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Eaton Park Tennis News, October 2016

Tennis is booming in Eaton Park and across Norwich. Chris Evans of Norwich Parks Tennis updates us on the latest news. It costs £30 per year for a family/household to join Norwich Parks Tennis. Membership allows you to book a tennis court up to one month in advance and guarantees the court will be waiting for you when you arrive. The scheme is massively popular and the number of registered players has recently exceeded 1500. It’s great to see such a wide variety of people playing tennis whether this is in the coaching sessions we offer, or with friends and family; daytime or at night, when the floodlights are turned on. More and more people are taking up the game and accessing the coaching programme to brush up on their skills. Norwich Parks  Tennis offers a wide range of professionally led coaching options including sessions for children, adult and cardio tennis, as well as our female only Tennis Tuesdays which are part of the This girl can campaign. All sessions are competitively priced and offer different options for different levels from beginners to experienced players. If you think you might like to get involved you can book a free first session to see what it’s like. Often with tennis the challenge is finding someone to play with. Our coaches offer social sessions on Saturday afternoons where you can come and meet new players. You don’t have to be a member to take these up as they are open to the all members of the public. To ensure everyone gets a good game there are two sessions, one for beginners...

Eaton Park Plant Sale 2017

Easter Sunday, 16 April, 11.30am to 2.30pm at the Rotunda, Eaton Park Friends of Eaton Park have divided and potted up a super selection of plants for you to buy to take home and enjoy in your own garden. Some plants are from the rose garden in Eaton Park and others are from our own gardens nearby*. If you need advice on planting we’ll be glad to help. All proceeds from the sale will go to to Friends of Eaton Park. *In the dark months of winter and early spring, the herbaceous borders in the rose garden are tidied,  and congested plants are divided up. Each year this results in some surplus plants. It is these, along with those members of the Friends have divided up from their own gardens, that we will be selling, just as on small tables outside homes in villages across England. Thank you to Norwich City council and the team at Norwich Norse Environmental for the rose garden plants.  ...

Music in Eaton Park 2017

This summer four bands are scheduled to play on the bandstand in Eaton Park. Warm thanks to Norwich City Council and organiser Brian Dermott for this super programme! Norwich City Concert Band Sunday 18 June, 3pm to 5pm Dereham Band Sunday 16 July, 3pm to 5pm Norwich Accordion Band Sunday 6 August, 3pm to 5pm Great Yarmouth Brass Band Sunday 20 August, 3pm to...

Planting bulbs for spring

Today year three student volunteers from Bluebell Primary School walked to Eaton Park with Miss Davies and TA Mrs. Atkins.  Grey sky didn’t dampen their bright eager spirits as they happily assisted Eaton Park Ground Force volunteers plant crocus and narcissi bulbs.  Ground Force members turned over patches of soil on the grassy bank that slopes down to the Community Centre Car Park near the North Park Avenue walk-in entrance. Students sprinkled handfuls of bulbs into the open ground. When student volunteers Molly and Lola were asked what was the best part of their activity, they agreed that it was the planting of bulbs.  The more difficult work was turning the soil back to cover the holes and stamping it in place.  Both were eager to bring their families to the park to show them what they had accomplished today.  They suggested that those who are impatient for the arrival of spring will just have to wait. Lola said, “It will turn spring and you’ll see us again when the bulbs bloom.” Ceceile Strand, Friends of Eaton Park, 16 October...

Footgolf

Footgolf is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports and has now come to Eaton Park. The new game is a combination of football and golf. It’s played on a golf course using a size 5 football. Like golf, the object of the game is to get the ball into the hole in the fewest number of shots possible. Unlike golf you use your foot not a putting iron! Eaton Park’s newest sport uses the existing pitch and putt course but different holes. Footgolf times are Tuesday and Friday evenings from 4pm to dusk and Saturdays from 1pm to dusk. Winter opening times to follow soon. Footgolf is sociable and fun as well as a great way to get some exercise and some fresh air. In just over a month the cost of installing the new facility in Eaton Park has been covered by the takings – it’s proving very popular! Come along with your family and friends and find out what it’s all about! Full details here. Go-for-less discounts...

Captain Sandys-Winsch

Captain Arnold Edward Sandys-Winsch (1888 – 1964) was born in Knutsford, Cheshire. He attended Cheshire Horticultural College, becoming a landscape architect, and was articled to the renowned landscape architect, Thomas Mawson. During the 1914-1918 world war he was first with the Royal Field Artillery, then attached to the Air Service as a pilot and was finally with the British Army of Occupation. In 1919 he became Parks Superintendent in Norwich, a post he held for 34 years.In the early 1920s it was proposed that he use men unemployed after demobilisation to help construct some of the Norwich parks, a job he clearly carried out with dedication and meticulous attention to detail. At the time Norwich had very few open spaces (Chapelfield Gardens was one of them) but when he retired Norwich had about 600 acres of parks and open spaces. Sandys-Winsch also created model allotments and organised the planting of some 20,000 trees in the parks and streets. Norwich Corporation sought to provide for the recreational needs of Norwich citizens and the Captain proved just the person to turn their vision into reality. Because of his army career, he seems to have taken a rather military approach to the task of creating parks in Norwich but there is no doubt that, in his time as Parks Superintendent, he changed radically the appearance of Norwich and created green spaces on a huge scale for the future enjoyment of everyone. We should remember him for this. Sandys-Winsch was also a national authority on growing and judging daffodils and an active member of the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society. Read more in...

Art in the Park

Last summer I noticed a shout out on Twitter for parks to host ‘art walks’. A few emails and a year later, artists Jo Dacombe and Carol Miles arrived with their wheelie trollies of materials and loads of great ideas. Rather nicely it was the start of Love Parks Week. Despite a rainy start 26 people joined them in three sessions that combined walking and looking with chatting and making. It was great fun! Jo and Carol loved with Eaton Park and we loved the installations they made for us. Read about the project here. Helen Mitchell, Chair Friends of Eaton...