Picnic in the Park

Please join us for this years Summer Picnic on the Park

It will be on Sunday 7th July – starting at 12 midday. There will also be a free raffle

Please bring a picnic and all your family and enjoy a wonderful time on the park – we look forward to seeing you all there

Town/Village Green Status – update

You will recall that in October last year FoVP invited members, residents and Park users to share memories of their usage of the Park over a number of years and related to a range of activities.  The purpose of this was to provide supporting evidence for our application to Medway Council for Village Green Status. 

Thank you for your responses.

Since October we have collated that information and provided it to the Council who, initially, undertook to make the application on our behalf.

Unfortunately we have recently been advised that although the Council is supportive in principle of our application it will not be in a position,  because of financial, staffing  and other resource restraints, to take this forward.

Whilst this is disappointing it does not prevent FoVP from pursuing this ourselves.  Having discussed the situation at its meeting on 10 June the FoVP Committee agreed unanimously that rather than delay matters further we  would make the application, and bear any costs, ourselves.

As set out in the original message asking for your memories of the Park success in securing Village Green Status will offer additional protection against any proposed development of the Park.  

We are optimistic for a positive outcome.

Carols On The Green

What a fantastic response we got for the Carols on the Green event.

It was such a lovely atmosphere with the dozens of people who attended and everyone had a great time singing along with the Wigmore Voices – who were excellent.

With all the positive feedback we received we are hoping this may now become an annual event

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and special thanks again to The Wigmore Voices

Carols on The Green

Please come and join us for Carols on The Green on Vinalls Park.

We are hoping you will be able to join us on Sunday 17th December from 6 till 6:45 to sing some Christmas carols with us. We will be at the Cecil Avenue end near the children’s playground.

We are lucky enough to be accompanied by the Wigmore voices so it should be a great evening.

Come along and join in!

Hallowen

There was a great response to the Halloween Fancy Dress competition held on Vinall Park last night

There were all ages in the competition and the judges had a very difficult job to decide the winners.

Our councillor Hazel Browne was in attendance to present the prizes to the lucky winners

We had a great variety of costumes and it was great to see some adults taking part too – we even had a lion!

Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to doing something similar next year

We need your help

Dear Members, residents and park users,
After careful consideration of a number of options open to us the Committee of the Friends of Vinall Park has agreed to seek to obtain Town/Village Green status for the Park. We will be supported in this by Medway Council.
The reason for pursuing this course of action is to put another layer of ‘protection’ on the Park against future building development. We hope you will support us in this aim to keep the Park as a Green Space for the benefit of residents and local users.
To take the application forward requires us to collect evidence of the ways in which the Park is used and has been used in the past. This is where we would like your help please. You will see below a set of questions which we hope will prompt you to share your recollections of how you and your friends and family have used the Park.

We have posted copies to everyone in the streets surrounding the park but if you would like to download and print your own copy click below

If you prefer an on-line version can be completed here

Please don’t feel that you have to answer all of the questions in detail – anything that you are able to provide will be helpful.

If you wish to email your response please copy and paste the questions below and send your response to membership@vinallpark.org


Vinall Park memories

  1. Name – optional
  2. Address and Contact details – optional. Useful for the Committee to be able to follow up for more details
  3. How long have you lived in the area?
  4. How long have you been using the Park?
  5. How often do you visit Vinall Park?
  6. How long do you spend there?
  7. What are your reasons for visiting the park?: Please tick all that apply

 walk
 exercise
 children/grandchildren
 meet friends/relatives
 dog walking
 picnic
 sports/games – organised or ad hoc
 other – please define

  1. What memories do you have of organised events?

 when?
 who organised?
 what type of event?

  • social, sport, charity, family, community,
     duration?
     how many people attended?

It would be helpful if you could submit your responses by Friday 10 November.
Thank you in advance of your help.
The Vinall Park Committee

Halloween

There will be a Halloween Fancy Dress competition on Vinall Park on Tuesday 31st October at 6.30. It’s free to enter and there will be a prize for the best costume

AGM 2023

Friends of Vinall Park AGM

This years Friends of Vinall Park AGM is to be held at 6.30 on Wednesday 28th June 2023. It will be held on Vinall Park and all Members are welcome.

Coronation Lunch

The Friends of Vinall Park invite the community to come together to celebrate the occasion of the Kings Coronation with a Coronation Lunch

Join us in your front garden or on the park with a picnic or Afternoon Tea on Sunday 7th May from 1pm

There will be a free prize draw ticket for everyone who attends, with a souvenir prize for the winning ticket.

See you there!

Medway Council Open Space Survey

We have received the following email from Medway Council regarding their current survey of Open space usage

Dear Friends,

We’re asking residents for their views on public open spaces in Medway, such as parks, play areas and allotments.

An updated open space assessment is required as supporting evidence for Medway’s emerging Local Plan.

What the study is

Management consultancy, Knight, Kavanagh & Page (KKP), have been appointed by Medway Council to carry out an assessment on Medway’s public open spaces.

Public open space provides opportunities for sport and recreation, socialising, tourism and wildlife. They make an important contribution to the health and well-being of communities, ecosystems and economies.

Up to date information is needed on Medway’s open spaces. This is to ensure that there is suitable provision of accessible, high quality open spaces that meet the needs and aspirations of local communities, local people and people who work in or visit the area.

How to get involved

KKP are running a survey asking residents for their views on public open spaces in Medway.

It will provide valuable information that we’ll use to inform both the new Local Plan and also investment decisions as part of an up-to-date strategy for public open spaces.

For further details to access the survey please follow this link: https://www.medway.gov.uk/openspace

The survey closes on Monday 1 May 2023.