Accessible path to tennis court planned

Turn up and play tennis for free at Onchan Park: fully accessible path planned.

There is a full-size, free tennis court at Onchan Park. There is no need to book, it is open all day and the net will stay up all year round. Gedling Borough Council replaced the net and posts in February 2017 after our survey showed a need for this facility. The net has been in place for two summers now and is well used.
If you wish, you can donate to Friends of Onchan Park via PayPal, sending a message that the donation is for the tennis facility. In no way do we expect donations to use the tennis court, however people have asked for a way to donate. Here is the link to donate: Donate to Friends of Onchan Park.
A fully accessible path from a new pedestrian gate near the vehicle access gate will be installed with the MUGA project. More details on this exciting development soon. At the moment the court is not accessible with a wheelchair and pushchair access is difficult as there are steps to navigate.
Have a quick look at the news from Feb 2017 which has details about buses and parking for Onchan Park: How to get to Onchan Park.
Have you played tennis during the long hot summer of 2018? Let us know in the comments.



2018 Summer Festival

The 3rd Summer Fun Day that Friends of Onchan Park have organised with Gedling Borough Council for Oakdale Road Recreation Ground will have a festival vibe with displays, stalls, body art and much more!
There will be fun for all the family with refreshments, pocket money stalls, bouncy castle and performances from local groups throughout the afternoon.
2.15-3.00pm Tommy Thompson’s School Of Boxing (Netherfield)
3.05-3.25pm Nottingham Community Youth Choir Sneinton
3.30-3.50pm OMAC-UK Martial Arts (Gedling)
3.55-4.15pm The Rose Singers of Gedling
4.20-4.45pm The Stanley School of Irish dance
The friends group will hold an information stall with details about fundraising projects for the table tennis and the ongoing MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) project. Input from the community is very important in the planning stage of these projects and securing support from the local community is vital before preparing funding bids.
Dave from The Bank Inn at Netherfield is providing hot food, alcoholic and soft drinks. There will be a cake stall, ice cream van and candy floss stall with plenty of seating to rest at.
The children will enjoy exploring the park with the treasure hunt, playing guessing games and free crafts. Popular face painting and henna tattoo stalls will add to the festival vibe. You could take a selfie using fun props in the photo booth.
As always, the tennis court will be available to play on. The other court will showcase free petanque with the Nottingham City Petanque club. The play park will be open as normal and the top gate will be open, providing level access to the bowling green for the stalls and performances.
New Events Coordinator Valeria Puddu is really looking forward to her first Summer Fun Day as Onchan Park Events Committee Chair. 

It should be a great (football free!) afternoon for all the family, old and young alike, to join in the festival atmosphere at the local park.


Minutes from Public Meeting 16/05/18

Onchan Park Public Meeting Minutes

Wednesday 16th May at 6.30pm at Saint John’s Church

Present:- Committee Members, Local and County Councillors, Members of the Community

Apologises:- 2 committee members and the vicar from St John’s Church

The Chair gave the group an update regarding saving the park and where we are going with the park.

She also mentioned there had been changes to the committees as two members had left and also one from events. A new events committee chair had been appointed and the group had set up new MUGA committee, this committee had a meeting with the council on Monday 14th May to discuss the proposed MUGA site.

We confirmed that the Summer Fun Day would be held on Sunday 24th June and that we would be organising the Halloween Spooktacular for October. The summer fun day was nearly organised just some last minute things need completing. The events meetings are about once a quarter and again we need volunteers to help with stalls and leaflet drops – the group does have a social media presence and this is used to help communicate with the community.

We do have a website which has 7 pages with details of events and news and lots of photos. Our Facebook page is now called “Friends of Onchan Park”. We have 941 members, we also have 160 followers on twitter and 737 tweets which are mostly about our events and connecting with schools, businesses and organisation. We also email 272 supporters about events and meetings.

We sent out leaflets to the local community about the public meeting. We are also linked with Gedling Eye as they are also willing to share our details.

Gedling Borough Council gave us 200 daffodil bulbs which were planted in December 2017 with help from the committee members and local children and adults. We also have received seed packs from Grow Wild and we are hoping to plant them around the park to create patches of wild flowers. As the council own the park we need to check with them regarding staging events and doing any activities on the park like litter picking.

We receive support from the council with regard to maintenance and grass cutting and they also help with funding bids. We also receive support from our local councillors as well as the county councillors we have received donations from them to help with administration and also for our table tennis fund. They also helped save the park and we did have support from the local MP and Police and Crime Commissioner. We do get financial support from events but the events are mainly put on to encourage the community onto the park. We need more local groups to use the park and maybe have an interest in using the pavilion.

