As the democracies of Europe are castrated one by one, the financial system goes into meltdown, and with a Westminster ‘bubble’ who could not grow a row of carrots, let alone an economy, it’s now time to sing the praises of ‘the little people’. The tax fodder and abused motorists, who, over the last three months, have come together in an ancient concept, known to our ancestors as the English Common Wealth (aka today as the Big Society). So, as Pudsey Landscaping work on the park in the dying days of 2011, we take time to thank all those who have got us this far:-
Firstly, there is Mark Bray, Simon Uttley and Joe Mawson from Bellway Homes: with a 106 agreement to spend some money on the Park, they have gone way beyond that with their enthusiasm, vision, and speedy support.
Then, in no order at all, we must thank ecologists Peter and Joanna Brooks, landscape gardener Paul Tomlinson, and N Bowland, B N Brown, C Horner, N Vernon from the Wharfedale Naturalists, who have contributed to the landscape survey and plans for the Park.
PCSO Ben Greenhow and his colleagues must be thanked for their patrols, and marching off a group of youths on bonfire night who were firing ‘Guy Fawkes’ devices on the estate below. Whilst, our heartfelt appreciation goes to all those unknown people who have been picking up the litter strewn in various locations.
We have been helped by the knowledge of former Crompton Parkinson employees, PA Verna Baker, facilities manager John Moore, and film maker and ex training manger David Myers. And, we must thank local people such as Vivien Hornsby-Smith and Andy Dibb for taking time to spread the word about what was going on.
Guiseley resident man and boy, Alec Denton has been a mine of useful contacts and information; including the structure of the gates (which will be restored). Whilst Councillor Graham Latty, has been the man bringing people together and cutting through the public sector mire.
Chris Parapia must be congratulated for her dogged determination to try and improve Park conditions since 2010, together with Barbara Winfield who went as a child in 19xx to the Park’s Children’s Galas. Whilst, ‘southerners’ Andy Cheetham and Jennifer Kirkby have brought their professional skills in marketing and IT to bear in organizing and publicising FOPP.
And last, but not least, our thanks go to the following for their support and advice: to MP Stuart Andrew (doing what MP’s ought to do), Dr David Ingham from WARD, Aireborough Civic Society and Aireborough Historical Society, Rosemary Greaves from the Frank Parkinson Trust, John Cummins and Julie-Ann Tate from Groundwork, Annette McIntyre and Malcolm Hoddy from the Wharfedale Observer for access to old newspapers – and finally Dr Colin Alexander, who has agreed to take on the role of Treasurer for the Friends.