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You can see a display of the full plans at the Coach House, Ford Park or on the South Lakeland District Council website (follow the links to planning applications and search for application reference SL/2014/1236). To find out more or to discuss the proposals, contact Alison Alger, Chief Executive, Ford Park Community Group on telephone 01229 580666, email alisonalger@ford-park.org.uk, or Colin Pickthall, Chair on 01229 480666 or jpickthall@btinternet.com.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Why does Ford Park Community Group need to develop in the park? Surely it’s better to keep all the land as open space?
In an ideal world we would wish to keep the park as it is. However, the charity took on a mortgage from the Architectural Heritage Fund to buy Ford Park from Cumbria County Council in 2005, and a further loan from the Social Investment Business to develop the Coach House in 2010. The mortgage has to be paid back now, and the only way we can afford to do this is to go ahead with this development.

Why can’t the charity sell Ford Park House? Won’t that give you enough money to pay off the mortgage?
Originally the trustees thought it would, but it has proved more difficult to sell the house than we had hoped, and the only offers we have had are way below the amount we would need to pay off the mortgage. The house is a grade 2 listed building which needs a lot of work to maintain and restore it to a habitable condition.

What will happen if the development doesn’t go ahead?
If the development doesn’t go ahead Ford Park Community Group will not be able to pay its loans. If we carry on operating when we know we can’t pay our debts we will be breaking the law. The only alternative will be to close the charity and allow ownership of the land and buildings to pass to those to whom we owe money - the developers of the Coach House, the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)
and the Social Investment Business (SIB). Neither AHF nor SIB will want to manage Ford Park and it will face an uncertain future. The most likely scenario is that it will lie neglected and become a site for anti social behaviour, as it was before Ford Park Community Group was formed.

How much does the charity owe and how did it get into this position?
We owe AHF £289,000 (including interest) and SIB £455,000 (including interest). The original charity trustees planned to sell Ford Park House to pay off the AHF mortgage and decided to develop the Coach House as a social enterprise to provide an income stream to fund the maintenance of the park and the charitable work we do with disadvantaged people, schools, other charities and the community at large. However, the costs of the development were more than expected and it is taking some time for the Coach House to generate the necessary rates of return. It has become clear that the original business plan was over-optimistic in its profit projections. The board of trustees are working very hard to deal with the situation we find ourselves in now and to ensure that the charity is managed prudently. Once the loans are repaid the charity will be able to operate comfortably within its available resources.

Ford Park is in the Ulverston conservation area. Doesn’t that mean the land is protected from development?
Being in a conservation area does not mean that a site cannot be developed at all. However, the local planning authority, South Lakeland District Council, must weigh up the likely harm to the conservation area against the public benefits of any proposed development. In this case the loss of some of the park space will be compensated for by the preservation of the remainder of the land and the continuation of work which benefits the community.

What impact will the development have on Ford Park’s neighbours?
The development team and architect have worked very hard to come up with a design that will minimise any loss of amenity for neighbouring residents. The new houses are designed to match the architecture of the area and the scheme includes two single storey houses, which are deliberately included to ensure that existing properties are not overlooked. There will be no loss of parking space andaccess to the new houses by car will not create road safety issues.

How will the new houses affect everyone else who uses the Park?
Clearly some park space will be lost. However, this is a very small proportion of the existing space, which at the moment is not widely used. This development will not pave the way for further building. Ford Park Community Group will enter into a legally binding agreement, known as a section 106 agreement, which will guaranteeno further residential or commercial development in the park.
We know that the area is popular with dog walkers. The ability to walk dogs in the park and to bring dogs into the Coach House cafe will continue as before.

Who are the developers and what are their plans?
The developers are a small, family run local firm called Modlar. They are partnering with a Cheshire-based company called Brookhouse, who have a lot of experience in developing well-designed schemes in conservation areas. As well as building eight houses, Modlar and Brookhouse will eventually refurbish and develop Ford House.

