Welcome to Parkinson’s Park

Parkinsons ParkParkinson’s Park sits on the hillside behind the old Crompton Parkinson site on Netherfield Road: access is via entrances on Kelcliffe Lane, Greenshaw Terrace, Parkinson Way, Nethercliffe Crescent and Hillside Avenue.  This historic area was given to the people of Guiseley to use as a park by Frank & Albert Parkinson in the 1930’s: it has been used for walks, play, and events ever since .   Now owned by Bellway Homes, basic maintenance is done by Meadfleet   The Friends of Parkinson’s Park CIC (FOPP) was set up to once again make the Park an attractive green space for community use and events, whilst helping to manage its varied natural habitats.    On these pages you can read the history, examine the ecology and sign up to follow and comment on progress – as well as tell us your own stories of the park.

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Celebrating the Decades of the Queen’s Reign

As with the national Jubilee Pageant, the Parkinson’s Park Big Jubilee Picnic celebrated the different decades of the Queen’s 70 year Reign. Instead of a pageant we chose to do it via the Corgi Trail around seven of the entrances, and also in a display of fashion – which people could also wear.

We asked seven different groups to interpret each decade for us, and we’d like to say thank you to them for their invention and hard work in preparing and setting up. We hope people enjoyed the look back through British culture and its changes.

1950s

Down at the Greenshaw Gate Hazel Berry chose to recreate the 1953 Coronation and street celebrations; this was a much photographed chair by passersby !!

1960s

At the Farm Gate, Abi James and her High School Art Class. Libby, Amelia, Nate, Beatriz, Summer and Thomas, together with the Yarns Well Spun project beautifully interpreted the culture of the 1960s through a Jasper Johns inspired pop art display as well as a demonstration of their handicraft – remember those 1960s crochet dresses?

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Parkinson’s Park’s Jubilee Tree – The Stories

At the heart of our Big Jubilee Picnic was the dedication of the Jubilee Tree to the Queen’s Green Canopy and the special story we commissioned by writer Irene Lofthouse about the history of the Park, its people and its trees.

This linked with national events where the Tree of Trees outside Buckingham Palace was one of the centrepieces of the Jubilee celebrations and the lighting of the chain of nationwide beacons. The Tree of Trees represented the Queen’s Green Canopy legacy to the nation, and was made up of indigenous species such as oak and hazel; the Jubilee Tree in Parkinson’s Park is officially registered now as part of the Canopy.

The tree was dedicated by special guest Alec Denton, who has known the Park all his life; Alec was helped by one of our younger residents, Bea Harris who cut the ribbon on the new tree plaque. Alec said

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Jubilee Food For Sharing

The Big Jubilee Picnic in Parkinson’s Park is part of the Eden Project’s Nationwide Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate neighbourhoods as part of the official celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

We’ll all be joining millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun and strengthen our community links. We’d like to thank everyone who is sharing their skills and time to help with the different elements of the Big Jubilee Picnic.

As well as bringing along your own picnic, as part of the event we are setting up a sharing table near the tea and coffee refreshment tent, so that you can bring your Jubilee bakes to share with others. They don’t have to be spectacular creations, just something your family likes and wants to share as part of the celebration. Food is at the heart of giving.

Here from the Eden Project’s website are some ideas from their Jubilee Cookbook, but your own recipes are just as good, and we’d love to have them to publish as part of our Jubilee Souvenir booklet later in the year under your name. So, if you are bringing food to share, do bring the recipe as well and hand it in at the same time. Or, just email it to Parkinsonspark@gmail.com

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Big Jubilee Picnic – Programme

A quick check of the weather shows sunny intervals in the afternoon of Friday 3rd June, so fingers crossed for the Parkinson’s Park, Big Jubilee Picnic – however should there be a downpour watch out for news on our Facebook Page. We’ve all been hard at work preparing and hope you will enjoy what we’ve been planning.

TimeActivity
12.30 – 1pm Arrive early dressed in your favourite Queen’s Decade’ outfit, to set out your favourite picnic spot. Add bakes to the Sharing Table. Add a decoration to the Celebration Tree. Pick up a Trail Map & Programme (or download here)
1pmWelcome to Jubilee featuring Guiseley Brass Band
1 – 2pm Picnic and Crown Making
Raffle
Tea, Coffee and Water available + Sharing Table Bakes
2pm Gather at the Jubilee Tree for our interactive Family Storytelling told by a special guest – who will share a very special Jubilee tale of Parkinson’s Park. The Jubilee Tree has been official registered as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Legacy.
2.25pm Dedication of the Jubilee Tree by guest Alec Denton
2.45pm Hunt down the special word on the Corgi Trail (free)
Wang A Welly at Crooklands Orchard (20p a go)
Drench the occupant of the Sponge Stocks (20p a go)
Take a trip around the park on the Tree Trail (free)
3.30pm Raffle, Close and National Anthem
Another DayAfter the event we’ll be producing a Jubilee Souvenir Booklet with the original story we’ve commissioned, and photographs of the day. If you do not wish to be in a photograph please either advise someone at the FOPP tent of Photographer Darren Sanderson.
Make a Natural Crown – bring your own flowers or forage leaves and grasses from the Park
Add A Red/White/Blue Jubilee Decoration To The Celebration Tree
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LETS CELEBRATE THE GOOD TIMES – 1952 – 2022

The run up to Jubilee has started in the Park, and elsewhere. Yesterday, 21st May, Guiseley Lights installed the Jubilee display at the cross in Towngate, and the Natter Bench in the Park was yarnbombed by the clever Ladies of the ‘Yarns Well Spun‘ project run by Daisy Croft Crafts.

