Welcome to the website for Nottingham Park Estate, an historic residential estate in the heart of Nottingham. The Park is one of the most remarkable Victorian residential estates in the country and is an area of national architectural importance as well as a conservation area - it was once the deer park for Nottingham Castle which overlooks it. The estate is still lit by one of the largest gas street-lighting networks in Europe and is maintained privately by Nottingham Park Estate Limited.
This is the official website of the Nottingham Park Residents' Association (NPRA). Park News is the bi-annual magazine, which has been published by the NPRA for over 30 years, and this website has taken the same name. The magazine will continue to be published and delivered free of charge to every household in June and November.
The NPRA exists to represent the interests of the residents of the estate. If you are a resident, we encourage you to join us, and to keep and eye on the website for news and events. If you are just visiting, you are welcome to look around the site.
For further information please contact me at webmaster@ParkNews.co.uk .
The Park Garden Trail will be held on Sunday 9th June 2013 between 1.00pm and 6.00pm.
More than 20 gardens will be open to the public. Newcastle Circus will again be the hub, with food, drink and entertainment available.
Please save the date for your diary and come along if you can. Proceeds go to local charities.
Nottingham Park Residents Association Invites you to our Spring Talks 2013
Talks to be held at the Squash Club, Tattershall Drive (map). Doors and Bar open at 7pm. All are welcome. The charge for the individual talks is £4 for NPRA members, £6 non members. See below for details of how to obtain tickets.
Nottinghamshire Cricket History Wednesday 27th March 7.30 pm
Peter Wynne-Thomas is an English cricket writer, historian and statistician who has for many years been (and still is) the archivist and librarian of Nottinghamshire CCC. He is a prolific writer with over 100 books to his name if you include the Nottingham Year Books. Peter is the club's Vice President. He will talk about the history of cricket in Nottinghamshire and of Trent Bridge.
To China for compassion Wednesday 24th April 7.30 pm
Liz Didcock is an enthusiastic tennis player at the Park Tennis Club but more importantly a consultant paediatrician at Nottingham University Hospitals. Liz was nominated by The Times as one of the Top 100 children’s doctors in the UK. Her citation mentioned her specialism of providing ‘high quality accessible paediatric service in a deprived area of Nottingham for children with complex health and social difficulties.’ Liz is also a serial volunteer and went to China in March to walk the Wall and raise funds to support The Teenage Cancer Trust. Her talk will be about her experiences in China and The Teenage Cancer Trust and will be a fundraising event.
Gardening for birds, butterflies and bees Wednesday February 27th 7.30 pm
Janette Merilion is a horticultural lecturer and historian and runs a garden design business in central Lincolnshire. She has carried out a series of make-overs for Yorkshire television as well as radio broadcasts with speaking engagements both in the UK and overseas. Her talks are designed to be amusing yet informative and to appeal to people with little or no knowledge of gardens and gardening, as well as the expert. Her talk will be about habitats that encourage wildlife in your garden.'
This talk is part of the Wildlife in the Park biodiversity project
How to get tickets
Numbers are limited so please let us know in advance how many tickets you require for each talk, either by
Post: David Hill, NPRA Talks, The Old Coach House, Cavendish Crescent South, The Park, Nottingham NG7 1EN Tel: 0115 9410963
Please do not send cheques or cash --- we will take money on the night.
NB -If you request tickets we will expect you to pay, so if are unable to attend the talk please cancel with me in advance, otherwise we will still require payment.
Please note that the NPRA organised consultation on the redevelopment of Nottingham Castle on January 23rd is now full and oversubscribed. Information from the meeting will be posted on this website and also in the Facebook group after the event.
Nottingham Park Estate Ltd (NPEL - the Park management company) will hold its AGM at 7:00pm on Tuesday 6th November at the Rutland Square Hoetel. Members of the company are entitled to vote for those standing for election to the board. The NPRA has asked for some miniature bios of the candidates and those we have received are lsited below.
The second Park Farmers Market will take place on Sunday 28th October on Newcastle Circus between 10am and 2pm. Come prepared this time to buy your very special offer fruit tree and help us create the extended Park Orchard. On course now to becoming a monthly event to be held on the last Sunday of every month, starting in the new year. Watch this space or the Facebook Group for details. There will be a mulled wine Xmas special market this year on December 16th - more details to follow.
The NPRA thanks the donors for their much appreciated generosity particularly FHP Living and announces the Diamond Jubilee Raffle Winners as follows
For any unclaimed prize please contact Lesley Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org 01159 9415598 to arrange collection
** Please any friend of Suzanne ask her to contact Lesley
Tickets are selling fast for the upcoming Park Jubilee Street Party – an event that promises to combine good old fashioned community spirit with a welcome dose of fundraising for local homelessness charity Framework. More than 800 tickets have been sold so far in advance of the event
The party, coordinated by the Nottingham Park Residents’ Association, takes place on Sunday, June 3rd, between 1pm and 6pm on Newcastle Circus and features a whole host of fun-filled events and activities; from live music, a puppet show and face painting to dancing, a tug of war and real ales and wine. A whole array of refreshments and foods from the Commonwealth will be available.
Tickets for a prize-packed raffle (first prize £300 cash, second prize £150 cash) cost £1 each or £5 for a strip and are available through Lesley Hyde email@example.com or 9415598 .If you would be prepared to help with sale please contact Lesley All proceeds will go to Framework, which helps more than 8,000 homeless and vulnerable people each year to rebuild their lives and reengage with society., largely in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
The raffle will be drawn late pm June 3rd.
Chris Senior, Framework’s Capital Fundraising Director, said: “We are delighted and honoured that The Park Residents’ Association has chosen to support the work of Framework through its celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“To demonstrate such concern for people at the margins of our society, both socially and economically, lends added significance to this joyful occasion. At a time of hardship, when more people are facing the possibility of homelessness, and the resources to meet need have been radically reduced, this assistance is particularly welcome.
“We greatly appreciate this support of our work and very much look forward to sharing this special occasion with the community of The Park.”
Stephen Hyde, Party Coordinator “We are pleased with the ticket sales so far to what promises to be a truly great street party and delighted to be able to publicize and support Framework who do such valuable work.”
Some tickets to the event are still available at £8 so act soon They can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Jose Russell (0115 910 7404) or Patricia Timms (07789 642623) or from the NPEL Office 7A Lenton Road 0115 94273 and ask for Medik
PHOTOS AND MEMORABILIA EXHIBITION AT THE PARK JUBILEE PARTY 3RD JUNE
Photos and memorabilia of the many big changes in The Park during the Queen’s reign will be on show during the Jubilee Party in Newcastle Circus on 3rd June.
Of special interest may be how residents took over The Park from Oxford University.
And did you know the John Player Tennis Tournament was a regular event in The Park?
Long term residents may remember the restoration of the gas lighting by Peter Millican.
Other key changes include The Park Act, passed through Parliament and the departure of the General Hospital.
And what about those legendary Park Parties in the Paddock!
Come along on 3rd June if you want to see and know more of the history of The Park – famous people who lived here, early photos of the grounds, past events, and some architectural highs and lows.
If you have your own Park memorabilia which you could include in the exhibition, Christine Walker would love to hear from you. E mail: email@example.com.