Love Page Park event planned for July
Published on: 30 Jan 2014
PREPARATIONS are underway for what promises to be one of Staple Hill’s social highlights of the year.
A huge fun event for all the family is being planned at Page Park on Saturday July 19.
Called Love Page Park, it will feature live entertainment from the bandstand and an arena as well as a wide variety of stalls and fun rides and entertainment for youngsters.
It is being organised by Friends of Page Park to help promote the park and all it has to offer.
Members want to draw attention to their plans to improve the green space after both the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund agreed in principle to a whopping £1.6million grant.
Friends of Page Park is looking to raise an additional £100,000 to restore the historic clock tower and the chiming clock and hopes the event will boost their fundraising drive.
Although it seems a tough target, the Friends have a good track record of raising money - a few years ago they collected £90,000 restore the bandstand, a project which came to fruition last year.
Friends of Page Park has been working with South Gloucestershire Council for the past five years to put forward a bid for lottery funding to restore the park to its former glory and ensure facilities are first rate.
A bid in 2012 was unsuccessful but a further one last year was more promising. Lottery bosses agreed to hand over £117,000 to South Gloucestershire Council to enable more detailed improvement plans to be drawn up. This was topped up by a £3,000 donation from the Friends of Page Park.
Once the plans are drawn up and quotes received, the council will then be able to apply for the full £1.6million grant to enhance the park.
In March 2015, the application will go back to the Heritage Lottery Fund which will release the money providing it is happy with the plans and costings.
Steph Purser, vice-chair of Friends of Page Park, said she believes the community will flock to support Love Page Park.
“We want to promote the park and all what goes on around it as well as promoting the lottery bid and the project.
“We want to bring the community in. People enjoy the big events that are held at the park. There will be music on the bandstand, an arena with different performers, lots of children’s rides and craft and charity stalls.
“If the local community helps us by donating some money towards our fundraising target, they will get a sense of achievement from it and hopefully they will help look after the park.
“There’s lots we want to do and add to the park so if we can raise £100,000 we can restore the clock tower and the chiming clock and anything left over will be put towards other projects in the park that won’t be paid for by the lottery grant.
“There are a lot of elderly people in Staple Hill and mums who live in flats but Page Park is somewhere for everyone to go. It is a special place.
“We’ve had some really fantastic support from the public at previous events like the Diamond Jubilee and we hope people will support us again. They can come and bring picnics, listen to music and have a really good free day out.”
The project aims to restore many of the park's heritage features such as the stone boundary walls, gateways, clock tower shelter and drinking fountain and replace the iron railings lost during the Second World War.
A new café/community building with public toilets is planned along with a programme of activities and events.
Community events will include music in the bandstand, youth activities, get active projects, training and skills development for local people and support for volunteers to help manage the park.
A range of landscape improvements that respect the park's Edwardian character and enhance biodiversity are also among the proposals.
Page Park was originally part of the Hill House estate and was gifted to the community of Staple Hill by a local benefactor, Alderman Arthur William Page, in 1910.
The Friends of Page Park was set up in 1999 to develop and protect the park.
*Love Page Park takes place on Saturday July 19 from 10.30am-6pm.
Would you like to take part in Love Page Park?
Perhaps you are a singer or are in a band? Maybe you are a dance troupe or a choir?
If so, Friends of Page Park would love to hear from you.
The group is also looking for craft, exhibitor, club and charity stalls and anyone who can offer something a bit different that the community will enjoy.
Steph Purser, vice chair of Friends of Page Park, said: “It’s not a commercial event. We would welcome home-made crafts and want any group, club or organisation which wants to promote what they do or increase membership to come forward so they can set up a stall. Groups like wine clubs or wood turning crafts would be great along with trusts or charities.”
If you would like to take part in Love Page Park contact Friends of Page Park via the contact page of the website www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk, detailing what type of act or stall you can offer.