|A HUGE HUGE thanks to all of you who supported us over the last year – whether it’s helping in the cafe and gardens, supporting the events, supporting the cafe, sponsoring a plank – the Park really benefits from your contributions. |
What a year 2019 was: we hosted over 20 events across the year, from ice skating to theatre, brass bands to dragons, a breakfast special to afternoon teas.
Shortlisting for the EDP Norfolk Best Coffee/Tea Shop Award was a real surprise and a credit to all the volunteers who work so hard keeping the cafe such a special place. All our TripAdviser reviews in 2019 were very good or better which is amazing!
The gardens have continued to flourish thanks to the hard work of the volunteers. The rose garden is starting to mature following the major restoration works the gardeners have achieved, and other borders adding colour to the Park.
We are really pleased with the support you have given to the Playful Connection project – the plank appeal has raised over £20,000 towards the project and we know some of you are still looking for the right phrase for your plank – we need another 50 planks sponsored to reach our target so please don’t wait too much longer as we want to start the build this Spring.
The two books we published last year, the Chronicles of North Lodge Park and the Cafe Cook Book, received great reviews, including Book of the Month, and have sold really well with all profits going towards the Playful Connection project.
New Year Opportunities
If you’re looking for something new for 2020 why not come and join us. We’ve always got space for new volunteers so please don’t hold back – it’s 2020! Come and talk to us about where you can contribute and join the great team of volunteers we have. Send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or pop into the cafe to have a chat.
We issued tender documents at the end of last year to several potential construction companies and should be in a position to appoint a contractor and start digging to start the Playful Connection project this Spring. However, we do need to raise a bit more money so if you haven’t already sponsored a plank please pop over to the website or pop into the cafe for a sponsorship form. If you’d like to discuss other sponsorship opportunities please get in touch (email@example.com) – we can help put your business on the map.
What’s planned for 2020?The major event for 2020 will be implementing the Playful Connection project. But there is lots more planned including:
- Gardening Festival in May
- Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company with some Shakespeare in the Park (Twelfth Night) in June
- Illyria theatre with Gilbert and Sullivan (HMS Pinafore) in July
- Boxtree Productions with Alice in Wonderland in August
More details on these and other events when they are confirmed. And don’t forget the cafe which is open all year Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) 10am to 4pm. Come and join the many regulars who help make it a special place.