We are committed to making Winterville a true community event designed to not only entertain local residents, but to help enrich the local community. We have a range of discounts and opportunities for local residents and are also working with local organisations to help the event and benefit the area and people who live there. As part of this we have set up a Winterville Community Fund. Every operator at the event is donating a percentage of each ticket to the fund. This levy will then be put back into local initiatives directly related to the Common. Each year the Winterville Community Board (made up of a Winterville director, the chair of CCMAC and a local councillor) will liaise locally via CCMAC to determine where best to distribute the donations.
We are committed to maintaining Clapham Common. Following the event we are working with Lambeth Landscapes and specialist agronomists on the reparations works below.
Around 10 tonnes of imported topsoil will be used to fill in of any ruts or depressions. This will consist ideally of a sandy loam to the current BS standard. Surplus soil will be spread evenly over more level areas subject to thinning ground cover.
When ground conditions over the site are sufficiently firm, the verti-drain treatment will commence immediately. A small fixture fitted to a smaller tractor with grass tyres may be used initially, but the aim will be to achieve as substantial a compaction relief effect as possible. This means using as large a combination of verti-drain and tractor as the ground conditions will allow. If the combination is producing undue damage to the surface, the operation should be delayed until ground conditions are suitable. All areas of the site should be treated.
Over-seeding will commence as soon as the verti-drain operation has completed, using a 100% dwarf perennial ryegrass seed mix. A standard sowing rate of 35 g/m2 will be adopted over all areas obviously affected by the event. Areas where almost all ground cover has been lost will require a rate of around 50 g / m2. If a standard pass delivers 18 g / m2, some areas may be treated to 1, 2 or 3 passes depending on the severity of the ground cover loss. A disc seeder will be used. Smaller versions (say 1.2 m width) will be more versatile in negotiating the varying shapes and sizes of the treatment areas. The discs should deposit the seed around 8 mm below the surface.
Fertiliser application will be suitable around early March when it would be appropriate to apply a granular fertiliser of analysis 14 : 6 : 6 or similar at a rate of 35 g / m2.
Residents and employees of local businesses enjoy a 50% discount on ice skating sessions between 11am and 5pm Mon to Fri. There are also a limited amount of discounted Local Resident Tickets available for all Mimi & The Snow Dragon performances on a first-come, first-served basis.
We’re putting aside 10% of all theatre tickets to give away to low-income families via local community housing schemes and children’s centres.
School children can enjoy the ice rink for just £3 a skate (normal price £10.50) on Monday to Friday during the 11am, midday and 1pm sessions. There are 30 discounts per session on a first-come, first-served basis and schools can book the entire 30 places in advance.
Schools tickets for Mimi & The Snow Dragon are £7 per child (normal price £10) and teachers go free. Alternatively, schools can book the whole Spiegeltent exclusively. This allows schools to bring six classes and up to 20 accompanying teachers/adults (maximum capacity 200) for the special rate of £1,000, which equals £5 per ticket.