Lots more Park Jubilee decorations to come over the next fortnight with many Park Friends putting on their collaborative ‘creative’ hats to bring you their interpretation of cultural events over the seven decades from 1952 to 2022.

All the decorating will culminate in:

2nd June – St Oswald’s Church, Music for a Royal Occasion’ with the Choir, 12.15 pm .

3rd June – The Parkinson’s Park Big Jubilee Picnic 12.30 for 1pm .

4th June – Guiseley Methodists will be holding a Jubilee Tea 2-4pm .

5th June Guiseley Lights Jubilee Street Party Towngate 1 – 5 pm

So, get on your favourite ‘decade’ outfit, from 50s Teddy Boy drapes, to 90s Spice Girl specials and let’s have some fun.

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PARK JUBILEE LITTER PICK – SUNDAY 29TH MAY 10.30 AM – 12 NOON

To get the Park Jubilee Picnic ready, we are having a litter pick and Park tidy, next Sunday, 29 May, from 10.30am. Come along and help ‘dig’ out the litter from all the more hidden places, and around the benches.

Litter pickers and bags provided.

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BRADFORD WRITER CREATES STORY FOR THE JUBILEE TREE IN PARKINSON’S PARK

We are very pleased to announce that Bradford Writer Irene Lofthouse, will be our Storyteller at the dedication of the Jubilee Tree at The Big Jubilee Picnic on 3rd June 2022. Irene is creating an original story to tell about the Jubilee Tree and the Park when the tree is ‘unveiled’ by long time Guiseley resident Alec Denton, who has known the Park all his life.

Irene in Undercliffe Cemetery With Her Book

Irene specialises in creating and performing stories about Yorkshire; she has taken part in Saltaire Tales, plays Anne Lister at Piece Hall, and has been writer in Residence with First Story at UAK Academy, Keighley. Her books available on Amazon include Stories from Stone: An anthology inspired by Undercliffe Cemetery’ and Strange Tales In The Dales of which one review said:

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LET’S CREATE JUBILEE- ADD YOUR TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN TO THE CELEBRATION TREE

Time to create some happiness. Jubilee is approaching and it was good to see the Queen looking happy this week at the start of the Platinum Jubilee events.

The Queen At the Jubilee Windsor Horse Show May 2022 – picture source BBC!!

As is now the custom, the Park’s Celebration Tree will be decorated, this time in red, white and blue decorations for anyone and everyone to add to as they pass.

We’ll start the tree in the run up to the Jubilee weekend on 28th May, but now’s the time to get knitting, sewing, or the children drawing crowns, corgis, flags, or whatever is appropriate.

The Celebration Tree Decorated For Easter

People comment about how they love to see the decorations during the year, so let’s build the smiles, lift the mood, and pay tribute to the Queen and all her years of dedication and hard work .

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ANNOUNCING THE BIG JUBILEE PICNIC

Announcing our Queen’s Jubilee Picnic Event for the June Jubilee Weekend. One of nationwide Big Jubilee Lunch community sharing events promoted by the Eden Project.

Come along dressed in one of the 7 decades of the Queen’s Reign. Bring your own picnic and something to sit on; and also bring some Royal makes and bake cakes for a sharing table for everyone to help themselves.

We’ll have crown making and a storyteller with a unique story of the Jubilee Tree which will be dedicated for the Queen’s Green Canopy legacy.

This will be followed by the ever popular wet sponge stocks, a welly wanging competition, and a corgi trail around Park’s Jubilee displays.

All to the music of Guiseley Brass Band.

We’ll be taking photographs of the event for a Jubilee Special Souvenir ( you can let us know if you don’t want to be in a photo).

Fingers crossed for sunshine, but, as usual, we’ll be taking a rain check on the day.

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Update to 2022 Event Calendar

Friends of Parkinson’s Park have updated their Event Calendar.

Easter – we’ll be decorating the celebration tree with an Easter theme. Please add your own decorations at anytime over the holiday period from Maundy Thursday 14th April.

Queen’s Jubilee – we are part of a team planning an innovative community event for the afternoon of Friday 3rd June. More to come on this as plans progress.

Children’s Gala – this is on Sunday 4th September and will have a circus theme – so get thinking about those costumes. There will also be a tug of war with different teams – more to come on this.

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