures to cover up the boarded windows of Onchan Park pavilion. Here are the winning designs that our councillors Paul Wilkinson and Nicki Brooks selected. They are so bright and colourful! The children really used their imaginations well to come up with these designs.

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There will be more details to follow about painting the pavilion.


Mural Winner

Winner of the mural competition:


Our mural competition was judged by local Councillors Paul Wilkinson and Nicki Brooks and the winner was announced at our event on 18th September. We know lots of people are interested in the result, especially the local schoolchildren, so we’d like to share the winning design here.


Heather Cully, from Carlton Central Junior school, produced the winning entry in our mural competition. It’s a bold, bright and beautiful design from a really talented young artist. She received her certificate from Sally in Awards assembly in October.


All the designs were pinned up on the fence at the Judging Event.

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There will be more details to follow and we will share the runners up and the designs to cover up the boarded up windows in the coming days.


Future of Public Parks Inquiry

“The Communities and Local Government Committee launches an inquiry into public parks to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on these open spaces and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.”  See the parliament website for more details.

Here is the written evidence submitted by Alison Pritchard on behalf of the Friends of Onchan Park group, Carlton, Nottingham.

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Petition Comments

Our online petition with change.org will be closing soon as we need to present it to Gedling Borough Council.

Update: Our petition is closed now (2017)

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Support from Schools and Councillors


As well as strong public support on Facebook, for our online survey (now closed) and petition, several community leaders are supporting our campaign to save Onchan Park.

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Fun Day media coverage

Our Summer Fun Day was covered on the radio, TV and online, thanks to local media productions.

Gedling Eye website shared our Fun Day story on 23rd July http://www.gedlingeye.co.uk/news/fun-sun-carlton-park/

BBC East Midlands Today featured members of our committee on Friday 29th July and they also filmed at the Fun Day which was broadcast on 31st July and Tuesday 2nd August. Paddy Tipping spoke up for us saying “I think the council know the strength of feeling, but an event like that brings people together, shows support for the park, and I hope the council listen *very* carefully to local opinion”.
Notts TV filmed on Onchan Park on Friday 29th July and at the Fun Day on 31st July and our campaign featured on Notts TV news on both days.
Richard Allen interviewed Sally Cook, Friends of Onchan Park Secretary, on BBC Radio Nottingham on 29/7/16.
We appreciate the reporters coming out on Sunday to film the Fun Day and our media coverage was positive and supportive.


Pavilion Update

Friends of Onchan Park have asked local schools and groups to design murals to be painted on the Onchan Park pavilion wall and windows. The pavilion (the building in the middle of Onchan Park) is currently boarded up and looking very sad. Read More