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


Raffle Winners

Here is the final list of all the winning raffle tickets from the Summer Fun Day raffle. Well done everyone and thanks for supporting Friends of Onchan Park.

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Fun Day Schedule

We can now announce our schedule for the Summer Fun Day on 31st July at Onchan Park (Oakdale Rd Rec) 11-5pm.

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Bear Left Theatre Preview

We are pleased to announce more special guests for the Onchan Park Summer Fun Day on 31st July from 11-5pm.

Bear Left Theatre company will be showing a sneak preview of their current show ‘Robin Hood’ at 1:30pm. Bear Left are a local youth group who are currently rehearsing for their production which will run from Thursday 25th August to Saturday 27th August at the College Street Centre – Studio Theatre.

You can buy tickets for the full show here and find out more about the newly formed company on their facebook page. This production is their first and it sounds like an interesting and exciting venture!

Bear Left Theatre Co 'Robin Hood'