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

events_mediumDates for your diary in 2017 Continue reading

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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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Tales Told Festival Walks

The events for the Tales Told Festival have included a (wet) walk in the Park to hear the stories we have uncovered.   Thank you to everyone who turned out on such a miserable Monday morning.  For those asking,  there will be another walk at some point, and we will let you know when.  And, yes, some of this will be written down, and we’ve made a start here on our history page. 

There has also been a Photography walk with Darren Sanderson, from Guiseley Cross, up to the Trees, which included the Park.    The photographers have been asked to share their work on our Facebook Page, and we’ll put some of them on the website as well.

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Will you be a Cowboy or Indian?

Lots of Woodland Fun, going on in the Park this wonderful afternoon.   Join the Indian gang, or maybe the Cowboys,  paint stones, eat marshmallows, make flags, go birdwatching and make a den.   Or just run around and have fun,  and for the Children there is ………………………………………

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Tales Told Festival in Parkinsons Park – Events 7 – 15 July 2017

Parkinson’s Park is the venue for three of the events run during The Tales Told Festival – 7th -15th July 2017.   The Festival is run by Codswallop CIC and details of the full programme can be found here.


9th July 2017, 12 – 4pm  – A Day In The Woods – An event for children to make dens, learn about birds and survival with Forest Found.

10th July 2017, 10 – 11am – A walk around Parkinson’s Park with Jennifer Kirkby to hear about the history we uncovered during the Heritage Lottery Funded,  All Our Stories research.  Meet by the Farm Gate.

15th July 2017,  7.30 -10pm – A lantern parade from Guiseley Continue reading

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Successful Coffee Morning

Well, the weather was kind,  the help was plentiful and the cakes were ‘scrummy’. Our Coffee morning last Saturday 4th raised £175 for our Children’s Gala and Lantern parade.   We’d like to thank everyone involved, from those who manned stalls, baked cakes, grew plants for sale, helped in the organizations and donated prizes.  We’d also like to thank those who came along and supported us. Special thanks go to Susan Wright at Whitaker Firth Solicitor for allowing us to use her premises, making the refreshments and generally being a unique community asset.

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Park Improvements – Bog Garden and Orchard – Can You Help?

The Bog Garden near Nethercliffe has now undergone a complete overhaul by Open Country.   The issue with the liner has been addressed and some new soil put in.  Then, plants such as Ragged Robin, Water Aven, Yellow Flag Iris and Water Forget Me Nots have been planted around the edges.  Local residents are keeping the new garden watered in the dry weather,  if you can help with this that would be really useful.

In the recent visit by Alan Thornton from the Orchard Project, he recommended some tidying work for the Community Orchard.  This will be done on the 25th May, at 9.30am.  If you would like to help, please come and join us.

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