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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LOCAL GIVING MATCH FUNDING – GROW A TENNER

Friends of Parkinson’s Park are asking people to help raise money for our annual events eg  Children’s Gala,  Lantern Parade,  Apple Day,  Bird Watching through Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner 2018 match funding campaign.

Grow Your Tenner 2018 will start tomorrow on 11th December 2018 at 10am and will run until the match funding runs out (or 10th January 2019 – whichever comes first).

People can donate by setting up a monthly donation during the match funding period of up to £10 per month. After the first six monthly donations have been made, the following six monthly donations will be doubled, by a maximum of £10 per donation. This means a gift of £10 a month for a year, plus gift aid, would provide us with over £200 in funding.  (That is £120 in donations from you,  £60 in match funding and £20 in gift aid.)

The Friends have taken part in Grow Your Tenner for several years now and have raised over £2,000 towards events and other Park improvements.

To set up a monthly donation please visit the Friends Localgiving Page here after 10am on 11th December:

 

 

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WELL DONE TO ALL FRIENDS

It has been a busy few weeks for community events.

Advent Tree Dressing

The Little Friends led by Becky Prosser and Karen Smith did a great job on Saturday 1st December kick starting the Advent Tree decorating.

The weather was absolutely awful and even the elves took flight,  but the children took in their stride and have loaded the branches with baubles.

The trees are now ready for you to add your own advent decorations.

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2018 Lantern Parade

The Friends of Parkinson’s Park are pleased to announce the details of the 2018 Lantern Parade. 

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ADVENT TREE DRESSING STARTS WITH THE ELVES – 1ST DECEMBER 2-3PM

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Home for Heroes – Exhibition & Coffee Morning, Saturday 17th November, 10am -12noon

After the guns fell silent on 11 November 1918 the job started in earnest to ‘win the peace’; key to this was the battle for public health and better living conditions.   The country had been shocked at the physical health of the population as men were increasingly called up and then conscripted to the Forces.  Poor living conditions, disease and malnourished had taken their toll, and men had to be built up to fighting fitness during their initial training – some never made it passed this stage and have their own commemorations on war memorials.

On 16th December 1918, less than a month after the Armistice, the country held a General Election.   This was the first election that many of the fighting men over 21 could actually vote in, as well as the first for women at all.  The victory went to a coalition of Lloyd Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – How the war affected families.

Aireborough Commemorative Garden Nunroyd – Andrew Lawson

There are some wonderful displays of poppies and art work all over the local area that have been planned and executed by countless people over a number of months – from the trail of flowers at Rawdon, to the stunning wall at Otley.   In between we have the display in Nunroyd Park at the Aireborough Commemorative Garden, and the art installation of flowers at St Oswalds. Continue reading

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Home for Heroes Exhibition and Coffee Morning 17th November

As part of the Guiseley Remembers programme of events, Friends of Parkinson’s Park will have a Home for Heroes Exhibition and Coffee Morning on 17th November, 10am – 12 noon, at Whittaker Firth’s Offices, Springfield Court, Guiseley (behind St Gemma’s shop).

If you can donate a tombola or raffle prize to our fund-raising efforts at the coffee morning,  please contact Christine Parapia on 07503 180315. Continue reading

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