The Friends of Cale Green Park
This SaturdayIt's a Park Tidy Day this Saturday. Melanie and her helpers weeded the four flower beds by the flag poles and planted 80 geraniums. Now it's time to weed those beds again. If we have enough people we'll also weed [and litter pick] the fern garden... Everyone is welcome on the 13th of August from 10 am onwards.
Thank you to everyone who came to our summer event. We raised over £1,800, but spent £1,300 putting on the event.
The interview is about the Friends of Cale Green Park, so we thought others might like to hear it. It's about 20 minutes long and the link is here
Mark Your Calendars
Trees in the Park Damaged By Dogs
The Word from The Park
Sunday, 4 December 12:30 - 3:00
Interested in Using our Community Room?
The Friends of Cale Green Park want to hear from people who would be interested in using our Community Room to hold classes, meetings or parties. If enough people are interested, then we can apply for a grant to refurbish the room. The community room is located opposite the entrance to the bowling green. Please express your interest by sending us a note using the form at the bottom of this page.
Several months ago, the fence panels around Bells Paddock were repaired. A big thank you for that goes to Ian Walmsley for all his help in this matter. Equally impressive was when the panels were damaged by a car accident. Within a week, the Council had repaired the damage and you couldn't tell there had been an accident there.
At the moment, the display board needs a replacement sheet of polycarbonate and a new lock. Also because of its position near the lyme trees, we need to change its orientation from a mostly horizontal board to a vertical one. This will take some time in the new year. Eventually, the board will contain a historical display similar to the one by the bandstand in Cale Green Park, but at the moment, we're using it as a notice board. We have taken it down to repair and re-orient. It should be up by the end of September
Trees in The Park
No Farmers Market This Year!
For four years, we ran an Easter Monday Farmers Market. It was always well attended regardless of the weather. But, Stockport Council has made organizing this event so time consuming that we decided not to hold another Farmers Market. If the red tape is cut, then we will consider running it again in the future [but definitely not 2016]. We are sorry about this, but we really had no choice in the matter.
The Results of the Parks Consultation
Based on the findings within this report, it is apparent that residents’ and stakeholder groups do not endorse any of the proposals for parks and open spaces.
Are Parks Vital?!
Park Tidy Days
Next Tidy Day: 13 August 2016
8 Oct 12 Nov 10 Dec
The Flower Fund
As a result of earlier cuts in the Park Department's budget, Cale Green Park lost most of its flower beds. The pictures on the right shows what the flower beds used to look like. In fact, the top picture is from the council's leaflet for Cale Green Park. Now, it's virtually all lawn... We managed to salvage the tubs by the band stand [I know, it's not much of a victory], but these need to be planted twice a year.
The Friends of Cale Green Park are raising funds to buy plants for these tubs, and more bulbs for Cale Green Park, Bell’s Paddock and Kevin’s Corner... The Garden of Eden has kindly donated many plants and hyacinth and narcissi bulbs. So the green spaces in these areas should look more colourful than ever in the future.
If you would like to contribute to the Flower Fund, you can leave any cash or plant donations with Rita Thompson at 5 Beech Road.
Becoming a Friend
Scoop the Poop
Stay Clear of the Dogs with Yellow Ribbons
The Friends of Cale Green Park originally had three events each year: the Easter Monday Farmers Market, the summer event, and the Christmas event. But organizing the Farmers Market was too complicated, so we stopped having one in 2014.
Our two events for 2016 are have been scheduled for Sunday, 26 June (from 1:00 - 5:00) and Sunday, 4 December (from 12:30 - 3:00). The summer event is the big one with rides, live music, children's entertainment, and great food. We could try the same in December, but the weather in December is too unpredictable. So, the Christmas event is more intimate.
All our events are free and as a result, they are an ideal opportunity for the community to get together and talk to one another. In addition to the entertainment, we also provide homemade cakes and tea/coffee from the community room, crafts made by the local residents, and of course, a raffle to support future events and bulb plantings in the park.
The Summer Event
Christmas in the Park
The 2015 Christmas in the Park was once again headlined by the Elmfield Brass Band. This event was easily our best attended [and most profitable] winter event. The terrible weather on the Saturday meant that many people who wanted to go somewhere couldn't. Combine this with the attraction of a free Santa's Grotto and unseasonably mild weather, and it's no wonder that the park was inundated with children. As usual, we sold raffle tickets, cups of tea and slices of homemade cake to raise money for the group.
Our annual collection for the Wellspring's Rucksack Project was also fantastically successful. We had almost a dozen boxes full of things for them, and it was greatly appreciated.
The Farmers Market
The Easter Monday Farmers Market was last held on 1 April 2013. We had 15 market stalls selling preserves, bread, burgers, pies, cakes, black pudding, and olive oil. We also had a raffle, an Easter Egg Hunt, an egg and spoon race, a magician for the children, and Shuttler's Clog (clog dancers and musicians).
This event was very well attended, and was arguably the groups most profitable event to date. However, we will not be running a Farmers Market again. The simple reason is that Stockport Council made organizing the farmers market too tedious and time consuming to organize and no one in the group could spare the time to organize it.
In 2011, we received funding from Forever Manchester to transform a tree stump into an owl seat. However, the tree in Cale Green Park that we were originally going to use turned out to be diseased and thus unsuitable. Fortunately, we managed to find a suitable dead tree in Bell’s Paddock. The tree was carved by Tim Burgess, an award winning chainsaw sculptor, and the resulting owl has become a community favourite. You can see a short video clip of the owl being carved by clicking on YouTube
The Circle of Benches
The Friends of Cale Green Park are most proud of the restoration of the benches in the centre circle by the band stand. When the group was formed about 6 years ago, only a few benches were left standing, and they were in very poor condition. Through our efforts and perseverance, we finally managed to re-install the left side of bench circle with ten of the original cast iron bench ends. We very recently just finished the right side [which previously had no benches], so the circle of benches is now complete.
We managed to acquire the bench ends from other parks who were removing their benches (which thankfully are identical to ours).