Cockington Court skating rink promoter LAMBCO presents £624 to Cockington Country Park Green Heart Restoration Project

25th February 2014

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Cockington Court welcomed Richard Lambert of LAMBCO Skating who visited the Court to present a cheque for £624 to support the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust for their Cockington Green Heart Restoration project.

Torbay Development Agency (TDA) operates Cockington Court as a visitor attraction and innovation centre with craft studios. The TDA supports the Trust’s restoration project to enhance the wider environment at Cockington Country Park, which will complement the ERDF and Torbay Council funded restoration work that the TDA undertook at the Court and stableyard, and the Coastal Communities funded cycle trail currently underway.

The TDA’s Cockington Court Centre Director, Marissa Wakefield, programmes a series of events throughout the year to attract and entertain visitors to the centre, helping to create a thriving customer base for the craft studio tenants. The skating rink proved to be a successful addition to the festive events in the run up to Christmas, attracting 1700 skaters, including nearly 400 toddlers who skated for free.

Marissa Wakefield said: “The skating rink was a popular activity as part of our festive events, and it brought in many more visitors to Cockington Court which was great for the tenants. I am very pleased that LAMBCO has given something back to the Cockington community by making this generous donation to the Green Heart Restoration Appeal. We at the TDA are looking forward to working with our partners at the Trust to continue to promote and enliven this very special destination.”

Richard Lambert of LAMBCO said: “Cockington Court is a delightful backdrop for our festive skating rink, which proved to be popular for all ages, and I am delighted to present this contribution to the Cockington Green Heart Restoration Appeal to help preserve the unique features of this very special place.”

Chloe French Cockington project officer for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust said: “Our Heritage Lottery project at Cockington shows very exciting plans to improve the visitor experience by investing in our countryside heritage and conserving architectural features that are already present. The plans will restore the ornamental lakes, The Linhay and the Gamekeeper’s cottage, creating new practical uses for people today, along with a new events and activity program. In order to make these plans come to fruition we need to match fund and every contribution is valuable to us, so we are very grateful for the support of Cockington Court and LAMBCO with this latest donation.”

The Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: “The skating rink at Cockington Court was a resounding success at Christmas, and added an extra festive activity to the popular visitor attraction. I am very pleased to see that LAMBCO is supporting the Cockington Green Heart Restoration Appeal which will further enhance the Country Park for future generations of visitors and residents.”

For more information on the Cockington Green Heart Restoration Project please see www.cockingtonpark.org.uk

For more information on the programme of events at Cockington Court, visit: www.cockington.org and confirmed events for 2014 are:

April 20th & 21st            Easter Activities

May 31st & June 1st      Miss Ivy's Revival and 'Happily Ever After' - Bespoke Wedding Fair

June 29th                     Classic Motorcyles at Cockington Court

August 3rd                    Illyria - Outdoor Theatre performance of 'George's Marvellous

                                     Medicine' by Roald Dahl adapted by David Wood

August 6th                    Cockington Fayre

August 22nd                 Illyria - Outdoor Theatre performance of 'Robin Hood'

October 27th – 31st      Cockington Court Halloween Festival

December 7th              Christmas at Cockington Court, Craft & Food Fayre

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