A few weeks ago, we applied to the Prince’s Trust Volunteers to see if they would come and sort out the pathway through the community nature garden. Last Thursday, they called us to let us know that our application had been successful and we are their chosen community project for this autumn!
This means that over the next couple of weeks, the Prince’s Trust Volunteers will be pitching up to help us to build the pathway through the garden from Palatine onto Palatine Avenue.
Today was their first day – and we welcomed them in the rain! Did they let a bit of rain put them off though? Did… They… Not…
As soon as they arrived, they picked up their spades, rakes and sheers (supplied at very short notice by the City Council – thanks Stef!) and they cracked on with lopping, chopping and digging. The good news is, they will be back again tomorrow and for the next couple of weeks 🙂 So if you happen to be walking through Palatine, come and say ‘hello’ and see what they’re up to. They’re a friendly bunch and we are really grateful that they are coming to help improve the space.
This is the first of several outdoor projects which will be happening at Palatine over the next couple of months (COVID restrictions permitting). In fact it feels like the right time for projects at Palatine to capitalise on the fact that working in the great outdoors is the safest and easier thing to do right now. I can safely say that a couple of hours of working with other people, even in the rain, is a great way to lift your mood… for free… 🙂
What is the Prince’s Trust Programme?
The Prince’s Trust Programme is run in conjunction with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. It offers a 12 week full-time course to young people aged 16-25 and is aimed at improving confidence, motivation and skills. It is available for both unemployed and employed young people, it includes work experience, careers advice, qualifications, challenging projects, community action and an action-packed team building week-long residential. Find out more at https://www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/education/adults/
The Beavers were fun to work with and were full of enthusiasm and competitiveness on the green. It was so lovely to see the whole space so alive with activities. We hope that they will come back in the spring!
On Monday and Tuesday last week, the Monday and Tuesday Beavers Groups from St Paul’s came along to play at Palatine!
40 children tried their hands (and feet!) at football, tennis and crown green bowls. Members of the Palatine Bowling Club came along and did some coaching. It was a very busy couple of evenings.
Things are taking shape on the tennis courts at Palatine. On Thursday evening, a crack team of six painters and pruners turned up and spent a good couple of hours working on the site. They painted nearly all of the boards around the tennis courts and pruned the pyracantha which has been growing through and potentially damaging the fencing. By the time they had finished, the Sun had set and darkness had fallen!
On Friday morning, Lancaster City Council’s Cleansing Team came over and cleared away the great big pile of branches which had been lopped and chopped and there we were – Job done!
Little by little it’s all getting better and better.
We have now nearly painted our way back round to the beginning – so far it’s taken about four hours’ work which isn’t bad going.
If you would like to be part of the next working party (which will be arranged and announced at very short notice due to our constantly changing weather conditions), sign up to the mailing list.
Last week, we had such a good do at our junior bowling taster session that we thought we’d do it all over again!
When? Monday 19th August 2019
Time? 2:30 – 4:00pm
Where? Palatine Bowling Green
This is a free session to juniors and will be run by our very own PCSO David Owen who is a qualified bowling coach. Dave will bring target mats and bowls and will introduce you to the beautiful game which is crown green bowling!
Let’s make crown green bowls cool at Palatine! Why not?
In the morning, five community members came out and braved the elements to start work painting the boards around the tennis courts. It’s been a while since they were last painted, but in just over an hour we had given nearly half of them their first coat. The improvement is quite striking and immediate. Check the low-tech time-lapse below to see 26 seconds of some of the finest board painting you will ever see:
At the end of the hour, we retired to the Palatine hut for a well-earned cup of tea and a slice of Brenda’s rather lovely, orangey tray bake.
We reckon that it will take another hour or so to cover the other boards. Then the boards will need one more top coat and we shall have transformed another space at Palatine. Nice work.
We’d like you to be part of the next couple of working parties, sign up to our website and we’ll drop you a line to let you know when we are planning on going back to have another crack at them. We shall pay close attention to the weather forecast and when we see a window of opportunity, we’ll set a date (therefore it might be short notice!).
JUNIOR BOWLING SESSION
During the afternoon, we opened the Palatine bowling green to a group of very keen young bowlers! The children learned that there’s more to bowling than meets the eye! They practised rolling the bowls, aiming at targets, and learned all about the bias of the bowls. They were very enthusiastic for the whole two hour session and couldn’t wait to run up the green to see if their bowl was closest to the jack! We finished the session with a mini tournament which was won in very fine fashion by Charlie who is now the reigning junior champion of Palatine (for now!).
PCSO David Owen wasn’t able to run this week’s session because he was called over to cover Morecambe Carnival. However, he has offered to do another junior bowling session on Monday 19th August at 2:30pm. Tell your friends. Come along.
Wouldn’t it be good…
…if we could get local schools to get involved with bowling at Palatine? Getting schools involved would introduce more young people to bowling which in turn would help them to understand what it’s all about and would connect them with the space and facilities in their community. Have you got any contacts? Can you get involved? Come on then – get in touch.
When? Sunday 11th August
Time? 10:00 – 12:00
Where? Palatine of course!
On Sunday 11th August, we shall be getting together to paint the boards which surround the tennis courts at Palatine – and you are invited to come and join in.
Recently, a couple of our bowling team painted the veterans’ hut at the top of Palatine and it really smartened things up. We thought that giving the tennis boards a bit of a facelift will be another visual sign that good things are going on at Palatine! Also, painting the boards has the added benefit of extending the life of the boards too. Whilst we are painting, we can throw around other ideas for things to do at Palatine – after all, it’s a big back garden that belongs to all of us.
Where are the boards?
The boards surround the two tarmac courts at Palatine. They cover quite a big space, but if 100 of us turn up, we’ll probably be done by 10:30 😉
So please, wear your painting clothes, bring a brush (if you can find one, if you can’t we’ll supply one) and let’s see if we can transform that space.
When? Sunday 11th August
Time? 2:30 – 4:30pm
Where? Palatine top green of course! Sign up? email email@example.com to say that you’re coming
Until last summer, it had been a fair few years since anyone had seen bowling at Palatine. It’s therefore no surprise that many of the young people who play out at Palatine haven’t really got a clue what on earth the bowlers are doing (they just think that they are just throwing a load of bowls about)! It’s out of their memory or experience.
As luck would have it, help is at hand! Who knew that our very own Scotforth East Police and Community Support Officer David Owen is also a qualified bowling coach?! Therefore, worlds have collided and David has offered to run a junior bowling taster session for young people over the summer.
Thanks to funding from the Lancaster Fund and additional sponsorship from local sports shop Uniform and Leisurewear, we have purchased 4 sets of very fancy junior bowls. They are lighter and smaller thank ordinary bowls so easier to handle.
When the Palatine pavilion was staffed, young people were always hiring bowls and having a go on one of the bottom greens (when they were better kept!). If you live around Palatine, you should have a go at bowling at Palatine – it’s a rite of passage.