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  • Playful Connection to bring the Park together

    Playful Connection to bring the Park togetherYou are invited to join us in the Community Hall on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm to see our proposals for the bringing the upper lawn into the Park. Read more...
  • Big MacMillan Thank You

    Big MacMillan Thank YouOur MacMillan coffee morning on Friday 28th September raised a whopping £761.  Thanks to all you who helped and supported us. Read more...
  • Hare Photography Competition Winners

    Hare Photography Competition WinnersTwo prizes have been awarded for the Chrome Hare Photography competition. The family prize was won by Alexandra Webb-Hannah for her super picture of the hare with her daughter and friend. The creative prize was won by Barrie Price. Thanks to Malcolm English for his advice on the competition. Read more...
  • From a different angle

    From a different angleThanks to @nathan.jenkins.92754 for showing the cafe and Park from a different angle https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofNorthLodgePark/videos/529970310765302/ Read more...
  • An Honest Gentleman

    An Honest GentlemanThomas Easter was born in Aylsham in 1715, was hung 24 years later, but brought back to life in North Lodge Park last night by  Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company  in a new musical play by Cordelia Spence and Tim Lane. With thanks to Cordelia, Tim and the cast (Hayley Evenett, Quinn Richards and Gair Madland) ... Read more...
  • Open Mic 2018

    Open Mic 2018Thanks to Rock the Lobster and COAST – Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival for a great Cromer Carnival (Official) Open Mic; great day with over 20 acts performing in the Park. Read more...
  • Treasure Island

    Treasure IslandMany thanks to Boxtree Productions for bringing the Park to life with their production of Treasure Island. Read more...
  • Chrome Hare Images

    Chrome Hare ImagesChrome Hare Photography Competition Read more...
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream What a night we had at midsummer; Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company brought A Midsummer Night’s Dream to North Lodge Park and the park came alive with the sound of Shakespeare.  Magical. Read more...
  • CROMER CARNIVAL OPEN MIC 2018

    CROMER CARNIVAL OPEN MIC 2018This year we have teamed up again with Coast Arts and Rock the Lobster to bring an Open Mic to the park at the start of Cromer carnival week. Read more...
  • 2018 Gardening Festival

    2018 Gardening FestivalThere were lots of creative youngsters at the 2018 gardening festival in North Lodge Park, taking advantage of the opportunity to make lighthouses, scarecrows and garden fairies. Read more...
  • Crab and Lobster Art Trail 2018

    Crab and Lobster Art Trail 2018The Crab and Lobster Festival is holding its annual art trail…this year the theme is lighthouses. One of our lovely volunteers, Barbara Swarbrick, has designed and painted this beautiful one for the cafe. Barbara studied art & design in the 1960s, went to Australia in the early 1970s and made her living from ceramic art and ... Read more...

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Friends of North Lodge Park

The Friends of North Lodge Park AIM To protect, enhance and promote North Lodge Park as a place of recreation and enjoyment for the long term benefit of the local community and visitors OBJECTIVES To encourage wide community input and participation in improving the Park so that the Park may best serve the local community and visitors To manage and assist with current and future projects that will improve the Park To represent the interests of the community and visitors through a positive, co-operative approach, working in partnership with North Norfolk District Council Registered Charity Number 1169907
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
The new bridge (emerging from this mornings mist)
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Week 3, and the new bridge is starting to take shape
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Three hundred years ago North Lodge Park’s “upper lawn” was a field belonging to Cliff House on the Overstrand Road, owned by Dr Sidney Terry from 1772. Dr Terry could be credited as starting Cromer’s holiday trade: he let out lodging rooms in Cliff House, and as co-owner of a bathing machine business introduced the first ones to Cromer in 1779. Today his name is remembered in the “Doctor’s Steps” built in 1806 (converted to slopes in 1894) as a route from Cliff House to the beach. The “upper lawn” became part of North Lodge Park in 1946, with the connecting bridge built in 1956.

There is more about the development of the Upper Lawn on the website https://northlodgepark.org.uk/the-park/history/the-upper-lawn/ and in our Chronicles “100 years in the Park” available to purchase on the website.
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Screw piling has started to form the bridge foundations on the upper lawn, while on the main lawn the corner has been cut off the path (and the railings removed from the side bed.
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
Work has started in the Park on replacing the old bridge with the new inclusive Playful Connection; fencing is up and the old bridge removed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused from the fencing. For those of you interested, you can still sponsor a plank (see northlodgepark.org.uk for details).
Friends of North Lodge Park
Friends of North Lodge Park
With your tremendous support we have been busy fund raising to provide inclusive access to the Upper Lawn and improve the play facilities in the Park. I am pleased to report that on 1 June 2020 work will commence to install the fully accessible ‘playful bridge’ linking the two sections of the park divided by the sunken walkway.

We thought long and hard about whether to go ahead with this project in the current unprecedented times. After much deliberation, and with support from NNDC, it was decided to go ahead – so when the bridge is finished and we emerge from the other side of this pandemic Cromer will have something to celebrate

Inevitably it has taken time to research, develop and get approval for such an ambitious scheme, but the funding was finally in place just as the country locked down.

You rose magnificently to the challenge of helping the project financially by sponsoring a plank. Although successful grant applications contributed over £80,000 towards the project, with a significant contribution from Cromer Town Council and the Government Pocket Parks fund, most of the funding has come from the community, with a major contribution (£90,000) from café takings thanks to our customers, volunteer staff and bakers.

There was a fantastic response to our funding appeals, with over £25,000 raised from individual plaques for sponsored planks on the bridge, and from sales of our books of café cake recipes (Will You Marry Me?) and the Brief History of the Park.

Some of the periphery works - such as benches – are being delayed and still need funding: there’s still time to sponsor a plank or buy one of the books – see northlodgepark.org.uk for full details – to help complete the project.

With the current restrictions in place, we can't be definitive on dates, it depends how much the suppliers are impacted over the coming weeks. But the contractor, Modern Method Construction Ltd will commence on June 1st, although some of the play equipment and landscaping outside the main contractors’ remit will be implemented later.

The new zig-zag wooden bridge will allow explorers of all ages and abilities to easily access the new play area which will include a range of new play equipment as well as areas of wild flowers and pathways to open up access to the cliff top path. The bridge itself will include some elements of play and will take approx. 6 weeks to construct. During this time the sunken walkway will be closed to the public with diversion notices in place.