Dates For Your Diary

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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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Lantern Parade is Back – 12th December 2021

Just one week to go until the Lantern Parade on 12th December, setting off from the Park dead on 3.45pm. We are so happy to do this again; this will be our 8th, and we hope it will be better than every. So, get making those lanterns, dig out those costumes, and we’ll light the way from the Park down to the Town Cross, where Guiseley Brass Band will play for us as we sing traditional Christmas Carols.

There will be refreshments and a display from the Parade Entertainer from 3pm in the Park. You can also look at the Light displays done by local residents, hang a decoration on the Advent Tree, and purchase a Christmas Trail Bag to do on the Christmas Tree Trail from 12th Dec – 3rd Jan 22.

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Christmas Tree Trail 12th Dec – 3rd January 2022.

For more information email parkinsonspark@gmail.com

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CHRISTMAS SPARKLE AND FUN

As the darkness and cold gathers for December, we want to light up the Park with sparkle and fun to anticipate and celebrate the Christmas Season.

Park Displays

We’ll again be lighting up different areas of the Park which will be done by different groups of Friends to different Christmas themes. Starting with the Advent Tree and Crooklands Orchard to welcome the season, there will then be a big burst of light at 3pm on 12th December to start the Lantern Parade and launch the Christmas Tree Trail.

The Farm Gate display will also be part of the ‘Yarns Well Spun’ Leeds 2023 art project, the Crooklands Orchard display will be part of a traditional wassail.

Coundown To ChristmasYour Park Decorations – 1st – 25th December

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SNOWFLAKES FOR A LOVED ONE

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ORCHARD NOW PROTECTED BY THE GUISELEY DRAGON

The dragon has been important in Northern European cultures for millenia; as seen in artefacts, poems and sagas. Its symbolism is complex but includes courage, watchfulness and protection – dragons can be good, or bad.

Iron Age Britons, Anglo Saxons and Vikings all used zoomorphism (or animal symbolism) to describe many things from humans to the mood of the sea. The Vikings had their dragon ships, the Welsh still have a dragon on their flag* and the Anglo Saxon burial at Sutton Hoo ( 625 AD) is famous for its dragon helmet. The British King Arthur was the son of Uther Pendragon, whilst the Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf tells of heroic dragon slaying. Modern stories that draw on earlier folklore also have their dragons from The Hobbit, to Harry Potter.

Sutton Hoo Helmet with the dragon forming the nose, eyebrows and moustache.

In Guiseley, we too have a dragon: you can find it on part of a 9th century, early medieval cross, now in St Oswalds. This motif has also been carved on the stone at Guiseley Wells when it was restored at the Millennium as a Heritage Lottery project. Now, given what we know about the history of the land which is now Parkinson’s Park, we have a Guiseley dragon protecting our Orchard, based on an Anglo Saxon drawing.

* Our area used to be part of the British Kingdom of Elmet 470 – 617 AD – it was closely allied with the Kingdom of Gwynedd. At the end of the 5th century Elmet had a King called Arthuis ap Masgwid he was likely named after the slightly earlier High King of Britain King Arthur, of legend fame.

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PARKINSON’S PARK REMEMBERS

This year, 2021, is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of The Royal British Legion, set up to help members of the Armed Forces and their families after World War I – a task they continue to do. The Guiseley Branch was set up in 2022, and so will have their anniversary next year.

To commemorate Armistice Day we have 100 poppies on the poppy blanket on the Park’s Farm Gate which have been done by a variety of Friends. You are welcome to add your own at any time. (We will keep all the poppies and gradually cover the whole gate over the years.) All donations will go to the RBL.

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We’ve Been Chosen for the Guiseley Co-op Community Fund for our Willow Walk Project.

The bottom of the Park is wet with several spring emanating from the hillside. In this area is a good bank of willow trees some of the quite characterful, as well as traditional woodland edge shrubs such as rowans, blackthorns and hazel. In an amongst the trees are the foundations of the old Crompton Parkinson Tennis Pavilion, built in the 1940’s . At the north end is the bog garden, at the south end, the entrance to Edison Fields, and in the middle a wide ditch, made when earth was piled onto the old car park.

We’ve long had plans to regenerate this area of the Park by creating a Willow Adventure Walk here for children and young people, with an entertainment space for for story telling where the old pavilion was, and natural play willow and wood features along the walk.

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PARKINSON’S PARK WORKING PARTIES RESTART

Over the last two years less organized improvement work has been done on the Park as we were unable to set up the area working parties we’d planned in 2019. Instead a number of people have taken on different areas and maintained them on an individual basis. From the entrances to the orchard to walls, and litter picking we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed their time and effort.

Now, however, is the time to get more organized again and work on improvements in working parties. Each party will be responsible for improving a set area of the Park.

The first area to be tackled is the Nethercliffe Entrance. There will be a meeting tomorrow, Monday 1st November, 7pm in the Ings with Chris Parapia and Martyn Hornsby Smith for anyone interested in joining in this working party. Work will start on 21st November to spruce up the entrance for Christmas, time to be confirmed.

Later there will be a working party organized for

  • Hillside Entrance/Jubilee Walk
  • The Greenshaw Entrance, Wood and Wildflower Meadow
  • The two copses and Woodland

If you are interested in improving the Nethercliffe Entrance come along on either date above. And if you are interested in joining one of the other working parties, please send you name and contact details to Martyn Hornsby Smith at parkisonspark@gmail.com

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APPLE DAY TOMORROW 24TH OCTOBER 2-4pm

GATHER UP YOUR GARDEN APPLES AND COME ALONG; rain permitting, we’ll be setting up the hired apple press from Urban Harvest in Crooklands Orchard in the Park tomorrow afternoon for apple juicing.

Apple Pressing

Now is therefore the time to gather up all those decent apples on garden trees, and bring them along to turn them into juice. Please can you wash the fruit before you bring it. Windfall are fine as long as they are not decaying or badly damaged.

The fruit in the Community Orchard has nearly all gone, but we’ll be sending out foragers to gather the fruit on other Park trees.

All apples go together to make an apple juice blend. If you want to take juice away, bring your own clean bottles or jugs, the juice can be stored in a fridge for 3-4 days or frozen. Donations to our Local Giving page are also appreciated.

If it is dreadful weather the event will be cancelled so please check here first if wet. Otherwise, if it has been raining please make sure you have study footwear, you know what the Park can be like.

Children must be accompanied by adults. Clean hands are vital.

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