Welcome to Parkinson’s Park

Parkinsons ParkParkinson’s Park sits behind what used to be the Crompton Parkinson site on Netherfield Road: it can be approached via a number of entrances on Kelcliffe Lane, Greenshaw Terrace, Netherfield Crescent and Hillside Avenue.  It was given to the people of Guiseley to use as a park by Frank and Albert Parkinson during the 1930’s: it has been in continuous use for walks, play, and events since that time.   It is now owned by the developer Bellway Homes, who, along with Local Councillors and organizations like RHS and Groundwork, have supported the Friends of Parkinson’s Park CIC (FOPP) in their efforts to make this an attractive green space once again for community use.    On these pages you can follow and comment on the progress that is made – we also need your stories of the park, as well as pictures, and comments on how you would like the park to devleop.  We warmly welcome all contributions, or just sign up to follow us on this site or on Twitter (parkinsons_pk).  If you use foursquare :: on your smartphone, check in and leave a tip for other visitors.

Photographs above and in the header by Darren Sanderson Photography from Rawdon.

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Friends of Parkinson’s Park – Events 2017

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Apple Day Production Line

We got a real production line going in the Park this afternoon, with a number of people joining in to turn apples from their own trees, and those in the Park, into juice.   We even had a very unusual apple from one of Park’s apple trees, Red Devil – deep red on the outside and the inside.

Thanks to the Leeds Apple Project for their support during the year, and also for bringing along the apple juicing equipment – as well as helping to supervise.

If anyone would like to learn how to look after the orchard, let us know.   The Apple Project turn up regularly during the year to help show us how to get the best out of the trees planted several years ago.  We have apples, plums and pears.

First the apples are sliced up

Then they are put into a ‘hopper’ for smashing up (the technical term escapes me …..) The smashing up can be hard work, and the bicycle brought to do it was not working properly.  Then the pulp is poured into the press  Pressed, and out comes the juice . ready for bottling.  And, then we start again next year,  looking after the trees in the orchard.


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Raising Funds for the Children’s Gala 2018

Every Autumn the Charity Crowdfunding Site Local Giving has a Grow Your Tenner campaign. This means that if you donate £10, Local Giving will add a further £10 to our account.

This year we are using the campaign to raise the £800 needed for the 2018 Children’s Gala.

The fund opens on Tuesday at 10am (NOT BEFORE) and runs until funds run out.

Our account is here

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Apple Day – 15th October 2017

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Children’s Gala 2017

  • Dark skies threatened rain all afternoon, whilst a gusty wind brought an element of ‘survival’ to stall holding – an appropriate backdrop to the ‘Go Wild’ theme of Parkinson’s Park’s 5th Children’s Gala.

Many children, and some adults, came in an array of animal themed costumes from cute Alice in Wonderland rabbits to a pride of lions, and some intrepid explorers. Jen Schack, who came with a herd said “Fantastic gala! The kids loved it! And the adults too! “

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Go Wild at the 5th Children’s Gala

The Friends of Parkinson’s Park will be holding our 5th Children’s Gala on Sunday 3rd September 2017, between 2-4.30pm.  The theme of this year’s Gala is wildlife; children (and others) are encouraged to dress up as their favourite animal, with prizes for the best dressed.

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Midsummer Magic Comes To The Park

The Tales Told Festival 2017 finished with a display of dancing lights.  The evening started with a Lantern Parade winding up Kelcliffe Lane from the 150 year old Guiseley Town Hall to a festival in Parkinson’s Park, and ended in a five minute firework display that lit up the summer evening across the ancient glacial valley.  The lanterns were homemade during the Tales Told festival, the fireworks,  courtesy of Britannia Fireworks (who do the Guiseley Lights Fireworks and the Rawdon Cricket Club Fireworks).

Earlier,  music was supplied on an improvised woodland stage by Martha Phillips of local group The Elephant Trees, who has/is supporting KT Tunstall.   At the quirky end of the scale was the enjoyable Laurence Marshall One Man Band, fresh from recent success at Glastonbury.  He got people snaking around the Park in a conga line singing ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’.

Games kept children from small tots to teenagers busy, including a Creation Station;  whilst a tug of war between Guiseley and Everywhere Else got the adults joining in (from young to older).   Best of three was possibly Guiseley, although there maybe other views on that !!

It was unfortunate that the fire-eater and pancake stall could not make it – but the pancakes were replaced by homemade cake instead,  and a stall selling books for anyone who wanted a quiet read under a shady tree.

Even the weather decided to play ball; it was a lovely evening after the earlier grey drizzle and as darkness came in fairy lights in the hawthorn and rosebay willowherb around the Park  looked like little glow-worms.  The evening was recorded for posterity by local photographer Darren Sanderson, who will have pictures on his website soon, and will no doubt go into the archives of Aireborough Historical Society alongside other historic community events.

A very big WELL DONE to Codswallop CIC, Jacob and Lucy Phillips their families and team – including some Guiseley School work-placement students, for putting on the show and the whole of the Tales Told event.  The event will continue in 2018 and the company are looking for next years sponsors.

A thank you also to all the friends of Parkinson’s Park, who helped publicise the event across the area making especially sure that animal owners, local householders and parents of young children knew of the fireworks display; also those friends who helped  get the Park ready, filling in small pot-holes, mending gates and doing a tidy up afterwards.  One dog walker remarked on Sunday morning, that she was amazed at how tidy the Park was, considering all the people who had been enjoying themselves – a compliment to all involved who worked so hard to make memories for people to enjoy, and to bring residents together.

“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here,
Whilst these vision did appear;
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
And as I am an honest puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long,
Else the puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
and Robin shall restore amends.”

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Tales Told Finale – 15th July, 8-10pm Parkinson’s Park

The Tales Told Finale will be held in Parkinson’s Park on Saturday 15th July. Organized by Codswallop CIC, who run the Tales Told Festival. Friends of Parkinson’s Park, owners Bellway, management company Meadfleet and Local Councillors are all pleased to be able to support this event.

There will be a lantern parade from Guiseley Town Hall at 7.30pm (make your lantern during this week). Then, at 8pm in the Park will be a variety of stalls, entertainers and activities including, live musicians, fire eaters, a Creation Station and a one-man band. The event will finish with up to 10mins of fireworks at 10pm, by a professional company – (the same one who did the Guiseley Christmas Lights Switch-On).

There is a map on how to get to the Park here. Continue reading

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