Entry fee being charged for first time this year at Party in the Park

Bournemouth Echo: The annual Party in the Park will be taking place at Ashley Cross in Poole The annual Party in the Park will be taking place at Ashley Cross in Poole

THE countdown to this year’s Party in the Park event at Poole’s Ashley Cross is almost over.

For the first time in its 12-year history this year the event will be gated with an entry fee.

A firm favourite on Poole’s entertainment calendar, Party in the Park usually attracts thousands of people.

Boasting a number of local bands, DJs, stalls and food and drink, this corner of Lower Parkstone is normally transformed on the day.

Explaining the security fence and £3 adult entry fee, organiser Jane Jones said: “When the council told us that this was the only way forward, we knew that this was the only choice.

“The remit was to ensure safety for the general public and that meant fencing the event.

“We have incurred serious extra costs and those have had to be met somehow so naturally the decision was that this small charge for adults was the way forward. Hopefully, people will understand that we can’t bear these extra costs ourselves and will attend what is a great party at the end of the summer’s social calendar.”

Tickets are available on the day, but organisers say they are selling fast.

Richard Cossey, marketing manager for main sponsor Humphries Kirk, said: “We love this day.

“As solicitors we have little chance to really get out there and enjoy an event with the general public. One of our offices is just across the road and we wanted to put something back into this fabulous small community.

“At the end of the day it is all about joining in and showing support.”

Party in the Park kicks off at 11am on September 2, with music from 1pm. It normally winds down around 7pm.

Tickets are available from Humphries Kirk, Frost & Co, Martin & Co, The Cow, Le Bateau and Patricks, all in Ashley Cross.

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4:19pm Thu 23 Aug 12

mrpickles69 says...

yet another free fun event gone :-( you could never hear the music anyway as sound was rubbish! more a social gathering
yet another free fun event gone :-( you could never hear the music anyway as sound was rubbish! more a social gathering mrpickles69
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6:27pm Thu 23 Aug 12

ashleycross says...

So,if it's winding down around 7pm will the cleaners be arriving then?
So,if it's winding down around 7pm will the cleaners be arriving then? ashleycross
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7:14pm Thu 23 Aug 12

roguetrader666 says...

The real story is that the only way that the undesirables and gypsy element can be kept out is to enclose the area and charge for entry. In the past these groups have congregated together getting drunk, using foul language etc and all the organisers could do is post six or seven security personnel nearby unable to do anything. At least now they can be denied entry in the first place. No one is making any money from the entrance fee. If you want this type of event to take place, this is how it has to happen.
The real story is that the only way that the undesirables and gypsy element can be kept out is to enclose the area and charge for entry. In the past these groups have congregated together getting drunk, using foul language etc and all the organisers could do is post six or seven security personnel nearby unable to do anything. At least now they can be denied entry in the first place. No one is making any money from the entrance fee. If you want this type of event to take place, this is how it has to happen. roguetrader666
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8:26pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Reader Echo says...

I understood from previous postings on this subject that this park was given to the people on the understanding that no admission fee would ever be charged for its free usage.

Does anyone know more about this, and more importantly does this break the covenant of the parks conditions of usage?

It would be very interesting to know more about this, because if the above statement if correct then Poole Council may be liable to prosecution for charging for the event.
I understood from previous postings on this subject that this park was given to the people on the understanding that no admission fee would ever be charged for its free usage. Does anyone know more about this, and more importantly does this break the covenant of the parks conditions of usage? It would be very interesting to know more about this, because if the above statement if correct then Poole Council may be liable to prosecution for charging for the event. Reader Echo
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11:55pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Attention_to_Detail says...

Really?! They expect to draw thousands to the event, charging £3 per adult..I don't know about you but surely there is a problem with the mathematics behind this! I very much doubt the 'extra costs' from the fencing will amount to that much!

I'd rather go to the Air Festival anyway - much more 'Family Friendly'
Really?! They expect to draw thousands to the event, charging £3 per adult..I don't know about you but surely there is a problem with the mathematics behind this! I very much doubt the 'extra costs' from the fencing will amount to that much! I'd rather go to the Air Festival anyway - much more 'Family Friendly' Attention_to_Detail
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1:02am Fri 24 Aug 12

mpdor says...

Cleary this women speaks gibberish, if fact she probable has a degree in gibberish, security fencing does not cost what would be expected to be taken in fees at £3 a time why did they not try and get a sponsor to provide the fencing for such a community event? i would also like to see a breakdown of the thousands that were apparantly spent on this park, i can see no dramatic change in the park from 20 odd years ago apart from a bit of cosmetic rubbish, and as someone else said how can they legally charge people and therefore keep out those that do not pay a fee, its a public park what right do these people have to take it over and stop locals from using it unless they pay and entrance fee, another example of certain people who want to mak a name for themselves setting up festivals etc at other peoples expense if its so popular do it on private land and charge
Cleary this women speaks gibberish, if fact she probable has a degree in gibberish, security fencing does not cost what would be expected to be taken in fees at £3 a time why did they not try and get a sponsor to provide the fencing for such a community event? i would also like to see a breakdown of the thousands that were apparantly spent on this park, i can see no dramatic change in the park from 20 odd years ago apart from a bit of cosmetic rubbish, and as someone else said how can they legally charge people and therefore keep out those that do not pay a fee, its a public park what right do these people have to take it over and stop locals from using it unless they pay and entrance fee, another example of certain people who want to mak a name for themselves setting up festivals etc at other peoples expense if its so popular do it on private land and charge mpdor
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1:08am Fri 24 Aug 12

mpdor says...

well having now seen that the aforementioned jane jones the organiser runs a pr company events hospitality etc i can see whats in it for her and her company
well having now seen that the aforementioned jane jones the organiser runs a pr company events hospitality etc i can see whats in it for her and her company mpdor
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8:46am Fri 24 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

mpdor wrote:
well having now seen that the aforementioned jane jones the organiser runs a pr company events hospitality etc i can see whats in it for her and her company
Your nearer the truth,how did she creep in ?.
[quote][p][bold]mpdor[/bold] wrote: well having now seen that the aforementioned jane jones the organiser runs a pr company events hospitality etc i can see whats in it for her and her company[/p][/quote]Your nearer the truth,how did she creep in ?. pete woodley
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