What will Ford Park Community Group do with the proceeds from the development?
If planning permission is granted, the charity will receive an initial payment which will enable us to repay the loan to AHF immediately, make backdated repayments to SIB and manage current income and expenses from month to month. Future income from the development will enable us to repay the balance of our loans, guaranteeing the future of Ford Park as a community amenity. The funds will also be used to support the on-going maintenance of the park; the continuation of the volunteer
development programme; use of the park for the Carnival and Lantern procession
finales; joint projects with St Mary’s Hospice and the development of facilities and activities for the whole community in the park, grounds and the Coach House

How can I support Ford Park and help secure its future?
If you want see Ford Park continue as a community amenity for Ulverston, there are several ways you can help:
● Write in to SLDC and support our planning application
You can do this by writing a letter or sending an email to:
Kate Lawson
Principal Planning Officer
South Lakeland District Council
South Lakeland House
Lowther Street
Kendal
Cumbria LA9 4DL
Email: k.lawson@southlakeland.gov.uk
Quote planning application number SL/2014/1236

OR
● You can see the planning application on the SLDC website (www.southlakeland.gov.uk, follow links to planning applications and search for number SL/2014/1236) and simply click a button to say you
support the application
● Encourage your family, friends and neighbours to express their support.
● Become a member of Ford Park or make a donation to our charitable
work.


Points to include in your letter of support:
● According to SLDC’s development plan, Ulverston needs around 1,700 more houses. Developing on Ford Park is an opportunity to provide some of these houses AND ensure that the park and the charitable activities that go on there are maintained.
● The benefits of using a small piece of land for sympathetic development will outweigh any potential harm to the conservation area.
● The proposed scheme is well designed and minimises both loss of openspace and views for neighbours and traffic impacts.
● You want to see Ford Park preserved for the benefit of Ulverston residents and visitors and are concerned that its future is under threat if the development doesn't go ahead

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Green Flag Award application and Customer Survey If you have 5 minutes to spare please complete this questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XSZLM8R ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=106 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=106 Christmas is Coming!

Creative Christmas Decorations Workshop
Wed 26 Nov, 2 - 4pm
Create your own unique and beautiful holiday decorations under the expert
guidance of Tracy Wells designer milliner.
£25, includes materials used. To book please call Tracy directly on 01229 870080

Christmas Story Writing Workshops
Wed 3 Dec, 9.30am - 2.45pm
Fri 12 Dec, 9.30am - 2.45pm
Start a new family tradition this Christmas. Local author Zosia Wand will help you
imagine and structure your own unique Christmas story to share with your
family. £20

Wreath Making Workshops
Thu 4 Dec, 7 - 9pm
Thu 11 Dec, 7 - 9pm
Join us in one of our fun, relaxed 2 hour workshops to learn how to make a
beautiful festive door wreath. Using seasonal foliage and traditional natural
decorations, you will make your own door wreath to take home.
£20, includes materials used and festive refreshments.

Christmas Card Crafts
Thu 11 Dec, 11am - 4pm
Come along and make your own unique greetings card from an array of
seasonal and recycled materials. Drop-in to the Coach House Café & Bistro
between 11am – 4pm.

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Link with Kendal Festival

I.N.J. Culbard is an award-winning artist and writer. He has appeared in the anthology
series Dark Horse Presents, Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000AD (Brass Sun), and has
been published by Vertigo (The New Deadwardians). His graphic novels for Self Made
Hero include: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Sherlock Holmes trilogy: Hound of the
Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four, The Valley of Fear, The Case of
Charles Dexter Ward, Deadbeats, The Shadow Out of Time, and At the Mountains of
Madness, for which he won the British Fantasy Award in 2011. Ian's current
graphic novel, Celeste explores what it means to be alone. In the blink of an eye, three
people in different parts of the globe find themselves removed from the constraints of
society when the rest of humanity vanishes. Afforded a wider perspective on their
lives, each character is forced to examine both their place in the world and the pivotal
moments on which their very existence may depend. Ranging from the streets of
London and Los Angeles to a demon-haunted forest in the shadow of Mount Fuji,
Celeste is a story about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them. In
a world without consequences, what would you do? Ian will be in
conversation with local writer, Zosia Wand (who also happens to be his sister!).

