Spring Festival Success
The Spring Festival at Onchan Park was an amazing success, in more ways than one!
A celebration of brilliant artwork by local schoolchildren, dance, theatre and poetry brought the community together on St George’s Day. Street artists Dak and Dash transferred A4 designs on to the walls of the pavilion using spray paint funded by Nottingham City Transport. Anthony Carver Smith from NCT and Paul Goodson, OP Events Coordinator stood with the winning children on the steps in front of the pavilion. The sun shone in Carlton for Nottingham Theatre Dance and Bear Left Theatre Company as they performed on the Old Bowling Green. Chairperson Alison Pritchard wrote a set of clues for the dragon egg treasure hunt in rhyming couplets, which had the children running all over the park. Local councillors Nicki Brooks and Paul Wilkinson, who had judged the winning designs, were at the park once again to show their support. The celebrations were slightly dampened because the pavilion roof had recently suffered from mindless vandalism by local children who damaged 40 roof tiles.
A team from East Midlands Today filmed at the festival and the story was the lead item on the news on Sunday 23rd April. Late that evening we received an email from a local roofing company kindly offering to repair the damage free of charge. Jason and Jane Wright from Wrights Roofing live locally and their very generous offer means that the pavilion roof can be made good once again. Friends of Onchan Park are obviously delighted with the offer and it was a very unexpected turn of events which came about after the media attention in the Spring Festival. When we contacted Gedling Borough Council Parks Department, they were astonished and admitted that this has never happened before. Now we can start to work with J Wrights Roofing and Gedling Borough Council to repair the damage so that the pavilion roof will look as good as the walls.