We are currently trying to secure funding for our table tennis project as this was one of the main activities the community wanted on the park, we have applied to Aviva for funding, we did receive £500 from them and we made it to the finals but did not win to get the full funding available.

We also submitted a bid to LIS (Local Improvement Scheme) the winning bids will be announced on 18th May. We are always looking at funding ideas for different projects. We cannot employ anyone to help with funding bids. Nottingham City Transport helped with the murals that were painted on the pavilion.

The MUGA (Multi Use Gaming Area) is also a priority and a separate committee has been set up to look at funding and working with the council. A meeting was held with the council on Monday 14th May to discuss the site. We are hoping to use the existing site next to Greenhill Road, we have arranged for a site visit with the council to check the existing footprint. The MUGA needs to be 30 metres away from residents, we have approached the residents around the park and there have not been any objections to the MUGA we are proposing to arrange for a form to be completed by the residents which will go with our funding bid showing no objection for our MUGA. The council has given us the names of providers and we need to do a detailed specification. We are hoping to provide on the MUGA football, cricket and basketball as these were the most popular activities requested by the community and from the schools who were approached. This will be an expensive item for the park but will be really useful and it is needed together with the table tennis tables. We are also looking at disabled access to the MUGA site and this will be included in the bid.

The pavilion is a problem as it is such a big item that needs re-development and to be made into some kind community building for use by local groups. The pavilion attracts anti-social behaviour as it is an easy target which is why all the windows were boarded up. We need community groups to use the pavilion. As the council still own the building they will want to charge rent for the up keep.

Community links – we need help from the community to keep the park going. We are to appear on the Inside Out programme in the Autumn, the programme is looking at the regeneration of parks and will be filming our summer fun day and a committee meeting. The last time we had filming on the park for the mural event a local building company offered to repair the roof after a spate of vandalism.

Anti-social behaviour on the park has led to damage to the pavilion and glass and litter around the park, the committee are looking at having a meeting with the local PSO’s and the ASB coordinator at the council, we need to look at ways of deterring the antisocial behaviour whether we put up signs or look at lighting the pavilion at night with security lighting.


This meeting was shared on Twitter and Facebook and the mystery prize was a bottle of prosecco which will be awarded at the fun day.

The meeting ended at 7.50pm

Next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at St John’s Church, Oakdale Road at 6.30pm


Aviva Community Fund Result

Friends of Onchan Park Table Tennis Fund

– Update 16/01/18 – The judges haven’t chosen our project to receive funding. However, to recognise our achievement in reaching the finals, Aviva are going to donate £500 to our project. 

In 2016 we saved Onchan Park, last year we entered the Aviva Community Fund to bid for funding for a Table Tennis area for community use. We had amazing support from local people and supporters in 2016 and votes from supporters got our project to the finals of the process. The judges didn’t choose our project to receive the full funding, but Aviva will donate £500 towards developing facilities at the park. So it’s back to the drawing board for the table tennis bid and watch this space for the next project!

Outdoor table tennis would be a great addition to Onchan Park as it’s such an inclusive activity for all ages and abilities. It would really encourage the whole community to make use of Onchan Park in an area of the park that needs regeneration.


Daffodils Planting

Thanks to Gedling Borough Council, we had 200 daffodil bulbs donated to plant at Onchan Park. So, one cold Sunday afternoon in December 2017, a group of Friends of Onchan Park planted daffodils near to the old bowling green at Onchan Park.

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Table Tennis Project

Update 28/11/17 – We are finalists in the Aviva Community Fund! 

A year ago we saved Onchan Park, now we have entered the Aviva Community Fund to win funding for a Table Tennis area for community use.

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Table Tennis Funding Bid

Our bid to Aviva Community Fund for table tennis at Onchan Park was submitted in October 2017.

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General Meeting Minutes – June 2017

Onchan Park General Meeting Minutes

Tuesday 26th June 2017 at St John’s Church

Officers’ reports and Committee update

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General Meeting Minutes – January 2017

Onchan Park General Meeting Minutes

Tuesday 17th January 2017 at St John’s Church

Present:- Friends of Onchan Park Committee, Residents from the Local Community

Plans for the future now that the park is saved. Logo ideas. Possible ideas for events at the park.

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Communications Officer Report July 2017

Communications Officer Report for the AGM/Public Meeting July 2017

Summary of the web activities, social media, email newsletter, networks and media links.

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