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Gardener's Question Time

Gardener's Question Time

at Ford Park Saturday 27th September

2.30pm in the Garden Room

with

Sally Beamish, Head Gardener & Estate Manager at Brantwood for 25 years : a student of John Ruskin's botanical and horticultural explorations and of biodynamic meadow restoration

Mary James, Northern Representative for the Women's Farm & Garden Association and Work and Retrain as a Gardener Scheme (WRAGS): a gardener and gardening mentor

Dorothy Holladay, member of the Hardy Plant Society and volunteer at Holehird and Ford Park

Chaired by Sarah McCormack, Ford Park Community Link Gardener

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Royal Visit

The visit will highlight the Community Group’s many achievements including our volunteer programme, Wild Flower Meadow Project, the launch of Incredible Edible Ulverston, work with schools and the wider community and the development of The Coach House Café Bistro and celebrations venue.

 During her visit The Duchess will meet with staff, volunteers and invited guests and will unveil a plaque to commemorate the start of a project to build an accessible footpath linking Ford Park with St Mary’s Hospice, enabling ease of access for all to Ford Park and its wonderful resources.

 For further information please contact Alison Alger on 01229 580666 or email alisonalger@ford-park.org.uk

 
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Tunes & Tapas on the Terrace

Tunes & Tapas on The Terrace

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New Chef!! We will be welcoming Ben Queen-Fryer who is currently Chef at the multi award winning Drunken Duck Inn at Outgate Ambleside. Ben will be bringing with him a wealth of experience and new ideas which will I am sure build on the already established reputation. ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=100 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=100 Carnival!! We have a free Carnival Costume Workshop Day on July 1st from 10am to 4pm in room 3 in Ford House. We are already working on many costumes for regular parade participants but this is a chance to come in and work with our creative team on a costume for you! We will apply finishing touches on the morning of the 5th and aim to leave Ford Park as a group between noon and 12.30pm to get in our parade position. As we have been working towqards getting out own bee hive this year our individual theme is "Bee Happy-Do the Waggle Dance!" For more details contact Kim on 01229 588164 ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=99 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=99 Summer Picnic!! If the weather is good we will be on the field by the children's playground-if it rains we will be in Ford House in Room 3 12.30 to 1.30pm ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=98 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=98 Hoad Herb Walk Meet at the Garden Room at Ford Park at 4pm -the walk should last about 2 hours ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=97 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=97 Taste Cumbria 24th & 25th May ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=96 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=96 Taste Cumbria 24th & 25th May We will have a Plant and Produce Stall on New market Street and a Family Activities Tent outside the Roxy Cinema where you can make your own salad planter, make your own mini scarecrow and other activities too!! ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=95 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=95 Craft Fair ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=94 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=94 New Exhibition in Cafe

For the next couple of months we've got the pleasure of having Printfest's Own.

 

This is an exhibition of work from local printmakers who are members of the Printfest committee. The exhibition includes work from Marie Wright, Judy Evans, Richard Foster and Sally Bamber.

 

Cafe hours are 10am till 4pm everyday. 

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Local Food Project Completed! ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=92 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=92 Incredible Edible Ulverston ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=91 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=91 Exciting Programme of Slide & Supper Evenings ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=90 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=90 Coach House exhibition

We have a new exhibition in the cafe which consists of two artists. Sue Fletcher & Daniel M.H. Lenartowicz. Find below a short profile for both artists.

 

Sue Fletcher - Textile and Mixed Media artist

Sue has lived in Cumbria all her life, waling and cycling in the local landscape. She is inspired by the local landscape (especially the views from across the bay). For the last year she has been working on landscapes, mostly those views across the Bay Estuary. She has also been inspired by the local train journey across the viaducts and the views of the constantly changing sies which add so much atmosphere.

She likes working with vintage recycled fabrics, and she often uses these to form Nuno Felt. She enjoys experimenting with different textures and materials.

 

Daniel M.H. Lenartowicz - Photographer

Daniel has lived in the English Lakes for his entire life, and has always been inspired by the vastness and the rugged landscape. He is currently an A-Level student studying Fine-Art, with a particular interest in photography and animation. 

Each of the photos in his series titled "South Lakes" comprises an average of about 17 individual photographs, merged digitally (mostly by hand) to create the final image. He prides himself in finding natural colour in the landscape, as such none of his photographs have been taken using filters, or have had their colours altered in post-production.

