You'll probably know that for the last three or four years we have been supporting the Friends of Ellington Park in their efforts to secure a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant (HLF) for the renovation of this historic park. After three years we finally managed to persuade Thanet District Council to support the bid and we obtained what is called a Stage 1 Pass and a grant of £148,000 from HLF Parks For People to develop the outline proposal into a Stage 2 Bid for £1.7m to restore the park to its former glory.
As part of the ongoing Stage 2 Bid we are doing a survey of residents in the area to find out what they think are the priorities for them as park users. This will help to take residents preferences into account as we finalise the Stage 2 Bid. We would be very grateful if you could complete the on line survey form which can be found at www.thanet.gov.uk/ellingtonpark
Its very easy to do and if you submit the form before 30th Sept your name will be included in a draw to receive a £20 prize!
After a spate of vandalism over the summer months which has meant we have had to replace 16 panes of glass, the Ramsgate Society is "pushing back" on behalf of the local community. We think the best way to push back is to renew our efforts to keep the shelters well maintained and in good condition so that they can be enjoyed by local residents and visitors.
Davena Green, Vice President, was able to make contact with a group of volunteers who all work for Pfizer in Sandwich. They are keen to put something back into their local communities on a purely voluntary basis. Two of our members John Piddock and Geoff Redmund offered to do some preparatory work to get the shelters ready for the Pfizer team then on Monday 8th September Davena and the Pfizer volunteers got to work and in a single day restored the two shelters to their former glory.