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Heaton Park gets it’s skates on »

IMG_0266Heaton Park has opened it’s doors to ice skating.

What a great idea and one that has probably been staring all of us in the face as a great way to make money for Heaton park.

And it’s brilliant.

The family went along a few days ago and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We hadn’t taken our skates, but I will be doing when we go again this week.

The actual rink is inside a huge tent situated just in front of the golf driving range at the Sainsbury’s entrance to Heaton Park.

Having the rink in a tent is a very good call because Manchester weather and ice don’t mix very well! After all who wants to suddenly pull up short when they come to a rain puddle on the ice?

We went to the little cafe/bar opposite the rink to get our tickets (wrist bands) and went straight across to get on the ice. I wasn’t sure the skating would be worth what we paid (a shade over £27).

I was wrong, we all had a great time.

The skates that are provided aren’t bad at all, although bizarrely one of my skates was a little blunt.

After my initial testing out my abilities on this new ice I was off and skating away!

I would say come down and try it, you’ll love it.

But I wont because I want the ice to myself!

Clayton Hall nominated for Community Project of the Year »

Clayton Hall at the 2013 Be Proud Awards

Be Proud 2013

Clayton Hall was nominated for Community Project of the Year in the 2013 Be Proud awards.

So we all trooped down to Manchester town hall, through the Christmas market into the Mayor’s parlour for a champagne cocktail.

We then moved into the enormous Great Hall where we were wined and dined like kings. And of course after the food came the speeches and awards.

In the end we came out as runner’s up and we did have a nice time at the awards ceremony and got to meet some interesting people.

We also got to hear about other amazing schemes and people, all run on a voluntary basis. Where do these people get the time!?

The Clayton Hall team are currently going through the process of becoming a charity to ensure that Clayton Hall can attract the funding it needs to take over support from the council.

We are currently providing a series of packages as part of the Victorian experience to allow teachers to use us an out of classroom resource. So that means we also need to get more volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks when schools visit.

We’re also looking for more schools to take advantage of the Victorian atmosphere at the hall. So if you’re a teacher get in touch too!

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