View some of Daniel's work

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Christmas Festivities We have everything from wreath making to a Robin Trail and Father Christmas Weekend! Check out the Events Page and Facebook! ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=88 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=88 Halloween & Half Term Halloween & Half Term are coming soon! We will have a Pumpkin Trail for families from Saturday 26th October, A Community Gardening Day (families welcome) on Saturday 26th October from 10am, A Creative Day for adults and accompanied children on Wednesday 30th and Halloween Theme Nights in the Coach House Bistro on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of November!! A Packed Programme-come and join us! ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=87 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=87 Super Saturday Markets We will be having a stall at the Super Saturday Markets this autumn in the centre of Ulverston on the 5th of October, 2nd of November and 7th December. We will be selling garden produce, wooden products and crafts -do come along! ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=86 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=86 Craft Fair There are 15 craft stalls of all sorts at our Craft Fair on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Everthing from welli stands to jewellery, from ceramics to bat boxes, from recycled washing machines to textiles!! All set in a beautiful park and garden with activities for families and a fabulous cafe ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=85 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=85 Heritage Open Day On Thursday 12th September we will be taking part in the national campaign to promote our heritage. There will be tours at 11am and 2pm plus displays of material and handouts concerning the history of Ford Park -come and look around! ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=84 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=84 Co-operate with us and the Co-op!

A message from the Co-operative: Go green with The Co-operative this Autumn -Together we can make a difference! Bring your family along to one of our fun, free outdoor volunteer days. The Co-operative has teamed up with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens to bring you a series of fantastic environmental challenges where you and your family can make a real difference in your local community.

 Autumn Tasks at Ford Park

Saturday 7th September 2013, 10.00am - 3.30pm
Ford Park, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7JP
Whether weeding, sowing or harvesting in the kitchen garden or helping to strike the balance with nature in the wider estate, there will be plenty of Autumn tasks to be completed. A light lunch will be provided

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Community Gardening Day ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=82 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=82 Romeo & Juliet ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=81 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=81 Ford Park Volunteers nominated as Food Heroes http://www.localfoodgrants.org/heroes?cid=52 ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=80 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=80 Good Life festival ]]> http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=79 http://J4315.web.furness.net/newsdetails.asp?ID=79 Container Gardening
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Bat Walk on Monday April 29th
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Spring into Spring!!
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Gardening Course on Saturday March 23rd
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Easter Monday Event
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Tamla Motown star to play at Coach house March 2nd

Kim Weston found fame on the classic Tamla Motown song "It takes two" with the legendary Marvin Gaye and on March 2nd appears at the Coach House.

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During her last visit to the UK she met up with Ewan Blackledge, Cumbrias No 1 busker, and a blues legend in his own right. They performed a couple of impromptu numbers together on the streets of Kendal, and have remained friends ever since. Kim was to finish her tour in the Lakes and was keen to perhaps do a concert with Ewan. As Ewan has been using the studio at Ford Park recently, recording an album with his band, The Beat Combo, he approached the trustees with the idea of putting on this concert in the venue room at the Coach house.

So on Saturday March 2nd Ford Park will play host to a Tamala Motown star to kick off a series of musical events that Ford Park plan to hold throughout the next few months. 

Tickets are limited so be quick to grab one as only sixty will be available for this exclusive event.

Call 01229 580666

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It looks like it's going to be a cold winter this year. These cabbage seem to be surviving the early frosts, lets hope that all the work we have put in to populate the new beds survive. 
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Volunteers Night Out

Last night Ford Park volunteers ventured out into Ulverston to celebrate all their hard work over the past 12 months. A great night was had by all and another one will be organised soon. To become a volunteer at Ford Park contact Kim Farr.

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Coach House Cafe, new closing times

As the clocks go back our cafe will now close at 4pm.

Fridays Themed nights will start at 7pm and look out for other themed nights on Saturdays

To Book please Tel. 01229 581666

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Heavy rain makes play area into duck pond

flood.jpgTodays heavy rainfall has turned the play area into a swimming pool. The new path has been washed away leaving deep gullies, and a small river now runs towards poplar grove. To get to the Cafe and the coach house you now have to cross a ford that runs across the drive. This is probably why the park was called Ford Park.

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Gig in the Garden Vidoe

Follow this link to see septembers gig

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